Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.
Danny Hope doesn't do the tweeting and the twooting and the carrying on. The Purdue head coach said during a recent interview that he "doesn't get" Twitter, and although most of his answer just sounds like typical old guy no computer-type of stuff, there is one part of his answer that's actually pretty salient:
Sometimes it can be damaging because things happen and guys, they get emotional and they express their feelings. You know how it is when someone catches you at an emotional point in time. You might say something that you haven't given a lot of thought to and every once in awhile that happens. I just don't get that part of it, you know?
Now, lest we forget, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde briefly found himself at the center of controversy for grousing about his lack of playing time on Twitter after a three-carry day in OSU's 17-7 win over Illinois last season. Hyde said he'd go somewhere else before quickly deleting the post and saying it was just an emotional response (which is true), and he's still with OSU this year so no harm done all in all. But that scenario is precisely the type of thing Hyde needs to avoid.
Everything you've wanted to know about Ohio State's litany of personnel battles is laid out here by the Columbus Dispatch's Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz. Personally, I think we see less of the true freshman DL recruits unless they're just unbelievable from day one (and being that last year's prize recruit, LB Curtis Grant, wasn't so great, I'm skeptical), so while they may or may not redshirt, I don't think Urban Meyer's going to depend much on his young guns. Defensive linemen are guns now, by the way. I just decided that.
Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri suffered a torn ACL in spring practice yesterday, according to his father. Note to Iowa running backs: GO. RUN. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN, AWAY FROM IOWA CITY. Thanks to Angry Iowa Running-Back Hating God, no Iowa running back has even made it to his senior season since '03 recruit Albert Young and '04 recruit Damian Sims, who both graduated in '07. Seriously, that's the last time. I'm scared even mentioning it out loud for fear of AIRBHG's wrath.
Brady Hoke is back on the job, and he's got good things to say about OT Taylor Lewan (who we mentioned yesterday), FB Stephen Hopkins and LG Elliott Mealer. Michigan is not a perfect team by any stretch, but it does seem like outside of wide receiver, there aren't really many areas of concern on this team. And frankly, almost all the Big Ten teams are really hurting at wideout this year, and most of those teams aren't drawing on a talent base as good as Michigan's. This could end up being the worst fourth-best receiving corps in decades of Big Ten history.
New Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is bringing an unusual intensity to practice, to the point where he's running between drills to motivate his players to do the same. Hey, it's almost like they take football really seriously over there in Lincoln, eh?