Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.
- Oh, it's a beautiful day in college football, as NCAA president Bill Hancock has officially announced that the postseason status quo—the BCS as we know it—is "off the table" for 2014 and beyond. Conference commissioners are narrowing down the postseason possibilities now, and they reportedly spent hours debating the selection process for playoff teams. This is so exciting! More later.
- Stefanie Loh of the Patriot-News thinks if the Penn State QB competition is deadlocked between Matt McGloin and Paul Jones—hardly a stretch of the imagination—Bill O'Brien will pick Jones. That's fine, but her debate is framed as "'win now' vs. 'win later,'" and if the QB competition is equal, why the assumption that Paul Jones won't be able to win as much as Matt McGloin?
- Per Nike's orders, Purdue has updated its famed "Boilermaker" train logo. The change will help Nike as it creates apparel with the logo on it. For us, though, the real story here is that the smoke above the train looks like—oh wait, there are kids reading!—like a fine stack of smoke, it does! Carry on then!
- On Wednesday, Michigan State selected its teams for the Green and White Game this weekend. Unsurprisingly, Will Gholston was the first player selected. The draft stopped there, as Gholston will take on every other member of the team all at once. He is expected to win 85-0 as the Mercy Rule is invoked.
- Hennepin County medical examiners determined that former Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley died of an enlarged heart, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Tinsley was on campus working out and preparing for the NFL draft when he collapsed in a dorm room and was unable to be resuscitated. Tinsley was a four-year letter-winner who started every game in the last two seasons.