Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.
- Not a stellar day for the Big Ten in the NFL draft, all things considered. By sheer numbers, it was fine, as the Big Ten saw four players go in the first round. However, the fact that Riley Reiff was the first Big Ten player to go off the board at No. 23—the longest the Big Ten has gone before having a player picked since 1968—should tell you how low the level of elite talent was in the conference last season.
- As was frequently mentioned in the press last night, Florida State, Florida and Miami were shut out of the first round of the draft for the first time since 1980. That's crazy enough, though not Big Ten-related. Now consider that Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska were all unrepresented as well. Is up down? Is water dry? What planet are we even on?
- Jim Delany will be soliciting input about the proposed playoff scenarios from Big Ten university officials, including administrators and coaches. He also said he'll be talking to players who "have and haven't gone to the Rose Bowl," according to the Chicago Tribune. That should tell you plenty about how committed Delany is to reassuring the Rose Bowl that he won't forget about it.
- Former Michigan DT Ryan Van Bergen won't last past the sixth round of the draft. Multiple teams have told him that they'll take him if he's still on the board. That's good news for one of the best high-motor guys in the Big Ten. If given a chance to prove his mettle, he should be able to contribute immediately.
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