Big Ten Football Morning Coffee: Whither Curtis Drake and Rob Bolden?

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterMay 21, 2012

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26:  Rob Bolen #1 of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.

Quarterback Rob Bolden and back-turned-cornerback Curtis Drake are not with Penn State as the team begins its summer classes, according to multiple reports. There are no reports that either has officially requested a transfer, but between Drake's off-field issues and Bolden's on-field struggles, it wouldn't be a surprise if either player wanted a fresh start somewhere else.

Former Michigan players are split on whether the team's recent foray into the world of alternate uniforms is a good idea. Former linemen Steve Hutchinson and Jake Long both think there's no reason to go away from the classic uniforms, in particular. As we've said before, the only tradition that matters at Michigan is winning; the clothes are incidental.

Speaking of what actually happens on the field, Michigan's got a daunting task in front of it for 2012: fix the road woes that plagued the team last season. Michigan only lost two of those games, but victories over Northwestern and Virginia Tech weren't exactly convincing.

In particular, Denard Robinson was a glaringly average quarterback away from Ann Arbor, completing under 50 percent of his passes with seven TDs and seven interceptions. It's not exactly a revelation to say he should improve on that—of course he should—but if Denard continues to wilt in hostile environments, he's not a great player. Period.

Ohio State players met with Urban Meyer individually and were given progress reports, per the Columbus Dispatch. Meyer praised fullback Zach Boren and safety C.J. Barnett, and said that Braxton Miller was improving on his approach to practice. Meyer also said that many of his meetings were "uncomfortable" and that he was direct with his criticisms.

That's good, though. Kids usually need uncomfortable and direct news in their lives more often. Bad habits subsist on ambiguity.