Beast Mode: Deactivated for 10-plus weeks.
Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.
— Starting Ohio State running back Jordan Hall underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot after accidentally cutting it while walking in grass at his residence, per the Columbus Dispatch. ESPN cites sources saying the first week Hall is expected back is Week 3. So, fellow Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde: You're the man now, dog!
— In case you thought Michigan's recent scheduling of "revenge" games and the Alabama opening-week showdown was unintentional, AD Dave Brandon says it's all quite purposeful; he told AnnArbor.com he's looking for the "wow" factor in scheduling. Here's what we'd like to see: a game in the desert—not at Arizona's stadium or whatever, but actually in the desert itself. What's the worst that could...Oh, yeah, probably.
— Nebraska announced on its official website that Fan Day, its annual meet-and-greet with the coaches and players, has been set for Aug. 3, the day before fall camp opens for the team.
Also, quick word of advice to those attending: Don't get autographs for the sole purpose of selling them. And especially don't involve your kids in it either.
It's bad enough these players can't profit off their likeness while they're in college, so don't rub it in by taking time out of 15 players' days to sign a football for free, then turning around and putting it on eBay for $75 or whatever.
And while we're on the subject: Don't buy autographed memorabilia off eBay. It doesn't put money into any of the right pockets.
— Finally, speaking of Nebraska, this video of its 1997 win over hapless Kansas is largely uninteresting—the top-ranked Huskers basically go through the motions and still win 35-0—but check out what happens starting at 2:50 in the video.
Yep: Nebraska punts, Kansas blocks it, Nebraska recovers, first down Nebraska. This is why you shouldn't try at football, Kansas; it only makes the other team mad.