Big Ten Rumblings: Wermers' Secret, Ferentz's Salary, and Twitter Smack

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Big Ten Rumblings: Wermers' Secret, Ferentz's Salary, and Twitter Smack

Latest Michigan Transfer Kurt Wermers Was Ineligible All Along

Former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Wermers told The Times of Northwest Indiana that Michigan's coaches were to blame for his request to transfer.

Wermers said the coaches recruited players who were "not my kind of crowd" and echoed the sentiments of former Wolverines offensive lineman Justin Boren in describing how a family atmosphere under previous head coach Lloyd Carr had turned to a strictly business under RichRod. 

That's what Wermers wanted us to believe. Turns out, the only business that mattered was of the academic variety, and that's where Werners fell short.

ESPN.com reported that Wermers was academically ineligible and unable to suit up for the Wolverines this fall. Whether he liked the coaching staff or not, he wouldn't have been playing for the maize and blue anyway. 

 

Kirk Ferentz To Remain Iowa Head Coach Through 2015

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz signed a seven-year contract extension on Monday that runs through the 2015 season.

Ferentz, whose annual salary will remain at $3.02 million, guided the Hawkeyes to a 9-4 record last season, including a 31-10 victory over South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day.

His Hawkeyes also spoiled previously-unbeaten Penn State's season with a last second win on Nov. 8 at Kinnick Stadium.

"It has been said many times before and I'm pleased to say it again: Kirk Ferentz is a perfect fit for the University of Iowa, the community, and the state," said Gary Barta, Iowa's director of athletics.

Ferentz has posted a 70-53 record in 10 seasons with the Hawkeyes and his teams have won two Big Ten conference championships.

The deal also gives Ferentz confidence following his second straight off-season dealing with scandal. Both times Ferentz's son, a reserve player on the Hawkeye football team, was arrested on alcohol related charges.

 

Big Ten Media Days Live On ESPN and BTN

The Big Ten has announced that the Big Ten Network and ESPNEWS will air live coverage of the 2009 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, July 27. BTN will also record the 38th Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, July 28, and will air a Kickoff Luncheon special at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, August 1.

The BTN will provide four hours of live coverage on Monday, including the full press conferences for all 11 head coaches and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.

For the fourth consecutive year, the opening session of the Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN Network. Coverage by ESPNEWS will begin on Monday at 11 a.m. ET, and will feature all 11 head coaches either live or tape-delayed as they address the assembled media.

In addition, Big Ten coaches and players may be interviewed on ESPN’s “College Football Live” by Erik Kuselias from 3:30-4 p.m. ET or on ESPNEWS by Kevin Connors, from 2-5 p.m. ET, or Dari Nowkhah and Linda Cohn, from 5-8 p.m. ET.

 

New Boilermaker Robert Marve Has Secret ACL Injury

Robert Marve won't be on the field with his new Purdue teammates when they open preseason practice next month. 

Marve tells ESPN The Magazine's Bruce Feldman that he tore his ACL doing on-field drills just three days after announcing he would transfer to Purdue from Miami. Marve hopes to return to practice in October, though that seems a little optimistic given the severity of his injury.

According to NCAA transfer rules, Marve couldn't have played this season anyway, but he could have used the extra practice time with offensive coordinator Gary Nord and his new teammates.

Marve will most likely enter 2010 as the front runner for Purdue's starting quarterback position. He appeared in 11 games for Miami last fall and led the team with 1,293 pass yards, nine touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

 

Juice Williams Called Out on Twitter

Seems Missouri's All-Big 12 linebacker Sean Weatherspoon can't wait to get his hands on a certain quarterback from rival Illinois.

Weatherspoon's Twitter page recently updated with the following tweet.

"Just finished a stellar workout, hit 475 on the bench easy, almost hit 500, gotta get it soon! 50 days until I squeeze the pulp out of Juice."

Weatherspoon is the key player on a rebuilding Missouri defense with only four returning starters. He apparently has more confidence in the Tigers than most preseason observers.

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