Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I had always wondered what went on inside the nondescript two-story building near O'Hare Airport that houses the Big Ten Conference offices. Well, I found out today. Along with Big Ten Network anchor Dave Revsine, I made the rounds, learning about the different elements that make up one of the oldest and most important organizations in college athletics.
In addition to interviewing Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, I met with members from the following departments: governance, compliance, officiating programs, marketing, technology, basketball operations and championships. I also caught up briefly with Mark Rudner, the Big Ten's Associate Commissioner for Television Administration, who, to my excitement, actually reads this blog. I'll chronicle my time at the Big Ten offices throughout the day tomorrow (Thursday), so check back for updates. A special thanks to Big Ten Assistant Commissioner for Communications Scott Chipman for setting up the tour.
Here are a few items that I missed, but you won't:
The Mike Barwis hype machine continues, as the Detroit Free Press takes a look at Michigan's energetic new strength coach.
After losing offensive line recruit David Barrent to Michigan State, Iowa picked up a commitment from running back Jordan Cotton on Wednesday.
The Harrisburg Patriot-News' David Jones takes a look at Centre County district attorney Michael Madeira, who some Penn State fans blame for the string of recent arrests of football players.
Who retires first, Joe Paterno or Bobby Bowden? Each coach might be waiting for the other to make a move, Chris Dufresne writes in the Los Angeles Times.
The Sporting News' Matt Hayes is already counting on JoePa to step down at the end of the season. He lists five potential replacements at Penn State -- No. 1 is no surprise, but check out No. 3.
Someone e-mailed and said I never link anything about Indiana. Complain and you shall receive. Here's a breakdown of the Hoosiers' schedule, courtesy of The Hoosier Scoop blog from the Bloomington Herald-Times. Indiana is going bowling again.