Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
MADISON, Wis. -- Greetings from one of my favorite college towns. I'll be heading over to Wisconsin's scrimmage later this morning, but here's a look at what's happening around the conference.
Penn State held its media day Friday -- I'm still hoping to head down there this month, if they'll let me in -- and coach Joe Paterno didn't tip his hand about the quarterback situation, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Paterno didn't watch the infamous Outside the Lines piece on Penn State but admitted mistakes were made in handling some of the offseason issues, Cory Giger writes in the Altoona Mirror. He quotes Paterno saying:
''I can't walk away from the fact that we had some kids that were [in trouble] and that maybe I didn't do the best job I could have."
The spread offense isn't new to Paterno, who ran a version of it as a high schooler in 1944 [!], the Associated Press writes.
The Lions hope their off-field problems are in the past, but media day brought more questions about the recently dismissed players, Donnie Collins writes in The (Scranton) Times-Tribune.
Ohio State freshman Terrelle Pryor handled his first blitz -- from the media -- quite well, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
Buckeyes offensive lineman Justin Boren knows he'll be a popular [or unpopular] man in years to come after transferring from Michigan, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Michigan running back Kevin Grady pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, Barton Dieters writes in The Grand Rapids Press.
After a so-so practice on Wednesday, Michigan stepped it up with its best workout thus far on Friday. Kicker K.C. Lopata reportedly hit a 56-yard field goal. Impressive, even in practice.
Michigan State wideout Fred Smith should be one of the league's top impact freshmen this fall, but he's got to trim a few pounds first and convince people he's not a tight end, Dave Dye writes in The Detroit News.
Smith and classmate Keshawn Martin continue to impress the coaches at wide receiver, while Chris L. Rucker will play exclusively on defense as a cornerback, Andrew Mouranie writes in The Lansing State Journal.
The Champaign News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen projects Illinois' depth chart. Junior Daniel Dufrene gets the starting nod at running back, while Travon Bellamy and Nate Bussey win the safety spots.
Wisconsin's defensive linemen are experienced, talented and coming off surgeries.
I was really impressed with Wisconsin wideout Nick Toon when I saw him before his hamstring injury this spring. Toon, the son of former Badgers star Al Toon, is getting healthy and playing catch-up, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
No surprise here: defense is the key for Minnesota's turnaround this fall, John Mullin writes in the Chicago Tribune.
After tragedy and transition the last two years, Northwestern needs to take the next step this fall, Rich Cirminiello writes on FoxSports.com.
Here are some good media day tidbts from the Penn State blog Black Shoes Diaries.
There are risks and rewards to the no-huddle offense, and Indiana will find them out this fall.