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Big Ten lunch links

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule.

"There's no specific benchmark," athletic director Bill Martin said. "Historically, we've won 75 percent of games, the winningest program in sports. ... I think what you need to do is, 10 years from now, look at his entire body of work."

  • Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald discusses strategy, adjustments and momentum in an interesting Q&A with the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite.

  • Penn State picked up its sixth verbal commitment for 2010, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Meanwhile, Joe Paterno's victories race with Florida State's Bobby Bowden could be nearing an unfortunate end, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • Purdue comes in at No. 94 on The New York Times' countdown of FBS teams.

  • A statue of former Illinois great Red Grange will greet fans at Memorial Stadium this fall.