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Big Ten lunch links

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

In case you missed Big Ten preview day, check it out here and here. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit also sat down with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who says he gets e-mails from Michigan players. The countdown of the league's 25 best players begins Friday.

  • Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is still mulling the fate of his son, James, a redshirt freshman center for the Hawkeyes who recently pleaded guilty to public intoxication, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Also, Hawkeyes defensive end Jason Semmes is transferring to Miami (Ohio).

  • Notre Dame remains the best option for Big Ten expansion, and The Grand Rapids Press' Steve Grinczel has an interesting plan of how to organize the divisions.

Look at from the Big Ten's point of view. Let's say the league finally softens its stance and allows Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse or West Virginia in -- hmmm, to the greatest benefit of which team located in State College, Pa., by the way?

How stupid would the Big Ten look by knocking over the domino that opens up a spot in the Big East just when Notre Dame finally says, "By jove, we outta join a league. Gee, which one has an opening?"