Friday Big Ten bullets: Ferentz staying put

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Before the blog shuts down for the weekend, a few items:

  • The Kansas City Chiefs' hiring of Todd Haley erases any concern about Kirk Ferentz leaving Iowa after 10 seasons as head coach. This doesn't seem like the time for Ferentz to return to the NFL, especially with a strong team coming back in 2009 that includes his son, James, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman.

  • Michigan's schedule addition of Delaware State is official, and the Wolverines became the ninth Big Ten team to finalize the 2009 slate. Though Illinois and Indiana haven't completed their 2009 schedules, I'll begin a team-by-team schedule analysis next week.

  • Congratulations to Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his wife Stacy, who delivered the couple's third child at 7:58 a.m. CT today. Brendan William Fitzgerald checked in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. The Fitzgeralds have two other sons, Jack (4) and Ryan (2), and are well on their way to fielding an entire defensive front seven for Northwestern in 2027.

  • Missed this one from earlier today, but you can count Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel among those who would like an early signing date. The story by Doug Lesmerises also dispels rumors that Terrelle Pryor had a shoulder injury in the Fiesta Bowl.

  • Former Illinois defensive line coach Tom Sims has found a new home at Kansas.