Big Ten lunch links

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Kick the ball, already.

  • Back on Sunday night, which feels like a year ago, Rich Rodriguez's financial adviser said in a statement that the Michigan head coach had been the victim of a Ponzi scheme and that the "promoter of the scheme is currently awaiting trial on criminal charges." Well, we know who the promoter is now. All the details can be found at annarbor.com.

  • The heat is rising on RichRod this fall, CBS Sports.com's Dennis Dodd writes.

  • A Big Ten bowl game at Yankee Stadium? Could be a possibility, while Northwestern might move a future home game to The Bronx, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Penn State's depth at defensive tackle will be tested since Brandon Ware will miss a month with a broken foot, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. While several Nittany Lions players are banged up, head coach Joe Paterno feels just fine as he prepares to return to the sideline, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.

  • Ohio State's offensive line finally practiced as a unit Monday, easing concerns before the opener against Navy, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins will start the opener for Michigan State, but the competition under center is far from over, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Caulton Ray will start at running back, and a few spots behind him sits Glenn Winston, who recently served four months in jail and returned too soon, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press.

  • This fall, new Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch takes another step on his path to a head-coaching position, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.

  • Illinois finds itself in a battle with USC for the services of heralded prep wide receiver Kyle Prater, Jeremy Werner writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.

  • Jewel Hampton's season-ending knee injury has prompted Iowa to look for Plan B at running back, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

  • Indiana will finish 4-8 this fall, Terry Hutchens predicts in The Indianapolis Star.

  • Facing Toledo in the season opener has signaled good things for Purdue in the past, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.