Big Ten lunchtime links: What went wrong at Illinois

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

I'm hitting the road for Chambana this afternoon to gear up for No. 11 Ohio State and Illinois tomorrow (ESPN2, noon ET). Your last-minute restaurant recommendations are always welcome, though I believe a colleague has got it covered.

Here's your Friday installment of links:

  • The over-reliance on young players, a vague rushing attack, and a midseason letdown, are some of the factors contributing to Illinois' decline, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Minnesota players still draw inspiration from last year's senior class, which finished 1-11 in its final college season, Sid Hartman writes in the Star Tribune. Also, check out this little nugget toward the end of the column.

Tim Brewster said he can't understand where the rumors are coming from connecting him with the Tennessee job. "I'm very happy at Minnesota," he said.

"Start by charging UW students the same per-game ticket price as everyone else (currently $39 instead of $19). That should separate the serious fans from those motivated solely by the money they can make selling the cheaper tickets.

Bar codes on the tickets make it possible to track the exact time students walk through the turnstiles. If a person has perfect pregame attendance at the end of the season, they not only avoid the ticket lottery the following year, but the price of their ticket also goes back to the cheaper level."