Big Ten lunchtime links: Leach fires up Michigan

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

After a lean week, there are plenty of good links around the league today. Hope you brought your appetite.

  • What if Notre Dame had joined the Big Ten along with Penn State and the league held a championship game the last 16 years? It's fun to dream, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises does exactly that in this entertaining blog post. Not sure if I agree with his division alignment -- Ohio State and Michigan in opposite divisions -- but it would be pretty entertaining.

  • Michigan's football banquet was shorter than usual after a historically bad season, but former Wolverines quarterback Rick Leach provided quite a highlight, John Heuser writes in the Ann Arbor News.

"I'll make you a promise before I go," he said. "My promise to you is, I know that day's coming. Maybe you had your fun and got your pound of flesh out of Michigan after 33 years. I don't care if it's Mark Dantonio, Charlie Weis or -- you better believe it -- Jim Tressel. Your freakin' day is coming."

"I don't know why there's a misconception that we don't bring a lot of fans to bowl games," Phillips said. "I think it's because we have a smaller season-average and people think we don't travel well. It's just the opposite. We're not a regional institution. We are a national and international institution, with alums all over the country. And they've not only come to bowls in numbers, they've spent an awful lot."