Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
A few items from around the league.
Despite the worst season in team history, Michigan led the nation in attendance, edging out Big Ten co-champ Penn State.
Wisconsin doesn't expect a major drop-off in football season-ticket renewals despite a disappointing 2008 season, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
More adversity awaits Minnesota linebacker recruit Sam Maresh in the coming weeks, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
"They said this could end [Sam's] career, that they wanted to prepare us for the worst," said Bill Maresh, Sam's father. "They said that could be an outcome. They also said, 'Hey, things could go well. We'll get it out of there, you'll miss spring ball and you'll be ready for the fall.'"
Ohio State's pro prospects understand the need for speed before the NFL combine, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
A.J. Edds might miss spring practice after shoulder surgery, but Iowa should be very solid at linebacker in 2009, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse writes in his blog.