Big Ten lunch links: Tressel joins Middle East tour

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Reading is fundamental.

I've been around UW athletics since the spring of 1995, Mason's first year at UW, and I've never heard anyone, on or off the record, criticize Mason.

In these days in which everyone has an axe to grind, that's rare and refreshing. UW was wise to create a new position, even in these difficult economic times, for Mason. The move was wise and humane. You don't discard a quality person/coach who has given so much to the program.