Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
RANTOUL, Ill. -- I took off my Illinois blinders for a few minutes to look around the league. Here's what I found.
Three Michigan State freshmen face one of the vaguest charges I've ever heard -- "failure to obey the police" -- after a June 30 incident. The Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode has the story. Defensive end Cameron Jude, one of the three, should be in the mix for playing time this fall.
A Wisconsin injury update from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. Several key players sat out Wednesday's first practice, including quarterback Allan Evridge [hamstring], defensive end Kirk DeCremer (back), cornerback Aaron Henry (knee) and running back John Clay (ankle).
After the title game flop, Ohio State's defense is hoping to change its national perception this fall, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Mike Rothstein has a good interview with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, a former Notre Dame assistant. Alvarez commented on having his own statue in Madison.
"You always feel like when they put a statue up, the guy's dead. It's different, though."
An interesting development in the Iowa sexual assault case. Apparently the alleged victim text-messaged with one of the accused former Hawkeyes football players after the alleged incident, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Thankfully, there is some news about what's happening on the field at Iowa, as running back Shonn Greene returns to the mix. Iowa isn't the only Big Ten school to add a player development position, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register.
The wait is finally over for Comcast cable subscribers, who can begin watching the Big Ten Network on Friday morning, Mark Alesia writes in The Indianapolis Star.