Big Ten Speed: Adapt and Survive

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Urban Meyer probably didn’t make a lot of friends last week when speaking about the Big Ten conference in comparison to the SEC. Speaking candidly, Meyer had no problem giving his diagnosis for why the Big Ten has not fared very well in bowl games and big out-of-conference games in recent years. When asked about the major difference between the Big Ten and SEC Meyer responded:

“Overall team speed. I notice it on special teams. In spring practice I noticed that,” Meyer said. “So I just think overall athleticism right now we’re a little bit behind.”

Ouch. After ruffling the Bret Bielema’s feathers this past spring, Meyer will have certainly removed himself from the annual coaches Christmas card list. In addition to chiding the Big Ten for its lack of speed, Meyer went to say that while the Big Ten conference was once the #1 conference in the country, it has lost that spot to the SEC. So much for conference pride and loyalty huh?

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2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

The torrid pace the Wolverines set in February has finally slowed a tad since we last talked, but they did add Gareon Conley, Michael McCray and DeVeon Smith in March.

#1 Michigan Banner 16 Commits

    The torrid pace the Wolverines set in February has finally slowed a tad since we last talked, but they did add Gareon Conley, Michael McCray and DeVeon Smith in March.

#2 Ohio State Banner 5 Commits

     Urban Meyer’s first full class as OSU’s head man is turning out to be a very high quality one, led by athlete Jalin Marshall.

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The Third Edition of the End Around

Bloomberg reports that Michigan will be crashing the Northeast private party that has been Division 1 Lacrosse for the better part of the sports history.

Denard Robinson clocked in on the third team of Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten Teams. Not remotely offended in the slightest bit due to Steele being a lone member of the media that predicted success for last year’s squad.

A great article on BTPowerhouse highlighting the essential differences between Beilein’s squads at West Virginia and last year’s Wolverines.

Tennessee Vols blog Rocky Top Talk has an entertaining bracket on their program’s biggest villains. In the Final Four, none other than Charles Woodson, lol.

Desmond Howard tweeted for ideas before his speech this at the Black Coaches and Administration convention in Florida this past week.  I highly doubt that his speech wasn’t already written and being looked over by his publicist for errors.  Nonetheless, Desmond made a statement using Denard Robinson as an example that no player is bigger than his program that he plays for.  To which I agree and I don’t believe he crossed any lines.  The only action against etiquette was tweeting an article supporting himself afterwards.  Then again, to make this entire paragraph moot I can guarantee you that 90% of his tweets are done by his publicist.

In an ESPN Insider article, Bruce Feldman listed the top possibilities to replace Tre$$el as: 1) Urban Meyer 2) Bo Pelini 3) Gary Patterson 4) Jon Gruden 5) Mark Dantonio 6) Mark Stoops 7) Gary Pinkel

The Free Press reports that Darius Morris is confident after working out with the Indiana Pacers.

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