Big Ten FB: The Five on Five (5-30-11)

Big Ten FB: The Five on Five (5-30-11)

Topics include: Ohio State's eventual coaching search, a new Wisconsin series, Phil Steele's All-Big Ten teams, plus more.

Tressel's Replacement
By now, the fans of the Big Ten and all of college football have heard about the resignation of Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

But, where does Ohio State go now?

For now, Luke Fickell, who was an assistant head coach under Tressel, will serve as the interim coach. However, some names have already floated around the vacant coaching position, most notably Urban Meyer's name.

According to the National Football Post, "...head coach Urban Meyer will likely the be the first name on [Ohio State's] wish list, followed by Oklahoma's Bob Stoops."

If Ohio State decides to go with Meyer, who currently works with ESPN, or Stoops, the future coach, whoever it may be, will have big shoes to fill (Tressel was 106-22 at OSU) and a school image to recover.


Wisconsin & Hawaii Series in the Works?
Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Hawaii is discussing a home-and-home series against the Wisconsin Badgers, who have gone 5-1 against the Warriors.

"We're interested in playing quality teams on a home-and-home basis as long as the math and the date and seasons work out," said Hawaii's AD Jim Donovan .

If a series is worked out, the dates are expected to be somewhere between 2017 and 2018.

Along with the Badgers, Hawaii is also in talks with Notre Dame.


Northwestern offers dual-threat QB
Bilal Marshall of Dade Christian high school in Florida was recently made an offer by Northwestern; an offer that has intrigued Marshall.

"It's a great academic school and they're a great team," said Marshall, according to PurpleWildcats.com.

Marshall, a three-star recruit on Scout.com, will have a tough decision to make when it comes to selecting the college of his future. His main goal in selecting a school is "building a bond with the coaches" along with academics, which he claims is "important." After throwing for 1,358 yards and 15 touchdowns to go with his 971 rushing yards and seven touchdowns via his legs, Marshall has received offers from a wide array of schools: Baylor, Boston College, Purdue, Rutgers, Tulane and Wake Forest.


Michigan Anticipating Bigger Stadium?
The iconic Big House has been a staple in Michigan football allure. Already seating approximately 110,000 -- the country's largest seating capacity -- Michigan's athletic director, Dave Brandon, suggests that the Big House might be adding more seats.

The suggestion is that Michigan would add another 10,000 seats, bumping the capacity to an astounding 120,000. In order to that, though, Michigan will have to rely on its fan support and income from tickets.

"Because if we put additional seating in Michigan Stadium, we have to fill it immediately, which gives us the ability to pay for the cost of the addition," said Brandon.

That certainly is a tall task; adding more seats to a stadium that has been regarded as the biggest of its kind is bound to garner a lot of attention. Michigan already has set aside $20 million to add multiple high definition video scoreboards at three of the school's stadiums.


Phil Steele's Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Here's a quick rundown of some of the notable players selected to each of the following teams: first, second and third. (Side note: QB Taylor Martinez was named to the 4th team)

First Team
QB Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
TE Kyle Reed, Nebraska
DT Jared Crick, Nebraska
LB Michael Mauti, Penn State


Second Team
QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
DE Cameron Merideth, Nebraska
LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State
S Micah Hyde, Iowa


For the complete list: http://www.philsteele.com/Pdf/2011PreseasonHonors/AllBig10.pdf

- Josh Harvey -

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