B1G Dumpster Fire – 06.17.2012

On June 17, 2012 by Grant Edgell


Each week we’ll gladly start a dumpster fire of pertinent news from around the blogs of our B1G rivals in order to help you keep your eye on the enemy, posted each Sunday morning in this 7am time slot. In case you missed our Three Yards and a Cloud of Links yesterday, we brought you a full link-dump of Ohio State news from around the Internet from the past seven days and we’ll follow that up today with a full recap of additional Empire content from the week that was. But first things first….the enemy.

If you don’t click on another link in this entire post, I suggest you take a look at Iowa’s Black Heart, Gold Pants version of a new Ohio State pro-combat uniform. Brace yourself.

And with that, let’s get into some B1G links. Included this week is a quarterback who can kill a bear with a bow and arrow, Sparty loses another commit, Northwestern lands a 7-footer (!!!), and the Illini actually make an upgrade to something. Ok just their football helmet, but still. Enjoy the links, thirty-five in total.

Who’s got a match? Light the fire, please….


  • Some people already are criticizing Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg, and the season is still three months away. While most feedback regarding the black bear he killed with a bow and arrow this spring has been positive, there has been criticism. (Hawk Central)
  • Iowa football added another verbal commitment to is 2013 haul on Friday, landing Minnesota defensive back Malik Rucker. Rucker’s a universal 3* recruit who chose Iowa over offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and several mid-major programs. (Black Heart, Gold Pants)


  • Jake Ryan came in as a freshman without much fanfare — or recruiting hype, same thing — and promptly redshirted. High school teammate and fellow linebacker Scott McVey committed to Ohio State in that same recruiting cycle and was much more ballyhooed than was Ryan: McVey chose Ohio State over offers from Michigan, MSU, Iowa, Stanford and West Virginia. As expected, their careers have taken divergent paths, but surprisingly Ryan is the one developing into a star. (Maize n Brew)
  • What jumped right off the page for me is the fact that the Golden Nugget installed Michigan as road chalk in both the Nebraska and Ohio State games. The Nugget’s opening line called for Michigan -2 at Nebraska and -3 at Ohio State. (MGoBlog)


  • It was only a matter of time before Texas OL commit Caleb Benenoch decommitted from the Spartans. After weeks of analysts predicting he would decommit — and Benenoch saying he wouldn’t — the news finally came out on Tuesday night. (The Only Colors)
  • For those of you who are not aware…  Spartan Stadium is undergoing renovation of its scoreboards – both the large board at the south end, and the two tiny boards will be replaced by larger video boards on the north ends.  Here is what it looks like as of June 14…. (The Enlightened Spartan)
  • It appears the Breslin center has gotten another makeover. (The Only Colors)


  • Speaking of the idea of a new facility, it is clear that Kill is serious about wanting one. Whether or not he truly believes it is possible right now, the way he discusses it suggests that he’s serious about it. (The Daily Gopher)


  • In BtB’s initial odds, the Huskers were only underdogs in two games: at Ohio State (5 point underdog) and at Michigan State (2.5 point underdog). The Huskers are predicted to be favorites against Southern Miss (-13.5), at UCLA (-9), Arkansas State (-24.5), Idaho State (-49), Wisconsin (-4), at Northwestern (-9), Michigan (-3.5), Penn State (-13), Minnesota (-23.5), and at Iowa (-3). (Corn Nation)
  • Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald observed Oklahoma City preparing to host the NBA Finals and wondered on Sunday whether Omaha could be a major league city. At first glance, it’s easy to wonder what if.  Green Bay has the Packers, and Oklahoma City now has the Thunder.  Why not Omaha?(Husker Mike)


  • Unfazed by the Mislav Brzjoa debacle, Bill Carmody and his staff added 7 foot 2 center Chier Ajou today. Assuming Ajou can get through admissions, he will eligible to play this year. Ajou is a great story; he was born and raised in Sudan and only came to the United States and began playing basketball in 2008. (Sippin’ on Purple)
  • Stanford cornerback Quinn Evans will be joining the Cats for one year as a grad student in a very Swoppy move. (Sippin’ on Purple)
  • Part of the fun of being a fan is the mind games you can play with yourself to believe that THIS is the year. As a Northwestern fan, we’re fully delusional based on our irrational history of the out-of-nowhere transformation from 1994 to 1995. (Lake the Posts)



  • Indiana’s Class of 2012, which coined the phrase “The Movement,” to stand for Indiana’s run of highly-ranked in-state recruits, has arrived on campus.Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and center Peter Jurkin had already been on campus for a week. Ferrell, guard Ron Patterson and swingman Jeremy Hollowell participated in last week’s Indiana All-Star series and graduated before arriving on campus on Wednesday. (Hoosier Scoop)
  • On May 17 life changed drastically for one of Indiana University’s own. Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Soccer, Women’s Basketball and the Track and Field team, Tom Morris was in a catastrophic cycling accident. (Crimson Quarry)


  • Luke Butkus just tweeted out a link to a family photo session at Memorial Stadium, some of the photos feature the new helmet which will be used in a game or two this season.
  • Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and staff will hit the road next week, traveling to seven locations across the state of Illinois to host one-day advanced satellite camps. The satellite camps are part of the 15-date Illinois football summer camp schedule that runs June 8-June 23. (FightingIllini.com)


  • Bell received his Penn State offer about three weeks ago, nearly a month after taking an unofficial visit to Happy Valley. He was back on campus on Thursday to meet with the coaches, who made enough of a push for Bell that the choice was clear. (BlackShoeDiaries)
  • This (Sandusky sex abuse scandal) timeline will be continually updated throughout the rest of the trial and beyond. Click “Find Out More” on the event pop-up to be taken to an Onward State article on the selected incident. (Onward State)
  • Breneman injured his knee in a seven-on-seven camp this week. He heard his knee snap while going up to haul in a catch on a seam route and knew immediately something was wrong. The MRI results, obviously, confirmed the worst fears for Breneman. (Nittany Lions Den)


  • If you are a true Purdue fan you know Hail Fire and either love it or hate it.  It’s one of those things that’s become a custom in our Boilermaker society, just like Lebron, and Tebow are in everyday society; you either love it or hate it. (Boiled Sports)
  • The general belief among bloggers and most other writers is that the College Football Hall of Fame needs an overhaul. It’s requirements are such that Travis Dorsch is going to be eligible while Drew Brees is not. (Hammer and Rails)


  • If you’re scoring at home, current and former Top 100 recruits have spurned the Badgers for Iowa State and Iowa in the last week or so. With Wisconsin’s Advanced Instruction camp Wednesday and Thursday, plus team camp Friday and Saturday, plenty of prospects have been around Madison. But unfortunately, not as many as there could have been. (Bucky’s 5th Quarter)
  • We’re a few months ahead of the start of Badger fall camp, but coachs and players a like will tell you that it’s the summer months that make the biggest difference in a player.  It’s a time spent amongst the players themselves as coaches aren’t allowed to have contact in terms of actual coaching.  So with that, what Badgers have the most to prove from this summer? (MadTown Badgers)


Buckeye Empire Content Recap – June 10th – June 16th

Buckeye Presence – US Open  |  Edgell

Meyer Sends a Message  |  Staff

Empire Pictorial – Meyer Class of 2012  |  Edgell

3 Yards and a Cloud of Links  |  Staff

The Friday Victory Bell  |  Edgell

The Power of Propaganda  |  Staff

The Thursday Victory Bell  |  Huber

Ezekiel Elliott, Empired (Q&A)  |  Edgell

The Wednesday Victory Bell  |  Staff

One Experience, One Cause – The Women’s Clinic  |  Edgell

The Recruited  |  Huber

The Tuesday Victory Bell  |  Edgell

Raising a Coveted Commodity  |  Edgell

The Monday Victory Bell  |  Staff (Launch)