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Around the B1G: Michigan State’s Tom Izzo undergoes successful surgery

Once a week we’ll take a look at the biggest headlines, stories and commentary from around the Big Ten sites and blogosphere. It’s our way of showing you how the rest of the internet is seeing the Big Ten. So, enjoy as we go around the B1G.

East Division:

First up is news from this morning that Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo underwent successful surgery, courtesy of our friends at Spartan Nation. It appears the surgery was for a minor hernia and the basketball team expect to have him back in the office later in the week. That’s good news considering basketball practice is already underway all over the country.

It’s safe to say Rutgers has been a surprise to many fans of the “traditional” Big Ten footprint. However, On The Banks’ gives you an insiders look at just where the Scarlet Knights stand at the mid-season point.

Our friends at The Buckeye Battle Cry have given out both offensive and defensive evaluations of the Buckeyes at the halfway point of Ohio State’s season.

Maryland played host to its first ever Big Ten football contest this past Saturday, and according to Testudo Times the benefits of B1G membership are very apparent despite the loss on the field.

Could it be time for the Michigan Wolverines to can the so-called “legacy jerseys?” One of our poll voters, Joshua Henschke of Mazie ‘N Brew, believes the jerseys are putting too much pressure on the poor Wolverine players and contributing to the bad play on the field.

Over at the Indianapolis Star, Hoosier insider David Woods tackles an interesting question — Does IU’s location contribute to failures?

Damn Notre Dame…they keep stealing committed prospects from Big Ten teams. Lately, the biggest target has been Penn State and earlier this week the Nittany Lions got the biggest blow when 2016 QB Brandon Wimbush decommitted from PSU and went with the Golden Domers.

West Division:

Wisconsin’s surprise loss to Northwestern has sent a lot of Badger fans in to a panic, and it’s created a QB controversy as well. Gary Andersen is going to a two QB rotation this week, but MadTown Badgers believes whomever is a success will come down to the play calling of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.

It’s hockey season, and for The Daily Gopher than means going in-depth with the roster and taking a long look at the reigning Big Ten regular season champions. It’s a good source of info, but so is our own preview of the Gophers and the rest of the Big Ten hockey programs.

Northwestern didn’t “lake the posts” after beating Wisconsin (a sign of how far this program has come), but our friends at Lake the Posts have an interesting look at how truly wild the Big Ten West has been already this year.

Our friends over at Boiled Sports give a great look at the Boilermakers football program at the halfway point. gives you the latest edition of Vine St. Hooligans podcast. They take on “Clapgate” and more in this episode.

Hey, did you know that Hayden Fry wanted a college football playoff 30 years ago? Well, BlackHeartGoldPants makes sure you know all about it here. uses the words optimism and Illini football in the same sentence…and they aren’t joking.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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