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  1. Recapping B1G coaching changes for 2014

    Adam Rittenberg

    Non-Minnesota fans might have missed Friday's official announcement that Mike Sherels has been promoted to Gophers linebackers coach after serving on the team's recruiting staff. Sherels is the first new assistant Jerry Kill has hired in his Minnesot...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  2. Aranda, Butler are coordinators on the rise

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State defensive coordinator John Butler is so competitive and intense that a childhood friend wonders half-jokingly if a demon lives inside him. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, meanwhile, is California cool, an admittedly cerebra...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  3. Bill O'Brien likes PSU's secondary depth

    Adam Rittenberg

    Last summer, Penn State's defensive backs used outside criticism for motivation. The Lions' secondary had to replace all four starters and Malcolm Willis and Stephon Morris reminded everyone of the gloomy forecast many had for the back four. "We'r...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  4. B1G coordinators most likely to move up

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten has featured 21 coordinator changes in the past two years, but only two of them, Paul Chryst and Carl Pelini, left immediately for head-coaching positions elsewhere. Chryst, the former Wisconsin offensive coordinator, took the Pitt job...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  5. Spring game recap: Penn State

    Adam Rittenberg

    Saturday featured a three-pack of spring games around the Big Ten, and we're recapping each one. Next up, the annual Blue-White Game at Penn State. You can find coverage of Penn State's spring game here and here and here and here. Star of the g...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  6. PSU's Deion Barnes aims to broaden game

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State's Deion Barnes distinguished himself the way many young defensive linemen do: by beating tackles around the edge and putting quarterbacks on the ground. Barnes led the Nittany Lions in both sacks (6) and tackles for loss (10) and tied f...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  7. PSU's Hull sets stage for breakout season

    Adam Rittenberg

    On paper, Penn State returns only one starter at linebacker (Glenn Carson) and loses two All-Big Ten players (Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges) at the position. But anyone who watched the Nittany Lions' defense in 2012 knows junior Mike Hull isn't ...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  8. Spring Q&A: Penn State's Bill O'Brien

    Adam Rittenberg

    The last time we saw Penn State, the Lions were celebrating a surprisingly strong finish to the 2012 season and saying farewell to a special senior class. Penn State since has turned the page and will begin spring practice Monday with a mix of famili...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  9. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Kudos to Penn State students for another terrific THON event. They raised more than $12.3 million to help fight pediatric cancer. An excellent piece showing the oral history of the Pat Fitzgerald era at Northwestern. Nebraska is finding fewer a...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  10. Penn State fills out staff with Marshall aide

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State has filled its lone coaching staff vacancy with Marshall assistant Anthony Midget, according to multiple reports. Marshall head coach Doc Holliday on Wednesday confirmed Midget is leaving the Thundering Herd to take a position on Bill O...

    Blog | February 07, 2013
  11. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    We should start calling her ranch house, 'cause she doesn't have a second story. Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck gets big paper. The Huskers are becoming the Big Ten's Running Back U., and land another top recruit. Defensive coordina...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  12. Ted Roof leaves PSU, Butler promoted

    Adam Rittenberg

    Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State after a brief flirtation with the NFL, but one of his top assistants and closest friends is not. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof resigned Wednesday after spending just one season at Penn State, and took the sam...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  13. PSU secondary aims to quiet skeptics

    Adam Rittenberg

    Before spring practice, Penn State defensive backs Malcolm Willis and Stephon Morris sat in their apartment, brainstorming a way to motivate the secondary. They decided to tell their teammates the truth. At least the truth according to those outsi...

    Blog | July 17, 2012
  14. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Hoping everyone has a great weekend. The blog will be dark Monday for the holiday, but I'll be back at it bright and early Tuesday morning. Onto your emails ... Nick from Omaha writes: Adam, love the blog. I was just thinking: Everyone's asking...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  15. Q&A: Penn State D-coordinator Ted Roof

    Adam Rittenberg

    Of the eight assistant coaches Bill O'Brien has named to his staff at Penn State, no hire has sparked more debate among Nittany Nation than defensive coordinator Ted Roof. He spent the past three seasons at Auburn, winning a national title in 2010 bu...

    Blog | January 31, 2012
  16. Penn State announces six assistant hires

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State made it official Thursday and announced the hires of six assistant coaches on Bill O'Brien's staff. All of these names have been previously reported, but here they are again: Larry Johnson, defensive line Ron Vanderlinden, linebac...

    Blog | January 12, 2012