Asmussen's Big Ten winners and losers
James Franklin — Only Big Ten coach new to his school, former Vanderbilt coach came across as strong and sure of himself. He had everyone in the room ready to move the Nittany Lions up in the loaded East. His only problem is the company he keeps with regular games against Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.
Bo Pelini — The guy wins nine games a year but is considered an underachiever. His reputation has been enhanced with his cat fixation. He mentioned the Internet sensation cat Monday, saying the feline was “up in the room, taking a nap.” Me-ow.
Playoff fans — They can’t change their minds. Not after Michael Kelly spent time going over the first year of the new system. It has been a bit confusing. Here’s what you need to know: two tripleheaders, on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1. And Kelly cleared up one important question: There are no limits to the number of teams from one league that can qualify for the semifinals.
Randy Edsall — Maryland coach could have taken shots at his old league, the ACC, but chose to keep it polite. Pleasant, but dull. Dreadfully dull. We will see if he can coach.
Kevin Wilson — Fourth-year Indiana coach needs to win some games if he wants there to be a fifth. He won’t wow the Hoosiers with his wit and personality. Probably doesn’t help his cause that the Indiana basketball program seems to be in a free fall.
Newspaper budgets — The media rate at the Hilton Chicago was $180. And that’s before you pay the endless sales taxes. And the huge wad of cash it takes to park in Chicago. Would it hurt the Big Ten to hold the event at a Red Roof Inn?