One of the most powerful figures in college sports today, the longtime Big Ten commissioner will be in Champaign this weekend for a look at two works in progress: Memorial Stadium and Ron Zook's Illini. Though he's pleased with his league's on-the-field product, the Chicagoland Hall of Famer remains frustrated by the Big Ten Network's distribution problems: "I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel." Sports editor Jim Rossow tracked down Delany to discuss Top 25 polls, retirement and, of course, the 2-month-old network.
Want to know which of this weekend's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 36-21 after another 4-2 week is still waiting for his Ron Zook-like contract extension:
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Arrelious Benn considers his nagging shoulder injury like he does a Big Ten cornerback.
A nuisance that's not going away anytime soon.
A card-carrying member of the Football Writers Association of America, the former Illini coach writes columns twice a week for the Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun. To prepare, he spends his weekends watching games at a local sports bar with "Big Ten friends." Sports editor Jim Rossow tracked down the 64-year-old to discuss the newspaper business, his interest in coaching again and Ron Zook's performance.
Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 32-19 after another disastrous 3-3 week is catching heat from boosters:
CHAMPAIGN – Vontae Davis wasn't surprised Ar-relious Benn asked back in Saturday's game despite a shoulder injury.
High school teammates at Washington Dunbar, Davis had seen Benn's act before.
Armed with a new three-year deal with ESPN, the sideline star continues to ride a wave of popularity. A telecommunications major and dance team member at Florida, the 29-year-old has developed into a go-to reporter for ESPN, covering everything from Big Ten basketball to the Great Outdoor Games. Familiar with the Assembly Hall, she'll work her first game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up with Andrews as she was prepping for Thursday's Kentucky-South Carolina game to talk about Ron Zook, the Orange Krush and diamond rings.