Here’s a few Big Ten nuggets to keep football in the conversation even though Nebraska has the week off from spring practice and NCAA basketball is about to start:
>> NU will be the first to hold its spring game or scrimmage when the Red-White contest kicks off on April 6 at Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 2 p.m. with live television coverage on BTN.
The other Big Ten schools (with known times in parentheses, all CDT): April 12, Illinois (8 p.m.). April 13, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State (noon), Purdue. April 20, Michigan State (1:30 p.m.), Penn State (11:30 a.m.), Wisconsin (4 p.m.). April 27, Iowa, Minnesota (1 p.m.).
>> ESPN.com reports that the only holdup with settling the new Big Ten divisions is whether to put Purdue or Indiana in the West. Otherwise the Central and Eastern time zones will divide the 14 teams once Maryland and Rutgers come aboard in 2014.
So it would look like:
West: Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue/Indiana
East: Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Purdue/Indiana
According to ESPN.com, league sources also are saying look for a nine-game Big Ten schedule to go into effect for the 2016 season.
>> Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany had some interesting things to say in an SI.com story about if the plaintiffs prevail in the Ed O’Bannon vs. the NCAA case.