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Handpicked Highlights: Buckeyes Follow SEC's Example, Eliminate 21st-Century Technology

Tim Cary

Good luck trying to reach Terrelle Pryor by cell phone.  The Columbus Dispatch explains how the Buckeyes have been trying to eliminate distractions this week in camp, with the seniors deciding to confiscate all electronic devices (at the "suggestion" of the coaching staff).

Michigan State relying on solid group of linebackers.  By now, you've heard of Greg Jones, the media's pick for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, but what about the rest of MSU's linebackers?  David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press provides some more insight into what could be one of the best linebacking units in school history. (h/t, Enlightened Spartan)
CFB: Michigan St vs Michigan OCT 25
Eric Decker turns down the Twins, wins brownie points for honesty.  The Gophers' star wide receiver chose not to sign a contract with the baseball team that drafted him in the 27th round this summer, and got some compliments for the way he handled the process as well. has the details
Minnesota vs. Indiana

Throw it back!  Throw it back!
  The Indiana Daily Student profiles changes in the gameday experience at Bloomington's Memorial Stadium, including discounted tickets for all college students, occasional "Red Light Specials" on food and beverage, and allowing fans to keep footballs kicked into the stands (or throw them back if the wrong team attempted the kick).

The only remaining question is how long it will take IU fans to start bringing in their own footballs, a la Cubs supporters, so they can keep a souvenir from a Penn State field goal attempt and still appease the crowd by tossing a ball back onto the turf.  Stay tuned...

More on the Hoosiers...
  Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star praises IU for the stadium renovation, questions how long before the school produces a team worthy of the venue.

Cental Michigan v Indiana

And still more Indiana...
Actually, fans of every Big Ten school will probably appreciate this article, as IU's Daily Student gives an inside peek at what a full day of practice looks like.

And you thought your school's running back position was settled by now.  
Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register is already speculating who could step up in the Hawkeye backfield to replace injury-prone Jewel Hampton, while BTN's Dave Revsine points out that John Clay didn't start today's practice at running back (in the "for what it's worth" department).

So much for great expectations, right?  Hampton and Clay both received rave reviews from preseason magazines and this blog; it still remains to be seen if injuries or competition will keep them out of the starting lineup when September rolls around.

Preseason a good idea? 
A Bleacher Report writer explains why Division 1 football programs should be allowed an exhibition game to work out the kinks.  Intriguing concept, and I'm sure the Grand Valley State fans would welcome a trip to the Big House. 

What do you think? Are exhibition games a no-brainer for college football?  Why or why not?      



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