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Michigan State hockey player releases statement about Glenn Winston.  A.J. Sturges released a statement this week, harshly criticizing the university for reinstating running back Glenn Winston to the football team.  Sturges missed the 2008-09 hockey season with injuries that he claimed resulted from Winston's attack.  The Detroit Free Press has the story and the statement.
CFB: Michigan St vs Northwestern OCT 11
Small, Rose attend Buckeyes practice, Boren injured.
  The same day that Ohio State's football team regained the services of Ray Small and Robert Rose, the Buckeyes lost Justin Boren to a knee injury.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that Boren will miss several weeks, but the injury isn't considered to be too serious.
Wolverines' Kelvin Grady making transition from hoops.  AnnArbor.com reports that former Michigan basketball player Kelvin Grady is making his presence known on the football field, and should see some playing time for RichRod this fall.  Getting vertical shouldn't be a problem for the ex-hoopster, who will apparently be penciled in as a slot receiver.  If you missed the news that Grady was switching sports, The Michigan Daily ran down the pros and cons of Grady's football prospects earlier this summer.  

Honeymoon over at Indiana?   Doug Gillett writes for Yahoo! Sports about Bill Lynch's difficult situation at Indiana, with contributions from CrimsonQuarry.com.  While Lynch pulled off the seemingly miraculous feat of taking the Hoosiers to a bowl in 2007, things have headed downhill since.  With star player Kellen Lewis kicked off the team, the upcoming season doesn't look all that promising in Bloomington either, and Lynch's job could rest on the outcome.
Ball State v Indiana
Penn State a "lousy" football team?  So says Joe Paterno in this week's press conference, as reported by BlackShoeDiaries.com.  "Nothing excites me yet," the veteran coach told reporters.  "I'll be honest with you, we're lousy.  I have nothing to be excited about right now as a team.  I'm serious about that."  And thus begins the 107th straight year that Coach Paterno has tried to downplay expectations for his football team in Happy Valley.

Speaking of State College... Paterno is threatening to sit senior cornerback A.J. Wallace for a game or two as part of his punishment for skipping classes this summer.  Penn State's Daily Collegian has the story, including the fact that Wallace is currently a third-stringer as he tries to get back in JoePa's good graces.

360 degrees of splendor in Minneapolis.  For those of you who can't wait another day to see what the Golden Gophers' brand-spanking-new TCF Bank Stadium looks like, TwinCities.com and the Pioneer Press have you covered with a panoramic view from midfield, courtesy of photographer Nathan Berndt.

Once a starter, always a starter?  Not so much.  As Purdue's Jaycen Taylor fights back from an ACL injury, he also finds himself fighting his way up the running back depth chart, according to a story in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.  Taylor is averaging 5.6 yards a carry for his career, good for fourth in the Purdue record books, but according to the Gazette, he will have to win his starting tailback job back from speedy sophomore Ralph Bolden, who wowed the coaches with his performance in spring ball (while Taylor was still rehabbing his knee injury).
 
SEC speed comes north.  STLToday.com profiles Illini transfer Jarred Fayson, his brief career at the University of Florida, and the gamebreaking potential he brings to Champaign.  FBT prediction: If he can keep Arrelious Benn from seeing a double-team every single snap, his Illini season will be deemed a success.  
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