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Urban Meyer Won't Be Joining The Zooker Fan Club Anytime Soon

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In the "sure to make waves" department, Florida head coach Urban Meyer was quoted today as criticizing the atmosphere around the Gators' football program under the previous coach, namely current Illini head man Ron Zook.  Meyer told David Jones of Florida Today about inheriting an "unbelievable" situation where "you don't win many games, but you beat up freshmen", and went into a great amount of detail about the way underclassmen were treated in the locker room.
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While Zook probably wasn't on great terms with his former employer anyway after first getting fired, then convincing wideout Jarred Fayson to transfer to Illinois, Meyer's latest comments are sure to take the Florida/Illinois and Big Ten/SEC rivalries to a whole different level.
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In other news around the Big Ten...

Daniel Murray plans on keeping the Hawkeyes' placekicker job.  GazetteOnline.com profiles the Iowa junior and the way his patience paid off in last year's memorable upset of Penn State.   

Michigan needs to take care of the ball.
  While it doesn't qualify as breaking news, Bleacher Report writer Ryan Jelley examines the Wolverines' disappointing 2008 season and explains how fixing the turnover issue could restore U-M to prominence sooner than others expect.

Michigan State quarterback duel continues.  In today's much-anticipated scrimmage, front-runner Keith Nichol connected for 7 of 14 passes and 54 yards, while Kirk Cousins hit on 6 of 13 for 119 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  All the pertinent stats are available on the Spartans' Twitter feed.

Tony Dungy visits the ol' alma mater.  Speaking of Twitter, Minnesota coach Tim Brewster's latest micro-blog relayed the news that former Gopher Tony Dungy visited Minneapolis today.  According to Brewster, Dungy's "inspiration and message is something everybody could learn from."  Fans will have a chance to see how inspired the Golden Gophers are when the Big Ten Network broadcasts from TCF Bank Stadium Saturday.

Butkus Award watch list released.  Seven Big Ten linebackers show up on the Butkus Award watch list today, which you can find here.  While MSU's Greg Jones, the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is a no-brainer, he's joined by Iowa's Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds, Penn State's Navorro Bowman and Sean Lee, Michigan's Obi Ezeh, and Martez Wilson of Illinois.  Jones would seem to be the most likely winner from the league, but I would tab Lee as a darkhorse possibility if he is fully recovered from last year's knee injury.   

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