News Roundup - Big Ten Won't Expand 5/7
Posted May 7, 2009

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By Phil Guidry 

* How much influence does the winningest coach in the history of college football's major division carry? Not much, apparently. After Joe Paterno lobbied for the Big Ten to expand to 12 teams, commish Jim Delany said that there are no plans to expand and make Joe Pa happy. They're apparently content with going into hibernation as the SEC and Big 12 steal the national spotlight in December, and no amount of lobbying from cocky young upstarts like Joe Pa will change that.

* Vandal scandal: Idaho defensive coordinator Mark Criner was charged with a DUI early Monday.

* Alabama's Julio Jones, the team's leading receiver as a freshman last season, has undergone sports hernia surgery. He is expected to be back for fall camp, when he can resume giving opposing defensive coordinators migraines.

* Every week, there's a new story about how the spread of the spread offense is creating a dearth of pro-ready quarterback prospects. Yes, there's a spread of 'the spread of the spread' stories.

115 days and counting...

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