One of the cool things about running a blog like this is the fan mail. I encourage anyone that has a discussion question to e-mail Hammerandrails at gmail for a Bill Simmons-like mailbag. This past week I was asked to help a young eighth grader who has aspirations on being a great point guard in the 2017 recruiting class. He asked me for advice on a research paper he was doing on Purdue basketball. Young Trey Shabazz hopefully did well with my advice, and we'll keep an eye on him recruiting-wise.
Now, onto the links:
Big Ten football procrastinates on parity-based scheduling, and nothing ever changes - SBNation.com
Jim Delany promised frequent games between the top teams in the East and West. Instead, we are getting Minnesota against Michigan and Ohio State. What does this say about Delany's view of the playoff selection process?
Paula Reto Previews NCAA Championships - YouTube
Senior Paula Reto previews this week's NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Athens, Geo.
MSU among the Big Ten schools to increase payrolls | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Michigan State upped its investment a year ago, Minnesota and Purdue have now done the same, Ohio State continues to lead the way and Michigan still has the highest-paid member of an increasingly prosperous Big Ten club — football assistant coaches.
Wisconsin, Big Ten assistant coach salaries rising - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Assistants are being paid more throughout the conference, and nowhere has the difference been greater than at Wisconsin.
Big Ten Baseball Weekly Review – Week 14 - Corn Nation
The final regular season standings for 2013 are as follows:
Appalachian State 34 - Michigan 32 revisited - Land-Grant Holy Land
Still the best live anything the Big Ten Network's ever aired.
B1G 2013 // This Is About The Future - Off Tackle Empire
Iowa's upcoming season is about the future, not right now.
Who Is The Northwestern Bagman? - The Champaign Room
I think we all know, it's just The Champaign Room is the only site brave enough to say it.