Lots happening in the Big 10
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will serve a three-game suspension to start this season as part of self-imposed penalties for NCAA recruiting infractions. The school’s move means Harbaugh will not be on the sideline for the second-ranked Wolverines home games against East Carolina, UNLV and Bowling Green. He will be permitted to coach the team during the week, as per NCAA rules. The infractions case is tied to improper contact with recruits.
UNDATED (AP) — The Ohio State starting quarterback job is still up for grabs. Coach Ryan Day says he’s hasn’t decided yet who his starter will be for the Sept. 2 opener at Indiana. He hasn’t discounted the idea that both will play if one doesn’t pull ahead in the derby. Kyle McCord and Devin Brown split reps in Saturday’s scrimmage and Day thinks either one could handle the pressure-cooker job. McCord is a third-year player who has spent the past two seasons backing up two-time Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud.
UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten’s final season with a 14-team, two-division setup should play out the way it has since the conference last expanded in 2014. That means an East team will win the championship and it probably will be Michigan or Ohio State. The preseason No. 2 Wolverines and No. 3 Buckeyes have flip-flopped as the team to beat now that Michigan has beaten its hated rival two straight years. No. 7 Penn State also expects to be a factor. No. 19 Wisconsin is the choice to win the West over No. 25 Iowa.
UNDATED (AP) — Just like last year, college football has a returning Heisman Trophy winner. This time USC quarterback Caleb Williams is trying to join the sport’s most exclusive club. Ohio State running back Archie Griffin stands alone, winning the Heisman in 1974 and ’75. Williams will have to be even better this year to join Griffin. He faces stiff competition from an Ohio State receiver and a couple of other West Coast quarterbacks.
UNDATED (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams of USC, Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and Michigan running back Blake Corum are among the returning first-team All-Americans who were selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Notre Dame offensive tackle and Miami safety Kam Kinchens also followed up their All-America 2022 seasons by being named preseason All-Americans by AP Top 25 voters. Two-time defending national champion and No. 1 Georgia has the most players on the first team with four, including tight end Brock Bowers. Ohio State is next with three.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Bret Bielema has announced Luke Altmyer will be the starting quarterback for Illinois when it opens the season at home against Toledo on Sept. 2. Altmyer transferred to Illinois in January after two seasons at Mississippi. He started one game and appeared in three others for the Rebels last season. He beat out Ball State graduate transfer John Paddock and Donovan Leary for the Illini job.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Cohen has been hired as Southern California’s athletic director after seven years in the same post at the University of Washington. USC President Carol Folt introduced Cohen as athletic director during a news conference Monday afternoon. Cohen is the first female athletic director in USC’s storied history. She replaces Mike Bohn. He resigned in May after 3 1/2 years. Cohen had been at Washington for 24 years. She was named athletic director in 2016. Cohen is a Southern California native who graduated from San Diego State. She recently oversaw Washington’s move from the Pac-12 Conference to the Big Ten.
UNDATED (AP) — Welcome to the final season of college football as we know it. That might sound extreme, but 2023 has an end-of-an-era feel. Texas and Oklahoma are taking their last lap in the Big 12. The Pac-12 is still a Power Five conference. Will it even be a conference in 2024? The College Football Playoff is a four-team event for the last time this year, before tripling in size. Before the maps are redrawn and the stakes are remade, there is one more season to left to appreciate what is being lost — or long for what’s being gained.