Four-down territory: Wilson returning to the Big Ten
…As expected, Indiana will introduce Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson as its next head coach at a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Bloomington. Wilson was considered the frontrunner for the job since the middle of last week and interviewed with IU officials on Monday. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell also interviewed for the open position. Wilson has been in the Big Ten before, serving as Northwestern's offensive coordinator from 1999-2001. There’s no question that the Hoosiers will continue to score points under his leadership. But can he get IU to stop anyone on defense? That has been the problem in Bloomington for so many years.
ICONOregon's Chip Kelly won the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.
…Oregon head coach Chip Kelly won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America, after leading the Ducks to a 12-0 regular season mark and a berth in the BCS national championship game. Kelly, who was a finalist for the honor last season, became the second Oregon head coach to receive the award. Rich Brooks took home the honors in 1994. Kelly has compiled a 22-3 record in two seasons in Eugene, including a 17-1 mark in Pac-10 games. He is the first Pac-10 coach to win the award since Washington State's Mike Price in 1997.
…Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player. The 6-4, 275-pound junior leads the nation with 15.5 sacks and is second in the country in tackles for a loss with 25. Bowers, one of the nation's top recruits coming out of high school, had managed only four sacks in his first two college seasons. Bowers edged out Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Georgia linebacker Justin Houston and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson for the award presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Bowers played with a heavy heart all season following the deaths of his father, Dennis, and close friend Gaines Adams.
…Thoughts and prayers go out to Syracuse senior punter Rob Long, who was scheduled to undergo immediate surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long, a team captain, won't play for the Orange in the Pinstripe Bowl. He finishes his Syracuse career ranked second on the school's career punting average list at 43.3 yards per punt. This season, Long averaged 43.8 yards, second in the Big East Conference behind Pittsburgh's Dan Hutchins and third on Syracuse's single-season record list.
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