A look around the Big Ten

Originally Published: November 17, 2004
By Teddy Greenstein | Special to ESPN.com
Can the Bagers bounce back from last week's debacle? Will Noah Herron maintain his momentum against Illinois? Will Minnesota be home for the holidays? Our Big Ten notebook answers these questions and more.

Illinois

  • Ron Turner is in the minority, but the Illinois coach doesn't think he will be fired. Asked if he expected to return next season, Turner replied: "Yeah." He later added that he doesn't think about his job status. "I think about Northwestern," he said. "We've got a game this week. Let's just talk about that."

  • Although Turner's teams are 9-25 since winning the Big Ten in 2001, his players continue to offer nothing but public support. Junior defensive tackle Ryan Matha even tried to make a personal appeal to athletic director Ron Guenther, who has been silent since saying in August that he supported Turner but wanted to see improvement. Said Matha: "I guess Mr. Guenther said 'signs of improvement' is what it's based on. If we win Saturday we finish 4-7 and we were in every game except the Minnesota game. If I was getting paid big bucks (as the athletic director) the decision would be made. Yup, coach Turner would stay."