Big Ten FB: The Five on Five (6-19-11)

Topics Include: Ohio State loses 2011 signee, Penn State renews an old rivalry, Minnesota loses a starter, and more.

Penn State-Pittsburgh Rivalry Renewed
The inner state rivals, Penn State and Pittsburgh, have not played in 11 years when the Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions by a score of 12-0.

The rivalry is set to return in the 2016 and 2017 seasons; Pittsburgh will host the first meeting while Penn State's Beaver Stadium will be the 2017 site.

In 96 meetings -- the most games against one opponent in Penn State's history -- the Nittany Lions own a 50-42-4 record. The series dates back to 1893, with Penn State owning a 17-6 record in State college.

Penn State's AD, Tim Curley, had this to say regarding the Pitt-PSU series: "The Penn State-Pitt game was one that football fans across the Commonwealth have been passionate about. There have been many memorable Penn State-Pitt games, featuring outstanding players and coaches, and we look forward to playing the Panthers again. "

Northwestern Receives Commitment
Connor Mahoney of Malvern Prep in Philadelphia made his commitment to Northwestern this past Tuesday. In high school, Mahoney spent time on both the offensive and defensive line; however, he is expected to be utilized on the defensive line during his time in college.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end displayed interest in Missouri, as well, but was swayed by Northwestern after numerous visits to the campus.

"I felt real comfortable with the coaches and players on my visit," said Mahoney in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The school offers a great combination of academics and football."

Minnesota's Star RB Leaving
In a sudden turn of events, the Golden Gophers will be without the services of their leading rusher from a year ago after DeLeon Eskridge decided he needed to be closer to his family for personal reasons.

Eskridge rushed just short of 700 yards in his junior season and compiled seven touchdown.

The loss of Eskridge will certainly be hard to overcome, but head coach Jerry Kill will look for senior Duane Bennett to carry the load.

In 37 career games, Bennett has accounted for 1,487 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, Bennett contributed in both the run and pass games, compiling 996 all-purpose yards.

Backing up Bennett will be two redshirt freshmen: Donnell Kirkwood and Lamonte Edwards.

Ohio State Loses 2011 signee
In a discussion with, Ejuan Price, a linebacker out of Pittsburgh Woodland Hills, confirmed that he has been granted his release from Ohio State.

"[Ohio State] were waiting for Friday so it wouldn't cause a tumble effect or whatever. That came and went. All I need are the papers now and I'll be good to go," said Price to

His decision to leave Ohio State does not stem from Ohio State's recent allegations.

"I know what kind of people they are. Everybody makes mistakes, but that's just not where my heart is. I don't think that's where I wanted to go in the first place. They're still good people whether all of that stuff happened or not. Coach Tressel is still a good guy. They're still all right with me," said Price.

As for now, Price will attempt to find a school as soon as he cans, but claims that Pittsburgh is the leading candidate right now.

Big Ten Announces Host for Championship
In a story that surfaced a week or two ago, the Big Ten council decided that Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis -- the home of the Colts -- will be the host stadium for the Big Ten championship from 2012-15.

Some speculated that Soldier Field in Chicago could wind up being selecting as the host stadium.

Commissioner David Delaney had this to say about the decision process:

"In order to establish ourselves and build a foundation, it's a good idea to be indoors and see what we have," he said. "We wanted to be cautious and conservative, and get a great foundation for TV and fans."

- Josh Harvey -

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