Big East lunchtime links: Gator Bowl talks loom

January, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

The Big East has asked Konica Minolta Gator Bowl officials to meet within the next month to renegotiate their contract, Mitch Vingle says in the Charleston Gazette. While the Big East would like to do away with its rotating deal with the Big 12, it won't be easy to convince the Gator of that. And there's this telling quote from bowl president Rick Catlett:

"When we meet with (Big East commissioner) Michael (Tranghese)," Catlett said, "we need to know the rules in regard to Notre Dame. Then we'll see what we feel comfortable with."

• West Virginia junior Greg Isdaner's decision to enter the NFL draft raised a lot of eyebrows. But as Bob Hertzel writes in the Times West Virginian, Isdaner has never been one to take the conventional route.

"I'm doing this with house money," he said. "What's the worst scenario? I'm not good enough to play in the NFL? If I don't make it, I'll go back to graduate school," he said.

• Syracuse may be on the verge of swiping another Big East recruit away and a second player who had been committed to Louisville, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

• South Florida added a highly-ranked junior college defensive end to its impressive recruiting haul, Greg Auman says in the St. Petersburg Times.

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