Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

The Charleston Daily Mail's Mike Casazza has more on West Virginia quarterback Eugene Smith's injury.

"There are a lot of variables involved," offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen said. "The one big one is how Geno responds. What kind of a kid is he handling pain, playing through injury, getting treatment? All those things are important because we haven't seen him and we're not allowed to deal with him from a coaching standpoint."

• Outgoing Marshall athletic director Bob Marcum says getting a 1-for-1 deal with West Virginia is crucial, the Daily Mail's Jack Bogaczyk writes.

• Syracuse got a commitment from a running back/defensive back from Pittsburgh, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

• With the Big East commissioner's job changing hands, hear from Mike Tranghese and John Marinatto in their own words in The Sporting News.

• South Florida coach Jim Leavitt is planning a visit to Washington to consult with the Huskies' new staff, Greg Auman notes in the St. Petersburg Times.