Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
I'm filling in for Brian Bennett while he's away on vacation. Enjoy!

•Former Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney thinks it will be at least three years before Doug Marrone is able to make Syracuse a power in college football.

•Pittsburgh recruiting has picked up the last few weeks with 11 verbal commitments.

•The University of South Florida cut $252,923 from this year's budget, but it might not be enough.

•Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette profiles some of the nonconference hot spots for Big East games this year.