Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

  • Great story from the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bill Koch about the Bearcats adopting Mitch Stone, an 11-year-old boy who's battling a brain tumor.

"He's given us so much strength he doesn't even know about and we're trying to give the same strength to him," linebacker Craig Carey said. ??"You come out here for camp and you're at football. People might be complaining about bangs and bruises, but he's going through something we can't even imagine. The strength that he's given us, knowing that he can fight through that, it's amazing."

  • Ryan Gillum will be Syracuse's improbable starter at weakside linebacker, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

  • Pitt's defense hasn't proven anything yet to defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Joe Starkey predicts a 9-4 record for the Panthers.

  • If nothing else, West Virginia will be fun to watch this year with its dazzling playmakers, Bob Hertzel says in the Times West Virginian.

  • Jordan Todman is bigger and ready to step in for Donald Brown, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.

  • Jake Sims will start for a sick Mark Popek on the South Florida offensive line, and the Bulls will get a new kicker, Greg Auman reports in the St. Petersburg Times.

  • Rutgers needs to improve its running game this season, and that's on Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.

  • Louisville's defense still has the taste of last year's 63-14 Rutgers thrashing in their mouths. Indiana State might provide the mouthwash, C.L. Brown says in The Courier-Journal.