Big East weekend roundup
January, 17, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
Filling you in on some of the Big East headlines from the holiday weekend:
- Cincinnati co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks is expected to be hired as Illinois defensive coordinator, according to a published report. Banks and linebackers coach Jon Jancek served as coordinators for the Bearcats the past two seasons, and Banks called the plays. The turnaround on the defensive side from Year 1 to this past season was a major reason Cincinnati won 10 games and a share of the Big East title.
- Louisville picked up two more commits: three-star in-state running back Ace Wales and three-star running back Brandon Radcliff out of Miami. Of the Cardinals' 23 commitments, eight are from the state of Florida.
- Pitt suffered its first decommitment since Todd Graham left when Upper St. Clair running back Dakota Conwell changed his mind and decided to commit to Arizona and new coach Rich Rodriguez. Conwell's father, Dane, played with Rodriguez at West Virginia.
- Syracuse picked up a huge commitment from three-star defensive lineman Josh Manley out of Georgia.
- USF picked up its fifth nonconference game for 2012 and will play at Nevada in September. The two schools signed a home-and-home agreement, but it's unclear when the Wolf Pack will travel to play in Tampa.
- West Virginia also got a commitment, from three-star cornerback Nana Kyeremeh. Junior college offensive tackle Mark Glowinski has narrowed his list to West Virginia, UConn and Kansas State. In new assistant Joe DeForest, the Mountaineers got a man committed to his family.