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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Big East lunchtime links: Robinson bids adieu


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Greg Robinson had his final Syracuse press conference on Tuesday, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Among the highlights:

• "My stomach is sick," Robinson said. "I need relief. I need a pill, because I'm sick to my stomach that it's done. That's what I hate. Is what's in my gut. Shoot. That's the biggest regret. Pulling boxes into my office. That's ugly. It is."

• Robinson read parts of the children's story "The Little Engine That Could" to underscore the eternal optimism and hope that he has for the Orange. It also offered the one moment during the news conference when Robinson appeared to tear up. "I still think I can," Robinson said. "I do."

• He said if he had a do-over, he would have fought harder within the Syracuse administration to get quarterback Colt Brennan in school his first year. Brennan, who went on to star at Hawaii, had his admissions denied over past transgressions while a student at Colorado.
"He was coming," Robinson said. "I'd try and retool that. If our people knew me better like they do now, they'd say, go ahead, work with him."

• The approval of Nippert Stadium expansion sealed the deal for Brian Kelly to stay at Cincinnati, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The school has yet to determine a cost estimate or how many seats will be added to the 35,000-capacity stadium. (Just a thought: a few hours after Kelly announced he was staying, word leaked out that Charlie Weis would be retained at Notre Dame. Coincidence?)

• The Hartford Courant's Desmond Connor has more on UConn running back Andre Dixon's suspension after his DUI arrest.

• There should have been more this season for South Florida, Gary Shelton writes in the St. Petersburg Times. Jim Leavitt voted for Oklahoma over Texas and explains why.

• West Virginia coach Bill Stewart says Saturday's "White-Out" is for all the seniors, not just Pat White, Dave Hickman notes in The Charleston Gazette.

• Rutgers' seniors took a leap of faith when they signed on out of high school, and it's paid off, Aditi Kinkhabwala writes in the Bergen Record.

• Tight end Nate Byham might be one of Pitt's best offensive weapons even though he doesn't get many touches, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In what hasn't been a very good year for tight ends in the league, Byham might make the All-Big East team.