Friday, December 5, 2008
Big East lunchtime links: Rutgers' big win
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Rutgers was unbelievably impressive in destroying Louisville 63-14 on Thursday night, in a game it led 49-0 at halftime. Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger that the Scarlet Knights put on quite a show in their final regular-season game.
Coach Greg Schiano described it as the "best offensive performance by a team I've been the head coach of -- maybe ever that I've been a part of."
Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi says Rutgers deserves a good bowl game and should go to the Sun Bowl with the way it's playing. Won't happen, though.
- Courier-Journal columnist Eric Crawford says it's time for answers about where Steve Kragthorpe is taking the Cardinals' program.
- New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone has interviewed for the Syracuse job, and LSU is showing some interest in Greg Robinson as an assistant, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard.
- The Connecticut defensive front four is athletic but tough, just like Pitt's, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Panthers' offseason conditioning work has helped them finish games better this year, Kevin Gorman says in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Senior tight end Steve Brouse will be back for UConn this weekend after missing several games with an ankle injury and is a valuable guy in many ways, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.
- Linebacker Corey Smith has moved around a lot in his career and is now flourishing at outside linebacker, Bill Koch writes from Hawaii in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The story also has a humorous anecdote about Smith's 20-hour Greyhound bus ride to see UC's spring game.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Chuck Finder has an interesting story on South Florida defensive coordinator Wally Burnham and how he's foiled West Virginia the past two years.