Monday, February 14, 2011
Heartbreakers in the Big East
By Brian Bennett
Valentine's Day can be great. Unless you've had your heart broken recently.
The Big East knows all about heartache. Here are the five biggest heartbreakers for the league:
Landry Jones: The Oklahoma quarterback helped the Sooners get by Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium last September and then led his team to a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl romp over Connecticut in January. Jones threw for 799 yards and five touchdowns in the two wins.
Russell Wilson: The NC State quarterback engineered a win over Cincinnati early in the year before beating West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. Wilson threw for 675 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions while running for another 74 yards in the two victories. The Big East is anxious to see Wilson concentrate on baseball.
Randy Edsall, Brian Kelly, Bobby Petrino and Rich Rodriguez: These four coaches have combined to claim the last six BCS bids in the Big East. Each one left his school for a supposedly better gig. Edsall became the latest, ditching his team right after the Fiesta Bowl for Maryland and not even bothering to tell the players in person first.
Mike Haywood: He was Pittsburgh coach for all of about two weeks before his brush with the law in South Bend made the Panthers and athletic director Steve Pederson a national punching bag. The Pitt players, though, weren't too heartbroken to see Haywood leave after he lectured them about discipline in their lone meeting.
Dave Teggart: Teggart is a hero in Connecticut, but he broke other Big East teams' hearts along the way. He kicked the game-winning field goals against West Virginia and South Florida and contributed heavily to the two-point win over Pittsburgh.
Tom Savage: Rutgers fans thought last year was the start of a beautiful relationship with Savage. Instead, the sophomore quarterback got hurt, benched and then decided to transfer, which briefly led to a dispute with Greg Schiano over his destination. The Scarlet Knights will now bat their eyes at Chas Dodd and hope for a different fate.