NCF Nation: Karldell Dunning
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Jeff D'Alessio of the Sporting News interviews some prominent Syracuse alumni to see who they would like as the next coach. Donovan McNabb endorses Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, while Rob Burnett likes New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone and Qadry Ismail says Randy Edsall should be the guy.
• Brian Kelly tells the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bill Koch that Washington has contacted his people, but that he has not had any direct talks and does not have an interview planned.
"I'm not looking for another job," Kelly said. "But we know they're looking for me. There's interest out there from a lot of schools."
• The Sun Bowl is showing serious interest in Pittsburgh, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
• The planned "White-out" in honor of Pat White's final home game at West Virginia will require some creativity on fans' part, Dave Hickman says in the Charleston Gazette.
"Granted, there are some issues with the whole thing, not the least of which is expecting 60,000 people to show up on a cold December night wearing enough white to make it even noticeable. But isn't a fan base that is resilient enough to find enough spare furniture to burn at the drop of a decent win - or loss - also creative enough to get around the fact that almost no one owns a heavy white coat? Get an XXXL T-shirt or just an old bed sheet with a hole cut into it - very Casper-like, don't you think? - and do the best you can."
• Freshman B.J. Daniels is playing the role of Pat White on South Florida's scout team, Greg Auman notes in the St. Petersburg Times.
• True freshman Karldell Dunning showed up to campus so late that he's not even in Louisville's media guide. Now he's a starting cornerback, Jody Demling writes in The Courier-Journal.
• Rutgers defensive lineman Pete Tverdov credits Louisville center Eric Wood with showing him how to play, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.
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West Virginia: Pat White's carries have gone up in recent games, and the Mountaineers' offense has benefited. The senior quarterback has run the ball at least 20 times in each of his last three games after averaging 11 carries in the three previous contests. He had 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Louisville and 109 yards and two scores at Connecticut. "They were throwing it more and handing it off more," Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Now they're back to a little more of the zone-read stuff and the option stuff. As Pat White goes, so goes their offense. That's been evident all year." West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said he still wants to incorporate a pro-style passing attack into the offense, but the Mountaineers' best chance at winning their last two games may come with White running the ball.
Pittsburgh: Two areas that hadn't been problems for Pittsburgh all season became trouble spots in the loss at Cincinnati. One of the least penalized teams in America, the Panthers were whistled on seven fouls for 50 yards. And an offensive line that had allowed only 18 sacks in its first nine games gave up seven to the Bearcats. "The noise was a factor," Wannstedt said. "That led to false starts. The sacks, I would say, at least half of them -- the quarterback has to get rid of the ball. Whether anyone's open or not, we have to find a way to get rid of the ball and not take sacks."
Cincinnati: Jacob Ramsey leads the Bearcats in rushing, but he's also had trouble with fumbles. He lost one in the Pittsburgh game, a week after he gave away the ball at Louisville. But head coach Brian Kelly said there's not much he can do about it at this point in the season. "We're too far into it right now to be benching guys," Kelly said. "He's got to work on it each week, but we've got to play with the guys we've got. Obviously we don't tolerate it and he's not happy about it. He's got to get through it because he doesn't want to build a reputation of that's something he does each week."
Syracuse: Antwon Bailey hadn't gotten much work lately as Curtis Brinkley became the go-to running back. But after Brinkley's third-quarter fumble led to a Notre Dame field goal on Saturday, the freshman got a chance and took off with it. Bailey finished with 126 yards on 16 carries -- 98 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter -- and scored a touchdown to help power the 24-23 Orange victory. "He's not a surprise," said Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson. "He's a talented young football player, one that I think has a great career ahead of him, on top of his 3.5 GPA and about an 1190 SAT."
Louisville: True freshman Karldell Dunning got his first start at cornerback against West Virginia replacing senior Woodny Turenne, who's out for the season with a broken clavicle. Dunning had three tackles in the 35-21 loss. "I thought Karldell did some really, really good things," head coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "He's a great competitor, he wants to be good. He's going to be a very good player here." The Cardinals secondary has suffered some key losses to injury this season, as safeties Richard Raglin and Latarrius Thomas are also out for the season. Senior safety Bobby Buchanan suffered a back injury against West Virginia but hopes to be ready for next week's game at Rutgers.