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Hey AA, Great job on the blog, follow everyday. If Miami gets the death penalty like people are talking. What do you think the chances are the ACC comes calling and being proactive by grabbing South Florida to replace Miami that way they can keep 12 teams and a conference game? South Florida is becoming the new Miami without all the trouble. Then add West Virgina when Miami comes off 1 year ban.
How did I know this question would come up somewhere along the chat? First, I do not think Miami is going to get the death penalty. I truly believe the NCAA did not think it would decimate a program the way SMU was decimated with the death penalty, and I don't think they want to do that again. Times are different today and certainly they could by sending that message. I just don't think it happens. And if it does, I don't see USF in the mix.
Even if Clint Hurtt is somehow vindicated of any wrongdoing, is he finished at UofL? Do you think they stand by him, assuming that he hasn't done anything to endanger Louisville Athletics?
Conner, that is a great question. I wish I had an answer. I think a lot is going to depend on what NCAA investigators find. If you recall from the USC case, an assistant coach there, Todd McNair was sanctioned by the NCAA because it believed that he knew Reggie Bush was taking gifts. McNair is out of football and suing the NCAA.
Hi Andrea...love your work....quick question for you regarding Villanova joining the Big East for football. While they've had some recent success at the FCS level...they have no fan support, and no stadium to play in...their best option is playing 20 miles from campus in an 18,000 soccer stadium. While their contribution on the basketball side is unquestioned, I fear the BE will be the laughing stock of college football if they allow 'Nova to join...they just don't have the necessary resources in place to be successful (in my opinion)....Aren't their better expansion options available out there? Love to hear your thoughts on this....thanks again!
Well, there clearly are reservations about Villanova, which is why the brakes were put on the move up to FBS. I think right now the Big East has to wait and see how the landscape shakes out before making any additional moves.
WITH THE FIRE POWER WVU'S OFFENSE HAS AND THE REPUTATION OF D.H. SCORING ALOT AND FAST DOES THAT LEAVE WVU'S DEFENSE ON THE FIELD AND OUT OF GAS WAY TOO EARLY THAT SEEMS TO BE A DISADVANTAGE TO ANY DEFENSE (BUT I DO LIKE ALOT OF POINTS)
Caps lock off next time, Brian! But thanks for the question. I think it helps that this defense is getting in condition going against the offense. And it is going to have to be prepared for some hurry up teams in the league as well. I don't think conditioning is going to be a problem from everything I have read about the summer workouts.
Many fans in Louisville are not only concerned about losing Coach Hurtt due to the Univ of Miami scandal but there is fear that the highly touted South Florida players who he successfully recruited will be ruled ineligable. Do you think Coach Strong should keep these players on the sideline until they are completely cleared?
I don't think he has a choice but to keep them on the sideline until they are cleared. I believe several others have been from Georgia, Kansas State and Purdue, so that is a positive right there.
Andrea, I'll make this short and sweet. With all the realignment talks going on now, do you see WVU being in the Big East two years from now? Thanks for the time. Denny
My best guess is yes, but the truth is I have no idea.
i know youre tired of expansion talk but with all these rumors around about pitt and wvu leaving do you think that hurts the BE chances to sign a tv deal that pays us on par or even above some other AQs and maybe gives us the chance to be the aggressor when the next of conf realignment happens as it surely will
I don't think rumors hurt. I think teams jumping ship hurts. I don't think the Big East wants to negotiate a new TV deal right this second. I think it is prudent to see how expansion is going to play itself out before making a new TV deal.
What happens to WVU if Geno goes down early in the year? With a true freshman and then...well you understand. Should he avoid hits at all costs?
I think it's impossible to avoid hits at all costs when you are playing football, right? But if Geno gets hurt, West Virginia will have to make due with Paul Millard. Dana Holgorsen has been impressed with him, and it's not out of the realm for a true freshman to lead his team to victories. It obviously would be a lot harder, but Holgorsen knows what he is doing with QBs.
More expansion questions! You know it'll never end right? Even when super-conferences are formed.Do you think Marinatto's metting with the B12 and ACC could have possibly been to dissuade them from going after Big East teams and attempt to pose the B1G, Pac-12 and SEC as the enemies? I'm just having a hard-time understanding what the point of it was, because if either of the three conferences (B12,ACC,BE) had to refill their ranks, I don't think they would hesitate for a second to grab team(s) from one another's conferences.
That is a great question, Jay. I think all 3 of those leagues are in the "minority" in terms of having the power to become superconferences on their own. They would be the three most likely to get poached and then follow up by poaching from each other. I think there has to be a discussion about what happens to those conferences. I don't think the conversation was meant to dissuade anyone from taking teams away from the Big East. That is not going to happen. You are right in that everyone is out for himself. But I do think it was wise for him to reach out just to get a feel for what they think could happen to the landscape when everything is all said and done.
Any re-alignment question...if the SEC were to take FSU and Clemson that would severely weaken the ACC. Rather than sit back and wait to have the ACC poach teams, couldn't the Big East be proactive, and try to get back Va Tech, BC and Miami (or Maryland)? Isn' that a better plan?
Sure it's a better plan, but what incentive do those teams have to jump to the Big East? Where would the proof be that the Big East would make them better off than staying put and having the ACC poach teams from the Big East?
I'm calling it now: South Florida goes 12-0 and defeats either FSU or Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
That would make USF 13-0! Any other takers?
A.A Im told I owe you an apology for ripping into you about the "Lousy Team" Comment you made about USF. So there it was.:) Now the question do you know where you will be week one yet and can you let us know or is it still "top secret"Love to have ya come tailgate and convert you to being a BULLS Fan.
Somebody please explain because I am confused. When did I say this? Some others have mentioned it on this chat already. ... And I do know where I am going Week 1 but it is a surprise! So stay tuned.
I am prepared to say that the Big East will have three teams finish in the top 25. I am also prepared to say the WVU will finish in the top 5. Are you prepared to agree with me?
I am not, John.
Any chance TCU reconsiders, and joins the Big XII, if the looiming TAMU defection results in an unexpected offer for the Horned Frogs to join the conference?
No. First, I do not see the Big 12 going after TCU. Second, I do not see TCU having interest there. TCU likes the fit in the Big East and who would want to play in the shadow of Texas and Oklahoma when you can join a wide-open league like the Big East, get just as much exposure and have an advantage in recruiting in Texas over your other conferences teams.
Could this be an absolutely dreadful year for Rutgers? I look at that schedule and I could see where they could end up as bad as 3-9.
So you really only see wins vs. NC Central, Ohio and Army or Navy? I have a hard time seeing that, Ryan. I think Rutgers will be much better. Navy has a lot of question marks. So does North Carolina, and Rutgers has the benefit of playing that game in Week 2. I would be surprised if this team went 3-9.
If the mounties go undefeated and LSU wins, or at least plays in the SEC championship do you feel WVU would be deserving of a title shot?
I think every single undefeated team deserves a chance to play for the national championship.
If I'm coach Schiano should I redshirt WR Miles Shuler because of all of the depth at WR?
Great question. You obviously have to love the speed he brings. He is a much different option at receiver than Rutgers has. So I think it depends on whether he gives Rutgers an added dimension that will help the team win. I have heard good things about him through camp so far. I would probably dress him for games just in case I need him, with the hopes of redshirting him.
We are hearing that UL's wide receivers are looking good. Should we be encouraged or do you think it may be a matter of poor cornerback play?
I heard Bellamy is having an excellent camp. I tend to believe in a player having a nice camp. He is not constantly going against the cornerbacks. There are individual passing drills as well and others that would allow him to have impressive practicies.
In regards to the UM scandal going on right now, I see a positive effect on BE schools. Meaning that UL, USF, WVU, etc. could be seeing an influx of recruits leaving Miami and heading to their schools. What is your opinion?
I saw that Miami recruits were still committed, but I do expect there to be a ripple effect the way there has been with Ohio State.
What do you think about Charlie Strong saying that he hasn't read or even plans to read the Yahoo article? Whether he likes it or not, his associate head coach and players and recruits from Miami are connected. I would think he would want to learn whatever he could.
I think he should be absolutely aware of the allegations against Clint Hurtt, but he also needs to ask Clint Hurtt for the truth. All we have are the words of a convicted felon (though that canceled check was pretty damning evidence).
You have the right to your opinion, but I have to the right to my opinion that you are not paying attention to the Big East. It is very realistic that WVU will finish in the top 5, and very realistic that South Florida and Pitt will have good seasons and finish in the top 25. I won't heisitate to gloat if and when I'm right. :)
Please do gloat! I will acknowledge you if that happens.
Have to ask so here goes: With GA Tech already hit by the NCAA, UNC waiting to get hit Hard and now Miami looking to get hammered hard as well(esp since they are a repeat offender, 80,90's) Esp if Clemson or FSU gets poached by the SEC or not, don't you see the BE being more desirable than the ACC. Also our BB is better top to bttm and head to head in FB we hold our own with them Out perform them in Bowls and BCS games. So wouldn't you think the ACC schools should worry more than Us BE schools?
No I do not. First of all, I think all this talk about Clemson and FSU to the SEC is way, way, way premature. I have a hard time believing Florida and South Carolina would welcome their most hated rivals right into the league. There would be a big nasty fight over that. But if it does happen, I think there would be a major fight between the Big East and ACC for control over who goes where. I still think the ACC has the edge -- I don't think NCAA cases vs. Georgia Tech and UNC are going to mean a lot when it comes to the $$$ involved in expansion. Those two teams are not getting the death penalty.
While I have concerns about the Rutgers defense, how much do we know until a game is played? Scrimmages are usually biased towards offenses, and usually if something is bad in Rutgersland Schiano is pretty mum about it. Doesn't seem the case this year with the at least *somewhat* positive news coming out of the defense during camp.
Good point, Jay. We don't know anything until a game is played. People saw the Huggins performance in the scrimmage and thought he did great. Others said it was just a bad Rutgers defense. It goes back to my answer on that Louisville question about the receivers. I think we know more once the season starts. Coaches always say there is a difference between practice players and game players.
Any chance pitt beats iowa? Its really early in the season does that help or hurt pitt
There is a definite chance. Iowa only has 9 starters returning and will have a new starter at QB, RB and WR so there are plenty of questions for the Hawkeyes going into the season.
I'm sure you may have answered this at some point in the past, but being over here in the "sandbox" I miss some info....SO, is there any chance the GameDay crew ends up in Mo'town for our smack-down of LSU???
I have, but I will answer again because it always comes up. I don't know, but both teams have got to be undefeated for there to be a chance.
I sincerely hope that Marinatto is not crawling into a foxhole with John Swofford........
I think a lot of people feel the same way as Mike.
As much as I would love to see my Bulls go 12-0, I'm not sure they are going to be able to handle Notre Dame in South Bend. I see their D-Line getting all over our young, inexperienced O-Line, making Daniels have to throw to win. That doesn't usually work out so well. I think they'll be lucky to be within 14, thoughts?
I also think ND wins, but I think it will be closer than 14. Your question about the O-L is valid. That is a heck of a game to have to start in when you are breaking in 3 new starters and having your reliable guard moving to center.
does a team starting outside the top 25 (wvu) have a chance at a national title game
A team outside the Top 25 does not control its own destiny, that is for sure. I think a lot would have to happen, including a lot of one-loss teams. The undefeated ones usually get up there at the end of the season. The question then becomes whether there are multiple undefeateds and how the Big East stacks up with them. Auburn was No. 22 last season to begin the year. Not outside the Top 25, but not in the Top 10.
Do you feel my fellow WVU fans are putting a lot of pressure on coach Holgs by already expecting him to go undefeated before he has coached a game?
I think all fans want their teams to go undefeated, right?
Part of me agrees with BEast brain trust plan to stand pat and await the fallout from the SEC-TAMU prom date ... but only if that's where it ends. Otherwise, wouldn't it be better to renego with Concast/NBC or ESPN now, to know what we have to offer (money wise) to lure in teams to replace those we'll have poached? Inertia in these matters can be fatal.
Well, the Big East did turn down an offer from ESPN to renew now. But I think if it were to renegotiate today and then all heck breaks loose, then what?
Is Savon Huggins the best running back in the Big East as a freshmen?
Umm. No. Isaiah Pead and Ray Graham are pretty good.
What kind of year do you think Zach Collaros has?
I think he has a better year than last year, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions. But I think Geno Smith will be a tad better.
With all the expansion talk, what happened to the SYR/ Rutg/ or Pitt to the B1G rumors. They seemed destined last summer, and now nothing. Have other conf. given up on the NYC market?
That is a great question. I think part of it is because the Big Ten has been quiet on this topic since Jim Delany tabled moving to 16 teams. When all this TAM stuff broke, nobody wondered what would happen with the Big Ten. Maybe it's because Delany doesn't think the 16 team model is viable at this time.
ACC academics are better.
Brian brings up a good point. The ACC is very, very prideful of its academic reputation.
If the Big 12 can't fulfill its Pinstripe Bowl obligation and the BE has more teams eligible than slots (especially with ND possibly taking Champs Sports) and Cincinnati is lets say 6-6 do you see some wheeling and dealing where the Big 10 would send a team to NYC to replace the Big 12 and the Bearcats go to the Pizza Bowl in Detroit in place of a Big 10 team.
Brock, you just made my head hurt. My bowl projections come out next Friday, and in those I will only do conference tie-ins. However, there always is wheeling and dealing when you are talking about teams that do not have a tie-in home. For example, last year the Las Vegas Bowl featured Boise State and Utah -- that was not a tie-in matchup. So it would all depend on what would present the best game and what spot is available.
Hey AA, just a though here, what if Uconn finally picks a QB and somehow the offense puts up say 28 points a game. Isn;t it scary how unknown the offense is with them and if they can put up some points will be really good with that defense of theirs
Well that is the thing with UConn. Everything is a bit of an unknown right now because of quarterback.
Do you think Syracuses speed on the defensive side of the ball is enough to overcome lack of size?
Great question, Bill. I talked to DC Scott Shafer about this the other day, and he really thinks he has got a fast team. He thinks moving Spruill to LB gives that D even more speed. But speed can only take you so far. When you are playing against OLs that are overpowering you up front, it is going to be hard to just truck a 300-pound tackle if you are 260 but can run a 4.7.
I think a point that a lot of people miss is that the people who pay the most from all these sanctions being placed on schools is kids who usually have nothing to do with the problem. I.E. WVU losing a scholorship just means one more kid who has to pay his way to school or who doesnt get to go to school because he can't afford to.
That is a great point and one that I think a lot of people actually do realize. There always is talk about what can be done to punish the people who violate the rules. Because you are right, it is not fair to the players at the school who had nothing to do with misconduct.
When you coming out with your BE predictions like Heather did for the ACC today? She predicted 2 ACC schools in BCS bowls(HUGE JOKE in my opinion but shes entitled to her's) She also has Duke Bowling this year so there is hope for Rutgers LOL
The Big East predictions come out next Thursday -- that is Big East preview day.
Is it a clean sweep for the Mountaineers in the offensive and defensive player of the year voting (Smith, Irvin)?
I think Brandon Lindsey has an inside track right now.
Do you think Graham can finally help the Pitt win a big game? As a Pitt fan it has been SO very upsetting to see Wanny coach so well and then fall totally flat during every big or nationally televised game.
Well as a Miami Dolphins fan, I can relate. I think Graham has it in him. Tulsa beat Notre Dame last year. Now I know that happens at Pitt, but that NEVER happened at Tulsa, and catapulted that team into a final Top 25 ranking.
To Ryan...Sorry to dump on your parade, but How the hell could USF go 12-0 when WVU is gonna spank them all & end up 13 - 0!!! LET"S GOOOOOO.......Mountaineers!!!
Rutgers always plays a joke of a non-conference schedule, so look for at least 4 wins.
Ok so I was watching college football live a while back and they had Joe Schad on, talking about the Big East media days. He said that the conference was looking for possible future expansion and the possibility of adding a conference championship game around Christmas. Wouldn't it be impossible to have a CCG that late since the bowls have to pick their teams prior to that, including the BCS bowls? Thanks, AA
I did not see that report, but I have a hard time envisioning anything around Christmas. It would have to happen before the release of the final BCS standings.
Do all the recent scandals have BE schools cracking down on their Athletic Dept.?
I honestly think that every athletic department should be conducting background checks on every single booster who brings in even $1 into the program.
Andrea, the lousy team comment refers to a response to a message in your mailblog yesterday. You stated that it would be hard for a player from a lousy team to be a candidate for the Heisman. A number of people inferred it to mean you feel USF is a lousy team.
Oh my. I thought I was having a senior moment there because I did not remember ever writing "USF is a lousy team." I believe my power rankings speak for themselves, with USF at No. 3. And what I was trying to say was I don't see USF going undefeated or even 11-1. I was not very eloquent with that. It's dangerous to make inferences, guys!
Do we see the NCAA letting UM recruits out of their letters of intent to transfer with harship waivers? I know Strong and Holtz would pick up a few guys.
I think we are a ways from seeing anything like that. The NCAA has not even concluded its investigation. I think it only allowed that for seniors at USC. Somebody correct me if I am wrong there.
Syracuse has signed a long term contract to play alot of their "home" games at the new Meadowlands, including upcoming games against USC, Penn State, and Notre Dame. I'm all for gaining more exposure for the program, but now the list of future Carrier Dome opponents reads like the bottom half of the MAC standings. I'm not the only one in the area who feels slighted here. What's your take?
My take is that Syracuse wants a bigger venue and more exposure, and to give its fans in the tri-state area more access to games than just the Carrier Dome. I understand that it may rub some fans the wrong way, but I think there is a good reason behind making the move.
Do the penalties at USC affect the trojans this year? If so, does SU have a shot to make a big statement for the Big East at the Colliseum???
I think we are still about a year or two away from the penalties having a major effect. Matt Barkley is pretty darn good. Still see USC with the win.
Which event would have a bigger impact on a Big East school like USF: FSU going to SEC; or U. Miami getting thrown out of ACC?
Neither. I don't see USF in the ACC.
It seems as if Coach Schiano has settled on his starting front seven. Does it look like the RU defense is finally starting to take shape, or do you foresee many more position changes?
Every time it seems he's settled on something, another player switches positions. I'm not at camp so I haven't seen any of the practices, but from what I have read he is happy with the most recent moves. He can't keep tinkering or he won't have much practice time with the players where he wants them.
The odds of the ACC throwing Miami out are as good as USF getting invited in. Let it go...
I hate to be ugly, but if all these allegations are true at Miami not to mention with their past history..... doesn't the NCAA have to give them the Death Penalty to maintain any semblence of respect?
If the allegations are true, they should hammer Miami as hard as possible, but I think to shut down an entire program for an extended period of time is something the NCAA simply does not want to do ever again. Call me foolhardy to believe that, but if there was a death penalty, Miami might never recover. Maybe that makes a lot of people on here happy, but how is that good for any student-athlete who wants to play football there?
USC juniors and seniors, but you're correct ,USC is the only school to have such a waiver granted.
Andrea, I'm all about hype and I'm starting to think this might be the fastest team we have ever had in fall camp. Offensively, we have with Tavon blazing 40 times faster than Noel and Jock and defensively we have Bruce Irving IMO the fastest speed rusher in the country. Overall, do you think we have SEC type speed?
Does it matter if WVU has SEC-type speed? WVU just needs to win with whatever talent it has, whether it is a speedy group or a big, physical group. I will say that I have been impressed with what I have heard out of WVU re: speed. Those new RBs are no slouches, either.
Would paying players help alleviate the types of things that happened at miami? Would a few thousand dollar scholarship supplement be enough to entice kids to follow the rules?
Heck no. People who want to bend the rules are going to bend the rules. Do laws keep people from committing crimes? If a kid is poor and somebody offers him $5,000 and a free meal, would he take it in addition to his stipend? Clearly we have seen a "yes" answer in way too many recent instances, not just Miami.
Has anyone actually confirmed that UC hired the WVU O-line coach or not? I can't seem to get an answer.
There has been no confirmation, but I will try for you.
reasoning for thinking USF goes 13-0: I see them winning a tight one against ND and then cruising through the next 3 OOC games. They face Pitt on a Thurs. night right after they play ND. Miami is likely to have players suspended and will be seriously distracted plus the Bulls get the last 3 at home including WV and L'ville.
I did not see many people going out on this limb with Ryan. You have 2 minutes left, people!
Fair to say South Florida has the top running back tandem in the Big East with Demetrius Murray and Darrell Scott?
I think Pitt will be pretty good with Ray Graham/Zach Brown. And I have heard great thinks about Jameel Poteat/Akise Teague and Isaiah Pead in Cincy. And Jeremy Wright/Vic Anderson in Louisville are solid, too. Oh, and how can we forget that 4-headed conglomeration of RB hype at WVU. Buie, Garrison, Roberts and Johnson. So I guess my answer is no.
I think we can win the league, but the team that worries me isn't WVU or Pitt. Its Cincy. They seem to be loaded on offense. Defense has to be better. Am I crazy? Or could the Bearcats be the darkhorse?
Definitely a chance for Cincy. If the defense is better, folks should watch out.
OK folks, thanks for all the awesome questions today. This was my busiest chat yet! I appreciate it and will see you again next week! Have a great weekend everyone.