Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

March 15, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrea Adelson

Andrea Adelson
  (4:00 PM)

Chat time!

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who will be the Best Quarterback in the Big East in 2012?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:01 PM)

BJ Daniels. There. I said it.

Jesse (mississippi)

Which of Pitt's transfers do you think will have the biggest impact this year. My money's on Ricketts.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:03 PM)

Ricketts is a good bet, but I think there also is the potential for Felder. They really need some play makers at WR.

Corey (Cincy)

Gotta put those Bearcats in the Final Four! actually i'd rather you not, cause they prove you wrong a lot :panyways football related: is the VT-UC game going to be in d.c.? and have some faith! in Butch we Trust! #BearcatNation

Andrea Adelson
  (4:04 PM)

How did I know I would take heat for no BE teams in my final four. I just want to make it clear that I am not a hoops writer, guys! And yes, UC-VT is at FedEx Field.

J.C. (Hartford)

Andrea, what are you're thoughts on RG3 calling The Rent the toughest place he has played in? Could that help with recruiting?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:05 PM)

I was impressed, and it surely can't hurt. I would definitely put that in every single recruiting packet I hand out.

Brokeback Mountaineer (Wheeling, WV)

Andrea-Try as I might, I just can't quit you.With the potential Big 12 media windfall, do you see Louisville getting an invite soon? How about Cincy?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:06 PM)

Yeah I know you guys secretly love me. I think the prevailing school of thought on the new TV deal is the Big 12 will be set at 10 for a while. Now there is obviously room to renegotiate should the Big 12 change its mind, but it may be a bit longer than folks anticipate.

Yesh (Columbus)

Can we make this chat about basketball? It's all anyone cares about right now anyway.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:07 PM)

I know, I know, basketball. If any Syracuse fans want to chime in ... I think they may be busy throwing things right now.

DB (DC)

When and how hard do you expect the NCAA to drop the hammer on UCF for the recruiting violations? Do you expect it to impact their success in the Big East in 2013?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:08 PM)

I have no idea on a timetable. The NCAA likes to take its time. The only way it impacts success in 2013 is if there is a bowl ban imposed. Scholarship reductions would impact UCF after 2013.

Aaron (Miami)

1. Why did you have to jinx BJ Daniels and the Bulls? I thought you liked him.2. How will the Bulls break my heart this season? No cop-out answers. Best guess only.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:10 PM)

Well, I had Geno Smith No. 1 last year and that was no jinx. 2. The Bulls won't win the Big East title. But maybe that is just par for the course.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:10 PM)

Well, I had Geno Smith No. 1 last year and that was no jinx. 2. The Bulls won't win the Big East title. But maybe that is just par for the course.

Jay (Rutgers)

Who will be the best quarterback in the Big East in 2012 who isn't guaranteed to disappoint?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:11 PM)

Great question. At this point, I do not think there is a sure-fire slam dunk of a QB who we can guarantee today will not disappoint. You can make a case for all 8 guys coming back to disappoint.

Eric (VA)

With the new coming additions to the BE, do you think they will try and manufacture rivalries, they way they did with UC and Pitt to create the river city rivalry?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:13 PM)

Well, you have the natural UCF-USF. UC-UL. They are probably going to try to ham up Rutgers-Temple, and get Houston-SMU going. What do you guys think?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:20 PM)

I am back everyone! Sorry for the technical issue there.

Jay (Rutgers)

Was jabbing at you BJ Daniels answer at the beginning ;-)

Andrea Adelson
  (4:21 PM)

Yeah I figured. QB is a position of intrigue, that is for sure.

PittPanther (Pittsburgh, PA)

Every thing that I read doesnt mention Shell as one of the rb this year that will get playing time. I mean the kid broke so many records in high school in a area that produces NFL players every year. How can he not get time even with Grahm coming back 100%?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:21 PM)

I am not sure where you are reading that. I have included him in my posts on the running backs. I did not today because he is not in for the spring. If he is as good as advertised, he will play.

GhostdadUC (Clifton)

In 2013 how do you see the divisions lining up with the 14 teams that are slated to play (assuming Pitt stays true to their word and Cuse stays aswell). The rumormill has Temple temporarily playing in the Western division as part of them joining the league. Do you see it as being a straight geographical seperation?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:23 PM)

I am more and more convinced that Pitt and Syracuse will be headed out for 2013, based on comments from Marinatto and recent remarks from Pitt AD Steve Pederson (post upcoming tomorrow morning). I saw the same speculation on Temple. If they did a straight E-W split, either UL and UC would be unhappy. So I really am not sure how they are going to work that just yet.

John (Santo Domingo)

Do you believe that WVU would have stayed had the conference been more proactive in recruiting heavyweights like Boise St. and balancing it out with more basketball oriented programs such as Memphis and Temple? Were they ostensibly gone the minute that Pitt and Syracuse announced that they would be going to the ACC? As an alum, I'm going to miss the tournament and I like the football, frankly. The Big XII is certainly and upgrade in a number of ways, but at what cost?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:24 PM)

In my opinion, I think the BE should have made a hard run at Boise after adding TCU. I know there were some schools against it for geographic reasons, but now look at what's happened. I think once Pitt and Syracuse left, WVU was out the door. Everybody else was trying to get out, too, if you believe the legal filings WVU made in its suit against the Big East.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:25 PM)

Any Syracuse fans nervous right now?

Phil (Woodbridge, VA)

Which team are you most interested to see this spring and why?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:25 PM)

Probably Rutgers. How does a new coaching staff adjust to a team ready-made for a run at a BE title? What happens at QB? RB? WR? Lots of questions for a team that some consider a favorite to win the league.

Jay (Rutgers)

Which of the 'lower level' expansion teams (i.e., NOT Boise) do you feel has the best chance/resources/etc. to become a player in the new Big East?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:27 PM)

IF June Jones stays at SMU, that would be my choice. But after his flirtation with Arizona State, I am not so sure about his long-term intentions. All the other programs have some major hurdles to overcome, and that would be inconsistency. Apart from Houston, none of the incoming programs have won with any level of consistency in their recent history.

John (Mendham, NJ)

AA, in preparation for 2013, let's not talk about Syracuse. They're dead to us.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:28 PM)

They are still in the league, so I have to talk about them. You can ignore those posts :)

Jay (Rutgers)

I would like a Temple RU rivalry just to have another rivalry game, but the rumors going around is that the Providence mob is aiming to put Temple in the western division because........well.........I literally cannot fathom why they would do that.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

Because they are the Big East. Since when do they have a plan that makes sense?

Yesh (Columbus)

So do we think that UNC-Asheville can hold on?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

I am going to say no.

Chris (DC)

At least you got my Buckeyes in your Final Four... Big Ten > Big East in football AND basketball!

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

I had Syracuse until the Fab Melo situation.

MM (Louisville)

The refs in every game I watched were awful this year - any thing new from the top of the BE to change that?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:30 PM)

I have not heard anything, but will check.

Russ (Idaho)

Andrea, here in boise a lot of people dont like this move to the big east. I like it myself for the espn coverage, but really how much money will bsu be getting? your thoughts?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:30 PM)

We won't know until the new TV contract is negotiated. Negotiations begin in September.

Aaron (Miami)

Which team has the best coaching corps going into the season? I know some are hard to tell right now but have faith in your analysis.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:33 PM)

Technical difficulties again. Sorry, folks thanks for your patience.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:34 PM)

OK. I am going to go with Louisville. There has been a lot of turnover on some of the other staffs but the Cardinals have been able to hang together from one season to the next. Charlie Strong is one of the best coaches in the Big East. Vance Bedford is underrated as a DC. Clint Hurtt is the best recruiting coordinator in the league.

Andrew (offices nationwide)

Andrea,Everyone wants to know the following. Does any team in the Big East really have a shot to score more than 17 points on Rutgers? That back 7 is pretty impressive. Do you think Darius Hamilton will make a huge impact right away? You don't see too many freshman on the D-Line get the opportunity.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:36 PM)

Well I am going to say yes, there will be some teams that score more than 17 on Rutgers. I still think Rutgers has the No. 1 D in the league, but I do want to see how the group adjusts without Schiano calling the plays. As for Hamilton, it is too hard to know right now. Gotta see how he does, but you are right it is much harder for a true freshman lineman to make an impact. Generally takes them a year to bulk up and figure out what they are doing.

Aaron (Miami)

So many technical difficulties... you must have Bright House.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:36 PM)

You mean Dim House?

Vimak (The Computer)

Andrea, What makes Boise fans believe they can come to the BE and continue to win games? They play maybe 2 teams a year that wouldn't be dead last in the BE each year.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:38 PM)

Oh boy, here we go again. I think Boise State has done more than enough to prove that it has a good football program, independent of the schedule it plays. Boise upgraded from the WAC to the MWC (yes that is an upgrade) and now has upgraded to the BE. There is nothing Boise can do about the schedule it is has been given.

Brian (Ohio)

Any chance Cincinnati actually decides to go on the road to play Boise this year?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:39 PM)

I highly doubt it. Bearcats want a home game.

Bob (New Brunswick)

If San Diego can be in the Big East, then Temple can be in the Western division. I'd sure like to see the map they're using in Providence.

John (Mendham, NJ)

They can still call it the Big East. Every school is East of something.

Harvey (The State of Rutgers)

Who is Rutgers go to receiver in 2012 now that SANUUUUUU is gone? Coleman? Harrison laid an egg this season.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:40 PM)

Yes he really did lay an egg. I think Harrison has got to seize the opportunity in front of him this year. He has too much talent to fall flat for a second straight year. WR is a position I am eager to see play out for Rutgers this year.

Jesse (Wolcott, CT)

I have a double question for you. 1) Which situation at QB at UConn do you see more likely to happen; Whitmer starting while Cochran red shirts so he can be groomed to step right in or Cochran starting immediately? 2) Which transfer will have the biggest impact on the field?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:42 PM)

I am always iffy on true freshmen coming in and starting, but if all indications are correct, then I think Cochran starts. I really want to see what happens in the spring before I make a definitive announcement. But at this time last year, I felt Teddy B. would be the starter for Louisville and that panned out. I am unsure on Whitmer, because he struggled at Illinois before transferring. Did a year in juco change things for him? 2) I think it has to be the receivers coming in. UConn needs some major, major help at that position.

Tom (Tacoma)

Yes, San Diego IS east of the Pacific Ocean.

John (Cincinnati)

Please let Chris in DC know that Ohio State bought their way out of a game in Cincy vs UC. Also 9 schools out of 16 is better than 6 schools out of 12 = Big East BBall better than Big10.

Kurtis (Louisville)

With Louisville's relatively easy schedule, and the conference possibly getting easier with WVU and Pitt gone, is it possible to see the Cards with an undefeated season? Who will be the biggest pain in the neck in conference for us?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:43 PM)

Most definitely Rutgers, that one is going to be on the road this year. I am not ready to say Louisville is going to go undefeated this year, not with a team that is still relatively young and has some question marks at RB, OL and in the front seven.

Aaron (Miami)

Are you going to rip anyone a new one in the mail blog this week?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:44 PM)

I thought I was doing better at having more of a gentle touch. No?

John (Cincinnati)

AA, is Brendan Kay a legit qb candidate in Cincy? We know Munchie can use his feet, but doesn't he have to learn how to throw an accurate 14 yard out/post/curl pattern to be considered the starter in 2012?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:45 PM)

That is a great question. Munchie has to absolutely learn how to throw better and more accurately to win the starting job. I am trying to figure out if Butch is trying to light a fire under Munchie with his praise of Brendon or what. Folks tell me Brandon has the skills to start, so I never say never.

Josh (New Haven, CT)

1. Which team do you think has the biggest opportunity to surprise us with a really good year? 2. Which team do you think is most likely to disappoint us this year? Great job as always, Andrea!

Andrea Adelson
  (4:48 PM)

1. USF. Nobody is giving the Bulls much of a shot at anything this year, but they have experience and the most veteran QB in the Big East returning so this HAS to be the year they finally DO something in the league. 2. Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have never once been picked as the favorite to win the BE, so expectations are going to be sky high. How does this team handle that with a new coaching staff and still some major questions at QB and in the run game? There is potential to disappoint.

Josh (New Haven, CT)

If you were the Big East Commish, would you have pulled the trigger on Temple? Or would you have chosen an alternative like ECU?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:49 PM)

Temple is a better option than East Carolina.

Tim (Portland, Or)

Are you missing all the West Virginia fans?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:49 PM)

They still pop in and say hi from time to time.

Chris (Hartford)

Looks like 'Cuse is already playing ACC Hoops. Should be a smooth transition for them in 2013.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:49 PM)

ZING.

Josh (New Haven, CT)

As a UConn fan, obviously last year wasn't a great follow-up year to the BCS bowl. Do you think we have reason to be optimistic about the future of this program? The future of the New Big East surely seems pretty tenuous, and yet I can't help but recall that our basketball program wasn't always terribly great, either.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:51 PM)

I think this is a critical year for UConn, going into Year 2 under PP and the league wide open and right there for the taking. If this team can solidify itself up front and at QB, I think the potential is there for the Huskies to have a very nice season. This is a team that has gone to BCS games and bowls. Last year was down, but PP has won in his past, and I don't think he's forgotten how to coach.

Vimak (The Computer)

@Tim...we're still around. It's almost like cake for fat kids.

Aaron (Miami)

With Chaz Hine gone, who's the best singer in the Big East? Who has the best sideburns?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:51 PM)

I am going to have to do some investigating to find the answers for you!

Chris (DC)

@John in Cinci: for the tourney - quality over quantity, my friend. and, if the Buckeyes football team wanted to play in a stadium like Nippert, we'd go play on a high school field

Andrea Adelson
  (4:52 PM)

Oh man. An Ohio State-Cincinnati fight.

Max (San Antonio)

When will we see Notre Dame in a BCS Bowl?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:54 PM)

That would most likely require ND to go undefeated or have one loss, and I am not sure that happens this year.

Tim (Cape Coral)

Hey Andrea,No question. Just wanted to say that I am appreciative that your answers seem fair, unbiased, and informative. Nice work. By the way, I am a Mountaineer. I will miss the rivalries!

Andrea Adelson
  (4:54 PM)

Thanks, Tim. I appreciate that!

John (Cincinnati)

It's funny how defensive an OSU fan gets when confronted with the fact that OSU bought their way out of a game in Cincy vs UC scheduled at Paul Brown Stadium.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:55 PM)

NO games at PBS for UC this year. How does everyone feel about that?

Kurtis (Louisville)

Question mark at RB? I know it's not locked in but we have two RBs who can run the ball very well, with another that can run well too. Victor was below average, and I would expect whoever steps up this season (probably Wright/Brown) to be better than him, really.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:57 PM)

Wright had his chances last year, correct? I like Dominique Brown, but you can't say that the run game was special last year.

Chris (DC)

AA, what's the over/under on the number of head coaches currently in the Big East that will still be in the Big East when (if?) Navy joins in 2015? I'm going 3.5

Andrea Adelson
  (4:59 PM)

Well I did some research on that and it seems the average for BE coaches sticking around is between 3-4 years. So you may be correct. I am going to go with 4. But that is just a totally random guess.

John (Cincinnati)

PBS is worthwhile for premier OOC games. Nippert can get loud and provides a good home field advantage when a Big East foe visits.

Aaron (Miami)

Any chance of you doing some public service and trying to convince USF and UCF fan bases to keep it respectaBull at games when the series resumes?

Andrea Adelson
  (5:00 PM)

I should hope the schools do as much as they can to emphasize that. I know things have gotten ugly in the past. Be nice, everybody, it is just a game!

Chris (DC)

Ahh, I didn't realize it was in PBS. Still, I hate everything about the city of Cincinnati, so, I still have no problems about the Buckeyes avoiding it like the plague

Andrea Adelson
  (5:01 PM)

OK last one in. Thanks everybody for joining me today in the middle of tourney action! Chat will be Wednesday next week. See you then!