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December 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrea Adelson

Andrea Adelson
  (3:59 PM)

Hey guys! Anything going on today?

Lost in Transition (Ohio)

Can Uconn athletics survive all this upheaval with the Basketball schools leaving? Are we better off going to the MAC and then scheduling tougher non conference then staying with this group just for financial reasons?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:03 PM)

I have a feeling I am going to get a question like this about every single football school in the Big East. So before you all ask at once, the answer is -- programs will survive. Where they will play, how they will look, now that is all up in the air. I do not think whatever happens to the Big East means athletic departments are going to close up shop. We have all known that inevitably, some schools will get left out of the realignment mix. I just am not sure about landing spots, the future of the Big East, what happens to the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12. As for your contention about financial reasons, let's all realize that is going to be the bottom line here -- finances. They have to do whatever makes the most sense for $$.

Chris (NJ)

Why is the Big East Blog always filled with negative articles recently? I mean i can understand 1 or 2 bad news here and there but 65% of the times it been very negative. I know bad news sells but those blogs are beginning to annoy me.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:04 PM)

Umm. You are aware of what is happening in the Big East right now, yes? Not sure how to put sunshine and sparkles on the posts. Maybe if I had a bedazzler or something.

MVP (Fairfax, VA)

Andrea, didn't the Big East Catholic schools see the writing on the wall in 2003? And to hear bottom feeder Big East basketball schools complain about the new additions, it is ironic that the Big East in terms of men's basketball would have a higher RPI over the last three years or so with UCF and East Carolina instead of DePaul and Providence.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:05 PM)

The bottom line is $$. At this point, the hoops schools may be convinced that they cannot get more money together as a group so they may as well go out on their own.

T Bone (South Florida)

Now that the smoke has cleared, can I get your take on the Butch Jones departure at Cincy? Was it right for him to string along the AD Department the way he did?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:07 PM)

I do not think it was the best way to handle a departure but then again, what is the best way to handle a departure? The bottom line is he was looking for the best deal for him, and he wanted to look around. Should he have let it drag on and get photographed on other campuses? No. But it's never pretty when a coach leaves.

JS Cowboy (NY)

You have to start with this one....What is the % chance the Big East is gone by Christmas?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:08 PM)

I honestly cannot give you an answer on that one.

Mike ('Cuse)

Seriously...How tired of these constant realignment stories! It's sad that the amateurism is gone in favor of money. Is it just me....or is this realignment circus a lot like the house market crashing? This T.V. money CAN'T always be there! And when it dries up, there will be a lot of schools traveling have across the country with buyers remorse.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:08 PM)

I am pretty sure the TV money will be there, and may even be better as the years go on. For the big conferences, there is no question about that. For a conference slapped together like the Big East ... no.

David (Tampa)

Lots of negativity on ESPN and otherwise, but to be honest, a "best of the rest" all-sports conference with Uconn, Cincy, Boise, SDSU, Memphis, ECU, USF, UCF, Houston, SMU, Navy, Tulane and Temple plus a couple other western schools would actually work out pretty well all thing considered. Your take?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:10 PM)

I think there is reason for negativity. How exactly is this best of the rest even comparable with the other conferences out there? How is this even called the Big East?

Laura (Va)

ACC QUESTION: Ok, HD gave me her take, now im looking for your thoughts.....should Logan Thomas go pro....unless Tech completely cleans house with the offensive staff, he has no reason to stay...6'6", 260lbs, monster arm, very coachable....Kiper predicts him to go very high....any reason to come back???

Andrea Adelson
  (4:11 PM)

Yes. HE is not a first round pick this year. Or a second round pick. He needs to be better, because he was mediocre this year.

Josh (Out West)

Watching the BE over the last year has been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Feeling bad for the ones that could not jump to safety. Is there any positives out there?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:12 PM)

I think the No. 1 priority has to be making sure Boise State and San Diego State do not bail. Boise State to me is the key to the near-term future.

Rick (Adel, Ga.)

Was this what the Mayans predicted all along? The end of the Big East?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:13 PM)

HA, good one.

Kenny (VA)

Just to be clear. If the basketball schools vote to dissolve the league the whole league is dissolved including football.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:15 PM)

Well, that does not mean these schools would take their ball and go home. They would just have to form a conference among themselves with a different name.

Snubbed (Greenwich CT)

AA- I haven't seen anything posted on this as of yet, but if the conference breaks apart, do 'Ville and RU get out early and with no financial penalty? What about the money that WVU, Pitt and SU still owe and the upcoming bowl revenue?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:15 PM)

It is too early to start saying what happens with Louisville and Rutgers. We do not even know what happens with the league yet, so I am not going to be able to jump 5 steps ahead and predict.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:16 PM)

Here is our latest story on the 7 hoops schools that are thinking of leaving.http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8742607/seven-catholic-schools-leaning-leaving-big-east-sources-say

Bob (New Brunswick)

How about a football question? What should RU fans be looking for during bowl prep? I'd like to see some young guys on D getting some reps.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:17 PM)

I asked Kyle Flood about that actually. He said a large portion of bowl prep will be used to getting younger guys some reps and I agree with you wholeheartedly, getting younger defensive guys more involved is a must.

Theo (Tenafly, NJ)

The one I feel bad for is Mike Aresco--I doubt that he had any idea (when he took the job as commissioner) that this was coming. Your thoughts??

Andrea Adelson
  (4:18 PM)

Remember, I said it was a great hire and he would do wonders for the TV deal. Ooops. Had Rutgers and Louisville stayed in place, then this would not be happening today. BUT we have heard plenty of speculation for years about an eventual split so you would have to have your head in the sand to think it was impossible.

Scott (Orlando)

Earlier this week you did a "fantasy ACC" ranking. Any plans to do one with the 2013 BE in the new future. At this point, it could REALLY be fantasy!

Andrea Adelson
  (4:19 PM)

Sure, I can do one of those next week.

Vinnie (Tampa )

Here is one to consider AA. Let's say the BE B-Ball schools bail to form their own conference. What do you think the chances are that ND bails on the ACC and goes with this all Catholic conference? I got a feeling that the ACC is next to ripped apart and ND might just want to keep there all sports in a stable non-football conference.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:20 PM)

I am going to say the chances are slim right now. More $$ to be made from the ACC. Until the ACC is raided again, not sure ND needs to make a move. They will always have a landing spot. ALWAYS. And they don't need to be in a small league.

Luke (West Chester OH)

What do you think of the great hiring of coach Tuberville? Do you think that he was the best possible hire for UC?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:22 PM)

I am not really as pumped about this hire as Taggart at USF, quite honestly. What has Tuberville done since leaving Auburn? And do you trust him to stay for the long haul?

The Hood Rat (Florida)

Andrea, Should the BB Only schools depart, and the BE disolve, do you forsee any quick movement by the major conferences in picking up the remaining pieces?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:22 PM)

Why would there be quick movement? Those schools aren't going anywhere.

Hem (Tampa)

Do you think USF has a shot at the ACC if FSU departs? Or will it take Miami leaving as well?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:23 PM)

No shot.

Chris Sunny South AL [via mobile]

Will better recruits pledge to UC since Tuberville is now the Head Coach? what type of offense will they run next season?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:24 PM)

All we can do is wait and see what happens in recruiting. It's not as if Cincinnati has been the dregs in the Big East, you guys. He is inheriting a very good situation. He has not said what type of offense yet.

Dave (Tampa)

Why are you so anti-USF?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:25 PM)

IS that a joke, Dave? I had a two-part Q&A with Taggart and praised the hire. How is that anti-USF?

cary in dc [via mobile]

Good point on Tuberville. I think it's a bald play to get UC in the Big 12. Thoughts?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:26 PM)

Cincinnati is trying to find a home anywhere at this point. But given the $$ I saw thrown around for what the big conferences are going to get in the future playoff, why would the Big 12 expand? And how does hiring a guy who lasted three years in the Big 12 enhance that?

Tony (NJ)

With the game in Orlando, will you be attending the Russell Athletic Bowl, watching from home, or just catching highlights on ESPN?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:26 PM)

You will have to wait and see :)

Scott (Orlando)

To Dave (Tampa), AA is anti-UCF. Get it right!! :)

Andrea Adelson
  (4:28 PM)

No, I am anti-(your favorite school here).

Don (Tampa) [via mobile]

Maybe it's time for all the "best of the rest" football conferences to unite and form regional alliances. Trash the existing conferences and start fresh. Your thoughts?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

What would that do? They would still be the "best of the rest."

Tom (Syracuse)

doug marrone for president!

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

Just because!

Snubbed (Greenwich CT)

Are the Top 25 BE player write ups in progress?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:29 PM)

No we don't get to those until after bowl season so stay tuned.

Eric (Connecticut)

I see USF moving fast, getting a dynamic coach. I see Cincy moving at expanding their stadium and upgrading. I see Uconn's AD and President sitting on their thumbs sucking their wounds. Why can't Uconn's brass figure out that perception is a huge factor and by keeping our Coach or at least allowing our OC Deleone stay that we are dooming the school to being a laughing stock ni the eyes of football powers.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:31 PM)

Eric, firing Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone this year would do nothing to enhance UConn's stock. They still would have been left out of the ACC.

Scott (Orlando)

My guess is AA parachutes into the Citrus Bowl for the Russell Athletic bowl with those Chick-Fil-A cows and the game ball.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:32 PM)

Good guess, Scott.

Kendal (Mt Washington, KY)

Just for the record I think you're right on target about Willie Taggart. I bet he turns that mess around quick. He'll know how to use all that Florida talent.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:32 PM)

I love his passion, enthusiasm, energy, the way his teams play and his recruiting ties obviously are huge. I think he is the best hire in the nation this year.

Calvin (Cincinnati)

Andrea, why little excitement with the Tuberville hire? Would you say with the state of the BE, a MAC coach wouldn't come in for a few years, do well with the pieces in place and follow Jones right out the door anyways? I can't see how we would be in a worse place with Tuberville, someone who has proven himself, than a random MAC HC. Your thoughts?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:34 PM)

I see your point, Calvin. Somebody else said that to me, basically they have had no luck hanging on to these other MAC coaches so why are you down on Tuberville? I guess it goes back to the fact that he hasn't really done anything since Auburn. Best finish in the Big 12 was a tie for fifth.

Tim (Louisville)

I've recently heard a lot of arguments about Teddy Bridgewater and the Heisman. Some say he has no chance because of the conference affiliations, but he was getting votes earlier this year. In your opinion does he have a legitimate shot at winning it, or is he just a long shot in the Big East?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:35 PM)

I think he will be a preseason Heisman candidate, no question about it. But in order for him to have a legitimate shot, Louisville is going to have to go undefeated because of conference affiliation.

Go 'Cats Go! (Cincinnati, OH)

I'm not as worried about TT staying or not. It seems to have worked out alright for us getting a "hired gun" then moving on to a new guy. The biggest thing about this hire is the message it sends. That UC is going to fight like heck to remain a strong program and that we are serious about football even though things outside of our control are going rough. You agree?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:37 PM)

I think Tubs was looking for a way out of Lubbock and Whit happened to call him at the right time. He had a relationship with him and it worked to his advantage. I am not sure it sends the message that UC is some aggressive program out to wrangle a coach from a power conference. Tubs wanted out.

mike (louisville)

all i hear is how hard we are going to get beat with good reason as flordia has the talent and has played tougher teams this year. but with that said i still think louisville has a chance this has be a very unperdictable team this year. and they have yet to put together a full game on both side i hope they do in the sugar. with teddy all things are possible. if teddy is 100% chances?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:39 PM)

If Louisville had some other dude at QB, then I would say the chances were just about zero. But with Teddy, I say the chances are 10-15 percent. He will always give you a chance. Florida has been extremely inconsistent on offense, as well, and has played down to the level of competition. So keep that in mind. But that Florida D is absolutely outstanding. Bridgewater has not seen anything like it all year.

Dan (Iowa)

AA why are you anti-Iowa State? LOL

Andrea Adelson
  (4:40 PM)

Ha! I just got an anti-UC question, guys.

Paul (New Jersey) [via mobile]

Enjoy reading your writing and commentary. Want to eleborate on the Rutgers offensive play calling this year?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:42 PM)

Thank you. I thought it was OK, and too conservative most times. I understand Rutgers went in with the mind-set to be a running football team, to be physical and have that mentality week in and week out, but in most games it had trouble running the ball, Nova and his WRs were not able to get the job done. There was a lot of miscommunication between that crew, and also way, way too many dropped passes. So the nature of the play calling leads me to wonder how much of a detriment that was to the passing game.

Jim (Pittsburgh) [via mobile]

Does your instincts tell ya that the basketball schools don't blame themselves for the Big East downfall?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:42 PM)

Yes.

Scarlet King (The Jersey Kingdom)

Ya know, I am really curious, in all of College Football which team are you the biggest fan of? and why? no pressure just curious.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:43 PM)

None.

Dave (Rutherford, NJ)

Andrea, is it time to start worrying about the post-Ryan Nassib era at Syracuse? They are going to return a nice defense next year, but I'm wondering who is going to be the QB? Tough to head into games with Clemson, Florida State, and Penn State with a novice QB.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:46 PM)

I actually think Pitt will fare better next year than Syracuse in the ACC, given some of the talent returning on both teams. Syracuse is also in the hardest division by far. There is no doubt that QB is the No. 1 concern for this team as it moves into the spring and an obvious story line to keep an eye on.

Mike ('Cuse)

I was impressed with where SU would have been positioned had they been in the ACC this year. (I believe you had them at 4) Do you think the Cuse will adjust ok next year, or are we looking at some growing pains?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:46 PM)

I had 'em at 5, and I think there will be some growing pains given some of the losses on offense and the division with FSU and Clemson.

Frank N. Stein (Transylivania)

Zach Allen AA! most havent heard of him but hes gonna be a stud starting qb for syracuse next year as a true freshman

Andrea Adelson
  (4:47 PM)

Hey it's still daylight, why are you awake?

Tom (Cincy)

AA, your time between posts seems to be growing. Are you getting too many negative remarks and questions?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:47 PM)

No. I am getting the same question over and over and over and over and over again. Come up with something original guys!

urban Meyer (Columbus)

Tuberville may not have been the best former SEC coach to coach my alma mater, but my theory behind this is that UC gets a named coach to raise its profile to get in the ACC. Whether he sticks around or not is unimportant, he is there solely to keep the ship steady until the whole realignment works out. A Mac coach could not do that. Other than TOmmy T, who would you think could accomplish this, Jim Tressel? THoughts?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:48 PM)

I completely see your point on that, but again, Cincinnati has won Big East titles without him. Gone undefeated in the regular season? Gone to two BCS games. How does having in charge change the football profile?

green1us (New Jersey)

I have a draft question. On the RU team who do you believe is declaring for the draft after the bowl game. And also where do you see each player that leaves which round do you project them to go?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:50 PM)

I think you are asking about Logan Ryan. I have no idea what he will decide. I am not sure there are other Big East underclassmen who are going to leave early. I have not seen a word about that to be honest.

Tom (Western Hills, OH)

With all the soap opera going on, any word how Bowl preps are going for UC? Also what worries you most about Duke for us?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:52 PM)

I think there has only been a practice or two, Tom. I am supposed to talk to Travis Kelce tomorrow so stay tuned for that. As for Duke, the No. 1 concern is its passing game. They have a good QB and three great receivers in Conner Vernon -- who is the ACC's all-time receptions leader -- Jamison Crowder and Desmond Scott -- one of 3 ACC players in history to get 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and on kickoffs.

Will (Tampa)

Maybe people are asking the same questions because they're important ones. Nobody cares about how their offense is going to look next year or why Johnny Football won the heisman when they may not have a conference to play in. The Big East has dissolved and per USAToday, the basketball conferences are officially out.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:54 PM)

I understand that, Will, but there are no real answers right now about what happens with USF, Cincinnati, UConn and everybody else. So I am not really sure what to say that would be an accurate reflection of what the future holds. This is all unfolding in real time, and, well, there are no certainties.

John (CardsFanTX) (Dallas)

What is the meaning of life? :)

Andrea Adelson
  (4:54 PM)

Here is my meaning of life -- do leave the world a better place than when you arrived.

mike (louisville)

jst a thought with everything ad tom jurich has done at uofl> do you think is is the best ad in the country

Andrea Adelson
  (4:55 PM)

I think he should be nominated for AD of the Year, no question.

Frank N. Stein (Transylivania)

what do you think of the syracuse-wvu? I saw you picked syracuse to win... how come?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:55 PM)

Go back and read the post, it was Mark Schlabach, not me.

Tom (Cincy)

Why haven't you mentioned any of Tuberville's new assistants he is adding? They look pretty solid to me.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:56 PM)

We have gotten no official announcements, that is why.

Zain (Tampa)

Let's get off realignment for a minute. Word is over here in Tampa that Willie Taggart just fired everyone on the staff except RB Coach Larry Scott. While Scott isn't much of a surprise (he's considered one of the key recruiters on the USF staff), defensive line coach Kevin Patrick is-he's another one of USF's top recruiters, as well as a guy who was responsible for the development of top D-line players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Terrell McClain, both of whom are in the pros now (and pretty much everyone has heard of Pierre-Paul now). Thoughts on them letting him go?

Andrea Adelson
  (4:57 PM)

Yes, that is official, Scott is the only one staying onboard. I am not surprised, to be honest. Most coaches like to bring in their own staffs.

Jason (Jacksonville)

I think what people on here are missing about realignmnet is it's all about the Big 10 right now. If the Big 10 takes more ACC schools then the ACC will possibly add Cincy and Uconn. ACC just isn't going to add Big East schools because the conference is imploding. I don't see the Big 12 adding any teams anytime soon because they don't need to. As far as USF and UCF they are far down the totum pole to be picked up. I don't see it happening anytime soon.

Andrea Adelson
  (4:59 PM)

Excellent points, Jason.

Benny (Indy)

I understand these questions seem a little repetitive. But I'm a UC fan and alum, and I'll admit it I am scared to death we are going to lose everything we have gained the last few years.

Andrea Adelson
  (5:01 PM)

I understand everybody out there is scared, and I do not mean to come off as somebody who is shying away from your questions. I just do not have a clear picture of where everybody is going to land. There are all sorts of reports out there, but there is nothing official from the Big East office. I would like to hear from them and other school officials before filling in the blanks.

Vinnie (Tampa )

AA I understand it can be a pain to get the same questions, however when you do provide answers they lack depth or detail. For example why would the ACC not want USF if FSU bailed? Academics, to many Florida schools, they don't like green. Just give us more that a one word answer is all I think we want.

Andrea Adelson
  (5:02 PM)

Because they would have UConn and Cincinnati higher up on the list, plain and simple. USF is not even a part of the discussion. Forget about the TV market. You saw what TV markets have done for the Big East, right? The ACC will add the most attractive overall athletic department. Tampa has a bigger TV market than Louisville, but Louisville was the most attractive athletic department option. Sound better?

Andrea Adelson
  (5:03 PM)

OK guys, that will wrap up our chat for today. I am sorry I had no more answers for any of you. Stay tuned for the latest developments. I will have some thoughts whenever this is officially announced.