Excited about the change at OC at Uconn. Will DeLeone let go of the reigns and let TJ Weist do what needs to be done? If he has in hands in it then this will be a failed experiment ala Syracuse early 2000. I think he is lucky to keep any job but at least we see light at the end of the tunnel.
Nothing official has been announced on Weist but regardless of who the OC is, I have got to think that DeLeone will keep his hands out of the cookie jar. He no longer has the title any more, and there is a reason for that. He failed to coordinate this offense in two seasons. And, somehow, this offense regressed with an actual scholarship QB (a highly rated prep prospect, too!). That is a hard thing to do right there.
What major story lines will you be following in the offseason?
The top story line is how these new programs look in the spring and how they are going to fare once the season opens; plenty to follow at Rutgers with Nova and the revamped D; plenty to follow at Cincinnati with Tubs at coach, will he stick with Kay?; at USF, what happens at QB and how does Taggart go about instilling his philosophies; how does UConn look with new OC and DC; and is this the last year for Louisville and Rutgers. Just a few.
Is reaching a bowl game next season a succesful season for USF next year?
After two seasons NOT going bowling, I say heck yes!
Do you believe the Big East will need to act quickly and pick up UMass, Army, Delaware, a MAC school, and/or Tulsa.
They do not need to act quickly, no. None of those schools are going anywhere.
UConn and UC are stuck in a waiting game, is there anything they can do to improve their worth to another conference while waiting?
UConn has to get back to bowl games first and foremost. Cincinnati already has taken steps with announced stadium expansion. Tubs as HC does not hurt, either.
So the NFL playoffs are delaying the announcement of either Teryl Austin (Baltimore) or possibly Greg Jackson (San Fran) from being announced as the next DC at PITT. Any thoughts to who it will be, and if so, game predictions on either Baltimore or San Fran losing so we can get the answer?
I have no idea on who it will be. And I believe I picked San Fran vs NE in the Super Bowl earlier this week.
Do you see value in expanding the BE further, or would you just sit still right now? I'm just not sure any other programs bring value that will make up for their split of the revenue pie.
I think they want to get to 12, so adding one more is fine. If it's Tulsa, I don't have a problem with that. Good, solid football program, closer to the Texas schools. Seems to make sense from that perspective.
How do you see the Big East shaping up for football for 2013 in terms of conference members? Originally before the Boise/SDSU departures there was the plan for a Championship game, but Aresco has noted they will likely stay at 10 now in 2013. Do you see that happening or could you see ECU and Tulane entering a year early?
My guess is the BE will stay at 10 for 2013 without a championship game. The Big East will be releasing the new home/road opponents schedule for 2013 tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.
People keep bringing up MAC schools for BE additions. Have you heard any of the schools express interest in the BE (or any other Group of 5) conference? ....Other than UMass
Nope. I think the MAC is a very solid league, geographical, and works well the way it is. I think member schools realize/understand that.
Nice article today about refocussing priorities, but can the BE cultivate top teams without the auto-BCS bid and less TV money?
Thanks, Bob. I think they can. Because they do technically get an auto bid if they have the highest finisher among the "others" (MWC, C-USA, Sun Belt, MAC). In most years, that probably means finishing higher than Boise State. As for the TV $$, I have no idea what the BE will end up with, but I think it will be better than what schools get now so there should be more $$ for everyone, even if it's not SEC $$.
Andrea, what conference do you believe is better better the MWC with Boise and SDSU or the new Big East with Cincy, East Carolina, Navy, UCF and etc? My east coast bias, I am still sticking with the Big East as the 5th or 6th best conference.
That is a good question, Teddy. I still think top to bottom the BE may be better if only because they are not going to be saddled with teams like UNLV and New Mexico and Wyoming. But it is going to be interesting to see how that plays out.
Hey Andrea,Hope all is well. With the Big East back to a regional play what is their next move? Add Tulsa. Do you thinking adding a basketball only power would make sense as well to get them to 12 for both sports while increasing the basketball profile which took a hit with the catholic 7 rolling out? Maybe Butler to go with Temple, Cinn, UConn and Memphis to have a strong core basketball side.
Why would Butler do that? They would be much better served with the Catholic 7. Basketball cannot come first. Gotta be football.
Andrea, What's next for the Big East and where do you see expansion going next? Thanks for your thoughtful insight it's greatly appreciated here in Texas. Go Coogs!
Looks like Tulsa could be a candidate and as I mentioned earlier, I think that would be a nice fit. As for what's next, the BE must get itself to 12 and then solidify this TV deal while there appears to be a bit of stability. Appears being the key word of course.
Do you believe San Diego State killed the Big East as we know it by initially agreeing to join last year? The Big East could have been more proactive sooner and may have had a TV deal in place by now if it decided not to expand west. Now that the Big East is being refocused east of the Miss, any chance the conference will return to prominence? Going to miss our rivalry with UC and Big East basketball.
No San Diego State did not kill the BE. San Diego State only came as a package with Boise State. At the time, it made sense because Boise was the best school out there to improve the BE profile. Obviously a lot changed in a year. As for a return to prominence, I am trying to figure out what you mean there. Because let's be honest, the BE was never in the same conversation as the SEC or Big Ten. Miami was dominant, yes, but I think a lot of people still considered Miami an independent running roughshod over a mediocre league. I think the BE can be a good league again but it has to stop the bleeding first.
As a sophomore UCF's QB Blake Bortles put up pretty impressive preformances and stats throwing for over 3000 yards 25 TDs and only 7 interceptions . If he improves on those stats do you think UCF and Bortles will get more media attention and recognition(top 25 ranking) now that they are in a better conference then C-USA? He clearly seems like the next best QB in the BE after Bridgewater
Only thing that will get more media attention is to win and beat high profile teams. Bridgewater did not get legitimate national attention until he beat Florida.
If Louisville wants to be taken seriously, it will need to beef up its out of conference schedule for 2013, signed little sisters of the poor. Even going undefeated, I do not see Louisville playing in the BCS national title game next season with their out of conference schedule. Thoughts?
Correct. They will not play in the title game if they go undefeated unless everybody else has 1 or 2 losses and every SEC team is eliminated.
Andrea,do you believe in the long run that San Diego State deciding not to come to the Big East is best for the conference?
Yes. Going West was never going to be a long-term solution.
AA- The quality of the football programs that the Big East is rumored to be going after now is rapidly declining, will this improve the stability of the Big East?
Tulsa is an 11-win team, I think you should do more checking into that program.
Who will have better season BC or pitt
Now that Syracuse's staff is almost complete, do you think in time it will prove to be an upgrade?
Not sure, Angela. Hackett is a big loss, but I have heard good things about McDonald. I have not really seen the new DC coach much. So it is hard to really make a call on that with so many new faces. I guess we will have to see.
When Shiano left Rutgers, did he gut the Rutgers coaching staff as Marrone is doing now?
He did, actually. Off the top of my head, he took at least 4 assistants with him, including their best recruiter in NJ/PA.
For the the 10-team league next year, wouldn't you prefer to see a 9-game conference schedule to see the real champ? Perhaps use some of these conference exit fees for each school to buyout one of their weaker OOC games? You would think that would help SOS for whoever the champ is....plus give the league for inventory for TV this year. Your thoughts?
I have never been an advocate of a nine-game league schedule. I prefer 8 and then 4 nonconference for a bit of diversity in games. I see your point, but let's be real, replacing a cupcake with Memphis is going to do what for SOS?
After UL departs the nearest school in the league to UC is Memphis a nearly 7 1/2 hour bus ride. If we can't escape the league is there a chance a school nearer to UC like Marshall or even a Toledo might get brought in? We are suddenly on an island... and I don't like it!
I have not heard either of those two names in the mix. Now you know how USF felt all these years!
The problem is I think there is a bias towards Boise. They have been a perrenial poll team while the BE has been given little respect. I think that gives us a distinct disadvantage.
That could be. I think it will be interesting to see how the committee reconciles that.
I believe Schiano also took the assistant AD and the strength coach..
Thanks, Kevin. Hard to do a quick count while doing these chats.
I'm sorry, Marrone has taken 7 with him.
OK and .... ?
I dont think with Marrone gutting the Su staff is going to hurt on anything really. A lot of people here in Syracuse complained that he couldn't recruit. This staff so far is getting a lot of great feedback from the recruits. And it could be an upgrade especially McDonald who is according to some sites he's 1 of the best recruiters in the country.
I am not as outraged about this as maybe some others. Coaches leave and take their guys with them. Most staffs get gutted when guys take other jobs. And AJ, you have a great point. We heard complaints about Hackett for a while and then they start winning and the complaints stop. I think Hackett was a good coordinator but Syracuse did have a confused identity at times. If this staff is an upgrade on the recruiting trail, then that will be huge.
I agree w/Scott - a 9 game conference schedule may not be great for SOS, but it does give a true champ. That's a good poll question for the blog - 8 or 9 games?
Poll question coming for next week, then.
I believe in the last chat you mentioned a probable end of January move for Pitt/SU to the ACC blog, not the July 1 contractual date. Is this still what you are hearing? And can we then expect to see articles and links regarding the new BE teams then?
We are going to make the move in mid-February. The articles and links on Pitt/Cuse will move to the ACC blog. BUT the clubhouse section on the right side of the page with all the teams, that will not change until July 1.
With alll the recent BE upheaval (and defections), how confident are you that Navy will actually play a down of football in the BE?
I wonder if Bills fans are thrilled about getting SU's staff.
That is for a different chat I suppose.
I vote 8. 4 home league games... 4 road. Even playing field as possible.
Syracuse v. Louisville on Saturday, who ya got?
College basketball?! This is a football chat!
8 game schedule. 9 game schedule leaves half the teams with 1 less home conference game and probably 1 less home game overall. any increase in TV money would be diluted by reduced gate and concession $$
The rumors/stories are Big East with 10 teams for 2013. Are we sure that ECU and Tulane cannot come early? I've heard CUSA is picking up 2 new teams for next year, 12 teams would mean a CCG.
Why do you guys want a conference championship game so badly? What if there is an unbeaten Big East team that has a shot at the title game and gets upset?
Do you think with the coaching change at Cincinnati and Rutgers having to rebuild their defense that UCF and Houston will be Louisville's biggest threats next year?
No, still have Cincinnati and Rutgers ranked higher in the preseason power rankings.
Do we have any idea when the next step in the Maryland/ACC buyout court case happens? Since I think that is the lynchpin everybody is waiting on for the next set of conference expansion starts.... Don't care about 'em on the field but in the court room. GO TERPS!
Have not heard much on that one, Bob. We'll keep an eye out for some updates.
I think UofL could make the NCG if they start in the Top 10 and win by impressive margins. They would need help, but not as much as some of you think, imo.
If you are a proponent of the 8-game schedule, I at least hope that the schedule makers end up having all the legitimate contenders play each other. Imagine the controversy now.
It is a certainty Louisville and Cincinnati will play. I have got to think they will have all the schools currently in the Big East play each other. Just for old times' sake.
My problem with our access to the Big Bowls is that we are having to compete with Boise who plays in a conference that nobody can prove is strong. If they continue to roll with minimal loss seasons, they likely still squeak in before the BE champ unless we also have 0 or 1 loss. They now have street cred, despite their conference. We just have a strong conference top to bottom that's proven hard to run. Just look at UL this year, wouldn't Boise have gotten the bid over UL? Then Boise barely beat Washington and UL trounces UF.
Not necessarily, Scott. Remember there is going to be a selection committee and strength of schedule will be a consideration. So you cannot look at the BCS standings and flat out say Boise would have gotten in ahead of Louisville.
I did not say I wanted a CG game, just asking if you had heard anything about possible newcomers arriving early. My vote would be for a 9 game round robin schedule next year.
Considering the BE is releasing its home/away opponents tomorrow, it is reasonable to assume the league will be at 10 in 2013.
a 1 loss SEC team will get to the title game before a Big East team. I think a undefeated Big East team wont get into the title because of conference affiliation.
Is there that much of a difference between West Virginia,Pitt,Syracuse,Louisville and Rutgers compared to Houston,UCF,SMU,East Carolina and Tulsa?
In national perception there is.
What is your take on Lance Armstrong? Can he reconcile your negetive perceptions on him with his admitting and apology for his doping?
Nope. He is a liar and a cheater and no I'm sorry will wash that away.
I agree with vick-mike, we need a conference championship game. I'm tired of seeing teams share the league title and not win outright. I would use some of that buyout money and grab Tulsa and UMASS and change the division names to Colonial and Frontier.
You have this all figured out!
Andrea, thanks for the chat. The BE blog from Jan 7th said that Tulsa and UMass have been discussed as the next additions. "Southern Miss and Rice were also tossed around" according to the article. Is it just a matter of time (2-5 years) before all of the old CUSA, including my beloved USM, are in the Big East?
Probably depends on what happens around the Big East. If Cincinnati and UConn find new homes, then where else would the BE look?
All these comparisons between Boise/MWC and the Big East. The reason Boise gets the attention is because the schedule well and compete. Stop scheduling cupcakes and maybe top BE teams will get attention. And no, Arkasas doesn't count Rutgers!
Arkansas would have counted if they had Petrino around. You cannot knock Rutgers for scheduling that game after years of terrible nonconference games.
AA, it is highly unlikely that Maryland and the ACC will go to discovery and allow the details of the conference media deal to go public, so expect a settlement.
Just don't think the ACC can back down one bit from the $50 mill buyout.
I saw where UConn shot down a report that Cincy and UConn were in negotiations with the C-7 (hoops/OLY sports) and the Mountain West (football) to join those two leagues. Cincy on the other hand we haven't heard crickets chirp to confirm or deny. Is this possible????
Just because Cincinnati has not offered a denial on a report does not mean it is in the works. I am not sure how joining the MWC for football and splitting their programs benefits either school.
A CCG means no more 4 way ties!
Well that would make 3 teams unhappy :)
Just a quick example. If UofL was #3 and done and an undefeated SEC team lost to a 2-loss SEC team in the SECCG, UofL would easily get the NCG berth. That's not so farfetched.
Over one-loss Ohio State? Or one-loss Oregon? Stanford? Oklahoma? A LOT of chips have to fall for that to happen for Louisville.
Is Louisville with Bridgewater as a senior the only team that you can see winning their new conference in say the next five years?
You think Bridgewater is sticking around for his senior year? You are more optimistic than I am!
AA, do you think USF looks better after changing its mind again by honoring all scholarship offers made under Skip?
I guess they look better, but I am kind of ambivalent about all this recruiting stuff. Kids get offers pulled all the time; kids change their minds all the time; kids get gray shirted; red shirted. Recruiting is a very nasty business at times, and unfair at times, too.
Do you find it interesting that USF has not been as aggressive as Cincy and UConn in trying to get into a new conference? Why do you think this is the case?
Not sure that is necessarily the case, Bulls Fan. They were mentioned in the WVU lawsuit from a few years back as a program that made calls to other conferences to gauge interest.
No, AA, I'm saying they'd go INSTEAD of any SEC team. See what I mean? It would be that 1-loss Ohio State, Oregon, etc. vs. undefeated Louisville.
Of course, there could be a one-loss SEC team outside the championship game like there was this year. Florida, cough, cough.
There is talk that the Big 12 may look at adding teams at their meeting at the end of the month. That would likely start another round of realignment possibly including the Big East, ACC, and Big 10. That being said I have heard people mention the possibility down the line the remaining ACC and Big East then combining. Could you ever see that happening?
Not at this point, Justin.
I think there is real acrimony there, and not sure John Swofford would ever really want to go that route.
If you were the head coach at Rutgers, what would you do differently this year?
You know where I am going with this answer, don't you!
The Manti Te'o story is great for the UC football program. Hopefully everyone will move on from UC & Tuberville recruiting practices. Your thoughts on the Te'o story please.
My thoughts are simple: I really have no idea what to believe, whom to believe, and how on earth all of this blew up into a national scandal. I mean last night I was watching the Swofford press conference on ESPN and on the side of the screen under breaking news it says Teo's dead girlfriend was a hoax. Over lots of other big sports news items of the day. It is such a complex, convoluted story, what I want to know is why the lies, and why somebody would "catfish" if that is indeed what happened. Not to sound like Tonya Harding, but WHY!!! That is what I want to know.
Haven't the ACC and BE already combined?!?!?
Under different umbrellas.
Do you think the War on I-4 will be the best rivalry in the new BE?
How do you think the lack of a quality QB or RB will affect their bowling chances? I don't think I'm as optimistic as you. That being said, Go Bulls!
Just this one quote Taggart gave me when I asked that very question about the RB position stuck out to me: "You give me a tough guy who loves to play football, and I'll make him a good running back." I might be overly optimistic (again). Could happen in 2014.
Dont you think it makes more sense for the Big 10 to hit the acc again? I mean Syracuse and Pitt would probably be better choices in the next expansion.
I think the Big Ten would like to go further south. They already have NE locked up with Rutgers and Maryland. GT/UNC have been mentioned as next targets.
I don't know where you are going. That's why I asked :)
Haha OK ... I would seriously consider a change at QB. I am not sure what Flood sees in Nova, but I don't see it. And I watched for 13 games this year.
AA, do you see East Carolina getting an invite to join the Big East in all sports? If not, do you think they may pull a Boise and go back to C-USA?
Not sure, Jason, but I think that makes the most sense given the Catholic 7 leaving.
To have any chance at the ACC do we have to have FSU be one of the teams to leave? Doesn't seem like they would be too supportive of us?
That would be my guess.
What happens to Mike Aresco in all of this? Will he go with the "Basketball 7" or stay with the remaining football schools?
Well he has been working the football component hard so my guess is football but we'll have to see how it all plays out.
What is the biggest on field question the Bearcats have to begin to solve in spring ball? Also do you think UC's offense will be radically different with TT from Lyle's offense?
I think there are a few, Terry. Still want to know if they are going to stick with Kay at QB. Secondary has to be fixed. Receivers have got to step up, big time. Losing Kelce is huge. Losing starting DEs is big, too. I think the only position on the entire roster that is set is offensive line.
All right everyone, thanks for joining me today. Have a great weekend!