Big East notes: Bowl deals still a ways off

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

A few notes after talking to some folks at today's Big East summer kickoff golf outing ...

• Not much groundbreaking news from the coaches' meetings. The big issue for the league has been improving the bowl lineup, as the deals expire after this year for the Gator and Sun. Big East officials had hoped to have something to announce this week in Newport, but that's not going to happen now. I've been told that it's simply a matter of waiting for the dominoes to fall, as all the other leagues are still angling for the best deals with the bowls as well.

If the Gator Bowl doesn't work out without a hybrid situation with the Big 12 -- and the Big East really doesn't want to go that route again -- then the league will try and line up something with the Alamo, Champs, Sun or another bowl that finds itself with an opening after all the reshuffling. League officials are confident they'll end up with a good slot for their No. 2 team, which is the most important thing in this whole matter.

• I played 18 holes with South Florida coach Jim Leavitt, ESPN announcer Sean McDonough and Rutgers play-by-play man Chris Carlin. We had a lot of fun, even though I contributed almost nothing with my awful swings. Leavitt is known for giving monosyllabic answers on the Big East media teleconference during the season and sometimes seems too occupied to talk to reporters after games. But he was very personable and talkative out on the golf course, and the coach in him couldn't help but offer encouragement and motivation as I flubbed some shots.

I think we finished 5-under for the scramble. I'll post the best coaches' scores later on.

• It was neat to see all the coaches there and interacting in a laid-back assignment. I found it particulary amusing when Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, a straight-laced guy who's on the college football rules committee, watched our group closely from another tee box to make sure we weren't cheating.

Us? Never!

• Chatted briefly with Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who's extremely pleased with the way things have gone in recruiting this summer. The Panthers already have 17 commitments, and Wannstedt was hopeful they could lock up another three or so in the next couple of weeks and basically be finished by August. Then, he said, it's just a matter of winning games and keeping the ball rolling.

• All the coaches and many players will be at tonight's clam bake, feasting on the sumptuous lobster. I'll have more notes from there later on tonight or early tomorrow morning.