Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Junior college defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss the start of South Florida practice but hopes to join the team early next week, Greg Auman says in the St. Petersburg Times. Pierre-Paul has the chance to be a monster at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds.

• Doug Marrone has one thing in common with Greg Robinson: he'll keep Syracuse practices closed during the fall, Donnie Webb reports in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

"People say, am I paranoid about game planning and what to do? I'm not going to lie to you. Yes, I am. I really am. The spring will always be open, but once we start to get specific, that's what I believe."

• The Courier-Journal's Rick Bozich says Rutgers is the choice to win the Big East

• New Louisville quarterbacks coach Matt Wells is charged with keeping the Cardinals' strong tradition under center going, C.L. Brown writes in The Courier-Journal.

• South Florida checks in at No. 32 in The Sporting News countdown.
• TSN's Dave Curtis looks at the reasons why the Big East is struggling for respect once again.