Welcome to your Wednesday edition of the Big East mailblog. All questions and comments are welcome. First up -- you guessed it, expansion!
Dan in Dover, Pa., writes: Do you make anything of Temple recruits saying that Temple will be playing in the Big East in 2012? It sounds more like a recruiting ploy from Steve Addazio and company but could there be any merit to this?
Andrew in New Jersey writes: I think adding Temple would be a great basketball move for the conference, and a better football move than some would imagine. Temple gives you another big city to try to tap into, though I agree it's a pro-sports town. The fact of the matter is a 10-team conference is prime in college football. The Pac-10 was the purest form of determining a champion, with a full round-robin season. Temple also gives each Big East team one more victory a year, which will offset the TCU loss and help us get into bowl games.
Andrea Adelson: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Addazio is not the one planting the notion that Temple could be headed to the Big East. But it certainly raises eyebrows that recruits have been talking about this. Not just one recruit, but multiple recruits. Seeing Temple surface is not surprising, because we have heard this speculation in the past. The school would not be able to join the Big East until 2013 at the earliest anyway. Temple certainly has improved its on-field product and has more of a commitment to football than the last time it was a member of the league. But I am not sure asking Temple to come back into the fold does much for the Big East. The Big East already has been down this road, and does not need Temple to boost its basketball cred. It needs a new team to help boost is football cred and TV dollars for a new media rights deal. Conference officials have been and remain tight-lipped on expansion. This just seems like more speculation from 18-year-old kids who are completely out of the loop.
Joe in Piscataway, N.J., writes: So say that come this fall there is no NFL. How do you think it will affect the Big East? With so many teams in NFL favored markets, do you think that the lack of football will greatly help out the Big East? I mean it most likely will help, but maybe to a degree where it really has a positive impact on the conference?
Adelson writes: Perhaps there will be more fans in the seats and more media coverage. But what will positively impact the conference most of all are wins in some of their big nonconference games. Because the Big East is competing for respect not against NFL teams, but against teams from the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and all the rest.
Sean in Storrs, Conn., writes: I just wanna point out that ESPN blog specialists for the Big East always doubt UConn, yet they always seem to come through. UConn's defense is going to be hard to score on, very hard. And if anyone watched (Zach) Frazier last year at quarterback, they'd know you can't get much worse. So if you can win the Big East on Frazier's arm and a really good defense, I'd say your in great position with a dual threat Scotty McCummings and Sio Moore, plus nine returners on defense. And I don't think the (Jordan) Todman card will work, either. Todman's loss is big, but (D.J.) Shoemate is a USC recruited player who I believe will step in and fill those shoes. Watching him in the spring, he definitely plays with a chip.
Adelson writes:I absolutely agree that UConn will have a top-notch defense. But let us not forget that the Huskies did go 8-5 last season and ended up in a three-way tie for first. The Huskies did not exactly dominate the league, but they did do enough to get to a BCS game and they get credit for that. I wonder whether Shoemate can be an every down back after being a fullback for most of his career. Stay tuned for a video I am going to do on him, because I do believe he has the potential to be an impact player. But UConn has more questions on offense than any other Big East team, in my opinion, so that is why I have the Huskies lower in my power rankings. I am looking forward to seeing how the season plays out. If I am wrong, I will be glad to admit it.
Steve in New York writes: I know that we are still not 100 percent sure about his football future, but don't you think Pat White deserves a spot among the the top 50 for those that were college stars but never quite cut it in pro football?
Adelson writes: I think he played too recently to be considered. If the list is done again in another five to 10 years, then perhaps he has a spot. But here is a good question for West Virginia fans: If you could choose one player on that list, would it be Major Harris or Pat White? Discuss among yourselves and I will do a blog post with your comments.