Asked if Ray Graham being listed atop Pitt's depth chart meant he would play Saturday, coach Paul Chryst took a long, roundabout way of eventually confirming that, well, his starting running back will be a game-time decision.
"Last week in camp, I feel like Ray has gotten a lot more confident and has been able to probably be able to do more things," Chryst said. "That part’s been good, we’re still going to see how it goes this week. The encouraging thing for us and most important for Ray is he feels like he’s making progress. I think there’s enough of a chance that we’re listing him that way and yet we’re still going to just let him go through this week to see where he’s at."
The decision, or rather indecision, regarding Graham this week led the news to come out of the first weekly Big East coaches teleconference. Some other notes around the conference:
Louisville coach Charlie Strong said that Clemson receiver transfer Bryce McNeal has left the program, a decision that Strong said during a later news conference that McNeal came to on his own because he did not want to play football anymore: "I always say, this program isn't for everybody. Some can handle it, some can't."
Rutgers is keeping tabs on what is happening with the storm headed for New Orleans, with its season opener set for Saturday against Tulane in the Superdome. Coach Kyle Flood said: "There are no plans to alter itineraries, but we're monitoring day by day."
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones will name his starting quarterback Tuesday.
UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni had strong words of praise for Julian Campenni, who will start at defensive tackle in place of Shamar Stephen: "He’s been very consistent, he’s a young player, he’s only a redshirt freshman, but he has shown a high level of maturity. Very dependable, he’s practiced very consistently, he’s attended to all his business and the whole thing. Very dependable and so he’s getting the starting nod. Angelo Pruitt, we’re going to need to rotate some people in and out of there, Angelo Pruitt will see some action as well and B.J. McBryde."
Speaking of defensive tackles, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said that Deon Goggins will be there to start the season inside after spending the spring outside.
USF coach Skip Holtz said that George Baker emerged as a starting cornerback because his athleticism stood out above everyone else's. The Bulls are also considering redshirting Chris Bivins, who had some swelling in his knee as he recovers from an ACL tear.
Boston College running back transfer Montel Harris has made his presence felt at Temple, according to coach Steve Addazio: "He’s had a great camp. He’s a guy that doesn’t say too much, works really hard, really physical. He picks things up quickly. He’s an explosive runner. When you watch him run no one gets a clean shot at him. He’s always in balance."