Lunchtime links: Williams' agonizing decision

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

  • West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams had to make a tough decision to shut it down this season and let his shoulders heal, Dave Hickman writes in the Charleston Gazette.

"It was terrible. I've never been through such mental anguish,'' Williams said. "That's probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life, to leave behind guys that I've played with for three years. Mortty [Ivy] is like a brother to me. He's the first person I had to tell and I broke down emotionally. It wasn't an easy couple of days."

  • Who is Syracuse's main football rival? Brent Axe of Syracuse.com poses that question on the eve of the game against West Virginia, a trophy game but one that does not make Axe's Top 5 list.

  • Louisville linebacker Jon Dempsey and Memphis quarterback Arkelon Hall were junior college teammates and friends last season and will face off on opposite sides Friday night.

  • The Hartford Courant's Desmond Conner analyzes UConn at the halfway point.

  • Injured South Florida cornerback Theo Wilson will move to wide receiver when his knee heals, Brett McMurphy reports in the Tampa Tribune.

  • Speaking of position changes, Rutgers walk-on holder Andrew DePaola is getting a chance at receiver and may be the team's most consistent pass catcher, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.