Big East mailblog

What's on your mind?

Jordan in Lakeland, Fla., writes: Still as high on Willie Taggart after the lackluster spring game? It really looked the same old thing. I know it isn't exactly like playing a real game, but it brought me back to Earth a little bit.

Andrea Adelson: Well, I didn't say he would get them into a BCS game in Year 1. I merely said I thought he was the right guy for the job. I think it was pretty obvious to anybody that watched this team last season that there was not going to be a quick fix. There were problems everywhere. Now, having said that, I do not ever read one single thing into spring games. They are scrimmages meant to reveal little. It will be interesting to see, however, whether Clint Trickett ends up with the Bulls since the quarterback spot remains unsettled.

Dale in Houston writes: I have a feeling our Houston Cougars are a legitimate contender in the Big East! Do you agree?

Adelson: The Big East? What is that? I kid because I got about a gazillion emails in my mailbag chiding me for using that conference name in this very blog. Quick tangent: Still no update on when the blog name is going to be changed. Now back to your question. Generally speaking, there historically has been a team that comes out of nowhere to make some noise in this conference. Could it be Houston? Well, I am not as high on the Cougars as you are, because I have no idea what is going to happen at quarterback. I think there are some very good players on this team, from Charles Sims to Deontay Greenberry to Derrick Mathews. Picking up Markeith Ambles also has the potential to be very big. I think Houston will be better than last season, but it's hard for me to see this team knocking off Louisville.

Paul in New Jersey writes: Andrea, Let me try to understand the Kyle Flood/Gary Nova relationship using a business model. Vice-President Flood (Head Coach) goes to department manager Nova (offense) and says, "I don't care if you lose accounts (games) or that we don't reach our annual goal (BCS Bowl). You are my manager for life. You will never be fired and you will never lose your position as long as I'm here. Your job is safe no matter what happens" Do I have this right???

Adelson: Well if you are talking about last season, then yes. Flood said when he got the head coaching job he would not play musical quarterbacks and he stuck to that statement, much to the frustration of Rutgers fans everywhere. But based on what I have heard out of spring, Nova seems to have turned a corner. Now, I will refer to my statement above. Tough to really tell about anybody during spring practice. But the fact that he has lost weight, and seems to have much more confidence should be encouraging signs. I think having a new offensive coordinator might end up changing the dynamic you described above. If Nova begins the season the way he ended last, I have a hard time envisioning him keeping his job. He has to produce immediately.

Johnintheville writes: Jamon Brown, No. 70, played some left tackle with Abraham Garcia and Ryan Mack playing the right tackle in the spring game. Just thought of that, Andrea, after reading your article about filling the departed positions on the Cards' offensive line. Can't make to much out of a ones vs. twos scrimmage, but the Cards showed about nine different offensive personnel packages Saturday in front of a record 33,000 for the spring game. Dominique Brown and Brandon Radcliff looked great running and catching Saturday as well.

Adelson writes: Thanks, John. I had checked in with Louisville for that story and the folks there told me the left tackle spot was between Garcia and Mack. Guess the coaches wanted to change things up and see if having a more experienced tackle on the left side would help them out more. I completely see why they would want to try that out. We'll see whether that move sticks. As for Dominique Brown, I had a chance to catch up with him on the phone and will have a post on him next week. He sounds so confident -- I think big things are in store for him in 2013.