Lunchtime links: Game day in Morgantown

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Looks like a lot of Big East beat writers attended the league's basketball media day in New York Wednesday (no Earl Clark on the preseason team? Really?), so the links are kind of light. But here's the best of the bunch, starting with news on tonight's West Virginia-Auburn tilt.

• Auburn's offense is getting back to the basics, Chuck Finder says in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

• It's big for both teams, Dave Hickman writes in the Charleston Gazette.

• The game will truly be an event in Morgantown, Bob Hertzel opines in the Times West Virginian.

• Donnie Webb notes in his Syracuse.com blog that the Orange football team has played the fourth-toughest schedule in the country, according to NCAA statistics. Syracuse probably wouldn't be much better than 1-6 no matter who it played, but think about that slate for a minute. At Northwestern. Penn State. Then starting Big East play with Pittsburgh, at West Virginia and at South Florida. It's like somebody wanted Greg Robinson to fail.

• "Da Coach" Mike Ditka spoke to the Pittsburgh football team before Wednesday's practice, Kevin Gorman reports in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Not to be outdone, Rutgers got a visit from Bill Belichick earlier this season, Keith Sargeant writes in the Home News Tribune.
• Rutgers will continue to start Mike Teel at quarterback and give Dom Natale some looks under center, Tom Luicci says in The Star-Ledger.

• Louisville receiver Scott Long is following a familiar path, trying to recover from an injury suffered on a special-teams play, C.L. Brown writes in The Courier-Journal.