Big East mailbag

It's quiet around here with no football. Maybe I can organize the neighborhood kids into a 7-on-7 passing drill. Or I could just answer your e-mails. That sounds like less effort.

Ben from Austin, Texas, writes: A few months back, I asked what WVU would do with Jeremy Johnson and Barry Brunetti with quarterback depth being so thin. Now that Coley White has given a little more confidence to the depth of that position, how do you see the depth charts of both quarterback and wide receiver shaking out? Do you think White (or maybe Johnson) will eventually switch to WR to help with the depth there? I know it's early to tell, but fun to ask.

Brian Bennett: Hey, Ben, and hope things are well in one of my favorite cities in America. Coley White played pretty well this spring and gave West Virginia's coaches some confidence he can help them win if need be. But this is Geno Smith's team, make no mistake about it. White has asked to move to receiver, and the team will honor that request this fall while having him keep his hand in the quarterback picture (think receiver Bradley Starks, who's been the emergency QB for a couple of years now).

As for the youngsters, it remains to be seen how they perform when they show up. The thinking has been that Johnson has the more natural skill set to switch to receiver or another position if Brunetti plays well. But Johnson will be given a shot at quarterback first.

Jim from Indianapolis writes: A few years ago, Va. Tech, Miami, and Boston College left the Big East to join the ACC. Their main reason for doing it was money. As in more of it. In response to that, Rutgers, West Virginia, Pitt, and UConn sued the ACC. Now, if they were invited, Rutgers, Pitt, and UConn would (supposedly) all leave the Big East for the Big Ten for the same reason: money. Am I the only one who sees any hypocrisy in all this?

Brian Bennett: Hypocrisy in college sports? Why, this is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing!

Seriously, though, Jim raises a good point. And imagine if some of these schools are left hanging after a Big Ten raid and need the ACC to come in and rescue them. Will those old hard feelings stand in the way? It's amazing how well you can bury the hatchet when faced with possible extinction.

Eric H. from Manassas Park, Va., writes: Long time reader, first time writer. I had a thought today with all of the talk of conference realignment, and its impact on the Big East. One thing everyone seems to be forgetting is the service academies. I think the Big East could gain a few things by adding Army and Navy. Navy certainly is doing well in football, and Army is starting to show some signs of life. I'm not sure either will up the playing level of the Big East, but surely, with the following they have, it should be able to help out on the revenue end. Your thoughts?

Brian Bennett: The Big East looked into this a few years ago, but the idea was abandoned for several reasons. Navy likes its independence and its ability to play a national schedule, while also lining up some winnable games to get to bowls every year. Neither school adds anything in the other sports. And while the trip to West Point is always a treasure, Army is still a long way away from consistently competing at a BCS level in football.

John from Beaufort, S.C., writes: Is it a good or bad thing that there has been so little news about Louisville this offseason? And how do you think Louisville will really do this year?

Brian Bennett: It's good from the standpoint that there haven't been any arrests, transfers or other negative issues arising. It's bad from the perspective that the Cardinals have become somewhat irrelevant from the national scene, which is Steve Kragthorpe's most damaging lasting legacy. I think things could be a little rough this year, but I expect Charlie Strong to get some young kids experience and toughen this team up. He'll have Louisville back in the news for the right reasons very quickly.