Lunchtime links: Robinson reactions

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

What's next for Syracuse in the wake of Greg Robinson's firing? The Syracuse Post-Standard's Donnie Webb writes that Randy Edsall is athletic director Daryl Gross's top choice, but that he'll also make some longshot grabs at people like Boise State's Chris Peterson and Texas Tech's Mike Leach.

Gross had this to say on Sunday, according to Webb's story:

"I love watching Texas Tech play. It's my favorite offense to watch."


"I think Randy Edsall is a fine coach. He obviously demonstrated that again last night and he's done a terrific job. And there are some other wonderful people out there as well. Hopefully, maybe you can get me an interview (laughs)."

Luring Edsall away could cost close to $20 million, when it comes to his contract, his buyout and paying off Robinson's final year.

• Robinson said he "ran out of time" to turn around the Syracuse program. There are plenty of fans who are grateful he didn't get more time.

• Post-Standard columnist Bud Poliquin says Robinson is a good man, but was the wrong man for the job. Poliquin also writes, "Well, now it's up to Gross and his people to fine-tune the contract that they'll soon be presenting to Randy Edsall, the UConn coach whose Huskies routed the Orange in the semi-abandoned Carrier Dome on Saturday 39-14. Indeed, there is every indication that if Randy isn't in the Syracuse saddle by next month, it'll only be because he chose not to climb aboard."

• Edsall isn't talking about Syracuse, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.

• Short-yardage situations are still plaguing West Virginia, Dave Hickman says in the Charleston Gazette.

• Jim Lewis is ready to return to the Mountaineers after a six-game absence, and maybe the special teams whiz can shore up the nation's worst kickoff coverage team, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.

• Senior defensive back Carlton Williams told his younger South Florida teammates to remember how Rutgers was still throwing the ball deep in the fourth quarter in Saturday's blowout. He hopes they can use it for revenge next year, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times.

• Aditi Kinkhabwala examines at Rutgers' bowl prospects in the Bergen Record.