Big Ten lunchtime links: Head games in Hartford

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Randy Edsall knows who Connecticut's starting quarterback will be, but he's not telling anyone outside the team until Saturday, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.

"The decisions are made and anybody that needs to know what the decisions are has been told," he said.

Edsall also said Thursday that he didn't know anything about a report earlier in the week that cornerback Darius Butler would play offense exclusively. But later in his conference call with reporters, he mentioned that there could be new starters at defensive back. A little gamesmanship, perhaps?

• More bad news for South Florida: linebacker Brouce Mompremier's career may be finished, Brett McMurphy reports in the Tampa Tribune. Mompremier worked his way back onto the field after a scary neck injury in September. But he suffered another head injury at Louisville, and the senior did not play at Cincinnati.

• The Bearcats bounced back from an awful showing at UConn to keep their Big East dreams alive, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

• New Louisville defensive line coach Ken Delgado has brought some unusual techniques, including martial arts, Pilates and constant sled work, C.L. Brown writes in The Courier-Journal. Whatever he's doing is working, as the defensiv line has been one of the team's main strengths.

• Arthur Jones remains a bright light on the Syracuse defense, capable of being bubbly and optimistic off the field and ferocious on it, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

• Pittsburgh insists that its defensive performance in the Rutgers loss was the exception and not the rule, Paul Zeise writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.