Spring football: The Post-Pat Era, more burning Big East questions
Since Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College bolted for the ACC, the Big East's automatic BCS bid has turned into one of the more popular arguments against college football's system for placing teams in its elite postseason games. Maybe that's because the Big East has failed to produce a BCS at-large team since the series began in 1998.
So when Mountain West officials began chirping recently about
So, in honor of Big East basketball, which could have as many as three No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA tournament, we're examining the relative strength of Big East football by seeing how the conference would have fared if the top 64 bowl teams were seeded last season. This is how a selection committee might have seeded the teams
The committee would have seeded the league champ (Cincinnati) below multiple SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten teams and alongside a pair of Mountain West teams. Of the automatic bid leagues, only the ACC champ (Virginia Tech) would have been seeded lower, but since the Hokies beat the Bearcats, 20-7, in the Orange Bowl, that doesn't carry much weight.
Overall, the Big East compares similarly to the ACC, but it lags behind the other automatic-bid leagues. As with the ACC, an elite team or two will need to emerge if the Big East wants to earn some respect. That brings us to the first of five burning spring practice questions for the Big East.
Believe it or not, West Virginia -- even without
That's because unlike last spring, when the Mountaineers had to find eight new defensive starters, defensive coordinator
That's not so easy when there's a revolving door in front of the football office. Defensive coordinator
Leavitt promoted wide receivers coach
The change comes at an opportune time, because the Bearcats must replace 10 defensive starters. Kelly became a fan of new coordinator
Diaco basically has a blank slate.
Kragthorpe has more losses in two seasons (13) than predecessor
Kragthorpe tried to spin the turnover last week. "What ends up being really beneficial is you kind of take things back to the ground floor," he said. "You start to re-teach everything. You're not only teaching your new players like you normally would, but you're re-teaching everything with your coaches. It forces you to go back to a grass-roots approach and look at all the things you're doing." Unfortunately for Kragthorpe, this is year three. As the years go by, the ground floor begins to look like rock bottom.
The program that gave us
That class should give the Orange reason to hope. Despite having only six weeks to recruit, Marrone signed two former Louisville commitments (defensive end