How will Michigan hire change Big East in '08?
gWith West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez accepting the Michigan job, how will his departure impact the dynamic of the Big East in 2008?
If Rodriguez had returned, along with stars Pat White and Steve Slaton, the Mountaineers would have likely been prohibitive favorites to win the Big East. Does his departure make White or Slaton more likely to leave for the NFL Draft? Could West Virginia lose key recruits in the transition between coaches?
Who can West Virginia bring in to replace Rodriguez? Will former USF assistants Rod Smith and Greg Frey follow him to Ann Arbor? What about former Bulls assistant Calvin Magee, who has been his offensive coordinator at West Virginia? Even if White and Slaton both left, they have talented if unproven backups in Jarrett Brown and Noel Devine.
Uncertainty at key positions for the Mountaineers and a coaching change could open up the perception of the Big East race entering next season -- with Louisville and Cincinnati losing their top-flight quarterbacks, is USF in position to get votes as a preseason pick to win the league? Talk here about how this could change the 2008 season for the Bulls.