Links: Leavitt vs. ACC, Edsall in Irish mix
Haven't had a good links post in a while, but there's plenty of good reading to share.
I'll start with reaction to our note last night on Jim Leavitt taking a shot or two at the ACC -- ESPN.com's Big East and ACC bloggers picked up the note today. ACC blogger Heather Dinich was smart to point out that the ACC went 3-2 against the Big East this season, and has this to say about Leavitt:
Leavitt is just a little grumpy that he has to take his middle-of-the-pack Big East team on the road for the season finale -- up north, no less, to Connecticut -- because Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will be occupied by Clemson and Georgia Tech. While he makes some valid points, I say toughen up, buttercup, and pack some gloves. It's cold up there.
-- One more storyline to follow this week -- UConn coach Randy Edsall has been mentioned by the Chicago Sun-Times as a candidate for the head coaching job at Notre Dame. Edsall led Connecticut to a double-overtime win at Notre Dame on Nov. 21, and the report says the school has reached out to him to gauge his interest.
-- Meant to post this last week, but ESPN's Lee Corso tells the Palm Beach Post that the job his friend Howard Schnellenberger has done at Florida Atlantic is more impressive than what Leavitt has done at USF, because "Leavitt took longer and with better stuff." Perhaps the only area in which FAU has matched USF's success is in winning two bowls, as the Owls did against Memphis and Central Michigan in the past two seasons. They're still 1-17 against programs from BCS conferences, so it's hard to evaluate their success as anything more than playing well in the Sun Belt.
-- We mentioned in the weekly USF notebook in Wednesday's paper that the reason senior guard Janae Stokes has been suspended indefinitely from USF's women's basketball team was an arrest last week on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft from a Wal-Mart near campus. "This type of conduct is not acceptable for our basketball program, or for any student-athlete at the University of South Florida," coach Jose Fernandez said Tuesday night. Stokes didn't make the trip to California with the Bulls last week, missing three games as a result. According to the arrest report, Stokes put $31.20 worth of merchandise into her backpack and left the store without paying for them. The largest item she allegedly took was ... a hooded USF sweatshirt. It's unknown when she'll return to the team, but give Fernandez credit for handing out the suspension and sending a message to his players.
-- Funny how things work out -- Georgia assistant John Jancek, who was courted for USF's defensive coordinator position (or co-coordinator) this spring, won't be back with the Bulldogs next season. Jancek and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez were among three assistant coaches fired Wednesday.