Links: More assorted rankings to rile up USF
Lots of links and rankings to share this morning, and they're not all that flattering of USF -- in August, that's usually good for conversation if not motivation for the Bulls and their fans.
-- Rivals.com's David Fox has positional rankings for all the Big East schools -- a good talker, sure to upset more fans than it pleases -- and we'll start with the coaching rankings, which have USF sixth out of eight schools, ahead of just Louisville and Syracuse. Even USF's defensive line isn't ranked as the league's best, with Pittsburgh getting that nod. The offensive backfield is ranked third, and no position shows up lower than sixth ...
-- ESPN.com blogger Brian Bennett unveiled his preseason Big East power rankings, and USF is way down in a tie for fourth place. Fans can argue with the ranking, but what he writes is entirely true: "Your guess as to where the Bulls should rank is as good as mine," he writes. "They've got some serious athletes, but they're also frightfully young at a lot of spots. Given that they're 10-11 in Big East play the past three years, I will remain guarded in my optimism." Bennett has a good piece on the state of the Big East entering this season.
-- There are no USF receivers on the 37-man watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to college football's top wide receiver. Only two Big East receivers made the cut -- Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard, an obvious choice, and Louisville's Doug Beaumont, a less obvious one. Beaumont had 62 catches for 750 yards last year, both more than any USF receiver, but he's yet to score a touchdown in two seasons, so that doesn't exactly scream National Award Candidate. Now that West Virginia's Jock Sanders has been reinstated to play this fall, he's another one to watch among the Big East's top receivers.
-- A poll from the Louisville Courier-Journal asks fans what school the Big East should add as a ninth member. Notre Dame is dominating -- I guess the Cowboys weren't an option -- with Boston College and Miami next. Central Florida wasn't given a spot on the ballot, but "other" is getting 7 percent ...
-- The Providence Journal writes about the Big East considering getting rid of the byes in the conference men's basketball tournament -- that solution will work great ... until the league's best teams play four games in four days, then get bounced from the NCAA tournament early and the grind of the league tournament is cited as a contributing factor.
-- More expansion talk: The Connecticut Post has Big East coaches pleading for a ninth member -- all I really hear is them saying they'd support one if it made the league stronger, which is no shock. The Courier-Journal's Rick Bozich has a column to go with their expansion poll.
-- The Star-Ledger writes about the escalating cost of buying home games in college football.
--The Lakeland Ledger's Rick Brown writes about the three Bulls trying to make the Bucs roster as undrafted rookies.
-- One more radio affiliate to add to USF's football broadcast: 1560 WINT in Melbourne. That makes 11 radio affiliates -- 970 WFLA in Tampa, 1300 WQBN for Spanish broadcast in Tampa, 640 WMEN in Palm Beach, 660 WORL in Orlando, 1220 WSRQ in Sarasota, 1450 WSTU in Stuart, 1590 WPSL in Port St. Lucie, 1460 WZEP in Defuniak Springs, 1200 WPTK and 1460 WNPL in Fort Myers and 1560 WINT in Melbourne.