More from Newport: Harsh words for Grothe
Lots more links to get to from Big East writers who were in Rhode Island on Tuesday, and a common thread is the overall lack of star power from a league that has produced high draft picks at quarterback and running back in the last few years.
Take Bob Hertzel of the Times West Virginian, who writes about the wide-open Big East race in "a conference that has no favorite." "Let’s move on to South Florida, which everyone assumed would be a dominant team in Big East play considering its recruiting base," he writes. "That proved itself to be just so much Bull."
As for USF senior quarterback Matt Grothe, poised to break the league's career total offense record set last season by West Virginia's Pat White?
"It does have a dynamic quarterback in Matt Grothe, who will break Patrick White’s Big East total yardage record early this season," he writes. "The difference is White was a winner, Grothe an erratic, unpredictable talent who has shown no ability to win the big game."
White might be he best big-game-winning quarterback in Big East history, so it's probably worth something that in his four years as a Mountaineer, only one quarterback beat him twice ...
-- ESPN.com's Brian Bennett writes about the sunny optimism of Big East coaches and their "talking points" in Newport. He also writes about the conference's interest in a future bowl in New York, potentially at the new Yankees or Giants stadiums.
-- Yahoo.com has its USF team preview up from Inside Slant.
-- Chiefs blogger Arrowhead Pride has a pic and note on USF's Taurus Johnson, trying to make the K.C. roster.
-- The Nashua Telegraph writes that the pressure is on the Big East this season to have one elite team rise to national relevance after opening the year without such a flagship team to rally around.
-- The Republican-American writes that USF "lost possibly the best cornerbacks in the Big East." Hmm.