NEWPORT, R.I. — New head coach, same old mindset.
West Virginia will be the team to beat in the Big East if an early look at the 2011 Big East media poll has anything to say about it. Brett McMuprhy of CBS Sports tweeted a sneak peak at the poll Monday night. In it, the West Virginia Mountaineers are named the team to beat, followed by Backyard Brawl rival West Virginia. The South Florida Bulls are picked third in the conference. Last year’s winner of the Big East’s automatic BCS berth, Connecticut, is picked to finish sixth in the conference.
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West Virginia is one of three Big East schools with a new head coach this season, with Dana Holgorsen taking over control from Bill Stewart. The Pittsburgh Panthers made a pair of changes this off-season, with Tulsa’s Todd Graham ultimately being named the new head coach for the upcoming season. Paul Pasquoloni returns to the Big East as Connecticut’s head coach. Pasquoloni is the owner of the most wins in the Big East among current coaches, dating back to his time as the head coach of Syracuse.
The annual New England clambake was held Monday evening at the historic Eisenhower House in Fort Adams State Park. South Florida offensive guard Jeremiah Warren tied a clambake record by eating seven lobsters, to lead all players.
“I went up to get more but they ran out of lobster,” Warren said. Warren consumed more lobsters than Cincinnati, Rutgers, and West Virginia combined. He said that he had been staring down Pittsburgh defensive lineman Myles Caragein while eating their lobsters. No word yet on how many lobsters the Panthers players put away. For the time being, South Florida is your champion for 2011, with Warren tentatively named the individual champion.
The player representatives from Louisville were not in attendance for the clambake dinner. Their travel plans were altered on Monday. Running back Victor Anderson, tight end Josh Chichester, kicker Chris Philpott and linebacker Greg Scruggs are all expected to be available for Big East media day on Tuesday. Head coach Charlie Strong was on hand on Monday.
Schedule for Tuesday
Here is a run down of the schedule for Tuesday’s Big East media day.
9 a.m. – Big East commissioner John Marinatto speaks
9:15 a.m. – Coaches give opening remarks (roughly five minutes each)
10 a.m. – Interview session one – coaches for print, online and radio media; players for television media
11 a.m. – Interview session two – coaches and players flip media availability
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