In a nearby conference room, all of the Big East brass was there touting the virtues of Temple University as the league's newest member. Or as I prefer to think of the Owls, a re-member. There was commissioner John Marinatto, who in the years preceding had accomplished absolutely nothing in his "effort'' to retain the league's relevancy, once again proclaiming that the Big East was as strong as it has ever been.
All while introducing as its football savior the same program it unceremoniously kicked out of the league a decade earlier because, and only because, its football program was abhorrent.
OK, so Temple is better these days. That's a given. Still, in two years the Big East will be forced to tout Rutgers as the lone remaining survivor of its original football membership. It will have lost Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, West Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse and replaced that core with the program those schools insisted be banished to the curb because it was dragging them down.
I'll miss Big East basketball. You will, too. The Big 12 is fine and if Louisville and Connecticut find a way join Syracuse, Pitt and WVU on the exit ramp, we might not even miss the Big East in that sport, either.
But if Big East football hadn't hit rock bottom before, it certainly did when the league tried to prop up Temple and sell it as anything but a last-gasp effort to resuscitate a corpse.
And this is the organization anyone thinks is smart enough to orchestrate a conspiracy?
Speaking of player of the year vote, Dana Holgorsen made a rather salient point the other day about the futility of orchestrating campaigns on behalf of players such as Smith or Tavon Austin.
It's pointless because what they do on the field far trumps anything that is done for them in the way of campaigns.
Holgorsen said West Virginia won't do much at all to hype its stars for things like All-America honors or, specifically, the Heisman Trophy. It doesn't do any good anyway.
"We're not going to talk about Heisman potential. We are not going to do any campaigns or anything like that,'' West Virginia's football coach said. "It's all about how you do on the football field.
"Look at the quarterback at Baylor last year [Robert Griffin III]. Heading into the year, there wasn't any Heisman talk or Heisman campaigns. But he played well on the field. That's what counts.''
In other words, if you throw it - or catch it - well enough, they will vote.
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