Ishaq Williams to Notre Dame

Ishaq Williams has made his choice.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound DE/TE from Brooklyn Lincoln has verbally pledged to Notre Dame over Syracuse and Penn State, a Lincoln source told SNY’s Sal Miciotta.

“Ishaq is Irish,” his father, Shaun Williams, reportedly posted on Twitter.  “See you in South Bend.” To read more of this story, click here

Pasqualoni Named UConn Football Coach

UConn has hired former Syracuse football coach Paul Pasqualoni to replace the departed Randy Edsall.

Pasqualoni will be introduced at a news conference on Friday (12:30, SNY).

“We are very proud to welcome Paul Pasqualoni to the UConn family and also bring him back home to his native Connecticut,” UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway said in a statement.

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Big East Report: DeCourcy on TCU, Kemba & Big East

In the year’s first edition of The Big East Report, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News was kind enough to join us to talk about TCU’s addition to the Big East, Kemba Walker’s remarkable start to the season and candidates for Freshman of the Year. Part 1 is above and Part 2 is below. To read more of this story, click here

TCU to Join Big East for 2012 Season

Texas Christian will no longer have to worry about getting invited to a BCS game.

The Horned Frogs are joining a league with an automatic bid.

TCU will become the 17th member of the Big East Conference, and ninth football program, July 1, 2012 and will join the league for all sports beginning in the 2012-13 season.

“We’re going to the Big East, let’s get fired up,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said. “It’s a great time to be a Frog.”

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TCU to the Big East Official

Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation for full membership into the Big East Conference.

The Big East, by a vote of its Presidents and Chancellors, extended the invitation for membership.

TCU will become the 17th conference member — and ninth football program — on July 1, 2012.  Its athletic teams will begin competing in the Big East in the 2012-13 academic year.

With an enrollment of 9,142 in Fort Worth, Texas, TCU competes in 20 sports.  The university’s Chancellor is Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr. and the Athletics Director is Chris Del Conte.  The university was founded in 1873.

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Report: TCU to Join Big East in 2012 (UPDATED)

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Texas Christian University will hold a 2 p.m. EST press conference Monday to announce that it will join the Big East Conference in all sports beginning in the 2012-13 season.

“I guess you gotta do what you gotta do with what’s out there,” former Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel said by phone. “And what’s out there with TCU in football is certainly very attractive.  It’s the other programs that I think just from a travel perspective, it’s going to be very expensive.”

“But having said that, TCU is showing its stuff as a football program. That adds a  lot of credibility to the Big East, which it certainly needs.” To read more of this story, click here

Big East Football Expanding to 10


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Big East conference is set to expand its football roster.

Big East presidents unanimously agreed to expand the number of football-playing schools to 10 at Tuesday’s board of directors meeting in Philadelphia.

Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement potential expansion candidates will start to be evaluated. He declined comment to The Associated Press, along with athletic directors and Big East adviser Paul Tagliabue, after the meeting.

The 16-member Big East, where all members play basketball, has eight teams playing football. There was no timetable announced for a decision. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Considered Adding 4 Big 12 Teams

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Big East explored the possibility of adding four Big 12 teams had the Big 12 disbanded in June, a Big East source told

The Big East would have targeted Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri, swelling its ranks to 12 football teams and 20 basketball programs, the source said.

“For the 24 hours where it looked like they were leaving [the Big 12], then this idea had legs,” the source said Tuesday at Big East football media day.

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Pitt Picked to Win Big East

NEWPORT, R.I. – After receiving 22 of a possible 24 first-place votes, Pittsburgh is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2010 BIG EAST championship in the conference’s annual preseason media poll.

The Panthers had 190 points in the preseason voting of media representatives from each of the eight BIG EAST markets. In addition to the 22 first-place votes, Pittsburgh had two second-place votes, making the Panthers the heaviest favorite in the preseason balloting since Louisville had 190 points in the 2005 poll. Pittsburgh and head coach Dave Wannstedt return 12 starters from last year’s team that went 10-3 overall and was 5-2 in BIG EAST play, dropping the two conference games by a combined four points. The returning players include the 2009 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in tailback Dion Lewis and one of last year’s BIG EAST Defensive Players of the Year in defensive end Greg Romeus. To read more of this story, click here