Big East media day storylines

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Big East Conference media day festivities will be held on Tuesday at Hotel Viking. Cardinal Authority will be there to cover all the activities and believes there will be a few top storylines.

Here are a few of the top storylines – some on the playing field and some not on the field - heading into the media day:

1. The biggest deal on the field will be what school will be selected as the preseason favorite. With West Virginia gone to the Big 12, the obvious pick for the top spot no longer exists. Louisville is getting a ton of play as the league frontrunner in national publications and is likely to be the pick. But Rutgers, South Florida and Cincinnati will get some love from the coaches as well. Connecticut likely won't be at the top but Athlon Sports has more UConn players on its preseason Big East team than any other squad in the conference. The team will be announced at 8:55 a.m.

2. How many Louisville players will be on the radar as far as all-conference selections. You have to figure quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be one of the top picks for Offensive Player of the Year. Center Mario Benavides and safety Hakeem Smith will certainly be mentioned, but how many others get any love?

3. The festivities will serve as a welcome of sorts for Temple, the new face this year to the league. The Owls won four in a row to end last season, including the New Mexico Bowl, but will likely be picked near the bottom of the pack.

4. Off the field, the main issue is the future of the conference and where things might be headed in the Big East. Remember, this is the final year for Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the conference with Boise State, Houston, Central Florida, Memphis, SMU and San Diego State joining the league next season. Interim commissioner Joe Bailey will address the media just after 9 o'clock on Tuesday. There's no doubt he will be asked questions about the future, television rights and plenty of other league-related matters. But what can he say? He'll step aside when a new commissioner is named in the coming months, so no one is expecting any earth-shattering news. But it will still be intriguing to say the least.

5. Who will give the most bulletin board fodder? Syracuse and Pitt are leaving and will be asked ACC-related questions. Will any of those players or the coaches disrespect the league and anyone left in it? Will some other player in attendance make his coach grimace when he opens his mouth too much? Probably will happen.

Cardinal Authority will be there to get all the answers.


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