Big East Media Day: Top Five Storylines

NEWPORT, R.I. — ScarletReport.com is in Rhode Island and will be live from tomorrow's Big East football media day. With more on the line than introducing the 2013 teams, the Big East will no doubt need to send a message about its strength moving forward. ScarletReport.com is here to look at the top five storylines for tomorrow from a Rutgers perspective.

NEWPORT, R.I. — Big East football media takes place tomorrow morning with more meaning than usual with the recent developments in conference leadership and realignment.

Take a look at the top five storylines expected to dominate tomorrow morning's news cycle from a Rutgers perspective.

5.) Flood Meets National Media — For the first time in 11 years, Rutgers will not be represented by Greg Schiano at Big East media day. New coach Kyle Flood has been calm in confident in front of the media so far, shaping his message that Rutgers is not going anywhere but up.

But how will the first-year and first-time head coach handle himself in such a large media session? The more positive press Flood is able to gain by promoting Rutgers in a large setting, the better when it comes to recruiting and national image.

4.) Penn State Sanctions —Dominating the news cycles and a hot talking point, the Penn State sanctions have become a key part of every other conference's media day. With the dramatic impact on recruiting for other Northeast schools and in scheduling, expect tomorrow's talks in Newport to be no different.

3.) Odd Men Out — Awkwardness aside, how will Syracuse and Pittsburgh be handled at their final media day as a member of the Big East.

The conference announced buyout deals for both programs to leave the conference next summer, but as 2012 members of the Big East, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be there with the rest of the schools.

Will the two stories programs be shoved under the carpet? Will they be treated and speak like nothing is happening? One way or another, their roles in tomorrow's media day will make for interesting talking points with the media.

2.) Rutgers Roster Changes — Media day marks the annual release of the training camp roster for the Scarlet Knights. There are always a handful of changes made in the summer and this year is expected to be no different. It was at last year's media day when Rutgers announced the addition of walk-on long-snapper Steve Belichick, the son of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and four-year lacrosse letter winner.

Transfers, injuries and more, ScarletReport.com will have the latest updates first thing in the morning. Some changes, like the transfer of Fred Overstreet, have already been reported, but there are multiple changes every year so stay tuned.

1.) Big East Leadership — John Marinatto is out as commissioner and Joe Bailey has been in place for three months in the interim. At this point, there are more questions than answers when it comes to the future and national perception of the conference and tomorrow morning is the biggest opportunity for feats of strength from the higher-ups.

The Big East is not expected to have a permanent commissioner named for at least a month and has the chance at a landmark television deal on the line.

How Will Bailey shape the conference's message? What is the latest on the search for a leader and how has the conference handled the losses of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia?

Media day is not all fun and games and needs to be used by the Big East as a way to cement its place as a power conference in a drastically changed landscape.


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