CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts during the game against the George Mason Patriots during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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For those of you still hungover from Cinco de Mayo, here's en evening edition of Big East Linkage.
Thanks, But No Thanks: The announcement that Gary Williams was retiring from Maryland after 22 seasons as the head basketball coach shocked the college basketball world. Attention to his replacement immediately turned to a handful of Big East coaches. So far, however, PItt's Jamie Dixon and Villanova's Jay Wright do not appear interested in the position. Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a native of the area, appears more interested in the job, but isn't the Terps first choice. That honor belongs to Arizona's Sean Miller.
Harrow's Travels: N.C. State's Ryan Harrow is a highly sought after commodity now that he is transferring in the wake of Sidney Lowe's firing. Harrow has a list of five schools that includes two Big East schools (Louisville and St. John's). Rumble in the Garden reports that one thing working in St. John's favor is that it is home for Mr. Harrow.
Get Money: Kristi Dosh has another blog post on the Business of College Sports website, this time dealing with the money schools earn from the sales of secondary broadcast rights. Louisville and UConn lead the way.
Get Money, Part II: Kevin McGuire from the College Football Examiner has a personal blog post up telling me and others to cheer up, because the Big East will get paid when it's time to renegotiate the media right deal in 2013.
Transfers, Get Your Transfers: Marquette Center Erik Williams is leaving the program. No reason was given and there's no early indication where he might be headed. Meanwhile, Cincinnati backup quarterback Chazz Anderson is leaving the Bearcats and will likely move down to FCS or lower to allow for immediate playing time.
Nerds Unite: Our favorite blog, Football Study Hall, takes an in-depth look at just how improved Syracuse football was in 2010 and what it portends for the future.