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Big East News and Notes - 4/26

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Here's what's going on in the Big East today.

  • Rick Pitino formally announced the additions of his son, Richard Pitino, Jr., and Wyking Jones, to his staff. Pitino Jr. was on Louisville's staff prior to spending the past two season in Gainesville under Billy Donovan. Wyking Jones spent the 2010-11 season on the staff at New Mexico under Steve Alford. Pitino stated that there are three potential candidates for the final spot left on the staff and that it will also be filled very soon. Below is video from today's press conference.
  • According to ESPN's Brian Bennett, UConn is getting a brand new field. The current field was eight years old and had been worn down by UConn's continually running Jordan Todman directly up the middle (I made that last part up).
  • Steve Politi sat down with paralyzed Rutgers star Eric LeGrand. LeGrand remains paralyzed but tells Politi that he still is optimistic and relishes the opportunity to be an inspiration to others in his recovery.
  • The New York Times has a story out today on the creative deceptive ways that colleges report their numbers of student athletes to remain Title IX compliant. One of the primary offenders: South Florida. USF evidently has 5,000 women running track (on paper) to offset the number of male athletes on scholarship.
  • The final top 100 for the class of 2011 was released today. 25 of the nation's top 100 players signed with Big East schools including six for St. John's and three each for Louisville, Syracuse, and Pitt. Twelve of the league's 16 teams signed at least one player in the top 100.
  • Louisville and Charlie Strong's staff are no longer welcome at one of Ohio's best high school programs. After pulling the scholarship offer from Cincinnati Colerain's Chris Dukes with less than a month to go before signing day, Colerain's coach Tom Bolden said in chat that Louisville is no longer welcome at Colerain as long as the current staff is in place. The comment was made at the 12:15 timestamp.