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Big East Linkage: Cinco de Mayo

Big East Linkage is a news roundup feature on BECB. Feel free to send us any relevant links, stories or posts you think might be interesting to readers at bigeastcoastbias at gmail dot com.

It's Cinco de Mayo! You too can celebrate the Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla almost 150 years ago by having an overpriced watered down margarita while wearing a novelty sombrero! Just wait to do that until after you get caught up on the following stories about the Big East.

Transfer Students: UConn forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is departing the Big East for parts unknown. The school says he is looking to transfer at a place that will give him more playing time. However, you may recall that Coombs-McDaniel was last mentioned in a Big East Linkage post on April 22 because he had been arrested for marijuana possession.

Georgetown's Jerrelle Benimon is also in the transfer market. Benimon, like Coombs-McDaniel, has not decided on another school yet.

TV Cash: The PAC 12 has it. This article in the Kansas City Star compares the TV deals of the conferences. As you might have imagined the Big East is bringing up the rear on the list. Sigh.

Mark Ennis wrote about this problem yesterday. If you have not yet read about our conference's predicament and Mark's lack of faith in the Big East commissioner John Marinatto to get us the big bucks, take a look here.

It's not all doom and gloom on the TV money front, Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner thinks the Big East will come out ahead in the end.

Brian at VU Hoops wonders how much the Big East is worth. I don't want to ruin the surprise but the number has a B behind it.

Hittin' Homers: Football Study Hall proclaims the addition of TCU as the only homerun in the latest round of conference expansion. This article uses the F/+ averages (don't be scared of the numbers, I did a simple breakdown here) to analyze the conference realignments and the Big East came out in pretty decent shape. Scenarios that didn't happen in 2010 are also discussed in the article. In those cases, the Big East would have been big time losers, in a couple of cases, catastrophically so.

He's Back: Jeff Goodman is reporting that suspended Villanova basketball player Jayvaughn Pinkston will be reinstated to the team on June 1.

Rutgers Tries to Win at the New Yankee Stadium: On November 12, Rutgers will play Army at Yankee Stadium and try to improve on the 1-7-1 record they had playing at the original Yankee Stadium. Rutgers leads the series with Army 19-18.