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Big East Linkage, Jan. 3: Jeff Casteel Thinking Of Joining Rich Rodriguez In Arizona?

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.

St. John's blog Rumble In The Garden previews the St. John's Red Storm vs. the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals matchup tonight at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Louisville blog Card Chronicle has a defense of head coach Rick Pitino up.

SB Nation New York discusses the state of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, St. John's Red Storm, Seton Hall Pirates and No. 1 Syracuse Orange, in the Big East Basketball Notebook.

After the big 2012 Ticket City Bowl win over the Penn State Nittany Lions, SB Nation Houston implores you to look at the victories of the Houston Cougars (future Big East member) and not the loss to Southern Miss to define how good their season was.

Seton Hall blog South Orange Juice previews tonight's matchup with the No. 8 Connecticut Huskies. UConn freshman center Andre Drummond is unaware of who Herb Pope is because "I'm worried about UConn, not anybody we're playing." Editor's note: Pope is the Big East's fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, Mr. Drummond.

Former West Virginia Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez could be trying to poach his old team for a defensive coordinator to join him at Arizona (ht, The Smoking Musket). Jeff Casteel is under contract until 2014 at West Virginia and we know how they feel about contracts.