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Big East Linkage: South Florida Deserves Some Love, Flood Completes Coaching Staff, Is Calhoun Coming Back?

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.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood finished off his coaching staff today by officially hiring former Central Florida defensive line coach Jim Panagos to hold the same position on his staff.

On the latest CBS Eye On College Basketball Podcast, John Gasaway and Nate Silver talk about their experience as part of the NCAA mock selection process and some things they'd like to see change in the process as well as the role of the RPI.

Jeff Borzello writes that with the way it has been playing lately, Marquette is beginning to show the country that it has Final Four potential.

Sticking with CBS, Jeff Goodman writes that South Florida deserves more bubble consideration that some are giving it, mainly because the Bulls and Stan Heath played much of their early schedule without a number of key players.

Howie Magner has an enjoyable article on the practices of Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, labeling him "The Perfectionist".

Yahoo's Pat Forde has his latest edition of his Forde Minutes in which he praises South Florida and wonders publicly about the current status of Connecticut.

Connecticut had a report on its own athletics site last night that Jim Calhoun would return to the sidelines for the Huskies upcoming game against Syracuse. Then it quickly's own report. Stay tuned.

Future Big East member Central Florida will almost certainly enter the Big East on some sort of NCAA sanctions in both football and basketball. Why? Because the school admitted yesterday that its former athletics director, assistant coaches in football and basketball, and two "runners" conspired to recruit kids illegally to Central Florida. UCF announced its imposed sanctions, but you can guarantee that the NCAA will add more.