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Big East Linkage: Camps Are Open, Pads Are On

All eight Big East football teams have opened camp and for the most part, are in pads as of today. We waited a long time, so thank God football season is finally here. Here's a quick look at what's going on around the Big East.

The Big East is introducing a new feature on Wednesdays, "Players To Watch". This week, they sat down with Temple quarterback Chris Coyer. Here's the link to the piece on the Big East website and you can watch the video below.

Speaking of Temple, Owls beat writer Keith Pompey is far more optimistic about the upcoming season and the Owls' chances than I am. He predicts a 6-5 season and a bowl game. To win six games and make a bowl with only an eleven game schedule in a new league, that would be a tremendous accomplishment for Steve Addazio and the revitalized Owls football program.

Paul Dehner on looks at the five reasons that Bearcats fans should be optimistic about the upcoming season. The one I agree with most? Walter Stewart. Good kid, good attitude. I think he's in for a very good season.

Speaking of Cincinnati, head basketball coach Mick Cronin was reprimanded by the NCAA. Why? Because, according to the release, he verbally assaulted a game official after the Bearcats' loss to Ohio State in last year's Sweet 16.

Eric Crawford of Louisville's WDRB responds to the claim from Kentucky's Morgan Newton, that Louisville's game with Kentucky is more important to Louisville than to the Wildcats. Given the way Kentucky has typically failed to compete in the SEC, it should be even more important to the Wildcats to get a win.

Cincinnati's Down The Drive takes a look at what the Bearcats offense will look like with Munchie Legaux the full time quarterback.

Mark Blaudschun says the Big East needs to take a look at the big picture in selecting its new commissioner. A little nugget in there about the Big East trying to negotiate into a regular rotation with the Orange Bowl and the ACC as well.

Announced this morning as well, Connecticut backup quarterback MIchael Nebrich will transfer. Nebrich was currently second on the depth chart behind Chandler Whitmer and was a key part of the Huskies' depth at the position. He'll likely be headed to Fordham. While Whitmer was likely to be the starter, this means freshmen Casey Cochran won't have the luxury of redshirting as he rehabs from injury.

The official Louisville football blog continues to look at the Cardinals for the 2012 season. Today's position preview: the running backs. For the first time under Charlie Strong, this could be the team's position of strength both in terms of depth and talent.