Word on the Street: Big East making a move

Word on the Street: Big East making a move
October 19, 2011, 1:22 pm

By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comAfter days of speculation, the Big East conference announced its plan to expand to 12 football-playing members while voting to double the exit fees for those programs seeking to pull a Syracuse or Pittsburgh.Let's start with the potential additions. The conference did not announce any specific targeted schools, though the likes of Central Florida, Houston, Navy, Air Force and Boise State have been mentioned in various reports. Some would be full-time members, some football-only. The more of the latter, the better; even with the recent defections the conference still has 14 schools playing basketball. You know, the sport that made the conference.Interesting aspect on the added penalty. It takes affect if a current member leaves after one of the targeted schools agrees to join the Big East. Will that slow the likes of West Virginia and Louisville from pursuing other options?(via the Washington Post)College CornerMuch has changed at George Mason since Paul Hewitt took over. What hasn't? The Patriotslofty status in the CAA (CSNwashington)Big East's fate: Others control ball (New York Times)C. J. Brown officially named starter for Maryland's upcoming game this weekend at Florida State (Baltimore Sun)VCU's Shaka Smart ready to move past last year's Final Four run (USA Today)Georgetown picked to finish 9th in Big East (Associated Press)Breakfast BuffetApparently Charley Casserly would have drafted Blaine Gabbert - or at least a QB - if he made the Redskins call with the No. 10 pick (CSNwashington)Just in case Mike Shanahan announces today that he is sticking with Rex Grossman at quarterback, think of this: If you trusted Shanahan back when he made the original QB decision then you have to trust him today. (Snyder - Washington Times)If the Nationals are looking for a model franchise, the hard-hitting, two-time World Series participants Texas Rangers are worthy of following (Boswell - Washington Post)It's tough getting a read on what's a legal hit in the NFL these days. Just ask the players and coaches (Associated Press)Orioles to unveil Brooks Robinson statue (Associated Press)