The Big East can give up on football entirely by adding lowly Memphis to its ranks. (Icon SMI)
• Realignment tidbits, grudgingly dispensed: Just plunge through all these as fast as you can so we can get back to talking about football: Here’s our most recently updated story on the Big 12 and West Virginia. That Big East-Mountain West-Conference USA superconference that was a story and then was not is now a story again. And here’s a fun story on how the Big East might just give up on football completely (the league would signal this surrender by adding Memphis to the conference).
• Fresh coaches, bought and sold: Jerry Kill’s new deal at Minnesota runs through the end of the 2017 season, which given the current state of the Gophers football program seems a reasonable time frame for a rebuilding effort.
• Quote of the day: “How will I explain to my children that their father never experienced the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl?” — West Virginia raconteur Andrew Bernstein, lamenting (kinda) the Mountaineers’ looming flight from the Big East.
• Giveth, taketh: Trent Steelman‘s starting streak will snap this weekend, as he’s expected to miss the Army-Fordham game. Notre Dame’s Kapron Lewis-Moore is out for the season with a knee injury, as is UCLA’s Tony Dye with a neck injury. And Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, who fractured his collarbone on Week 1′s first series, continues to be dealt rough hands with reports he’s suffering from acute compartment syndrome in his leg.