TheRoundUp 9/19: In which all football news is after the jump

Confirmed: Villanova Has Applied For ACC Membership - The Nova Blog
Nothing major (yet), and something we kind of knew already, but it is nice to hear an ACC official (better yet, the commissioner) come out and say that the ACC has been in contact with 10 additional schools, and a source confirming that Villanova did officially apply to join the ACC.

UConn and Rutgers Keep Options Open Amid Big East Upheaval - NYTimes.com
UConn finds itself in a particularly tricky situation, despite its recent athletic success, which includes winning the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament basketball title in April. The university has essentially been functioning without an athletic director for almost a month. Herbst, the former executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, formally took over in June. Paul Pendergast takes over as the interim athletic director Monday, succeeding Jeff Hathaway, who resigned Aug. 19.

College Football - Syracuse and Pittsburgh Join A.C.C. - NYTimes.com
Perhaps more important for the delicate conference landscape in college sports, the move could be a harbinger of more moves around the country. Texas A&M is awaiting legal clearance to join the Southeastern Conference, and Oklahoma and Texas’ boards of regents are scheduled to meet Monday to discuss a move to the Pacific-12. There has been enough chaos that it could raise the interest of Congress this week.

Syracuse, Pittsburgh Defect: How the ACC Ate the Big East's Lunch - The Daily Fix - WSJ
The Big East was hit with a surprise of epic proportions, and college sports realignment had taken another strange turn, with more moves surely to come. "This isn’t musical chairs. It’s a slam dance, everyone bloodying everyone else with titanium-spiked elbows," Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune writes. "And no one can make sense of anything in a clamor that could reshape college athletics into something entirely unlike what it was just a month ago."

3-point stance: 'Cuse, Pitt disloyal? - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
The Big East came to life in 1979 as a basketball conference made up largely of Catholic schools in big markets on I-95. The league adopted football some two decades ago, hitching its wagon to the star power of Miami and signaling the surging power of the autumn sport. However the league didn’t stay together long enough to develop football tradition. The departure of Syracuse and Pitt deals Big East basketball tradition a severe blow. But basketball hasn’t driven the bus in major college athletics for years.

UConn official: Iowa State move to Big East would be no surprise | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com
"I’ll be very candid with you," Pendergast said, "I’m sworn to secrecy, and there is more that I don’t know than I do know. And that’s the truth."

UConn laments missed chances against Iowa State - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Pasqualoni said that the coaching staff is still evaluating the quarterback situation, but indicated that the rotation between McEntee, McCummings and Mike Nebrich will continue at least another week. "Each of them did some good things, each of them did some things that they absolutely have to do better," Pasqualoni said. "I think it’s one more time where no one has clearly separated themselves from the pack. We still have three and they all can execute better than they did and can help us more than we did."

UConn defense, quarterbacks going in different directions - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Mike Nebrich, a true freshman, only had two pass attempts last week. He attempted three Friday. Even though he showed the most upside with a lively arm and the ability to scramble, the offense was stagnant with him at the helm.

Recruiting Report: Loyola's Jordan Floyd talks UConn commitment - Terps, basketball, football and college recruiting news in the Baltimore area from Matt Bracken - baltimoresun.com
The Loyola safety and wide receiver saw a Huskies spring practice last April, and was comfortable with the coaching staff’s plans for him in their secondary.

UConn Baseball Loses Players But Not Confidence - Hartford Courant
UConn's baseball team must start over, on paper at least. Most of the players who helped the Huskies make history last fall have gone on to greener — and in some cases much greener pastures. What they left behind are intangibles. The confidence gained by showing a northern school can compete with southeastern power conferences, and the desire to show it was not a one-shot deal, are the strongest of those.

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