The Washington Times - August 4, 2009, 05:48PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Apologies for the sluggish blog the last couple days.

Yesterday took me to both of Maryland’s major-college campuses.

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Today brought me to New England for the Big East’s media day.

And it was interesting what was heard around the Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I., this morning.

There was chatter about how the Big East was better than its national perception.

There was discussion of certain feats the league had accomplished in nonconference settings (West Virginia coach Bill Stewart religiously repeated a handful of stats three times in the 10 minutes or so I was sitting at his table).

There was praising of a league full of veteran quarterbacks.

Sounds like another league with which most loyal readers possess more than a passing familiarity, huh?

Of course, the Big East hasn’t had a team play in a national title game since the 2002 season, the ACC since the 2000 campaign. The other four power conferences have all had a rep since 2005.

Imagine if either league places a team in Pasadena this year? Think those questions will be so overwhelming?

Nope.

It’s about winning it all, naturally. Not that such a mentality is right or wrong. It’s just how it is.

And if there isn’t a top-five team from either league, expect those questions to surface around this time next year. They always do.

Patrick Stevens