Last week it was breaking down the biggest risers and fallers in the Big East for 2012. In this week's Big East Confab, we talked about the coach who had the most to prove. The obvious names were all thrown about - Skip Holtz at South Florida, Paul Pasqualoni at UConn, and Doug Marrone at Syracuse. My vote went to Marrone with the other two close behind. Marrone's had only one winning season out of three for the Orange and another losing season could push him out the door.
Holtz is a popular pick, but he's only been with the Bulls for two seasons - and in his first year, they won eight games. He was 5-7 in a down year, but he's won at his other two stops, so I give him a bit more of a pass.
From the Pitt perspective, Paul Chryst has maybe the least to prove. He's not only working in his first full season as a head coach, but trying to reprogram players to play different style of football, particularly on offense. It will be hard to be too critical of him unless Pitt really stumbles dramatically, winning only three or four games.