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Big East smoke clearing

Cincinnati is officially in the driver's seat.

The heat is on Louisville and Steve Kragthorpe after a blowout loss to Pitt. Quarterback Hunter Cantwell ended up being pulled for Matt Simms.

Dave Wannstedt finally has Pitt on the way to a bowl game.

Brent Axe has the latest on the SU coaching search.

*Search firms, consultants, or not, there is a big push for Syracuse to land UConn's Randy Edsall. I have maintained for weeks I don't think that is going to happen and he wont end up here for a variety of reasons. Money isn't the issue, they have the cash to buy him out, I just don't think he is going to leave Connecticut due to all he has built there and the success he has had.

But with Syracuse playing UConn this week, we all know the speculation will be running rampant out there about Edsall to Syracuse.

*This is certainly not a new name to throw on the fire, but spies told me this week that things are getting serious in targeting Illinois Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley as a top candidate.

*Buffalo's Turner Gill is still high on the list.

*Interest in Lane Kiffin has cooled off considerably.

*Who knows what other names Daryl Gross is considering at this point, but let me throw out a name I haven't heard mentioned a lot in this process and a name that has been sold to me hard behind the scenes by many, including some former players.

North Carolina's John Blake.

Maybe Bill Stewart hasn't righted the West Virginia ship after all.