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Around the Hall: Thursday, October 22

Brian Lewis of the New York Post with a must read piece on the Pirates' prized transfer, Herb Pope:

A 6-foot-8 transfer from New Mexico State -- and a former Parade All-American -- Pope will either be the Pirates' biggest headache this season, or their biggest hope. Whether he can break free of his checkered past will determine if they can break through into the NCAA tournament.

A few notes from Newsday on the Big East media day held Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, the Big East Preseason Coaches Poll, Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun predicts Cincinnati, St. John's and Seton Hall to improve.

Matt Crossman, of the Sporting News interviews Jay Wright, who follows Jim Calhoun's lead in acknowledging improvement amongst the Hall, St. Johns, Cincinnati and USF. What? No love for Depaul Jay?