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Big East afternoon roundup

Some assorted notes from Monday's Big East coaches' teleconference and other items:

  • Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros (bruised knee) has healed and should play Saturday at West Virginia. Head coach Butch Jones said Collaros was "immensely improved" and played the duration of the Bearcats' last practice. Collaros missed the last game, a 31-7 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 30.

  • Will Louisville quarterback Adam Froman (thigh bruise) and running back Bilal Powell (knee) return this week against South Florida? Head coach Charlie Strong said there was no update on either player and that he "didn't know where they are at this point." He said Froman would regain his starting job over Justin Burke if healthy. Jeremy Wright, who filled in for Powell, was named Big East offensive player of the week for his performance at Syracuse.

  • Reigning Big East co-defensive player of the year Greg Romeus may make his return Thursday night at Connecticut. Romeus, who has been out since back surgery in September, has practiced in the past week. Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said his senior defensive end would be a game-time decision Thursday night.

  • Rutgers coach Greg Schiano hasn't named a starting quarterback for this week's game against Syracuse. Though Chas Dodd has started the past four games, the offense continues to struggle and Tom Savage is healthy again. Schiano told reporters Monday that he'd probably announce a starter later in the week.

  • Several coaches were asked about the Big East's expansion plans, and predictably they deflected most of that talk by saying the decision wasn't in their hands. Wannstedt did say, however, that given the landscape in college sports, he doesn't "see how we can't move in that direction."

  • Some kickoff times and TV info for the Nov. 20 games have been announced. West Virginia at Louisville will be at noon on the Big East Network. Pitt at South Florida will also be at noon on ESPN2. Connecticut at Syracuse is a -- gasp, night game alert! -- 7 p.m. kick on ESPNU. Information for Rutgers at Cincinnati is still to be announced.