Monday morning musings

Catching up on some tidbits from the weekend:

  • Connecticut and Louisville fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Neither team is going to lose its head coach, at least not on the current cycle of the coaching carousel. Randy Edsall was reportedly one of three finalists at Miami before the Hurricanes hired Al Golden. At one point over the weekend, it looked like Florida would hire Bob Stoops and Miami would take Edsall, leaving the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in even worse shape than last year's Sugar Bowl. But neither move happened, and both Edsall and Charlie Strong are still Big East coaches.

  • The Miami move also had a ripple effect on Pittsburgh, which was seriously considering Golden. It appears as if Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen still tops the Panthers' wish list.

  • Syracuse freshman linebacker Malcom Cater was kicked off the team after being charged with committing three burglaries on campus. Cater was considered a coup on the recruiting trail last year for the Orange, who beat out Rutgers for the Long Island native. He was in line to take over for Derrell Smith at middle linebacker next season. Now Syracuse has another hole on the roster to fill.

  • South Florida coach Skip Holtz said Bobby Eveld is the starting quarterback for the Meineke Car Care Bowl. B.J. Daniels is still healing from the quadriceps injury that forced him to miss the season finale against UConn. If Daniels is fully healed by the Dec. 31 bowl, he may be able to play. But for now the Bulls are preparing as if Eveld is the starter. And given the promise he's shown, that sounds like a good idea. Both quarterbacks could have trouble against Da'Quan Bowers and Clemson's fierce defense.