The University of South Florida football program was aligned in the Big East Conference’s East Division when the soon-to-be-12-team league Monday announced its new two-division format for next season.
Also in the East as USF’s annual home-and-home opponents are Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville and Rutgers.
The West Division features Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.
Each team will play eight conference games with five division opponents and three from the other division. Schedules will be announced after the Big East athletic directors meeting in New York on Dec. 3.
The Big East will hold a football championship game at the home field of one of the participating teams.
Commissioner Mike Aresco said the divisional alignment likely will be revisited after the 2014 season, when Navy (and possibly other schools) join the expanded Big East.
QB UPDATE: Bulls coach Skip Holtz said he’s still debating on a starting quarterback for Saturday afternoon’s game at Miami – either redshirt freshman Matt Floyd or junior Bobby Eveld – to replace four-year starter B.J. Daniels, who suffered a season-ending injury Nov. 3 against Connecticut.
"They’re both completing about 63 percent (in practice) and I’m looking for one to just take off and make it obvious, but that hasn’t happened,’’ Holtz said. "I’m not looking to take it to kickoff time. I’m not looking to take it to the 11th hour. I’d like to have a starter and I’d like for him to identify himself on the field.’’
USF senior LB Sam Barrington talked like a decision already had been made.
"I try to get in Matt Floyd’s ear and tell him he’s going to do a great job, it’s his time now,’’ Barrington said.
Daniels, who had surgery last week to repair ligaments around his broken left leg, said he expects to recover in plenty of time to prepare for USF’s pro day and the NFL combine prior to the draft. And if that doesn’t work out?
"I’ve already set up a few appointments with some FBI agents,’’ said Daniels, who already has graduated with a criminology degree.
INJURIES: Senior OLs Danous Estenor and Mark Popek returned to practice, but offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler isn’t yet counting on them to start against UM. Shankweiler said "we’ve built up some depth now,’’ adding he’s encouraged by the recent play of freshmen Thor Jozwiak and Brynjar Gudmundsson.
Meanwhile, freshman WR D’vario Montgomery also returned, while sophomore WR Andre Davis made it through about half the practice before needing treatment on his ankle. Davis said he expects to play against UM.