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Source: Big East set to add five more

NEW YORK — The Big East's long-awaited additions are set, with more rebuilding to come.

The conference is preparing to announce the additions of Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Houston, Central Florida and SMU for all sports as soon as Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The five schools will join in 2013.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out with the schools and plans for an announcement were being completed.

The Big East has been trying to rebuild as a 12-school football conference since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they would be moving to the ACC and West Virginia announced it was leaving for the Big 12. TCU also reneged on a commitment to join the Big East and instead accepted an invite to the Big 12.

The Star-Ledger in New Jersey first reported the Big East was on the verge of making the additions.

The Big East has also been pursuing Navy and Air Force as football-only members, but the military academies are not yet ready to commit to the conference, the person said.

Trevathan, Guy, Warford named to second team

University of Kentucky senior linebacker Danny Trevathan, senior defensive back Winston Guy and junior offensive lineman Larry Warford were named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team in a vote of the league's coaches announced Tuesday.

The same trio received All-SEC honors Monday in voting conducted by the media, with Trevathan a first-teamer and Guy and Warford second-teamers.

Trevathan, a native of Leesburg, Fla., made an SEC-best 143 tackles this season. His 11.92 per-game average ranked fifth in the nation.

Guy, a Lexington native, ranked second in the league with 120 tackles.

Warford, from Richmond, allowed only one quarterback sack during the season.

Cincy hopeful QB can play in Liberty Bowl

Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros is two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken right ankle, leaving Cincinnati hopeful that he could play in the Liberty Bowl.

Coach Butch Jones said on Tuesday that Collaros might be able to resume throwing during practice next week. The senior broke his ankle during a loss to West Virginia on Nov. 12 and had a plate and two screws inserted.

The Bearcats finished 9-3 and won a share of the Big East title behind sophomore quarterback Munchie Legaux. They play Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.

Snyder runaway pick as AP Big 12 coach of year

Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder is the runaway pick as the AP's Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 10-2 finish and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12, the Wildcats instead finished eighth in the BCS after beating ranked teams Baylor and Texas and losing only to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. They were snubbed by the Sugar Bowl for two teams with lesser résumés, but will play Arkansas in a high-profile Cotton Bowl matchup.

Snyder was selected on 16 of the 17 ballots turned in by AP members who regularly cover the league. Cowboys Coach Mike Gundy received the only other vote.

It's the third time Snyder has been the Big 12's coach of the year, but the first since he came back following a brief retirement. He was also the AP's national coach of the year in 1998.

Robinson third assistant to leave Arkansas

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino says Razorbacks defensive coordinator Willy Robinson has resigned.

Robinson is the third Arkansas assistant coach to leave the school in the last two days. Former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was named the Alabama-Birmingham head coach on Monday, and former special teams coach John L. Smith left to coach at Weber State.

Robinson led the Razorbacks defense for four seasons, coming to Arkansas after serving as the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams. The 55-year-old also spent one season as the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator in 2004.

Illinois coach Petrino leaves for Arkansas

Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has left the school to return to Arkansas.

Interim head coach Vic Koenning said Tuesday that Petrino will return to work for his brother, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. Paul Petrino was a Razorbacks coach before coming to Illinois two seasons ago.

Quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm will be offensive coordinator for the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31.

Tennessee adds Graham as running backs coach

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley has added former Volunteers standout Jay Graham to his staff as a running backs coach.

Graham has spent the past three years as the running backs and tight ends coach at South Carolina, where he coached Marcus Lattimore. The sophomore had rushed for 2,015 yards and 27 touchdowns in a season and a half before being sidelined by a knee injury.

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