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Ghent back in the running     Courier-Journal

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound fifth-year senior is nearly back to full speed. He can watch the tape of the hit he suffered last Oct. 8 at Memphis as many times as you want to show it to him without wincing, and without thinking about the horror going on in his head when it happened.

Big East may decide on format by fall     Courier-Journal

"We'd like to get it done quickly," he said at a news conference. "There are matters of protocol that we have to handle and evaluations that have to be handled, but we have to have this done no later than the winter of 2004."

Big East has little time to regroup to maintain status as a major player in football     AP

At the conference's final football media day before powerhouses Miami and Virginia Tech bolt, commissioner Mike Tranghese said the remaining 12 schools need to decide soon whether they want to stay together or split into two conferences -- one that plays football and one that doesn't.

``That's the first question that has to be answered,'' Tranghese said Wednesday. ``We can't proceed until we have that answer.''

Geography will keep Big East in BCS mix    New Haven Register

"You cannot have college football without representation from the Northeast, one of the most populous areas in the country," explained O'Brien during the Big East football media day at Giants Stadium. "That would be wrong for college football. If they take Northeast football out of the national football scene, then I think college football is in serious trouble."

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