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Big East-leading Bearcats lose starting QB

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had surgery Monday for his broken right ankle, which will sideline him for the last three regular-season games and leave the Big East leaders in the hands of sophomore Munchie Legaux.

Collaros broke his ankle during the second quarter of a 24-21 loss to West Virginia on Saturday that opened up the Big East. The league-leading Bearcats are hopeful their senior quarterback can be back for a bowl game.

"I've been told the surgery was a great success and they were very encouraged by what they saw when they went in to do the surgery," coach Butch Jones said.

Legaux takes over for a pivotal game Saturday at Rutgers, which has the league's top-ranked defense. The Bearcats have a half-game lead in the Big East over Rutgers, West Virginia and Louisville.

Legaux is more of a running threat at quarterback, one of the reasons Jones made him a priority in his initial recruiting class last year. He showed it on a 65-yard run against the Mountaineers, which got the crowd of 48,152 fans at Paul Brown Stadium chanting "Munchie! Munchie!"

JACKETS APPEAL: Georgia Tech expects to hear early next year if it will have its 2009 ACC title restored. Associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said that school officials have been told a verdict on the school's appeal of NCAA sanctions should be received within 60 to 90 days. In other Georgia Tech news, linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu was suspended for the first half of Saturday's game at Duke for throwing a punch at Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas.

BCS MEETING: As schools chase BCS automatic qualifying by switching conferences, the leaders in charge of the postseason system began discussing its future. "I don't think any of us are happy that the BCS is one of the contributing factors to conference realignment," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said after a meeting of conference commissioners and university presidents in San Francisco. "The BCS was never intended to be a divisive event."

JURISPRUDENCE: Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington was sentenced in Columbia, Mo., to five years in prison for the off-campus sexual assault of a former tutor, but the one-time senior captain could be released after 120 days in a "shock incarceration" program while remaining on probation during his five-year sentence. … A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by former North Carolina player Michael McAdoo against the school and NCAA after he was declared permanently ineligible for academic misconduct.

EAST CAROLINA: Backup running back Alex Owah was suspended indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules.

IOWA ST.: Police said robbery charges are pending against backup receiver Albert Gary following a June incident. Coach Paul Rhoads said Gary had been suspended for three games because of the incident.

MICHIGAN: Coach Brady Hoke said he expects quarterback Denard Robinson to practice without limitation and play against No. 17 Nebraska. Robinson sprained his right wrist in the third quarter Saturday and didn't return.

MISSOURI: Coach Gary Pinkel said Kendial Lawrencde and De'Vion Moore will split time at tailback this week in place of Henry Josey, out for the year with a knee injury.

NORTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Bryn Renner said he has recovered from a mild concussion suffered in a loss to North Carolina State on Nov. 5 and is ready for Thursday's trip to Virginia Tech.

TENNESSEE: Coach Derek Dooley said quarterback Tyler Bray was cleared to return to practice, but the sophomore is questionable for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. Bray has missed five games with a broken right thumb.

WASHINGTON: Coach Steve Sarkisian said starting quarterback Keith Price would not practice and may not start Saturday at Oregon State. If Price can't play, redshirt freshman Nick Montana would start.

WISCONSIN: Center Peter Konz will be out two to four weeks with a dislocated left ankle. He will be replaced by sophomore Ryan Groy.

WYOMING: Junior wide receiver Chris McNeill suffered a left arm injury Saturday that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

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SOCCER: The USF men earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host a second-round game against the winner of Florida Gulf Coast vs. UCF at 6 p.m. Sunday. … The Florida State women will face Portland in the second round of the NCAA tournament at 6 p.m. Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

Big East-leading Bearcats lose starting QB 11/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 14, 2011 9:29pm]
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