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Report: Big East eyes western trio

New Gator: Former Countryside offensive lineman Tyler Moore signs with Florida after playing one season at Nebraska.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2010)

New Gator: Former Countryside offensive lineman Tyler Moore signs with Florida after playing one season at Nebraska.

The Big East has talked to BYU, Fresno State and UNLV about joining, reported Wednesday. It did not say if the schools are discussing joining for football only or all sports.

The Big East is set to play 2013 with 12 teams, including newcomers UCF, Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State and SMU. Boise State and San Diego State are members for football only. After 2013, it loses Rutgers (Big Ten) and Louisville (ACC). But it gains East Carolina (football only) and Tulane. Navy joins in 2015.

Previous media reports said BYU, Boise State and San Diego State talked to the Mountain West about rejoining. Fresno State and UNLV are in the Mountain West. (BYU is independent for football and in the West Coast Conference for other sports.)

The report by said any moves by the teams or Mountain West might hinge on the league's TV deal, which expires in 2016 and earns each school between $8 million and $12 million per year. The Big East currently is negotiating a TV deal with reports it could generate only about $5 million per school.

Record-setting QB commits to Florida

Will Grier, who last month threw for a national-record 837 yards in a game, orally committed to Florida. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior also had 10 touchdowns in Davidson (N.C.) Day's 104-80 win. For the season, he threw for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns and ran for 813 yards and eight touchdowns.

Oral commitments are not binding. Grier plans to enroll in January 2014 and sign a letter of intent the following month.

More Florida: Offensive lineman Tyler Moore, a star at Clearwater's Countryside High, was one of three junior college players to sign. Moore, 6-5, 312, played nine games (four starts) for Nebraska as a freshman before leaving. He spent this fall at St. Petersburg College. Offensive lineman Trenton Brown, 6-8, 363, was a second-team junior college All-American at Georgia Military College. Lineman Darious Cummings, 6-1, 310, helped East Mississippi allow 74.2 rushing yards per game.

FSU to face Oklahoma St.: Florida State will play Oklahoma State in the 2014 season opener. The Aug. 30 game will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, FSU's first game in Texas since the January 1992 Cotton Bowl.

USF gets two: Corner Torrel Saffold and linebacker Rahmon Swain of Butler (Kan.) Community College signed with USF. Saffold, 5-11, 180, had 52 tackles and four interceptions this season. Swain, 6-0, 216, had 83 tackles and 41/2 sacks.

Tide AD: saban to stay: Mal Moore, Alabama's athletic director, said he believes coach Nick Saban won't leave for the NFL. "He's expressed to me on several occasions … that he's happy here," Moore said. One rumor had Saban taking over the Browns. Browns running back and ex-Tide star Trent Richardson said he would be surprised if Saban came. "How can you get tired of winning?" he said. "He has no reason to leave. He gets what he needs, and he treats his program like the NFL (anyway)."

Irish coach honored: Brian Kelly, who has Notre Dame in the BCS title game, was voted Associated Press coach of the year. He received 25 of 49 votes from a media panel. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was second with 14.

Stanford: David Shaw, 22-4 in two seasons, agreed to a "long-term" extension, the school said.

Wisconsin: Two of the three men accused of assaulting running back Montee Ball last summer pleaded guilty to battery but won't go to prison if they avoid further trouble. The third is set to enter a similar plea next month.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Antonya English contributed to this report.

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