Big East lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Was that West Virginia or Syracuse practicing in the Carrier Dome on Monday? The new-look Orange showed off some zone-read plays with quarterback Ryan Nassib, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

• Robert Sands has moved from free to strong safety this spring, and the 6-foot-5 sophomore looks like a keeper there, Dave Hickman says in the Charleston Gazette. Eain Smith is now with the first team at free safety for the Mountaineers.

• A walk-on from the track team has been a pleasant surprise at running back for Rutgers, Keith Sargeant says in the Home News Tribune.

• Former Pitt quarterback Rod Rutherford is working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater -- but is doing so with the defense. Paul Zeise has the story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

• Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve will begin a busy schedule of official visits this weekend and still has South Florida in mind after spending lots of time at Bulls practice this spring, Greg Auman notes in the St. Petersburg Times.