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Around the Big East: March 3

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As the Big East's final weekend of regular season basketball arrives, Jim Calhoun showed up at UConn's practice Friday. Rumors were all over the map about when and if the Huskies' 26-year head coach would return to the team, but Calhoun does things on his own terms.

After a disappointing loss to South Florida Wednesday, will Rick Pitino tinker with the Louisville's starting lineup?

SMU is still two seasons away from joining the Big East, but the Mustang's basketball program is already counting on the increased revenue and visibility as it readys for a new level of play.

Is the wait finally over? Temple is reportedly ready to announce Monday that it will join the Big East in 2012.

Syracuse football made two 2012 additions: returning WR Marcus Sales, who was suspended last season, back onto the roster and rounding out its non-conference schedule with a Nov. 17 trip to Mizzou.

As spring football practice approaches, SI.com poses burning questions about each Big East squad and the Sporting News assesses the present state of the conference teams.