College football notebook

ATLANTA --- Within view of the state capitol, Georgia State broke ground on a new football practice facility Thursday.


The school purchased an old warehouse about a half-mile from campus, which will become the centerpiece of a Football Championship Subdivision program that is scheduled to begin in 2010 with Bill Curry as coach.

Land will be cleared to make room for a 100-yard artificial turf field and a 50-yard grass field.

The Panthers will play their home games at the 70,000-seat Georgia Dome, about two miles away.

TENNESSEE: Coach Phillip Fulmer plans to take some time to reflect after this season -- his last with the Volunteers after 17 years.

Fulmer, who is being forced out of his job at the end of this season, said he's spoken with former Tennessee coach and athletic director Doug Dickey , former Tennessee coach Bill Battle and recently retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr about what his next step should be.

Fulmer said that "the fires still burn real deep to coach," but acknowledged that his family has paid a price for the time he's spent dedicated to the profession for the past 35 years, including the time he spent as an assistant.

Athletic director Mike Hamilton has said he's asked Fulmer to stay at Tennessee in some sort of administrative capacity, but the coach hasn't said if he's interested.

- Arian Foster , Tennessee's leading rusher, will return to action Saturday against Vanderbilt but Montario Hardesty will be the starter at tailback.

Foster sat out the Wyoming game Nov. 8 with a thigh bruise.

ARKANSAS: Coach Bobby Petrino still isn't saying much about who the starting quarterback will be this weekend at Mississippi State.

Casey Dick , the senior who has started all season, is still a candidate this week. But so is his younger brother, redshirt freshman Nathan Dick .

Petrino said the decision would be made today so the starter would have enough time to prepare for the game.



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