Originally created 11/09/99

College notes: Brees to return to Purdue in 2000

Purdue quarterback Drew Brees, insisting he can improve with another year in college, will stay for his senior season.

The Heisman Trophy contender announced his decision on campus Monday after a meeting Sunday with his parents and coach Joe Tiller.

"It's better for most people, including myself, to stay another year," Brees said. "An extra year will provide me with a bit more maturity. I know that I can become a better player by staying another year."

Brees said he wanted to make the decision as soon as possible to dispel rumors about his future and end debate about his plans for the NFL draft.

Brees has thrown for 3,334 yards and 21 touchdowns through 10 games. The Boilermakers (6-4) are off this weekend and close their season Nov. 20 at Indiana.

NOV. 20 TV:

The ACC and SEC set kickoff times Monday for games of Nov. 20. Georgia will visit Mississippi for a 6 p.m., kickoff on ESPN2. The Clemson-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., will start at 12:30 p.m., and be televised by Jefferson-Pilot (Channel 12 in the Augusta area). Georgia Tech's ACC game at Wake Forest will start at 3:30 p.m., but will not be televised. The kickoff time was made to allow Wake Forest fans the opportunity to go from the football game to the Deacons' home basketball opener that night against Campbell.

The top game of that day will be Florida State at Florida, scheduled for a 3:30 p.m., kickoff on CBS-Channel 12.


SOUTHERN: Georgia Southern senior quarterback Greg Hill is the league's offensive player of the week, accounting for 361 yards of total offensive and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 41-38 victory over Furman on Saturday. Hill rushed for a game-high 219 yards and one TD and completed 6-of-8 passes for 142 yards and another score.

SEC: Running back Deuce McAllister of Mississippi and defensive guard Ashley Cooper of Mississippi State were named the conference offensive and defensive players of the week Monday. McAllister had a career-high 317 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in leading the Rebels to a 38-16 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. He had 125 yards on 21 carries, 158 yards on three kickoff returns and two catches for 34 yards. He returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

Cooper had 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in Mississippi State's 23-22 victory over Kentucky on Thursday night. Cooper had four stops behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks, forced a fumble and also had two pass deflections.


Floyd Keith resigned as Rhode Island's football coach Monday, effective at the end of the season. Rhode Island is 1-8 this season, and 23-51 in seven seasons under Keith. School president Dr. Robert Carothers revealed several weeks ago that the university might drop football, or at least de-emphasize it.


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