Originally created 12/15/00

College football notebook



Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson, who has set more than a dozen Division I-AA rushing records in three years, says he has no plans to turn pro.

"I'll be back next year. I'm having fun here, and we're winning. I'm in no hurry to go anywhere," Peterson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Southern (12-2) defends its national championship on Saturday when it plays Montana (13-1) in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Peterson has rushed for 7,218 yards and 91 touchdowns in 42 regular-season and playoff games, gaining more than 100 yards in each of them. Some think the junior has played well enough to be selected in the NFL's 2001 draft.

Peterson said it would take something "very strange and powerful" over the next five or six months to lure him away.

Peterson, whose older brother Michael is a starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, has discussed his future with family members, all of whom support his decision to play his senior year.

GEORGIA TECH:

George O'Leary has joined the ranks of college coaches earning $1 million a year.

Georgia Tech announced O'Leary had signed a six-year contract that will provide annual compensation in that amount, with a base salary of $270,000, compensation from radio and television shows of $366,000, $150,000 from apparel agreements, $250,000 for speaking engagements to alumni groups and the remainder in deferred compensation.

During his six-plus seasons as coach, O'Leary has a 45-27 record. His 45 victories rank fourth among all Tech head coaches, bettered only by the Hall of Fame trio of John Heisman, William Alexander and Bobby Dodd.

ALABAMA:

The Crimson Tide hired former North Carolina coach Carl Torbush as defensive coordinator. Torbush joins the staff of new head coach Dennis Franchione, formerly of TCU.

Torbush was fired by the Tar Heels Nov. 20 after the team went 6-5 in his third season.

Torbush built one of the nation's top defenses at North Carolina from 1988-97 before replacing Mack Brown as head coach. He went 17-18 in three seasons.

CLEMSON:

Bob Bradley, the Tigers' longtime sports publicist who died in October, will be inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame later this month.

Bradley will be enshrined with Penn State coach Joe Paterno and former Missouri quarterback Terry McMillan.

Bradley worked as Clemson's sports information director from 1955-89. He continued helping school athletic events until shortly before his death after a three-year battle with cancer. Clemson played in five Gator Bowls while Bradley was at the university.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN:

Gary Patterson, the team's defensive coordinator-turned-incoming head coach, will guide the Horned Frogs in the Mobile Bowl instead of Dennis Franchione, who took over at Alabama.

MISSISSIPPI STATE:

Linebacker Barris Grant, who was redshirted this season because of a knee injury, has a spinal cord disorder that will end his career, according to broadcast reports.

MICHIGAN:

Captain James Whitley has been dismissed from the team after his arrest on a concealed weapon charge. Whitley is a four-year letterman and a three-year starter. He is fifth on the team in tackles this season and has one interception.