Originally created 09/10/04

Thomas to be a Jacket; Volunteers appeal fine



ATLANTA - Carlos Thomas verbally committed to play football at Georgia Tech in an interview on Comcast Sports Southeast's Sportsnite program Wednesday night.

Thomas is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior cornerback/wide receiver at Banneker High School. In three games this season, he has 17 catches for 278 yards and four touchdowns as well as two interceptions as a cornerback.

Thomas is the younger brother of current Georgia Tech wide receiver Levon Thomas.

Thomas is the ninth player to verbally commit to Georgia Tech for next season.

TENNESSEE: In Knoxville, Tenn., the school is appealing the $10,000 fine the Southeastern Conference imposed after coach Phillip Fulmer did not attend SEC media days.

Fulmer was advised by his attorneys to not go to Birmingham, Ala., in July for the annual news conferences to avoid the possibility of being subpoenaed by attorneys who allege Fulmer conspired with the NCAA to bring down the Alabama football program.

A former Alabama recruit and Tennessee player sued Fulmer for defamation in an Alabama court because Fulmer told the NCAA he heard rumors the recruit's mother was involved with an Alabama assistant. A judge dismissed the lawsuit three days after Fulmer was to appear at SEC media days, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

LOUISIANA STATE: In Baton Rouge, La., Tigers coach Nick Saban, angered by a television poll about which quarterback he should start against Arkansas State, says he will no longer discuss that situation.

On Wednesday, Saban had strong words in favor of both Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell.

Earlier in the week, Saban said he expected both quarterbacks to play in Saturday night's game.

OKLAHOMA: In Norman, Okla., Jason White, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, will be taking snaps often from under the center.

White, rendered immobile after two knee operations, had trouble doing that last season and the Sooners instead relied on the shotgun.

During Saturday's opener against Bowling Green, White operated most of the game from under center, and he anticipates that becoming a staple of No. 2 Oklahoma's offense again.

CONNECTICUT: In Storrs, Conn., coach Randy Edsall has a new contract worth $5.3 million over six years.

Edsall, in his sixth season at UConn, will earn just under $900,000 annually - a huge raise from his previous salary of about $200,000 per year. The 46-year-old Edsall can make even more through incentives and endorsements.

Edsall has been the architect in UConn's upgrade to big-time football. He built the program from a Division I-AA team to a I-A team that is a new member of the Big East Conference. The Huskies are coming off a 9-3 season, one of their best years ever.