- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2008

From combined dispatches

Duke coach David Cutcliffe quashed any speculation about returning to Tennessee to replace his good friend and former boss, Phillip Fulmer.

“I’m at Duke, staying at Duke,” Cutcliffe said Tuesday.

Cutcliffe twice served on Tennessee’s staff and spent eight years as the Volunteers’ offensive coordinator. He came to Duke last December after a two-year stint in Knoxville and has called Fulmer “the best football coach I’ve ever been associated with.”

During a meeting earlier in the day with his Duke players, Cutcliffe said he debunked rumors that named him as a potential candidate to replace Fulmer, who’s being forced out at season’s end after 17 years with the Volunteers.

FLORIDA: Cornerback Jacques Rickerson was kicked off the team after he was arrested and accused of slapping his girlfriend, choking her and then covering her face with a pillow.

The 20-year-old sophomore from St. Augustine was charged with felon battery and being held in the Alachua County jail.

Gainesville (Fla.) police said Rickerson slapped his girlfriend on the face, choked her, then covered her face with a pillow after she asked him to leave her apartment and he got upset.

PITTSBURGH: In his last two starts, sophomore Pat Bostick has won at West Virginia and Notre Dame, succeeding in two of college football’s roughest environments for a visiting quarterback.

Some players go through a college career without winning twice on the road in such hostile surroundings. No matter, Bostick’s latest successful start probably won’t keep him in the lineup.

Bill Stull sat out the Notre Dame game with a concussion but has been cleared to return when the No. 25 Panthers play Louisville on Saturday.

GEORGIA TECH: Left tackle Andrew Gardner, who leads the nation with 48 consecutive starts, will miss the rest of the season after deciding to have shoulder surgery.

Injured in last week’s win over Florida State, Gardner opted to have his left labrum repaired Thursday so he will be ready for the NFL Combine in February. The fifth-year senior, named first-team All-ACC last year, is projected to get picked between the second and fourth rounds.

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