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Davie remains optimistic about job status

Bob Davie plans to be Notre Dame's coach next season and he's not letting speculation about his job get him down.

"As far as those decisions, you're asking the wrong person," he said. "I totally plan on being back here next season and continue to get this football team to improve."

Asked whether he could see a circumstance in which he would resign, Davie said: "None. Zero. I've got too much invested. No."

Athletic director Kevin White has said he will evaluate Davie's performance after the season.

The Irish (3-5) face Navy on Saturday in the last home game of the season. Davie said he's focusing on trying to win the last three games.

"We've got to look at the positive side," he said, "and finish this thing out trying to be a 6-5 team."

Report on Foster delayed

LOS ANGELES _ The report UCLA plans to submit to the NCAA on the DeShaun Foster investigation wasn't sent Tuesday, as had been hoped.

"It will be sent when it's completed," spokesman Marc Dellins said.

Foster, a senior who leads the Pac-10 in rushing and touchdowns, was declared ineligible last Wednesday for an extra-benefits violation, and didn't play for the Bruins in a 21-20 loss to No. 7 Oregon three days later.

UCLA coach Bob Toledo and athletic director Peter Dalis said they didn't expect Foster to be declared eligible for Saturday's game against Southern Cal.

"I'm not confident of that," Dalis said. "Because of the reinstatement process and the guidelines surrounding how many games are missed, it could be more than one game."

GEORGIA: Terrence Edwards is back in the starting lineup but Musa Smith might be out for the year.

Coach Mark Richt said Edwards reclaimed his starting job with a six-catch, 124-yard performance against Auburn.

Smith, the team's leading rusher with 488 yards, has been plagued by a groin pull. Richt and his staff are considering the idea of shutting down the sophomore for the final three games.

MISS. STATE: Quarterback Kevin Fant will make his first start Saturday against Arkansas.

The sophomore has come off the bench in relief of senior Wayne Madkin in each of the past three games.

Coach Jackie Sherrill said Madkin has a toe injury and is questionable. Madkin has started 41 of 42 games.

"It may be a big deal to a lot of people, but it's not (to me) having been in the business this long," Sherrill said of the switch.

KANSAS: Former Ohio State coach John Cooper said a "headhunter" representing Kansas has contacted him about becoming the Jayhawks' next coach.

"I haven't been contacted by anyone officially," said Cooper, who was fired by Ohio State in January. "But I did have a headhunter call and ask me if I'd be interested in the job. I told them I would.

"I definitely want to be coaching somewhere next year."

TEXAS: Quarterback Chris Simms, who said last summer it would be "ludicrous" to consider turning pro after this season, said he plans to think about entering the NFL draft.

"I think it would be stupid for me not to listen to a few opinions here and there and hear what people have to say," he said.

INSIGHT.COM BOWL: The game will match teams from the Pac-10 and Big East, beginning in 2002. It currently is affiliated with the Big East and Big 12.

GROZA AWARD: Purdue's Travis Dorsch, Auburn's Damon Duval and Tulane's Seth Marler were named finalists for the award, given annually to the nation's best kicker.

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