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IRRITATED TUBERVILLE SAYS RUMORS ARE FALSE

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is healthy, is not quitting his job and isn't tired of coaching.

Rumors to the contrary have circulated on the Internet, and Tuberville addressed them at Monday's news conference.

"I just wanted to let you know that I've been here 10 years, I plan on being here 10 more, and I'm looking forward to it," Tuberville said. "And all these rumors get started, and I'm 10 years an Auburn man and I'm 10 years more of an Auburn man than most, because I've put my heart and soul in this thing, and we aren't going to stop now.

"We're not playing well right now and this is a transition year, but we're going to get better."

Louisville: Set for USF

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe revealed a unique plan to stop USF quarterback Matt Grothe on Saturday.

"They kind of hold you hostage with the quarterback in some situations," Kragthorpe said, "because you know that he's a true threat to run the football, and then they can hand it off or throw the screen passes to the running backs.

"Well, we're going to try to put 12 guys out there and see if we can keep the referees from seeing them. That would help."

Louisville's leading tackler, Jon Dempsey, thinks the Cardinals will be okay with the proper 11 defenders.

"We're just as good a team as they are," Dempsey said.

The Cardinals are 0-1 in the Big East, but only 1-1/2 games separate the No. 1 and No. 7 teams.

"Wide smokin' open," Kragthorpe said.

MARCUS VICK GUILTY: Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and other charges. Norfolk (Va.) Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Amanda Howie said Vick also was convicted of eluding police and driving on the wrong side of the road. The 24-year-old brother of Michael Vick was arrested in June after fleeing from a bicycle patrol officer who saw him and a woman involved in a dispute. A judge suspended a 12-month jail sentence on the DUI charge, but Vick must pay $530 in fines and lose his license for a year.

ALABAMA: Nose guard Terrence Cody will probably miss games against Tennessee and Arkansas State with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee but could return against LSU on Nov. 8. Josh Chapman, the strongest player on the team, will replace Cody.

WISCONSIN: Dustin Sherer will start at quarterback against Illinois. Coach Bret Bielema made former starter Allan Evridge a co-backup with Scott Tolzien.

Basketball: Holmes headed to Tulane

Former St. Petersburg Catholic and USF guard Aaron Holmes, playing at Santa Fe Community College this season, has committed to play his final two years of college at Tulane, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Holmes, who started his college career at Florida State and played one season at USF before requesting a release from his scholarship, also considered Wright State, Santa Fe coach Chris Mowry told the Times-Picayune.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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