The demolition of Pitt Stadium will begin Dec. 1, 2 1/2 weeks after the Panthers play their final home football game against Notre Dame.

The date was disclosed yesterday as University of Pittsburgh trustees authorized spending for a $138.9 million campus construction project that also includes a 12,500-seat basketball arena.

Pittsburgh will play its home football games at Three Rivers Stadium next year.

* TIMMINS AILING: For the third straight day, Maryland DE Peter Timmins (shoulder) did not participate in most of practice but Coach Ron Vanderlinden said he expects him to play Saturday. Timmins will wear a harness to keep the shoulder in place. Redshirt sophomore Matt Murphy, who has taken Timmins's place, may start. Left CB Lewis Sanders (groin) seemed close to full speed and took part in all drills.

Maryland also announced that its Oct. 16 home game against Clemson will start at 1 p.m.

* WOMEN'S SOCCER: Villanova's Quinn Sellers had a hat trick to lead Villanova over visiting Georgetown, 3-1, in a Big East Conference game. Sophomore Kelly Haden scored in the 77th minute for the Hoyas.

* TREATMENT FOR FORD: North Carolina assistant basketball coach Phil Ford has entered a residential treatment center for alcohol abuse after being charged with driving while impaired, the university said.