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09.28.05: Storm-weary USM starts tough stretch at ECU ... ECU Letterwinners/Hall of Fame Weekend schedule
09.27.05: Paper: Liberty Bowl seals deal with C-USA, SEC ... Busted legs deplete Memphis quarterback corps
09.26.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA standings, schedule & scores
09.25.05: Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.24.05: Big names helping UNC-P restore grid program ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.23.05: NCAA okays instant replay in all 28 bowl games ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.22.05: C-USA, NFL teams thrown off stride by Rita ... Conference USA schedule, standings & scores
09.21.05: Hurricane Rita threatens disruption of schedule ... Indian mascot ban extended to bowl games
09.20.05: Vandy sheds doormat image in breakout start ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.19.05: Injured Clemson player has spleen removed ... College football headliners: stars & storylines ... C-USA Standings, Schedule, Scoreboard
09.18.05: Scoreboard [C-USA teams & ECU opponents]
09.17.05: Fed judge labels NCAA monopolistic, okays trial ... UTEP wins double OT thriller in C-USA debut ... C-USA schedule, standings, scores
09.16.05: Slive's contract with SEC extended until 2009 ... Conference USA Standings and Schedule
09.15.05: ECU football ticket sales picking up momentum ... Tulane teams on a mission to make impression
09.14.05: Dye headlines ECU's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 ... Ophelia shutters ECU; dormitories remain open
09.13.05: Conference USA Standings and Schedule ... Auburn player learns family escaped Katrina
09.12.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Conference USA Scoreboard and Schedule
09.11.05: SMU springs milestone upset of No. 22 TCU ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.10.05: Green Beret parachutist hurt in pre-game jump ... NCAA rebuffs appeal on Tulsa player's eligibility
09.09.05: Tulane-MSU game shifted out of harm's way ...
Ex-Marshall coach latest to pull out of BCS poll
09.08.05: CSTV, DISH satellite service finally strike deal
09.07.05: Pirates capture two of league's three awards ... Tulane teams to carry on at five host schools ... Two players jailed on murder charges
09.06.05: Conference USA Schedule and Scoreboard ... N.C. Central wins thriller in Aggie-Eagle Classic
09.05.05: College football headliners: stars & storylines ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.04.05: Dave Odom brings back lessons from Kuwait ... Scoreboard: C-USA teams & ECU opponents
09.03.05: ECU's "Total Access" expected to launch today ... Uprooted Green Wave to "carry the torch" ... Storm-trapped sister of UCF player found safe ... Sun Belt evacuates New Orleans headquarters
09.02.05: Green Wave football team in limbo about future ... Southern Miss sets up ad hoc camp in Memphis ... Thursday night's college football scoreboard
09.01.05: Pirate QB's second shoulder surgery a success ... East Carolina fans on the verge of Total Access

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Bowles in line to head 16-campus UNC system

North Carolina's 16-campus university system is poised to turn to a successful businessman and politically-connected native son to lead it into the future.

Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to President Clinton, is expected to become the next president of the University of North Carolina system.

A search committee unanimously recommended Bowles earlier this week, the UNC Board of Governors said. The 32-member board will hold a special meeting Monday, where his election is all but assured.

"He's everything we want, everything we need," said Craig Souza, the board's vice chairman and an East Carolina University alumnus. "Every time we turned, he just came out on top."

Bowles did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

If approved, Bowles will start Jan. 1. He'll earn a salary of $425,000, but officials said he intends to donate $125,000 a year to need-based student aid funds.

Bowles would replace Molly Broad, who has led the 16-campus system since 1997.

One of the first challenges he would face would be wading into a burgeoning political controversy over demands by UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University for special leeway in raising tuition rates.

Bowles received his bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. A center on alcohol studies is named for his late father, prominent Greensboro businessman and one-time North Carolina gubernatorial candidate "Skipper" Bowles.

An investment banker, Erskine Bowles ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004, losing to Republicans Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, respectively.

The 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina system:

Appalachian State University
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina School of the Arts
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Western Carolina University
Winston-Salem State University

End of VPI-WVU series dampens fiery traditions

MORGANTOWN — Upsets, noisy stadiums, burning couches and garbage cans... and Michael Vick. Those are just a few of the lasting memories of the West Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry.

Now there's one game left.

No. 3 Virginia Tech's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference last year and the subsequent addition of other teams to the Big East made it more difficult for the two schools to schedule each other, making Saturday's matchup the finale of the 33-year rivalry.

``This will be the rubber match, so it will be nice to try to get on the top,'' West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. ``That will be an upset, for sure.''

The schools have met every year since 1973, when Bobby Bowden was the Mountaineers' coach and Charlie Coffey was in his final season with the Hokies. Since then, West Virginia leads the series 17-15.

Besides the Hokies, West Virginia has only been playing Pitt (since 1944) and Syracuse (since 1955) longer. For Virginia Tech, the series' length is surpassed only by its current 36-year run with Virginia.

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong is optimistic the stoppage is only temporary.

``There's a good relationship among the two schools and there's a desire to put together another series,'' Pastilong said Tuesday.

Each team has dominated at one time or another. West Virginia did so early on, but Frank Beamer turned things around after becoming Hokies coach in 1987.

Over the past decade, the rivalry's intensity has increased because of close wins, upsets, and what's been at stake. Including this year, it has involved a top-10 team six times, with national title chances being extended, postponed or vanquished. The teams have split the last four meetings.

Beamer takes away memories of his good friend, former WVU coach Don Nehlen, and the often-unfriendly atmosphere at Mountaineer Field, which is sold out for Saturday's game.

``I'd much rather play in a stadium that's jumping, that's moving,'' Beamer said. ``If you've got a lot of empty seats and no one's moving, I find that's when you have a hard time playing.''

In 1999, West Virginia led third-ranked Virginia Tech 20-19 after scoring two touchdowns in two minutes. But the Hokies had Vick.

On the game's final drive, the redshirt freshman completed two passes, and the next play became part of series lore.

Vick went back to pass, couldn't find an open receiver and took off toward the right sideline. It appeared he would step out of bounds 10 yards downfield. Instead, he darted ahead for 16 more to put Tech in field-goal range with 23 seconds left.

Shayne Graham's 44-yarder as time expired won it. Virginia Tech went on to play for the national championship, losing to Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.

In 2002, Jay Henry was a freshman linebacker who got left behind when the Mountaineers traveled to Blacksburg. He watched the defense make two late fourth quarter stands, including Brian King's interception of Bryan Randall in the end zone with 12 seconds left to preserve a 21-18 win.

That night, 75 fires — many fueled by couches — lit up the night sky over a student-dominated neighborhood in Morgantown. Seven students were eventually expelled.

``I remember ... how crazy this place was. I kind of got my first taste,'' Henry said. ``We went downtown and saw everybody going nuts. That's really the first time I got a taste of this rivalry and what it means to everybody.''

A year later in Morgantown, it was even crazier.

Early in the game, the referee ordered West Virginia to cease using artificial noisemakers through the speaker system to stir the fans. Spurred by the announcement, the sellout crowd got on its feet and never let up in WVU's 28-7 win over Tech, again ranked No. 3.

``That may have been the most electric crowd that I've seen since I've been here and even as a player,'' Rodriguez said.

It was the highest-ranked opponent West Virginia had ever beaten. After the Mountaineers posted their first back-to-back wins in the series in a decade, more than 100 fires were set in Morgantown. Police used pepper spray to hold back fans rushing to tear down the goal posts.

Offensive lineman Dan Mozes and his roommate, defensive back Mike Lorello, have a running debate on which team's stadium is louder. Lorello says it was Mountaineer Field in 2003. Mozes believes it was Lane Stadium in Blacksburg last year, when No. 6 West Virginia's national title chances were dashed.

``Combine them both and they won't be as loud as it will be this year, hopefully,'' Mozes said.

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