Virginia's George Welsh has been named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year by the Associated Press after leading the Cavaliers (7-2-2) to the verge of a league title in his third year at the helm. Welsh received six of the seven votes cast by a panel of sportswriters. The other vote went to Georgia Tech's Bill Curry.

When he took over for Dick Bestwick, Welsh inherited a program that had topped the .500 level once in 14 years . . .

North Carolina senior tailback Ethan Horton was named ACC player of the year. Horton rushed 238 times for 1,247 yards and six touchdowns this season. He also caught three touchdown passes.

Horton received three of seven votes from a panel of sportswriters. Clemson nose guard William Perry got two votes while Georgia Tech quarterback John Dewberry and Maryland linebacker Eric Wilson got one vote apiece . . .

Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie said his last-play, 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan that beat Miami last week was a "mistake" because standing across the field at about the Miami 10 was tight end Peter Casparriello with "no one within 40 yards of him." . . .

Virginia (19-2-1), 1-0 winner over American in the round of 16, will host Clemson Sunday at 2 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA soccer tournament.

Pairings for the other three quarterfinal games are: St. Louis at Indiana, Harvard at UCLA and Hartwick at Farleigh Dickinson-Teaneck.