Ray Smook, interim athletic director at Virginia Tech, said the school will stay in Division I-A rather than drop to Division I-AA. "The challenge that is before us is to muster sufficient resources to remain competitive at the NCAA Division I-A level and we must do so for all sports."

Also at Virginia Tech, two football players appealed their summer school grades in an attempt to retain their eligibility.

Sean Lucas, a redshirt sophomore from Abingdon, Va., and Mitch Dove, a sophomore from Potomac, Md., can't suit up even for practice unless they win their appeals, the Roanoke Times & World-News reported.

Coach Frank Beamer said he expects to know sometime next week whether Lucas, a left outside linebacker, and Dove, a cornerback, will be able to play . . .

A bus carrying part of the Kansas football team collided with a parked TWA jet at the Montgomery, Ala., airport, but none of the players were injured. Airport manager Joe Guastella said the bus driver, whose name was not released, sustained superficial cuts on his arm and forehead.

The Kansas team arrived on the chartered TWA plane and was met by three Trailways buses for the trip to Auburn, where the Jayhawks play today.

"The driver was told by our security people to follow the security vehicle off the airfield," Guastella said. But he apparently got involved in a conversation and did not notice the parked plane. "He just drove into the left wing tip," Guastella said . . .

Sheldon Jones scored early in the second half as Howard (1-1) defeated Lehigh, 1-0, in a first-round game of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County men's soccer invitational.