Maryland RB LaMont Jordan (Suitland), NT Delbert Cowsette and CB Lewis Sanders were named all-Atlantic Coast Conference football first team, the most Terrapins named to the first team since 1986. Virginia RB Thomas Jones was one of two unanimous selections to the team. Virginia G Noel LaMontagne and C John St. Clair also were named to the team.
The all-ACC second-team includes T Brad Messina, G Jamie Wu and TE John Waerig of Maryland and LBs Shannon Taylor and Byron Thweatt of Virginia. Duke PK Sims Lenhardt (Episcopal) also made the second team. [Complete list, Page D10.]
SABAN TO LSU: Nick Saban has left Citrus Bowl-bound Michigan State for LSU, a job that will nearly double his salary and make him one of the country's top-paid coaches.
He signed a five-year contract for about $1.2 million annually, joining a select group of millionaire coaches that includes Bobby Bowden of Florida State, Steve Spurrier of Florida and Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee.
Saban succeeds Gerry DiNardo at a football-mad school that just completed a 3-8 season for its second straight losing year. DiNardo was fired with a game left.
Assistant head coach Bobby Williams will coach the Spartans in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1.
CAVALIERS HOST UCLA: The Virginia men's soccer team will host UCLA in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal Saturday at 1 p.m. at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville. Thanks in large part to schedule strength, the Cavaliers (14-8-1) are seeded sixth in the tournament and UCLA (18-2) is unseeded, although the Bruins defeated the Cavaliers, 2-0, on Oct. 31 in the UCLA Invitational.
RUTGERS SUED: Three young men who say Rutgers basketball coach Kevin Bannon made them run naked after they lost a free-throw shooting contest sued the school and the coach, charging civil rights violations.
The contest came at the end of a practice in December 1997, with an article of clothing forfeited for each missed shot.
The lawsuit contends Bannon rigged the contest against players recruited by his predecessor, Robert Wenzel, including G Earl Jr. Johnson and 7-foot C Josh Sankes. Other players could skip rounds or replace clothing, according to the lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in New Brunswick, N.J., where Rutgers is based.
FRANZ DEAD: Rod Franz, the only three-time football all-American at California, died Saturday after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.