Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson will step down at the end of the season, ending a difficult two years as Rick Neuheisel's replacement.

"Coach Gilbertson and I have talked for several weeks about the football program and we mutually agreed that it needs an immediate boost," Washington Athletic Director Todd Turner said in a statement yesterday.

The Huskies lost, 31-6, at Oregon on Saturday, dropping to 1-7, 0-5 in the Pacific-10. It's the worst season in 35 years for a school that shared the 1991 national title.

Gilbertson, 56, is 7-13 at Washington. He took over the Huskies six weeks before the start of fall camp in 2003 under tough circumstances.

Neuheisel was fired in July 2003 for gambling on NCAA basketball, leaving then-athletic director Barbara Hedges little time and few options for filling the job.

The Huskies went 6-6 last season and 4-4 in the Pac-10, barely avoiding the school's first losing season since 1976. Their only win this season was over San Jose State.

Four years ago, the Huskies were 11-1 and beat Purdue in the Rose Bowl. . . .

Quarterback Chris Rix will start for No. 13 Florida State on Saturday against Duke, returning to the job he lost six games ago to Wyatt Sexton.

Sexton went 14 for 30 for 164 yards in a 20-17 loss to Maryland on Saturday and was relieved by Rix, who went 8 for 21 for 140 yards and a touchdown pass.

Rix, a senior, has started 37 games for Florida State but has been inconsistent throughout his career, with an 0-5 record against rival Miami.

Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden also said he will replace starting kicker Xavier Beitia on field goal attempts with freshman Gary Cismesia. Beitia missed three field goals against Maryland. . . .

Nebraska tight end Matt Herian will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken left leg.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Beginning in 2006, the 64-team field for the NCAA women's tournament will be announced on ESPN on Monday, a day after the men's field is revealed.

"The committee feels the move to Selection Monday will create enhanced exposure and serve as a growth agent for women's basketball as a whole," Lynn Parkes, the chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, said in a statement yesterday.

The selection show's move to Monday will not affect the tournament's schedule.

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