Grambling makes 2nd coaching change
WINLESS GRAMBLING State changed coaches for the second time this season.
Defensive assistant Dennis "Dirt" Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, was named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Winston replaces George Ragsdale, who was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.
The move was aimed at reuniting players, who were angered by a meeting with administrators on Tuesday and boycotted Wednesday's practice.
During the 1990s, Winston served two stints at Grambling as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson.
Athletic director Aaron James said Winston has the ability to "tone things down and get the program up and running smoothly."
* Oregon will wear pink cleats, socks, gloves and helmets tomorrow during its home game against Washington State to support the fight against breast cancer.
The helmets also will help to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charity that has raised $2.6 million for scientific research and programs associated with women's cancers. Its namesake, former North Carolina State women's basketball Kay Yow, succumbed to breast cancer in 2009.
Nike, which sponsors Oregon, said 25 helmets will be auctioned over the course of the week beginning tomorrow.
* Michigan and UCLA will play a home-and-home series next decade.
Michigan made the announcement, saying the Wolverines and Bruins will face each other in 2022 and 2023.
UCLA will travel to Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2022, and Michigan will make the return trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2023.
This will be the Wolverines' first scheduled home-and-home series with a Pac-12 school since they took on Washington and Oregon last decade.
Michigan leads the series, 8-3. The teams last met in 2000, when UCLA won at the Rose Bowl, 23-20.
In a Top 25 game
* At North Carolina, No. 10 Miami scored on Dallas Crawford's 3-yard run with 16 seconds left to squash the Tar Heels' upset bid, 27-23.
Crawford, who finished with 33 carries for 137 yards, also scored on a 3-yard run earlier in the quarter to cut North Carolina's lead to 23-20.
Al Golden's Miami team improved to 6-0, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina is 1-5, 0-3.
The Hurricanes totaled 556 yards of offense but Stephen Morris threw four interceptions.