Originally created 09/25/01

College Football Notes

Mike DuBose is job hunting.

The former Alabama coach, out of work since his resignation became effective after the Crimson Tide finished 3-8 last season, has his resume in with the NFL's expansion Houston Texans.

"I don't know Mike, but I know of him," Texans coach Dom Capers said. Capers added he does not plan to hire any more assistants until the end of the NFL season.

Former Cleveland Browns coach Chris Palmer is the only assistant hired so far. The Texans begin play next season.

DuBose, a former Alabama player and assistant, had a 24-23 record in four seasons as the Tide's head coach. In 2000, the 3-8 record was the school's worst since 1957.

Since he left Tuscaloosa, DuBose has been living near his hometown of Opp, Ala.

LOOK WHO'S FIRST: Maryland and Virginia have more than new coaches in common: The schools are atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

With annual ACC champion Florida State's loss to North Carolina on Saturday, the league has a new look this week. The Terrapins, under new coach Ralph Friedgen, are first at 2-0, 3-0 overall, and the Cavaliers are 1-0, 2-1 overall.

The Seminoles, ACC champs in each of their first nine seasons in the league, are third at 1-1, 2-1 overall. Clemson, which lost to Virginia on Saturday, is last at 0-1, 2-1 overall.

The surprising results of Saturday's ACC games even had Cavs new coach Al Groh proclaiming: "We're in the hunt. It's a long hunt, but we're in it."

Tigers coach Tommy Bowden isn't about to panic.

"It's three games into the season," he said. "We're still a work in progress."

Virginia last won the ACC in 1989 (co-champs with Duke); Maryland in 1985.

'BAMA STREAK ON THE LINE: South Carolina does not have a good history when it comes to Alabama, but Gamecocks fans must be feeling pretty confident their team is ready to beat the Crimson Tide - for the first time ever.

When Alabama (2-1) visits No. 15 South Carolina (3-0) on Saturday, the Crimson Tide will bring a 10-0 record against the Gamecocks with them. Five games were shutouts, and the overall score is 286-50.

Last year, 'Bama won three games all year, including a 27-17 victory over South Carolina.

Guess what? The Gamecocks are 6 1/2 -point favorites.

EXTRA POINTS: No. 22 Illinois is 3-0 for the first time since 1951. The Illini go for four in a row Saturday at No. 17 Michigan (2-1). ... Virginia Tech (3-0) goes for its third straight shutout when it plays host to Central Florida (1-2) on Saturday. The Hokies have not allowed a point in 11 straight quarters. They allowed 10 in the first quarter of a 52-10 win against UConn, then beat Western Michigan 31-0 and Rutgers 50-0. ... No. 25 Toledo (3-0) may be the only Mid-American Conference team in the AP poll, but watch out for Bowling Green (3-0) under new coach Urban Meyer, a former Notre Dame assistant. The Falcons are at defending MAC champion Marshall on Saturday.


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