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BOONE, NC (AP) - Appalachian State says longtime coach Jerry Moore won't return to the Mountaineers next season.

Athletic director Charlie Cobb said Sunday that he and Moore - the winningest coach in school and Southern Conference history - agreed following the 2011 season that this year would be his last.

Cobb says Moore didn't want to make the decision public during the season because he didn't want the attention. The Mountaineers' season ended Saturday with an overtime loss to Illinois State in the second round of the playoffs.

Moore was 215-87 in 24 seasons with the Mountaineers and won three straight FCS national championships from 2005-07. He's perhaps most famous for shocking then-No. 5 Michigan in the 2007 opener.

Assistant head coach Scott Satterfield will be his interim replacement.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - New North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says taking over the Wolfpack program is "a great opportunity."

The school held a news conference to introduce Doeren as the new coach Sunday.

Doeren took the job Saturday, less than a day after leading Northern Illinois to a second straight Mid-American Conference championship.

He replaces Tom O'Brien, who was fired after six seasons last week.

Doeren was 23-4 in two seasons as Northern Illinois coach, including a 17-1 in conference play. He won't coach the No. 16 Huskies (12-1) in their bowl game.

He takes over a program in need of a spark. The school hasn't appeared in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and hasn't won a league title since 1979.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - Against the backdrop of an unthinkable tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs gave themselves a reason to be proud Sunday - and perhaps the impetus to let the healing begin.

Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamaal Charles ran for 127 yards in the Chiefs' 27-21 victory over their Carolina Panthers. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak during one of the most difficult seasons the franchise has ever experienced.

The win came just one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times at a residence near Arrowhead Stadium, then drove to the team's practice facility and turned the gun on himself as general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel looked on.

Pioli walked through the press box before the game and said he was doing "OK," though he didn't stop to talk. Crennel was on the sideline coaching his team to an uplifting victory.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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GREENSBORO, NC (ACC) -- Florida State, the 2012 ACC Football Champion, highlights six Atlantic Coast Conference football teams who will participate in bowl games this year, bring the total number of league teams who have earned bowl bids since 2005 to 64.

The Seminoles, ranked 12th in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings, will face Northern Illinois on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in the 79th annual Discover Orange Bowl. The game will have an 8:30 p.m. kickoff (ET) and will be nationally televised by ESPN.

In addition to Seminoles, Clemson (Chick-fil-A), Virginia Tech (Russell Athletic), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun), Duke (Belk), and NC State (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), all accepted bowl invitations.

This year’s pairings also extended consecutive bowl streaks for ACC teams who have three of the nation’s five longest current bowl game streaks, led by Florida State which has the nation’s longest current bowl streak. The Seminoles are making their 31st consecutive bowl trip in a streak that began with the 1982 Gator Bowl game. The Seminoles are joined by Virginia Tech, which will enjoy its 20th consecutive bowl trip--the nation’s third longest skein and Georgia Tech, which is making it 16th straight bowl appearance, tied for the nation’s fifth longest streak.

Florida State (11-2; 7-1 ACC), ranked 12th in the final BCS standings, captured its 13th ACC Football title since joining the league in 1992. But the ACC gridiron title is the Seminoles first in eight seasons, and its first berth in a BCS bowl game since claiming the inaugural ACC Football Championship Game in 2005. FSU, coached by Jimbo Fisher, has now posted a 30-10 record over the past three seasons and will be making its ninth appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl, last facing Penn State in the 2006 classic, a triple overtime loss to Penn State. The Seminoles will be facing Northern Illinois, 12-1, and champions of the Mid-American Conference and ranked 15th in the final BCS Standings. Florida State is 3-5 in its previous eight Orange Bowl appearances but is 25-14-2 overall in 41 bowl games, a winning percentage of .634, the sixth-best winning percentage nationally among teams with 15 or more bowl appearances. Ironically, Northern Illinois’ head coach, Dave Doeren has been hired by FSU’s Atlantic Division rival NC State, and will not coach in the bowl game.

Clemson (10-2; 7-1 ACC), ranked 14th in the final BCS Standings, and co-champions of the ACC’s Atlantic Division, will be making its eighth appearance in an Atlanta bowl game when the Tigers face 8th-ranked LSU (10-2) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome on Monday, December 31. The game will have a 7:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has guided the Tigers to back-to-back 10-win seasons, the first for Clemson since the 1989-90 seasons. The game will mark the first meeting between these two sets of Tigers since the 1996 Peach Bowl, the predecessor of the current Chick-fil-A Bowl. LSU, currently coached by Les Miles, has won both previous meetings between the two teams, including a 10-7 decision in 1996. The game will be Clemson’s 35th appearance in a bowl game and their fifth straight bowl berth under Swinney. The Tigers have a 16-18 overall bowl record.

Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4, ACC), will be making its first appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl, which will be played on Friday, Dec. 28, in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl stadium. The game will have a 5:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Hokies of Coach Frank Beamer, who is the winningest active coach in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Championship Subdivision with 257 career triumphs, will face Rutgers (9-3) of the Big East Conference. Beamer is currently tied with former BYU coach LaVell Edwards for 6th place on the all-time NCAA FBS wins list. The game will mark the 15th meeting between the two teams in a series which began in 1920, but it is their first game since 2003 when both were members of the Big East Conference. Tech, which is 9-16 in its 25 previous bowl trips, has an 11-3 advantage in its series with the Scarlet Knights.

Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3), the ACC’s Coastal Division champions, are making their second straight trip to the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which will be played on Monday, Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. The game, the 79th Annual Sun Bowl, will have a 2 p.m. (ET) kickoff and will be nationally televised by CBS-TV. The Yellow Jackets of coach Paul Johnson will be meeting the Trojans of Southern California (7-5) of the Pac-12 Conference, coached by Lane Kiffin. The meeting is the first between the two teams since 1973, when Tech dropped 23-6 decision to the then-No. 1-ranked Trojans. The Jackets are 1-2 against USC. Tech is making its 41st appearance in a postseason bowl game and has posted a 22-18 record, which ranks as the 15th-best winning percentage among teams with 15 or more appearances. USC, which has a 32-16 (.667) record in bowl games, has the 2nd-best winning percentage. Tech dropped a 30-27 overtime decision to Utah in last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Duke (6-6, 3-5), under the direction of ACC Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe, is making its first bowl appearance since 1994, when it faces Big East foe Cincinnati (9-3) in the Belk Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 27 in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The game will have a 6:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Duke will be facing the Bearcats, who are coached by Butch Jones, for the first time. Duke is making its ninth bowl trip and has posted a 3-5 record in postseason games. The Blue Devils last bowl trip was a 34-20 loss to Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla. The game marks the first appearance by the Blue Devils in a bowl game in North Carolina.

NC State (7-5, 4-4 ACC) is making its third straight bowl appearance when it faces Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt (8-4) in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31 at noon in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be played in Nashville’s LP Field and will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Wolfpack are making their third straight bowl appearance and fourth in the last five years. Interim head coach and offensive coordinator Dana Bible will guide the team against the Commodores as the school awaits the arrival of its new head coach Dave Doeren, who guided Northern Illinois to back-to-back MAC Championships. State will making its 27th bowl appearance and has a 14-11-1 record (.558), having recently claimed back-to-back triumphs over West Virginia in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl and Louisville in last year’s Belk Bowl. State’s bowl winning percentage is 14th best nationally among schools with 15 or more bowl appearances. The game is only the second between the two schools in football and the first in 66 years as the Wolfpack dropped a 7-0 decision at Vanderbilt in 1946.

ACC Bowl Games In Chronological Order (All times Eastern)
Date, Time Bowl Game ACC Team and Opponent Net.
Dec. 27, 6:30 pm Belk Bowl Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3) ESPN
Dec. 28, 5:30 pm Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3) ESPN
Dec. 31, Noon Franklin American Mortgage NC State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4) ESPN Music City Bowl
Dec. 31, 2 pm Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Southern California (7-5) CBS
Dec. 31, 7:30 pm Chick-fil-A Bowl Clemson (10-2) vs. LSU (10-2) ESPN
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Discover Orange Bowl Florida State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1) ESPN

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNC) -- Junior Cari Blalock set a school record in the women's 400-yard individual medley to highlight a second day of competition for North Carolina swimming at the Ohio State Invitational being held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

After two days of competition the men are in third place and the women in fourth place in the team standings. Stanford leads the women's standings with 559 followed by Florida with 534, Ohio State with 412, North Carolina with 402, Notre Dame with 314, Wisconsin with 260, Indiana with 103, Purdue with 63 and Texas with 53.

On the men's side, host Ohio State leads with 894 followed by Florida with 640.5, North Carolina with 407.5, Wisconsin with 289, Indiana with 208, Stanford with 65 and Purdue with 44.

"We are enjoying the great competition at the OSU Invitational and learning more about our team. Both teams are racing tough and learning a great deal about how their preparation impacts their performances," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "This is proving to be a great setting for us to work together as a team, swim a lot of events and find out more about our strengths and weaknesses. We are looking forward to racing more tomorrow and getting home, doing a fantastic job with exams and working on what we are learning here this weekend."

The Tar Heel men started the evening in fine fettle as Carolina recorded a season best time in the 200-yard medley relay to claim fifth place. The UNC quartet of freshmen Nic Graesser, Kurt Wohlrab, Sam Lewis and All-America junior Kyle Ficker was clocked in 1:29.66. That was more than a second faster than UNC's previous season best of 1:30.84 recorded against Virginia Tech.

UNC junior Cari Blalock eclipsed the Tar Heel school record in the 400-yard individual medley as she placed third in a time of 4:07.51. Carolina's previous record was 4:07.66 set by Laura Moriarty in 2010. Blalock's time took exactly 1.5 seconds off her previous career best of 4:09.01 and it was also just .22 of a seconds shy of Claire Crippen's ACC record time of 4:07.29. Carolina freshman Emma Nunn was also in the championship final of the event, placing ninth in 4:17.54.

In the men's 400-yard individual medley, the Tar Heels had a cadre of six individuals place in the Top 20 of the event led by senior Tom Luchsigner in seventh place with a clocking of 3:52.29. Sophomore Patrick Myers dropped 2.77 seconds from his preliminary time to his finals time to finish in 12th place at 3:53.00.

Senior Katie Nolan twice broke her career best in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday. She went 52.86 in the prelims and 52.82 in the finals to claim third place in the event. Her previous career best was 52.92. Swimming back-to-back events, Cari Blalock turned in a solid sixth place finish in the event at 53.84 while freshman Hannah Lincoln took eighth place. Her day's accomplishments including swimming a career best 53.70 in the prelims.

On the men's side in the 100-yard butterfly, Atlanta freshman Sam Lewis twice eradicated his career best in the event, going 48.35 in the prelims and then finishing eighth in the main final at 48.29. He had been clocked at 49.21 coming into UNC as a freshman.

Carolina had three swimmers in the big final of the women's 200-yard freestyle as Stephanie Peacock placed third (1:46.19), Danielle Siverling notched fourth (1:46.78) and Ally Hardesty garnered eighth (1:48.57). Hardesty went a career best in the preliminaries at 1:48.27, taking one one-hundredth of a second off her previous best time.

The Tar Heels placed a trio of swimmers in the "A" final of the men's 200-yard freestyle led by junior J.T. Stilley in sixth place. Stilley clocked identical 1:37.53 times in both prelims and finals. Junior Brad Dillon crushed his previous career best time in the event by going 1:37.55 in the prelims. He went on to finish seventh in the final at 1:37.82. His career best had been 1:40.07 earlier this year in the dual meet against Virginia Tech. Carolina had two more finishers in the top dozen as senior Brett Nagle copped 10th place and senior Tom Luchsigner was 12th, taking 1.79 seconds off his prelim time to finish in 1:38.21.

Junior Katie Rechsteiner came razor close to achieving a career best in the women's 100-yard breaststroke as she was awarded sixth place with a time of 1:01.99. That was three one-hundredths of a second off her previous career best set in 2011. Four Tar Heels placed in the "B" final of the event. On the men's side, freshman Kurt Wohlrab w3-on the "B" final of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.14.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Katie Nolan seized her second final spots of the night and did well, taking sixth in the event in 54.12 (53.87 in prelims). Both of those times were faster than her previous career best of 54.42 set last season. Carly Smith was also a finalist in the event, taking eighth place in 54.38.

Carolina turned in some solid results in the 100-yard backstroke with three swimmers in the top nine - freshman Nic Graesser in fifth (48.18), freshman Sam Lewis in seventh (48.76) and junior transfer Brad Dillon in ninth (49.16). For the second time on the day, Lewis twice took down previous a previous career best, just as he had done in the 100 fly. Lewis' best time has been 48.85 until he went 48.79 in the prelims.

UNC's 800-yard freestyle relay on the men's side turned in a solid effort with a third-place finish. The relay time was 6:31.23 and included J.T. Stilley (1:37.27), Tom Luchsinger (1:37.92), Brett Nagle (1:38.44) and Brad Dillon (1:37.60). The UNC women's 800-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth in a time of 7:14.88. That relay consisted of Stephanie Peacock (1:47.23), Danielle Siverling (1:48.22), Ally Hardesty (1:50.64) and Katie Nolan (1:48.79).

"We had some great performances again tonight, highlighted on the women's side by Cari Blalock's personal best time and new UNC record in the 400IM, Katie Nolans tremendous swims in just about everything she has done, Stephanie Peacock's 200 Free, Ally Hardesty's career best times in the 200 free and 100 back, and Katie Recsteiner's 100 Breast," said DeSelm. "For the men, the most notable performances on the day came from Tom Luchsinger, going a tough double in the 400 IM & 200 Free, J.T. Stilley in multiple 200 Free's, Brad Dillon's career best 200 Free, and two freshmen, Nic Graesser and Sam Lewis, who also had a multiple career best day."
Carolina will conclude the Ohio State Invitational action on Sunday with sessions at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST.

Update: Cari Blalock on Sunday captured first place in the 200 butterfly.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW closed out the fall semester of the swimming and diving schedule with several solid individual efforts at the Seahawk Invitational on Sunday at the Seahawk Natatorium.

Heading up the Seahawks on Sunday was freshman Catherine Gargula who won the 200 Backstroke with a time of 2:08.54. For Gargula it was her second event win of the Invite after winning the 100 Backstroke on Saturday.
Senior Carly Tanner also added a second win on the weekend by winning the 200 Breaststroke on Sunday. Tanner won the 50 Free and set a pool record on Saturday.

Rounding out UNCW’s winners on Sunday was sophomore Hannah Stephenson, who won the 100 Freestyle with a time of 53.97 seconds.

UNCW returns to the pool at North Florida on Jan. 4, for a women’s meet. The men will get back into action on Jan. 19 when the Seahawks visit Wingate.

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