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USF Bulls men's soccer loses to Tulsa in NCAA Tournament

help wanted, again: Derek Dooley, watching the Vols fall to 0-7 in the SEC with a loss to Vandy, is fired. That has Tennessee seeking its fourth coach in a six-year stretch.

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help wanted, again: Derek Dooley, watching the Vols fall to 0-7 in the SEC with a loss to Vandy, is fired. That has Tennessee seeking its fourth coach in a six-year stretch.

TAMPA — USF men's soccer saw its NCAA Tournament run end 1-0 at Corbett Stadium on Sunday when Tulsa's Omar Mata scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty box with 1:15 left in the first overtime, advancing to the Sweet 16.

USF (8-6-5) had its second home game in four days because the seeded Golden Hurricanes mistakenly did not submit a bid to host. The Bulls drew an announced 2,663.

USF's Wesley Charpie had a first-half shot bounce off the post, and Sebastien Thuriere's point-blank one-on-one shot was blocked late in the second half.

Bulls keeper Dallas Jaye, who didn't give up a goal in 110 minutes in Thursday's penalty-kick win against Florida Gulf Coast, had three saves before allowing the winner in the 99th minute.

"The senior class has been to four straight NCAAs, the Elite Eight twice, won a Big East championship," Bulls coach George Kiefer said. "They've set a high standard, where the next group of seniors that can do better than that will have a Final Four under their belt. That's the missing piece we're trying to do."

USF, ranked No. 2 nationally early in the season, suffered a rash of injuries, especially in the final month of the season, when the Bulls won one of their final seven Big East matches and missed the conference tournament.

FSU wins; uf out: The host FSU women routed Texas A&M 4-0 to reach the NCAA soccer tournament Elite Eight for the eighth straight season. The Seminoles (19-3) play at 7 Friday, hosting Notre Dame after the Irish ousted Florida 2-0. FSU got goals from Isabella Schmid, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Tiffany McCarty and Jamia Fields. In Gainesville, the Gators (19-5-1) dominated possession early, with a shot hitting the post in the eighth minute. Notre Dame (16-5-2) scored on a corner kick in the 20th minute and scored off a turnover in the 70th minute.

UNC probe: A whistle-blower who has provided details in an ongoing investigation into academic fraud in North Carolina athletic programs, notably football and basketball, revealed her identity. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Saturday that former academic adviser Mary Willingham, a reading specialist for players, saw blatant cheating for two decades. Willingham said many UNC players were "unable to do college-level work." She went public because of frustration over a muted culture of cheating at UNC, where she still works but no longer with athletes.

Football: Dooley fired

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart acknowledged that Derek Dooley improved the program after inheriting a tough situation three years ago, but Dooley was fired after posting the Vols' longest run of consecutive losing seasons in more than a century. Dooley was 15-21 overall, 0-15 against Top 25 teams and 4-19 in the SEC.

"This is a result-based profession," Hart said. "You cannot ignore the results at the end of the day."

The Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) have never had a winless SEC season. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will be interim coach against Kentucky on Saturday.

"Although progress was not reflected in our record, I am proud of the strides we made to strengthen the foundation for future success in all areas of the program," said Dooley, 44, the son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley.

Dooley's successor will become the Vols' fourth coach in a six-year stretch. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a former Vols offensive coordinator and mentor to Peyton Manning, said Sunday that he will stay with the Blue Devils.

Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats (9-2) open the 18-team Division I-AA playoffs by hosting Coastal Carolina at 2 Saturday. The winner faces Old Dominion.

Minnesota: Leading receiver A.J. Barker quit in a blistering email to coach Jerry Kill that he posted on his personal blog. Barker, who hopes to land in the Big Ten, said Kill yelled at him in front of the team for not following team orders on rehabilitation of a right ankle sprain.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF Bulls men's soccer loses to Tulsa in NCAA Tournament 11/18/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:31pm]

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