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BU to hide school name on uniforms

Goodbye, Boston University. Hello, "University X."

BU football players, upset over the school's decision to cancel the program after this season, said they will cover up the school's name on their jerseys and helmets for their remaining four games, starting today against Connecticut.

The players already are wearing their practice uniforms backward, with some taping an "X" on their jerseys.

"We're basically playing for ourselves," RB Roger Harriott said. "We're calling ourselves 'University X.' Basically, we don't have any title."

Although players discussed buying neutral uniforms, sports information director Ed Carpenter said the team had not decided how to dress.

"I'm not sure what they're wearing tomorrow," Carpenter said. "But as far as I know, the game is on."

The university Board of Trustees decided last week to drop football, which costs about $3-million a year, and use the money on other sports.

USC tutor says more charges possible

LOS ANGELES _ A USC tutor said that if he persuades other university employees to speak before an investigative committee, more charges of impropriety will surface involving Trojan football and basketball players.

Noel Looney, a Student Athlete Academic Services supervisor/tutor, spoke for nearly 2{ hours Thursday to a university oversight committee, which is looking into allegations involving SAAS counselors and tutors.

Looney said he witnessed a tutor type a political science paper for WR R. Jay Soward last spring. Soward denied the charge.

Junior WR Mike Bastianelli served a two-game suspension after admitting he received improper assistance from a tutor as a freshman.

Looney said if he can convince other tutors to divulge other incidents, "there will be some (football and basketball players') names that come out."

MICHIGAN: The university will retire Desmond Howard's No. 21 next season. Howard, 27, a wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders, caught 134 passes for 2,146 yards and 32 touchdowns during his three seasons at Michigan and won the 1991 Heisman Trophy. He tied an NCAA record in '91 by catching touchdowns in 10 consecutive games. The school went 10-1 that season, winning the Big Ten title before losing to Washington in the Rose Bowl.