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SWAC changes to 9-game league schedule starting in 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southwestern Athletic Conference is switching back to a 9-game league schedule starting in the 2010 football season.

The SWAC Council of Presidents voted to add the extra conference games through at least the 2013 season. The change was announced Friday.

The 9-game slate was in place from 2005-2007 before a move to a 7-game format.

The SWAC basketball tournament was also moved up a week and will be played on the first weekend of March in 2011.

Roy Williams shows up to support Tar Heels after paying respects to former Kansas AD

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - For the fourth year in a row, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams made it to the College World Series to cheer on the Tar Heels.

This year, he came with a heavy heart, having traveled to Omaha after attending a mid-week memorial service in Lawrence, Kansas, for former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who died last week in a cycling accident.

Williams, as always, sat in the Carolina cheering section during Thursday night's 12-5 loss to Arizona State despite being hounded by autograph seekers. Carolina was eliminated.

Carolina coach Mike Fox said he appreciated Williams' support.

North Carolina, Arizona State battle it out for 4-plus hours

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Thursday's UNC-ASU game lasted 4 hours, 4 minutes, making it the fourth-longest nine-inning game in CWS history. It matched Tuesday's 4:04 game between ASU and Texas.

3 of the first 10 CWS games exceeded four hours. The average heading into Friday was 3:42, well ahead of last year's record-tying average of 3:20.

College World Series' first rain delay comes before Arkansas game

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The first rain delay of the series came Friday before the start of the LSU-Arkansas game. The tarp that was placed on the field overnight was rolled up about 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

But a few minutes later, the order came to put the tarp back over the infield. Most fans gathered in Rosenblatt Stadium's cramped concourse, while others moved under the grandstand cover that extends from dugout to dugout.

The first pitch was delivered 2 1-2 hours after the scheduled start time - and 14 minutes after the sun came out.

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