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College: UCLA's Saldana will not return
January 31st, 2002 12AM

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TODD SALDANA, head coach of UCLA's powerhouse men's program, won't be back in 2002. He agreed to step down after it was revealed he had received his college degree from Columbia State University, shut down in 1998 for being a "diploma mill." UCLA has an expectation that all head coaches have received undergraduate degrees from accredited four-year institutions. Saldana replaced long-time Bruin coach Sigi Schmid after Schmid took the Los Angeles Galaxy head coaching job in 1999. Saldana, one of the first players to turn pro out of high school in the NASL, had a 43-17-4 record in three seasons with the Bruins. ST. JOHN'S is holding ground-breaking ceremonies Friday to launch the construction of Belson Stadium on its Queens campus. The new stadium will seat approximately 3,000 spectators and include a press box, private suites and media room. It will be situated on a raised platform, with parking underneath. The field is expected to be ready for the 2002 season. Fairleigh Dickinson has rewarded SETH ROLAND with a multi-year contract after leading the Knights to the NCAA Division I men's quarterfinals in 2001. RANDY JOHNSON is leaving Vanderbilt after having coached the Commodores for 29 years (255-241-43). Johnson started the men's program in 1973 and coached the women's team for the first four years in the 1980's. RICH MANNING, the associate head coach at 2001 NCAA Division I women's champion Santa Clara, has been named women's head coach at UTAH. DOUG HESS, 28, is the new men's coach at Campbell, where he was DERRICK LEESON's assistant the last two seasons.


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