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Portland, Santa Clara renew heated rivalry

Schools in the West Coast Conference have earned a reputation for tough schedules. They've also earned a reputation for success, writes Graham Hays.

Updated: October 18, 2006, 4:24 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Few things inflame passions quite like a good soccer rivalry. Just ask Mike Gilleran, the commissioner of the West Coast Conference.

Before taking his current job in 1984, Gilleran was a young American living in London who enjoyed taking in matches from the league's top division, now known as the Premier League. But on one particular day, Gilleran nearly found himself face to fist with a decidedly unhappy group of fans of the London team West Ham United, a club which boasts a lengthy and ...

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