Bobby Ross, who in four years molded a ragtag 2-9 Georgia Tech squad into the nation's only unbeaten major college team, Thursday was named Coach of the Year by United Press International.

"I think that this is symbolic of the effort of a lot of people affiliated with our coaching staff, our players and the people who surround us at Georgia Tech who have given so much effort and support to our program," Ross said. "It's an honor that I will greatly cherish and is something I am greatly honored to receive."The No. 2 Yellow Jackets, unbeaten since a loss to Duke Oct. 28, 1989, compiled a 10-0-1 record in 1990. The only blemish was a 13-13 tie at North Carolina.

The Yellow Jackets are headed for a New Year's Day showdown against Nebraska in the Citrus Bowl, a matchup that could have national title implications if No. 6 Notre Dame knocks off No. 1 Colorado in the Orange Bowl.