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Eddie Sutton's Toughest Task May Be Convincing Kemp He's A Forward
By Jim Kasberg
INDIANAPOLIS  Beneath a searing Indiana summer sun, the Brownsburg High School gym appeared from a distance to be wavering in ripples of heat on the heartland horizon. Inside the molten mirage, several hundred spectators, all of them consumed by humidity, bravely sat and cheered with forced enthusiasm as Indiana's top high school seniors competed in the annual AAU state basketball tournament.
Shawn Kemp, playing for the Indianapolis Municipal Gardens entry, soared through the steam and snatched a one-handed, bear-claw rebound. Returning to earth, so to speak, Kemp promptly waved off his Municipal mates and unveiled a 6-11lA; Bob Cousy impersonation as a pair of pint-sized opponents attempted to impede his progress. Wild-eyed, Kemp proceeded upcourt against the pressure defense, dribbling behind his back twice and throwing headfakes with every other bounce of the ball.
After successfully crossing the mid-court line, Kemp suddenly stopped and negotiated a flurry of machine-gun dribbles between his legs in direct defiance of his would-be defenders. Had enough? Too bad, Shawn is just warming up.
Retaining his dribble in the same sequence, Kemp then roamed to the brink of the three-point arc, where he had already canned his first three tries, and faked once or twice as if to launch another bomb. Seeking redemption, the same defensive duo converged on him. Kemp eluded the first man with a cat-quick crossover dribble and then charged full speed towards the hoop like an angry bull.
UK Recruit Sean Kemp
In Kemp, {Eddie) Sutton inherits as awesome an Indiana prep talent as has yet been seen. Yes, that includes such names as Oscar Robertson, George McGinnis and Larry Bird. Kemp in fact plays with the passion of a seven-foot McGinnis. . .Perhaps Sutton's greatest challenge lies in convincing the 'Marvelous Minuleman' that McGinnis was not in reality a point guard.
With his legs spread across the entire lane, Kemp sailed to the basket and slammed home a violent dunk while the remaining defender disappeared from the play on the seat of his pants.
The shrill sound of multiple whistles soon filled the dense air, followed quickly by the official edict: "No basket! No basket! Personal foulcharging! Technical foul-hanging on the rim!"
Kemp ignored these pontifical renderings and continued his Reggie Jackson-like trot around the court, seeking "high-fives" with the fervency of a Bishop waving a collection basket. Among those to receive Kemp's moist palms was teammate Patrick Knight, the 6-5 son of Indiana University coach Bob Knight. As their hands met, one could almost feel the thud of a three-iron removing earth from some far-away Bloomington fairway. Remarkably, the sun actually dimmed a short time later, and there are those who firmly believe that it was a thick layer of divot dust, not a wayward thunder cloud, which briefly veiled the sun from Brownsburg that day.
While Kemp eventually signed a national
letter-of-intent to attend the University of Kentucky, many Hoosier partisans had been somewhat confused by Indiana's long-term courtship of the flashy Concord High School star. Besides his on-court antics, Kemp was whispered to be a major question mark in the classroom and, consequently, a possible Proposition 48 casualty. Indeed, his style seemed better suited for UNLV than for IU. And in the minds of those who reason beneath crimson-colored seed company caps, there was just no way that the "General" would ever fool with the "Vegas-type," by God.
Ironically, Indiana finished in an apparent second-place tie with the Runnin' Radicals in the race for Kemp's collegiate services. The result could well prove to be a tremendous boon for Kemp as well as Kentucky. Eddie Sutton's structured system should provide more sedation for Kemp's spastic offensive game than would the racehorse style employed by Jerry Tarkanian in Nevada. And to paraphrase those seed company guys: The idea of matching Knight, the disciplinarian, with Kemp, the free-wheeler, is a rather [Continued On Page 5]
Mills Has Idea Of Following : MnnrHpf. Robertson To NBA
By Mitch Chortkoff
LOS ANGELES  One of the most publicized recruits in the country last season was Sean Higgins, a 6-8 forward from L.A.'s Fairfax High. First he signed with UCLA, then he was released from the letter and chose Michigan.
The struggle for Higgins was proper. A lean, agile athlete, he could shoot outside with the best of them, drive relentlessly and rebound.
And yet, Higgins wasn't even the most valuable player on his own prep team. That's because steady Chris Mills did a little better. As a junior, the 6-7 Mills was named California's Player of the Year.
This season, Mills returns to lead Fairfax's annual challenge to L. A. powerhouse Crenshaw. With Higgins around, Mills averaged 25.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Without his partner, how will he do?
"He'll always do well because he's a team player and plays the whole game," says coach Harvey Kitani. "He's always taken the opponent's best post player. On offense, he does everything within the team concept."
Mills signed a letter-of-intent with Kentucky in November. The rumor was that he as all locked up for Nevada-Las Vegas, but that didn't turn out to be the case.
"We looked at Eddie Sutton's record at turning out NBA guards," said Claude Mills, Chris' father. "We looked at Sidney Moncrief and Alvin Robertson. We think Chris will be a guard in pro ball, so that was important."
Mills is a rarity, who would seem capable of being a good forward or guard in college.   Although his size and strong inside play ip-
UK Recruit Chris Mills
Mills is a rarity, who would seem capable of being a good forward or guard in college. Although his size and strong inside play would indicate he's likely to play forward, his outside shooting in summer leagues indicates otherwise. Very much like (Michigan recruit Sean) Higgins, he has guard skills one wouldn't expect of a strong inside player.
dicate he's likely to play forward, his outside shooting in summer leagues indicates otherwise. Very much like Higgins, he has guard skills one wouldn't expect of a strong inside player.
Fairfax went 26-1 last season. It was upset by Mater Dei in the state playoffs when LeRon Ellis put on a one-man show. Ironically, Ellis and Mills will be teammates at Kentucky.
Shawn Kemp, 6-11V2, of Elkhart, Ind., will be there, too. He and Mills became pals when they played on the same summer league team.
With talented 6-6 guard-forward Eric Manuel playing for Kentucky this season as a freshman, a front line of Manuel-Kemp-Ellis shapes up for the next few years.
That tells us how serious Mills is about playing guard. If he joins 6-4 Rex Chapman in the Wildcats' backcourt, his plan will be a success. If a ballhandling guard is required and Chapman stays at the off-guard, Mills would be at worst the key reserve. Either way he'll fulfill his goal of playing for a strong college team and getting necessary competi- don to.-improve.his. game. ..
"We want Chris to play against the best," said Claude.
Mills will also get strong competition in his senior prep season.
Fairfax probably won't be rated No. 1 in the state, as it was much of last season. But it will be strong again and will play in one of the nation's strongest prep areas.
"I've been watching L.A. city basketball for more than 20 years," says Pepperdine coach Jim Harrick, "and I've never seen it so good."
Crenshaw is favored. It has several college prospects, including 6-7 Cornelius Holden, who signed early with Louisville, 6-7 Doug Meekins and 6-4 John Staggers.
Fremont has 6-5 Darren Dafney, who signed with UCLA. Manual Arts has several college prospects, including 6-2 guard Wayne Williams who signed with Cal. St.-Fullerton.
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Top-Ranked 'Cats Go From Hunters To Hunted
It's a shame when a team cannot savor a victory longer than what Kentucky can after its great 82-76 victory over Indiana Saturday at the inaugural Big Four Classic, but that's the way it is in big-time collegiate basketball.
The double dose is that the Wildcats now become the hunted, at least for the time being. No sooner had Kentucky nailed Bobby Knight's Hoosiers than did word arrive that the 'Cats were getting a helping hand from an old UK alum in their drive to reach the nation's No. 1 ranking.
Ex-Wildcat CM. Newton and his Vander-bilt Commodores sent shock waves throughout the nation for the second year in a row as Vandy upset previously No. 1 North Carolina in Nashville Saturday night.
That paved the way for Kentucky to move up to the No. 1 spot in this week's Associated Press rankings.
Vandy. which has become a giant-killer outside the SEC these days, upset then ranked No. 1 Indiana last season as well as Notre Dame last winter even though Vandy didn't make it to the NCAAs. It shows just how tough the SEC really is.
But back to Kentucky.
With the Kentucky victory, UK has moved back to the nation's top ranking by the AP for the first time since the 1984 season when the 'Cats went to the Final Four in Seattle.
As sweet as the victory over Indiana was, Kentucky must now turn its full attention to arch-rival Louisville and the big battle coming up Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Thankfully, Eddie Sutton was smart enough to schedule a week off after each of the Indiana and Louisville games to give his warriors enough time to either enjoy the fruits of victory or lick their wounds from the agony of defeat. He probably still remembers that scheduling goof of last season when he faced Georgia in Louisville only three days after beating the Cards. Don't look for that to happen again when it's possible to schedule around such an emotional game.
Turning to this Saturday, some experts are expecting Kentucky to destroy the Cardinals after the two clubs' respective showings in Indianapolis. Folks, it just doesn't work out that way.
You cannot compare scores in sports. Sure, Kentucky beat IU. Sure, IU destroyed Notre Dame, and sure, Notre Dame waxed Louisville. But don't add all those margins up and think you'll have this week's game pegged.
Who would have dreamed of UK beating Louisville by 34 last year in Freedom Hall? Who would have thought UK in turn would get creamed by 35 at the hands of LSU in, of all places, Rupp Arena?
That's why this game is so great. You play games one at a time. What we're going to see this week is how good a job two great coaches do when they prepare their teams from opoosite directions.
Crum has to convince his Cardinals that the Notre Dame game is history, that nothing can be done to change the outcome of the game and that if the Cards put their minds to it, anything can happen at Rupp Arena.
On the other hand, Sutton has to remind his players they are now the hunted, that they are as capable of being upset at home as they were a year ago when LSU came to town.
And he knows full well, Crum would enjoy nothing more than beating the 'Cats on their home floor when they're ranked No. 1.
The difference in last winter and now is that Sutton definitely has more talent. And Louisville has a point guard (although young) who will become a great one before he hangs it up in the Falls City. It's just a matter of time before he puts on a show to rival that of David Rivers' exhibition in Indy.
Kentucky should beat Louisville Saturday, but it won't be the blowout some are predicting. I see it more of an eight- or nine-point victory.
Crum is too good a coach to get bombed two years in a row, and quite frankly, Kentucky could be caught reading a few press clippings after the Big Four Classic.
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With Notre Dame whipping Louisville the way it did, you can bet there is going to be a great deal of interest in the Kentucky-Notre Dame battle next month at Freedom Hall in Louisville. It'll probably be a sell-out by the time you read this as tickets to the game went on sale last week by mail order only.
Digger Phelps had his Irish fine-tuned for the Louisville clash and with the schedule he has for his Irish, they could be ranked in the Top Ten when they return to Freedom Hall for the first time in more than five years. The boys from South Bend slipped into the Top Twenty for the first time this week, premier-ing at No. 19.
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One of the interested bystanders during the stay in Indy was Wildcat signee Sean Woods who was spotted at the team's headquarters on Saturday morning. Woods, who plays for nearby Indianapolis Cathedral, scored 24 points Saturday night in an game which was decided by the same 82-76 score that the UK-IU game was decided. His team, however, was on the losing end of the score to Bedford-North Lawrence which got 38 points from sophomore sensation Damon Bailey. Bailey is considered one of the country's premier sophomore blue-chippers.
Fans around Indy are still buzzing about Eddie Sutton's ability to raid the Hoosier State of two of its most prized recruits-Woods and superstar Shawn Kemp of Elkhart.
One newspaper article suggested that Sutton's signing of the two stars has done nothing to help create good feelings with Mr. Kngiht. But can you really believe what you read these days, Bobby?
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BIG FOUR TIDBITS . . . While the first Big Four Classic turned out to be a delight for the Wildcats inasmuch as the Big Blue escaped with a victory, the classic fell far short in other areas. For instance, while there were a few fans who succumbed to some outrageous scalpers' prices on Friday, those $25 tickets went for as little as $2 at game time. In fact, one scalper offered me a pair of tickets on row four for $5 each right before tipoff . . . The media was less then thrilled
with the reception it received. Most of the big names in the reporting field were there, but Big Four officials had no functions planned for the media other than one press conference with each coach. Practices were even closed and Bobby Knight even refused to let his players talk with the media after his team's loss to Kentucky. Generally, a media luncheon is served before an event like this, but reporters who showed up early had to wait until between games before they were finally served hot dogs. The media's treatment wasn't as bad as some portrayed, but it definitely lacked the touch of class which many thought it would have, considering the magnitude of the event and the size of the big bucks it took in . . . Most of the talk during the Big Four centered on a suggestion that the classic be expanded to a two-night tournament with winners and losers playing the second day. UK athletics director Cliff Hagan's response: "No way, Jose." The tournament wouldn't be a bad idea, but only if and when the event is rotated annually among Lexington and Louisville. I'm still surprised Kentucky and Louisville ever agreed to the four-year run in Knight's backyard in the first place . . . Anyone who had doubt about this being an Indiana homecourt advantage was convinced Saturday. Sure, the tickets were supposedly distributed equally with each school getting 9,300, but the total attendance was over 43,000. Where did the other 5,800 fans come from? So there probably were 800 or so media, officials, etc. That still leaves about 5,000 tickets unaccounted for. Most of those probably went to the corporate sponsor,  Bank One which is very big in Hoosierland, much more so than in Kentucky. So where do you think those tickets went to? My friend, that requires no guessing. Of course, Bank One shouldn't be condemned. It deserved something in return for shelling out $100,000 for the right to tag its name on the big show . . . If I were in the guessing business, the breakdown of fans at the Hoosier Dome would be in this order: Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky and Notre Dame. Just looking around the Dome, it appeared Indiana probably had at least 40 percent of the crowd with Louisville having perhaps 25 percent. Kentucky obviously had its 10,000 or so, but there were more red-clad fans in Kentucky's section than there were blue-clad fans in the Louisville and IU sections. Notre Dame appeared to have very few fans, definitely not more than 4,000 or so. So where did the tickets go? From here, my guess is that IU fens made a mad scramble to buy up the Irish tickets and did a pretty good job. Anytime UK plays on the road, the Big Blue fans have a way of latching onto a ticket or two from the home team's fens. It was difficult to tell whether the red-clad fens in the UK sections were from IU or Louisville . . . IU, since day one, has been advocating a proposal to expand seating capacity to more than 60,000 for the Big Four, but UK and Louisville have been reluctant to such a move. The Hoosiers can kiss it goodbye now. The Kentuckians' point-of-view is that they believe an already IU-dominated crowd  will become an overwhelming homecourt advantage for IU with 20,000 additional seats. While both Louisville and Kentucky sold out their allotments, the schools'
ticket demands were met by the 9,300 tickets. Officials believe it will be difficult to get more Kentuckians to make the long and expensive trip to Indy. Consider the 60,000 deal dead . . . ABC-TV had to love the second game of the twin-bill after the dull opener. It paid $600,000 for the first year's rights to the Big Four and reportedly holds first refusal rights on the classic next year. Rumors around the national television scene have it that the network will attempt to scale down the rights fee for the 1988 affeir. One television critic said this year's deal was the biggest holdup since NBC-TV lost its exclusive college basketball rights almost a decade ago . . .Here's the all-tournament team selected by a panel of seven writers from major papers in the region shaped up: David Rivers (MVP) of Notre Dame. Pervis Ellison of Louisville. Ed Davender and Cedric Jenkins of Kentucky and Rick Calloway of Indiana. . . . The Big Four was expected to be an economic bonanza for the business community in Indianapolis, but store owners and hotels say they never experienced the windfall which was expected. In fact, they say the only way they'll reap any dividends is for the classic to be expanded to a two-day affeir. Practically all UK and UL fens (save a couple hundred of each) did not go until Saturday morning and then returned home after the game Saturday evening. Part of the problem contributing on the low number of fens staying overnight was the feet the games were played in the afternoon for national television. And none of IU's 15,000 or more fens had to stay overnight. The Hyatt, where Louisville was headquartered as well as the media, was practically empty considering the scope of the Big Four . . . While the crowd was in a frenzy much of the time in the second game, they probably can give an assist to the concession sellers at the Hoosier Dome where beer was flowing as freely as David Rivers was as he led Notre Dame to a surprising easy 69-54 win over Louisville. Beer is not sold at UK, IU or Notre Dame home games, but is sold at Louisville home games. Anything to make a fest buck, I guess . . . The game program for the inaugural Big Four Classic also brought a hefty price tag of $4 each ($6 by mail order), but before you jump to quick conclusion, let it be said this is one aspect which is worth the money. The program was put together by Host Communications of Lexington and is top-notched all the way, despite looking like an IU program. The stories inside are written exclusively by Billy Reed and Bloomington sportswriter Bob Hammel and inside the program it says it is published in conjunction with Indiana University. It was right nice of them to say so.. . . By the way, after watching Kentucky battle to the wire for the 82-76 overtime victory, I celebrated the event by grabbing a couple burgers and flipping on the television set at the Hyatt after the game and low-and-behold, was treated to more Bobby Knight. He was introducing another regular program to IU viewers around the state which includes a replay of a great IU game of the past. He and a guest narrate the show by recalling the games and events around the game. This first episode
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Athletic Directors Have Got It Made
They Get Most Benefits, Least Headaches
Being an athletic director is a marvelous job. You get most of the perks that go with being a head coach, but very little of the pressure. If things go bad your mailbox Tills up, but the letters are about
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a head coach.
I the other guy, your coach and his performance, not yours. When the public says, "Fire the bum," they don't mean you. They mean the fellow who put in 80 hours that week preparing for Saturday's game and then lost it by one point when an 18-year-old dropped a pa.ss right in his hands.
Political writers like to call Ronald Reagan a "telflon president" because when anything bad happens it seems to slide right off him.
Most SEC athletic directors are the same. They are "telflon ADs." able to blame their departments' problems on the coaches, the weather, the alumni, the players, but never on themselves.
In the world of private business, the company general manager can hold department heads responsible for poor performance just so long. Since he hired them and supervises them, sooner or later the responsibility for success or failure must be his own. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY IN ATHLETICS. Charlie Carr at Mississippi State is the only athletic director I can think of in recent years who was relieved of his duties. Apparently. Carr and school president Dr. Donald Zacharias did not see eye to eye on how to run the Bulldogs' athletic fortunes.
As a result, Carr resigned and a man of Zacharias' choice. Larry I Templeton, now has the job. This is very, very rare.
Witness Warner Alford at Ole Miss. For 10 years he has presid-I ed over a program which has slowly been going downhill. The Rebels have a football record of only 46-62-4 in that time period. Their conference mark is 20-39-1.
In basketball, his teams have been consistent losers against fellow SEC members. Ole Miss has won but 64 conference games while losing 98 during his regime.
The Rebels are far behind other league schools in facilities and j are not drawing at the gate.
Yet, Alford has survived, and was in fact, rewarded with a new four-year contract as recently as last year. The situation is different when the coach and the athletic direc-I tor are one and the same.
Pat Dye. for example, at Auburn, or Vince Dooley at Georgia.
THEY WOULD NOT BE INCLINED TO FIRE themselves if their respective programs began to fail.
What they would probably do has been done many times. They'd keep the AD's job and hire a new football coach. It would mean a substantial cut in pay, but it's better than being unemployed.
Two of the newer athletic directors are men who were themselves coaches as recently as last year. Steve Sloan gave up his on-the-field job at Duke to run Alabama's program, and Bill Arnsparger left LSU where he was head coach to be the AD at Florida.
The biggest problem most face in their jobs is money. Sloan inherited a program said to be $40 million in debt.
Joe Dean has the shorts at LSU. He's trying to reduce expenses and it's difficult. The Tigers are attempting to support 18 teams, nine male and nine female, and the money isn't there.
At Tennessee, Doug Dickey will be faced with working out a plan to mesh with Johnny Majors' recent statements about spending another $60 million to further upgrade their already good facilities.
Vanderbilt fans are probably the most objective in the league. AD Roy Kramer has an attractive stadium, an attractive coach and alumni who understand taht the schools' emphasis on academics affects their athletic potential.
KENTUCKY IS ANOTHER STORY. During basketball season, athletic director Cliff Hagan has one of the world's best jobs. But despite the fact the state is football talent poor, 'Cat fans want to win in that sport, tooand that's something the 'Cats have been unable to do consistently. Hagan's mailbox must be full this season.
Someone said recently that an AD's job is the only $80,000 per year position where all you have to do is drink with the boys and play golf.
It's not that bad, but if retirement pay is your ultimate goal, you've got a far better chance of getting it as an athletic director than as
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How near and yet how far! Three of Kentucky's losses in 1987 were by a total of six points. The Wildcats lost to Rutgers by one, to Georgia by three and to Tennessee by two. In addition, when you examine their schedule, the 'Cats played five bowl teams in 1987Indiana. LSU, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. Reason enough for their fans to be kind. . .If you think times were tough for Ole Miss this year, take a look at its 1988 schedule. The Rebels drop Southwestern Louisiana and Kentucky, picking up Alabama and Florida in their places. After opening at Memphis State. Ole Miss plays Florida, Arkansas. Georgia and Alabama back-to-back, the last three games on the road. I'm not sure the Chicago Bears could come through a lineup like that. . There never were any ques tions about the ability of this year's Florida basketball team, but you still had to be impressed with the way the Gators swept the field in winning the preseason Big Apple NIT. They are one fine team, particularly if coach Norm Sloan can keep Vernon Maxwell under control, both on and off the court. . .College football TV ratings, which had threatened to drop into the basement, got a real lift recently as attractive season-ending games came on the tube. The numbers for CBS telecasts were averaging only 5.6, about 15 percent behind last year. ABC-TV's audiences were off 30 per cent for its football package. But Oklahoma-Nebraska on CBS drew the biggest ratings score of the season, a 12.9. and Penn State-Notre Dame on the same network drew an 8.0 rating. On the other hand. ABC died with Ohio State-Michigan and USC-UCLA. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines got a 4.5 and the two west coas schools followed with a 5.3. A leading ad agency official said he believes both college and professional football may be simply playing
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sadistic musing after all.
In Kemp, Sutton inherits as awesome an Indiana prep talent as has yet been seen. Yes, that includes such names as Oscar Robertson, George McGinnis and Larry Bird. Kemp in fact plays with the passion of a seven-foot McGinnis. Ouch! As a junior his offensive ' skills had already surpassed those of any Hoosier-bred pivotman preceding him. Perhaps Sutton's greatest challenge lies in convincing the "Marvelous Minuteman" that McGinnis was not in reality a point guard.
After posting averages of 25.0 points and 14.4 rebounds per game a year ago, Kemp recently opened his senior campaign by tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in an easy Concord Cakewalk. He has lifted the Minutemen to consecutive 20-win seasons while shooting 58 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. A state title conquest in Indinia's single-class tournament is not out of the question, and Kemp could probably win the coveted "Mr. Basketball" award performing from a wheelchair.
Four months from now, the Hoosier State will being the painful process of saying goodbye to another legend. The task won't become any easier when Kemp suddenly reappears around harvest time clad in a Kentucky tank top. But for those fortunate enough to have witnessed him in high school, there will be no mistaking the Big Blue blur on their television screens. No, it's not a mirage. . .it's just the world's first seven-foot point guard.
Jim Kasberg is the Indiana prep correspondent/or Hoop Scoop magazine. His story on Kemp is reprinted with permission from the
Dec. 21 issue of Basketball Weekly.
Maxwell Must Keep Act Straight
out their potential audiences. "Once again, you're reaching a foot ball saturation point," he said. "There's probably a delicate balance out there and something like ESPN is probably just enough to tip the scale." . . .How do they think up these names? The University of Missour-Kansas City is nicknamed "Fighting Kangaroos." Try to put that in a cheer. . .Of course, animal names are the most com mon nicknames. The Mississippi State Bulldogs recently played the Owls of Rice and followed them with the Mustangs of Western New Mexico. . .Speaking of State, the Bulldogs snapped a streak of 20 consecutive road losses with a Dec. 2 win at Rice. The last time the 'Dogs had won in the other guys' gym prior to that was at Jackson State in the second game of the 1985-86 season. . .Is the football season too long? Tennessee's first game this year was Aug. 30 and its last game will be in the Peach Bowl Jan. 2. Coun ting the three-week preseason practice means Vol players were in pads for nearly five months. How can academics possibly be era phasized with a five-month season, which in 90 days, will resume with spring practice? Quit trying to kid me!
The Last Word: Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith, giving the definition of an Alabama pervert:
"It's somebody who loves his wife more than football."
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who scored 42 points in the title game and was named MVP.
Other sections of southern California also have premier players, making it another strong year for the area.
Among them are 6-10 Don MacLean (Simi Valley); 6-8 Adam Keefe (Anaheim Wood-bridge), who signed with Stanford; 6-1 Dar-rick Martin of St. Anthony's, one of the nation's best point guards; 6-6 Brian Hendrick (Diamond Bar), who signed with California; 6-6 James Moses of Serra and 6-7 junior Zan Mason of Westchester.
Mater Dei, the defending state champion, is not rated among the southern California powers this season after losing Ellis. The team's previous star, 6-7 Tom Lewis, bec