Allan Bristow, coach of the Charlotte Hornets, is nearly as happy with the second pick as Williams is with the first. The Hornets, who finished with the seventh-worst record in the league, are now in line to add Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning to a nucleus that includes NBA Rookie of the Year Larry Johnson and superb second-year guard Kendall Gill.
But all eyes will be on the negotiations between Orlando, which had the league's second-worst record, and O'Neal, and Williams is confident that Shaq will be wearing a Magic uniform next season. "We'll get him signed," he says. "Everybody else wants to come to Orlando. Thirty million people come to Disney World every year. It's the Number One tourist attraction in the world. So now if we can attract one more big tourist to come down here, I think he'll be very happy."
Slugging It Out
In a recent poll of news organizations and college administrators, the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz were deemed to have the best college nickname. Banana Slugs are slimy, yellow mollusks and one of the slower creatures around, but they easily outdistanced the No. 2 vote-getter, the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Here's the rest of the Top 10, in order: the Wonderboys of Arkansas Tech: the Anteaters of UC Irvine; the Northern Lights of Northern Montana; the Geoducks of Evergreen State in Olympia, Wash.; the Mastodons of Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis; the Ichabods of Washburn University in Topeka. Kans.; the Student Princes of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio: and the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn.
As the Tide Turns
Wimp Sanderson and Alabama basketball had become synonymous. Except for the 1959-60 season, when he coached Carbon Hill ( Ala.) High, Sanderson, 54, has never coached any team but the Crimson Tide. After 20 years as an Alabama assistant, he took over as head man 12 years ago and amassed a record of 267-119, which made him the winningest basketball coach in school history. Under Sanderson the Tide went to the NCAA tournament 10 times. Because of the plaid jackets Sanderson wore when he paced the sideline, Coleman Coliseum became known as the Plaid Palace, the center circle there was painted plaid, and the members of the pep band wore plaid jackets and called themselves the Plaid Players. Sanderson was even given the sacred office that had belonged to Bear Bryant.
On Monday, Sanderson resigned. His announcement was made 11 days after his longtime secretary, Nancy Watts, accused him of striking her. According to a sex discrimination complaint filed by Watts, Sanderson hit her in the right eye on March 17, the day before the Crimson Tide left to play in the NCAA subregional in Cincinnati. Watts accompanied 'Bama on the trip, but she has not returned to work since filing the complaint.
Watts has not commented on the specifics of the allegation, and Sanderson made his only statement about it on May 7, when he told the Birmingham Post-Herald. "I just can't talk about it. I think it's all going to be taken care of."
Apparently, though, it was not taken care of. Moreover, Watts alleges that the assault was part of a history of sex discrimination by Sanderson and the university against her, but it was only after this incident that she felt compelled to come forward. The school has no comment.
As for Sanderson, he will continue to collect his $115,627 annual salary until June 30, 1994, and then he will receive an annual pension of more than $75,000. And Alabama will have to find a new coach to reside in the Bear's office.