These programs give the long-troubled SWC—every member except Rice has been disciplined by the NCAA in one sport or another since '83—something to shoot for. "We have taken all this to heart," says Banowsky, who maintains that the report's figures reflect a time "when athletics were more of a priority than academics. Academics are now a priority with us. Before we were ignorant."
—DOUGLAS S. LOONEY
When baseball commissioner Fay Vincent was asked last week if he would seek reelection when his term expires on March 31,1994, he replied, "Would you think someone in my position would do this again?"
The "this" Vincent referred to is the vitriolic reaction of several owners to rulings he has made over the last few years, among them eminently sensible decisions to suspend New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner and Yankee pitcher Steve Howe and to realign the National League.
Some people in baseball think Vincent's slide into unpopularity can be traced to another of his decisions. In February 1991 the board of directors of the Hall of Fame, under pressure from Vincent, voted to make anyone banned from baseball ineligible for election to Cooperstown. This prevented Pete Rose from being considered for induction. Many baseball writers, even those who shared Vincent's feelings that Rose should not be in the Hall, thought that the decision should have been left to the Baseball Writers Association of America, the group that votes on Hall of Fame nominations. Some of those writers have resented Vincent ever since and, this theory goes, have been more than willing to give his opponents a forum.