Robinson's quiet time came last season. He declined all interview requests while he sat out the basketball season. "I figured I wasn't playing," he says, "so what was there to talk about?" Now everyone is talking about him. After three games Robinson has two MVP trophies—from the Tip-Off Classic and the Boilermaker Invitational tournament—and he is averaging 26.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He shows no rust from the layoff, which may be attributable to the fact that he spent the summer honing his talents in the Malcolm X Summer League in Chicago. "I've played with guys like [ NBA players] Tim Hardaway and Kevin Duckworth," he says. "There's no fooling anybody out there. You find out quickly if you can play."
Robinson can play. He scored 25 points in a victory over Weber State last Saturday despite missing the previous two days of practice because of a sore back—which he hurt while bending over to tie his shoelaces. Perhaps from now on the 3-0 Boilermakers will find someone to do that for him.
Western Michigan coach Bob Donewald is undoubtedly the only coach in the country who had to take a course in terrorist recognition before he could hold his first practice. Because of renovations to their home court, Read Fieldhouse, the Broncos practiced in a hangar at Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek International Airport, where workers are required to take the course. Says John Pigatti, one of Donewald's assistants, "It was just to familiarize us with procedures if we saw anyone suspicious." ...Congratulations to Prairie View, which broke a 30-game losing streak Saturday with a 90-76 win over Arkansas Baptist. Mount St. Mary's of Emmitsburg, Md., may be the Panthers' successors in futility. The Mountaineers committed seven fouls before they scored their first point in an 87-71 loss to American University, their 21st straight road defeat. Last Saturday they lost again, 65-60 at Penn State. Coach Jim Phelan needs just seven wins to become the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach 700, but it could take a while.