?When Anthony Russell was Miami's assistant director of academic support in the late 1980s and early '90s, his office in the Miami athletic complex was one of the most popular spots on campus for varsity athletes. Members of the baseball, basketball, crew, football, golf, tennis, track and swimming teams would line up to apply for illegal cash payments (an average of $1,700 per player) in Pell Grants, which are supposed to go to needy students (SCORECARD, Aug. 31, 1992). Russell would secure the grants for less-than-impoverished athletes by misrepresenting the financial wherewithal of the athletes and their parents. In return Russell would exact cash payments of $85 to $100 from the athletes, monies that he used to support a $3,000-a-month cocaine habit. Last week Russell, who secured $240,263 in illegal Pells, was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud.
The athletes avoided indictment by entering a pretrial diversion program and repaying the money. But the sad fact remains that a large number of them—85—lined up with their hand out, joking all the while about the "measy oney," the players' code for the easy money.
? Fay Vincent has decided to go ahead with his book, tentatively titled And the Horse They Rode In On: My Tumultuous Years As Baseball Commissioner (SCORECARD, March 14). The book will be published next year by Little, Brown. Vincent was angered when his 39-page proposal, which excoriates some of baseball's owners and team executives, was leaked to the press. It will be interesting to see if the book, to be written with Newsweek's David Kaplan, is as controversial as the proposal.