On Monday, Gilliam was charged with felony battery, Wilson with disorderly conduct Gregory with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and Hoosiers safety Kyle Moffat with disorderly conduct and false reporting. None had filed pleas as of Monday night. Indiana indefinitely suspended three unnamed players from the team. Hoosiers coach Cam Cameron said, "The challenge now is to make sure that this never happens again."
Randle El, who was released from the hospital on Saturday, is expected to recover fully, and he hopes to play next season. Of his meeting with the team at Sunday's practice, he says, "We were all in tears. I'm supposed to be out there with them instead of something stupid like this."
On March 22 former Naval Academy quarterback Jim Kubiak finally got what he wanted: a release from active duty in the Navy so he could pursue his dream of playing in the NFL (SCORECARD, March 15). The Navy previously released Kubiak in March 1998 to let him try out with the Indianapolis Colts. When he failed to make the '98 roster, he was recalled for the remaining 17 months of his five-year obligation. In January, Kubiak got a restraining order against the recall. Under the terms of last week's settlement Kubiak will put in three years in the active reserves and two more in the inactive reserves.
Now Kubiak is focused on football. On April 5 he and his wife, Jennifer, will head to Spain, where he will play for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe. When he returns to the U.S. in late June, he'll try once again to catch on with the Colts, as a backup to Peyton Manning. "I hope to turn around what wasn't a very positive situation," says Kubiak, who may do recruiting work during his time in the reserves. He calls his split with the Navy "the hardest thing I've ever had to do."
Larry vs. Magic, 1979
Eight Men Out
Twenty years ago Mike Brkovich, Greg Kelser, Ron Charles and Terry Donnelly took on Brad Miley, Alex Gilbert, Carl Nicks and Steve Reed in a basketball game in Salt Lake City that altered the history of the sport. The contributions—not to mention the names—of that octet are largely forgotten, though, because the other two starters in the 1979 NCAA championship game were Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Of the other eight starters for Johnson's Michigan State Spartans and Bird's Indiana State Sycamores, only Magic's teammate Kelser, now a color man for the Detroit Pistons, would play in the NBA.
The Spartans' 75-64 victory will forever be remembered as the first time Bird and Magic went head-to-head, but those two weren't solely responsible for the outcome. "In tournament games the superstars tend to cancel each other out," says Donnelly, now a paper-company executive in Houston, who hit four straight jumpers in the second half to quell an Indiana State run. "It's the lesser-known guys who make the difference."
O.K., so what would have happened had the Spartans and Sycamores gone to war without their biggest guns? "We would have beaten them," says Kelser, who played for four teams in six NBA seasons. Sycamores sixth man Bob Heaton, now an insurance salesman in Terre Haute, envisions a far more likely outcome. "It would have been a boring game," he says. "And we wouldn't have had those millions-of people watching."
Rod Layer's Recovery