Anyway, here we go again. Baxley, now lieutenant governor, still wants the top job. But in June he lost the Democratic primary runoff to the attorney general, Charles Graddick. Baxley protested, saying Graddick won only because he had encouraged illegal Republican crossover voting. It was, he said, like Auburn or Alabama playing an illegal player: "They would be penalized and they would expect it. That's exactly what Graddick did, and he should be penalized."
The football analogy evidently convinced a Democratic committee, which reversed the people's choice and gave the nomination to Baxley.
Graddick did not take this change in signals in good grace. He compared the decision with the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 27, when Alabama got two straight pass interference penalties that allowed Ohio State two plays after time had expired. Said Graddick: "The game can't stop on a [defensive] penalty, and we should replay the down." Otherwise known as the election. Although local politicos are still studying the instant replay, Graddick is now threatening an end run with write-ins.
Nebraska noseguard Danny Noonan says he couldn't possibly be involved in handing out tickets to friends who are not authorized to get them: "I don't have any friends."
...When Dick Butkus's Illinois No. 50 is retired next Saturday, it will be only the second Illini jersey so honored. The other? No. 77, worn by Red Grange....
The Micro Ego Award to Mississippi State coach Rockey Felker, who said after a recent winning game, "I had little to say once the game started, since my assistants called both offenses and defenses."
...Jim Wacker, TCU coach who has a way with words, on whether this is a rebuilding year for the Frogs: "Fiddle, no."
...College football's longest winning streak, 37 straight by Augustana, was broken—well, dislocated—Saturday when the Vikings were tied by Elmhurst College, 0-0....
When Vanderbilt coach Watson Brown leads his team against Mack Brown's Tulane squad on Saturday, it will be the first time since the 1971 Gator Bowl that brothers who are coaches face each other in NCAA Division I-A football. In '71, it was the Dooley boys, Vince at Georgia and Bill at North Carolina.