Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, who beat Purdue 41-9 for his first win in South Bend, keeps saying flanker Tim Brown is the most intelligent player he has ever coached. Says Brown, "I'm not going to let it go to my head...."
ACKNOWLEDGING THE CROWD
When LSU field goal kicker Ronnie Lewis was jeered by the crowd during the Tigers' loss to Miami of Ohio a fortnight ago in Baton Rouge, Lewis responded with an obscene hand gesture—actually he delivered it with both hands—as he ran off the field.
Later, LSU coach Bill Arnsparger denied Lewis had done it: "Ronnie Lewis is a very religious person. His dad is a chaplain for the U.S. Army." And the coach said that maybe it was a high five gone wrong. However, a photograph in the Baton Rouge State-Times clearly showed Lewis signing off with vigor. One observer, trying to be helpful, suggested that Lewis might be signaling "We're No. 11."
Lewis later apologized. Said the kicker: "My philosophy is that you've never been at your best until you've been at your worst. I've been at my worst." Ditto for Arnsparger, who would do well in the future to emphasize the character-building aspect of the game and avoid the dissembling.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Bob Barrett, who was an FBI agent before becoming the Southeastern Conference's assistant commissioner for institutional relations, says, "We found out from our sources that, after Las Vegas, there is more gambling per capita in Birmingham than anywhere in the United States...."
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