Villanova and Temple will each visit the Palace on the Schuylkill only twice this season. Says Dan Baker, the Big Five's executive secretary, "We won't have as many of those great city series doubleheaders."
Which is sort of like having a cheese steak on pita bread.
What Does This Man Know...
That we don't? He's Mike Newell, coach at Arkansas-Little Rock. Last spring he led the improbable Trojans past Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing in double overtime to N.C. State. Afterward he could have had the head coach's job at Marquette for nearly quadruple his 1985-86 salary and the chance to beat up on Digger twice a year. So what does he do? He stays put, saying, "I will continue to lead UALR and central Arkansas toward that dream of a national championship."
Six Effects Of Bylaw 5-1-(j)
Division I coaches are now scouring the land for players who can make both the J and the 5-1-(j), the new NCAA rule that sets absolute academic standards. The bylaw promises to have a trickle-down impact on players at every level. Look for:
•A rise in the quality of juco, NAIA and lower-division teams—refuges for players like Mt. San Antonio College's Lloyd Daniels.
•More high schoolers enrolling at prep schools. Brian Shorter, a 6'7" senior who was a cinch to break Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia public school scoring record this season, left Simon Gratz High to enroll at Oak Hill Academy to improve his chances on the college boards.
•Fewer early scholarship offers to players of questionable academic quality. "If he's a great player, you sign him early, take a chance," says talent scout Tom Konchalski. "But coaches can't afford to tie up too many scholarships early."