SMU, hurt by recruiting limits resulting from the current NCAA probation, ended its '86 season with a 6-5 record. The Mustangs lost the finale to Arkansas 41-0, their worst defeat against an SWC foe in 22 years.
BASKETBALL'S FOREIGN LEGION
When college basketball teams hunger for a preseason opponent that won't fill them up—that is, won't count against their NCAA limit of 28 regular-season games—they generally order up something foreign. And so it was that over the past two weeks at least 32 club, school or national teams from 16 foreign lands made exhibition tours of the U.S.
A number of visiting teams were jet-lagged and culture-shocked. An Australian team was good-naturedly hooted and hissed at during a game against Florida International by arm-waving fans with painted faces. The Aussies liked that part. "The thing that really bugs us over here is a lot of people think we're from England," said coach Brian Kerle.
Yugoslavian teams, bewildered by some NCAA rules, were called time and again for fouls, goaltending and improper substitutions. The Sibenik Club team finally threw in the towel against Cleveland State after all but one of its players had fouled out. The Yugoslavs were listed last-names-first in game programs at Valparaiso. Throughout their tour they seemed most astonished by the revelation that U.S. college coaches actually get paid to dress their teams in certain brands of sneakers.
A Hungarian team wore itself out at Disneyland, then was pummeled by Loyola Marymount of Los Angeles. Worse, Loyola couldn't get it together for a national-anthems ceremony. At the University of Arizona the Tucson boys' chorus sang the Soviet national anthem a cappella; their performance so touched the Soviet players that some seemed on the verge of tears.
The coach of a Mexican women's team repaid his Indiana University hosts by serenading the Hoosier players with a song in Spanish over dinner at a local Kentucky Fried Chicken. Miami coach Bill Foster, meanwhile, sang a recruiter's song to 6'9" Australian center Paul Webb. Webb, 17, told Foster he would let him know by Dec. 1 whether or not he'll enroll as a freshman this year—and thus be available to play against the Aussies next November.
Sixteen teams qualified for the NCAA Division III football playoffs that began last Saturday, and three of them shared a nickname. The Flying Dutchmen of Hofstra, Central College of Iowa and Hope College, in the suitably named city of Holland. Mich., all qualified. The just-plain Dutchmen of Union College—which is, like Hofstra, in Dutch-flavored New York State—were also in the draw. Pity poor Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania Dutch country, whose team finished 2-8. It was the only squad of Flying Dutchmen in Division III not to make the tournament. Only the Dutchmen of CCI flew into the quarterfinals, beating Iowa rival Buena Vista 37-0.
DANA KIRK (CONT.)
Last Thursday former Memphis State basketball coach Dana Kirk, unbowed but about to be indicted, arrived at the Federal Building in downtown Memphis with his lawyer. Inside, a federal grand jury charged Kirk, who had been fired as coach in September, with obstruction of justice, mail fraud, income tax evasion and filing false tax returns. The indictment accused Kirk of "scheming to defraud MSU" by soliciting $2,000 to have the Tigers play in a 1982 tournament in New Orleans and another $10,000 to give interviews during a 1983 tournament in Los Angeles. He was also charged with failing to report more than $160,000 in income on his 1982 and '83 tax returns. Further, according to the indictment, Kirk had intimidated "or attempted to intimidate persons with the intent to influence their testimony before the federal grand jury."