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Edited by Craig Neff
April 18, 1988
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April 18, 1988


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A. One—unless it's a blowout. Then the whole team shows up.


If you had six or eight free hours, you might have been able to watch an NHL playoff game last week. There were so many fights and infractions that the contests seemed interminable, and most postgame statistical summaries read like police blotters.

Of eight games played on Saturday, only Hartford versus Montreal had no major penalty or misconduct and resulted in fewer than 60 penalty minutes. The brawlers from Boston and Buffalo racked up 474 penalty minutes in the first three games of their Adams Division semifinal; the NHL playoff record is 611 penalty minutes set in a six-game Quebec-Hartford series a year ago.

In case you're wondering, there are only seven more weeks of on-the-ice mugging before the playoffs are over.


For about 24 hours last week UCLA thought it had a new basketball coach to replace the fired Walt Hazzard (SI, April 11). Kansas coach Larry Brown flew in to talk to Bruin officials on Thursday, just three days after his Jayhawks had won the NCAA title, and he left Los Angeles the next morning having orally accepted the Bruins' offer. By midday Friday, Brown's secretary had typed up his letter of resignation, and Kansas sports information staffers were transmitting bio information on Brown to UCLA for a press release on his hiring. But sometime that afternoon Brown had a change of heart. When Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick came by to talk to his apparently departing coach, Brown startled him by announcing, "I'm staying."

Brown seemed glum when he made that decision public at a Friday evening press conference. Only he knows exactly why he chose to stay put—he has long regretted having left UCLA in 1981 after coaching there for two seasons—but several factors were said to have influenced his decision, including a misunderstanding over the wording of a point in his proposed UCLA contract. The wording was reportedly fixed up, but Brown kept thinking about friends in Kansas and he had trouble shaking doubts about the Bruin job. Not a man driven by money, he said on Saturday that he had become "embarrassed" two days earlier while listening to the generous offer UCLA was making. "That kept hitting me the whole time," he said. "I didn't feel I'd done anything for UCLA to deserve it.... They wanted to do so much for me, and something about that didn't feel right." And so Larry Brown remains in Kansas.

Speaking of Kansas, in the final regular-season Associated Press college basketball poll, the Jayhawks were ranked 33rd. They also failed to make the final SI Top 20.


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