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During the summer Pitt was further embarrassed when it became public that four 1989 Panther football recruits and five basketball recruits were Prop 48 cases. Shortly before Gottfried's firing, Posvar approved new academic guidelines that require any athletic recruit who does not carry at least a 2.3 high school GPA and a 750 SAT score to be approved by a review committee.
Gottfried reportedly was axed because he disagreed with school administrators over academic and financial matters and, with a 26-17-2 record in four seasons at the school, failed to return Pitt to the prominence it enjoyed in the late 1970s and early '80s. None of his teams finished in the Top 10, and this year's Panthers, who went 7-3-1 and earned a berth against Texas A&M in the John Hancock Bowl on Dec. 30, beat only one team with a winning record, Syracuse.
?One school that will not be joining the Big Ten is Kentucky, an SEC member whose high-minded president, David Roselle, resigned last week, in part because of his school's basketball scandal. Earlier this year Roselle forthrightly cooperated with an NCAA investigation of the Wildcats' celebrated basketball program, and Kentucky fans and even the state's governor, Wallace Wilkinson, seemed to hold a grudge against him for not giving the NCAA more flak. In May the Wildcats were hit with three years' probation for recruiting and other violations, and Roselle has encountered lingering resentment ever since. In leaving to take the presidency of the University of Delaware, Roselle delivered a sad commentary on basketball mania in the Bluegrass State: "The agenda for the University of Kentucky is education, and I had a difficult problem, which was basketball."
A group of New York City entrepreneurs is planning to stage a fantasy camp in what strikes us as an unlikely sport—boxing. For a modest fee of $2,000, campers will be able to spend four days in Atlantic City or Tahoe (the site has not been selected) next April learning the art of fisticuffs. The highlight, so to speak, of each camper's stay will be a round in the ring with one of the instructors, a group that may include former heavyweight champions Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes and Ken Norton.
Don't worry. The $2,000 will include full hospitalization coverage.
GOODBYE TO A PIONEER
Baseball and one of its pioneers parted ways last week. Pam Postema, 35, who had hoped to become the major leagues' first woman umpire (SI, July 30, 1984, et seq.), was released after seven years of umping in Triple A. "Generally, if you get to six years [in the minors] and you haven't been identified as a major league prospect, you're let go," said Ed Lawrence, executive director of baseball's umpire development program. "She was a more-than-adequate Triple A umpire. It's just a numbers game."
Of the four women to have umpired in professional baseball, Postema is the only one to have advanced to the Triple A level. She spent 12 years working the minors, withstanding abuse from fans, players and managers because of her gender. Her only shots at the bigs came in 1988 and '89, when she worked some National League spring training games. "I still think I can do the job as well as anybody," Postema said after her release. "I'm bitter right now, and I don't want to brag, but if I couldn't make it, I don't see how any woman can."
Said Theresa Cox, 29, who worked the Arizona rookie league last season and is baseball's only remaining female ump, "I was pulling for Pam, but I guess that won't be. But if and when I make it [to the majors], I'll know it's been easier because of her."