? Jack Dempsey, in an interview with Sports Editor Al Warden of the Ogden ( Utah) Standard-Examiner: "The fistic sport needs an overhauling, a cleanup, and the sooner the better. Present-day TV fighters wouldn't have made good four-round preliminary boys a few years ago. The monopoly is one of the reasons... ."
? Frank McGuire, North Carolina's basketball coach: "My team is like sputnik. We've been up there awfully high. Like sputnik, we've got to come down."
? Harry G. Davis, executive secretary to Kentucky Governor Happy Chandler, explaining why the state hired the father of 6-foot 9-inch University of Kentucky freshman basketball player Ned Jennings as a highway investigator: "Mr. Jennings needed work. The university needed his son. It was a worthy case."
? George M. Trautman, president of the minor leagues, on the problem of reorganizing the minors: "I have sat with clubs and leagues for 12 years on realignment, and as a result nothing has been realigned."
? Frank Ryan, Rice quarterback and nuclear physics major, after being told that he had been drafted by the L.A. Rams: "I considered it, but then decided against it. My professors advised me not to try to mix my education and pro football."