THE INSIDE TRACK
?Now that Vernon (Red) Berry is a Texas state representative, look for a big legislative drive to legalize pari-mutuel betting and bring back horse racing after an absence of 23 years. Berry, a Democrat and onetime gambler, campaigned almost solely on the racing issue, carried Bexar County by 10,000 votes.
?The Big Ten's overpowering record (18-1-2) against nonconference opponents this fall has stalled a drive to revise its controversial financial aid plan. It is difficult for coaches to argue against the plan's restrictions on scholarships when the conference is doing so well.
?School authorities deny it, but Arkansas definitely plans to break off football relations with Mississippi after the 1961 game. Reason: the Ole Miss five-year red-shirt program, which Arkansans consider an unfair advantage.
?Skates of Boston Bruin players have been equipped with special metal guards to prevent the rear edge from slicing or spiking combatants. "We're protecting rival players," says General Manager Lynn Patrick. "I wish they'd do the same for us."
?Despite a poor gate and eight straight defeats, the NFL's Cowboys will stay in Dallas for at least another year Cowboy Owner Bedford Wynne blames rumors of a move on the cross-town AFL Texans, said wryly last week: "I'm sure a few of our players figure they'd better not buy houses. But that doesn't mean the club is moving."
?You can expect more aggressive college basketball this season because of a reinterpretation of the blocking-charging foul rule. Now the defensive man will be the guilty party unless he has his position clearly staked out before contact is made with the ball handler.
? Washington's new District Stadium, now in the cement-pouring stage, will have seats averaging 20 inches in width, four to five inches over the customary size. Stadium designers also are considering plastic seats, have already decided on a Detention Room, "where drunks and brawlers can be held to cool off."
?The NFL policy of not televising on-field fighting is giving way to truth, and viewers can now expect to see anything "in good taste." "It's always been a matter of judgment," said a CBS television official, "but under Bert Bell it was his judgment. Now we have more leeway."
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