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"It could happen," said Wirtz. "I can't say much about it because we're involved in litigation claiming he's still our property. But I'll tell you this. The door is still open, and we'd love to have him back. And if he wants to come back to the NHL but not to the Black Hawks, there's no way we'd block his return."
Hull said, "I'm flattered and surprised that they'd want me back after all the trouble I've caused. I hadn't even thought about it until a couple of weeks ago when we were in Chicago and I called Billy Reay, the Hawk coach. He indicated the door would be open.
"But I've still got a job to do in Winnipeg," Hull added, "and my first allegiance is to Ben Hatskin, the Jets' owner." If, however, Hatskin sells the team and it leaves Winnipeg, which also has been rumored, under the terms of his contract Hull could elect to become a free agent.
"If all that happens," Hull said, "you could start speculating. But I haven't got many playing days left, you know."
NAME OF A NAME
People who go to or have gone to Miami University generally react rather sharply when the University of Miami is mentioned. Miami University, which is in Oxford, Ohio, was founded in 1809 and has 15,371 students, according to The 1973 World Almanac. The University of Miami is in Coral Gables, Fla., was founded in 1925 and has 14,441 students, according to the same source.
A California alumnus of the old school, named Jerry Steimle, has written a satirical story to dramatize the injustice of this popular nomenclature. In his fable, the Pennsylvania state university at Indiana, Pa., once called Indiana State, changes its name to the University of Indiana, appoints a big-time coach and starts an intensive recruiting campaign for football players. Pretty soon it is playing outstanding teams from all over the country, builds and fills a big football stadium and is consistently on the pollsters' lists of top teams. By 1984, that signal year, it is so prominent in the sports world that newspapers have to come up with something to distinguish it from the less successful Big Ten team in Bloomington, Ind. "That's no problem," says an oldtimer, "there's a precedent. Look at what we did with Miami University."