However, the situation isn't as rosy as it appears to be for Driesell, who is in his third year at James Madison. For one thing, there has been some criticism of his open-door policy on transfers. He has relied on guards Steve Hood (from Maryland) and Fess Irvin (LSU) and forward Chancellor Nichols ( Mississippi State) to build a competitive team, and next season forward Michael Venson ( Georgetown) will join the Dukes. What's more, last season Driesell was accused of trying to run off three players from former coach John Thurston's team, a charge Driesell denies. But only one of those players is actually playing. Another has been out all season with tendinitis in his knee, and the third remains in school on a basketball scholarship but is not playing. Then there is the sexual harassment case Driesell's former secretary at James Madison filed against him in March 1.990, a charge he also denies. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled against her complaint, but she is planning an appeal.
On top of all that, Driesell's players aren't talking to the local press—or even, at times, to one another. "Sometimes we play together, and sometimes we don't," says Hood. "Certain members of the team are closer than others, and those guys look out for each other on the court."
So Driesell finds himself with a talented team but in the middle of controversy. The more things change....
Surely the three major networks could have done better than to carry six Notre Dame games this season. With so many good teams—Southern Mississippi, East Tennessee State, New Mexico State, to name a few—getting no network exposure, it's a shame to see the Irish, who were 11-17 at week's end, monopolize so many TV dates.... Look for Minnesota coach Clem Haskins to receive at least a reprimand from the Big Ten for calling the referees "jackasses" and "a disgrace" following the Gophers' 63-62 loss to Ohio State last Saturday. Haskins was incensed about a technical he got for complaining about a call. What he didn't know was that the officials were about to reverse the call in Minnesota's favor.