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Where Are They Now? Of six schools that together have made a total of 12 appearances in the Final Four in the '80s, Houston, UCLA, Kentucky and Virginia aren't even ranked in the SI Top 20, and North Carolina and Louisville barely are.
If Larry Holmes Can Fight Bone-crusher Smith.... The wimp schedule of the decade has been laid out by UNLV, which—you read it here first—can finish absolutely no worse than 29-1, the loss coming at Georgetown. Tarkanian's tanks will roll over the PCAA, a league so far down, Stockton, Calif. looks up. Vegas could end up playing 20 games against teams named Somebody State and may wind up beating Pacific, which is not a State but is in Stockton, by 142-60! See you in the Final Four, Tark, you scheduling shark.
Entertainment Tonight. Oregon coach Don Monson is featured prominently in his school's recruiting film, during which the narrator refers to Monson as the Duck head coach. Recently Monson got a letter from a recruit asking why they called him "Duck-head coach."
Rookie Sports Columnist of the Year. Ray Meyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. A word of advice to the rook from one who's been there: Don't ask Bobby Knight what the turning point was—and don't call him Bobby.
...I'm Talkin', 'bout You and Me. Excerpts from a soliloquy by Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs: "I will no longer go to the extent of putting mittens on my team to show they don't make obscene gestures.... My guys all took the course Fingers 131...."
And Still Defending Champion. When last spied away from a camera or microphone, Valvano was running around the court at Albuquerque in April 1983 like a lottery winner with his numbers cut off. N.C. State had just won the national championship. Nobody has mentioned this, but the Pack has not yet lost that championship. Despite winning 19 games, N.C. State was not invited back to the tournament last March and thus was prevented (unlike golfers and chess players) from defending its title. Then, as Louis XV was told, so, too, Jimmy V: Apr�s nous le d�luge. In this year's ACC Basketball Handbook, a caption identifies assistant coach Tom Abatemarco as "Tomabate Marco" and now everybody calls him Tomabata. On the court, monstrous State frontliners Cozell McQueen, Lorenzo Charles and 6'11" freshman Chris Washburn (page 120)—Co, Lo and Uh-Oh—are champing at the bit. Beware of avenging, angry, not-exactly-dethroned champions.
Student-Athletes. Professor Bradley Loomer of Iowa says he did nothing wrong last year in awarding academic credit to Hawkeye basketball players for a course in which the required reading list was excerpted from Sports Books for Children: An Annotated Bibliography.
And Vice Versa. An assistant coach in the SEC said recently of one of his players, "If his I.Q. was any lower, we'd have to water him." This freshman was not Cedric Henderson of Louisville, Georgia, Carson Newman, Louisville, Georgia. Henderson committed himself in varying degrees to each of the aforementioned schools. Moreover, it was not Henderson who asked Monson why he was called Duckhead. Late last summer Henderson picked up his high school equivalency diploma. He earned many of his credits in Bermuda. The diploma was not shaped like a triangle. Henderson does become eligible to play for Georgia on Dec. 7. Bombs away.