Even though it was
disclosed that Auburn's All-America tailback, Brent Fullwood, hadn't attended a
single class since October, coach Pat Dye refused to suspend his star from this
week's Citrus Bowl game against Southern Cal. Dye accepted Fullwood's
explanation that he had stopped going to class for personal reasons, including
a debilitating illness and a car accident involving his father and stepmother.
"I wouldn't think of suspending him," Dye told The Birmingham News,
though he didn't explain why Fullwood, a senior, was able to concentrate on
football when he couldn't attend class. Fullwood's fall-term academic work
affects his winter-term eligibility, and because the winter quarter at Auburn
doesn't begin until after New Year's Day, he's technically eligible for the
tailback Derrick Fenner, the leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
was technically eligible for UNC's Aloha Bowl appearance against Arizona last
Saturday, but he didn't play. He didn't even make the trip to Honolulu. Fenner,
a sophomore, had been suspended "for academic reasons," said Tar Heels
coach, Dick Crum. "I'm very disappointed for Derrick. He's a very talented
football player and he has certainly made some important contributions to our
team. However, at this institution academics are also important, and something
had to be done about his current situation." Crum wouldn't elaborate on
what Fenner's situation was. Without Fenner, UNC lost to Arizona, 30-21.
IT'S THE THOUGHT
In the Associated Press wire story that announced the GTE Academic All-America
football team, the word academic was misspelled.
WHAT'S IN A
forward Vincent Askew's on-court artistry has earned him the colorful sobriquet
Vincent Van Go. And the basketball fans in Minnesota have come up with lively
nicknames for the NBA team they hope to attract to the Twin Cities. The
prospective owners of the not-yet-extant franchise obviously didn't want to
reprise the names of previous local pro hoops teams—the Pipers, Muskies and
Lakers—so they held a contest. Submissions included the Abominable Snowmen, the
Slush, the Mosquito Nets and the Wobegons. The finalists are the Timberwolves
and the Polars; a winner will be selected later this month.
Then there's the
case of the quarterback they call Dan Marino, who plays for the Bears in the
Southington ( Conn.) midget football league. He would love a nickname because he
really is named Dan Marino, a coincidence that has led to considerable ribbing
from his teammates. Still, the 13-year-old admits he loves to hear the P.A.
announcer say, " Dan Marino back to pass."
BLOWN' IN THE
In a California Class 3-A playoff game, punter Art Moran of Palisades High
kicked for a respectable 31-yard average and allowed no runbacks but still cost
his team two points. Booting with a 25-mile-per-hour wind at his back in the
first quarter, Moran boomed one over the receiver for a 65-yarder. With the
ball on his team's three and facing the same wind in the next period, he kicked
a towering punt from his own end zone. The ball hovered, then blew backward and
out of the end zone for a safety. Palisades hung on to win 14-8.
son of actor Ryan O'Neal, was acquitted last month of manslaughter charges in
connection with the boating death of his friend Gian Carlo Coppola. But the
22-year-old O'Neal was found guilty of operating a boat in a manner that
endangered life. "He used poor judgment," said Maryland Circuit Court
Judge Martin Wolff. "He was inexperienced, and he tried to squeeze through
a small space." The Memorial Day accident occurred on the South River near
Annapolis when a 14-foot runabout steered by O'Neal snagged a towline strung
between two larger boats. Coppola, 23, son of movie director Francis Ford
Coppola, was thrown to the deck of the runabout and suffered massive head
injuries. "We have a tragic result," said the judge, "but death and
negligence don't equal manslaughter."