Stanford coach Mike-Montgomery, on Cardinal guard Scott Meinert, who wears a single earring off the court: "That kind of thing has no place in college basketball." When Meinert came back with a statement about his need for "individuality," Montgomery countered with "...immaturity. He got exactly what he wanted, which was some press."
Marcus Cotton, a 6'4", 220-pound star linebacker on Southern Cal's football team, is playing basketball, too. "I like basketball because you can slam-dunk people," he says. And football? "I like football because you can slam-dunk people."
Lest anyone think this magazine has been picking on the University of Miami with various entreaties to that school to improve the conduct of its football players (Miami Vice Twice, SI, Oct. 6, et seq.), we should point out that coach Bill Foster has dealt with miscreant basketball 'Canes firmly, fairly and with dispatch. He has suspended or demoted four players so far this season for everything from breaking unspecified team rules to missing a bus. "We have a little player manual and every guy's got a copy," says Foster. "It's not a million rules and it's not a ton of 'you can't do this' or 'you can't do that.' It just spells out a few things we are going to do and we aren't going to do."
Lafayette coach Butch van Breda Kolff on Navy's David Robinson, who scored 30 points in the Middies' 75-71 defeat of the Leopards, five days after the U.S. Navy announced that Robinson would have to serve only two years' active duty instead of five, thus freeing him for early NBA entry: "He had 30, yes, but we're a small team. In the NBA it's a lot of big guys with muscle, pushing and shoving for 82 games. Robinson is a finesse player. In the NBA he'll be finessed right into the corner." Told that Robinson had said it was hard "getting up for Lafayette," VBK fumed, "What the hell is he going to do in the NBA, get up for the Celtics and not the Clippers?"
TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE
It has been a tough January for televangelist Oral Roberts. Twice he took to the airwaves to tell his flock he will die in March if they don't send in $4.5 million to support his good works, and he is still some $3 million short. Furthermore, in Roberts's own university's Mabee Center, where lettering on the wall reads EXPECT A MIRACLE, visiting Memphis State got one to beat the Titans last week. Trailing ORU 58-51 with 15 seconds left, the Tigers' John Wilfong made two free throws. After Akin Akin-Otiko of ORU traveled, Vincent Askew sank a three-pointer with :07 left and fouled ORU's Brian Miles two seconds later. After Miles missed the front end of a one-and-one, Wilfong beat the buzzer for the game-winning three. The phone lines are open....
Memphis State had a tougher go of it on a recent visit to Missouri, where despite beating the host Tigers 61-59, the visiting Tigers had to cope with members of Mizzou's notorious Antlers cheering section. The rowdies made incessant reference to the travails that undid former Memphis State coach Dana Kirk, including a grand jury probe into gambling in the Memphis area. With Askew at the free throw line, one Antler screamed, "Vincent, your bookie just called. The spread has been changed. Miss these free throws and you'll be a dead man in two weeks."
Another yelled at 235-pound Marvin Alexander, "Hey, Marvin, you're a whale." (Alexander has been called Shamu, good-naturedly, by his teammates.)
"You be a whale, too!" the exasperated Alexander shouted back.
After the game, Askew ran to a spot in front of the Antlers and saluted. Explained 'Skew: "I saluted because we'd just been through a war."