POWERS THAT WANNA BE
More and more schools are joining the ranks of Division I each year, mainly for a chance to reap some TV green in the NCAA tournament. Among this season's newcomers: Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Tex., Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. and Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. Future bandwagon hoppers may include Metropolitan State, a commuter school in downtown Denver with a 1,000-seat gym ("We're trying to get the sellout mentality," says coach Bob Hull), and Southern Utah State of Cedar City, whose Thunderbirds upset Weber State 92-90 in overtime on Dec. 4. Taking a cue from the Super Bowl-bound Giants, the T-Birds doused coach Bob Schermerhorn with orange juice on that occasion. "This win puts us on the map," Schermerhorn gushed. "We're the sleeping giant." SUSC awoke in time for its next game, which it lost to Cal State-Fullerton, 100-58.
DIAL M FOR...
Senior writer Curry Kirkpatrick reports on a certain 6'7" senior forward at Cal Poly—Pomona:
He's the very last word in names. Zenon M.
That's right. His last name is M.
Zenon M's dad is the former Frankie Middleton, a radio jock at KDIA in Oakland who changed his name to M.
That's right. Frankie M.
Zenon wears his last name, M, on his warmup jersey. His girlfriend, Terry Robinson, thinks it's neat. Newspapers get confused taking scores from CPP because of M. Actually, M, the team's leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, likes to be called Z. Z signs his name with little quotation marks around the M like this: "M." But Cal Poly folks wish he had a brother so they could say they had M and M at forwards.
M: "My dad got used to his nickname because everyone called him that, so he decided to have it legally changed. I thought it was neat and nice to be a little different."
Hey, M, uh, Z—weren't you different enough with the first name of Zenon?