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GOING IN STYLE
Curry Kirkpatrick
November 19, 1990
UNLV'S STACEY AUGMON (LEFT) AND LARRY JOHNSON ARE THE SHARPEST TANDEM IN THE LAND
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November 19, 1990

Going In Style

UNLV'S STACEY AUGMON (LEFT) AND LARRY JOHNSON ARE THE SHARPEST TANDEM IN THE LAND

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Augmon continued to take heat even as Vegas was rolling to the national title. He was among the Rebels involved in dustups with Loyola-Marymount and Ball State, and he was one of eight team members who served a one-game suspension for leaving unpaid mini-bar and movie bills at several hotels. He pinned the headline from a Las Vegas Sun article to his dorm-room wall: STACEY AUGMON ISN'T LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS.

So, though Tarkanian compares Johnson and Augmon with everybody from Will Rogers to Martin Luther King, Jr., they possess a dark side. Last spring in Washington, D.C., the UNLV bus was set to take the team to a Rose Garden ceremony when Johnson stubbornly refused to leave his hotel room. He said something about President Bush not doing enough for the poor people of Dallas. Ultimately, it took several people to persuade him to join the group. Later, Johnson and Augmon refused to join their teammates on a visit to Capitol Hill.

Last month a more serious problem emerged for Augmon. UNLV student Angela Dortch filed a battery complaint against him, alleging that he had slapped and choked her. "He said, 'You know who I am? I own this town,' " said Dortch in court. "He said, 'I can kill you and get away with it.' " A judge gave Augmon a 90-day cooling-off period, which will end in January. If Dortch makes no further complaints against Augmon during the 90 days, the charges against him will be dropped. "It was nothing," says Augmon. "It was blown all out of proportion. I still talk to the girl."

What's that about all that glitters...?

Last season, in the wake of another glittering performance by this majestically talented UNLV team—the best national championship outfit since the Bill Walton-led UCLA team of 1972-73—Johnson was asked whether he would jump to the NBA. "I'll be back next season—if there are any games next season," he said.

We should have believed him.

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