University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware, who said after winning the Heisman Trophy that he would stay at Houston to play his senior season (SCORECARD, Dec. 11), announced last week that he will enter the NFL draft in April. Ware would not say why he changed his mind, but he has good reason to believe his market value could only decline if he remained at Houston. He could get injured, have a poor season or simply be victimized by the NFL's next collective-bargaining agreement, which, if the owners have their way, will limit rookie salaries.
Ware figures to be drafted higher than any of this year's weak crop of senior quarterbacks. "The only questions on Andre come from people who don't know him," says new Houston Oiler coach Jack Pardee, Ware's college coach the last three seasons. "He's strong, fast and thinks well on his feet." Actually, the top three quarterbacks selected next month may all be underclassmen: Ware; Utah southpaw Scott Mitchell, who has drawn comparisons to Boomer Esiason; and, if he enters the draft as expected, Jeff George of Illinois.
Readers of last Thursday's
San Diego Union had to be startled by a story about a memorial service held in Beverly Hills. Calif., for Eugene Klein, the former Charger owner and thoroughbred breeder. Klein died on March 12 of heart failure at the age of 69.
"For all his wealth," the beginning of the Union's story read, " Eugene V. Klein was remembered yesterday for the delight he took in filching the silverware in restaurants...."
The next day, the Union printed a correction of its report of Klein's supposed liberties with the cutlery, an account that had been based on a eulogy delivered at the service by one of his three grandchildren, Benjamin King. "It was incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions that Eugene Klein was remembered as one who 'took delight in filching silverware in restaurants'..."the correction said. "Review of a poor-quality audio tape made during the service established that King actually said his grandfather 'flipped' silverware in restaurants for the amusement of his grandchildren."
TALK, TALK, TALK
Memo to Jim Lampley: Please shut up now and then. Your nonstop, high-decibel blather during the HBO broadcast of the Julio C�sar Ch�vez- Meldrick Taylor fight (page 16) was intrusive. The thrilling action spoke for itself. Please attend a class or two at the Tim Ryan school of fight commentary, or try to emulate your broadcast partner, Ray Leonard, who spoke only when he had something to say.
HE'S NO. 1
While most eyes were on the NCAA tournament last week (page 22), an obscure red-haired center for David Lipscomb University, a Church of Christ-supported school in Nashville, Tenn., became college basketball's all-time leading scorer. In an NAIA tournament game against Pfeiffer College in Kansas City last Friday night, Philip Hutcheson, a 6'8�" Lipscomb senior, sank a hook shot to break the mark of 4,045 points set by Kentucky State's Travis Grant between 1969 and '72. Hutcheson, whose team was eliminated from the tournament the following night, finished with 4,106 points and a 26.5-point career average.
Most of Hutcheson's points came on hooks and turnaround jumpers taken eight to 12 feet from the hoop. "I stole from the book of tennis pro Vic Braden, who said [to] learn to hit the same boring winner," says Hutcheson. "I learned to make the same boring shot, time after time after time. You don't catch me working on three-point hook shots or between-the-legs layups."