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Archive for Sunday, July 22, 1990

WOODLING COLUMN

July 22, 1990

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Notes and quotes while wondering how excited Siskel and Ebert are about reviewing that new movie with Brian Bosworth in it. . .

I hate to see Gale Sayers stoop to it, but you'll have to pay $5 to obtain an autograph of the former Kansas and Chicago Bears football star when he appears at the Kansas City Sports Collectors Show next Saturday afternoon . . .

Bo Schembechler, Michigan football coach turned Detroit Tigers executive, said it about baseball's scouting system. "Do you know how many mistakes are made in baseball? Of the 26 No. 1 picks, an average of eight will wear a major-league uniform. I have trouble with that." . . .

Oklahoma State has announced that its top two basketball recruits, Randy Rutherford of Broken Bow and Fred Burley of Oklahoma City, didn't measure up NCAA Propostion 48 guidelines, but Kansas is apparently still waiting word on Cortez Barnes, the 6-8 signee from Wichita who hadn't qualified at the time of his signing with the Jayhawks. . .

EVELYNA BUNTIN, mother of Missouri basketball player Nathan Buntin, said it to the Columbia Tribune when asked about rumors that coaches had paid bills for her. "Anytime you're black and you do something with money, they say you've been bought. I'm sick of it. When you're black in a white establishment, they try to beat you down and control you." . . .

Lee Ice won't be back on the Kansas baseball staff next season. Ice, a Lawrence native who assisted head coaches Marty Pattin and Dave Bingham for the last seven years, is pursuing other opportunities. Bingham is expected to announce a replacement soon. . .

In case you're interested, today's feature race at The Woodlands, a stakes chase for three-year-old thoroughbreds, is billed as The Lawrence Mile. It drew only six entries. . .

Lee Trevino, talking about golf leadership in this country, said it. "When I reach 60, I'm going to buy a blue blazer and a can of dandruff and run the USGA." . . .

IDAHO UNIVERSITY it's athletic director is former Kansas staffer Gary Hunter won the Big Sky Conference all-sports trophy for the '89-'90 school year. Idaho has won or shared the league football and basketball crowns during each of the two years Hunter has been AD. . .

Denver Broncos coach Dan Reeves, asked if American football could succeed in Europe where soccer is No. 1, said it. "If that game can be popular in Europe, our game will destroy 'em. Soccer puts you to sleep. That is the worst game in the world." . . .

ABC-TV sportscaster Gary Bender and his wife Linda plan to move back to Lawrence, probably later this summer. The Benders, who had a home here in the late 60s when he broadcast KU football and basketball games, currently resides in Scottsdale, Ariz. Their two sons, Trey and Brett, will be enrolled at KU this fall. . .

Next year's national football letter of intent signing period will start a week earlier. The Collegiate Commissioners Assn., which oversees the NLI program, moved it from Feb. 13 to Feb. 6 as a cost-reduction measure. It cuts one weekend from potential campus recruiting visits. . .

FORMER KANSAS and Los Angeles Rams football standout Nolan Cromwell was inducted into California's Orange County Sports Hall of Fame last week. Cromwell lives in Orange County where he runs four tire stores. . .

Steve Walsh, former executive director of KU's Williams Fund, was hired not too long ago as director of development for Northwestern's athletic department. . .

New York Giants coach Bill Parcells said it after Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan lost 30 pounds in the off-season. "The other coaches have a new nickname for him now. Bud Light." . . .

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