Archive for Sunday, January 26, 1992

WOODLING COLUMN

January 26, 1992

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Notes and quotes while wondering if folks in Buffalo and Washington give a hoot right now that a World Series for them is out of the question. . .

A Saturday in February without Kansas basketball? Hard to believe. Yet that's what will happen on Feb. 29. With the Big Eight Indoor scheduled in Anschutz Pavilion that day, KU decided to rearrange its basketball schedule basically for the same reason the Chiefs and Royals never play home games on the same day in Truman Complex traffic and parking. . .

New England quarterback Hugh Millen, asked about the Patriots' progress, said it. "Last year, we had to learn the alphabet. None of us were on the same page. Next year will be different. I'm not saying we're going to be reading Shakespeare, but at least we'll be up to `Curious George.' ". . .

Michael Cosey, Lawrence's High's two-time all-state running back, is scheduled to take the ACT again on Feb. 8, or three days after the national letter of intent signing period begins. Cosey told J-W staffer Kurt Caywood his parents want him to go to KU so they can watch him play, but Cosey will probably have to go the junior college route. . .

ROYALS OUTFIELDER Kirk Gibson, responding to the probability he isn't in Kansas City's plans for 1992, said it. "I'd try to handle it as professionally as I could for as long as I could. But I don't think I'm a water boy, either.". . .

For whatever reason, women's basketball attendance is a phenomenon at Southwest Missouri State. The Bears average 3,400 fans a game, or about 3,000 more per game than most Big Eight schools. In early January, the SMSU women lured 9,108 for a game against Southern Illinois. Their coach is a former Kansas player, Cheryl Burnett. . .

San Francisco Giants infielder Dave Anderson, asked what impact aluminum bats would have if they were used in the major leagues, said it. "Pitchers would be killed in bunches. . .which might let minor-league pitchers get to the majors sooner than they expected.". . .

Former Kansas guard Darnell Valentine is playing professional basketball in Italy. Valentine wasn't known as a scorer in the NBA he was with Cleveland last season but he's averaging 23.5 points a game for Marr Rimini. . .

SAN FRANCISCO general manager Al Rosen said it after the Giants traded Kevin Mitchell to Seattle. "We'll win more than 75 games without Mitchell, and we'll have a better time doing it." . . .

Forward Jamal Coleman's days on Missouri's basketball team may be numbered. The 6-5 senior has been playing since Dec. 23 under a temporary restraining order after he was suspended for his part in a scheme to bilk the university's bookstore. Coleman's case comes up Tuesday in a federal district court in Jefferson City. . .

In this week's NCAA basketball statistics, the top two teams in field goal percentage are the same two that went 1-2 in Indianapolis last April. Duke is shooting 56.6 percent; Kansas 53.6. . .

WILL NEBRASKA have to forfeit football victories over Iowa State and Oklahoma because ineligible fullback Omar Soto played in them? Probably not. Back in 1984, Oklahoma used an ineligible player, quarterback Mike Clopton, against Kansas State, but the Big Eight ruled Clopton's contribution was inconsequential and denied the forfeit. Soto is likely to fall under the same criteria. . .

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