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March 29, 1992

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Jayhawks were ninth No. 1 seed to pack up early

Notes and quotes while wondering if anybody really cares anymore whether Dan and Dave settle whatever it is they have to settle in Barcelona. . .

Kansas wasn't the Lone Ranger when it lost to UTEP last Sunday in Dayton. The Jayhawks were the ninth No. 1 seed to fall in the second round of the NCAA tournament since seeding began in 1979, and the first since Oklahoma stumbled against North Carolina in 1990. . .

New York Knicks coach Pat Riley calls former Kansas All-American Danny Manning ". . .the closest thing to Earvin Johnson in this league. He has that level of skill. You have to defend him now for the whole 24 seconds.". . .

One of the great mysteries of the 1991-92 Kansas basketball season was the erosion of point guard Adonis Jordan's shooting. After the first 11 games, the 5-10 junior was shooting a scorching 62.4 percent. But Jordan shot just 40 percent over the last 21 games and finished at 46.4. . .

NOTED NATIONAL baseball writer Thomas Boswell penned it. "The Royals are a ruined franchise. It's been 30 years since a team lost its HR and RBI leader and its victory and ERA leaders in the same off-season. The Indians did it in 1960 and haven't resurfaced since. Now the Royals are minus Danny Tartabull and Bret Saberhagen. Herk Robinson, be gone.". . .

In case you were wondering, suspended Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon's reported demand for a single-season salary of $15 million works out to $182,926 per regular season game. . .

Oregon athletic director Bill Byrne, asked what he's looking for in a new coach after firing Don Monson, said it. "I want him to be able to walk on water and not scare the fish.". . .

At the age of 27, former Kansas quarterback Mike Norseth has resurfaced as the starting quarterback for the Birmingham Fire in the World League. Norseth, who in 1985 set Big Eight single-season passing and total offense records that still stand, kicked around the NFL for five years without ever receiving much of an opportunity. . .

DID WICHITA State put the cart before the horse? The Shockers hired a new basketball coach before they hired a new athletic director. What happens if whoever who replaces Tom Shupe, who resigned in February, prefers his own man instead of Scott Thompson. . .

Cleveland's Lenny Wilkins, now fifth on the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches, said it. "I guess I'm probably the best-kept secret in the NBA. Sometimes when you're not in a big media market, people overlook what you do.". . .

Don Lindsey, a former defensive coordinator at Arkansas, Alabama, USC and Georgia Tech, has been in private business in Camden, Ark., for the last two years, but apparently wanted back in coaching awfully bad. Lindsey is the new coordinator of a Missouri defense that finished last in the nation against the run in '91 and surrendered a school record 402 points. . .

EVEN THOUGH they picked up quarterback Dave Krieg from Seattle, don't be surprised if the Chiefs make some kind of a deal that would enable them to select Houston's David Klinger in the NFL draft. It's counterproductive to invest in a veteran QB and not complement him with a talented youngster doing an apprenticeship. . .

Nebraska's basketball team ran out of gas down the stretch, but the Huskers will have to refuel in a hurry. Coach Danny Nee plans to take his team to Belgium, France and England for eight exhibition games in mid-May . . .

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