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COMPETITION KEEN FOR COACHING POSTS

May 10, 1992

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You say you want to be college a basketball coach when you grow up? Good luck. Like most fields these days, coaching is a tough one in which to land a job.

"I've got over 120 letters and requests on my desk," Kansas coach Roy Williams said earlier this week, referring to inquiries about the $16,000 a year, restricted-earnings coaching position on his staff. "Some of them are friends, too. It made my decision extremely difficult."

Williams wound up selecting Davidson assistant Matt Doherty, a former North Carolina standout who played on the Tar Heels' 1982 NCAA title team. Williams was an assistant coach during Doherty's four years in Chapel Hill.

"WHEN I first came here," said Williams, "I wanted to make sure I did not have five guys on the staff who were old buddies. I wanted different and varied backgrounds. This time I simply wanted the best person for the job."

Doherty worked at Williams' camp two years ago. That marked his first trip to Lawrence. He'll will start here on May 19.

Jayhawk second baseman Jeff Berblinger will probably be drafted by a big league baseball team during this summer's amateur draft. Will he sign a pro contract?

"I don't know. I'm not thinking about that," Berblinger said. "If the situation comes up, I'll talk to coach (Dave) Bingham and cross it then."

KU football coach Glen Mason wouldn't be surprised if free-agent running back Tony Sands making the roster of the Phoenix Cardinals. Sands was not drafted despite finishing his college career as KU's all-time leading rusher.

"He's going through the same thing he did as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas," Mason said of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native who stands 5-6 and weighs 175. "Everybody who met with him said he was too small. They'd write him up and say he's a tough, gutsy guy, but too small. Other guys lack attitude and toughness and run out of bounds, but they're 6-2, 245."

Mason also likes free agent free safety Doug Terry's chances with the Chiefs.

"If Doug Terry didn't catch your eye on run support, something is wrong," Mason said.

Chris Perez, a fifth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, stands tall at 6-foot-5. He weighs 285, which isn't huge by NFL standards.

"They think I need to get bigger which I do. I'm 285 but my legs are skinny. My brother has skinny legs, too. But when he was in college he could squat 700 pounds and I can do around 600."

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