Notes and quotes while wondering if George Brett will retire and become general manager of one of the two minor league franchises he and his brothers own in Spokane and Adelanto, Calif. . .
As of Friday, KU officials reported only about 5,000 tickets remained for next Saturday's Kansas State game. Kansas hasn't had a football sellout since the Nebraska game in 1982, and it took an influx of an estimated 15,000 Nebraskans to do it. . .
Alabama tackle Roosevelt Patterson, asked what he was doing when he went to each of his offensive teammates late in last week's 38-11 win over Arkansas and brushed off their shoulder pads, said it. "Getting the media off our backs.". . .
Several preseason college basketball magazines have Kansas ranked No. 1, but NCAA Preview has the Jayhawks fifth. That mag also has KU 19th in its women's poll, making Kansas the only school with both its men's and its women's teams ranked. . .
IOWA STATE'S Jim Walden, talking about coaches who hide the truth about upcoming opponents, said it. "Those dummy-up coaches always think that's a great ploy. I didn't get it this business to be a dummy. I have intellectual things that I think should be said.". . .
Ball State tailback Corey Croom, held to 33 yards in 14 carries by Kansas a few weeks ago, rambled for 242 yards against Miami of Ohio last weekend. . .
New Mexico State coach Jim Hess, asked why he wanted out of Saturday's Kansas State game, said it. "We need to play two money games a year. And for $125,000, Kansas State is not a money game. Why should we go get kicked for $125,000 when we could get kicked for $300,000?". . .
In the same vein, Wichita State is awaiting an engineering study on decaying Cessna Stadium before deciding whether to resume football. If the Shockers do resurrect the program probably on the NCAA Div. I-AA level it's worth noting that Kansas has two open dates on its 1994 schedule and might be willing to give the Shockers a money game. . .
KANSAS COACH Glen Mason has been named an assistant coach for the West team in the East-West Shrine Game next January. . .
It certainly seemed fitting that Tulsa, which has had minor-league franchises in football and soccer and currently has minor-league baseball and basketball teams, lured the NAIA out of Kansas City where it has played second fiddle to the NCAA for years. . .
Of the 19 football players Oklahoma State signed last February, seven are no longer with the team. Five of the seven were juco products, including the running back who was booted after his arrest on cocaine charges. . .
Tickets to a Garth Brooks concert are harder to find these days than a steel guitar in a marching band, but you could have seen the country music megastar for the price of a ticket to the Big Eight Outdoor track and field championships in Lincoln in 1984. Brooks, competing for Oklahoma State, finished ninth in the javelin with a best throw of 188-9. . .
ATTENDANCE AT Royals' games may have dipped below two million for the first time in seven years, but consider the plight of Montreal's ownership. With a young and exciting team, the Expos contended most of the season. But they drew fewer than 1.3 million fans to Olympic Stadium. . .
Charles Thompson, the infamous former Oklahoma quarterback who spent 16 months in prison on a cocaine charge, is now 24 and a senior running back at Central (Ohio) State, an NAIA school. . .