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Archive for Monday, January 30, 1995

WOODLING COLUMN

January 30, 1995

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Notes and quotes while wondering if Kansas could lose two or three Big Eight Conference games in February and still rate the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional ...

Pepper Rodgers is 62, but says he wants to return to coaching with the Memphis franchise in the CFL "because the excitement of coming out of that tunnel ... is something I want to experience again." Do you suppose he'll do somersaults like he did when he was head coach at the Kansas in the late 60s? ...

Will Oklahoma's Ryan Minor or Oklahoma State's Bryant Reeves earn Big Eight player of the year honors? Right now, it's a tossup. Either way, though, it's a victory for Smalltown, Oklahoma. Reeves is from Gans (pop. 218), Minor from Hammon (pop. 611) ...

Oregon came back to basketball terra firma over the weekend when it dropped back-to-back home games to Arizona and Arizona State. Said coach Jerry Green, the former Kansas aide: "For some reason, we've acquired a different attitude since we've gotten into the top 25. We've got to get back to the blue collar effort that got us here."...

Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou, talking about the lingering strike, said it. "My contract says I have to manage to get paid. I can't go to Japan to manage. They don't hire too many black managers in Japan. In fact, they don't hire too many black managers in the major leagues." ...

Ed Hightower, surely the most visible college basketball official in the country, is no longer principal of an elementary school in Alton, Ill. Hightower, 43, was promoted to assistant superintendent of the Alton school district last July ...

Former Royals and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, asked what's wrong with baseball, said it. "By getting rid of arbitration, they would take care of all the b.s. because not ever would you be paying more than $600,000 for a four-year, mediocre ballplayer, where you're paying $2 million now." ...

Oklahoma, the school that once announced it would drop women's basketball, has made a commitment to gender equity by earmarking a portion of a $3.5 million expansion project for a weight training room for women and a new softball field ...

Glaring inequity: Nebraska coach Danny Nee's record in Allen Fieldhouse is 0-9, but his record against Kansas in Lincoln is 7-1. KU's next visit to the Devaney Center is on Valentine's Day ...

Louisville quarterback Marty Lowe, asked how coach Howard Schnellenberger handled players, said it. "He dealt with you on a need-to-know basis, and there wasn't much he felt you needed to know." ...

Schnellenberger, incidentally, has retained Dick Foster as Oklahoma's recruiting coordinator. Foster was an assistant coach at KU before constructing a juco juggernaut at Coffeyville ...

Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, talking about the pressures of coaching, said it. "When it gets to the point I can't stand coaching anymore, I'm going to open a frozen yogurt stand. Every morning you get out of bed knowing your hardest question would be, 'Sir, would you like sprinkles or nuts?'" ...

Attention Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea: Jot this down now ... Super Bowl XXX will be Jan. 28, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. That is all ...

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