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Archive for Monday, May 15, 1995

WOODLING COLUMN

May 15, 1995

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Notes and quotes while wondering if someone can tell me just what exactly is the Royals' definition of a youth movement ...

Missouri athletic director Joe Castiglione is, according to the Columbia Tribune, trying to entice the St. Louis Rams to conduct their preseason training camp in Columbia. Castiglione is also exploring the possibility of hosting a Governor's Cup game between the Rams and Chiefs at Faurot Field ...

Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr said it. "The way the game is officiated is basically a caste system. If this were India, Alonzo (Mourning) and Michael (Jordan) would be members of the Gandhi family, and guys like me would be peasants. They get calls. Me and Joe Wolf don't." ...

What a weekend for Oklahoma basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Folks in his native Pembroke, N.C., declared Friday "Kelvin Sampson Day", then Sampson delivered the commencement speech at Pembroke State U., his alma mater. Of course, Big Eight player of the year Ryan Minor could spoil it by declaring for the NBA -- he has until midnight tonight -- but that isn't expected to happen ...

Incidentally, Sampson signed a former member of Mexico's junior national team last week. Eduardo Najera, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 24.8 points and 15.4 rebounds for a small San Antonio high school last winter ...

New Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian said it last week. "When the NCAA came after us at Long Beach (State), that was when (booster) Sam Gilbert was taking care of players at UCLA. You could've made every booster at Long Beach dish over every cent they had and it wouldn't have covered Sam Gilbert's expenses." ...

Will Johnny Damon ever see Omaha? The Royals' top prospect, currently playing centerfield in Wichita, is leading the Double-A Texas League in hitting with a .402 average and already has seven triples ...

Speaking of talented centerfielders, Lawrence High and KU product Darryl Monroe was hitting .304 in the latest Sally League statistics. Monroe is playing for Detroit's Class A team in Fayetteville, N.C. ...

Nebraska's Tom Osborne, asked by the Omaha World-Herald about the Gary Moeller incident, said it. "Twenty years ago and even 15 years ago, if someone had behaved like that it might have been swept under the rug or tolerated. But because of the visibility of college athletics today, any time anything with a major college coach gets involved it gets big publicity." ...

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said it. "I have a league card that guarantees me access to every stadium in the country, and I haven't gotten into one stadium using that card. I talked to a guy in the Meadowlands who thought it was forged." ...

San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker, asked how his friend and former outfielder Kevin Mitchell liked playing in Japan this season, said it. "He misses the States. He told me they fed him an octopus and it still had the legs connected." ...

Milwaukee Brewers third baseball Kevin Seitzer said it. "We've got the cheapest payroll in the business, so I guess every game we win is some kind of freak accident." ...

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