Archive for Monday, July 29, 1996

S MASON RANKS 12TH IN BASE PAY

July 29, 1996

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Notes and quotes while wondering why the pitty-pat Royals wouldn't give Lee Stevens so much as a minor-league contract last spring ...

Guess which Big 12 football coach has the lowest base salary. It's Kansas' Glen Mason at $105,487. No. 11 is Oklahoma State's Bob Simmons at $110,000. Mason's total package, however, is in the $500,000 range. The Big 12 coach with the highest base pay, by the way, is Nebraska's Tom Osborne at $155,000. ...

Mason II: No matter what Mason had decided last December, he would have had to prepare a team to meet Texas Tech this fall. Kansas will play the Red Raiders on Oct. 12. Georgia will meet Texas Tech on Sept. 21. ...

Mason III: Ten out of 12 isn't bad, I guess. At the initial Big 12 Media Day, two head coaches were missing. Mason was wed on the day he was scheduled to appear and Colorado's Rick Neuheisel begged off to be on hand while his father received an award. ...

U.S. field hockey coach Jon Clark, comparing the crowd of 5,000 that showed up to watch his team in Atlanta to a crowd they normally play in front of, said it. "Usually we're playing in front of three men and a dog, and the dog is there because one of the men is blind." ...

Former Kansas Stater Kenny Harrison wasn't the first former Big Eight athlete to earn a gold medal at the Olympics. Nebraska's Penny Heyns, representing South Africa, won the women's 100-meter breaststroke earlier in the week. ...

Steve Schottel, who lasted just a year as Baker University's football coach before resigning, has surfaced at Missouri Valley, another Heart of America Conference school. Schottel was hired as the Vikings' head baseball coach. He'll also be an assistant football coach. ...

In a bid to improve attendance, the Yankees will be offering a ferry service from the trendy South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan up the East River to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium. Cost: $10. Time: 50 minutes. One Manhattan politician complained that the boat rides would be nothing more than "booze cruises." ...

Let's see if I have this right ... Lou Creekmur, an offensive guard from the early 50s, has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and John Hadl, one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, is still on the outside looking in. Hey, nobody said life was fair. ...

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, exasperated with the performances of free-agent pitcher Erik Hanson, said it. "He's been throwing 30-foot changeups in the dirt. Only the worms swing at that. If they can get out of the way." ...

Attention Royals: The Montreal Expos, one of the National League trailers in attendance, have lowered ticket prices. In addition, all Expos ticket-holders will receive free parking. Bob Hamelin will be in the Hall of Fame before the Royals drop their excessive $5 parking fee. ...

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, reflecting on the risk of injuries in baseball, said it. "You always wonder in the back of your mind when you're going to outgrow the glass slipper." ...

Oklahoma University received a $1 million gift not too long ago for, off all things, renovations on the school golf course. A man named Jimmie Austin is the benefactor. Did they rename the course in Austin's honor? Naturally. ...

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