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Archive for Tuesday, April 14, 1998

CHUCK WOODLING NOTES COLUMN

April 14, 1998

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Notes and quotes while wondering if the Chiefs have considered trading their first two picks in Saturday's NFL draft for an established running back. ...

Suddenly, Kansas has become a haven for controversial basketball transfers. First it was LSU's Lester Earl, who can do everything but shoot, and now it's Texas' Luke Axtell, who can't do much but shoot. Oh, for the pastoral times of Rex Walters and Jerod Haase. ...

Young NFL quarterbacks have to be, if nothing else, resilient. Kansas State product Chad May, for instance, has signed with Cincinnati after being cut by Minnesota and Arizona. May was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round in `95. ...

Nebraska was allotted 40,000 tickets for that Oct. 3 football game in Arrowhead Stadium against Oklahoma State. Not enough. At last check, NU's ticket office had received 51,500 requests. ``This one has amazed me,'' NU athletics director Bill Byrne said. ...

An advisory committee appointed by Wichita State president Gene Hughes spent 15 months and $70,000 to determine that WSU should reinstate football and add women's crew, soccer and swimming. Now Hughes needs to appoint another committee to determine how to pay for those four sports. ...

Technically, Norm Cook wasn't the last Kansas basketball player before Paul Pierce to bypass his senior season. In 1981, Victor Mitchell, a 6-foot-9 juco transfer, announced he would turn pro after averaging 8.1 points during his first season at KU. Mitchell was ignored in the draft, and played his senior year in obscurity at Oklahoma Baptist. Mitchell never did play in the NBA. ...

Danny Manning, now shelved for the third time with a damaged ACL, is an NBA hard-liner. Manning believes the players should walk out of the playoffs later this month in order to prevent an anticipated lockout by the owners on July 1. ...

Sun Devil Stadium will be the site of college football's first true national championship game on Jan. 4, 1999, and ticket prices have been adjusted accordingly. Kansas State football fans who plunked down an average of $80 for a Fiesta Bowl ticket last year may be interested to know the price has risen to $135 for a stadium seat and $195 for a club seat. ...

Former major league outfielder Vince Coleman, hanging on with the Cardinals' AAA farm club at Memphis at the age of 36, said it. ``If I had Whitey Herzog in the game, I'd be in the major leagues somewhere. I need more managers like Whitey.'' ...

Former Wichita prep standout DeAngelo Evans, who was forced to red-shirt at Nebraska last season because of an injury, is participating in NU's spring drills. His position coach is Dave Gillespie, the former Kansas aide who returned to his alma mater last month. ...

On the Miami Heat disabled list as of last week: Former Kansas guard Rex Walters. Listed reason: Bilateral patellar tendinitis in both knees. ...

If you think Missouri's Norm Stewart is an exponent of rough play, wait `til you see Texas under Rick Barnes. You'll think you're watching the Longhorns' football team. ...

Utah coach Rick Majerus, who has seemingly turned down every college opening in the country, said it. ``My accountant is in Milwaukee, my lawyer is in Milwaukee. Actually, my dentist is in Milwaukee. And my bad investments are in Milwaukee.'' ...

Where will Ron Warner go in Saturday's NFL draft? Most of the mock drafts I've seen have Warner, KU's all-time sack leader, going in the fourth round. Warner is likely to be the only Kansas player drafted, unless safety Tony Blevins goes in a late round. ...

-- Chuck Woodling's phone number is 832-7147. His e-mail address is cwoodling@ljworld.com.

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