Pretty foxy of all those coaches to descend on the capital for the 17th Football Coach of the Year Clinic this weekend, right at the height of the recruiting season. Almost as good timing as Peggy Fleming having a baby (see Personalities in the Style section) while the Ice Capades are i our town . . .
Anyway, Rose Bowl-winning coach John Robinson of Southern Cal, for one, stole a march by pep-talking a USC Nation's Capital Alumni session Wednesday and who knows but what the Trojans might grab a plum from this fertile territory, rare for them since Willie Wood. Don't be surprised if Brian Holloway, Churchill High's 6-foot-7, 250-pound and growing, bluechip defensive tackle, goes to USC. See, his dad, Wendell Holloway, is administrative aide to L.A. Congress-woman Yvonne B. Burke and furthermore a USC alumnus, and, well, if connections count . . .
Meanwhile, Maryland has bagged another prospect from Randy White-Joe Campbellsville - that's Wilmington, Del., 6-2, 230-pound linebacker-fullback Greg Vanderhout from Concord High . . . Virginia has picked off 6-2, 220 defensive end Bill Revell of West Springfield, plus QB Robert Anderson and slotback Greg Taylor, two who helped make Al Rinaldi - a clinic speaker Sunday - central Virginia coach of the year at Highland Springs
With the Feb. 16 binding letter date bearing down on them, Ohio State's Woody Hayes, Penn State's Joe Paterno and the rest have been bearing down on The Washington Post's all-metropolitan offensive player of the year, Timmie Award, etc. running back Matt Weathers of Fort Hunt. If Matt weathers the siege, he should be able to handle anything on a college gridiron.
Some 2,000 of the coaching fraternity from nine states are down for the clinic tonight through Sunday at the Sheraton Park - plus a concurrent youth league program that should be invaluable to those who must get down to the basics. Items the college coaches may be gossiping over: Former Santa Clara, Pitt and Oregon coach Len Casanova making the NFF Hall of Frame yesterday . . . The Oklahoma Supreme Court's overturning a lower court decision and ruling the NCAA was within its right in limiting schools to eight full-fledged football assistants - a reversal for two Oklahoma U. aides whose jobs were in the balance . . . The revelation that Denny Stolz, who resigned last March in the wake of the recruiting scandal that cost Michigan State three years on probations, will continue to draw $35,125 a year from MSU through 1978 even though he now has a $25,000-a-year job coaching at Bowling Green ironclad contract, avowed Stolz's lawyer . . . The tough time Arizona and Arizona State are having getting out of Western Athletic Conference commitments (schedules drawn through 1982) so they can start competing for the Pac-8 football title in 1978 the WAC may accomodate if it can replace the Arizona schools, and New Mexico State is ready to apply . . .
. . . Yep, that upcoming World Television Championships tourney is your good old Friday night fights, Don Dunphy at the mike, starting in Philly March 11, to run 25 weeks. Among the honchos for the package, serving on the "World Television Council of boxing" created by promoters DOn Elbaum and Hank Schwartz, is York Van Nixon, who heads the D.C. boxing commission . . .
Real Cloutier, 20-year-old right winger who leads World Hockey Association scoring, has broken off negotiations for a new contract - in the middle of an existing five-year agreement - with the Quebec Nordiques. Says he wouldn't mind jumping (who would?) to be Montreal Canadiens - if they could obtain his NHL rights from the Chicago Black Hawks . . .
Now that it has won the big picture from Moscow, can't you visualize NBC getting even for Barbara Walters by grabbing ABC's Mr. Olympics, Jim McKay? Don't remember you read it here first.