Noted "late-hit" man Woody Hayes soon will have a job offer -- to become a "greeter" and lecturer, a visible living legend, at the College Football Hall of Fame 75 miles from Columbus -- if Jack Farcasin has his way. Chairman of the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the National Football Foundation, onetime Buckeye halfback Farcasin, 80, says he wrote deposed Ohio State coach Hayes (and Hall of Fame officials), to tell him "I think he'd be a great asset to the youth of America... and, let's face it, he'd be a helluva drawing card. From a business standpoint, he'd be a gold mine."

As the alma mater officially launched a search for a new coach, Buckeye alumnus Randy Gradishar was unveiled as UPI's AFC defensive player of the year. In a year of the linebacker, the top four were LBs: Denver fifth-year pro Gradishar 19 votes from the selection committee of 56 sports writers, Jack Lambert of Pittsburgh 13, Steve Nelson of New England 9, Jack Ham of the Steelers 8... Maryland has won its share of ACC basketball player of the week laurels already this young season, but special is today's, Albert King. The soph forward's excellence in the Maryland Invitational got him picked by ACC media over Clemson's Larry Nance, MVP in the Sun Bowl tourney; North Carolina's Al Wood, MVP, Kodak Classic, and Virginia's Jeff Lamp, MVP, Sugar Bowl Classic.