Sonny Randle again.
Let's listen in on Time Williams, a junior who started one game at tailback this season, then with three teammates, quit Randle's Marshall University football squad in Huntington, W. Va., yesterday:
"Ever since I came to Marshall I've set certain goals for myself, including academic ones. I'm majoring in chemistry and hope to go to pharmacy school. Under Coach Randle's method of football, I felt I never had any chance to work on my academics. We were expected to give from six to 10 hours a day to football, and that didn't leave any time for anything else.
"Put it this way. When Coach Randle came here (this year), he said he hadd had philosophical differences with the University of Virginia (when he coached there). I felt I had philosophical differences with Coach Randle."
Any immediate comment, coach? Nope. Randle was off on a three-day, mid-week recruiting trip. Not, evidently, particularly looking for scholar-atheletes . . .
Lou Brock, we were saying, exuded total class on his visit to the White House on Monday. But, if we can believe National League Umpire Billy Williams, Brock may have been smiling on the outside, seething on the inside -- for he erupted Monday night.
Williams ejected Brock, evidently for bench jockeying, from the Cardinal-Phillies game; according to the ump, Brock then hollered at him, and here we paraphrase around the spicy language: "I hope you got your jollies, throwing a black player out of the game." Williams said that he ignored the remark, but that at game's end, the pride of St. Louis chased him halfway up a runway to say it again. Williams said he plans to file a formal complaint through the umpires association . . .
Oh, of course, when they postponed Pipino Cuevas-Angel Espada title bout from Oct. 20 to Nov. 24, they moved it from RFK Stadium to the indoor Armory across Starplex plaza. All the same, as we were incompletely saying, tickets go on sale Friday priced at $30, $50, $75 and $100 . . . And, darn, Geroge Washington and American universities won't have that "attendance" of a million for their baseball game on Oct. 7, "Pope Day," after all: they're moving it from the Ellipse to the AU campus. The game, that is . . .
Graig Nettles, due to become a free agent at season's end, instead has accepted a contract that won't run out until he's well past his 38th birthday. The 1978 Series third-base hero signed yesterday for three years and, in sum, more than $1 million -- to stay with the Yankees. Not only does this settle some hash between Nettles and owner George Steinbrenner, who have skirmished over contract the better part of two years, it reminds the world that Ray Kroc maybe should have kept his mouth shut a while. Kroc was fined a record $100,000 this summer, you'll recall, when Bowie Kuhn declared the San Diego owner's wishing out loud to go after Nettles (and Cincy's Joe Morgan) in the post-season free-agent market constituted "tampering." But there's the trade market -- and Gaylord Perry . . .