'Tis the season for postseason plaudits, and they're coming in by the bundles.
Ottis Anderson of the St. Louis Cardinals, who demolished the NFL rookie rushing record set last year by Earl Campbell, was named the NFL offensive rookie of the year.
Anderson, who finished with 1,605 yards to Campbell's rookie output of 1,450, garnered 81 votes cast by the nation's sportswriters and broadcasters. Phil Simms of the New York Giants received the remaining three.
On the other side of the line, Jim Haslett, who stepped in as starting linebacker with the Buffalo Bills when top draft pick Tom Cousineau opted for the Canadian Football League, was named NFL defensive rookie of the year.
Following Haslett's 25 votes were linebacker Jerry Robinson of Philadelphia (17) and defensive tackle Dan Hampton of Chicago (16).
John Mackovic of Wake Forest, whose Deacons scored eight victories for only the second time in 91 years, has been named the 1979 Walter Camp Football Foundation Coach of the Year.
Mackovic takes his 8-3 team into the Tangerine Bowl against LSU today.
Quarterback Craig Morton will definitely start for Denver Sunday against the Houston Oilers, although he was listed as questionable because of an abdominal muscle strain, Coach Red Miller said yesterday.
Morton was listed as questionable for the game only because league rules require his injury be reported, Miller said.
Johnny (Lam) Jones, who won an Olympic gold medal at age 17 and set Texas pass receiving records, will drop out of school and will not make another try for the olympics, his track coach, Cleburne Price, has said.
Jones, who earned his Olympic gold in 1976 as a member of the U.S. mile-relay team, ran during his freshman year at UT, but injuries marred his track career in his sophmore and junior years. He dropped out of school last spring in order to make up some credits at a junior college.
Jones is in El Paso for today's Sun Bowl game, but may not see action because of a knee infection.
Meanwhile, hurdler Greg Foster, who almost always comes out second best when pitted against Renaldo (Skeets) Nehemiah of Maryland, said he will reverse that order this year and maintained Nehemiah is not ill as has been claimed.
"I know he's not sick," said Foster Thursday in Los Angeles. "Maybe he's trying to regain some strength. I won't lose to him again. Personally, I think he peaked too soon. I'm stronger than he is. I think I'm faster than he is."
The Baltimore Orioles averaged a club record of more than 23,000 fans per game last season and Bird Holding, Inc., which owns almost 75 percent of the AL champs, reported earnings of $861,091 for 1979.
The club lost more than $175,000 in 1978 when it failed to make the playoffs.
Jimmy Laycock, offensive coodinator at Clemson the past three years, was named head coach at William and Mary yesterday, replacing Jim Root, who was fired last month following a 3-8 season.
Laycock, a 1970 William and Mary graduate, reportedly signed a three-year contract in excess of $30,000 annually.
The Arizona State University budget committee unanimously approved a $200,000 out-of-court settlement to ousted football Coach Frank Kush yesterday.
Kush was relieved of his coaching duties last October after allegations he had asked assistant coaches and players to lie, if necessary, to rebut an an allegation that he punched punter Kevin Rutledge during the 1978 ASU-Washington game.
Kush filed a $40 million suit against the school, the board of regents, President John Schwada, Atheletic Director Fred Miller and dragstrip promoter Rich Lynch, claiming he was denied due process and that a conspiracy existed to oust him.