Clyde (the Glide) Austin, flying high with the North Carolina State Wolfpack after outhooping Maryland, evidently has been riding high for some time as Cadillac Clyde.
The Raleigh News and Observer balanced its report on N.C. State 67, Maryland 62 with a story today of how senior guard Austin has two automobiles registered in his name: a 1980 Caddy Seville and a 1976 MG.
Asked about financing arrangements, Austin replied that his fiancee is paying for the Cadillac (price, $8,942; her salary as bookkeeper at a Raleigh bank maybe $650 a month of which under regular financing upward of $350 might go for the car).
Oh, and Patricia Laverne Farrar, 22, the Glide's fiancee, told the newspaper she also is making payments on her own 1979 Chevy Corvette; if financed for the maximum 48 months, that would run about $370 a month.
The MG? A friend from Richmond high school days is paying for that one, says Austin -- "I'm not working, you know."
P.S. The Raleigh paper said it has found that U. of North Carolina stars Mike O'Koren and Dave Colescott each acquired a 1980 Honda on Nov. 11, 1979.
P.P.S. The ACC assistant commissioner, Marvin Francis, says the conference probably will look into Austin's Cadillac deal.
P.P.P.S. Hey, Clyde! Gasoline just went up again; $1.11, $1.12, $1.13 . . . .
In the pros, Super John Williamson has reduced from 224 pounds to 212 and, after making up with his wife as she dropped assault charges, has been restored to the New Jersey Nets' roster. Over the considerable reluctance of Coach Kevin Loughery, who has been getting along very well with Mike Newlin as shooting guard and without Williamson, who had sulked most of early season over his measly salary of $185,000.
Idle since Dec. 9, Williamson says in a prepared statement released by the Nets: "I apologize to Kevin, my teammates, the fans, etc. etc." . . .
Catholic University rises to another occasion next Friday, 7 p.m. Caldwell Auditorium, its fourth annual Hall of Fame awards dinner (check alumni office for tickets). Two of the eight inductees will be 1940 Sun Bowl football vet Frederick (Bingo) Stant and Joe Bunsa, your favorite boxing referee . . . The Sugar Ray Leonard saga, always a family affair, warms up with Wednesday's Parade of Future Champions card in Starplex Armory featuring brother Roger Leonard, unbeaten junior middle, against Tyrone Phelps, and cousin Odell Leonard versus Caveman Lee. Then with sugarman and his Juanita tying that long-awaited knot next Saturday and heading for a Super Bowl honeymoon in the Golden West . . . .
You don't think the Pittsburgh Penguins figure they're ready to make a run at the Stanley Cup? They are changing their colors from blue and white to match the Steelers and Pirates -- black and gold, and before the season is out . . . In the Toronto NHL bastion, where the collapsing Maple Leafs are being scattered to the winds by the trades of General Manager Punch Imlach, several skaters gathered in a downtown bar to "celebrate" departure of No. 4 tradee Dave Hutchinson by throwing darts at a picture of Boss Imlach . . . .
Quadriplegic Darryl Stingley reacts to the Jack Tatum book, "They Call Me Assassin," by saying he feels "nothing at all" about the hard-hitting Raider's statements, but "The guy is really lost. He's being controlled by evil forces. What he needs more than anything is for people to pray for him like they prayed for me."
The Patriot victim of Tatum's most unfortunate tackle goes on from his Chicago abode to say the book "is really like a slap in everybody's face. He says, 'I'm being bad, what are you going to do about it? If this sells, all it means is there are more people in America other than Jack Tatum who are sick."