Sorry enough it was when Willie Classen was fatally kayoed in a New York boxing ring, but unspeakably sordid is the aftermath in which the city's chief medical examiner testified yesterday that someone deliberately sabotaged his autopsy of the fallen fighter.

Dr. Elliot Gross told a State Senate committee that he could not offer a motive for the act but that blood from Classen's body appeared to have been mixed with samples from two other persons; that tissues from Classen's body were removed and ones from other corpses substituted.

It was reported at one time that Classen appeared from specimens to have been a heavy drug user; Gross said the drug residue actually was from the body of a woman, whose samples were placed with Classen's.

Gross theorized someone has been out to discredit him, admitting there had been hostility toward his appointment as examiner and that some employes having been disgruntled under his administration. . .

Now that Joe Kearney has switched from athlete director at Michigan State to same at Arizona State, folks at both ends have been saying the wildest things about Darryl Rogers, the Spartan football coach, following right along to Temple. Some MSU players went so far as to say Rogers and a couple of assistants told them yesterday that they were leaving; funny how Rogers told folks a few hours later he never said that, how could he when Arizona State hadn't even offered him the job yet?

Later, Rogers owned up that he did say goodbye but lack of confirmation from ASU had left him "standing in the middle of a bridge that's burning at both ends." Patience, Coach. Maybe today. . .