One, two, three and the United Press International Balloting (by media) for college basketball coach of the year: De Paul's Ray Meyer 121, Oregon State's Ralph Miller 29, Maryland's Lefty Driesell 11.
Obviously, votes were harvested before the NCAA tournament and when the uninitiated were still wondering what's a Hoya. At any rate, Meyer captivated practically 60 percent of the 205 "experts."
Said the 66-year-old sage of election-minded Chicago, "Talent makes you a coach of the year."
For instance, his Mark Aguirre, just honored in Atlanta with the Naismith Trophy as UPI player of the year. The chunky sophomore's latest on speculation he might turn pro: "In my mind right now I'm still a college basketball player." And in Meyer's mind, last week it was "50-50" that his prize forward would return for '80-81: "Now it's about 65 percent that he's coming back". . . .
When Iowa's basketball team arrived in Iowa City after the regional triumph in Philadelphia, Coach Lute Olson and charges found the joint already jumpin'. The Iowa wrestling team beat the hoopsters to the welcome-home by an hour or so, 9,000 fans jubilating in the campus field house over the NCAA champions returned from Corvallis, Ore. Dan Gable, the wrestling coach, ventured that it was really the basketball team the folks wanted to see, and when they did, shooting star Vine Brookins summed up: It's great to be a Hawkeye!" . . .
Virginia swung into NIT semis Striving to become the season's second title team from the dominion. Virginia Union of Richmond swung it first with its weekend NCAA Division II laurels bagged over New York Tech, 80-74, at Springfield, Mass. Union's Coach Dave Robbins proclaims his keith Valentine, tournament's outstanding player, "a fine pro prospect" . . .
New basketball coach at Annandale High School perennial NoVa toughie: Jack White, former Groveton head coach promoted from Atom JV (18-2 past season) to replace Clay Estes, resigned after three years . . .
Howard, the 20-game winner uninvited to grab at tourney glory, is invited for consolation today at the District Building. D.C. City Council will take time out from its legislative delibrations to salute the Bison. . . .
Washington fans should be among the first to see Dan Pastorini in Raider livery (if not to see the Los Angeles Raiders); lone RFK preseason NFL exhibition is their Aug. 23 visit. Redskin road tuneups: at Baltimore Aug. 9 (the Ed Williams commuter special); at Cleveland Aug. 18; at Tampa Bay Aug. 29 . . .
Oh, those Cowboy linebackers! Mike Hegman, partner to Hollywood Henderson in the Super Bowl 13 theft of the ball from Terry Bradshaw for a Dallas TD, has been indicted for alleged theft. The Dallas County grand jury acted on evidence to the effect that Hegman wrote $10,500 worth of checks on his roommate's account -- without said roommate's knowledge. The indictment says Charles Mayhew Jr., with whom Hegman moved in after being divorced, got the suprise of his life when the bank notified him he was overdrawn. He said hegman offered to make restitution but never did . . .
Good guys: Navy's football captions for 1980 will be Terry Huxel, the middle guard from Cincinnati, and Frank McCallister, offensive guard from Pittsburgh. Guest speaker at the Mids' football banquet April 12; Rear Adm. Alan Shepard Jr. (ret.), the lunar lander . . .
The Kansas City Royals have folks scratching their heads with the mysterious leave of absence for catcher Darrell Porter begun on the weekend. Joe Burke, the general manager, says, "It's personal and confidential and I cannot betray his confidence . . . With our permission, he is seeking medical advice and that's all I can tell you . . . He is a man seeking help and we're giving it to him" . . .
Burke, voice quavering, described Porter's problem as "a very sensitive thing . . . I don't expect him back until he has had treatment." Even Manager Jim Frey is in the dark, and says, "just as soon not know . . . to avoid answering questions" . . .
Optimism, by necessity: Tickets for the Bullets' first two playoff games (?) go on sale at Cap Centre Thursday and outside outlets Friday; $12, $9, $6.50.