Shades of Lou Saban and another gadabout her two (names withheld), here's Joe Kearney -- who jumped Michigan State scant weeks ago to become athletic director at Arizona State -- saying sayonara, Sun Devils, already.

Kearney, hassling with brass in tempestuous Temple, has jumped again, to take over as commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference (ASU's stomping grounds until it made Pac-10 before the big troubles). He'd wiggled out of a Spartan contract to move to AUS as an entry with Darryl Rogers, the football coach.

No end of Arizona State commotion. Even the Sun Devil baseball team got into the act the other day, five players kicked off for training violations. And when has the perennially powerful ASU team been as mediocre as this year's that won't get within a sniff of the College World Series?

Ah, the sanctity of contracts. Now Herb Brooks, the former U. of Minnesota and U.S. Olympic coach, says he may yet take over for just fired Don Cherry as skipper of the NHL's Colorado Rockies. They'd have to buy him out of the two-year deal he signed with Davos of Switzerland -- while paying off Cherry's $130,000 salary for next season if the flamboyant one's "I'm seriously thinking about taking a year off" materializes. Ah, the rewards of Lake Placid: Brooks says he has to give the Rockies his decision "when I get back this weekend" -- back from Acapulco, where he is speaking at IBM sales conferences.