Larry Farmer has succeeded Larry Brown as UCLA basketball coach, eighth and youngest (30) -- and first black -- to hold the post made famous by John Wooden with 10 NCAA championships, in three of which Farmer took part as a player.
"This is day one of what I hope is not a two-year stint," said Farmer, three-year contract in hand and referring to the fleeting tenures of Wooden's successors, under all of whom Farmer worked as an assistant. "My foundation is rooted in Coach Wooden's style. The icing on the cake is what I've learned from Gene Bartow, Gary Cunningham and Larry Browm . . ."
"It's been a tough six years for me," jested Farmer about waiting in the wings after playing on Bruin teams that won 89 or 90.
Brown, who gave up the job voluntarily, didn't stick around for the Farmer news conference; gets his own introduction today as coach of NBA's New Jersey Nets.
"Me 'n' Paul" of the wonderful St. Louis Cardinal baseball champions of 1934 are both gone now. Paul Dee (Daffy) Dean died yesterday in Springdale, Ark.; at 67, a heart attack.
Jay Hanna (Dizzy) Dean was in the prime of a Hall of Fame career when his kid brother came up in '34. That year colorful Dizzy was 30-7, Paul 19-11; in 1935 Diz was 28-12, Paul 19-12.In '36, Daffy -- he never merited the monicker but naturally got stuck with it -- hurt his arm, and in parts of seven more seasons, won only 12 more games.
But what a year was '34 for the Deans and the immortal Gashouse Gang. One September doubleheader, Dizzy opened with a three-hitter; Daffy followed with a no-hitter. In the World Series against Detroit, each won two games. Paul won Game 3 on an eight-hitter, 4-1; then, Tigers up three games to two and out for the kill, he came back on two days rest to win, 4-3, allowing seven hits and driving in a run. Diz wrapped it next day, 11-10.
Rising to the holiday, the Green Wage of Tulane trotted out a new basketball coach, Ned Fowler, 37, coming off a 31-4 year guiding Tyler (Tex.) J.C. -- and declaring three of his Tyler stars will be offered Tulane scholarships . . . HHL's Philly Flyers signed Coach Pat Quinn to a new five-year contract . . . NHL bid to have the Raider suit moved out of Los Angeles has been denied by Judge Harry Pregerson. Trial due to start Monday.
Quick fix: MG-Gymnastics' Shari Mann, 15, was sixth in seniors, now juniors, at Allentown, matching her national ranking.
Roller Derby is back and Washington Coliseum's got it! And team wrestling! The Molovinskys, Brent and Gene, who are resurrecting pro boxing at the renovated in-town arena, now have franchises from Creative Artists Industries of Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, promotors of the International Roller Skating Derby League and World Team Wrestling. Skating starts in May.