Jackie Sherrill will coach football and direct athletics at Texas A&M. The money made him do it.
Shades of Johnny Majors' bolt to Tennessee after coaching Pitt to the 1976 national championship and leaving Sherrill his job: Sherrill, wife Daryle and daughter Elizabeth, 14, are moving from Pittsburgh to College Station, Tex., and leaving the team that may well be No. 1 in the 1982 preseason rankings to Serafino (Foge) Fazio. Sherrill moves out and his chief assistant, Fazio, moves up because A&M offered Sherrill, after back-to-back 11-1 seasons at Pitt, a 10-year contract he sees securing his family's future.
How much money takes away the city of Pittsburgh's man of the year? Sherrill says his base salary at A&M will be $95,000, compared to $60,000 at Pitt, but with vastly bigger fringe income, he is expected to gross $3 million in the 10 years--of which $250,000 or so goes to Pitt to buy out the four years left on his Panther contract. The Aggies also will be paying off Tom Wilson's last contract year (about $50,000), and his assistants, and trying to smooth waters between the university president, Frank Vandiver, and the regents. Vandiver grew so "fed up about all this business with the football coach" he considered resigning Monday night.
Wilson, packing, declared that all the regents are doing is jacking up pay "for all the other coaches in the country". . .
In pro football, Ken Houston is back; the great Redskin hired by his original club, Houston's Oilers, as a fulltime defensive aide. Redskin 1952 tackle Joe Moss, Maryland grad, has left Ottawa CFL staff to coach U. of Ottawa . . .
Mike Weaver, WBA heavyweight champ, has got a temporary restrainer on promotion and ticket sales for WBC's March 15 Las Vegas Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney. Hearing in Pomona Feb. 4 . . . Cooney exhibition with Joe Bugner in Westbury, N.Y., Friday, is off. Cooney claims shoulder injury, "nothing major, jeopardizes nothing on March 15". . . In Van Nuys, Calif., evident gun suicide: paraplegic Frankie Crawford, 35, once fought for the world featherweight title. Crippled five years by a shooting . . .
Baltimore's Orioles step up their pitch to be Washington's ball club, too, with a twin-bill caravan stop for O's notables Wednesday, Jan. 27. Noonish Touchdown Club lunch with press and public, cosponsored by Home Plate Club; for tickets, check HPC prez H.T. (Tom) Martin in Clinton or Orioles' Washington sales office. Dinner at 6 with Alexandria Grandstand Managers at Belle Haven . . . Rick Holt, Alexandria Dukes' general manager the past three years, has become g.m. of Pioneer League's Butte (Mont.) Copper Kings; they're newly tied to the Kansas City Royals . . . So is old Bird lefty Grant Jackson: dealt by Montreal to K.C. for first baseman Ken Phelps.
Appetites whet now for Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association annual school (Md.-Va.-D.C.); sessions tonight and each Wednesday, 7-9, through Feb. 24 at Northwestern High, Hyattsville?
To the late Bob Addie: Thanks for paving so many ways.
A. Virginia's one ACC athlete of the year: Barry Parkhill, basketball, 1972 . . . Q. Why is zero in tennis called love???