A Florida State U. committee cleared the Seminole basketball program yesterday of the charges leveled by former player James Bozeman-- but not of everything. The Center for Athletes Rights and Education in New York, to which Bozeman took his gripes after quitting Coach Joe Williams' team in December, cried whitewash.
"Based upon its evaluation of the evidence available to it," the panel appointed by FSU President Bernie Sliger in January reported, it "finds that the charges of improper medical attention, academic irregularities, mental harassment, discrimination and athletic libel and slander are not substantiated."
But, the committee said, a cheerleader's claim that a part-time assistant coach paid for her travel to Chicago to recruit (unsuccessfully) a player is "credible" and should be looked into further along with the instance of someone having given another former player a free suit of clothes . . .
Elmer Ripley, born five months before invention of the game of basketball--in which he made the Hall of Fame and was Georgetown's top coach until John Thompson--has died, at 90, in New York. He was 133-82 (.619) in 10 years at GU (three stints: 1927-29, '38-43, '46-49), also coached Notre Dame, Army, Yale, Columbia, Israeli and Canadian Olympic teams, Globetrotters; played pro ball all over, including with a Washington squad and the original Celtics . . .
Georgetown basketball '82-83 has a fourth recruit--6-foot-10, 225-pound Victor Morris of Houston's Kashmere High--awaiting formal announcement . . . Coach Paul Evans at Navy has landed two more area standouts to go with High Point man Vernon Butler. These plebes-in-waiting are 6-7 Anthony Wells, Good Counsel, and 6-3 Glen Miles, Dulaney of Baltimore . . . Gary Graham, Baltimore Dunbar's 6-4 shooting guard and brother of ex-Terp Ernie, picks Nevada-Las Vegas . . . In Derby Classic all-star play at Louisville, Hoya-to-be David Wingate, Graham's teammate, scored 25 and Maryland recruit Len Bias of Northwestern 21 as U.S. stars laced Kentucky-Indiana, 144-85 . . .
Czechoslovakia did beat Canada out of silver in the World Hockey Championships. Czechs earned a point for a 0-0 tie with U.S.S.R.--which had won nine straight and cinched the gold medal--and that beat out Canada, despite the dominion's rousing finish: 6-0 over Sweden with Wayne Gretzky scoring three goals, two assists, and Cap Mike Gartner tipping in a goal . . .
Shari Mann of Churchill High and MG Gymnastics will provide local representation in Capital Gymnastics Invitational, as one of six women and five men of top national rank: 7 p.m. Saturday at GW's Smith Center. Foretaste available with public workouts, same place, 3-5 p.m. today . . .
The Virginia Chargers have joined the American Football Association, of which Billy Kilmer used to be commissioner--but they need players to compete in the six-team Northern Division of the 18-team pro league that stretches through Southeast and Southwest, too. Tryouts, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Godwin Middle School, Dale City. Woodbridge-based, Chargers previously competed in the Interstate League; Coach Bob Shaw says they'll continue to field a squad there as a feeder. Virginia's AFA opener is set May 29 versus champion West Virginia Rockets at Charleston; home debut June 5 vs. Buffalo Gemini.
A. Retiring Cas Myslinski, who as athletic director since 1968 marshaled Pitt's football resurgence, was center, captain, MVP of West Point football, 1943 . . . Q. Ingemar Johansson and what other boxing ex-champ are training for the Stockholm Marathon June 5?