Quintin Dailey, first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls and an all-America at the University of San Francisco, told the Chicago Tribune that the only reason he pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge two months ago was to "keep my career going." Five felony counts in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a student nurse at USF were reduced as part of a plea bargaining arrangement. "People just don't understand," Dailey said. "I understand where they're coming from because I pleaded guilty and I didn't have no remorse for it. But if you start looking at it from the real deep end of it, I did that because I had to . . ." Bill Fazio, who prosecuted Dailey, said "he can come back here and withdraw his guilty plea and we'll retry it. I don't want a not-guilty man to plead guilty" . . .

Don Reese says he was reaching out for help when he talked about drug abuse in the NFL in a first-person story published by Sports Illustrated, and that he never anticipated it would have legal repercussions for him. Reese, 30, a former defensive end, could face up to 29 years in prison if convicted on a charge of violating terms of a five-year probation from a 1977 drug trafficking conviction. He is scheduled to go before Circuit Court Judge Ellen Morphonios Gables Monday in Miami.