Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke, who weathered a screaming match with Indiana Coach Bob Knight at the Iowa game that Knight's Hoosiers lost last Wednesday, publicly reprimanded Knight yesterday for his renewed attack on conference officiating. Knight's remarks after Saturday's victory over Northwestern included a remark that "those (Big Ten) people sit on their . . . in Chicago; they haven't done a . . . thing to improve the officiating in the league."
Now, Commissioner Duke has gotten up and clamped down on U.S. Olympic coach- designate Knight for violating the league gag rule, barring public criticism of refereeing. With the scolding goes a warning that a similar offense any time within the next year would bring Knight a one-game suspension.
Rival coaches Lou Henson of Illinois, Gene Keady of Purdue and Jim Dutcher of Minnesota dispute Knight. They say Big Ten refereeing is as good as or better than ever . . .
As befits a defending national champion with a brand-new arena, U. of District of Columbia has been named the site of NCAA Division II regional play March 11-12, beginning with a 6 p.m. Friday doubleheader. Invitations pending . . .
Larry Spriggs, an ex-Howard forward, built his case for recall by the Houston Rockets--or a chance elsewhere in the NBA--with an MVP performance in the Continental Basketball Association all-star game. Spriggs had 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals in a 122-109 victory by the Albany Patroons over the CBA all-stars in the New York capital . . . Nat Frazier's Columbia (Md.) 29ers opened in the Pro East Association by beating Scranton, 136-123, as Ducky Vaughan scored 30 points, Joe Pace 27, Lamont Reid 26 . . . A few days before he died in the plunge of his taxi into Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, former St. John's U. star Sonny Dove had worked the St. John's-Georgetown game in Capital Centre on WNYE with his regular radio partner, play-by-play man David Halberstam, no less. Halberstam said Dove, who was reluctant to tell friends about his moonlighting job driving a cab, often showed signs of fatigue at the broadcasts.
Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame honor roll will number 11 with three selected for second annual inductions March 30: Louis W. (Bosey) Berger, Maryland's first basketball all-America (1930-31, '31-32), now a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel; Arnold Heft, NBA referee 1946-61 and part owner of the Bullets dating to their Baltimore days; Hymie Perlo, one of the all-time high school players (Theodore Roosevelt, late '30s), now Capital Centre community relations director. Dinner ceremonies at Twin Bridges Marriott.