Lou Carnesecca of St. John's (28-5) has been named Kodak basketball coach of the year in Division I, by vote of the National Association of College Basketball Coaches. Ralph Underhill of Wright State was selected Division II coach of the year and Robert Bessoir of the University of Scranton was chosen in Division III. Their teams are national champions . . .
University of Florida football players have pocketed hundreds of dollars from boosters who bought tickets at more than face value and from commissions for program advertisements in recent years, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
A three-month investigation of Coach Charley Pell's program found that apparent violations of NCAA rules also took place during the coaching tenure of Doug Dickey before his firing in 1978. (Dickey denies knowledge of any transgressions while he was coach, 1971-78.)
The NCAA started a preliminary inquiry of Florida football in December.
The Times said its investigation found that some Florida boosters have paid players as much as four times the $12 face value for tickets the athletes get free from the university. One former player told the newspaper that he netted $900 as a freshman.
Some "star" players, the Times reported, received as much as $2,000 for a few weeks' summer work as advertising salesmen for Florida's game-day program. The summertime jobs violate NCAA guidelines because the player-salesmen are paid by commission, so the more a booster pays for an ad, the more the player profits.
The Times said it found Florida athletic officials direct participants in the violations; assistant coaches sometimes serving as middlemen for ticket deals; two former assistants saying Pell and Assistant Athletic Director Norm Carlson chose players for the summer jobs.
University officials said they will not comment until the NCAA completes its investigation.