For Don Reese, a six-month-to-five-year jail sentence adds up to five months.
That's how long the former Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints player will have served when he is freed June 21.
"Holy Moses, that's a fast one," Judge Ellen Morphonios Gable of the Dade County Circuit Court said when she learned of the parole board's decision. It was Gable who sentenced Reese for violating his parole after he disclosed in a Sport Illustrated story that he'd used drugs after getting out of jail on a conviction in 1977 for selling cocaine to an undercover policeman.
Reese also caused NFL-wide consternation with his published allegations about drug use in the league . . .
Art Schlichter, the Baltimore Colts' suspended quarterback, will undergo treatment for compulsive gambling for about eight weeks at a private hospital in New York state, then receive treatment as an outpatient, television station WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, reported. WBNS said the former Ohio State quarterback is in a hospital on Long Island.
"I have not only been a compulsive gambler for too long now, it made me a compulsive liar," Schlichter told the Dayton Journal-Herald. "I've been a living lie, with lies compounding lies. Thank God, this part of it is in the open now and I can stop being a living lie." . . .
Bobby Beathard, Washington Redskins general manager, will fly to Houston Tuesday in his effort to sign Texas A&I cornerback Darrell Green, the team's top draft choice. Beathard will meet with Carver Henry, Green's agent . . .
Coach Larry Smith of Arizona says representatives of the United States Football League can scout and shoot films on all Pac-10 campuses this fall. He was one of eight Pac-10 coaches who barred the USFL after the New Jersey Generals signed Herschel Walker of Georgia before he'd used up his college eligibility.
Smith said that Pac-10 coaches picked him write a letter to USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons telling him of the change in policy.