Notre Dame has taken itself out of consideration for the 1985 Kickoff Classic, clearing the way for a probable matchup between national champion Brigham Young and Ohio State in the Aug. 27 New Jersey Meadowlands event.
Gene Corrigan, Notre Dame athletic director, told the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority the Irish face a tough enough schedule already.
The NJSEA has not announced the Kickoff Classic teams, but, "Traditionally, they've taken the No. 1 team," said BYU Athletic Director Glen Tuckett. "Plus they have to take a Western Athletic Conference team within a seven-year period."
Ohio State was said to be lukewarm, but bound by a contract between the Big Ten and the Kickoff Classic to accept if invited . . .
Catholic University will name its first full-time football coach in 34 years today, according to Athletic Director Fred O'Connor.
The two leading candidates are Gonzaga High School Coach Mark Gowin (41-28-1) and Kentucky assistant Roe Waldron, son of former St. John's Coach Doonie Waldron.
Ray Jauch, ex-coach of the ex-Washington Federals, was under consideration, but Jauch told O'Connor yesterday he'd rather concentrate on his construction business . . .
Former Clemson University strength coach Sam L. Colson will plead guilty if indicted for dispensing prescription drugs to student-athletes, Colson's attorney said.
The lawyer, John T. Gentry of Pickens, S.C., said his client had cooperated with authorities "from the time they found young Stijn Jaspers in his room dead and the autopsy report indicated he had traces of phenylbutazone in his system."
The death of Jaspers, an all-America cross country runner from the Netherlands, prompted an investigation that has led South Carolina state agents to Nashville in search of the source of phenylbutazone.
Authorities said Jaspers, found to have died from a congenital heart disease, did not have a prescription for the drugs. Colson and track coach Stan Narewski resigned Dec. 11.