Georgetown Coach John Thompson wonders why Patrick Ewing didn't get the John Wooden Award, emblematic of the player of the year in college basketball. St. John's all-America guard Chris Mullin received it, in voting by national sportswriters and broadcasters. Thompson wondered if his sometimes-adversarial relationship with some members of the media had anything to do with it. Ewing is almost certain to be the top choice in the NBA draft . . .
The PCAA has ordered the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to forfeit 18 football victories, including the 1984 California Bowl championship, for using seven ineligible players over the last two years.
The school was 7-4 in 1983 and 11-2 last season, plus a 30-13 victory over Toledo at the California Bowl in Fresno, Calif., Dec. 15, 1984. School officials said there was no indication that the NCAA would impose sanctions.
Part of the problem was whether the players' physical education courses were figured into their grade point averages. The PCAA says they're not supposed to be . . .
Forward Kenny Green, Wake Forest's leading scorer and rebounder, will miss Thursday's NIT game against South Florida. Coach Carl Tacy said Green had skipped a mandatory practice Monday night . . .
Officials at the University of Evansville wouldn't confirm or deny reports that basketball coach Dick Walters has been fired. They admit his future is "under discussion."
Both Evansville newspapers reported Walters out and one paper said Jim Crews appears in. Crews, an assistant at Indiana University, could not be reached for comment . . .
Oregon State's assistant basketball coach, Danny Van Eman, said it's "unethical" for Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps to enlist the aid of a Pac-10 coach to prepare for the NCAA playoff game against Oregon State. Van Eman is angry that Phelps met with old friend Dick Kuchen, the coach at Cal, to get a scouting report on the Fighting Irish's first-round opponent in the NCAA Southeast Regional game Thursday night . . .
Tickets for the Georgetown-Lehigh first-round NCAA tournament game, in the Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center at noon Thursday, will go on sale today at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown sports promotion office in McDonough Gymnasium. Tickets will also be valid for the 2:30 p.m. game between Temple and Virginia Tech. Tickets are also available for Saturday's second-round games in Hartford.