Western Kentucky's Clem Haskins has been named basketball coach at the University of Minnesota.

And Lamar's Pat Foster, who had withdrawn as a candidate for the coaching post at Houston, has been offered the Cougars job anyway -- and accepted.

Haskins, 42, was 101-73 for six years as coach at Western Kentucky, where he was a star player, 1965-67, before playing nine NBA seasons with Chicago, Phoenix and the Washington Bullets. His Hilltoppers were 23-8 this season.

In Minneapolis, he steps into a troubled program. In midseason, three players were charged with rape and removed from the squad, and longtime Coach Jim Dutcher resigned.

Foster, 46, succeeding retiring 30-year coach Guy V. Lewis, becomes the third man to head the basketball program in the 41 years of Houston athletics.

Foster said he may keep Houston's assistants or bring his Lamar staff from Beaumont, Tex. Before a six-year stand (134-49) at Lamar as coach and athletic director, Foster assisted Eddie Sutton (now of Kentucky) at Arkansas for seven years . . .

Dick Scesniak, 45, the football coach at Kent State, collapsed exercising at the university's Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio, and was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital. Scesniak had a three-year record of 8-25. Kent State's spring football practice, begun Monday, was suspended indefinitely.


Los Angeles Raiders Coach Tom Flores confirms that his AFC club has discussed trading maligned quarterback Marc Wilson to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"The Eagles have made overtures about Marc and that's where it stands," Flores said. "They've talked, we've listened and that's the stage where it is."

The Los Angeles Herald Examiner reported that the Eagles' new coach, Buddy Ryan, thought he had reached agreement last week to send a second-round draft choice to the Raiders for Wilson. The newspaper said the deal was complicated over the amount of Wilson's contract -- he reportedly will make $900,000 in 1986 and $1 million in 1987 -- that Los Angeles would assume . . .

The Dallas Cowboys have allowed backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom's agent to speak with other teams to arrange a trade, but his agent confirms what team officials have already said: Other teams have little interest in Hogeboom, who evidently has lost his long battle to displace Danny White.

Hogeboom decided to attend the Dallas Cowboys' minicamp yesterday and today, but told team officials he hasn't changed his mind about wanting a trade.

Meanwhile, Reggie Collier, quarterback of the USFL's Orlando Renegades and their predecessor Washington Federals, met with Cowboys officials at their training facility last week. Staffer Paul Hackett said he and Collier, Dallas' sixth-round draft choice in 1983, had a visit. Collier has one year and an option year left on his USFL contract . . .

Bing Devine resigned as president of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals, to pursue other possibilities. The former baseball Cardinals executive said he would stay on as an adviser until his contract expires Dec. 31.


A bunch of prominent veterans were caught in the squeeze of the owners' agreement to go with 24-player rosters (instead of 25) and yesterday's deadline to release players without having to pay full 1986 salaries (unless guaranteed).

For instance, these pitchers waived: Pascual Perez, Len Barker, Rick Camp and Terry Forster by Atlanta, John Stuper by Montreal, Bill Dawley by Houston, Ray Burris by Milwaukee, Jerry Reed by Cleveland. Ray Fontenot was optioned to the minors by the Chicago Cubs.

The Braves sent to the minors veterans Brad Komminsk, Gerald Perry and Paul Zuvella and more. The Cubs let go 18-year veteran Richie Hebner. The champion Kansas City Royals waived shortstop Onix Concepcion, upon picking up Argenis Salazar from the New York Mets to back up Buddy Biancalana. The Brewers gave up on David Green; the Indians, surprisingly, on 1985 first-string catcher Jerry Willard; the Expos on Terry Francona.

And the St. Louis Cardinals waived Brian Harper, whose RBI pinch hit in Game 6 stood to win the World Series for them until the Royals' ninth-inning rally.

Perez tailspun to 1-13 with a 6.14 ERA for the 1985 Braves. Barker, 3-9 last year, had a five-year, $2.85 million contract, the first three years (through 1986) guaranteed. The Braves also said they had no plans for ex-Brave Phil Niekro, who has been in their camp tossing batting practice.


Limited Practice, a colt that had been running against better 3-year-olds in Florida, ran six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 in winning Pimlico's feature by three lengths over Packed Power. Ridden by Jesse Davidson, Limited Practice led an 8-7 exacta worth $59.80 . . .

Quality Promotions will stage a pro boxing show at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Sheraton New Carrollton. Eugene Speed (2-0, Palmer Park) will fight Angel Gonzales (6-3, Philadelphia) in the feature. Leroy Brooks of Washington is matched against James Woodhouse (Philadelphia) and Victor Davis (Bowie) against Jerry West (Washington). Admission, including prefight dinner: $30 . . .

George Washington University's ninth annual high school open wrestling tournament is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. at Smith Center. Wrestlers from area schools, and some from nearby states, will compete in double eliminations. Entry fee of $6 will be charged at the 7:30 a.m. weigh-in . . .

Georgia Tech defeated Maryland, 26-0, in ACC baseball in Atlanta yesterday -- the Yellow Jackets' biggest romp since they came to College Park last year and beat the Terrapins, 29-2. This time, Jeff Distasio drove in seven runs with two home runs.


In New Orleans, a May 27 trial date for former Tulane basketball star/Cleveland Cavaliers draftee John Williams, charged with sports bribery for his alleged part in point shaving.