Eight years later, Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight has apologized for "misunderstandings" stemming from a 1979 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a San Juan policeman while he was coach of the U.S. team in the Pan Am Games.

Knight expressed regret in a letter to German Rieckehoff, president of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee. "I feel very sorry for all the misunderstandings that resulted from that incident and deeply appreciate those people like you who, whether they agree with me or not, are willing to bring this chapter to a close," Knight's letter stated.

Knight was charged with assault and summoned to appear before a judge in Puerto Rico, but he left the island before a trial. He refused to return and Indiana officials rejected Puerto Rican requests to extradite Knight to face the misdemeanor charge. He was tried in absentia, found guilty and sentenced to a six-month prison term.

The incident was considered moot for several years until the U.S. Supreme Court last month overturned a law dating to the Civil War that gave state governors power to reject many extradition requests . . .

Five Georgetown University athletes -- track team members Mike Huber, Andrew Phelan, Mark Whitehouse, Margaret Scutro and volleyball player Justine Metz -- have been named to the Big East 1986-87 all-academic team.