Auburn quarterback Jeff Burger, saying that allegations of plagiarism have been "blown all out of proportion," wants to put the situation behind him and concentrate on the Tigers' season opener Sept. 5 against Texas.
Burger told reporters: "When I leave this room I want to forget about everything that happened -- I don't want to bring this up again during the season."
An academic honesty committee had recommended Burger be suspended for two quarters for alleged plagiarism on a term paper. But Friday, Warren Brandt, vice president for academic affairs, overruled the decision . . .
Matt Bullard, the leading scorer and rebounder for the University of Colorado the past two seasons, said he will transfer to Iowa. Bullard, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward from West Des Moines, said he wanted to play for an NCAA contender . . .
Autopsy results were awaited to determine what killed Utah State freshman football player Carleton Oats, one of two college players to die Friday after running laps.
Oats, 18-year-old son of a former NFL player of the same name, died at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, where he had been admitted after passing out at the USU field.
In Bloomington, Ind., Parnell Sylvio, a junior hoping to make the Indiana team as a walk-on, collapsed after two runs on the first day of practice. The 20-year-old from New York died of an apparent stroke nine hours later. he is rehabilitating his torn right Achilles' tendon and listening to Beatles records, Gomelsky said. Although the rehabilitation is ahead of schedule, the coach said he is worried about the 23-year-old's tendon problems.
The International Basketball Federation is expected to decide next fall whether to make basketball an open sport for the 1992 Olympics.If the federation votes to make basketball an open sport for the 1992 Olympics, Sabonis would be able to play for Portland without jeopardizing his amateur status, Gomelsky said.