Dick Crum, pushed out after 10 years as football coach at North Carolina, was introduced as coach at Kent State in Ohio. Crum, 53, already set with an $800,000 buyout of four years left on his UNC contract, accepted a three-year deal at $60,000 a year.
"I've always felt this is about as good a job as you could want," he said. "The Mid-American Conference is about as competitive a league as any in the country." He coached rival Miami of Ohio four seasons, with three MAC championship, before going south to Chapel Hill . . .
Three months after he underwent a successful procedure to unblock a clogged coronary artery, Georgia's Vince Dooley was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for the same treatment.
A checkup of Dooley, 55, the No. 3 winner among active college football coaches, developed that one of two arteries that required angioplasty in October again showed signs of being clogged. A thin wire was inserted through a catheter into the artery near Dooley's heart and a balloon on the end of the wire was inflated, pushing back the fatty deposits that caused a blockage of blood flow.
He is to be released today or Thursday, and, the hospital said he can then "return to normal activities." . . .
Now, a basketball team breaking up a fight. During a 73-63 victory by St. Joseph's last night, rival male cheerleaders brawled at the Palestra when St. Joseph's mascot, the Hawk (a costumed Frank Simone), interrupted a La Salle routine during a second-half timeout.
Players from both teams spilled onto the floor to quell the fighting, which delayed the game about five minutes.
The mascot flapped his wings at midcourt in front of La Salle's female cheerleaders. Four male La Salle cheerleaders ran onto the court, grabbed the Hawk and tried to carry him off. But Simone struggled and several Hawks cheerleaders came to his defense. Combatants wrestled under a basket before it all broke up, but the mascot and one cheerleader continued fighting near the foul line.
At length, St. Joseph's player Rodney Blake dragged the Hawk away.