Bucknell -- Its nickname was incorrect in Thursday's editions. It is the Bison. (Published 10/5/90)

Bucknell, a Division I-AA school in central Pennsylvania, has instituted a unique program that aims to expose the academic benefits of football. The "Sidelines" program encourages teachers and administrators to read the team's playbook, watch game films and spend time in team meetings and on the sidelines during games.

As a result, the Bucknell sidelines are not only cluttered with players, coaches and trainers, but also religion and physics professors, school vice presidents and others. Not only have they seen football, but it's been good football, as the Bears have started 3-1.

"I guess I was surprised how intellectual the game is and how much has to go into it and how much the coaches work as teachers," said John Pyper, associate dean of the college of arts and sciences.

"The real electric part of this is the emotional aspect of the locker room," said organizer Sid Jamieson, an assistant to the athletic director. "People that have not been in athletics really can't understand about these goose bumps.". . . .

Dye Back on the Field

Auburn Coach Pat Dye, 50, left the hospital and returned to football drills yesterday promising to develop better eating habits and avoid the stomach distress that has hit him twice this year.

Dye, who entered the hospital Sunday night, was diagnosed as having a pre-ulcerous condition in the digestive track, the day after his team's 26-26 tie with Tennessee. He said in a Southeastern Conference telephone conference call with reporters that tests are still being conducted to determine the best medicine for him and that he did not feel the ailment is related to the pressure of his work.

"I'm still under surveillance, I guess you would say," he said. . . .

It was 20 years ago Tuesday that a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed into Colorado's Mount Trelease, killing 31 of the 40 people aboard.

This week, the school -- which was criticized at the time alternately for picking a cheap charter flight and for not attending to the needs of the survivors -- commemorated the anniversary with a memorial service attended by 300, including survivors, relatives and school officials. Singer Diane Carothers-Conards, who sang at the original memorial service, reprised her role.

"It was very moving and very solemn, but also very positive," said Wichita State Athletic Director Tom Shupe. "There are enough people totally engrossed in the accident itself, directly and indirectly, that are still here."

The Shockers were flying in two planes to a game against Utah State when the crash occurred. The second plane landed safely in Logan, Utah. The 31 deaths included players, athletic department officials and boosters. The wreckage, which some survivors occasionally visit, lies virtually untouched on Mount Trelease. . . .

No team has ever won a national championship with two losses, which makes Saturday's Miami-Florida State game even more vital for the 2-1 Hurricanes. . . . Georgia Tech moved into the Associated Press poll at No. 23 this week, the first time since 1984 the Yellow Jackets have been ranked. . . . Virginia, ranked fourth, got one first place vote this week, the first time that's happened since Oct 20, 1952, when the team was 4-0 and ranked No. 9, according to sports information director Rich Murray. The Cavaliers finished 8-2 that season and unranked.

Lambert Losers

Those involved with the Lambert Trophy, awarded each season to the best team in the Northeast, may be at a loss for a winner by the end of the season.

This week's nine-team Division I Lambert Poll has only one team with a winning record: Army (2-1). And they're ranked seventh. Top-ranked Penn State is 1-2, No. 2 West Virginia is 2-2 and No. 3 Syracuse is 1-1-2. No. 4 Pittsburgh is 2-2-1; No. 5 Rutgers, No. 6 Temple and No. 9 Navy are 2-2; and No. 8 Boston College is 1-2. . . .

The Ivy League, which had no conference games last week, went a combined 0-7-1 and was outscored, 278-126. The sole non-loser was Dartmouth, which tied New Hampshire. . . .

Wet and "Wimpy"

When Saturday's Ohio State-Southern California game in Columbus was called with 2:36 left because of lightning, it marked the first time in the Buckeyes' 101-year history a game had not been completed. The Trojans won, 35-26, and Ohio State Coach John Cooper was criticized for allowing the game to be called with his team trailing.

USC Coach Larry Smith, despite getting the shortened victory, called the referees' decision to end the game "wimpy." He also placed partial blame on ABC for not cancelling its commercials to allow the game to be completed before the expected thunderstorm hit. . . .

All the talk preceding last week's Brigham Young-Oregon game centered on the Cougars' star quarterback, Ty Detmer. Detmer threw five interceptions, but Bears' quarterback Bill Musgrave completed 23 of 37 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's 32-16 upset win. Musgrave, the school's all-time passing leader, is 10th in the nation in total offense (269 yards per game).

"You saw supposedly the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy," Oregon Coach Rich Brooks said. "Maybe Musgrave should be the frontrunner.". . . .

Nebraska, a 52-point favorite over hapless Oregon State last week, got a rather blunt halftime warning from Coach Tom Osborne after falling behind, 7-3.

"I told them they were on the verge of maybe the biggest embarrassment this school had ever seen," Osborne said.

The eighth-ranked -- and probably frightened -- Cornhuskers scored 38 seconds into the second half and went on to a 31-7 win.