Sam Jankovich, who is leaving as the University of Miami's athletic director to become chief operating officer of the NFL's New England Patriots, took a parting shot at big-time college sports during his final news conference at the Coral Gables, Fla., school.
"The thing that bothered me about intercollegiate athletics is that it's really hypocritical," Jankovich said Friday. "We say it's not big business. We say that you don't have to win. But at the college level, in a program such as ours, you do have to win and it is big business.
"At least in the professional ranks you know what the ground rules are from Day One," Jankovich said. "You know you have to win. And you know you have to make money."
Jankovich, 56, was named chief executive officer of the Patriots on Thursday. He will remain Miami's athletic director until Jan. 2, the day after the Hurricanes play Texas in the Cotton Bowl, and will return Jan. 22-23 to attend the Big East meetings. . . .
Southern California quarterback Todd Marinovich, who has been battling a severe inner ear infection, suited up for practice Friday for the first time in a week, but Coach Larry Smith said it's "very possible" he won't be able to play when the 21st-ranked Trojans face 22nd-ranked Michigan State in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso on New Year's Eve. . . .
John Trautman of Georgetown, the NCAA indoor 3,000-meter titlist, won the 2-mile run in 8 minutes 52.71 seconds in the Metropolitan Athletics Congress meet in West Point, N.Y. . . .
Maryland senior guard Matt Roe, who played basketball at Syracuse for three years before transferring, said he saw no improper practices involving an automobile dealer. An accusation of wrongdoing by car dealer Bill Rapp Jr. is one of numerous allegations of NCAA rule violations at Syracuse made in a report by the Syracuse Post Standard. . . .
North Carolina State basketball coach Les Robinson has suspended two reserve players for fighting each other. Senior forward David Lee and junior guard Roland Whitley will be suspended indefinitely, Robinson said in a prepared statement. Lee has averaged 2.3 points per game and Whitley 1.3.