SAM IS FRANK: Sam Wyche said the NFL hasn't heard the last from him about restricting female reporters' access to the locker room.

The coach said he received a $10 donation yesterday to help pay his $27,941 fine for keeping a reporter out of the Bengals' locker room. Wyche said the $10 gave him $30,000 in donations from 37 states and 12 countries.

"Thank you, America, for knowing what's right," Wyche said.

He said the donations will go to a local charity for the homeless. He paid the fine out of his pocket.

Wyche said he hasn't changed his opinion that the fine was excessive.

"The most interesting comment of all came from someone in the league office, whose name I can't mention because they said they might get into real trouble," Wyche said. "They wrote me a little note on a Christmas card that said: 'Sam, you know Zeke Mowatt got fined $12,000 for exposing himself and you got fined $30,000 for trying to make sure it wouldn't happen again. You could have saved $18,000 by exposing yourself.' "

Mowatt is one of the Patriots fined because of the Lisa Olson incident.

Wyche said he's received letters of support from players, wives of owners, general managers, referees and wives of players.

"As Zeke Mowatt's agent said, this isn't over yet, and it won't be over," Wyche said. "I'm sure at the league meetings this will be discussed in detail."

In an unrelated matter concerning reporters, Wyche has closed practices and severely restricted media access to players for fear the Oilers might get helpful insights for their playoff game.


Beleaguered Bears QB Mike Tomczak pooh-poohed the boos with which hometown fans have greeted him and said he is focusing more on the confidence his coach had shown heading into the playoffs. Mike Ditka said Tomczak will start Sunday against the Saints.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ability and that was exemplified by the way Mike has stood by me," Tomczak said. "I want to rebound from last week's performance" -- five of 23 for 85 yards in a 21-10 loss to the Chiefs. . . .

The Raiders made a move to bolster their special teams, re-signing LB Darin Jordan, cut in preseason, and releasing LB Ricky Hunley. . . .

Cowboys QB Troy Aikman had surgery to repair his separated right shoulder and remove bone chips from his right elbow. He will begin throwing in about two months.