Luke Recker is hoping the NCAA will allow him to begin playing basketball at Iowa early next season--instead of January 2001--by waiving a rule on transfers.

"There is an appeal process," said Recker, who announced Dec. 6 that he would transfer from Arizona to be closer to his girlfriend, who is hospitalized in Chicago, and his family. "I'm definitely looking into it."

Recker could be enrolled at Iowa as early as next week.

WU HONORED: Maryland senior Jamie Wu, a second team all-ACC offensive guard, has been selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Dec. 25. . . . The starting time of the Maryland men's basketball game at Cole Field House against N.C. State Feb. 6 has been changed to 4 p.m.

COACH KOENNING: Wyoming promoted defensive coordinator Vic Koenning to head football coach. Koenning replaces Dana Dimel, who took the head coaching post at Houston on Sunday.

RUSH INELIGIBLE: Freshman F Kareem Rush was declared ineligible by Missouri yesterday, four days after his brother JaRon was suspended at UCLA over a possible NCAA violation. Missouri athletic department officials have opened an investigation.

HALL IS OUT: Coppin State women's basketball coach Jennie Hall resigned after she had been suspended for missing a game without letting the school know, AD Fang Mitchell announced yesterday.