Names In The Game
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the career scoring leader in the NBA, may become Southern Cal basketball coach after this season, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
USC athletic director Mike Garrett had discussed the possibility of hiring Abdul-Jabbar for the 1994-95 season, when it appeared George Raveling was going to leave for Seton Hall. Raveling decided to stay, but he retired Monday to concentrate on recovery from severe injuries suffered in an auto accident.
Charlie Parker, an assistant under Raveling the past six years for the Trojans, was named interim coach.
″USC discussed the job with me a few months ago and I would have seriously considered taking it had Coach Raveling gone to Seton Hall,″ Abdul-Jabbar told the Outlook of Santa Monica.
″Kareem would not have been available to coach at this time,″ Lorin Pullman, vice president of Kareem Productions, said Monday. ″We have business commitments through February.″
Abdul-Jabbar recently agreed to conduct several clinics in Europe in conjunction with NBA International. He has not coached in the 4 1/2 years since his retirement as a player.
Garrett left the door open for Abdul-Jabbar, or another top-level basketball name, when Parker was given the interim job.
″If Charlie is successful it solves the problem. If we do look for someone else in a year, getting a big name is a way to go,″ Garrett said.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Formula One champion Michael Schumacher returned to cheering fans Tuesday, but was still explaining the controversial collision with Britain’s Damon Hill that eliminated both from the last race, the Australian Grand Prix.
The elimination left Schumacher with a one-point edg for the championship and a lot of bad press in Britain.
″I would have rather driven the race to the end. But I have to live with it,″ Schumacher told a press conference at Frankfurt airport. He is Germany’s first Formula One champion.
There was speculation, particularly in the British press, that Schumacher might have deliberately caused the collision on the 36th lap when he knew his own damaged car was out of the race.
Schumacher had lost control of his car and hit the wall, then swerved back onto the track to try to resume the race. Hill, closing on Schumacher’s car, tried to pass on the inside and collided with him when the German swerved back to the right.
The crash lifted Schumacher’s Benetton-Ford into the air and he crossed the track on two wheels to pile into the wall of tires.
″I panicked over the possibility that I would somersault,″ Schumacher said Tuesday. ″The situation was extreme. I hung there in a pile of tires, not knowing what had happened to Damon. It could have been that it was only a flat tire and he could still have driven.″
Schumacher said he had had breakfast at his hotel with Hill on Monday. ″He congratulated me. We had a bit of a chat. There was no feeling that he was cross with me. Damon was absolutely fair,″ said Schumacher.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State wants to reward football coach Jackie Sherrill and two other coaches with contracts through 1998.
The extension also would be given to baseball coach Ron Polk and basketball coach Richard Williams.
The extensions require State College Board approval, which is usually only a formality. The College Board meets Thursday.
There are no changes in salary included in the extension requests.
Sherrill is being paid $114,124 in base salary this school year, according to the 1994-95 Mississippi State athletic budget. Richard Williams, men’s basketball coach, earns $94,141, while Polk gets $85,784.
State athletic director Larry Templeton declined to discuss the extensions until after the College Board ″has had an opportunity to listen to our recommendation.″
Polk and Williams currently are under contract through the 1996 seasons. Sherrill’s agreement runs through 1997.
Sherrill is headed for a school-record third bowl in four seasons. His record at Mississippi State is 24-19-2, and his .556 winning percentage is the best for a Bulldog coach since Darrell Royal’s .600 in 1954-55.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A middleweight who sued the WBA to regain his title will get a title fight Dec. 10 as part of an agreement settling the lawsuit, his lawyer said Tuesday.
John David Jackson will also get $110,000 and a guarantee of neutral officials at his bout with Jorge Castro, said lawyer Patrick C. English.
The fight will be on the undercard at Monterrey, Mexico, which is topped by Julio Cesar Chavez against Tony Lopez for Chavez’s WBC super lightweight title.
Jackson went to federal court when the WBA stripped Jackson of his title after he fought May 6 in Atlantic City.
The association told Jackson and his promoter, Bobby Goodman, they needed permission for the non-title 10-round fight, English said.
English argued that the rule may not have been properly adopted, and if it was, nobody was told about it.
In August, U.S. District Judge Maryanne Trump Barry granted Jackson a preliminary injunction, barring the WBA from recognizing anyone else as its middleweight champion.
Barry had scheduled a trial this month to determine the case on the merits, but said she granted the injunction because there was a likely chance of success and Jackson would suffer irreparable harm without it.
The settlement, reached last week, ends the litigation.
English is uncertain whether Jackson will be introduced as the champion in Monterrey, but is also unconcerned.
″I don’t care how he goes into the ring. I care about how he comes out,″ English said.