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March 29, 1985

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ The Birmingham Stallions, their principal owner mired in financial problems, have found enough new money to keep the United States Football League club afloat temporarily.

Stallions’ President Jerry Sklar, speaking Thursday at a news conference, said 12 local investors ″are working to assure that the franchise stays here. We believe we will be successful in getting the financial backing to keep it here.″

Sklar said Marvin Warner, the primary owner of the franchise, ″has pulled away from participation in the Stallions so he can confront his other problems.″

Sklar confirmed that a Charlotte, N.C. businessman, George Shinn, had spoken to him recently about the franchise. But Sklar said,″We intend to work out our problems here and we plan to be here a long time.″

However, Sklar said, should things get bad enough, the club would be willing to talk to Shinn at that time.


OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Former UCLA head basketball coach Larry Farmer has been named head coach at Weber State College.

Farmer succeeds Neil McCarthy, who resigned earlier this month to head the New Mexico State University basketball team.

He was selected over four other finalists: Weber State assistant coach Dick Hunsaker, Dixie College coach Neil Roberts, Wyoming assistant coach Denny Huston and Bill Morse, head coach at Fort Hays State in Kansas.

Farmer signed a three-year contract but declined to disclose what he would be paid. ″It’s not a lot of money, but when you see a black guy driving a Mercedes down the street, you’ll know it’s me,″ he joked Thursday.

The choice of the Denver, Colo., native broke with a long school tradition of elevating an assistant Weber coach to head the team.

Farmer played on three NCAA championship teams under coach John Wooden during his three years as a letterman at UCLA - 1970 to 1973. He became the Bruins’ head coach in 1981 after six years as an assistant coach, then was replaced by Walt Hazzard last spring.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Daily Star’s sports editor and a sportswriter for the morning newspaper have resigned in the wake of an erroneous story about the University of Arizona’s purchase of sports uniforms.

Sports editor Sam Pollak and reporter Rick Dymond resigned Thursday rather than accept positions of lesser responsibility, said Executive Editor Frank E. Johnson.

Johnson said Pollak and Dymond were the staff members principally responsible for a story published Wednesday.

The article erroneously said basketball uniforms were purchased from a company that hired Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson as a consultant.

Olson, reached Thursday night in Lexington, Ky., called the article ″the worst piece of journalism, the most vicious attack with the most distorted facts in my memory.″

The Star said Thursday the Sand-Knit uniforms were sold to the university in 1983, but that MacGregor Sporting Goods - the company which hired Olson as a consultant on its advisory board - did not purchase the Sand-Knit division of Medalist Industries until 1984, the Star said.

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