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April 17, 1985

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ In the wake of turmoil in Tulane’s basketball program, Atlantic Coast Conference athletic directors has asked newspapers to stop publishing ″betting lines″ on college sporting events.

″We feel the publication of any information on intercollegiate athletic contests which assists the bettor or bookie has no place in the sports sections of our newspapers,″ the athletic directors said Tuesday at a two-day seminar in Greensboro.

Tulane is considering dropping its men’s basketball program after alleged point shavings, cocaine dealings and payoffs to athletes.

The statement added: ″The undersigned (all eight athletic directors), therefore, respectively request the publishers of the newspapers in our geographic area to discontinue the publication of ″odds,″ ″point spreads,″ and any other such references on teams and athletic contests involving Atlantic Coast Conference teams. A similar request is also directed to radio and television stations in our area.″

North Carolina Athletic Director John Swofford said the eight athletic directors had discussed the issue briefly before, but that the Tulane situation ″sort of brought things to light.″

″We (the athletic directors) felt strongly about it and we felt that this was one way that we could try to get some help from a social and public point of view,″ Swofford said.

Swofford said he doesn’t know what kind of response the request will receive, but he hopes it’s a positive one.

″It is a request that is made with respect to the fact that we know that the newspapers and media are going to try and print what the public wants to see,″ Swofford added. ″We feel like the importance to ensure the integrity of sports is viable and that the newspapers and television stations can lend us a helping hand.

″I hope they will respond positively to it. It is their decision, not ours,″ he added.

Swofford said there has been no effort nationwide to stop such ″odds″ being printed or broadcast, but he said, ″I think it could if there is a positive response in the ACC area. ---

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University head football Coach Earle Bruce will produce and market his own television show this fall as a result of a disagreement with the Columbus station that has carried the program for the past two years.

Bruce’s personal attorney, John Zonak, said Bruce will use his own company, Bruce Sports Inc., to produce the show and market it statewide.

″The show will have an entirely different production format,″ Zonak said. He described the program as ″a recruiting tool″ and said it would be done ″with full cooperation of the university.″

WTVN-TV General Manager Paul Dinovitz said Bruce declined an offer that would have increased the amount he received last year - $3,500 per show.

Although Dinovitz did not disclose how much the station offered, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Bruce was seeking $5,000 to $6,000 per show next season. ---

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - Free-agent placekicker Eric Schubert, who played college football for the University of Pittsburgh and the now-defunct Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League, has signed a contract with the New England Patriots, the National Football League club said Tuesday.

Details of the contract were not disclosed.

Schubert, a 5-foot-8, 193-pound soccer-style kicker, played for Pitt from 1981-83 but missed the final five games of his senior year because of an injury.

He played six regular-season games with the Maulers last spring, and worked out with the New Jersey Generals for five weeks during the winter.

Schubert, who will be 23 next month, will attend the Patriots’ mini-camp at Sullivan Stadium May 13-18. ---

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