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November 19, 1988

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Although Texas A&M football coach Jackie Sherrill was not be on the sidelines for the Aggies’ game against Texas Christian, he doesn’t want anyone getting the wrong message from his absence.

″I want it known that I am still the athletic director and head football coach at Texas A&M University with full authority,″ Sherrill said Friday.

A Dallas Morning News copyright story published Thursday alleges Sherrill payed ″hush money″ to a former player before and after the school’s football program was being for NCAA violations.

A&M President William H. Mobley said Friday that Sherrill has not resigned and was not asked to resign. Defensive coordinator R.C. Slocum will assume head coaching duties for the game.

Job security has been discussed before at A&M.

In September, when A&M was assessed a two-year probation by the NCAA, stripped of five scholarships and barred from post-season play for the season, Sherrill let it be known where he stood.

Sherrill, at the time, said: ″If Jackie Sherrill does anything wrong, he will leave this institution. This institution comes first and always has. President Mobley will not have to fire Jackie Sherrill.″

The current controversy started when former Aggie fullback George Smith told the Morning News that Sherrill paid him $4,400 in a series of cash and money order transactions dating to November 1986.


CHICAGO (AP) - Three track and field athletes and a sports organizer have been barred indefinitely from all competition because they participated in a series of track meets in South Africa.

But in taking the action Friday, The Athletics Congress agreed to hearings next month in California for 11 others who took part in the unsanctioned tour.

TAC, the governing body for U.S. track and field, imposed the suspensions for both national and international competition on long jumper Tyrus Jefferson, distance runner Ray Wicksell, pole vaulter Tom Hintnaus and organizer Dick Tomlinson.

Jefferson of Tyler, Tex., placed third at this year’s U.S. championships in the long jump. Wicksell, a former Arizona State athlete, is a U.S. citizen living in Willondale, Ontario. Hintnaus, who has U.S. and Brazilian citizenship, resides in El Segundo, Calif.


DETROIT (AP) - Aaron Krickstein says his slow start in a quarterfinal match with Paul Annacone was typical of his recent tennis play.

Krickstein, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the semifinals of the Little Caesar’s Championship Tennis Tournament with a 6-7, (5-7), 6-0, 7-5 victory Friday night over fifth-seeded Paul Annacone.

Krickstein said he was following a pattern by losing the first set before roaring back to win.

″There’s not much I can do about that,″ he said. ″It seems it’s been that way all year. Hopefully (today) I’ll be ready at the bell.″

In other singles quarterfinal play Friday, No. 4 seed John McEnroe beat Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4; Kelly Evernden beat No. 4 seed Dan Goldie 6-3, 7-5, and Leif Shiras downed Pete Sampras 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

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