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Names In The Game

September 1, 1990

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Arizona defensive back McCann Utu has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for posing nude in the August issue of Playgirl magazine.

Utu, a junior walk-on, has been ineligible since practice began three weeks ago, but has remained with the team and has continued to practice.

Arizona, which opens the season next Saturday, has appealed the decision.

″The NCAA says I can’t receive any money. But I’m a walk-on. (Arizona) is not paying me any money to go to school here,″ Utu said. ″I needed the money. Plus the exposure, too.″

Utu declined to say how much he was paid for the pictures.

NCAA rules bar players from capitalizing on their their athletic ability to get paid for jobs.

Utu filled out a questionnaire from the magazine, saying he was a member of the Arizona football team. Playgirl published that fact in a caption under the picture.

″From the rule standpoint that’s the problem,″ assistant athletic director Bob Bockrath said. ″He wasn’t aware of the rule that prohibits the use of an athletes name to (earn money).″

Last spring, Playgirl representatives came to the Tucson campus to find men for its photo feature ″Men of Arizona.″ Utu said he doesn’t think he would have posed had he known it was against NCAA rules.

Even if Utu wins his appeal it is not certain he will play. On the depth chart he was listed as a sixth-string cornerback.


SPLIT, Yugoslavia (AP) - Jans-Peter Herold on Saturday became the last individual gold medal winner for the East German powerhouse at an international track and field meet.

″I felt sorry hearing the East German anthem for the last time,″ Herold said after winning the 1,500 meter race at the European Track and Field Championships.

East and West German teams will become a single team on Nov. 24 after the two countries unite in October.

″It’s exciting to win a race and see your country’s flag go up. Now I will have to get used to the new anthem,″ Herold said.

In their last appearance as a separate team, the East Germans won the most gold medals, 12.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns each scored four points in their meeting last week. This time, the two fighters met on a basketball court in a benefit game for the Norfolk State University Scholarship Fund. Hearns made a cameo appearance for the Pernell Whitaker All Stars, which beat the Sugar Ray Leonard Stars.

Whitaker, the undisputed lightweight champion playing in his hometown, led his team with 18 points.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Beth Daniel leads the LPGA official money- winning list with $613,782. The LPGA’s computer figured out each of Daniel’s 4,461 strokes has been worth $138.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Lawrence Taylor’s agent, involved in negotiations with the New York Giants, has said if the club doesn’t want to pay the all-pro linebacker what he wants, it should trade him.

George Young, the Giants general manager, said despite what the agent says, Taylor would not go along with a trade.

″His new restaurant is painted in the Giants’ colors,″ said Young. ″He would have to redecorate the entire place.″

The restaurant, LT’s, is near Giants’ stadium.

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