SAN JOSE STATE president Dr. Gail Fullerton is too easily impressed. She says her new athletic director, Dr. Tom Brennan, who has been at Loyola College since 1986, has an "impressive record in building Division I programs."
Loyola's flagship sport historically is basketball, which is in shambles. The combined records of the men's and women's teams last year was 6-50. Brennan inherited strong lacrosse and soccer programs. One athletic department hireling at Evergreen says of Brennan's departure: "Loyola's gain is San Jose's loss."
* When Jennifer Capriati meets Monica Seles at the Baltimore Arena on Nov. 27 in the fifth annual First National Bank Tennis Festival presented by The Baltimore Sun, we will have seen here within a calendar year the two hottest teen-agers in the world plus two legends, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. They played in the fourth annual event last December at Towson State. Pam Shriver, who puts this event together, says Baltimore is the only city in the country that can say that.
* Get ready to see Baltimore knocked again for not supporting football, as it was when Notre Dame-Navy failed to sell out here two years ago. Terps ticket manager Jack Zane says there's little chance Maryland-Clemson will sell out Memorial Stadium Saturday, even though the Terps are 2-0 and Clemson is nationally ranked. It's no mystery. This is too early for football -- Maryland usually plays here in November -- and everything written or said about the Terps in the preseason was negative.
* Detroit broadcaster Ernie Harwell says Cecil Fielder, who previously played in Japan, came to the Tigers by default. "First they tried to get Pete O'Brien and he wouldn't come," says Harwell. "Then they made a great offer to Kent Hrbek and he wouldn't come. So they settled for Fielder." Lucky they did.
* Ken Carey reports from Berlin, Md., that Worcester Country School has landed a Hall of Famer to coach its lacrosse team. He's Jerry Schmidt, the onetime Johns Hopkins All-America who has been head coach at Princeton and Hobart, where he built a program that's still winning championships. Schmidt is a teacher and coach at the little school outside Ocean City.
* Chris Jarboe, who went to Calvert Hall and Essex Community College, is the resident umpire in the Oriole Instructional League, in which Bird farmhands are now playing against area college teams. Bill Gehring, veteran college and high school ump, thinks young Jarboe has the stuff to get to the majors. Jarboe worked in the Western League this summer.
* Home Team Sports national sales rep John Cherney said during the Orioles-Tigers series this week that the worst thing that could have happened to the Orioles was coming so close to the division championship last year. "Going from 107 losses to second place gave people too high expectations," Cherney said. "I expected them to be a .500 team this year." They won't be that either, of course.
* After Maryland's win at West Virginia last week, football coach Joe Krivak and his players ran off at the final gun to slap hands with 1,500 Maryland supporters who had cheered them from a far corner of the stadium. At long last, some good things are beginning to happen at College Park.
Krivak, by the way, says he's sure first-year Clemson coach Ken Hatfield will be successful there "for many years to come." That's not the way Clemson's supporters are talking after the Tigers' first-ever loss to Virginia. Clemson has turned in 1,700 tickets for Saturday's game here.