Boston College fires Bicknell after 10 years
Jack Bicknell, who coached Boston College to four bowl games in his first six seasons but had losing records in his last four, was fired yesterday after 10 years on the job.
No replacement was named for Bicknell, who departs after a 4-7 season in which the Eagles lost their last four games. His 10-year record is 59-55-1.
"I have no bitterness. I think they made a mistake. I think they got rid of a good coach," Bicknell said after his meeting yesterday morning with Boston College president J. Donald Monan.
The Eagles went 5-6 in 1981, Bicknell's first season as coach, but a freshman named Doug Flutie emerged as the starting quarterback. During the next three seasons, Flutie led Boston College to records of 8-3-1, 9-3 and 10-2.
In 1984, Flutie's senior season, the Eagles beat Houston, 45-28, in the Cotton Bowl and ended at 10-2.
But the Eagles and Bicknell weren't the same after Flutie capped his career by winning the Heisman Trophy and left for the pros.
* Curley Hallman, who led Southern Mississippi to two bowl games in the past three years, was named Louisiana State's head football coach. Hallman, 43, will receive a five-year contract paying him $85,000 a year. Hallman replaces Mike Archer, who resigned earlier this month after reports surfaced that he was about to be fired.
Track and field
Two-time world indoor long-jump champion Larry Myricks wil be eligible to compete again next April, The Athletics Congress announced in dropping a lifetime ban against him for testing positive for drugs.
Myricks, a 1988 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, tested positive for a stimulant at three meets for the 1990 indoor season. Myricks has been ineligible since last April. The executive committee decided to reinstate him as of April 13.
The one-year suspension means Myricks won't be able to defend his title at the next World Indoor Championships in Seville, Spain, March. But he will be eligible to try out for the U.S. team at the World Outdoor Championships, scheduled for next summer in Tokyo.
Purdue's Gene Keady, 254-113 as a Division I head coach, has been selected to coach the United States men's basketball team in the 1991 Pan American Games. The selection of Keady, who still must be approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee, was announced by USA Basketball -- the national governing body for the sport.
L The Pan Am competition is scheduled for Aug. 2-17 in Havana.
* Mount St. Mary's will be without two of its top-scoring guards, Kevin Booth and Doug John, for at least six to eight weeks. Booth (knee) led the Mount in scoring (18.5 points) and was the high scorer in this year's season-opening loss at Xavier with 29 points. John (bulging disks) scored eight points in the Xavier game and had five points in 15 minutes at Navy on Monday.
* The University of Maryland's women's basketball team has signed Kesha Camper (6-0, forward) and Melissa Boles (5-10, guard), to national letters of intent during the early signing period. Camper has averaged 23.4 points and 14.7 rebounds during three varsity seasons at Parkside High School in Salisbury. Boles led Sullivan Junior College in Lexington, Ky., to a 30-2 record a year ago, averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
* An Israeli basketball team walked off the court in response to a noisy pro-Arab demonstration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. About 50 Arab students and community residents waved Palestinian flags and shouted anti-Israel slogans during the protest Monday, which started about a half-hour before the game and continued into its opening minutes.
The Israeli team, Hapoel Hagalil Haelyon, was eight points ahead when it left the court after university officials would not eject the protesters who were in the stands and had been following the Israelis from one end of the court to the other.
Army-Navy game at hand