William & Mary alters plans to cut 4 sports

Sports briefly

February 23, 1991

Ten days after cutting four sports, William and Mary president Paul Verkuil said the college would reinstate women's basketball, men's wrestling and men's and women's swimming because of public response and new funding.

A school spokesman said contributions saved the sports, but would not elaborate on where the money came from.

* The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill yesterday to block National Collegiate Athletic Association rules limiting the amount financial aid student athletes can receive, despite fears that such a law might bring down NCAA sanctions.

Under NCAA rules, a cap is placed on how much aid student athletes can receive from other grants if they accept an athletic scholarship. The bill would prohibit that.

* A ticket UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian donated to help finance a battle with the NCAA ended up being used by a man involved in fixing sporting events, an attorney has confirmed.

Attorney David Chesnoff said he gave one of the four seats he bought to Richard "The Fixer" Perry.

Under his contract, Tarkanian gets 216 basketball tickets and donated several to a committee that successfully lobbied for UNLV's right to defend its national title.

Tarkanian warned his players to avoid any association with Perry, who was convicted in 1974 of charges related to fixing harness races in New York. He pleaded guilty in 1984 to conspiracy to commit sports bribery in the Boston College basketball point-shaving scandal.


David Monasterio set an Atlantic Coast Conference record in the 500-yard freestyle night to help stake North Carolina to a commanding lead after the first day of the ACC men's swimming and diving championships.

North Carolina's 278 team points are 113.5 ahead of second place North Carolina State. Defending ACC champion Virginia was third with 157.5 points, followed by Maryland's 157, Clemson's 151, Duke's 80 and Georgia Tech's 48. Wake Forest does not field a men's swimming team.


Senior Anne Sugden (Old Mill) matched her career high with a 37.60 in the all-around, sophomore Janine Spezio scored a team-high 9.55 in floor exercise, and Towson State (11-2) rallied in this final discipline to overtake Kentucky (7-8) in a women's gymnastics meet at the Towson Center, 185.80 to 185.75.

Sugden accounted for Towson State's only individual first with a 9.7 on bars. Teammate Julie Heilman, a beam and floor-exercise specialist, matched her best beam score with a 9.55, and added a 9.45 in the floor comeback for two solid efforts.

Track and field

The University of Delaware held the lead in the men's competition after the first day the 14th East Coast Conference men's and women's indoor track and field championships.

The Blue Hens took first and second place in the long jump, a second in the pole vault and a third in the triple jump to claim a 36-28 lead over runner-up University of Maryland Baltimore County. UMBC's Eric Brown won the triple jump competition 47-feet, 3 inches.

Third was Rider College with 19 points, followed by Central Connecticut, 6, Drexel, 3, and Towson State, 1.

College wrestling

Morgan State had three champions and five runners-up in capturing its seventh consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in the 20th annual meet at Howard University in Washington. The Bears totaled 81 points, followed by Delaware State 76 1/2 , Coppin State 59 and Howard U., 30 3/4 , among the leaders.

Morgan State's Dontae Smith the 118-pound champion, was selected the outstanding wrestler. Other individual champions included Morgan State's Nate Mosley and Robert Cephas and Coppin State's Daymon Royster, Lionel Shields and Jerome Johnson. It was the third straight title for Shields.


Don Elbaum, who is promoting the Vincent Pettway-Eddie Van Kirk state welterweight title match at the Baltimore Arena on March 4, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., Wednesday to six months in prison for failing to file federal income taxes.

Elbaum pleaded guilty and received the minimum sentence. He said yesterday that his sentence may be commuted if he pays the IRS a sum of $150,000.

Auto racing

Davey Allison, winner of the pole at the season-opening Daytona 500, made it two in a row by edging Alan Kulwicki for the top starting spot in tomorrow's Pontiac 400.

Allison's Ford Thunderbird registered a fast lap of 120.428 mph on Richmond International Raceway's three-quarter-mile, D-shaped layout.

* Jeff Burton beat a field that included Dale Earnhardt and six other Winston Cup regulars to win the top starting spot for today's Pontiac 200 Busch Grand National race.

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