Kids say the darndest thingsNew Purdue football coach Jim...

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August 04, 1991

Kids say the darndest things

New Purdue football coach Jim Colletto, formerly an assistant at Ohio State, says his 11-year-old son, Patrick, always puts him in his place.

"When I got the job, I went home and said, 'Patrick, I've been named the head coach at Purdue,' " the coach said. "He said, 'Gosh, Dad, that means we're not going to go to any more bowl games.' "

Doctor's orders?

Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, on players' agents: "I don't deal with agents anymore. I've had two heart conditions and I don't want a third."

A man of many talents

If you're looking for a multi-talented individual, try golfer Terry Dill.

Dill, nicknamed "The Pickle" by his fellow competitors for obvious reasons, is a member of the PGA Senior Tour. He also is a longtime member of the regular tour. And a working club pro.

Dill earned a law degree along the way and practiced law. As a teacher, he taught law at Texas A&M and developed a new tax program at that school.

Stats of the Year--1961

Among the unusual facts that were part of Roger Maris' record year of 61 home runs for the New York Yankees in 1961 was this: Maris did not receive an intentional walk that season. One reason being he usually was batting in front of Mickey Mantle, who hit 54 homers.

According to the "1991 Elias Baseball Analyst," Maris hit 57 homers to right field, three to center and one to left. He had 49 homers against right-handed pitchers and a dozen against left-handers.

A winning marketing strategy

An undefeated season in college football has meant a windfall for Georgia Tech.

Freshman applications are up 22 percent after declining for three straight seasons. Donations, academic and athletic, are up 18 percent from $28.5 million to $33.5 million.

And royalties from selling the Tech logo jumped 100 percent to $150,000. At the campus bookstore alone, clothing sales are up 65 percent from last year.

Small town thinking big

In the NFL, Green Bay used to be "Title Town." Just think of Fayetteville, Tenn., as "Tiny Town."

The community of 7,559 residents is applying for an NFL expansion franchise.

"You've got to think big," said Dick Farrar Jr., owner of a local lumber company and the prime mover behind a group that has asked the league for an application.

"The chances are very remote of something like Fayetteville getting one of the expansion teams," Farrar conceded to the Nashville Banner last week.

Marketed as a region, Fayetteville could become a formidable opponent. More than 7 million people live within a 150-mile radius of the town, which is 70 miles south of Nashville.

The NFL has said it will add two teams in 1992. Those franchises will begin play in 1994.

A Bennett good year

The 1990-91 basketball season was a good one for the coaching Bennetts of Wisconsin.

Kathi Bennett, the women's coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, coached her team to a 21-5 record. That got the squad into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Kathi's father, Dick, the men's coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay, guided his team to a 24-6 record and a berth in the Division I tournament.

The quote

Los Angeles Rams coach John Robinson on 35-year-old fullback Mosi Tatupu: "He's still a very good fit for us, although he's as old as some colleges."

Milwaukee Brewers' Robin Yount, who went 3-for-4 after missing 22 games after passing a kidney stone: "Other than not quite having my wind and the legs under me, I feel fine. I'm just going to need some time. I feel fine, but inactivity for a couple of weeks where you don't do anything kind of slows you down."

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