Ramsey's threats go back years, prof says
An Auburn professor said former football player Eric Ramsey threatened to blow the whistle on the athletic department nearly two years ago when he was accused of cheating in class.
And a former Auburn sociology teacher said Ramsey discussed using secretly recorded conversations with coaches and boosters as "leverage" to help the teacher get his job back.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported both educators' comments yesterday, on the eve of Ramsey's appearance on the CBS program "60 Minutes," where he will play tape recordings he made secretly during meetings with coaches and boosters. Ramsey has said that during those meetings, he received cash and gifts in violation of NCAA regulations.
Psychology professor Robert W. Schaeffer said students in his class turned in Ramsey for cheating on a test in 1989. But Schaeffer said the vice president for academic affairs dropped the charge against Ramsey after the player mentioned alleged wrongdoing in the football program.
In May 1991, Ramsey, a defensive back for the Tigers through the 1990 season, learned that a sociology teacher he liked, Allen Shelton, did not get his contract renewed.
"He said he had the leverage and he had evidence of misdeeds in the athletic program and he said he would use that for me," said Shelton, who said he declined Ramsey's offer.
Matt Biondi edged fellow world-record holder Tom Jager by four-tenths of a second to win the 50-meter freestyle at the Texas-U.S. National Team dual meet at Austin, Texas. In one of the best women's races of the day, three-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans pulled ahead of Texas' Erika Hansen midway through the third leg of the 400-meter individual medley to win the event by 2.19 seconds.
Biondi and Jager, both USA team members, were close the entire race, with Biondi finishing in 23.46. Biondi holds the world record in the 100-meter freestyle and Jager holds the world and Texas Swim Center record at 50 meters.
Richard Fromberg of Australia completed the round-robin portion of the Colonial Mutual Classic in Melbourne, Australia, with a 3-0 record by defeating Horst Skoff of Austria, 6-4, 6-4, in Group 1. Fromberg will face Goran Prpic in today's final. Jason Stoltenberg beat Prpic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and both finished Group 2 with 2-1 records, but Prpic advanced because he lost fewer sets during the tournament.
Two-time World Cup champion Petra Kronberger of Austria got her first World Cup victory of the season at Serre Chevalier, France. Kronberger was timed in 1:25.97, edging Heidi Zurbriggen of Switzerland by 14 hundredths of a second in the second women's downhill of the season. Miriam Vogt of Germany was third in 1:26.23, with Kerrin Lee-Gartner of Canada fourth in 1:26.45 and Veronika Wallinger of Austria fifth in 1:26.58.
The victory moved Kronberger to the top of the World Cup standings with 351 points, ahead of slalom specialist Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who did not compete in the downhill.
* The men's World Cup slalom was postponed until todabecause of a heavy snowfall at St. Anton, Austria. A downhill
scheduled for today was called off.
Cross country skiing
Four-time NCAA ski champion Laura Wilson overcame a small snowstorm and steady winds to win her second straight race in the American Airlines Super Series at Lake Placid, N.Y. Wilson, 22, a U.S. Ski Team member from Montpelier, Vt., covered the 4.3-kilometer loop at the Whiteface Inn golf course, which had about four inches of new snow, in 12:50.4. She also won Friday's 10-kilometer freestyle race. Runner-up for the second day in a row was Kerrin Petty of Townshend, Vt.
Klaus Sulzenbacher of Austria took the lead in the World Cup Nordic combined at Courchevel, France, with jumps off the 90-meter hill of 262 feet, 5 inches, 282-4 and 285-7. He has 224 1/2 points. Frabrice Guy of France was second with 214.9 points.
Andy Gabel continued his dominance of the men's short track trials at Lake Placid, N.Y., winning two 1,000-meter races and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Gabel, of Franklin, Wis., totaled 183 points in beating Charles King, runner-up with 143 points. King, of Studio City, Calif., will be the men's Olympic alternate when the indoor sport makes its medal debut at the Winter Games at Albertville in February.
In women's competition, Cathy Turner of Hilton, N.Y., clinched a berth on the Olympic team by winning her third straight race for a total of 205 points.