Tarkanian sues NCAA for alleged vendettaUNLV coach Jerry...

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December 31, 1991

Tarkanian sues NCAA for alleged vendetta

UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian filed a counterclaim against the NCAA yesterday, accusing the agency of "enforcement atrocities' in a 20-year vendetta to drive him from college coaching.

The 77-page action is in response to an NCAA lawsuit filed in November that seeks to overturn Nevada's due pocess law. The due process case is scheduled for trial next month in U.S. District Court.

"The fact of the matter is the NCAA is an organization that's out of control," said Santa Ana, Calif., attorney Terry Giles, who filed the Tarkanian suit with Las Vegas attorney Chuck Thompson. "They have ruined Coach Tarkanian's career."


A 29-year-old professional boxer, who was in a coma for 10 days after being knocked out in a national title bout, is dead, hospital officials in Santiago, Chile, said.

David Ellis was knocked out by Abdenago Jofre Dec. 20 in the 11th round of a 12-round bout for the Chilean middleweight title. He recovered in the ring, but shortly afterward he became sick and went to a hospital where he lapsed into a coma. Doctors said he suffered severe brain damage and never recovered.

Doctors said Ellis was "clinically dead" for about a week, and was being maintained with a mechanic respirator until his death.


Jim Barniak, PRISM sports director and television announcer in Philadelphia, is dead following emergency surgery for a gatro-intestinal hemorrhage two weeks ago. He was 50.

Barniak joined PRISM in 1976 and was promoted to sports director three years later. He was the play-by-play announcer for PRISM telecasts of Philadelphia Phillies baseball and Philadelphia 76ers basketball.


After sitting out a 12-game suspension as a result of a stick-throwing incident on Nov. 16, Los Angeles coach Tom Webster returns to the bench tonight when the Kings face the Vancouver Canucks.

The suspension, assessed by NHL executive vice president Brian O'Neill on Nov. 27, was the most severe penalty ever assessed against a coach in league history.

In addition to the suspension, the Kings were fined $10,000.

* Coach Walt Kyle's hunch to start backup goaltender Corwin Saurdiff backfired as Sweden defeated Team USA, 8-6, handing the Americans their first loss at the World Junior Hockey Championships at Kaufbeurn, Germany.

The Swedes scored four times in the first period and four times in the second.

"We needed goaltending tonight but we didn't get it," Kyle said. "I wanted to give Mike [Dunham] a rest, especially since we have a great chance at winning a medal."

College basketball

New Mexico guard Andre McGee said he may be leaving the school after spending much of the team's early schedule at odds with coach Dave Bliss.

Asked if he was off the team, McGee replied: "Most likely I am."

The 6-foot sophomore from Corpus Christi, Texas, did not dress for last weekend's Lobo Invitational and has not practiced since returning late from Christmas vacation last week. Bliss said he met yesterday with McGee to discuss the late return.

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