Raveling Leaves Iowa To Take Reins At Usc

Posted: March 28, 1986

George Raveling sounds like the right man for the University of Southern California coaching job.

"This is an entertainment town. You compete for the entertainment

dollar," Raveling said yesterday after being introduced as USC's new basketball coach.

Raveling, a former Villanova player and assistant coach, returns to the Pacific-10 Conference after guiding Iowa for three years (54-38, including 21 and 20 victories the past two seasons). He previously coached at Washington State.

Raveling, 48, told a news conference his contract was still being negotiated. He said only that it would be a five-year pact.

"My top priority is as quickly as possible to get USC into the NCAA playoffs," he said.

Raveling replaces Stan Morrison, who resigned two weeks ago after an 11-17 season to become associate athletic director at USC.

Two of USC's players are Philadelphia products - freshmen Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers of Dobbins Tech. The 6-4 Kimble was the Trojans' No. 3 scorer this season, averaging 12.1 points. The 6-7 Gathers averaged 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds, second on the team.


* Among those considered candidates for the St. Bonaventure coaching job, vacated when Jim O'Brien moved to Boston College Wednesday, are Jim Baron, a Notre Dame assistant coach and former Bonnies player; Siena coach John Griffin, a former St. Joseph's player; St. Bonaventure assistant Ron DeCarli; and Billy Kalbaugh, another ex-Bonnies player who is head coach at Mercyhurst in Erie.

* Tom Davis, who has a four-year 58-59 record at Stanford, is reportedly the leading candidate to succeed the retired Guy Lewis at the University of Houston. "I'm certainly interested. I have been all along," Davis said. "I appreciate their interest in me."

* Danny Nee (22-8 this season at Ohio University, 107-67 in six seasons) is the new coach at the University of Nebraska. He replaces Moe Iba, who resigned after the Cornhuskers' loss to Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


* The clock controversy during last week's Kansas-Michigan State NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal in Kansas City, Mo., has worried college basketball rule-makers enough to consider using television replays to prevent it from happening again.

Dr. Ed Steitz, who is editor and interpreter of NCAA basketball rules, said he will present to the NCAA "the possibility of using TV to monitor time and scoring. "I think the chances are very good that something like that will be done," he said.

Kansas defeated Michigan State, 96-86 in overtime, but valuable seconds were left on the clock when the timer had trouble getting it started with 2:20 remaining and Michigan State leading by six points.

Steitz, the athletic director at Springfield (Mass.) College, said the replays would not be used to question judgment calls by the officials "like the NFL is doing."

Asked if he thought it would be an embarrassment to the rules committee and the NCAA if Kansas won the national title because of the fiasco, Steitz said, "I don't think you could call it an embarrassment but it would pale it."


* Eddie Sutton, who took over Kentucky this season and led the Wildcats to the Southeastern Conference title, has been named college basketball's coach of the year by the Associated Press.

St. John's junior Walter Berry was named winner of the 15th Adolph F. Rupp Trophy as the Associated Press player of the year.

It was the second AP award for Sutton, who won in 1978 when he guided Arkansas into the Final Four. He is the sixth coach to win the award more than once but the first to win at different schools.

Sutton attracted 35 votes from a panel of 192 sports writers and broadcasters.

Dick Versace, who guided Bradley to the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title, finished second with 32 votes. Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke, was next with 30.

Berry, who was the only unanimous selection on this year's AP All-America team, received 66 of 192 votes in a nationwide poll of sports writers and sportscasters conducted before the NCAA tournament.

Kenny Walker of Kentucky finished second with 50 votes, followed by Johnny Dawkins of Duke with 18 and Len Bias of Maryland with 12.


* Senior Cheryl Miller, who broke nearly every women's basketball record at the University of Southern California, was named to the Kodak women's basketball All-America team for the fourth consecutive year.

Kamie Ethridge of top-ranked and undefeated Texas and Lillie Mason of Western Kentucky, who meet in tonight's opening game of the NCAA Women's Final Four in Lexington, Ky., were also named to the squad selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Miller leads USC against Tennessee in the other semifinal.

Completing the All-America team are Teresa Edwards of Georgia, Cindy Brown of California State-Long Beach, Wanda Ford of Drake, Jennifer Gillom of Mississippi, Pam Leake of North Carolina, Katrina McClain of Georgia and Sue Wicks of Rutgers.


* It pays to run in the Philadelphia area.

The new Packard Press Road Run Grand Prix is paying $100 to winners of its five-race series. The male and female overall winners (minimum of four races entered) will receive $1,500 apiece. The second-place finishers in points will earn $1,000, on down to $400 for the fifth-place runners.

The races include last Sunday's New Jersey 10-Miler and the Rites of Spring 5K, the May 4 10-Mile Broad Street Run, the Sept. 14 Philadelphia Distance Run (half-marathon), the Oct. 26 Loop Race (8.4 miles) and the Nov. 23 Philadelphia Independence Marathon (5-miles).

As winners of the series openers, Ashley Johnson and Michelle Bush (10- miler) and Michael Wyatt and Debbie Mueller (5K) each have 25 points.

Frank E. Greenberg, a track official at the 1984 Summer Olympics, is chairman of the Grand Prix committee. For details about rules and other information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Manny D. Pokotilow, c/o Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein and Cohen, Ltd., 21 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.


* Among the runners scheduled to participate tomorrow in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's third annual 10-K Nutrathon is 68-year-old Dr. Robert Gilbert of Wynnewood. Gilbert is a Jefferson staff member. A 2-Mile Fun Run is also on the agenda. The 10-K begins at 10 a.m. at the Art Museum.

* David Kass of Columbus, Ohio, No. 1 in 16-and-under boys, defeated David DiLucia of Norristown, 6-4, 6-2, in the Head Easter Bowl junior tennis tournament in Miami.


* Former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner was indicted yesterday in New Brunswick, N.J., on charges of possessing with intent to distribute nearly 4ounces of cocaine worth an estimated $12,000. Conviction on the charges carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

* Right wing Mike Gartner, the Washington Capitals' second-leading scorer, will undergo arthroscopic surgery today to remove torn cartilege from his left knee. He aggravated the knee injury at Wednesday's practice.

* The Hobey Baker Memorial Award runs in the Fusco family. Three years ago, Harvard's Mark Fusco won the award, which annually salutes the outstanding

college hockey player in the nation. Yesterday, Mark's brother, Scott, a Harvard center, received the award. Scott, a Hartford Whalers draft choice, is Harvard's all-time leading scorer.

* George McPhee of the New York Rangers has been suspended for four games after a high-sticking incident with Greg Gilbert of the Islanders on March 18.

* Scott Davis, ranked 37th in the world, upset 17th-ranked Tim Mayotte, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), in the second round of the $315,000 Volvo Chicago tennis tournament.

c Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, who has said he is torn between playing pro football or baseball, may be leaning toward football. Jackson is hitting just .258 for Auburn. The good news for Jackson is that his 17 hits include seven home runs.


* Some interesting annual salary comparisons for new coaching and athletic director appointments this week:

1. Tim Floyd, new basketball coach, University of Idaho: $43,000

2. Marino Casem, athletic director, Southern U.: $55,000

3. George Felton, basketball coach, Univ. of South Carolina: $65,000

4. Jim O'Brien, basketball coach, Boston College: no figure available, but his predecessor, Gary Williams, received an estimated $60,000

4. Paul Evans, basketball coach, University of Pittsburgh: $125,000 (camp and radio show will increase his pay to an estimated $200,000).

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