Kapp Says Zipper Story Has Been Overexposed

Posted: October 23, 1986

The Great Joe Kapp Zipper Controversy is anything but an open and shut case.

It all began three weeks ago, when Kapp, the embattled football coach at the University of California, was asked if he intended to remain in coaching. The question seemed reasonable, considering that the Golden Bears were coming off a 50-18 loss to Washington, their third in four games. It seems even more reasonable now; Cal is 1-5 and facing a game Saturday with 15th-ranked Arizona.

Kapp, however, didn't quite see it that way. According to Sports Illustrated, he responded to the question with an obscene comment and said, ''You've stripped me bare of my heart and mind. Do you want to see everything?" And with that, he unzipped his fly.

Now, even though the incident was witnessed by more than 10 reporters, Kapp is denying his actions.

"I did not unzip my pants. That's a lie," he told a group of Tucson, Ariz., reporters over the phone Tuesday.

After hearing Kapp's denial, Arizona Daily Star reporter Jack Magruder placed a second call to the coach. "I wanted to give him a second chance to think about what he said, because I knew a lot of reporters had been there and had written about it," Magruder said. "But when I got him on the phone, he denied it again."

Joe Kapp, it seems, has been caught with his pants down.


* Changes are in the works on baseball's managerial front.

In Cincinnati, Reds general manager Bill Bergesch wants player-manager Pete Rose to drop, at least temporarily, the front part of his title. In San Diego, the fate of Steve Boros will be decided by the end of the week. And in Minneapolis, Jim Frey, former manager of the Royals and Cubs, has emerged as a candidate to take over the Twins.

Rose, 45, is coming off a .219 season and has one year left on his contract as a player.

"There's been no final decision made on whether Pete would play or not," Bergesch said. "If you want to use my personal hope, my personal preference is he would not play. But whether he plays or not would be his decision."

The Boros situation will be resolved by Saturday, when he and his family leave for an eight-day cruise to Tahiti.

"Yes, Steve will know what we plan to do by Saturday," said Padres owner Ballard Smith, "but I'm not saying you (the media) are going to know by Saturday. I'm just not going to let him go on his vacation without knowing."

The Twins, who have said they hope to name a new manager by next week at the latest, interviewed Frey Tuesday.

Club official Jim Pohlad said the only candidates who have been recommended by Twins vice president Andy MacPhail are Frey and third base coach Tom Kelly, who served as interim manager for the final three weeks of the 1986 season after Ray Miller was fired.


* Byron Abraham and Walter Moseley, two reserve running backs at Syracuse, have been disciplined after confronting backfield coach Randy Edsall Monday about their lack of playing time.

"What we had was a difference of opinion and tempers flared," said coach Dick MacPherson, whose team meets Temple Saturday at Veterans Stadium. "It was a case of bad judgment. Some people let their tempers get the best of them, and some disciplinary action has been taken."

MacPherson declined to reveal what action has been taken against the pair. Both players said their playing status will not be affected.

The game, which begins at 12:20 p.m., will be telecast by Channel 57. The announcers will be Harry Donahue and former Eagles player personnel director Lynn Stiles.

* Former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire, now an announcer with NBC, says he has turned turned down an offer to return to coaching at Fordham.

"The guy called me to ask my recommendations for the job, and then he said, 'How about you?' " McGuire said. "I said, 'No way.' I'll never go back to coaching under any condition. Why would I do a thing like that?"

Fordham has named Bob Quinn to replace Tom Penders on an interim basis. Penders resigned to become coach at the University of Rhode Island.


* Art Hunter, who led Monsignor Bonner's boys basketball team to the 1984 Catholic League championship in his only season as varsity coach, has been named head women's coach at Eastern College.

* Drexel will play Temple at noon and Textile will meet St. Joseph's at 2 p.m. Saturday in a soccer doubleheader at Temple Stadium. The doubleheader is the first in five years for Soccer Seven, an unofficial conference that includes the four Saturday entrants and La Salle, Villanova and Penn.

* Michael Olajide, the International Boxing Federation's sixth-ranked middleweight contender, meets Ray Ray Gray tonight in a 10-round bout at Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Olajide is 19-0 with 13 KOs, Gray 12-2-1 with six KOs.


* Former New York Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone was sentenced to six months in jail on two misdemeanor drug charges. New York Supreme Court Justice Alan Marru, in handing down the sentence, said, "Once a first-rate baseball player, (Pepitone) now stands before this court as a second-rate drug operator." A state appellate judge later agreed to allow Pepitone and a co- defendant to remain free until their lawyers could formally ask that the sentences be stayed pending appeal.

* George Gervin, who led the NBA in scoring four times, has signed a $250,000 contract to play with Banco Di Roma of the Italian league. In other NBA news, backup center Jim Petersen ended his holdout and signed a three- year contract with the Houston Rockets.

* The World Boxing Council agreed to put off until next year a vote on the issue of recognizing the rival World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation. However, the WBC did sanction a super-welterweight title fight, set for Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, between No. 1 and 2 contenders John "The Beast" Mugabi and Duane Thomas. The title is being relinquished by Thomas Hearns, who plans to fight as a light-heavyweight and middleweight.

* Former WBA heavyweight champion Michael Dokes has pleaded innocent in Las Vegas to charges of cocaine trafficking and marijuana possession. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

* A Baltimore television station has reported that the Baltimore Orioles will not renew the contract of veteran catcher Rick Dempsey, thus making him a free agent.

* New York Rangers goaltender coach Eddie Giacomin was mugged yesterday afternoon in midtown Manhattan. He suffered cuts around his mouth and was robbed of $160.

* American Bruce Baumgartner dethroned titlist David Gobedzishvili, of the Soviet Union, in the 287-pound final of the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

* Forward Winston Bennett, expected to assume the star role on the University of Kentucky basketball team with the departure of All-America Kenny Walker, injured his right knee in practice yesterday and probably will need surgery.

* Composer Dominic Frontiere, husband of Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, has pleaded guilty to tax charges stemming from the scalping of thousands of tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl. The final count of a three-count indictment was dropped as a part of the plea agreement. The two felony counts carry a maximum sentence of eight years' imprisonment and a $15, 000 fine.


* West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen, on his team's offensive problems: "We've taken a picture of the scoreboard and we've tried to explain to our guys that if they would light up the part that says West Virginia, that would be very good."

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