There is still a possibility Florida State or Miami could open the 1990 college football season at Disneyland. The Seminoles and Hurricanes are among the teams considered for the first Pigskin Classic in Anaheim, Calif., a game that still needs to be approved by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. Although the game would no doubt be very lucrative for each school - the payout is believed to be in the $500,000 range per school - it certainly has its drawbacks. It is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26 - 13 days before each team is supposed to open the regular season. That means players would have to report to practice at least two weeks earlier than normal. And the opponents being discussed will no doubt be difficult for either school - Colorado and Notre Dame.
"We're hoping to invite the teams sometime in the next week," said Jack Lindquist, executive vice president of marketing for Walt Disney Attractions. "Florida State is one of the teams we're very high on. So are Colorado, Notre Dame and Miami."
Lindquist said he can't contact any of the schools until approval for the game has been given. He also said the NCAA will not permit the scheduling of a game between bowl opponents from this year or teams scheduled to meet during the 1990 regular season.
So an FSU-Miami game is out (they are scheduled to play in Miami on Oct. 6), as is a Miami-Notre Dame game (they are scheduled to play in South Bend on Oct. 20). Colorado and Notre Dame played in the Orange Bowl, so the only matchups that would work are FSU-Colorado, FSU-Notre Dame, or Miami-Colorado, unless other teams are considered.
The game would be played at Anaheim Stadium, where the Los Angeles Rams play their home games and where the Florida Gators lost to Washington in the Freedom Bowl.
Valvano detractor: The president of the student senate at North Carolina State wasn't satisfied with the way school officials handled coach Jim Valvano after the NCAA put the school on probation, including barring the Wolfpack from post-season play this year.
Brooks Raiford vowed to "forcefully and vocally" push for Valvano's dismissal. "I am repulsed by the notion that we have to mold coach Valvano into a responsible, ethical coach," Raiford said. "N.C. State should demand these characteristics from its coaching staff without having to force it on them."
Politics?: North Carolina coach Dean Smith doesn't think school presidents were necessarily acting in the best interests of student-athletes when they voted last month at the NCAA Convention to reduce basketball schedules from 28 to 25 games. The idea was to give players more time in the classroom and less on the basketball court.
"I think it's purely a political move, and maybe the presidents needed to make a political move in order for the general public to think they're still in charge. I think they still were in charge and didn't need to do this. But that's their business."
Said Texas basketball player Joey Wright: "I don't think cutting the season by three games is going to make any difference. If they want to do something about academics and the athlete, they will have to go a lot farther than that. If they really are trying to make a difference, they need to cut it eight or nine games."
Recruiting: High school football recruits still have a day to change their minds, but if projections based on early commitments are true, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M are the schools that will have the most-talented classes. Wednesday is the first day players can sign letters of intent, which are binding.
Schools can sign up to 25 players.
"A lot of schools are having good recruiting years, but those four have consistently gotten commitments from great ones," said Allen
Wallace, the publisher of SuperPrep magazine. "When you look at their classes, there are no throw-ins. They're all great players."
Notes: Maryland coach Gary Williams acknowledged last week that he broke an NCAA rule by watching informal team workouts before the official start of practice on Oct. 15, a pretty cut-and-dried rule that a big-time basketball coach should know he is breaking. "It was poor judgment on my part," said Williams, whose school is already in trouble with the NCAA because of alleged sins committed by former coach Bob Wade. Cincinnati (15-10) is five games over .500 for the first time in five years and is 6-3 in the Metro Conference, tied for second place with Southern Mississippi. Those six victories are the most conference wins for the Bearcats since 1984-85, when they went 8-6 and finished third.