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Div. III school wants Minnesota

Minnesota coach Jim Wacker says his team could chalk up more victories if it played more games against Susquehanna University.

Susquehanna (4-0), ranked No.

3 in NCAA Division III, wants to see the Golden Gophers try. Coach Steve Briggs said Friday he'd accept a home-and-home series with the Golden Gophers (1-3) and a split of the gate proceeds from each game.

"I will speak to Coach Wacker about the request and we will respond accordingly," Minnesota athletic director McKinley Boston said.

Wacker, in a discussion last week of why Big Ten teams had a losing record in non-conference games, said, "Look how many teams play Notre Dame. Dang, that's dumb. Maybe we should play more games with Susquehanna U."

Susquehanna sports information director Mike Ferlazzo heard about Wacker's remark and told Briggs.

"We guarantee Minnesota a capacity crowd of 4,000 persons at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field on campus and an even split of the gate receipts," athletic director Don Harnum said. "We cannot guarantee the Golden Gophers a win."

Susquehanna _ located in Selinsgrove, Pa. _ advanced to the Division III semifinals last year.


Notre Dame: Coach Lou Holtz, upset with his inconsistent offense, said he'll play his second offensive unit at some point during the first half of today's game with Pitt and will continue the platooning if the unit plays well.

Oklahoma State: Starting quarterback Gary Porter and reserve wide receivers Shannon Culver and Bert Milliner have been suspended by coach Pat Jones for today's game with Nebraska.

Arizona State: Backup quarterback Garrick McGee was placed on three years' probation and ordered to pay $416 in restitution in a theft case in Mesa, Ariz. McGee was charged Sept. 14 in burglaries of three Tempe stores late last year.

Maryland: Sophomore Doug Burnett will start at tailback today against Georgia Tech. Burnett started the season on the third team but starter Mark Mason and backup Larry Washington were injured last week against Pitt.