A bow to equality
Gender equity is catching up with sumo. For the first time in its 50-year history, the Japan Sumo Association will have a woman on its governing body. Playwright Makiko Uchitate was appointed to the council that decides which wrestlers are promoted to the rank of yokozuna, the highest of sumo's six divisions. Earlier this year there was a controversy about the association's ban on women being in the ring. The ring is considered sacred ground, and sumo's ruling body has refused to allow women into it because Shinto belief holds that women are impure.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Who was the coach of the Indiana University men's basketball team before Bob Knight was hired on March 27, 1971?
"Majerus is the antithesis of Knight: a big, cuddly bear of a guy who has a closet filled with oversized red sweaters. There is life after Bob Knight. This is not the end of anything. This is just a beautiful and exciting new beginning."
_ BOB KRAVITZ
of the Indianapolis Star, suggesting Utah's Rick Majerus should replace Knight as Indiana University's basketball coach.
Lou Watson, coach from 1966-69 and again in 1971, turned in his resignation after players met with then-IU president John Ryan insisting on a coaching change.