Colorado LB Williams wins Butkus Award
Colorado linebacker Alfred Williams went from best in the Big Eight to best in the country in one season.
Williams was named winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker for his play in No. 1 Colorado's 10-1-1 season. He had 88 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks.
"It was a surprise to see myself as the winner with so many great names and universities on the list," Williams, a senior from Houston, said. "I'm accepting this award with great appreciation for the committee for recognizing me."
Williams edged Illinois' Darrick Brownlow for the award, in balloting by a panel of sports journalists and football experts. Both players received six first-place votes, but Williams topped Brownlow in points, 31-28. Players received three points for a first-place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
Michael Stonebreaker of Notre Dame received the other first-place vote and finished third with 12 points, followed by Maurice Crum of Miami with five points and Levon Kirkland of Clemson with two.
Williams, 6-foot-6 and 236 pounds, disrupted the passing games of most opponents during his four years with the Buffaloes. He gets a chance to play for a national championship when Colorado meets Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl.
Williams led the Buffaloes in sacks for four years and finished with a school-record 35.
Williams was voted the Big Eight defensive player of the year in 1989 and 1990.
Williams, expected to be among the top picks in next spring's NFL draft, will be honored Saturday at the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which sponsors the award. The award is named for Dick Butkus, the former standout linebacker at Illinois and with the Chicago Bears, who is scheduled to make the presentation.
Campbell, Plunkett in College Hall of Fame
Heisman Trophy winners Earl Campbell and Jim Plunkett were among 11 players and a former coach inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame.
Campbell won the 1977 Heisman as a running back at Texas, while Plunkett captured the 1970 award as quarterback at Stanford.
Others inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York were Miami fullback Don Bosseler (a native of Batavia, N.Y.), Northwestern halfback Ron Burton,, William & Mary fullback Jack Cloud, Penn State linebacker Jack Ham, Purdue halfback Leroy Keyes, Alabama center Vaughn Mancha, Duke guard Mike McGee, Washington guard Max Starcevich, and Indiana center John Tavener.
Ray Graves, who coached Florida from 1960-69, was inducted into the Hall in the coach's category.
Injured Agassi withdraws from Grand Slam Cup
Andre Agassi, who pulled out of the Grand Slam Cup tennis tournament and then changed his mind after being threatened with a law suit, has withdrawn again due to injury, his agent reported.
Agassi defaulted against Darren Cahill during a reverse singles match on Sunday after the United States already had an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against Australia.
His injury was initially described as a torn muscle under the breast bone, but his agent said it had since been diagnosed as torn cartilage in the chest.
Gorman will continue as Davis Cup captain
Tom Gorman, who led the U.S. Davis Cup team to victory over Australia last weekend, will stay on as captain in 1991, according to United States Tennis Association President David Markin.
Gorman, a player on the team that beat Romania in the 1972 final, will be serving as captain for the sixth year. In addition to this year's triumph, he skippered the team that reached the semifinals in 1989.
"Tom has brought America's Davis Cup program to heights all of us are extremely proud of," Markin said. "He has shown sensitivity and leadership in what is a very public position and we are pleased to have him as our captain."
Around & About
U.S. World Cup goalkeeper Tony Meola has been released from his contract with Watford, an English second division club. Watford, last in the division, declined to renew Meola's work permit, which expired at the end of November, after discussing the situation with the player. . . . Beach Towel, one of the favorites for harness Horse of the Year, was retired, Seth Rosenfeld of Uptown Stables announced. . . . The 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Can/Am Body Building Championships, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday in the Native American Arts Center (The Turtle) in Niagara Falls, has been canceled, according to Dr. Joseph Lazzaro of Williamsville, co-director. No new date has been set.
St. Bonaventure faces a stern test when it attempts to break its three-game losing streak tonight against No. 24 Temple (1-1) at 7:35 p.m. in the Reilly Center.
Temple, the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10, leads the series, 20-1, and has won the last 15 meetings. Last year, Temple posted 59-46 and 81-64 decisions over the Bonnies.
Bona is coming off a 71-46 loss to Rutgers Saturday night.