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High school coach denies
charges against Irish

Notre Dame's Lou Holtz, the ex-coach at Minnesota who already is in trouble with the NCAA after admitting to two rules violations in the ongoing Gophers case, suddenly is in a lot more trouble.

A major college football coach who requested anonymity said two schools have turned in Holtz for major violations in Notre Dame's recruiting of Ohio's top running back, Ki-Jana Carter of Westerville South High School, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

"Both Penn State and Ohio State have turned in Notre Dame and Holtz for several major violations in the recruitment of Carter," the coach said. "Not only did Notre Dame have Carter's mother stay in the home of a booster, Carter stayed free in a dormitory on an unpaid visit and watched on the sidelines throughout the game. He apparently was also given some school athletic equipment while there.

But in today's Chicago Tribune, Tony Pusateri, Carter's high school coach denied that Notre Dame had committed rules violations in the recruitment of his player.

Pusateri said the story was "ridiculous." He felt he had reason to be skeptical because the report said he was a graduate of Notre Dame. Pusateri attended Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.

The story alleges Pusateri is sabotaging other schools' efforts to recruit Carter because he wants his player to attend Notre Dame. The coach strongly denied that charge. Carter already has made official visits to Penn State and Notre Dame, and still will visit Michigan, Ohio State and Colorado.

Pusateri says Carter stayed with a "close friend" and Westerville graduate, Bart Vanderberg, during the weekend of the Michigan game in September. Pusateri said Carter's mother never stayed with a booster.

"They drove to the Notre Dame-Miami game (a six-hour drive), but they didn't stay overnight," Pusateri said.

Notre Dame Athletic Director Dick Rosenthal issued a stern denial. Ohio State Athletic Director Jim Jones said he didn't know the basis for the report.

Penn State declined comment.

Last week, Holtz admitted giving a total of $270 to two athletes while at Minnesota. He vehemently denied another charge that he gave former Minnesota academic counselor LeRoy Gardner $500 and instructed Gardner to pass the money on to an athlete.

McCartney finalist again
for Bryant coaching honor

Colorado's Bill McCartney, the 1989 winner of the Bear Bryant Award as college football coach of the year, was named a finalist for this year's award along with Texas' David McWilliams, Georgia Tech's Bobby Ross and Florida's Steve Spurrier.

McCartney's top-ranked Buffaloes (10-1-1) will meet No. 5 Notre Dame (9-2) in the Orange Bowl Jan. 1 for the second consecutive year.

Ross leads No. 2 Georgia Tech (10-0-1), the only unbeaten Division I team in the nation, against No. 19 Nebraska (9-2) in the Citrus Bowl and McWilliams has No. 3 Texas (10-1) in the Cotton Bowl against No. 4 Miami (9-2).

Spurrier, in his first year as Florida coach, led the 11th-ranked Gators to a 9-2 record. Florida is ineligible for post-season play because of NCAA sanctions.

Baseball commissioner
has his spleen removed

Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, in the hospital since Dec. 13, had his spleen removed during routine surgery performed at Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital, according to New York newspaper reports.

Vincent's condition is listed as good.

Vincent, 52, has been bothered by an upper respiratory infection for three weeks and entered the hospital for treatment of pneumonia last Thursday. Vincent is expected to leave the hospital soon.

Meanwhile, veteran Detroit Tigers radio announcer Ernie Harwell said today he was fired by club president Bo Schembechler who said Harwell's contract will be allowed to expire after the '91 season.

Holyfield, congressmen call
for boxing investigation

Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and four Congressmen called for a federal investigation into boxing and said they want a national commission to govern the sport.

"Normally, when Congress says it wants to help, people head for the exits," Rep. Thomas Downey of New York said. "But if there's one group held in lower esteem than Congress, it has to be professional boxing."

Downey was joined at a news conference in New York by three other Democratic Congressmen -- Jose Serrano and Edolphus Towns of New York and Representative-elect Jim Moran of Virginia.

Holyfield and his promoter, Dan Duva, began calling for the investigation last month when the World Boxing Council in Mexico considered stripping his title because he chose to fight George Foreman next instead of Mike Tyson.

Holyfield, who will earn $20 million against Foreman April 19, said he also was concerned about helping less fortunate boxers.

NASCAR series to hold
first road race in 4 years

NASCAR's Grand National stock car racing series will hold its first road race in four years as part of a $4.5 million, 31-event schedule in 1991. NASCAR will make its first-ever appearance at Watkins Glen International in a 150-mile, 62-lap event June 29. The race will be run on the 2.428-mile, seven-turn "short course" at the road racing facility. It will be the first race on a road course for the Grand National series since 1986 and 1987 races at Road Atlanta near Gainesville, Ga.

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