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Arizona State Names Tulsa's Cooper as Football Coach

March 08, 1985

John Cooper, head coach at the University of Tulsa the past eight seasons and once an assistant coach at UCLA and Oregon State, was named Arizona State's football coach Thursday.

Cooper, 47, Arizona State's third head coach in the last six years, succeeded Darryl Rogers, who left Feb. 6 to become coach of the Detroit Lions. Cooper, 57-31 at Tulsa, won five straight Missouri Valley Conference championships.

His name wasn't mentioned for the job as frequently as were those of UCLA's Terry Donahue, Penn State's Joe Paterno and Brigham Young's LaVell Edwards, but Cooper said he "actively pursued" the job.

"I plan to be here for a long time," Cooper said. "Check my track record--I stay put for a while. . . .I have a reputation of coaching teams that play winning football, exciting football. We'll do the unexpected here. We're liable to run the ball on third-and-long and throw on fourth-and-short. We'll do whatever it takes to win."

The Chilean Tennis Federation will appeal a decision by the International Tennis Federation to reschedule the first-round Sweden-Chile Davis Cup match, called off when the Swedish team left Chile after last Sunday's earthquake.

Chilean tennis officials maintain that the match, scheduled for this weekend, should have been awarded to Chile when the heavily favored Swedes left. The match could have been played with no problems, said Alejandro Peric, president of the Chilean Tennis Federation.

Peric also said that Chile would file a claim for reimbursement of $40,000 in expenses against either the Swedes or the ITF.

The ITF said the match could be played anytime before July 28. In making its decision, the ITF said it took into strong consideration "the emotions of the young Swedish team, who were deeply shocked and strongly protested against staying in Santiago under those conditions."

The New York Times reported in today's editions that Doug Flutie is being paid $1.25 million for this season by the New Jersey Generals, making him the highest-paid player in professional football.

The story also said Flutie's contract is for six years--not five, as previously reported--and the total of the contract calls for Flutie to be paid $8.3 million over the course of his United States Football League career. Original estimates had Flutie receiving $5 million to $7 million.

The Raiders have indicated that Oxnard is a leading candidate to be the site of their summer training camp. The club said its current in-season practice facility at El Segundo is also under consideration.

The Raiders had conducted their summer training camps at Santa Rosa for 22 years.

An International Olympic Committee official, blaming countries where "athletes are treated like cattle or chickens," indicated that the IOC will take a more active role in employing technology in order to stem drug use by athletes.

Prince Alexandre de Merode of Belgium, president of the IOC's medical commission, toured Penn State's bio-mechanics lab Thursday. He said the IOC plans to use "scientific training" as a positive approach with athletes who use drugs instead of punishing them.

The NCAA said that Foge Fazio, University of Pittsburgh football coach, violated NCAA rules when he posed for photographs with recruits, signed the pictures and sent them to the players.

But NCAA enforcement director Dave Berst said the violations aren't considered serious and that other schools guilty of the violation have been only reprimanded.

Fazio: "We send it (photos) to all our recruits. We've been doing it for years. We don't send posters or anything like that anymore because they decided you couldn't. We know that's a violation, but I didn't know about the photo." Names in the News

Joe Frazier is back in business. The ex-heavyweight champion had his Philadelphia limousine business shut down for 10 weeks because he failed to file an annual report for 1983. He paid a $200 fine and was reissued an operating certificate.

Joe O'Brien, Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.) basketball coach, was named director of the Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass.

University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar has taken out a $2-million insurance policy to protect his potential future earnings, his father said.

University of Arizona men's cross country Coach Dave Murray was named collegiate Coach of the Year by the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Assn.

Juli Inkster, LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1984, withdrew from the $330,000 Uniden Invitational in Costa Mesa after she fainted and fell, suffering a minor nose injury.

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