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October 22, 1995

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN COURT

Is there a nagging sports agent hanging around campus leaving groceries in your players' refrigerators?

A sleazeball outsider with NFL seed money jeopardizing your school's national championship hopes?

It may be time to call the Law Professionals at USC.

Texas Christian University could be plunking down a dime this morning after the school held standout running back Andre Davis out of Saturday's game against Tulane because of possible contact with an agent.

USC, of course, just slid down this slippery slope with agent Robert Troy Caron, known as "Johnny Appleseed" around Heritage Hall.

The Trojans fought back, filing a lawsuit against Caron.

Caron settled the case out of court, agreeing to pay USC $50,000 and desist from inducing Trojan athletes to break NCAA rules.

THE AGONY OF VICTORY

It appears Northwestern still has a thing or two to learn about winning.

Sam Valenzisi, the Wildcats' kicker, apparently was injured while celebrating during the fourth quarter of Northwestern's 35-0 victory against Wisconsin.

The victory guaranteed Northwestern its first winning season in 24 years and also marked the first time in school history a Wildcat kicker was injured while doing "The Twist."

ORDER IN THE COURT

Notre Dame supporters might have expected more from L.A. Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien, who issued the court order that allowed USC's Israel Ifeanyi to play in Saturday's game against the Irish.

The court order temporarily blocked the NCAA's suspension of Ifeanyi, a senior defensive end.

The Irish, betrayed by an O'Brien?

Well, this O'Brien has undergraduate and law degrees from USC.

Turns out Ifeanyi was not enough for the Trojans against the Irish, but insiders say O'Brien has scheduled another court order for the week of the UCLA game.

YOU WANT BUTTERED OR PLAIN?

The folks at Iowa State didn't mind those three touchdowns and a field goal in the final 11:10 at Ames in Saturday's 50-28 loss to Colorado at Ames.

But when Colorado attempted and failed on a two-point conversion after the final touchdown, it was Iowa State fans that started pouring it on.

Incensed at such Buffalo bull, Cyclone fans showered Coach Rick Neuheisel with popcorn as he left the field.

Colorado players countered by making unseemly gestures to the crowd.

Neuheisel assured Iowa State it was nothing personal and apologized for his team's behavior.

"I told them that's not the way we act, that's not the way we are," Neuheisel said. "I thought our frustrations got the best of us in that situation and we'll correct that."

QUART LOW AND A BRICK SHORT

That's what I'm telling ya, Buford, I couldn't get rid of a single one.

"Look at this," lamented one peddler with a full complement of tickets fanned out like a poker hand. "Right on the 50-yard line; 10 of 'em. You can't get rid of these."

How do you explain it, having to eat tickets for the much ballyhooed Auburn-Western Michigan game at Auburn?

The schools have been rivals for, what, minutes now?

Hey, it was your loss. No. 13 Auburn called off the dogs in the end and settled for a 34-13 victory.

Rumor is the peddler still has Slippery Rock duckets he couldn't unload a few years ago.

OVER THE HAM GANG

If the Governor of Virginia was anything like his father, he would not have made the usual cliche bet with the Governor of Texas before Saturday's game between the Cavaliers and Longhorns.

You know the drill: If Virginia loses, it sends Texas a honey-baked ham; if Texas falls, it ships a side of barbecue ribs.

No, if the Governor of Virginia was anything like his father, he would have infiltrated Texas' practices this week with spies and found a way to beat the Longhorns.

Instead, Texas prevailed, 17-16.

And Virginia Governor George Allen, son of the late and legendary coach of same name, packed up a ham and shipped it off to Austin.

HOLD THE TORTILLAS FOR RICE

Unlike last week against Arkansas State, when fans cost Texas Tech three penalties by tossing tortillas on the field after scores, there were no incidents in No. 25 Texas Tech's 31-26 victory over Rice at Lubbock, Tex.

WHEW, ANOTHER CLOSE ONE

The streak continues.

Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz still hasn't met an opponent he thought his team could beat.

Holtz, king of the poor-mouthers, once again vastly overrated his opponent this week.

"This is, I think, the very best Southern Cal team I've seen in my 10 years so far," Holtz said. "I can't think of a weakness that they have."

Ok, maybe one.

Notre Dame 38, USC 10.

JUST RUB A LITTLE DIRT ON IT

One minute, you're in surgery, the next you're covering No. 88.

Sean Hamlet, on the sidelines in street clothes recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago, was dispatched to the locker room to suit up in Florida State's 42-10 victory over Georgia Tech. Hamlet was summoned when safety Shevin Smith broke his right arm on the first series of the game.

Hamlet's knee was declared sound after he did a couple of test runs on the sideline. He replaced Smith for the rest of the game.

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