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September 11, 1997|LISA DILLMAN

A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here.

What: College sports on the web.

Just the other day, Auburn football Coach Terry Bowden was fretting about an Internet site managed by a university employee. Not only are there NCAA regulations to worry about, but what about secret information falling into the hands of the enemy?

UCLA's Steve Lavin is considering closing basketball practices this season except for one day a week. Would you want every word uttered in practice, every drop of sweat, splattered across cyberspace?

Clearly, there are a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands. None more so than the boosters of Kentucky basketball. There is a Web site--58 full screens on my portable computer--called "Top 10 Kentucky Detractors."

The address: http;//

www/bin/Basketball/ detractors.html. A much faster way to travel there is to go to: and plug in the words Kentucky basketball and detractors.

United, possibly for the first time in years, are author John Feinstein and Indiana Coach Bob Knight as the top two detractors. The page does acknowledge that the Wildcats are not perfect: "To be sure, Kentucky has had its share of problems over the years and fully deserves a number of the criticisms."

In the 10th spot are brothers Bryant and Greg Gumbel. Why they are there isn't clear. The Web site mentions a program done in the past on Adolph Rupp but admits it hasn't found enough information to post.

Who knows? Maybe Bryant or Greg lost his luggage once in Lexington. That seems to be enough to land on this list.

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