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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 30, 1981-Page 11

Knight discussed taking
(AP)-Bobby Knight, a sometimes strident critic of the concrete offer for a substantial amount to Knight this sum-
media who twice has coached Indiana to national collegiate mer, the Courier-Journal reported.
basketball championships, has discussed joining CBS-TV as The story said Knight didn't reject "the idea out of hand."
an announcer for next season, a network spokesman said But, it said CBS believes Knight will stay at Indiana and is
yesterday. considering other personalities. The Post quoted O'Malley as
Stories in Wednesday's editions of the Louisville Courier- saying he "never had the feeling Knight was intent on doing
Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Daily News this."
said Knight and CBS had met, but the reports also-gave in- "I frankly didn't consider it that great a possibility,"
dications that the volatile leader of the Hoosiers would not O'Malley told the Post. "Talking with Bobby was an in-
leave Indiana. teresting experience, but we never abandoned the prospect of
"THERE HAS BEEN discussion about his coming aboard looking at other people. It would be a disservice to him "nd
as a member of our college basketball team," CBS college basketball to exagerrate Bobby's interest in us."
spokesman Jay Rosenstein confirmed. THE COURIER-JOURNAL story said, in part: "... It's
Knight was in Idaho on a fishing vacation, but told the possible for a guy such as Knight to go into television as an
Post: analyst, stay close to the game, remain in the public
"I don't have any interest in commenting on what a eye-and be paid quite handsomely. It's a field in which
'reliable source' says about me. It would look awfully funny if Knight probably would star..."
you wrote that story and then I released that I had on July 15 The story goes on to say that a serious injury in a traffic
signed a 10-year contract to coach at Indiana University. I've accident to5 Landon Turner, a returning starter from last
never released contract information, but if I were forced to season's championship team, might strengthen Knight's
do it because of an unfounded rumor, I'd do it." determination to stay at Indiana.
THE COURIER-JOURNAL'S sports editor, Billy Reed, Tom Miller, Indiana's sports information director, said the
said CBS had offered Knight a spot on its broadcast team. possibility of Knight becoming a sportscaster "has been
Kevin O'Malley, vice president of programming and talked about before" but doubted the coach was about to
development (or CBS sports, confirmed the network made a jump to CBS.

TV post

... TV commentator?

1 -

1968 - Year of the Tiger
It doesn't matter if you side with the players or the owners in the
current baseball strike, there is one thing that everyone agrees on-it is
an unfortunate situation. So in order to partially relieve the misery of
any baseball junkies going through withdrawal, throughout the
duration of the strike the Daily is providing a look back to a more.
pleasant time-196. There was no free agent compensation, no
NLRB, no court injunctions-and no strike. And for those of you
who don't remember, in 1968 the Tigers were winners, World Series
winners, in fact. Each day the Daily relates the results of the previous
evening's Tiger game-minus 13 years.
July 29-Yankees 7, Tigers 2

Five men indicted in
point-shaving scandal

DETROIT-Jake Gibbs, an old quar-
terback from the University of
Mississippi, drove in three runs off Joe
Sparma, a former Ohio State quarter-
back, as the Yankees defeated the
Tigers, 7-2.
The loss was the second straight for
Detroit, but its lead in the American
League actually widened to seven
games as the Orioles lost twice and
Cleveland lost once.
The winning pitcher was Joe, Ver-
banic, the relief hurled who has started
five times since the Yankees ran short
of starters. Verbanic was replaced by
Lindy McDaniel, who pitched the rest of
the way and has now been credited with
saves in his last four appearances.
Gibbs drove in the first run of the
game in the second inning with a single
off the glove of third baseman, Don
Wert, after a single by Joe Pepitone and
a double by Tom Tresh.
The Tigers-got the first two men on
base in the first and second innings, but
hit into double plays both times. They
finally scored off Verbanic in the third
on a walk and two-out triple by Jim
The Yankees scored two more in their
half of the fifth and in the sixth Gibbs
unloaded a homer, his second of the
year, following a walk to Tresh. The
homer finished Sparma, who was
replaced by Warden.
Verbanic, in trouble every inning, left
in the sixth after hitting Bill Freehan
and walking Wert.
Clarke,2b. 5 2 2 0
White ... 4 1 2 2

Amaro ib,...........
Pepitone, ef ...........
Koscof ..............
Robinson, rf.
Tresh, ss........
Gibbs, c ...............
cox, 3b................
Verbanic, p............
McDaniel, p ...........


TOTALS ............ 38
McAuliffe, 2b.... 3
Stanleyf ....... 4
Northrup, rf ..... 4
Cash,Ibib........ 4
HortonIf ... 4
Freea, c.......
Wert,3b ........... 3
Tracewski. ss .......... 2
Brown.ph ............. 1
Campbell, 2 .......... I
Sparma,. .. 2
Warden, p...... . 0
Kaline, ph ............. 0
Hiller, p ............. 0
Price,,ph ........ 1
McMahon, p ........... 0
TOTALS ............30


NEW YORK (API) - A former Boston
College basketball player and four
other men, including the alleged
mastermind of a $6-million Lufthansa
carg6 robbery, were indicted yesterday
for an alleged point-shaving scheme
during the 1978-79 season.
An FBI official said the investigation
was continuing and "if it is successful,
other indictments will be returned."
The indictment came from a federal
grand jury in Brooklyn. Among those
named were Richard Kuhn, 26, of Pit-
tsburgh, who played for Boston College
in the 1978-79 season, and James
"Jimmy the Gent" Burke, 50.
Burke -as the man behind the $5.8-
million jewel and currency heist at the
Lufthansa cargo terminal at-Kennedy
International Airport in December
1978, but he has never been charged in
the case. The FBI said yesterday that
Burke was currently in a federal prison
in Danbury, Conn., on a parole.
Two suspects in the Lufthansa heist,
which was pulled off by five masked
gunmen, disappeared within a month of
the robbery.
The other men indicted today were
Anthony Perla, 30, and Rocco Perla, 31,
brothers, and Paul Mazzei, 37, all of
THE DEFENDANTS were charged
with racketeering, sports bribery and
interstate transport in aid of
They allegedly tried to fix six Boston
College basketball games - against
Providence, Harvard, UCLA, FOr-
dham, St. John's and Holy Cross.
The indictment said Kuhn was paid
up to $2,000 per game for shaving points
so that Boston College would win by less
than thepoint spread when favored and
lose by more than the point spread
when underdogs.
IN OTHER words, if Boston was,
favored by eight points and won by only
six, a bettor who put a wager on
Boston's opponent would,.win his bet.

Similarly, if Boston College was expec-
ted to lose by six and lost by eight, a bet
on the opponent would win.
Kenneth Walton, deputy assistant
director of the New York FBI office,
said Kuhn and the Perlas surrendered
Wednesday at the FBI's Brooklyn of-
fice. He said Mazzei was serving a sen-
tence in Naussau County N.Y., for nar-
cotics trafficking.
. All five were to be arraigned yester-
day inBrooklyn.
EDWARD A. McDonald of the
organized crime strike force in New
York's Eastern District said that if
convicted, the defendants would face a
maximum penalty of 20 years in prison
and finesof $25,000 each.
Walton said the alleged point-shaving
scheme was formed at meetings in-
volving all the defendants plus Henry
Hill, who was named as an unindicted
The scheme was investigated in
Brooklyn because many of the alleged
meetings were in Queens, N.Y., which
is under the jurisdiction of the federal
court in Brooklyn.
Walton said Hill brought the alleged
scheme to the attention of the FBI and
became a'cooperative witness. Hill said
in a Sports Illustrated article in
February that nine games were fixed
with the help of Kuhn andtwo other
Boston College players, Jim Sweeney
and Ernie Cobb. He said he won $75,000
to $100,000 in bets.
Walton would not comment when
asked whether Sweeney and Cobb were
being investigated, except to repeat
that the investigation was continuing.
Walton said the defendants other than
Kuhn had bet up to $100,000 on each of
the six games. He would not say how
much the men won, but said the bettors
lost at some of the games listed.
Thomas . Puccio, attorney in
charge of the strike force, said Boston
College coach Tom Davis and athletic
director William Flynn had been fully
'cooperative and helpful.

New York .....................010 022 002-7
Detroit ........................001 000 100-2
DP-New York 2. LOB-New York 7, Detroit
10. 2B-Tiresh. 3B-Northrup. HR-Gibbs (2),
Cash (14). White (11). SB-McAuliffe.
IP R ER H B0 00
Verbanic (W,4-4). . 5 4 1 1 6 1
McDaniel....... ,3?j1 1 1 1 3
Sparma (L, 8-10) ....... 5 9 5 5 1 7
Warden ............... 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hiller ................. 2 0 0 0 2 1
McMahon........... I 2 2 2 0 3
HBP-By Verbanic (Freehan); McDaniel
T-2.58. A-31,231.

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