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The NCAA's "crackdown on unsportsmanlike conduct in college football" will include penalizing players who kneel in prayer after touchdowns, notes Randall Mell of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN- SENTINEL. Mell reports that members of the NCAA Rules Committee, seeking stricter enforcement of rules prohibiting exhibitionism, intimidation and individualism, "determined that if it was going to adhere to the letter of the law, it must eliminate the act of prayer from the field of play." Players may still pray without a 15-yard penalty, but must do it on the sideline, not the field. Dolphins receiver Irving Fryar, an ordained minister who prays after each touchdown: "It's the same thing they do when they take prayer out of the schools. It's another trick from the devil" (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL/ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/16). SUGAR BOWL UNDER FIRE: The Sugar Bowl Committee, which has 99 members but no women and only eight blacks, "is struggling to address charges of racism and sexism," according to Jim Yardley in this morning's ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. N.O.W. President Patricia Ireland: "Having locked out more than half the population, rich and powerful men on the committee enjoy the exclusive privileges of membership. Not only tickets to parties and parades and the game, but also visibility and networking in the community, and importantly, control over the multimillion- dollar Sugar Bowl events and contracts." Sugar Bowl Exec Dir Troy Mathieu, who is black, said the group has a new plan aimed at diversification (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/17).