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  • COLLEGIATE NOTES: SAY THE PRAYER, DO THE TIME

         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).
    

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