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HOYAS' THOMPSON IN FLAP OVER GAMING LICENSE

     Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson has drawn
criticism from the NCAA and school officials over an application
he filed with the Nevada Gaming Commission to purchase a 10%
share in the slot machine operation at Las Vegas' McCarran
Airport.  NCAA Exec Dir Cedric Dempsey:  "It is ill-advised for
anyone connected to college sports to be involved, even
peripherally, with gambling interests."  Georgetown Univ.
President Rev. Leo O'Donovan:  "I understand and respect John's
interests in expanding business opportunities for African-
Americans. ... [But] I think it's inappropriate for any active
Georgetown coach to have investments in the gaming industry and
John knows that."  Asked about the issue, Thompson alluded to
legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, who owned racehorses.
Thompson did say he would base his decision ultimately on Rev.
O'Donovan's opinion (WASHINGTON POST, 3/19).
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