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              A clause in new men's basketball coach Clyde Drexler's
         contract with the University of Houston that calls for him
         to be paid $10,000 for "certain national TV appearances by
         the Cougars" is "one of several unusual facets" of his deal,
         according to Danny Robbins of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Under
         terms of the pact, Drexler will receive $250,000 a year in
         guaranteed income -- his base salary of $150,000 plus
         $100,000 from a summer camp and radio/TV shows.  But his
         contract "also contains several atypical elements,"
         including a $10,000 payment each time the Cougars appear on
         CBS more than once in a season.  In addition, Drexler will
         be supplemented if UH averages more than 6,000 per game in
         paid attendance, receiving 20% of "a figure computed by
         multiplying the average number of tickets above 6,000 by the
         average ticket price."  Also, Drexler will be paid $20,000
         if his program has a graduation rate of "at least" 60% over
         a two-year period, and $10,000 if his team wins the
         Conference USA tournament "while posting" a GPA of 2.5.  The
         contract also states that Drexler, who is 43 hours short of
         earning his undergraduate degree, must make "reasonable
         part-time efforts" to earn his diploma beginning with the
         '99-2000 academic year (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/11).

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              After last week's decision by a federal judge in Kansas
         City that the NCAA pay $67M in damages to about 1,900
         assistant coaches, one of the NCAA's "primary reasons for
         existence -- providing member schools with a way to make
         rules designed to keep any school from gaining a competitive
         advantage -- is under challenge," according to Asher &
         Horton of the WASHINGTON POST.  Other NCAA "rulings pending"
         include a case concerning the academic standards athletes
         must meet to receive athletic scholarships and to compete as
         freshmen, and another challenges the use of standardized
         test scores as a cutoff for receiving an athletic
         scholarship.  Asher & Horton also write that "in a doomsday
         scenario, there may not be a place for a 1,000-member NCAA
         as it exists today," but lawyers say the "oft-discussed"
         formation of a super conference comprising schools with the
         top 50 to 60 athletic programs "would face the same legal
         scrutiny the NCAA does" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/12).  In
         Hartford, Ken Davis writes that the "actual loss" by the
         NCAA "may not be measured in dollars and cents, but in a
         loss of credibility and authority" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/12).

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