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NCAA COUNTING ON PATERNO, SMITH TO OUTLAW COLLEGE BETTING

          The NCAA is "counting on the support" of former Univ.
     of NC men's basketball coach Dean Smith and Penn State Univ.
     football coach Joe Paterno in its campaign "to outlaw
     betting on college sports," according to sources of Jeff
     German of the LAS VEGAS SUN.  Sources added that Smith and
     Paterno "have been invited" to a news conference Wednesday
     on Capitol Hill to announce the "introduction of a betting
     ban" bill "aimed at" NV's "$2.3 billion-a-year sports
     betting industry."  Wayne Mehl, a DC lobbyist for the Nevada
     Resort Association, on Smith and Paterno's presence:
     "They're [NCAA] bringing out the big guns."  But DC-based
     American Gaming President Frank Fahrenkopf said that he
     "doesn't believe support from big-name university coaches
     and presidents will hurt the industry's stance" against the
     bill.  Fahrenkopf: "The college coaches and presidents can
     just reinforce the fact that there's a college gambling
     problem" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/24).

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