USF’s sto­ried his­tory makes resur­gence wel­come

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level of the game. Start­ing three African Amer­i­can play­ers — K.C. Jones, Hal Perry

and the in­com­pa­ra­ble Bill Rus­sell — Woolpert en­gi­neered back-to-back NCAA ti­tles (1955 and ’56) and had a 60-game win­ning streak along the way.

It’s fairly com­mon knowl­edge that the USF teams of the late ’70s and early ’80s, fea­tur­ing Bill Cartwright, James Hardy, Win­ford Boynes and Quintin Dai­ley, were as trou­bled as they were tal­ented, lead­ing to NCAA-en­forced pro­ba­tion, in­di­vid­ual run-ins with the law and even­tu­ally a three-year shut­down of the pro­gram (1982-85). But there’s so much more to the story.

Over the years, the Dons sent Fred La­cour, Joe El­lis, Phil Smith, Kevin Res­tani and Eric Fern­sten to the NBA, among many oth­ers. Oak­land-raised Don Lof­gran,

the high-fly­ing star of Newell’s ’49 team, had a one-handed jump shot that struck many as pure in­no­va­tion. Rus­sell’s teams rep­re­sented the pin­na­cle, but USF reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment three straight years in the Six­ties (1963-65) and eight times be­tween 1972 and ’82.

Ex­cite­ment has re­turned to the Hill­top. It’s a cool place to be — and for those with the sea­soned view, that is pleas­antly fa­mil­iar.

Change in the air

Ad­mir­ing Smith’s clever schemes, and alarmed by the dis­ap­point­ing Cal pro­gram un­der head coach Wyk­ing Jones, Bay Area in­sid­ers wouldn’t be sur­prised to see Smith in charge of the Bears’ pro­gram be­fore long ... Gon­zaga for­ward Rui Hachimura is an in­ter­est­ing player not just by the num­bers (20.8 points per game). The son of a Beni­nese fa­ther and Ja­pa­nese mother, he grew up in a coastal town out­side Tokyo, didn’t start play­ing bas­ket­ball un­til he was 13, and be­gan speak­ing English only three years ago. “We get a lot of tapes” on the re­cruit­ing trail, said Few, “and here’s a guy from Ja­pan. But then you put your eyes on him, and you’re like, We’d bet­ter look into it.” With Tokyo due to host the 2020 Olympics, he’s the cen­ter­piece of that coun­try’s quest to qual­ify for the bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion for the first time since 1976 ... With the Premier League soc­cer sea­son so sub­stan­tially cov­ered by the NBC sports net­works, it’s great to hear that Chris­tian Pulisic is trans­fer­ring from Borus­sia Dort­mund (Ger­many) to Chelsea. He’s only 20 and surely will be the high­est­pro­file Amer­i­can ever to play over­seas. Chelsea in­vari­ably fields a top-level squad, and there could be pure magic if Eden Haz­ard sticks around (he’s ru­mored to be leav­ing for Real Madrid) and teams with Pulisic ... For those who missed “Split End: The Cu­ri­ous Case of War­ren Wells”

Satur­day night, take note that there will be an en­core pre­sen­ta­tion at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on NBC Sports Bay Area. Among the fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries told: Wells and Otis Tay­lor, two of the great­est deep threats the game has ever known, were to­gether in Kansas City camp in 1967. The Chiefs let Wells go and Raiders owner Al Davis

didn’t hes­i­tate to pick him up.

It’s prob­a­bly not wise to sug­gest that Kyler Mur­ray

could be part of a rev­o­lu­tion in the NFL, fea­tur­ing quar­ter­backs who rely heav­ily on their run­ning abil­ity. Fran Tarken­ton and Roger Staubach were mind-blow­ing scram­blers, but

of Texas.

“It de­fies com­mon sense,” Stokes­bary said. “Why can an ath­lete be paid by one gov­ern­ing body and not an­other?”

The dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of Stokes­bary’s pro­posal is that it doesn’t re­quire a school or any other party to pay col­lege ath­letes, and thus doesn’t threaten non-rev­enue sports (to an­tic­i­pate one con­cern). It sim­ply al­lows the ath­letes to be com­pen­sated by any party for their ser­vices up to the fair­mar­ket value of those ser­vices, and to re­tain an agent. Both are pro­hib­ited by NCAA rules

To use Stokes­bary’s ex­am­ple, un­der his bill a shoe com­pany would be able to pay a Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton run­ning back $50,000 to ap­pear in a tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial. And if the NCAA or Pac-12 tried to pro­hibit such pay­ment, it would be a vi­o­la­tion of the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act and state an­titrust laws.

Could the school it­self pay ath­letes, if it so chose? Stokes­bary is open to that. He points out that non-ath­letes in col­lege have the op­por­tu­nity to find pay­ing jobs in their field, so why not ath­letes?

Chris­tian (10-4, 1-3), No. 11 Bel­larmine (11-3, 2-2) trav­els to No. 20 St. Fran­cis (8-6, 0-4) and No. 10 Serra (11-3, 3-1) plays at No. 16 Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral (1-3).

Rior­dan is com­ing off an 84-40 win over Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral on Thurs­day in which Je’Lani Clark had 20 points, nine re­bounds, seven as­sists and six steals. Bryce Mon­roe added 14 points and Jus­tice Turner and Chime Ug­baja added 10 points each.

St. Ig­natius, after beat­ing Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral 65-45 on Tues­day in the BruceMa­honey game, took a 17point lead into the fourth quar­ter in a 61-49 home win over Serra on Thurs­day. Wrenn Robin­son scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quar­ter and Neal Be­govich added 12 for the Wild­cats. Cade Rees had 17 of his 24 in the fourth for Serra. there’s no fu­ture in that. Michael Vick in­spired a lot of young run­ning quar­ter­backs, but he wasn’t an in­stru­ment of change. There was talk of Colin Kaeper­nick, Robert Grif­fin III, An­drew Luck and

Rus­sell Wil­son rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the po­si­tion when they en­tered the league, but the old ways — run only when nec­es­sary — even­tu­ally pre­vailed. Now there’s Bal­ti­more’s

Lamar Jack­son, who re­minds many of Mur­ray with his blind­ing speed, but his quar­ter­back rat­ing (84.5) ranked with the worst among starters this sea­son ... En­joyed this take from ESPN’s Keith Law ,on his Hall of Fame bal­lot: “We can put in in­fe­rior play­ers be­cause their friends are on the var­i­ous com­mit­tees. We can put in Bud Selig, who over­saw a work stop­page that nearly killed the in­dus­try, then hap­pily looked the other way while per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs ap­peared in the game and the own­ers counted their money. We can cer­tainly put in

Barry Bonds.”

“The way the bill is writ­ten, it’s in­ten­tion­ally very ope­nended and per­mis­sive,” he said.

Stokes­bary be­lieves that in such a sys­tem, premier ath­letes would stay in school longer, be­cause they no longer would feel pres­sure to turn pro to cash in on their tal­ent. That would en­hance both the fan ex­pe­ri­ence and their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Stokes­bary can hear you scream­ing, “But what about their schol­ar­ship? Isn’t that com­pen­sa­tion enough?” His counter-ar­gu­ment is that yes, it’s in­deed valu­able, but if you are pro­vid­ing ser­vices that re­sult in earn­ings that far ex­ceed the value of that schol­ar­ship, you should be able to get a share of it.

“There are a num­ber of peo­ple, high-pro­file cases, who are con­tribut­ing to the univer­sity and NCAA far more than the $50,000 value of tu­ition,” he said. “It seems kind of un­fair that at the end of the day, the peo­ple in charge get to say, ‘We’ll keep all the money, and you don’t get any.’ ” GIRLS

#1 Mitty 69, #15 St. Ig­natius 50: Ha­ley Jones had 22 points, Ania McNi­cholas 12 and Mar­ley Langi 10 for the vis­it­ing Monar­chs (12-2, 3-0 WCAL), who went on a 28-5 run start­ing late in the sec­ond half after the Wild­cats (11-5, 1-2) tied the game 25-25. Rachel Harviey, Soon Ja Elzie and Mad­die En­nis com­bined for 25 points for St. Ig­natius.

#16 St. Fran­cis 48, #12 Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral 44: The vis­it­ing Ir­ish (7-6, 2-1), com­ing off an over­time win over St. Ig­natius, had a 10point lead with five min­utes re­main­ing but couldn’t hold off the Lancers (13-2, 2-1).

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Head coach Mark Few and Gon­zaga are ranked fifth.

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USF se­nior point guard Frankie Fer­rari leads the WCC in as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio (3.6-to-1).

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Rus­sell (left) and team cap­tain K.C. Jones led the Dons to their sec­ond straight na­tional ti­tle in 1956.

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