There is no shortage of rumors, with a new name surfacing every day as a possible coach for the Chicago Bulls. And there's a short list, with at least five names on it.
But just who -- if anyone -- is the front-runner to be the new coach of the six-time NBA champs? Well, that's anybody's guess.
"Reading the sports pages makes me not want to read the rest of the paper because at least 50 percent of what I read in the sports pages is incorrect," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Thursday.
What's known is that Chicago has a list of five candidates, including some still to be interviewed in the next few days, according to a source close to the selection process who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In addition to Iowa State coach Tim Floyd, long considered the replacement-in-waiting for Phil Jackson, the Bulls are looking at current NBA assistants Paul Silas (Charlotte), Scott Skiles (Phoenix), Rick Carlisle (Indiana) and Ron Rothstein (Cleveland).
-- USC Aiken first-year women's basketball coach Phil Stern has signed three incoming freshman and a junior college transfer for the 1998-99 season. The signees are Briar Fontaine of Rio Dell, Calif., Mary Wooley of Elkhart, Ind., Jenny Heaton of Mobile, Ala., and Megan Heidlberg of Greenville, S.C.
Fontaine is the junior college transfer. A guard, the 5-foot-8 Fontaine averaged 22 points and eight rebounds last season at the College of the Redwoods. Wooley is a 6-1 forward, Heaton a 5-8 guard and Heidlberg a 5-7 gaurd. In high school last season, Wooley averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds, Heaton averaged 16 points and Heidlberg averaged 15 points.
Aiken, 10-17 last season, welcome eight players back from that team.
-- Clemson will take on Michigan is the first round of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23, it was announced on Wednesday. The Tigers and Michigan will be joined in the tournament by host Chaminade, Indian, Kansas State, Utah and Arizona State.
FOOTBALL: Defensive tackle Jamal Williams of Oklahoma State and offensive tackle Mike Wahle of Navy were chosen Thursday in the second round of the NFL's supplemental draft.
Williams was taken with the fourth pick of the round by San Diego. Wahle went to Green Bay, which chose 24th.
By using those picks, the teams forfeited their second-round picks in next year's regular draft.
-- South Carolina reserve wide receiver Tyrance Williams is academically ineligible to play this coming season, a university spokesman says. Williams, a junior from Palatka, Fla., will not return to school this fall, South Carolina spokesman Kerry Tharp said.
"Right now his future with the university is undetermined," Tharp said.
GOLF: Doug Ferguson, a sports writer for The Associated Press in Jacksonville, Fla., has been named AP's golf writer, effective with next week's British Open in Southport, England.
Ferguson, 35, has covered major golf tournaments, plus NFL and college sports assignments during his two years in Florida.
He joined the AP in Oklahoma City in 1987 after working for The Norman (Okla.) Transcript. He was named correspondent in Tulsa in 1989 and transferred to Jacksonville as a sports writer in 1996.
Ferguson is a native of LaJolla, Calif., and a graduate of Abilene Christian University. He succeeds Ron Sirak, who resigned to become managing editor of Golf World magazine.
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