Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Memphis Looking into Complaint of Racial Taunts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Memphis Looking into Complaint of Racial Taunts

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A couple of really rotten apples can roll onto the floor, and suddenly everyone in the store is talking about the apples.

That happened this week on the Conference USA coaches teleconference. Alabama-Birmingham's Gene Bartow said after Wednesday's game in Memphis that some Tigers fans had taunted his players with racial slurs.

Lane Rawlins, president of the University of Memphis, said the school is looking into Bartow's complaint.

"I'd never heard what I considered racial taunts before at a game," Bartow said. "It may have been just one guy yelling it. s I just think somebody crossed the line with what they were saying."

Bartow, also the athletic director at UAB, thinks schools should do a better job of monitoring their fans, especially in student sections. "Then, you either tell the person to shut up or leave," he said. "It's not that big a deal."

But it could be.

"Considering the number of games, that's a relatively isolated situation," Louisville coach Denny Crum said. "Fans need to be supportive of their teams, but not abusive. . . . They can be disruptive, but that can create some problems we don't need in intercollegiate athletics.

Surprise, Surprise: Count Crum among those who didn't think his Louisville Cardinals tcould win at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

Four key Louisville players are missing, including center Samaki Walker, out pending an NCAA investigationt. But the Cardinals won 78-76 over No. 15 UCLA on Saturday, only the second nonconference loss in 45 games at home for the Bruins.4

"They probably didn't have a lot of honest respect for us," Crum said. "They probably felt they just had to show up. We've gone in there with a lot of really good teams, teams a lot better than this one, and lost.

"Maybe all of that stuff was a blessing, because a lot of these kids are playing better than they would have. And they know we haven't done anything wrong. We have no guilty feelings about anything."

Maybe the best part of the trip, Crum said, was that he got to visit with his grandchildren and his daughter, who live in the Los Angeles area.

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