SPORTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 C5 Big 12 / Robisch's sons at 0-State T BASEBALL FROM PAGE C1 from the University of Illinois, while Scott is a 6-10 freshman. "If they're as good as their dad, we're going to be very good," O- State coach Eddie Sutton said. "I can still see Dave shooting that left- handed jumper." Sutton expects Bret Robisch to become the Cowboys' starting center when he becomes eligible for the second semester. The wimp factor Baylor coach Harry Miller coached Bear senior forward Brian .Skinner in high school. Miller remembered Skinner as a "wimp of a guy" after Skinner's freshman year in high school, and he knew why. Skinner's mother came into Miller's office one day and he laid a pair of scissors next to her. "She asked me, 'what are those for?' " Miller said. "I told her, IThey're here to cut the apron strings right now. Give (Skinner) to me, and I'll turn him into a man.' " Skinner's progress has been amazing since. In high school (Temple, Texas) Skinner went from a .freshman B-team player to a part- time starter on the varsity as a sophomore. . Last year as a junior at Baylor, Skinner — no longer a wimp at 6- foot-10, 245 pounds — averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds and was named to the All-Southwest Conference first team. NIT's revenge After Oklahoma State was upset b'y Kansas State last year in the first round of the Big Eight Tournament, the Cowboys knew their season was. , over. , An NCAA Tournament bid failed to materialize and the Cowboys turned down a bid to the National . Invitational Tournament. WeU, Oklahoma State is in the Preseason NIT later this month and will play host to St. Mary's (Texas) , in a first-round game. If the Cow,boys win, they'll probably travel to UCLA for a second-round game. "I've known Jack Powers (NIT executive director) for a long time and I figured we might be in for it when the (Preseason NIT) pairings came out," Sutton said with a smile. "So, we get the opportunity to go to Pauly Pavilion if we beat St. Mary's." K-State redshirts Kansas State has nine freshmen and sophomores on this year's roster, but don't look for all of them on the court this season. Wildcat coach Tom Asbury said he may redshirt anywhere from one to three players this year. The only sure redshirt to date is 7- foot freshman Joe Leonard from St. Louis. Asbury said the other candidates are 6-5 junior college transfer Marcus McCullough and 6-6 freshman Josh Reid of Brewster. "We'll evaluate those players between now and the first exhibition game and make a cooperative deci- 'sion," Asbury said. "Josh is a real talent and is progressing well, but he still has a lot to learn." Official policy Texas coach Tom Fenders said his team will play its run-and-gun, 100- points-a-game style regardless of where they play this season in the Big 12. And Fenders is counting on the officials to allow his team to play its up-tempo style effectively, and in the process, took a swipe at the former officials in the Big Eight and its director John Erickson. • >" "Now, we have a big-time director of officials," Fenders said. "The Big 12 will be great because of great coaches, great players and great officials. "Our officials will be a Who's Who list of guys who have been in the Final Four the last several years," he added. "The Big Eight had some very good officials, but there were also some out there who were thrown out of our league (the SWQ." Another Piatkowski ., Nebraska has another Piatkowski £>n its roster. ; Eric was the second leading scorer in school history from 1990-94 and a two-time All-Big Eight selection. Eric's younger brother, Troy, is a sophomore on this year's squad. Troy, a 6-5 sophomore who was a member of the Rapid City (S.D.) American Legion baseball team that played in Salina last summer, has the same type of confidence on the court as his older brother. "He doesn't sweat anything," Nebraska coach Danny Nee said. "His brother (Eric) had ice in his veins arid as a freshman, he would tell me he should be playing more. "His brother (Troy) is the same way. I like that kind of confidence." Molitor returning to Twins with 2-year deal By The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Paul Molitor decided to stay with the Minnesota Twins, agreeing Thursday to a $6.25 million, two-year contract. But Atlanta Braves pitchers John Smoltz and Steve Avery decided to test the market, filing with 20 others for free agency to increase the total to 83. Molitor, 40, hit .341 in his first year with the Twins and got his 3.000th career hit on Sept. 16. He declined to exercise a $2 million player option for next season, which made him eligible for free agency again but stayed with the Twins for a deal that pays him $3.5 million next season and $2.75 million in 1998. Molitor has the, option of terminating the contract after next sear son. He has said that if he doesn't play well in 1997, he would retire. Smoltz, the probable NL Cy Young Award winner, is expected to stay with the Braves after going 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA last season. But Avery, who had three straight so-so seasons, is not expected back. Cleveland, as expected, exercised its $4.75 million option on outfielder Kenny Lofton, and St. Louis 'xercised its $1,625,000 option on closer Dennis Eckersley. The New York Yankees exercised their $700,000 option on outfielder Darryl Strawberry and their $1.5 million option on third baseman Charlie Hayes. In a decision announced late Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers exercised their $3.75 million option on closer Todd Worrell rather than pay a $400,000 buyout. Los Angeles also agreed to a $1.8 million, two-year contract with left-hander Scott Radinsky, who will get $900,000 in each of the next two seasons, a $350,000 one-year contract with catcher Tom Prince and a $280,000 one-year contract with infielder Chip Hale. Infielder Jose Valentin and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a three-year contract worth about $5 million. Three players found out Thursday that their teams were declin- ing to exercise options for 1997. Texas opted to pay right-hander Mike Henneman a $250,000 buyout rather than exercise a $2.1 million option; San Diego decided to give right-hander Bob Tcwksbury $125,000 rather than bring him back at $1.75 million; and Philadelphia decided to let left-hander David West go for $200,000 rather than exercise a $1.5 million option. 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