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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Robinson Angrily Denies ASU Rumors

Coach John Robinson, infuriated by broadcast reports both in Phoenix and locally that his departure from the Rams to take the vacant Arizona State job was “imminent,” Thursday night vehemently dismissed the reports, terming them “fabrications.”

Robinson earlier in the day refused to comment on the reports, saying he did not want to dignify them with denials. But after the reports were broadcast, Robinson answered back without equivocation.

“This story, from its outset, has been a complete fabrication,” Robinson said, referring also to broadcast reports last week that he had flown to Tempe for an interview. “I have not talked to anyone from Arizona State, and as the people from Arizona State I’m sure will tell you, no one from Arizona State has ever talked with me.

“I think it’s an embarrassment for Arizona State University, and it’s an embarrassment for me. I am indignant that these fabrications, the source of this story, would present itself without ever talking to me.”

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Fullback Buford McGee, the Rams’ most valuable player last season, has carried the ball 18 times and caught 10 passes this season, and says he is wondering if he will be back in 1992.

In 1990, McGee, 31, carried 44 times for 234 yards, caught 45 passes, scored five touchdowns and was the offense’s most dependable performer last year. But this year, after holding out for most of training camp and watching Robert Delpino take over as the single back in the frequently used two-tight end offense, McGee barely has been visible.

“I’m not thinking about retiring,” Delpino said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d like to play another year somewhere, if I have the chance.”


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