STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- For the second time in four years, Mike Montgomery's Stanfords Cardinal are unbeaten in mid-January. It's a tricky situation for a coach, and Montgomery sums it up for his players with a dictum that sounds more like Yogi Berra than John Wooden.
"We're not going to lose to anybody, but we're going to lose to somebody," Montgomery said. "That's just the way you have to look at it. We don't go out there to do anything less than our best, but we still know that going unbeaten isn't something you can realistically say you'll do."
In fact, a perfect season is not often discussed at Stanford, even though the Cardinal are the nation's only school that still has a shot at what is perhaps college basketball's most difficult achievement. Indiana's 1975-76 team was the most recent to win every game.
Saturday's 72-44 victory over New Mexico pushed Stanford to 17-0 on the same day Georgetown, the only other unbeaten team, lost its first game, to Pittsburgh.
Vikings name new defensive line coach
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings completed their coaching-staff shuffle Tuesday by naming former Detroit Lions assistant Brian Baker as defensive line coach.
Baker held the same position with the Lions for the past four seasons and with the San Diego Chargers in 1996. He also spent time in the college ranks as an assistant at Maryland, Army and Georgia Tech.
Baker replaces Fred von Appen, whom Green let go last Friday in a season-ending reformation of his defensive staff. Minnesota ranked 28th in the NFL in total defense this year.
2001 Mille Lacs fish quotas set
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday the safe harvest levels on Lake Mille Lacs for the 2001 walleye fishing season.
Quotas for the central Minnesota lake were set at 395,000 pounds for walleye, 270,000 pounds for yellow perch, 28,000 pounds for burbot, 24,000 pounds for tullibee and 23,000 pounds for northern pike.
The state's share is 310,000 pounds for walleye, 135,000 pounds for yellow perch, 14,000 pounds for burbot, 12,000 pounds for tullibee and 11,500 pounds for northern pike.
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