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Sell it faster! Coll 225-1666 for the most effective want ad section. San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS—Sunday January 5 1975 H Page 5-S Cook ûke- Story on Sloan’s Tech acceptance There seemed like a little hanky-panky somewhere down the line the way young Steve Sloan left Vanderbilt and accepted the head coaching job at Teyras Tech. Well, it was strange, to say the least. Perhaps you heard how the former Alabama quarterback listened carefully to the Tech pitch, seemed on the verge of accepting and then, New Year’s Eve afternoon, reversed his field and turned down the job. Sloan simply announced that he had decided to turn down the Tech job and remain at Vanderbilt. JT King, athletic director and former coach of the Red Raiders, was so surprised at Sloan’s rejection he fumbled for words but finally said, “We hadn’t formally offered him the job.” Maybe not, but Steve certainly had been asked in an informal manner. Yet, 10 hours later, Steve churned back in the other direction—again—and announced that he was taking the head coaching job at Tech. That’s what seemed so strange at the time, first rejecting the job and then accepting it. Just thought you might want to know the background on all this broken field running. A lot of rumors and a number of facts are floating about Lubbock concerning the situation and I’m here today to lay it all on you, the rumors and facts. First, the rumors. It’s no secret that a Lubbock TV announcer, Bill McAlister by name, has been calling for the dismissal or resignation of Tech Athletic Director King. For months the TV throat has roasted King, often suggesting that his presence and personality block the progress of Tech’s football coach. Sloan seemed eager to take the Tech job but Tuesday McAlister flew to Steve’s home and six hours later the coach backed off. Rumors have it that TV sportscaster McAlister put some bad-mouth on King into Sloan’s ears, causing the Vandy offensive genius to reconsider. But those are just rumors. McAlister insists that he only made the trip to see Sloan about the possibility of working with him on his weekly TV show during football season. He’s the one who shared Jim Carlen’s TV spotlight although, needless to say, he sure didn’t have any part of the King television action. At any rate, no matter what was or wasn’t said Sloan backed off after his meeting with McAlister. Word from the Bear FolLowing that line of thought, another husky rumor making the rounds in Lubbock says that Sloan put in a call to his old coach at Alabama, Bear Bryant, and asked him about King. Bryant, according to the stories, had nothing but glowing braise for the Tech athletic director and Sloan is said to have remarked to friends, “I’d rather trust the word of Bear Bryant than some TV fellow I don’t even know.” But those, friends and neighbors, are just rumors now circulating in the Tech area. We may never know for sure why Sloan jumped off the hook before slipping back on. We do, however, have knowledge of why he did slip back on and finally accept. Burle Pettite, a former Lubbock sportswriter who now serves as managing editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, played a major role in Steve’s acceptance. He talked to the youthful coach via telephone New Year’s Eve, right after learning that Steve was “no longer interested” in the Tech job. Want« ’Baina job And what did Pettite say to Sloan ? Well, among other things, they discussed the Alabama coaching job four or five years from now. You see, Burle is well aware that, more than anything else, Sloan wants to wind up as head coach of his alina mater, Alabama. That would be after Bear Bryant steps down, of course. Some at Tech might not like the idea of hiring a rew coach who really prefers another school. But what the heck, I know a lot of durned good coaches who would prefer to coach at Notre Dame. Or Oklahoma. And, by the same token, I know some excellent newspaper people in this city who would prefer to work on the New York Times. But there’s no reason to hold that desire or ambition against them. At any rate. Burle reminded Slaon that in the Southwest Conference, when Texas slips, any team can win the big prize. Baylor just proved that. But in the Southeastern Conference, where there’s more balance, it would take big slips from Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida, not to mention Mississippi or L.S.U., for Vanderbilt to win the brass ring. 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