• 2—B r . THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1969 John Robert Wooden. On the back of the player bus, he's called The Wood Man. Flakes of discontent are starting to surface amid the greatest dynasty in college basketball history. There ARE unhappy players and John Wooden DOES have his problems coaching a UCLA team that has lost only once in the last three seasons. NEA's Lee Mueller digs below the surface and comes up with a revealing study of Wooden, his team, and the problems plaguing them. John Wooden ... A question of "sophistication.' The 'Problems 9 Of John Wooden "He spoke with a certain wha1.-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled." —P.G. Wodehouse By LEE MUELLER NEA Sports Writer NEW YORK — (NEA)—They talk about John Robert Wooden in the back of the UCLA team bus. In their clipped, collegiate patois, they say that The Wood Man is a dogmatic cat. The Wood Man: A hard, uncompromising nickname for a fellow with a gentle, shy smile and the warm, friendly eyes of a dachshund puppy. The Wood Man: An unseemly, contemptuous nickname for a coach who has never had a losing season. It is an odd note. Disorder amid order. Here, in the midst of possibly the greatest dynasty college basektball has ever known , are flakes of petty discontent. On the surface, John Wooden has never had it better. Be- cur.se his teams have won four NCAA championships in the past five years and because UCLA is favored to sweep its third straight title this season, Wooden no longer lives in any coach's shadow. Like Joe Na- math in passing and Hugh Heffner with girls, he is a one- man first division. "John Wooden," says St. John's outspoken Lou Carnesecca, "may be the finest basketball coach in the world." In 20 years at UCLA, the 58- year-old former Indiana schoolteacher has compiled an incredible 420-136 record. —He —is the only coach in i n t e rcollegiate basketball history with two perfect 30-0 seasons. Twice Wooden has been named Coach of the Year. — — This acclaim and these accomplishments, however, have failed to impress several members of the current UCLA team — no names please — just as they failed to impress other players on other Bruin teams. There is a feeling — am ong these fellows, for example, that Wooden is "too dogmatic" and that his coaching during actual combat does not match his coaching during p r a c t ices. "Monday to Thursday, he's the best coach in the country," said one player, implying that Friday night is game night. Another Bruin indicated Wooden's psychological techniques were too unsophisticated for today's sophisticated athletes. After a recent pep talk on a crosstown bus in New York, for instance, not one Bruin polled could recall what Wooden had said. "I was reading a book," said one. "I was asleep," said two. Wooden, meanwhile, smiles at the mention of problems with his troops. "I have problems evei-y year," he says, perhaps a little grimly. "None more than others." Edgar Lacey was a problem last year. He quit, So was guard Lucious Allen last summer. He's not around any more, either. Still, UCLA wins. It wins because Wooden has drilled fundamentals into his players until they can't pass hot rolls without looking for an alternative receiver. It wins, like it or not, because of Wooden's psychological techniques. "I'm a positive coach," he says. "I coach positive basketball. I never mention winning, never, I just tell the players to go out and play the kind of game they won't be ashamed of; that UCLA won't be ashamed of." After the season begins, UCLA does not scrimmage. "Almost all our practice is devoted to fundamentals," Wooden said. "His theory," explained a player, "is that basketball games, like football games, are won during practice. If you can't execute in practice, you —can't execute during a game. . . our practices are well- organized." Wooden himself says the first and most important fundamental he teaches is balance, mentally and physically. "I tell them to always keep their heads leaning forward," he says, assuming a guarding stance, "and on their shoulders." On the bench, Wooden sits calmly, occasionally leaning forward to prop his chin up —with an elbow. "He's very unemotional like that, " a player said. "You never see him blow his cool." This might be a key. Some players, no matter how "sophisticated," like for then* coach to get involved. "Look at a guy like Carnesecca," a Bruin pointed out. "He's so intense, so all -out. I think you'd want to win for a guy like that." Then again, Wooden's problems — if they can be termed that — may be the result of his own recruiting success. UCLA has so much talent that there just —isn't room or time enough for everyone. One player, a senior, agreed. "Last year, we had 10 guys who could have started for anyone in the country," he said. "With that many people with all that talent, you just got to have some guys dissatisfied. Not playing after you've been a high school Ail-American is difficult." Pool USLA. Poor John R. Wooden. Life is so tough at the top. Turns Down Pro Coaching Job Penn State's Pater no 'Values Other Things' By WILL GRIMSLEY Associated Press Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Penn State's young Joe Paterno, who spurned a half-million dollar coaching contract with the pros to stay on campus, acknowledged today he is a "corn-ball" and an "idealist." "Some people may think I'm nuts for turning down such an offer," the slight, 22-year-old former Brown University quarterback said. "But I think there is more to life than money. I don't want to restrict myself to football." Paterno, whose Nittany Lions now are unbeaten in 19 games, turned down Wednesday an offer from the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League which reportedly would have Fully Protected? CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE STILL ON THE SWING! DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH INSURANCE TO REPLACE rOUR HOME IF IT IS DESTROYED BY FIRE OR WIND? YOUR MILLERS' MUTUAL AGENT CAN HELP YOU. NEIL R. ROMBOUGh 313-B South 10th Street Mt. Vernon, III. Phone' 242-2744—Office Phone 242-8989—Home MILLERS MUTUAL OP ILLINOIS rNSURANCl* AUTO • HOMI MISINBS given him $50,000 a year for 10 years. , "I can't say what the contract was—Pittsburgh will have to do that," he added. "It would have assured me a lifetime of financial security for my family. I can never make that kind of money in college coaching, but I put more value in other things." "I love campus life. I love the western Pennsylvania community where I live. I enjoy taking young players and watching them develop into men. I like the challenge of big-time college football." Paterno said he resents the impression of some people that a college team to be big and successful must be crooked 1 . "I know from my experiences at Penn State that boys can be gentlemen and have humility on and off the field and still win," he continued. "Just because a team is good doesn't mean there are abuses, under-the-table payments and so forth. Penn State during the past season won 10 games without a defeat, beat Kansas in the Orange Bowl and gained No. 2 ranking in The Associated Press final football poll. Patemo, of Italian ancestry, was born in Brooklyn, the son of an attorney. He has a brother, George, who had a successful year as coach of the U.S. Maritime Academy. He attended Brown University at Providence, R.I., where he intended to major in English and law. But he played football there under Rip Engle and when Engle went to Penn State as head coach in 1950 Joe went, with him as assistant. He served 16 years as assistant and in 1966 succeeded his old boss. His first year Penn State was 5-5, then in 1967 8-2-1 and 1 last year 11-0. Paterno said no matter how pressing the football seasson he takes one-half hour off every weekend to take his four children—aged five years to 10 weeks—for a ride in the country. There they all talk to the cows. "Winning is important but I try to impress on my boys that they shouldn't be afraid to lose," he said. "I don't want any tense dressing rooms. I want my boys to stay lose and reckless. I demand enthusiasm and I demand) that they be ready." Waltonville FFA Destroys Ashley 71-47 In Opener The Waltonville F.F.A. basketball team started their season with a victory over Ashley. The final score was Waltonville 71, Ashley 47. It was a going away present for their Agriculture teacher, Mr. Carl Kelley, as he has taken another Agriculture job at a school closer to his home. Dale Dudley was the high point man with 2S. David McCowen got 12, Carl Beckham got 11, Dale Williams got 10, Eddie Newell got 6, Randy Dees and Gary Spotanski both ended up with 2 points. The Waltonville "B" team al- son won- by the score of 35 to 32. BOWLING * EIGHT BALLS LEAGUE High Series: Shirley Pettit 498; Doris Bailey 489; Martha Stapleton 485; Alberta Bailey 484; Mildred Toedte 484; Jackie Coleman 482. Standings: W L Lipp's Construction .... 31% 22 y 2 Harry's Market 30 24 Skel Gals 30 24 N.F.0 27 27 Rusty's Drive Inn 26% 27% Keele Milling 25 29 First National Bank .... 24 30 Edwards Beauty Salon 22 32 INSOMNIA MIXED LEAGUE Standings: W L Way Outs 44 13 Who Dat? 35 22 Four Aces 34% 22% Ramblers 33 24 Hi-Jackers 24 33 Neighbors 19% 37% Alley Cats 19 38 Jets 19 38 HAPPY KEGLERS LEAGUE High Games: Dan Parks 221, Wilney Braddy 215, Dr. Goff Thompson 214. Don Davenport 213, Dr. Allan Fry 212, Rod Harper 211. High Series: Stan Koziara 588, Harry Higgins 574, Bruce Higgins 562, Jim Makkoutz 556, Robt. Ward 554, Chas. Rainey 546. Standings: W Yaeger's 66 Service 57 111. Power 54 Elks No. 1 50 Elks No. 6 42% Newcombs Texaco 39 Vernois V.F.W 38 Razorback Oil 36 Elks No. 4 36 NuBowl Lanes 36 General Radiator 35 Elks No. 3 35 Lang Furn 34 Lipps Construction 32 Eaters Sheet Metal 1 29 Elks No. 5 28% Elks No. 2 : 26 Mickey Mantle WHI Report To Spring Training DALLAS (AP) — Mickey Mantle, a veteran of 18 major league baseball season, said Wednesday he will report to spring training with the New York Yankees. However, Mantle said, "I don't know what will happen after that." Mantle has been bothered with injuries most of his career —particularly his gimpy knees. Hf> hit only .237 last year, the lowest in his career. Mantle ;?aid pitchers were foxier than ever. "The kids coming up are big and strong and the main difference, is that they are smart," Mantle said. St. John's, N.M. State Cruise 6-10 Sub Dedmon Leads Tar Heels Past N. C State By HERSCHEL NISSENSON Big Lee Dedmon didn't start playing basketball until his junior year in high school and you can't blame the North Carolina State Wolfpack for wishing he had waited until his junior year in college. Dedmon is a 6-foot-10, 195- pound sophomore at the University of North Carolina. After graduation he wants to play basketball in Europe and then in the pros. Wednesday night, however, he settled for playing basketball in Chapel Hill, N.C., and led the second-ranked Tar Heels to an 83-63 win over arch rival N.C. State with 27 points and 11 rebounds. The big man from Baltimore was in the starting line-up for the first time because Rusty Clark, the Tar Heels' regular center, was out with an injury. Even a 60-foot basket as the half ended by Dick Braucher didn't help the Wolfpack. That made it 36-34 North Carolina at the intermission and the Tar Heels pulled away in the second half, scoring 13 straight points during one stretch to take a 7753 lead. Only two other teams in The Associated Press' Top Ten saw action. Eighth-ranked St. John's celebrated its entrance into the elite group with a 66-45 rout of Seton Hall and iOth-rated New Mexico State crushed Pan American 109-74. St. John's had to overcome a one-man show by Seton Hall sophomore Mel "The Marvel" Knight, who scored 1 34 of the Pirates' 45 points. The Redmen led only 26-25 at halftime but broke it open midway through the second half after trailing 34-32 with 12:41 left. John-Warren sparked the winners with 16 points. Unbeaten New Mexico State ran up a 51-33 lead at the half and coasted to their 13th straight victory arid highest point of the season. Coach Lou Henson cleared his bench and 11 players figured in the Aggie scoring. Jeff Smith had 19, followed by Sam Lacey and Jimmy Collins with 18 apiece. In other major games, 19th- ranked 1 Cincinnati squeaked past crosstown rival. Xavier 5250. John Roche and Bill Walsh scored three points apiece in the final 90 seconds as South Carolina rallied to edge Maryland 69-67. Disappointing Duke got by Wake Forest 85-8L Elsewhere, Connecticut, once a Yankee Conference power, snapped a 10-game losing streak by shooting 57 per cent and routing Syracuse 103-84. It was the Huskies' first win of the season. Georgia Tech made 26 of 35 free throws to turn back Clemson 72-66. The Air Force Academy won its first game in seven appearances at Denver, holding off the Pioneers 78-71 after rolling to a 50-29 halftime lead. Mike Wren made five clutch points down the stretch to pace Miami of Ohio over Kent State 62-61. In other major games, it was West Virginia 68, VMI 65; Virginia 84, Navy 68; Florida State 97, Tulane 94 and 1 Virginia Tech 77, Richmond 67. Pipers Trim Miami Dampier's 46 Powers Ky. Over Pacers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Louie Dampier won the night's scoring war from Connie Hawkins by four points, but it didn't help Kentucky much in its battle to overtake Minnesota in the American Basketball Association's Eastern Division. Dampier drilled in 46 points- including five three-pointers—to power the Clonels to a 100-7 victory over the Indiana Pacers. But first-place Minnesota, backed by Hawkins' 42-point outburst, maintained 1 its five- game lead over Kentucky by edging Miami 128-124. Los Angeles rolled past Denver 117-112 in the night's only other game. In the National Basketball As- sociatin, Philadelphia nipped Atlanta 112-111, Boston defeated Detorit 113-104, New York sailed past Milwaukee 115-101 and Baltimore stopped San Diego 108107. Kentucky's victory enabled the Colonels to climb into a sec- one-place tie with the Pacers, who had won six in a row. The Colonels, who also got 20 points from Jim Logan, leaped to a 28-15 first quarter lead and Indiana never got closer than four points after that. Mel Daniels scored 30 for Indiana, while teammate Fred Lewis has 22. Minnesota built a 70-56 halftime command, then weathered a Miami outburst in the third period, when the Flordians scored 16 straight points. But then Hawkins and Steve Vacendak, who finished with 28, found the range and put the game out of reach late in the final quarter. Donnie Freeman scored 27 points and 1 Skip Thoren 24 for Miami, which had a six-game victory streak snapped. Los Angeles made up a 13- point deficit late in the last quarter to upend Denver. After Larry Mitchell's two free throws tied the game, 108-108, George Stone hit four free throws and Warren Davis came up with a three-point play to wrap it up for the Stars. Stone and Merve Jackson each scored 26 for Los Angeles. Larry Jones had 34 for Denver. 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