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Redshirt Change Creates Powder Keg Tampa As 1 "You always need a player like Campbell," Brandt said. "But maybe some teams would want to strengthen themselves in another area. Tampa's defense was great, but the offense was terrible. Maybe they feel they can get a couple of top-drawer offensive linemen and perhaps a runningback of lesser renown than Campbell for their No. 1 pick.

I just don't know, except I can't see us (Dallas) involved in any sort of trade with Tampa for the first selection." (Turn to Page 8) WITH lUM DIDD IS EARL CAMPBELL, the Heisman Trophy winner from Texas, worth four starters off any National Football League team? The Tour-for-EarP formula is believed to be the going price for Tampa Bay's first-round draft spot. And, selecting first in next month's NFL draft (May 2-3), means the leadoff team has its choice of any college senior in the country-Campbell included. Well, almost any senior, that is. That's a powder-keg to be lit a few paragraphs down, if you please. Right about here, though, there just doesn't seem to be anyone in the NFL interested in the 4-for-l formula.

Certainly, the pro personnel people are well aware of what can happen in such dealings. After all, it was just about this time last year when blow the whole deal. The Seattles won five games in 1977, and that's more than any second-year expansion team in NFL history. So, Tampa Bay knows it has a pretty good bait in that No. 1 selection spot, and the Buc biggies figure 4-for-l seems fair enough.

But, just in case nobody bites, keep in mind the name Chris Ward. Chris is a 6-4, 274-pound offensive tackle who played at Ohio State. With super running threat Ricky Bell already a Buccaneer, an Earl Campbell might not be as important to the Tampa Bay offense as somebody such as Ward. GIL BRANDT, the Dallas personnel director who masterminded last year's bombshell with Seattle, says he doesn't know, obviously, the plan Tampa Bay has going for its first draft choice. SPORTS EDITOR TENNIS-KAN Section I Sports sWDM I April 16, 1978 Dallas put together the smasheroo trade with Seattle.

That dandy development put Tony Dor-sett in a Cowboy suit, and Dorsett helped considerably in putting Dallas in the Super Bowl. But, there's more to that story. Overlooked, sometimes, is the fact that Seattle didn't exactly YESTERDAY, AFTER Kittrell had shutout Tennessee on two hits for the first five inning, Schmittou pulled the junior lefthander from the lineup and sent in reliever Ted Govedarica to protect a 6-0 lead. The Vols got three runs in the seventh, but the first half of Schmittou's ploy had worked. Vandy had won the first game and Kittrell, obviously, was going to start the second game, just as many years ago Jeff Peeples had done when the Commodores were winning the SEC championship regularly.

But, Kittrell was tagged for a three-run homer by Tennessee's Jack Reynolds in the first inning and then was tagged for six runs on six hits in the By JIMMY DAVY A desperate pitching experiment backfired on Vanderbilt yesterday, resulting in a split of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader between the Commodores and Tennessee at McGugin Field. Commodore ace Ricky Kittrell started both tames of the doubleheader in the vital SEC lastern Division series, winning the first game 6-3 and then being clobbered in the second game as the Vols took the decision 11-1. "I took a gamble and lost," said Vanderbilt coach Larry Schmittou. "It appears that we just can't win a second game in conference play." In the last three SEC series with Georgia, Florida and now Tennessee Kittrell has won the series opener, then sat in the dugout and watched the three conference foes score a total of 50 runs, and win, the second game. Earl Campbell Is He Worth Four? mmmm second inning.

Ironically, Vandy's Robert Harris, a senior righthander, came on in the third inning and gave Tennessee just two runs and five hits the rest of the way. The irony is that Harris probably would have been the starter, if Kittrell hadn't. "ROBERT HARRIS probably pitched the best he's thrown this season," said Schmittou. "At least this is good news. Maybe he'll help us later on." Tennessee coach Bill Wright says that the win was the vital development for the Vols' SEC Eastern Division playoffs hopes.

Schmittou says today's game is the big one for the Commo- doreS' (Turn to Page 7) Sfoff photo by Robert Johnson Tennessee second baseman Robbie Howard takes to the air to avoid hard-sliding Jerry Williams of Vanderbilt as the Vols turn a double play in the first game of a doubleheader between the two Southeastern Conference rivals at McGugin Field. Sounds Staff photo by Dan Loftin Harbor Island Yacht Club, concludes today with two morning races on Old Hickory Lake. (See Story Page 2). Spinnakers in full blossom, these sailboats jockey for position in the 25th annual Tennes-sean Regatta. The event, co-sponsored by the Caulkins, U.S.

Team Crush Russians Evans greeted Nashville relief pitcher Larry Rothschild with a slicing, bases-loaded double that cleared the bases to give Memphis its winning margin. Then it was left for a trio of Memphis relievers to shut down promising Nashville rallies in the eighth and ninth innings and preserve the opening-night victory for Memphis righthander Scott Sanderson, a former Vanderbilt pitcher who is in his second year of professional baseball in the Montreal Expos' organization. SANDERSON had pitched the first six innings, giving up both Nashville runs, but striking out seven and walking only one. "I stuck mainly with my fast ball and felt good until my back tightened up in the cool weather," said the 6-6 Sanderson. "That crowd was absolutely beautiful, wasn't it? What a great feeling!" The Sounds fell behind 1-0 in the opening inning but battled back to tie it in the third on Nickey Duval's RBI double which bounced over the rope and into the standing room crowd in left for a ground-rule double to score Steve Hughes.

Then George Weicker delivered a sixth-inning single which scored Duval, whose three hits led Nashville's seven-hit attack, to put the Sounds on top, 2-1. "That inning was my biggest disappointment," said Nashville manager Chuck Goggin, referring to the sixth when Duval and Randy Davidson led off with singles. "Tony Moretto didn't get the ount down to move those first two runners oyer. Then we still had men at (Turn to Page 4) By JEFF HANNA Tennessean Sports Writer MEMPHIS Considering the circumstances, you could hardly 'fault the Nashville Sounds. Last night a record crowd of 9,197 jammed into every nook and cranny of Tim McCarver Stadium here to help the Memphis Chicks celebrate this city's return to professional baseball.

So the Sounds, apparently caught in the festive atmosphere, did their part to help Memphis' celebration along by dropping a 4-2 decision to the Chicks on this historic evening which saw the two long-time Southern Association rivals battle for the first time since the old Nashville Vols folded in 1963. The crowd which included several hundred standing behind a roped-off area on the leftfield warning track and many more sitting the aisles despite a fire marshall's decree to the contrary shattered the previous record for this stadium set in 1972 when the Memphis Blues drew 6,90. JOINING IN the Chicks' celebration was one-armed Pete Gray who played in Memphis for two seasons before becoming a baseball legend by playing for he old St. Louis Browns. Gray, who now lives in Pennsylvania, threw out the first pitch.

The Chicks, joining Nashville as the newest members of the Class AA Southern League, did little to disappoint their partisians. After falling behind 2-1 in the top of sixth, Memphis rallied for three unearned runs in the bottom of that inning when shortstop Godfrey and Dianne Johanningman in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:13.09. American records were set in all but one event at the Texas Olympic Swimming center and world standards were broken in 12 of the 14 races. But, because the meet was being conducted over a short course 25 meters the times will not be recognized as world marks. Caulkins' time in the breaststroke was 2:29.62, which was lower than Bogdanova 's world mark of 2:33.32.

She also produced a 4:43.47 in the individual medley. 'Right now we're peaking for the World Games in August," said Caulkins. "But we were ready for this meet, too. I think we knew the competition would be tough, especially for the boys. The World Games will bring the first confrontation of American and East German women (Turn to Page 9) AUSTIN, Tex.

Nashville's Tracy Caulkins led an assault on American and world records yesterday and helped the best of the United States' swimmers sweep all 14 races and pile up a 112-52 lead over the Russians after one day of a two-day international dual meet. The whole Tennessee contingent is performing' well at the meet. UT Knoxville's Mark Foreman broke a two-year old American record in the 200-meter backstroke; Nick Nevid took third in the 100-meter breast behind Scott Spann and Alexander Fedorovsliv with a time of Andy Coan grabbed second in the 100-meter free at 49.20. The top four times in that event were under the old American record of 50.67. First place winner Dave McCegg from Fla.

set the new standard at 48.52. Caulkins, 15, backed up her high point performance in last week's AAU championships by defeating Russia's Julia Bogdanova in the 200-meter breaststroke, capturing the 400-meter individual medley and swimming a leg on the winning 400-meter freestyle relay team. Joan Pennington, another Nashville Aquatic swimmer, took second in the 200-meter back and Karinne Miller was third behind Nancy Hogshead Staff Photo by Billy Easley Sterling Marlin climbs from his car after tying the track record and winning the pole position for the Winston 200 in time trials yesterday Allison Winner In Winston 200 Knee Surgery Set For Robert Shaw AV.W.WA1 inside. Page Page Page Page Page Page By F. M.

WILLIAMS Robert Shaw, Tennessee's best football player and an All-Southeastern conference center last year, will undergo knee surgery today to correct damage suffered in a spring scrimmage yesterday in Knoxville. Shaw, a senior-to-be this fall from Marietta, has been tabbed by professional scouts as one of the finest centers in the country. UNLESS THERE are complica tions and complications are always possible with knee surgery Shaw should be fully recovered in time to take his spot in the lineup for the opening game next Sept. 15 against UCLA. Coach Johnny Majors said a red-shirt sophomore from McMinn-ville, Alan Lynn, will take Shaw's place with the No.

1 unit for the remaining 10 days of spring practice. Johnny Watts, a walkon defen-(Turn to Page 12) By LARRY WOODY Donnie Allison was slow getting his entry form in for last night's Winston 200 at Nashville Speedway. Once he finally got started, though, he speeded up considerably. ALLISON, A veteran driver out of Hueytown, Ala. and a last-second entry for, last night's season-opening race, beat second-place Bob Pressley across the finish line by several car lengths to win his fourth race in two nights.

On Firday night, Allison won a heat race and two features in Birmingham. "That's why I was so late getting down here to Nashville," he explained. "I really didn't know I'd be running this race until the last minute." ALLISON TOOK over the lead from Nashville driver Steve (Turn to Page 5) A. N. L.

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