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run naRigpjst PORT 3 STEVE HOWE i; -i"K C Suspended Running 2C Baseball 4C .Scoreboard 5C A from baseball Page 3C TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1992 NCAA chief: By SCOTT KORZENOWSKI ' Carmen News Service MARCO ISLAND, Fla. Gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, which some say threatens big-time college football, could lead to a national football playoff, NCAA executive director Dick Schultz said yesterday. "I personally think we'll have one before the decade is out," Schultz said at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics meeting. "Not early in the decade certainly, but later. And there are a number of things going on Vandy reassigns aiiott Gender equity Football on the defensive, on 6C. that make me say that." The demise of college bowl games due to their loss of lucrative contracts from money-conscious television networks would be one of those "things going on." . 1 But an even greater catalyst, according to Schultz, is the financial pressures imposed by the gender-equity issue. "Suddenly,"1 he said, "gender equity provides a huge financial burden. A football playoff is one of the areas that we could look at." Under Title IX, which was signed into law on June 23, 1972, universities that receive federal financial assistance have been bound to provide athletic opportunities equal to participation. Because of the way the law was written, however, interpretation has allowed most major athletic programs to offer twice as many scholarships and spend three times as much money on men's programs as they do women's primarily because of football, which unofficially has been exempted. ! - According to a study conducted by the NCAA, male-to-female participation at Division I schools is 2.24 to 1, and a USA TODAY survey shows Division I-A schools allot an average of just 23.0 percent of their total athletic expenditures to women. The push for gender equity seeks to balance those figures in accordance with the actual student population, which in most cases is close to 1 to 1. Door open for Lebo By JIM WYATT Sports Writer Vanderbilt basketball assistant Mark Elliott yesterday was named director of men's and women's basketball operations, apparently clearing the way for Jeff Lebo to join the Commodore coaching staff. Lebo, a former star at North Carolina, has resigned from his assistant coach's job at East Tennessee State and has told friends he is on his way to Vanderbilt However, Vandy head coach Eddie Fogler, who recruited Lebo while an assistant at North Carolina, refused to confirm any other staff appointments. "I'm really not at liberty to say," Fogler said. "All that will be announced at the appropriate time." Fogler said Elliott, who as a "limited earnings coach" could not make more than $16,000, would be replaced, but would not confirm having interviewed candidates. Among those who have said Lebo is coming to Vanderbilt is East Tennessee State head coach Alan LeForce and a member of the Buccaneer team. Elliott apparently was not surprised by his reassignment, which will keep him from working with the team on the court. "I thought sooner or later something like this was going to happen. I guess it was just time for someone else to come in," he said. - Elliott was a "restricted earnings coach." Those coaches can earn $12,000 for the nine-month school year and $4,000 for working in summer basketball camps. Such positions were approved by the NCAA to control costs, but to still give young coaches opportunities. Rick Callahan and Neil Dougherty are the Commodores' full-time assistants. NCAA rule changes in effect for the coming year will limit Division I basketball staffs to a head coach and three assistants. That could mean the volunteer position held by Mike Petrone, also a faculty member at Father Ryan High School, will be phased out "We knew the NCAA had to make the proposed changes and my position was the one going to be changed," said Elliott who will handle extensive administration duties for both the men's and women's basketball teams. "There are certainly some things I'll miss but I'll still be in contact with the coaches and the players." Elliott was head basketball coach at Mont-. gomery Bell Academy for five years before arriving in 1987. "Although we will miss Mark's contributions on the court, he will continue to be involved extensively in the administration of our program," Fogler said in a statement released by the university. "Mark has done an outstanding job for us already in many of these areas and his new position will strengthen our administrative capabilities." IF n i ft. j WHS Its T't .item-'- jff V i i Pat Casey Daley Staff Ryan Strickland, 12, warms up for the Schooldays at Shelby Park under the eye of his father Bill. Mallard hopes to keep his grip By MIKE ORGAN Sports Writer Gallatin's Mark Mallard, his putter this year firmly in hand, is ready to start chasing the 67th Tennessean Schooldays Golf Tournament tide today at Shelby Park Course. A record 263 boys and giles golfers ages 12 to 17 tee off today in the three-day tournament Today's medal play qualifies the low 16 boys and low four girls for two days of match play. Mallard finished second in the boys competition last year after losing his putter in the second round of match play, but still winning his way to the finals where he lost to Brian Waggoner. "I left my putter on the No.5 green and when I went back it was gone," said Mallard, who had to used his driver to putt with for the remaining 14 holes. "I think I'll bring an extra putter this year. Mallard in Schooldays Mark Mallard's results in The Tennessean Schooldays Golf Tournament: Year Age Result 198813 Did not qualify for match play. 1989 14 Disqualified, wrong scorecard. 199015 Lost In semifinals. 199116 Lost In finals. Today's pairings, 5C "Actually, it turned out in my favor last year because I made a couple of 15-foot putts and a 20-footer with my driver and that was a real lift to my confidence." He has his trusty putter back this year. "A guy showed up the next day last year and sold the putter back to the Shelby pro Ricky Westfield for $5," Mallard said. "I've been using it ever since then." With Waggoner gone, Mallard is considered the boys favorite. i "I thought it would be a pretty even match against Brian last year and I can't blame losing on anything other than the fact that I didn't play well on the final , day," said Mallard, a recent Gallatin High graduate who is headed to the University of Arkansas on a golf scholarship. , ,. - "I have heard people say I should win it this year and I am just going to give it my best shot. I'd really like to win it because this is the one tournament I haven't won and I've been playing in it since I was 12." There will also be a new girls champion this year since three-time winner Jennifer Haley won't be back. The favorites are Haley's close friend Karyn Priest of McMinnville and Meredith Thomas of Murfreesboro. Sanford back in the groove as Sounds post 4-2 win fs Vfifex By LARRY TAFT Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa A decidedly different Mo Sanford made a big difference for Nashville last night but it took four unearned runs to jump-start the Sounds to a 4-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs. Sanford, making his first start since last week's recall from Dou-ble-A Chattanooga, allowed only six hits in seven innings while walking two and striking out 10. "I went to Chattanooga to work on some things. I accomplished Sounds 4, Iowa 2 I Sounds Update, on 2C. that I improved my mechanics in the four games I was there," said Sanford, demoted from Nashville on May 13 with a 10.08 earned run after giving up 16 earned runs in three early May starts. "I'm back here trying to continue what I started doing down there." Sanford started poorly last night giving up two runs on three hits. "I got my feet wet there," Sanford said, "and then I said, 'Hey, let's get going and do something.' I was fine the rest of the way." Were it not for the game's only error, Sanford, 3-3, may have been stuck with another loss. Dan Wilson opened the fifth with a hard-hit grounder through the legs of Iowa thid baseman Pedro Castellano. Wilson was eventually forced out on Sanford's one-out groundout but Nick Capra's two-out single put runners at first and second and Jacob Brumfield hit his third homer in eight games. Geronimo Berroa followed with a his team-high eighth homer for a 4-2 Sounds lead, enough to pin the loss on Iowa starter Steve Adkins. "I had a good pitch to hit and got a line drive that carried," Brumfield said. "None of my homers has been that hard. They've ail been good line drives." The homers were the 64th and 65th given up by Iowa pitchers this year, and they magnified the error by Castellano. "I didn't stay down on the ball," said Castellano, who has made only six errors in 44 games. "I thought the hop was going to be high but it wasn't" The Sounds also got solid relief pitching in the eighth with Joey Vi-erra and ninth from Trevor Hoffman, who picked up a save in his first relief appearance for Nashville "It felt really good to win," said Nashville Manager Pete Mackanin. "We've got to win these kinds of games. " Recalling NASCAR's father Detecting America's love affair with the automobile in the 1940's, Bill France Sr. had the foresight to arrange a wedding. He called it NASCAR the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. r Before France founded NASCAR in 1947, stock car racing was confined to cow pastures and back-country roads. A few spectators would lean on the fence and watch drivers compete for a country ham or case of Pepsi. Today NASCAR racing is a billion-dollar industry that annually draws more fans than the NFL, NBA or major league baseball. France, the man who built this kingdom of speed, died Sunday in Ormand Beach, Fla. He was 82. NASCAR headquarters are located a few miles down the beach at Daytona, an oceanfront resort town whose very name became synonymous with speed after France began holding races there almost a half-century ago. France ruled his sport until 1972, when Bill Jr. took over. The elder France, nicknamed Big Bill because of his 6-5, 200-pound frame, was often at odds with drivers. Darrell Waltrip, miffed over some NASCAR rule, once referred to him as "our Great White Father in Daytona." When the giant, steep-banked su-perspeedway was built at Talladega, Ala., several drivers complained that it was too big, too fast, too dangerous. They whispered "boycott." Nonsense, snorted France, and proceeded to buckle himself in, a race car and run several laps around the track at top speed. When France, then well into his 60's, pulled off his helmet, the boycott was over. It has been said that nobody other than France and his combined bullying and bartering could have held such a wild and reckless sport together. Writer Franklin Ashley once described France as "a big-boned back-slapper, a mix of snake oil and common sense, a man who seemed to talk straight with a crooked smile ... he could squeeze your shoulder and twist your arm" at once. Drivers realized they could cooperate with NASCAR and make a fortune or race elsewhere for chicken feed. Not a hard choice. In latter years France's health steadily declined. But his wit and humor remained sharp. He attended a breakfast for Richard Petty a few years ago prior to the Daytona 500. The affair was hosted by Petty's sponsor, STP, and the banquet room was packed. "Nobody seems to know what STP stands for," France told the audience, "but at my age I think it means Sex Takes Patience," A speech France once made about his early NASCAR dream remains famous: "Nothing stands still in the world. Things get better or worse, bigger jr smaller. "Stock car racing has been my whole life. An average man in a fast automobile can win races. It's just like Ted Horn in his Indianapolis racer against a boy in a cheap Ford." In that kind of race France knew for whom the masses would root Now, every year millions of fans turn out to cheer for the boy in the cheap Ford. They are Big Bill's legacy. Larry Woody covers auto racing for The Tennessean. AUTO RACING Davey Allison kept his lead in the chase tor tne $1.3 million Winston Cup championship, but his 28th-place finish let the field catch up to him. Allison (1,773) has a 28-point lead over No. 2 Dale Earnhardt entering Sunday's Pocono 500. Qualifying begins Friday. ALLISON PREPS, OLYMPICS Herschel Moore has retired as a football coach at Beech High. Moore, who has coached 41 years, the last 12 at Beech, has left the door open for return on a part time basis. "I am burned out on teaching," Moore, 65, said. On 3C The International Olympic Committee will delay making a firm decision on Yugoslavia's Olympic participation until just before the July 25 start of the Barcelona Games, IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch said yesterday. WHAT'S UP TODAY The Municipal Open resumes today at 5 p.m. after showers postponed yesterday's matches. Today's top match will be in the men's pro doubles featuring Van van Ungen-Morgan Parker against Greg Chambers-Mike Brown. On 3C RESULTS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AnwricmLMQUt Toronto 16, New York 3 Baltimore 5, Boston 2 Detroit 9, Cleveland 2 Milwaukee 6, Oakland 2 Chicago 5, California 1 Kansas City 9, Mm 6 Texas 14, Seattle 3 National Lmqu CW. 5, St.L2(13l1st Chicago at St Louis, 2nd Montreal 6, New York 0 Phila 7, Pittsburgh 0 Cincinnati at San Fran. Houston at San Diego Atlanta at Los Angeles Jeff Kent tripled, homered and drove in four runs as Toronto routed the New York Yankees 16-3 last night. On 4C. AROUND THE DIAL The Chicago Cubs win take part in the first televised 1 game to be shown live in England on Saturday night. The Cubs game against Montreal from Wrigley Field will be beamed to Great Britian via satellite. There's a catch, however, the game begins at 1 a.m Sunday morning British time. The Cubs play at St Louis tonight (7:30, WGN). Listings, 5C. I

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