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REPUBLIC PThe Arizona Republic CITY D-4 Wed., Sept. 27, '78 Revenge-minded Iowa down hut looking up against UA Tom Rusk, a unanimous all-Big Ten selection last year. Rusk set a school record with 105 solo tackles last season and is the type of player who saves his best for the best. Rusk had 16 unassisted tackles against UCLA, 13 against Ohio State and 15 against Michigan. The Hilgenberg? That's center Jay Hilgenberg (6-3, 240), a sophomore. His father, Jerry, was an All-America center at Iowa in the 1950s and uncle Wally was an All-Big Ten linebacker for the Hawkeyes in the '60s, and is now playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Brother Jim was a three-year Iowa, on the other hand, hasn't put much together on offense. Tailback Dennis Mosley (5-9, 175) is the leading rusher with 109 yards in 34 carries while fullback Jon Lazar has 64 yards in 15 attempts. By BILL HAYES Offensively and defensively, it may hot be hard to get a perspective on the University of Iowa's football team. Whatever statement can be made $bout the quality of the Big Ten Conference Hawkeyes, however, must be qualified by the fact that they play the University of Arizona Saturday. That, in itself, could make a great deal of difference. ; Iowa, coming off an embarrassing 31-0 loss to Iowa State, has to be revenge-minded. If the drubbing by the Cyclones isn't enough, the Haw keyes can recall last year's game with Arizona, one the Wildcats ran away with, 41-7. As Arizona Coach Tony Mason puts it: "It's a crucial game. Last year they were 2-0 and everybody said they were up and we won it. This year they're coming off that loss, and everybody says they're down, so that means they'll win it. Right? "Let's face it, they're a Big Ten team, with the emphasis on big. And they're not the bottom of the Big Ten, not there with Indiana, Northwestern and Illinois." Iowa, coached by Bob Cummings, is 1-1, the victory in the season opener against Northwestern, 20-3. The Hawkeyes are much like Iowa teams of the past. There's decent size, a standout linebacker and a Hilgen-berg. The size is evident with offensive tackles Brian Ward (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) and Sam Palladino (6-2, 255) and a defensive front four of ends Darrell Hobbs (6-6, 250) and Steve Vasquez (6-2, 225) and tackles Joe Hufford (6-2, 238) and John Harty (6-6, 260). The defensive star is 6-2, 232-pound starting center for Iowa and graduated last year. Although Iowa State put 31 points on the board against the Hawkeyes, Iowa has more deficiencies offensively. Iowa State bombed away for 340 yards, 178 of which came on passing. The Hawkeyes stopped the Cyclones' standout tailback, Dexter Green, for 56 yards on 17 carries, breaking his string of 100-yard rushing games. Opponents in two games have just 193 yards on the ground but 336 in the air. The quarterback situation was disrupted last week when starter Bob Commings, son of the coach, was ill and did not play. Pete Gales started, hitting 3 of 8 passes for 13 yards. Commings had one completion in 5 attempts for 8 yards against Northwestern. Transplants from Tucson fire up sports at Idaho By LEE SHAPPELL .Transplanted Tucsonans they're everywhere yoy look in Moscow, Idaho. It started almost two years ago with the sports Information director, and since then the influx of University of Idaho athletic officials from Tucson has spread to the athletic director and the football coach. In fact, there might be more Arizonans at Idaho than there will be on the Northern Arizona University travel squad when it rolls into town for Saturday's Big Sky Conference football game with the Vandals. '". Although Athletic Director Willard S. "Bill" Belknap insists the high number of former Tucsonans in Moscow is purely coincidental, Belknap took over a position that was in such bad shape he was happy to get help from anybody who wanted to offer it. Belknap, Associate Athletic Director at the University of Arizona until he took the Idaho position Jan. 1, now works with former Tucson newspaperman Dave Kellogg, the sports information director; former Salpointe Catholic High School football coach Jerry Davitch, now in control of the Idaho football regime; another former Salpointe coach Bill Tripp, Davitch's offensive line coach, and former University of Arizona graduate assistant Greg McMackin, Idaho's linebacker coach. , Former Salpointe and University of Dayton quarterback Tom Vosberg is a graduate assistant, trainer Ken Kladnik was a UA graduate assistant, and two of Davitch's top freshmen recruits are punter Dion Jergo from Tucson Cholla High and Maryvale High grad Chris Dedmon. Even the UI dean of the college of forestry is ffom the University of Arizona. 2'It wasn't by any magic design that all these pf ople are from Arizona but it has become quite a topic of conversation here," said Belknap. The former Tucsonans have been dubbed "The Arizona Mafia" by the Moscow-Pullman media. Belknap had two major coaching decisions to njake almost immediately, but he said the selection of new football and basketball coaches was secondary to the purchase of equipment. "There were so many things wrong here it was unbelievable," Belknap said. ."What had happened over the last four or five years was that the program had been allowed to deteriorate in just about every aspect. "It had not been funded properly, it had not been recruited aggressively, there had been violations of the rules just a variety of things. ;"But starting with Number 1, we had to buy some equipment for our kids to play with. It was really that bad." Belknap found weight room facilities that needed to be upgraded, people who need to be weeded out, credibility to be established and competition for media coverage with Washington State eight miles away in Pullman, Wash. The basketball program is on NCAA probation until January for one recruiting violation. The Vandals are under investigation for another basketball infraction that could bring prolonged probation, but ' the change in coaches might soften further NCAA action, Belknap hopes. . f At I I Bill Belknap Jerry Davitch "We took the approach that it's going to take some time to build the program, but we're going to build it right on a solid foundation," Belknap said. "We've hired 13 new people since we got here men and women and everything from equipment men to trainers and coaches. "We didn't come in here and fire a million people, but several have decided to leave. All I've done since I've been here is select new people for various positions. "But you can't expect to win if the program is not run conscientiously. You can't be competitive if your weight room looks like a Mexican jailhouse. It has been embarrassing to some of our long-time supporters and others involved with the athletic program when we bring these things out publicly, but it's really important that we get off to a good start, and you can't if you don't stick your neck out." Mesa tops grid poll; PC No. 13 Mesa Community College has the nation's top junior college football team and Phoenix College is 13th in this week's National Junior College Athletic Association poll. "The ranking is going to fire up our kids," said Mesa assistant coach Dick Minitti. "We take a lot of pride in our program. But it makes the coaches' job tougher. Now everyone will be gunning for us." "Big deal," was the reaction of Phoenix college head Coach Ken Stites. "The ranking is nice, but we have so many problems getting ready for El Camino College, that the ranking is unimportant. Phoenix travels to Torrance, Calif., for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday game. Mesa travels to Provo Utah, to face the Brigham Young junior varsity Friday afternoon. 1 Mesa (3-01 95 2 loe Central (4-0) tt i Illinois Valley (4-0) 7t 4. CoHtvviile. Kan. (3-0) 59 5 K.igore. Tenas (3-0) 55 6 M.siiuiDoi Guit Coast (4-0) 54 7 New AAemco MiWarv (3-0) 51 8. Chowan, N C 13-0) 2t 10. Nassau, Garden City, N.Y. (21) 27 11. Willmar, mn. (2-01 16 12 Ranger, Texas (1-1) 16 13 Pnoenm College (2-0-11 13 14 Minn at Crookston (3-0) 11 15. Harford, Mo. (2-0) g Si"3' Hoopes with Eagles again Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles released punter Rick Engles Tuesday and replaced him with veteran Mitch Hoopes, the National Football League club said. It was the third time this season Hoopes, a University of Arizona product, has been signed by Philadelphia (2-2). Signed as a free agent before the start of training camp, he was waived twice before the start of the regular season. Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil said he was unhappy with the hang time of Engles' punts. Injured Browns sign 'tired' Hill CLEVELAND Running back Calvin Hill, who said he was tired and didn't want to play any more when he retired from professional football in August, signed a contract with the injured-plagued Cleveland Browns. Terms of the pact were not disclosed, nor was the duration of the contract with the 6-foot-4, 227-pound Hill, who left the Washington Redskins after the pre-season opener with Minnesota. House spurns Olympic, sports-aid bill '; WASHINGTON - The House defeated a Senate-' passed bill to provide $30 million to implement the reorganization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and reform amateur athletics in this country. The 244-158 vote, with one congressman voting present, was 24 short of the two-thirds necessary to pass the measure under the parliamentary procedure employed to get quick action by the House. Rep. Robert Michel, R-I1I., a strong supporter of the legislation, said proponents will take the bill to the Rules Committee, the normal legislative procedure. Foreman's knee injury not serious MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Vikings running back Chuck Foreman, who injured his right knee in Monday's 24-20 National Football League victory over Chicago, said he expects to play against Tampa Bay Sunday and that the injury is not serious. Foreman suffered a bruised right knee early in the fourth quarter and left the game, but was walk-, ing on the sidelines before the contest ended. AUTO SERVICE CENTERS INTRODUCE THEIR Lumberjacks retain 9th SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. -Northern Arizona University remained ninth ranked in this week's Division 1-AA college football poll, conducted by the NCAA Statistical Service. The Lumberjacks were 21-6 victors over Montana last week. Lehigh, winner of last year's Division II national title, remained first, followed by South Carolina State, which shared the top spot last week. Big Sky Conference schools Boise State and Montana State are third and sixth, respectively. Nevada-Reno, scheduled to join the Big Sky next year, is fourth. Northern Arizona is the only team with a loss in the top 10. LOG CHIPS The Lumberjacks have several individuals among league statistical leaders this week. Quarterback Bill Hoist (135 yards per game and tailback Allan Clark (134.3) ranked third and fourth in total offense. Clark is second in rushing (123.5) and third in all-purpose running . . . Monte Varah is second in kick scoring (5.0 points per game) . . . Ray Smith leads the league in punt returns (13.0 yards per return), Joe Walker is fourth (6.8) ... End Ed Hightower is fifth among defensive linemen in total tackles (8.8 per game), Jerry Lumpkin is second among linebackers in stops (12.5 average), and Walker is second among backs (9.5) . . . The Axers have moved into the team lead in scoring defense (14.3 points). They are third in rushing defense, sixth in passing defense and third in total defense . . . Northern Arizona is third in total offense, rushing offense, scoring offense, and fourth in passing offense. Division I-A A Pel team (record) 1. Lemon (3-0) 2. South Carolina Stale (4-0) 3. Boise State 13-0) 4. Nevada-Reno (3-0) 5. JacKson Stale (4-0) 6. Montana Slate (3-0) 7. (lie) Florida A&M 12-0 Northwestern La. (3-0) 9. Northern Ariiona (3-1) 10. (lie) Boston U (3-0) uremoimg (z-g) points 43 42 41 34 32 29 26 26 20 t 12 utners receiving voles: Alcorn A&M. Eastern Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hamosmre Rhode Island, Tennessee Tech. Tfikai Sniitharn Waiurn vir. ot Female harriers impressive at PC By GEORGE CHRISMAN Jr. When your No. 3 runner is the national junior college women's 1500 meter champion, you've got to feel confident about this cross country season. Phoenix College women's Coach Fred Moore is in that position with-Maria Tilman and Lauri Cline running ahead of Sandy Marquez, winner of the national juco metric mile last spring. "I feel we have a good chance to win the conference championships and those three should finish in the top five," said Moore. Following a series of meets, the conference championships will be held Oct. 27 at Fountain Hills. Moore, a pioneer of women's track and field in Arizona, is excited about the addition of cross country to the junior college women's program. "Along with the high i school program, we now are able to extend by six or seven years the athletic careers of our girls," he observed. "This will have an impact on the future, and even now the college program is almost as strong as is the AAU, which had been one of the few places girls could compete." At Scottsdale Community College, Coach Carol Hancock says with a laugh, "Julie Crutch-field is trying to get recruits for me out of her jogging class." Because authorization to field cross country teams was late in coming, Arizona schools had little chance to attract runners. The Scottsdale squad is down to two runners Elaine Williams and Melissa Van Ness. "They are working very hard and have cut one-to-two minutes off their time," Hancock reported. "Both are outstanding tennis players, but the lack of a track program here makes it tough to find runners." She had three other girls, but eligibility rules prevented them from competing this year. In volleyball Scottsdale seems to be a bit more stable. , Runnerup in the preseason tournament More 17" 1. 1 l about lvuau j uggwig prayers Continued from Page D-l Before the season began, the University of Pacific, Texas-El Paso and Northwestern appeared to be seasoning opportunities for Sun Devil freshmen. However, Pacific refused to belly up until late in the game. Kush had to turn to Pagel to pull the Brigham Young game out of the lost column, and against Washington State he resorted to using Pagel, Robert Weathers and Gerald Riggs a trio of freshmen backs at the same time in an attempt to give the Devil offense consistency. With UTEP invading Sun Devil Stadium Saturday, Kush isn't promised a piece of cake. UTEP (1-3) isn't a winner, but the Miners can score. After being shutout, 49-0, in their opener with North Texas State, they lost to Air Force, 34-25, and New Mexico State, 35-32, before upsetting San Diego State last week, 31-24. Kush has a simple assessment of UTEP: "If we play as we did last Saturday we'll get beat." at Pima, Scottsdale's volleyball team has fashioned a 3-3 record with sophomore ' star Linda Bigus from Arcadia High leading the way as main hitter and blocker. Coach Carol Oplinger has high praise for Paradise Valley freshmen Michelle Finch and Sheril Bordeaux, both of whom played in the high school all-star game in August. "Michelle's a good hitter and Sheril is the team's setter," Oplinger said. Coach Joanne Winter hopes Tanya Taylor, Kathy Haberer, Mary Discher and freshman Janet Johnson will move Scottsdale's women's golf team up from its second-place finish in last year's conference tournament, Won by Glendale CC. "Too few girls play golf in high school," Winter said. She hopes to encourage more to participate and plans to arrange a clinic later on. 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