The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 236
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 236

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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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Cards Keep Hopes Alive Iffl For Playoffs With Win , , i -"- t g ; From Poit Wirt Sorvlcot ST. LOUIS "I wanted to compensate," St. Louis safety Ken Reaves said. "He had made a play on me and I wanted to pay him back." Reaves was three strides behind Raymond Chester when the Baltimore tight end caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Bert Jones in the third quarter of yesterday's game. The score brought the Colts to within 21-17 going into the final quarter and Jones moved Baltimore to the Cardinals' 31-yard line with a little more than a minute remaining in the game. Jones again looked downfield and found Reaves covering Chester. "I knew it was coming my way," Reaves said. "I thought, 'Lord, can I make it?' I knew if I didn't, I'd read about it in the papers. Reaves moved in front of Chester and intercepted the pass to end the Colts' scoring threat and preserve a 24-17 Cardinal victory. The victory also preserved the Cardinals' playoff hopes. With a 9-4 record, they can gain the wild-card berth if they beat the New York Giants in their final regular season game next Sunday and Dallas downs Washington. St. Louis is known for its explosive offense but it was the defense that provided the big plays in the final minutes of the game. The last Cardinal score came on a 22-yard Jim Bakken field goal with 2:34 remaining in the game after the defense sacked Jones. John Zook belted Jones from behind, knocking the ball loose, and Charlie Davis recovered for the Cardinals at the Baltimore 35. "I got a good outside pass rush on the play," Zook said. "Our backs had their receivers covered so he (Jones) had to wait a second more and I got him." Zook brushed blood from his lip after the game and said, "I'll take a cut lip any time we can beat a team like Baltimore. It was a win we had to have." "I think today was one of our biggest defensive games," Reaves said. "The defense has been coming along all year. We may peak just as we enter the playoffs." Turn to ST. LOUIS, E4 7 ... too iM-A. t t&m, v& $ UPI Tiltphoto Baltimore's Defense Rushes for Ball After Jim Otis (35) Fumbles f The Palm Beach Post-Times Clipboard, E10 dot S SECTION E SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1976 Royal, Broyles Resign Veteran Coaches End Careers on Same Field "It is my intention to retire from coaching to concentrate on my increasing duties as Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas," Broyles said in a statement issued moments before the Texas-Arkansas kickoff. "I submitted my resignation to our president, but he refused to act upon it until a successor is found." Royal met in private for more than two hours with the Texas Athletic Council yesterday, apparently to offer his resignation. During the closed meeting, the council reportedly prepared a statement which read: and golfing companions, will stay on at their respective schools as athletic directors. Sources close to Broyles said they had been told by the coach that he had submitted his resignation to the university president, but the president declined to act on it until Broyles finds a suitable replacement. It was reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal today that New York Jets coach Lou Holtz is Broyles' choice for the Arkansas position. Other names on Broyles' list of prospects are Steve Sloan of Texas Tech and Grant Teaff of Baylor. From Fost Wlro Sorvlcot AUSTIN, Tex. - Darrell Royal of Texas and Frank Broyles of Arkansas ended their college football coaching careers last night after facing each other for the 19th time. Royal and Broyles have been the dominant figures in the Southwest Conference in the last two decades, winning or sharing 18 league titles between them. But this season has not been kind to either coach, and last night's game marked the first time in years that neither team had a chance at the title or a bowl invitation regardless of the outcome. The two coaches, long-time friends (..''..r s -. . r . y t" j' - V ,,. . . r i f "Coach Royal, for reasons solely his own, has decided to relinquish his coaching duties and stay on as athletic director only." The council's decision that Royal stay as athletic director was unanimous. Royal carefully avoided directly denying he would resign, then on Friday conceded he was contemplating such a move after 20 years as Longhorn coach. His 4-5-1 record going into last night's game was the worst for Texas since he became head coach in 1957. The Texas coach, third-winningest active coach in the country and 14th on the all-time winning list, carried a record of 183-60-5 into the game. The native of Hollis, Okla., came to Texas in 1957 to revive the Long-horns after a 1-9 season. His first season the Longhorns were 6-4-1, and it was not until this year that a Texas team coached by Royal lost more than four games in any year. Royal, 52, once parried questions about his possible retirement with the question, "Why in the world should I retire from something I enjoy?" Apparently the job was no longer fun. Alleged cheating in recruiting had become almost an obsession with him, and he sought vainly to get coaches to submit to lie detector tests. "Darrell would coach forever if it wasn't for recruiting," a person close to Royal said. Royal's 1963 squad went undefeated, winning Texas' first national football title since it started playing football in 1893. His 1969 squad, riding the crest of the new Wishbone-T offense, also won the national championship. Only Notre Dame's 24-11 victory in the 1971 Cotton Bowl, ending a 30-game winning streak, prevented Texas from winning a third national title under Royal. In his 20 years at Texas, his teams have won or shared in 11 SWC championships and his 166 victories prior to the Arkansas game included 108 SWC triumphs, a record for the SWC, which was started in 1915. Nationally, he ranks third behind Alabama's Bear Bryant and Ohio State's Woody Hayes for most victories by active coaches. Broyles, one of Georgia Tech's all-time great athletes, turned the Arkansas program around. His record against SWC schools, going into the Texas game, was 95-35-5. (i O' I 1 V OH. 'if; ft f AP Wlrtpholo Selmer Gives Defensive Instructions to Larry Brown SeRinmeii0 M 9 lit," - AP Broyles Walks Sideline Before Texas Game Deposed Hurricane Coach Claims Unfair Treatment Local Course Designers Surprised by Ecclestone Bob Bassine Sports Editor r Jim Warters Sports Writer Friday night in Houston, during a World Hockey Association game at the Astrodome, University of Miami football coach Carl Selmer was summoned to the telephone. The Edmonton Oilers and the Houston Aeros were playing to a scoreless tie but it was Selmer who was on thin ice, not the hockey players. Selmer was called by Dr. John Green, executive vice-president of the University of Miami, and was told his two-year tenure would end when the final gun sounded on yesterday's game between Miami and Houston. "He gave me an opportunity to resign," Selmer said yesterday. The opportunity was respectfully declined and the inevitable followed. "No," he said, "I don't feel I had a fair opportunity. It is extremely difficult to turn a program around in two years against the type of schedule we've been playing. "I've been talking about it since I've been here and I'm sure people are tired of hearing about it. I don't want it to sound like an alibi or anything, but the facts speak for them-selves," Experts have, indeed, ranked Miami's schedule as one of the toughest in the nation. Seven of the Hurricanes' opponents accepted bowl bids this year. "If we had won. . . " Selmer said. "It all narrows down to that. If we could have won it would have saved my job. There are the economics involved. A team which doesn't win in Miami doesn't draw well and we didn't win. It's as simple as that." Turn to BASSINE, E4 There's more news in what Llwyd Ecclestone Jr. didn't announce. The Fazios, George and nephew Tom, are the PGA Golf Club course designers, said Ecclestone, developer of the Professional Golfers' Association headquarters complex. But the real significance of the story was how quickly Ecclestone picked his architects. And what a surprise it was to two other designers in Palm Beach County who were mentioned earlier as possible candi-dcitcs One was Gardner Dickinson, recent renovator of the Tournament Players Championship course near Jacksonville. The other was Jack Nicklaus whose Gol-force, Inc., has built impressive layouts throughout the world. Neither Dickinson nor Nicklaus, both residents of North Palm Beach, had submitted bids on the courses which are due to be completed by 1980 somewhere in Palm Beach County. "How can you make a bid when you don't even know where the site is?" asked Dickinson who has a knack for refining an issue to its basic juices. "What they're saying is that George Fazio is the best architect no matter what kind of terrain they find," he said. Dickinson, also designer of Frenchman's Creek near Palm Beach Gardens, said he wasn't surprised he wasn't chosen. "But I thought Jack (Nicklaus) might have a good shot at it." Nicklaus was strongly mentioned as a possible de- 'No, I don't feel I had a fair opportunity. It is extremely difficult to turn a program around in two years against the type of schedule we've been playing.' Carl Selmer signer a few months ago when Floyd Voight held the PGA developer's contract. And he looked like he might be even a stronger candidate with Ecclestone in command. Nicklaus' Golden Bear Enterprises is headquartered in Ecclestone's Old Port Cove. Nicklaus also is a resident of Lost Tree Village which was developed under Ecclestone's aegis. In fact, Nicklaus and Ecclestone are next door neighbors. It's small wonder, then, that the Golden Bear staff found the story on the announcement in Friday's Post so fascinating, especially that Ecclestone had hand-picked the Fazios. "I made the mistake of thinking the PGA would choose the architects," said Dickinson, explaining he made no personal contact with Voight or Ecclestone. "The PGA picked Dick Wilson when the courses were built for the PGA National Golf Club (now JDM Club at Palm Beach Gardens)." Turn to WARTERS, E7 Houston Beats Miami E4

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