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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 98

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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12. 197S-F3 Arkansas Names Holtz as Head Coach F III ' w" V FAYETTEVILLE (AP) - Lou Holtz was hired yesterday as Arkansas head football coach, two days after he resigned a similar position with the New York Jets of the National Football League. The announcement of the hiring by the Board of Trustees ended more than a week of speculation and negotiations. Holtz, 39, will succeed Frank Broyies, whose resignation became public nine days ago, after 19 years as head coach of the He did an about-face Thursday saying, "Lou Holtz is not made for professional football." Broyies said a friend described Holtz as a "fish out of water" while in the pro ranks. Despite the Jets 3-10 record, Holtz was under no pressure to resign. A week ago, Broyies said he was searching for "an offensive-minded coach" and "a stern disciplinarian." Broyies also said Holtz' peers described him as "one of the most ad Broyies, who will continue as athletic director, led the search for his successor and recommended Holtz for the job. Holtz was confirmed as Broyies' No. 1 choice shortly after Broyies announced his resignation, but it appeared Wednesday that Holtz would remain with the Jets. At that time, he issued a statement saying he had four years remaining on a five-year contract and would honor his commitment to the Jets. mired and respected coaches in the profes sion. In other coaching developments Tony Mason, head coach at Cincinnati, has been hired as the University of Arizona head coach replacing Jim Young who went to Purdue. At the University of Texas, Darrell Royal who resigned as Longhorn coach eight days ago, has submitted a list of four names to replace him. Royal has highly recommended assistant Mike Campbell who has been at Texas, and with Royal, for 21 years. Lou Holtz . . to replace Broyies Steelers From El Playoff Hopeful Teams Wind Up Wild NFL Year The Steelers drove 79 yards on 10 plays in the fourth quarter, with Bradshaw diving the final yard to end the Oiler season with a 5-9 record. Pittsburgh finished the regular season at 10-4. I . ;:.:r: jfc-'.' - -j,-. 1 1 Steelers 20 53-2M 76 90 8-19-0 7-39 0-0 10-80 Oilers 26-93 64 IS 13-29-1 11-34 2-1 6-56 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Pittsburgh's Rocky Bleier and Harris each went over 100 yards in the game. Each runner rushed for more than 1,000 for the season. 0 7 7 7- Pittsburgn 0 0 0- Houston Pltt - Swann 21 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kirk) one-man gang lately with 6.J. Simpson running wild - and Buffalo going nowhere in the process. In their first meeting this season, the Colts belted the Bills 31-13. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has its last chance to avoid becoming the first team in the history of the NFL to lose all 14 games its first year, eclipsing the frustration level set by the Cowboys in their first year of 1960, when they went 0-11-1. Pitt - Harris 11 run (Gerela kick) Pitt - Bradshaw 1 run (Gerela kick) A - 44,743 Cliff Harris . . . doesn't offer help INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Pittsburgh, Bleier 22-107, Harris 23-104. Houston, Coleman 14-49, Willis 11-49. RECEIVING - Pittsburgh, Swann 2-34, Bleier 2-28. Houston, Burrough 3-44. PASSING - Pittsburgh, Bradshaw 1-19-1, 76 yards. Houston, Pastorinl 13-29-1, 95. Only once before in NFL history, when Miami's Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka did it in 1972, have two backs on the same team rushed for more than 1,000 yards each. The win closed out any playoff hopes for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, each of whom could finish 10-4 with wins today. But, because Pittsburgh has a better record in competition among those three teams, the Steelers captured the playoff berth. Harris, Jackson Help Los Angeles Top Lions 5-7, 1 p.m.), Cleveland at Kansas City, Seattle at Philadelphia, Green Bay at Atlanta, Denver at Chicago, San Francisco at New Orleans and San Diego at Oakland. Cincinnati and Cleveland, both who can finish at 10-4, were eliminated from playoff contention by the Steelers victory over Houston yesterday. Dallas safety Cliff Harris finds himself in a quandry over today's game. If Washington loses, it helps the Cards. If Dallas loses, it helps Washington. "It galls me to have to do a favor for either one of them," Harris says. Dallas coach Tom Landry views the struggle as a "war of the specialty teams ... We beat Washington with field position and our kicking game the first time ... I think we'll respond to the challenge. They will be playing tough because they know a loss means they'll be sitting home at Christmas. Just playing Washington is the only incentive we need." The Cards have an extra day of rest heading into New York. They beat Baltimore eight days ago. And they also have in their memories the close call of their Oct. 3 game, when they had to fend off the Giants' last-ditch charge to win 27-21. The Bills have literally been a By The Associated Press Pick a card. There's only two left, National Football League-wise, and both are wild. The Washington Redskins and St. Louis Cardinals are fighting for the National Conference wild card. Over in the American Conference, Baltimore and New England are doing similar battle, with one major difference. In the NFC, whichever team gets the card also gets a playoff berth while the other team says farewell to its 1976 playing time. In the AFC, the winner, in effect, comes up a loser. That is, whichever team gets the wild card is the one which failed to wind up with the East Division title. Both the Colts and Patriots have already been guaranteed a playoff berth. Of the four teams, Washington undoubtedly has the toughest task. The Redskins are playing in Dallas (Channel 4, 4 p.m.). The Cowboys, 11-2, are the winningest team in the NFC. The other three play losers -St. Louis at the New York Giants (Channel 4, 1 p.m.), Baltimore entertains Buffalo and New England at Tampa Bay. In today's other games it's Cincinnati at the New York Jets (Channels THE GOLF SHOP AT THE three-yard run for the Rams on the first play after linebacker Jim Youngblood intercepted another Reed pass and returned it 26 yards. The Lions took a 3-0 lead on a 19-yard field goal by Benny Ricardo after an 84-yard return of the opening kickoff by rookie James Hunter. Dempsey tied it with a 35-yard field goal but Reed, who hadn't played in seven games except to hold for placekicks, led Detroit to a pair of touchdowns, one on his own four-yard run late in the first quarter and the other on a nine-yard pass to Charlie Sanders late in the second period. Los Angeles 3 0 17 0-30 Detroit 10 7 0 0-17 Det-FG Ricardo 19 Los-FG Dempsey 35 Det Green 4 run (Ricardo kick) Det Sanders 9 pass from Reed (Ricardo kick) Los Jackson 27 pass from Harris (Dempsey kick) Los FG Dempsey 32 Los Bryant 3 run (Dempsey kick) A - 73,470 PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - James Harris hit Harold Jackson with a 27-yard touchdown pass to begin a 17-point, third-quarter Los Angeles scoring binge, and the Rams took a 20-17 victory from the Detroit Lions last night. Harris came in midway through the first quarter, replacing rookie quarterback Pat Haden, who suffered an injury to his right knee. Detroit had rolled to a 17-3 half-time lead before the Rams, already assured of a playoff spot next weekend at Dallas, got untracked. Los Angeles drove 65 yards in 12 pi ys after the second-half kickoff, with Harris passing to Jackson for the touchdown. Soon afterward, linebacker Isiah Robertson intercepted a Joe Reed pass to set up a 32-yard field goal by Tom Dempsey. With just two seconds left in the quarter, L'ullen Bryant scored on a Lake Worth Country Club PUBLIC WELCOME GOLF EQUIPMENT & SPORTSWEAR FOR MEN & WOMEN. 1977 Models & Styles Now on Display! CHRISTMAS SPECIALS! MacGregor VIP MT Spalding Elite Centurion Executive Top Flite Legacy INCLUDING PUTTERS AND WEDGES FREE GIFT WRAPPING CLUB REPAIRS AND USED CLUBS FOR SALE GOLF PROFESSIONAL, MERRILL HUBBARD M From El lami 7th Ave. No. & North Golfview Lake Worth - 582-9713 AUTO CEHTcR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING HOURS M0N. THRU SAT. 8:30 A.M.-10 P.M. SUN. 1 1 A.M.-7 P.M. 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You wouldn't have heard a word," said senior guard Steve Golding, who served the team as offensive co-captain. "It hasn't been a full 'go' operation. They've said on the outside that they want the team to be big-time, but where has the help been? I know our facilities aren't as good as most schools. "How do they expect us to win consistently when we play the toughest schedule in the country? You win a national championship by playing two big games a year. Frankly, I can't see why any big-name coach would want to come here." What the school would like in a coach is the ability of Don Shula, the mystique of Bear Bryant and the integrity of Joe Paterno. It will probably have to settle for less. But the help that Golding pleaded for has arrived, perhaps too late. Money has been made available to hire an established coach. An effort will be made to lighten the schedule. And you can be sure that everything will under the thumb of John Green, not the athletic department. The key year is expected to be 1978. If no appreciable gains in victories or attendance have been made, Green will start thinking about administering the last rites. Area Trio Signs Grants With Miami The University of Miami Hurricanes have signed three area football players to scholarships it was announced yesterday. Palm Beach Gardens' offensive lineman Kenny Griffin, Boca Raton's Johnny Haynes and Jim Tokor-ney all signed with the Hurricanes. Griffin, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tackle, is considered a top prospect. Haynes and Tokorney both played for the Bobcats under coach Roger Coffey. Examiner Games Expect Olympians SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The annual San Francisco Examiner Games have been scheduled for Jan. 21, and the director of the indoor track meet said yesterday he expects to have several Olympic gold medal winners in the field. Jim Terrill, meet director, said the Olympic champions he has contacted include sprinters Hasley Crawford of Trinidad and Don Quar-rie of Jamaica, miler John Walker of New Zealand and distance runners Lasse Viren of Finland and Anders Garderud of Sweden. Appendicitis Hits BYU Back Lowry PROVO, Utah (AP) - Brigham Young University senior tailback Dave Lowry was operated on for appendicitis Friday night and will miss the Tangerine Bowl Saturday in Even a first-year economics student could tell that, with a 5-16 record the past two years and constant negative publicity, the team was counter-productive. The administration desperately wants the team to win, since success is directly proportional to alumni donations. But in these times, a private school cannot afford to waste money, thus Green's three-year timetable. If the team does not recover by 1979, the life support systems may be shut off. The school must now, in the words of Don Canham, the merchandise-minded athletic director of the University of Michigan, "hustle like a whore on Main Street." Since 1970, when the university fortunes began to fade, the school watched quietly as thousands of fans plighted their troth to the Miami Dolphins, the abdication reaching its depths this past season when an average of only 16,920 fans attended the five Hurricane home games. The excuse that pro teams in large cities kill off college programs is merely a crutch. Winning conquers all. The University of Pittsburgh has done well as co-tenant with a Super Bowl champion, USC and UCLA flourish in Los Angeles and there has been no talk at SMU of dropping the program, despite the presence in Dallas of the Cowboys. The Orange Bowl is another problem. Because it does not own a stadium, the university is at the mercy of the city, which charges 10 per cent of ticket sales as rent and keeps all concession revenue. The school may not sell any of its own souvenirs. The only other money it receives is from program sales. Nevertheless, you eventually return to square one: Merchandising. The athletic hierarchy let cobwebs grow in its offices. Miami is a cosmopolitan school. Only one-third of the students are from Florida while at the University of Florida, 26,097 of 27,838 are state residents. This loyalty void must be filled. They go to games for entertainment, not for singing the alma mater. Part of the blame can be laid at the door of athletic director Pete Elliott, whose influence will be severely cut back under the new regime. He still was in a state of shock this week after learning in Houston that his hand-picked successor had been fired without his knowledge. Elliott has been accompanying Green on coach-recruiting trips but Green has already said he will make the final selection and there is talk that the new coach will eventually become athletic director. Because home crowds have been small, Miami has tried to tread financial water the last two years by playing road games where there is an assured sellout 76,000 at Nebraska, for example rather than play in Miami before 20,000. But in addition to eroding the team's home-field advantage, this makes the home schedule less enticing. Next year, the home games are against Pacific, Kansas, Penn State, Tulane, Florida and Notre Dame. In 1978, the home schedule includes Florida State, Utah State, San Diego State and Syracuse. After that, it may not matter. What concerns the administration least is dissension on the team, which received much publicity after Selmer was fired. But all the assistants, who have spent the last week trying to convince high school seniors to play football at UM, will like- HiMku alls ii ii unit: l MOST SIFS SHOW S iHO f. Sorr1. 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