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Graves Talks Of Quitting As Coach ; 1, -I 1 coached Florida football for nine years oetter man anyone ever coached it, is about ready to give up the fight and become an athletic director alone and let someone else see if they can win a Southeastern Conference championship at Gainesville." Marshall said he talked to Graves before the Florida coach drove to Jacksonville, Fla., for a Sunday television show. Marshall said he asked Graves if he could write the story and the coach replied " 'sure, you can write it.' " "He asked me if I planned to be a coach at Florida as long as Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech (where Graves was assistant before he took over here)," Graves said. "I explained to Benny that I would not be since I felt the job of athletic director here is more demanding." GAINESVILLE (UPI) - Florida Football Coach Ray Graves admitted Monday he is tinkering with the idea of giving up his post to become full-time athletic director. But he insisted it won't be in the near future. "I have a contract to coach the Florida football team through 1970," said the coach-athletic director, "and that contract will be honored. Commenting on a Monday column in The Birmingham News by Sports Editor Benny Marshall, Graves said he had talked candidly to Marshall over the weekend about retiring. But he said it had nothing to do with the Gators' 24-13 loss to Auburn or their disappointing 4-2-1 record thus far this year. "I told him that the job of athletic director at Florida is bigger than a lot of other schools and I felt I should start devoting more time to it," said Graves. Marshall said further that Graves told him " 'I am not going to coach much longer.' And the way he said it," Marshall wrote, "was a man who might not have in mind more than another year of struggling to get the Gators going to a point they have never reached, and, really, probably never will." Graves has been head coach at Florida for nine years and has had a sparkling record. But the Gators have never yet won a a Southeatern Conference championship. They were pre-season favorites this year, but have a 1-1-1 record and are now out of the SEC running. "Ray Graves," wrote Marshall, "who has head- 1 V RAY GRAVES . .Full Time AD? d Plat's ted ! The Palm Beach Postk J Miami Opens Best Fishing Bet With northerly winds forecast for today, look for bluefish and mackerel action close to the beach from the Juno Beach area northward to Jensen Beach. The speckled perch are running In the Belle Glade area of Lake Okeechobee. Against Bucs oooooooooooooooqi Executive Sports Editors TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 5, 1968 PAGE 17 Wilfrid Reid Cards 70 On His 84th Birthday MIAMI Is Miami a basketball town? That Is the $2 million question the Miami Floridians of the American Basketball Association are asking this season. And the Floridians may get a clue in their first two home games at the Miami Beach Convention Center If the $2 million they paid for the franchise was a good investment. Wednesday night the Floridians meet the New Orleans Buccaneers and Sunday the Oakland Oaks. Vice president Dennis Murphy told me Monday that he anticipates near capacity crowds for both games. He said the club has sold more than 2,500 tickets for Wednesday and 3,500 for Sunday. "The auditorium seats 7,878 for basketball," Murphy said with a twinkle In his eyes as he turned on his Irish charm, "so you see we will be selling tickets at the gate. Both games will start at 8 p.m. and Sunday we plan a clinic starting at 7 p.m." There were fears earlier that the Floridians could come back to Miami 0-5 after a Northern road trip especially after consecutive losses to the New York Nets and the Minnesota Pipers twice. But Coach Jim Pollard's team rebounded over the weekend with victories over the Nets and Kentucky Colonels. So the Mlamlans are 2-3 coming home and are morning line favorites to beat the Bucs. With Rick Barry, the former University of Miami superstar, the top billing with the Oaks, Sunday's game should pack the convention center. If It doesn't, then that might be the tipoff that the local populace really doesn't give a damn about pro basketball. Pollard In Good Mood Pollard was in a good mood Monday momlng when I talked with him. "Getting our first win was the roughest thing about the season so far," he said. "We almost blew our game Friday with New York but we held on for a 111-110 win. We came from behind in the first half after trailing by nine points at one point. Then we got In front by 14 and I thought we were home free. But Skip Thoren and Don Freeman fouled out. And it took Les Hunter's free throw with 13 seconds left to save the game. "Hunter did a heck of a job for us against Kentucky. He scored 28 points against New York and came back with 21 in Louisville. And he sat out the whole second period that contest. "I am very pleased by our progress. We didn't play good basketball In our first two games. I can't say why we did so poorly nal. From there he played a 9-iron to within an inch of the cup. Wilfrid doesn't have the distance he used to have and plays wood shots from distances where he used to hit tons. But he's deadly around and on the greens. In his Sunday round, he had 25 putts. He has been retired more or less since 1946 but before a bout with a hospital several weeks ago, he gave occasional lessons. In his younger days, he played in the U.S. and British opens, represented both England and this country in international matches, one of which developed Into the Ryder Cup. He has been professional at several clubs Including Seminole Golf, thinks Walter Hagen was the greatest shotmaker of them all. During his long career, he played with all the great, such as Hagen, Bobby Jones, Jim Barnes, Jerry Travers, Johnny Farrell, Francis Ouimet, Tommy Armour of the American contingent; Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, Archie Compston among the By CHUCK VOORHIS Golf Editor FOR 20 years, Wilfrid Reid, a retired golf pro and charter member of the PGA, has been celebrating his birthday with a special round of golf. These have been played In an effort to shoot a score equal to or better than his age. And in these last two decades, he hasn't missed. Last year it was an 83 over the West Course of the PGA. This year on his 84th birthday Sunday he had the finest of his natal day rounds a 70 over the par 68 of the Palm Beach Lakes Course. It was a round that Included an eagle. He picked Palm Beach Lakes for this year's efforts because it Is not far from his West Palm Beach home and also because he had a good round there a week ago, shooting a 74 while playing with champion, and Allie Russo, head pro at the Lakes. He played his round Sunday with Carl Hunt. The eagle came on the tricky 270-yard par 4 fourth hole where he sank his shot to the green. Russo, watching while he played the 225-yard par three ninth hole, saw his tee shot take a bad kick onto the bank of the ca JUST LIKE A FINE WINE ...Wilfrid Reid Improves With Age Better Blocking Helping Devils j(S& T'p t:!2S; mi r j ! Ml vr tiS POLLAKU PERRY HUNTER players were not even In a set position when the play would start and we would draw a penalty. "I figured all the boys knew what to do in that situation." But times have changed at Roosevelt. All of a sudden the Maroon Devils are winners four games In a row after their disastrous start. By DON BOYKIN Staff Writer Alphonso Sutton, Roosevelt High football coach, took too many things for granted at the start of the season. The results were three straight losses. "Heck, during our first couple of games," Sutton recalled, "our quarterback would say 'down, ready, set,' but some of the crisp, the Devils were not making nearly as many mistakes and Coach Sutton's charges broke their losing spell. Roosevelt eased past Gilford, Lakeland Rochelle, Cardinal Newman and then last Friday night topped a stubborn North Shore team, 14-6 for its fourth consecutive victory. The reason for Roosevelt's turnabout? "Mistakes really hurt us the early part of the year," said Sutton, who is In his first year at Roosevelt after serving as coach at Lincoln Junior High In Riviera Beach. "Costly penalties stopped us but the one thing we really had trouble with was our blocking. But now the boys are blocking good and It has made a difference." Roosevelt with only seven returning lettermen off last year's club, which was 7-2 dropped games to still unbeaten Pompano Beach Ely, Orlando Jones and Miami Mays to start the season. Then the blocking became but maybe it was early game Jitters. I don't know. But we finally got mean and started to play sound basketball. Our defense has improved also." Pollard said his starting lineup Wednesday will be Hunter and Willie Murrell at forwards, Thoren at center and Freeman and Ron Perry at guards. Hunter is a 6-foot-7 grad of Chicago Loyola, Murrell is 6-6 from Kansas State, Thoren is 6-10 from Illinois, Perry is 6-3 from Virginia Tech and Freeman 6-3 from Illinois. Gary Keller, the 6-10 Florida grad, Is also expected to see a lot of action. Tart s A bsence Puzzling Sutton says he never had any doubts his club would finally find Itself. "We opened the season against three tough teams," Sutton said. "But actually I don't think those teams (Blanche Ely, Orlando Jones and Miami Mays) had that much better personnel than we did. Once again we were making mistakes at the wrong times." In recalling his two games against the Nets, Pollard said he couldn't figure Lavem Tart, the former West Palm Beach Roose ALPHONSO SUTTON . . Looks Ahead To Kennedy velt grad. Tart, who Is averaging 13.0 points a game, hit 11 of 17 shots against the Floridians in the first game and then played only briefly against them last weekend. "Tart was excellent in his first game against us," Jim said. "He's as strong as a bull and a terrific shot. But Max (Net Coach Max Zaslofsky) only used him for a few minutes in our second meeting." Pollard considers New Orleans a good, quick club. "We played them in preseason games and Coach Babe McCarthy has done a real fine Job. He has three regulars back from the club which won the Western Division crown last season. Guard Jim Jones and forward Steve Jones they aren't related are the keys. Both are excellent shooters. Jack Moreland, the 6-7 veteran, Rod Franz and Austin (Red) Robhins are the other starters. Moreland and Franz, also 6-7, will be forwards and Robblns, 6-8, will be at center." Oakland, on the other hand, is a different problem. The Oaks are leading the ABA's Western Division. Barry, averaging 38 Roosevelt must play Lake Shore and Lincoln Park before Its final game against arch-rival Riviera Beach Kennedy a Palm Beach area powerhouse this year. "We feel like we should beat both Lake Shore and Lincoln Park," Sutton said. "But boy that game with Kennedy is going to be something. "Most of the games during the season, the coaches have to kind of talk to the boys during the week to get them ready for a game and get them fired up. But when we play Ben (Kennedy head Coach Ben McCoy), the boys get themselves ready. We don't have to fire them up." Four weeks ago, most observers would not have given Roosevelt much of a chance against to date undefeated Kennedy. But If the Devils can get past Lincoln Park and Lake Shore, they would have a 8-J mark the day of their game with the Vikings but most Importantly would have the momentum of six straight wins. points a game, Is the key of Coach Alex Hannum's club. But even without Barry the Oaks would still be the favorites In the West. Hannum will have 6-5 Doug Moe and 5-9 Larry Brown, both acquired in a trade with New Orleans. Moe, All-ABA last season led the league In total points scored, and Brown, MVP In the All- Star game, was the top playmaker. Oakland also did a good Job signing college rookies, among them 6-foot Henry Logan, the nation's leading small-college scorer. Despite the emphasis on new faces, the Oaks will also have veterans Ira Harge (6-9) and . -.w ... - -.. .. '-. s. JlmHadnot (6-10) In their lineup. Dej easing Barry Tough Task "How do you plan to defense Barry?" I asked Pollard. "The Kennedy game Is the one we want," Sutton said. "It would really make the season." Pride, according to Sutton, was another reason he felt the Maroon Devils would come along: "We have a tremendous amount of pride on this team," he said. "Each boy thinks he Is the best at his position." The veteran coach cited one example of player pride that occurred during practice a few weeks ago. "All the players and coaches were having a talk session during practice," Sutton said. "And I asked If there was anyone who thought he should be a starter Instead of the person ahead of him. "Well, this one boy raised his hand and said he should be the starter. So I put him down against the boy ahead of him and let them battle it out. And the second-stringer won so he Is now starting." Sutfon has a great deal of pride himself. "We have goi boys out here," he said. "They had a little trouble at the first of the year but have bounced back and are working hard. I feel like this team can give anyone a scrap." Sutton says that much of the Devils' sudden success can be attributed to the dedicated work of his assistant coaches Eddie Daniels, Harold Echols, San Fitzgerald and Emette Gamble. But he muses, "I feel like sort of a stranger around these guys since they all went to Florida A&M University In Tallahassee and I went to Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial In St. Augustine. (This school as since been moved to Miami and Is called Florida Memorial.) "Seriously, though, these coaches have all done an excellent Job with the boys this year and a lot of our success should go to them." Stan PM, Irr Vim Mlrurf Greg Ballamy (No. 22) during game last Friday night. Roosevelt won 14-6 for its fourth straight win. Jim grinned. "I don't know," he said easily. "He's Just one of DEVILS CLOSE IN - Roosevelt's Willie Blackwell (No. 43, dark Jersey) and Jackie Stringer (No. 30) converge on North Shore's those great stars. He starts running from the start and never seems to tire. He is In top physical shape. I guess Hunter will go with him for a while but I will probably switch men as the game progresses. "But don't forget that Barry Is more than a scorer. Anyone who plays for Hannum has to be more than that. Barry is a good re bo under and playmaker. And he never seems to tire." Basketball has arrived in Miami but the $2 million question remains to be answered: Will the populace support the Floridians? Patriots' Owner: To Move Or Not To Move? Standardised Sale Opens the business community to participate. Still, time is running out and Sullivan knows it. "We've had overtures from Birmingham, Tampa, Seattle and Memphis," he said. "But I've never encouraged any of them. Then it's- like working both sides of the street. Every effort will be made by us to stay here. The next league meetings are in March, just four months away. In that short time, the city of Boston will have to move with the ball better than the Patriots have been. "In implementing the agreement between the leagues, which now provides that any new franchise must play in a stadium with a capacity 'In the vicinity of 50,000, the leagues have now unanimously agreed to require by 1970 that all member clubs meet the same condition . . ." Commissioner Pete Rozelle has said how the owners choose to implement that resolution Is strictly up to them. Two Boston stadium bills were defeated in the state legislature last year, but neither had strong backing from the city government. Now the city has started to move and is getting have to move ahead on the stadium or we're in trouble. "There are two things forcing me to say that: First, the resolution passed at our spring meeting In Atlanta and second, a moral feeling. If I go to dinner with you 10 times, I don't want you picking up the tab 10 times. That's been what's happening." If going to dinner and having someone else pay the check is one thing bothering Sullivan, the resolution passed In May certainly isn't going to help his digestion. . The resolution, passed unanimously by NFL and AFL ownersand that includes Sullivan reads: comparison to what the Patriots take when they visit the bigger drawing cities in the American Football League. At this moment every one Is a bigger draw. Only 18,304 fans were at Fenway Park Sunday to see the punchess Patriots the lowest attendance of the year for any of the 26 teams In professional football. In three games at Fenway, the Patriots, with a 3-5 record, have drawn just 71,888. "I think you have to know that I feel that with Ideal seating and parking I wouldn't trade this franchise for any in pro football," Sullvain said. "But I frankly think this is the year we BOSTON (AP) "If I love the city of Boston," said Patriots' owner Billy Sullivan, "someone else shouldn't pay for my affection." But they are. And that's one of the major reasons the next several months are likely to be critical for professional football in Boston, a city that offers the Patriots the lowest seating capacity of any team in either league (37,000) and currently has no firm plans for a new stadium. What that means Is that others are paying for Sullivan's affection, by the amount of money they take out as a visitors' share of the gate receipts in dardbred and thoroughbred stock this year, could send the accumulative total for all four days of the sale past the $5 million mark for the first time. Eve T. Ave, a fleet-footed mare with a record of 2:00 4-5 on a-one-half-mlle track, drew the top price on opening day. She was purchased for $32,000 ui behalf of Dr. Nicolas Darrico Pelham Manor, N.Y. The mar was consigned by the J.M.D Stable, Inc., Clayton, Del. HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -The 30th annual Standardbred Horse Sale opened Monday with 123 horses selling for a record $309,200, an average of $2,513 per head. The previous record for total sales on opening day was established in 1959 when 204 horses went for $256,100. The former top average price was $1,477, set in 1965. Officials said the high prices, following a trend in both stan- y t

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