The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 19, 1981 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, November 19, 1981
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Thursday, November 19,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 5 Williams signs with lowly Padres SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Dick Williams, the guiding force behind the resurgence of the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, has been asked to perform another sudden turnaround. The 52-year-old Williams, fired as manager of the Expos Sept. 7, agreed to a 3-year contract with the lowly San Diego Padres Wednesday that calls for an annual salary of $150,000. Williams became manager of the Expos in 1977 after that team lost 107 games the previous season. He guided Montreal to 20 more victories in 1977 than in 1976 and by the third year the team was a contender in the : National League East. This season the Expos came within a game of going to the World Series. In Williams, the Padres get a manager with 14 years experience in the major leagues. Before taking the Montreal job, he managed at Boston, Oakland and California, winning two World Series at Oakland and a surprising American League pennant at Boston in 1967. "The situation here is similar to what I found when I went to Montreal," Williams said. "The Padres have an abundance of good young players that need to develop. I did some research on San Diego's minor league talent and I'm impressed by what I see. I know the organization Sports The Salina Journal is going in the right direction by developing our own talent. And we will start developing a winning habit the first day of spring training." Williams said he would institute a return to fundamentals for the young Padres and would make the game as simple as possible. "It means execution of fundamentals and using the statistics in a way to help the team execute," he said. "Come down and watch us this spring. If it takes walking every player to home plate and saying, "This is home plate,' then we'll explain it that way. We'll give them the ABCs of baseball if we have to." Padres President Ballard Smith said the team has a proven winner in Williams. "We want to have a man who had two qualities — one, major league experience, and two, a proven winner," said Smith. "That's what we think we have." As recently as two weeks ago, Williams said from his home in Tampa, Fla., that he was ready to "hang it up" because no club seemed particularly interested in naming him manager. He also said that if a club did offer him a managerial Job, he would insist on a multi-year contract. Williams, who had been reported in line for the New York Yankee managership, said he was not offered that Job when he met "socially" with Yankee owner George Steinbrenner at the Denver-Tampa Bay football game last Sunday in Florida. After being fired by the Expos, Williams toured the country for speaking engagements while also appearing in television commercials and playing golf. The Padres hired rookie managers the last two years. Jerry Coleman lasted only one season before he was fired and returned to his job as the team's broadcaster. Frank Howard was dismissed in October after the Padres finished in last place in the NL West. UPI Photo New Padre skipper Dick Williams Rorabaugh ready to help Cats By TIM HOSTETTER Journal Correspondent MANHATTAN - Chris .Rorabaugh is finally getting a .chance to play major college bas- .ketball. .. The 6-6 jumping jack from Lebanon will play basketball for Jack Hartman .and the Kansas State Wildcats this season. The unusual thing about "Rorabaugh is that he has only one year 1o prove himself at the major college level. The reason — he is a senior. After playing two years at Dodge City Junior College and a year at Marymount, where he was on the 197980 Spartan squad that reached the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Rorabaugh transferred to K-State fo play his final year. " Rorabaugh is unique in that he transferred to a major college with only one year of eligibility left, but felt the time was right to move. "We lost a lot of players off that national tournament team and I figured our chances of returning were slim, so I decided to transfer to K-State," Rorabaugh said. "I have always wanted to play major college basketball and now I'm getting a chance." Getting that chance to play will not come easy for Rorabaugh as the Wildcats return four starters off last year's NCAA Tournament team. An excellent crop of newcomers also joined the list of hopefuls. "The competition is great here, but I feel I have matured both mentally and physically over the last year to where I'm ready to contribute," he said. "I stayed up here this past summer and worked out hard with weights and on my fundamentals." The past year was not only a maturing year for Rorabaugh, but a frustrating one as well. Because of an NCAA transfer rule, he was forced to sit out a year following his move to KSU. Practice was all he could do. "It was really frustrating being away from competition for a year," he said. "It's tough getting yourself up for practice every day knowing you won't play in a game." Sitting is something Rorabaugh had never done before. After a great high school career at little Lebanon High School, he went on to average 14 points a game for nationally-ranked Dodge City Juco. He then had the opportunity to play for Ken Cochran and his highly- successful Marymount program where he averaged 11 points a game. Even though he played on successful teams at Dodge City and Marymount, Rorabaugh feels more comfortable at K-State. c "Even though the program is more demanding here, I'm still relaxed," he said. "At Marymount, the players had so much pressure put on them to not make a mistake. If we made one, we sat down. Here, coach Hartman is a lot easier to play for." Hartman also sees potential in Rorabaugh. "Chris is an excellent leaper and has shown great improvement," Hartman said. "He could surprise some people this year." Rorabaugh feels he has ironed out his weaknesses to where he is ready to step in and contribute for the Wildcats. "I have worked hard on improving my ballhandling and my shot," he said. "I feel my defense and rebounding are above average and right now I'm really confident with my play." Rorabaugh credits former K-Stater Larry Williams with helping him in certain areas. Williams, who played for Hartman from 1972-74, is working as a student assistant this year. "Larry has helped me a lot on my rebounding and defense," Rorabaugh said. "He has also helped me with some basic things I should know and learn about playing forward." At this point Rorabaugh will probably be used for rebounding and defensive purposes off the bench, but that doesn't bother him. "I want to do whatever I can to help the team," he said. "If it's giving people a rest or playing as a sixth or seventh man, I'll do it." Bowl talk surrounds KU-AAU tilt LAWRENCE (UPI) - This is the last game listed on both teams' schedules but neither wants the season to end Saturday. When Missouri visits Kansas Saturday — always one of the biggest games of the year for both teams — the game takes on added significance with the migration of bowl representatives to Lawrence. Both the Tigers and Jay- hawks have high hopes for a bowl bid. Both teams take 7-3 overall records and 3-3 Big Eight marks into their regular-season finale. For the winner there will definitely be another game — a bowl game. For the loser, the bowl hopes dim considerably. For the past three years, Missouri, ranked 20th, has used the Jayhawks as practice fodder before heading to bowls. Since Warren Powers took over in 1978, the Tigers have whipped Kansas three times and run up a 134-13 scoring edge before slipping away to the Liberty Bowl (1978), Hall of Fame Bowl (1979) and Liberty Bowl (1980). But that was the old Kansas. The Jayhawks are doormats no longer. Kansas changed its game plan in mid-season when a knee injury took All-Big Eight running back Kerwin Bell out of the lineup for the season. Fambrough turned skyward and rested his hopes on the arm of sophomore quarterback Frank Seurer. Seurer responded by completing 47- of-76 passes for 672 yards and three touchdowns during the last month to give the Jayhawks three wins in four games. Even though he has only played two seasons, Seurer is fourth on the Kansas career passing list. But Seurer will be going up against Missouri's strength — its defense. That defense was responsible for upset wins over then ninth-ranked Mississippi State, a tough 6-0 loss to No. 7 Nebraska and a 19-14 victory over No. 11 Oklahoma last week. The Tangerine Bowl has expressed an interest in pitting Missouri against Southern Mississippi, but as Powers says, "I'm sure a lot depends on us beating Kansas." The Jayhawks have been mentioned as a candidate for the Hall of Fame Bowl, but almost have to beat Missouri to get a bid. The series, which Missouri leads 4238-9, is the fifth oldest in the nation and the oldest west of the Mississippi with the first game being played in 1891 in Kansas City. Dickey gets extension i MANHATTAN (UPI) - Kansas State coach Jim Dickey was given a two-year extension on his contract, athletic director Dick Towers announced Wednesday. ••" The extension, which makes the contract valid through December 1985, was approved Wednesday by the Kansas State Intercollegiate Athletic Council arid Kansas State President Duane Acker. "It's a consenus of opinion that coach Jim Dickey is building Kansas State's football program in a first class and honorable manner," said Towers. "The extension showed our confidence in coach Dickey, plus the additional two years should enable Jim and his staff an opportunity to carry out their football development plans." !' pickey said he was extremely appreciative of the administration's support. . "It's a vote of confidence for us," Dickey said. "I felt like when I made the decision (to redshirt eight senior starters this season) I would not have W^ W^ lllll Jim Dickey had the courage to go through with it if our president did not understand our situation here." Dickey's K-State teams have compiled a 12-31 record during his four years with the Wildcats. Gymnastics club to have preview on Friday The Salina Gymnastics Club will have a preview showing of its girls' team from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the club. 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