The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 25, 1981 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, November 25, 1981
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12 The Salina Journal — Wednesday, November 25,1961 Curci may file suit following dismissal LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) University of Kentucky President Otis Singletary says he is uncertain if the firing of head football coach Fran Curci will wind up in court. Curci, dismissed Tuesday after his second straight 3-8 season, has threatened to file suit against the university to recover approximately $200,000 he will lose each year from television and radio programs not part of his actual wage. When Curd's ouster was announced, Athletic Director Cliff Hagan said the remaining three years of Curd's five-year contract — valued at $46,725 annually — will be paid by the school. "If you're asking me if there's going to be a lawsuit," Singletary said, "I don't know. It's out of my hands." Curci was not immediately available for commment but has suggested he may make a statement Wednesday. A lawyer advising Curci prompted the ousted coach to imply he would take UK to court to recover anticipated lost sideline revenue. An ad hoc committee was also formed Tuesday to begin the screening process to select a new coach. Singletary said despite rumors of several possible successors to Curci, no one has been contacted about the job. After meeting behind closed doors in executive session for about 90 minutes, Hagan, chairman of the ad hoc committee appointed by Singletary to investigate the football program, made the announcement. Curci, who capped his ninth season at Kentucky with a 21-10 win over Tennessee last Saturday, coached at the university longer than any of his predecessors. His record at UK was 47-51-2. The Athletic Association vote was 21-1 in favor of the ad hoc committee's recommendation, with only former Gov. A.B. "Happy" Chandler, a staunch Curci defender, voting against his ouster. "This was a grievous error," Chandler said. "I don't think there was any justification for it." In Big Eight Conference NU's Williams tops on defense By RICK GOSSELIN UPI Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Assistant football coach George Darlington of Nebraska thought he knew what it was like to be spoiled. Darlington coaches the defensive ends at the University of Nebraska and in his nine years the Cornhuskers turned out five All-Big Eight players at that position. Nebraska sent three of those players — Bob Martin, George Andrews and Derrie Nelson — into the pros. But along comes Jimmy Williams to give Darlington a new definition of perfection. "I've been blessed with some outstanding kids," said Darlington. "It certainly has made my job a lot easier. And Jimmy has got as much talent if not more than any of those kids. "I'll be surprised if he doesn't go in the first round (of the NFL draft), especially with pro rules that you can't bump after five yards. Jimmy can run with anybody and you don't find many linebackers like that. And he's a great blitzer; he'll be a devastating pass rusher in the pros." Darlington and the pro scouts aren't Jimmy Williams the only folks enamored with Williams. A 24-member United Press International voting panel Tuesday selected him the Big Eight's Defensive Player of the Year in a split vote over Missouri tackle Jeff Gaylord and Oklahoma State safety Pete DiClementi. Williams received 10 votes, Gaylord six and DiClementi five. Williams was the only player on Nebraska's five-man defensive front to start all 11 games for a unit that posted two shutouts and at one point went 17 straight quarters without allowing a touchdown. Nebraska held six opponents to seven points or less and allowed only one opponent to score more than 15 in a game. Williams made 60 tackles, including Nets end dry spell on the road By United Press International Deep in the heart of Texas, one streak of futility ended and another continued. The New Jersey Nets, who win on the road about as often as J.R. Ewing does a good deed, snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Houston Rockets. And the Dallas Mavericks, who seldom win anywhere, lost their llth in a row, a 125-110 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers. "This is the first game this year that we shot well," said New Jersey coach Larry Brown. "I was pleased with our overall team play tonight because we did some things that we wanted to do. "We dropped off Moses Malone to stay out of foul trouble and we shot well. Our players are getting stronger after early-season injuries. Ray Williams is playing much better now and Otis Birdsong had a super game." Birdsong scored 21 points and Buck Williams added 16. Malone led Houston with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The Rockets shot only 42 percent from the field and missed 13 free throws. "The Nets took it to us tonight and won the ballgame," said Houston coach Del Harris. "They are a very good young team and will get better as time goes along. "Missing free throws early in the game got our team down and the crowd down, and we never recovered. We are last in the entire league in free throws this year after finishing fifth last year." In Dallas, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 25 points, and Jamaal Wilkes, with 19, rested in the fourth period and Dallas was able to make the final score a little more respectable. "Our team played a great defensive third quarter," said Jerry West, assistant to coach Pat Riley. "We have a lot of offensive weapons. We can always go to Kareem when we get in trouble." It was the eighth straight win for Los Angeles and Dallas coach Dick Motta said the outcome was just a fact of life for his still developing team. "We played about as good as we are capable of playing in the first half," he said, "and yet we were down by 12. We just got beat by a superior team. Wilkes hits every shot he takes and they just have a winning team. "The only thing that will stop them is themselves — if they self destruct." Dallas rookie Jay Vincent led his club with 20 points while Mark Aguirre finished with 19. In other games, Milwaukee downed Detroit 103-95, Indiana ripped New York 127-112, Atlanta shaded Cleveland 94-92, Washington blasted Golden State 107-68, and Chicago defeated San Diego 109-101. Pacers 127, Knicks 112 At Indianapolis, Johnny Davis scored 34 points and Louis Orr added 23. Davis picked up 18 points in the second half, hitting field goals at key spots to keep Indiana ahead as New York attempted a comeback from a 66-53 halftime deficit. A three-point play by Orr and free throw by Davis sealed the win as the Knicks failed to score in the final 90 seconds. Maurice Lucas led New York with 22 points and Michael Ray Richardson scored 20. Hawks 94, Cavaliers 92 At Atlanta, Dan Roundfield hit a 14- foot jump shot with 2:41 remaining in overtime. Cleveland's James Edwards sent the game into overtime by hitting a 10-foot jump shot with 2:14 left in regulation play. Edwards missed a short jumper at the buzzer and the two teams finished regulation play tied at 88-88. Bullets 107, Warriors 88 At Landover, Md., John Lucas scored 24 points and dealt off 10 assists to help Washington snap a four-game losing streak. Lucas, facing his former teammates for the first time since being traded by Golden State last year, scored 12 points in the third quarter to break the game open. Purvis Short paced the Warriors with 15 points while Lorenzo Romar added 12. Bulls 109, Clippers 101 At San Diego, Reggie Theus scored 25 points and Artis Gilmore added 20. It was Chicago's first win on the road in six games while the Clippers have now lost five straight games. John Douglas and Freeman Williams each scored 16 points to lead San Diego, which is 2-9. AAcJunkins grabs AAVC offensive player award CITY OF SALINA SANITATION DEPARTMENT We will not be serving the regularly scheduled routes on Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Day. Let's help each other... TULSA, Okla. (UPI) - Two juniors and one senior — Prince McJunkins of Wichita State, Craig Shaffer of Indiana State and Victor McGee of West Texas State — have been named the Missouri Valley Conference's outstanding football players of 1981 in their respective categories. McJunkins, a junior quarterback who set Wichita State season and career total offense records, was named Offensive Player of the Year; Shaffer, a senior linebacker who paced the Indiana State defense that topped league statistics in three categories was chosen Defensive Player of the Year, and McGee, a junior college transfer who became West Texas State's starting quarterback in the second game of the season was named Newcomer of the Year. Chuck Shelton, who guided the Drake Bulldogs to a 10-1 record and a share of the MVC title, was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. McJunkins, a 6-1, 168-pounder from Muskogee, Okla., received 13 first- place votes and 32 points in the balloting by the league's head coaches and media representatives to edge out Drake's Amero Ware, the league's leading rusher with 1,353 yards, by four points. Shaffer, a 6-1, 224-pounder from Terre Haute, Ind., received seven first- place votes and 21 points. He was followed by Drake linebacker Will Shupe with six first-place votes and 18 points, West Texas State's Elvin Keller (six first place and 15 points), Southern Illinois' John Harper (five first place and 13 points) and Tulsa's Reno Hutchins (three first place and 12 points). McGee, who transfered to West Texas State from Kilgore Junior College, outpolled Wichita State wide receiver Kevin Murphy for the newcomer honors. McGee had 10 first-place votes and 30 points, while Murphy had seven first-place votes and 20 points. McJunkins set a Wichita State school record with 2,490 yards total offense this year and his three-year total of 4,772 also is a school record and fifth in conference history. In addition, McJunkins also led the league in total offense, passing yards (1,725), passing efficiency (116.3) and was fourth in rushing with 765 yards. "Prince has developed tremendously not only as an athlete but as a person," Wichita State coach Jeff Jeffries said. "When he came to Wichita State he had to come in as a freshman and play immediately." Sterling downs Fort Hays State HAYS (UPI) - Ron Raglin scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead Sterling to an 86-81 non-conference basketball victory over Fort Hays State. Raglin, a 6-1 junior guard, led five players in double figures. Mike Oats scored 16 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for Sterling. Wayne Romar added 14 points, Curt Jamison 12 and Tom Clark 11. Rege Klitzke led Fort Hays state with a game-high 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Roger Casey contributed 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. At halftime, Fort Hays led 39-36. With 5:59 left, the game was tied, 70-70. 18 for 69 yards in losses. Ten of those tackles were sacks on passing downs and he intercepted two passes. "Jimmy is as gifted as any player on our football team," said Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. "He has tremendous physical talent and is the fastest player on our team — and that includes our running backs. He can make a mistake and still recover because of his speed. He was our most outstanding defensive player this year and we've got a defense with plenty of good players." Williams finished his career with 38 tackles for losses to fall one short of the school record held by noseguard Kerry Weinmaster. He also finished with four fumble recoveries, four passes broken up and three interceptions in only two years as a starter. 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