The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1997 · Page 19
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TH£ SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1997 02' T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Smithes reported retirement sparks speculation surrounding Williams Williams' North Carolina roots run deep, serving 12 years as an assistant under Smith By The Associated Press "-LAWRENCE — Dean Smith retiring at North Carolina? The sound of those words sends shivers dbwn the backs of Kansas fans. Will Roy Williams bolt the Jayhawks to return to his alma mater and replace his beloved mentor? ESPN, citing sources close to the North Carolina program, reported Wednesday night that Smith was stepping down and would be succeeded by Bill Guthridge, his assistant for the past 31 seasons. ufii i IAMQ North Carolina has WILLIAMS called a newg con f erence rfor today, declining to give details and saying only that there would be a "major announcement." Basketball Times also cited unidentified sources close to the school in reporting that Smith will step down immediately. It said Smith would be succeeded by either Guthridge or Phil Ford, a former star player at North Carolina and an assistant coach there the past nine seasons. * Williams was an assistant under Smith "We're coming into our 10th year with Roy, and he has become a part of the Kansas basketball heritage. My feeling is Roy will be here with us for a long time to come." Bob Frederick Kansas athletic director 4 before coming to Kansas, where he has a 247-58 record going into his 10th season. His Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 most of last season and he has two returning stars, senior Raef LaFrentz and junior Paul Pierce. Both are potential All-Americans who chose to forego early entry to the NBA draft last summer and stay with Williams one more season. In addition, Kansas is planning a yearlong celebration this year of the 100th season of Kansas basketball. Yet, Williams' North Carolina roots run deep. He was an assistant for 12 years under Smith before Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick hired him when Larry Brown left after the Jayhawks' national championship season of 1988. And Jayhawk fans have always fretted that the North Carolina native might one . day find the lure to go back home irrestible. Their fears were heightened Wednesday night amid reports that Smith, the win- ningest college coach ever, was stepping down. But Frederick, reached at his home in Lawrence, said he believed Williams would probably remain at Kansas whenever the North Carolina job came open. "We're coming into our 10th year with Roy, and he has become a part of the Kansas basketball heritage," Frederick said. "My feeling is Roy will be here with us for a long time to come." Williams could not be reached for comment. When Williams was hired, Frederick took a lot of heat from some Kansas fans who thought their program deserved an established head coach. But the critics' voices were stilled as Williams weathered a tough NCAA probation brought on by violations committed by Brown and restored the Jay- hawks to one of the country's elite programs. "I hope I'm the coach at KU for at least 30 years," he said when he was hired. Citing a loyalty to Frederick, he turned down a megabuck offer to coach the Los Angeles Lakers four years ago. "A very important person to me is Bob Frederick," he said. 'He gave me a chance when I wasn't exactly a household name. I feel that loyalty very strongly." T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Questionnaires sent to potential buyers of Royals Kansas Wesleyan to induct four into Hall Class to be recognized Saturday includes Laha, Evans, Magathan, Phox By The Journal Staff Kansas Wesleyan will induct four former players into the school's Hall of Fame this weekend as part of homecoming festivities. Billy Evans, David Laha, Ron Magathan and Terrance Phox will be inducted Saturday at the annual W-Clan Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the 2 p.m. homecoming football game against Sterling. Evans, a 1984 graduate, was a four-year starter for the Coyote football team and was of the school's best quarterbacks ever. He holds school records for total offense in a game (394 yards) and career (4,206), career touchdowns (tied for first with 50), career passing yards (2,965), single-game passing yards' (333) and career pass completions (172). Evans led the Coyotes to a KCAC championship in 1983. Laha (1979 graduate) was one of the finest combination track/cross country runners in KWU history. He held schools outdoor records in the decathlon, marathon, and four- mile relay, plus indoor marks in the 880, 1,000, mile run and two- mile relay. Laha was named All-KCAC twice in cross country and nine times in track and field. In the 1979 KCAC Outdoor, Laha won the 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 3,000 steeplechase and was named the outstanding performer of the meet. Laha also led KWU's cross country teams to KCAC titles in 1977 and '78 and he was a member of the Coyotes' 1976 champion basketball team. Magathan (a 1966 graduate) lettered all four years in basketball and football. During the 1964 season, Magathan caught 30 passes for 492 yards and six touchdowns. A graduate of Salina High School, Magathan was also a four- year starter for the Coyote basketball team. Phox (1987 graduate) was all- conference in both football and basketball for the Coyotes. He still holds school records for assists in one game (24), season (204) and career (604) in basketball and was an excellent quarterback in football. He has Top 10 marks in several football categories, including career and season passing yardage and completions. In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremonies, the 1957 championship team from Wesleyan to hold its 40-year reunion this weekend. Questionnaire stresses commitment to keep team in Kansas City By STEVE BRISENDINE The Associated Press , KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Questionnaires that are part financial statement, part security check and part essay test are being sent to those interested in buying the Kansas City Royals. The two-page questionnaire, sent out Wednesday, is the first step as the board that now controls the Royals begins the process of selling the club. It asks potential buyers to spell out their ties to Kansas City, and commitment to keeping the team in Kansas City until at least 2015. Keeping major league baseball in Kansas City was a dying wish of Ewing Kauffman, who owned the Royals from their debut as an expansion club in 1969 until his death in 1993. Ownership then transferred to a charitable foundation, which will receive all proceeds when the team is sold. Should the successful buyer try to make an early move with the team — which Royals president Mike Herman admitted would be worth more in another market than its $75 million minimum asking price — the questionnaire promised "appropriate economic sanctions." "We want belts and suspenders on the agreement," Herman said T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL at a news conference spelling out the sale process. "We don't want to see what happened to the Kings happen to the Royals." .* Herman referred to Kansas^ City's former NBA team, which moved to Sacramento, Calif., fot*; lowing the 1984-85 season. Kansas City has also lost an NHL team, the Scouts — now the New Jersey Devils. Besides the commitment to Kansas City, the questionnaire al-; so asks about financial status and ties to gambling. Applicants must be worth at least $100 million, and" ties to gambling are forbidden. The questionnaires are due back by Nov. 7. *_ Herman, who also chairs the committee screening prospective, buyers, refused to say how many, questionnaires had gone out but that there were more than three. ' Three investor groups, including one headed by former Royals star George Brett, have publicly, indicated an interest in buying the team. Kansas City businessmen Jerry' Green and Frank Oddo head the other two. None of the groups was, represented at Wednesday's news'' conference. David Glass, the Wal-Mart chief who chairs the Royals' board of di-" rectors, has publicly bowed out of. the bidding process. , Once the questionnaires are re^ turned, qualified bidders will be ir , referred to major league baseball' for a lengthier application- process, and the Royals organiza-'.' tion will hire an investment, banker to conduct the bidding^ process, Herman said. Classifications for 1998, 1999 seasons released Jayhawks / Thoren expected back in lineup FROM PAGE D1 "P ; art of becoming a legitimate team is staying away from the peaks and valleys," Allen said. "I think that is one of the things we have to overcome with this football team." Vann, Garcia go deep KU running back Eric Vann won the weekly AT&T Long Distance Run From Scrimmage award for his 99-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma, while Jayhawks upcoming game: Saturday vs. Texas Tech (2-2 overall, 1-0 Big 12) at Lubbock, Texas, 6:30 p.m. freshman kicker Joe Garcia won the AT&T Long Distance Field Goal award for his collegiate career-best 51 yarder. The long distance phone company donated $800 to the NCAA's Degree-Completion Scholarship Program in honor of the players, and both will receive plaques. Vann already has one. He won a Long Distance Award last year for his 100-yard kickoff return against Oklahoma. Thoren to play Kansas linebacker Jason Thoren isn't about to miss a second straight game. The Lawrence native stood oh the sidelines last week during the Oklahoma game, the first time in 25 games Thoren has started for the Jayhawks. Thoren practiced at full-speed Tuesday for the first time since tearing a posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Cincinnati. How are they doing? 'The Jayhawks' non-conference opponents have a combined 7-8 record this season. Alabama-Birmingham is 3-3 and the owner of a three-game winning streak; Texas Christian is 0-4 and Cincinnati is 4-1 and receiving votes in both major polls. By The Associated Press TOPEKA —Both Lawrence high schools will play in Class 6A when the 1998 high school football season opens. Lawrence High, which for years was the biggest school in Class 6A, remained in that class for sports other than football this school year, but new Lawrence Free State was assigned to Class 5A. That is because Lawrence High had 1,254 students in the 10th, llth and 12th grades when the official enrollment was taken on Sept. 22. Lawrence Free State had 923 students. However, the 1998 and 1999 football assignments are based on enrollments in the 9th, 10th and llth grades. Those enrollments, released on Wednesday by the Kansas State-. High School Activities Associa-/ tion, show Lawrence with 1,171« students in the three under classes^ and Lawrence Free State with 1,156. -All the Saline County football teams will remain in the same clas-' sification as this season. Topeka High becomes the • biggest football school next year,;!;: with 1,657 students, just ahead of Wichita East with 1,645. Lawrence High, in contrast, had- i 1,979 students a year ago — before Lawrence Free State opened this! fall and the city's enrollment was~ divided. The 1998 and 1999 classifications'- appear hi today's Scoreboard, Page D2. ATTENTION EMPLOYERS! Take advantage of this opportunity to meet future employees on a casual basis. Employment EXPO '97 Saturday,Octoper 25th 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Salina's Central Mall DCPO '97 will feature: Promotions and Special Events for everyone • Recruit potential interns for your company » Interview for full-time, part-time or entry level positions • EXPO announced on mall marquee • Seminars on Dealing with Conflict, On-the-Job Communication, Interviewing Skills and Completing Job Applications • Resume Critiques There'! no charge for you to participate, but • pace if limited. Pleate call iteve Gieber or PhyllU Anderson at (913) 1374313. We need to hear from you by October 16. Many employers have been very successful at this EXPO. As many as 700 people have attended the Employment EXPO. One employer reports hiring as many as 50 people that he first met at the EXPO, Don't miss your chance to meet future employees! 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