Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 41
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Comics ByP.J.ERICKSON Aiilitanl Sportt Editor Tonight belongs to Fred Snowden; When Bear Down Gym closed its doors two weeks . ago,' the evening was dedicated to Fred.Enke, the University of Arizona basketball coach for four decades. But.when the.McKale Memorial Center opens its doors tonight with the Wildcats'play- ' ing the University of Wyoming at 7:35, center stage belongs to The Fox. And maybe a few other people. .People like Sam Bishop, who will not be here, and Sam Poole, who will. Bishop was Snowden's high school coach. The Fox says "he, was the only white man who wasn't afraid to come' down in the ghetto add coach us, and I have as much respect for him as any man alive." Poole is a heavy man who looks as though he would smile easily, if a bit self-consciously, and he was sitting on a bench in the McKale locker- room yesterday as Snowden pulled off his practice gear in front of alocker. "Sam here was my official unofficial assistant coach, at Northwestern in Detroit," Snowden explained. "I'd never have been able to get over without him. He used to work all day and work all night and THURSDAY, FEB. I, 1973 · · PAGE 41 Markets McKale Center debuts tonight is in spend the-rest of his time · helping me with the kids. "They sent a big card down here', 'from ' Northwestern, about this big," and Snowden's hands diagrammed a three-foot ,by two-foot oblong, "andjt said 'Colt Power in Arizona.', That.was the nick' name · lip at Northwestern., And they had a picture of me in the corner.' . -I-Ie, turned toward Sam Poole with a smile. "Who'da 1 thought it, Sam? All those -years, scufflin' around at. Northwestern. -We had a shower room not much bigger than this locker here," Snowden said, kicking lightly at the locker near his chair. "Rickety old gym, never enough money for the program. But we won a few there; didn't we? "And so here we are. We made it, Sam." And Sam Poole smiles.his seif-conscious smile, because he noticed Snowden's use of "we" instead of '"I." He knows, too, that Sam Poole, who helped Northwestern to that 87-8-basketball record and five Detroit city championships under Snowden, "will be sharing the end of the- bench tonight when the Cats take on Wyoming. None of this is meant to minimize the efforts of the hundreds who have helped make the McKale Center a reality. Yet now, they turn the responsibility of building a tradition of victory over to Snowden, and though the facility is a multi-purpose one, that tradition will be built on basketball. Wyoming coach Bill Stran- nigan would like to nip that tradition in the bud, but does not expect it to be easy. "I know Arizona is gonna be keyed up," Strannigan said as his Cowboys v tested the McKale floor yesterday, "but after those years playing in Bear Down, I don't care where we play, "Of course, here you -have room for a lot more people (a 13,500 sellout is expected), an'd' where there's a lot more people, there's a lot more noise. ."I've been disappointed in our club so far (the Cowboys are 7-9 and 2-3 in the WAC),". Strannigan .continued. "I was very discouraged by bur loss at home tp New Mexico last week. I think we have better personnel than in some other years, but we haven't gotten together, and 1 the WAC is more balanced this season." ; Strannigan will start Ken -Morgan Clark (6-8) and Jack Adams (6-6) at the corners, Rod Penner (6-10) at center and Larry Crowe (6-0) and Aen Handle (6-0) in the back- court. Snowden will counter with the starting five he used for the first time at Utah last Fri- s past day -- Al Fleming and Coniel Norman at the forwards, John Irving at center and Eric Money and Ron Allen at the guards. ; And speaking of getting it together, that's what Snowden hopes to do tonight. : "This is the first time I've really felt we might get it all going," the UA coach said yesterday, "Our young kids are starting to realize how to carry out a battle plan. Before, they were just playing. I'd really like to see them put it all together for this one." It's a victory Snowden wants -- for his team, for the beginnings of a -winning McKale tradition, a share of the WAG lead, and for him- .self. And, perhaps most of all, for the Sam Pooles and Sam Bishops who helped him get to this game. Former Wildcat basketball standouts, coached by Fred Enke and Bruce Larson, will meet the current junior varsity crop in a 5:30 preliminary game. Less than 1,000 general admission seats remained at $2.50 each this morning, almost assuring a state indoor sports crowd record for tonight's game. The record is 12,608, set Jan. 20 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns in the Phoenix Memorial Coliseum. Regis McAuley CITIZEN SPORTS COLUMNIST Brown tops as winner There was this story in a national publication, which revealed that Paul Brown, football coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, is the all-time top winner with 323 victories in 38 years. This put him ahead of George Halas, 321 in 40 years; Anios Alonzo Stagg, 314 in 57 years and Glenn Pop Warner, 313 in 44 years. The story stirred memories of Paul Brown, the man, riot the coach. This man has always fascinated me. Not because he was a winning coach, but because he had to win in everything he did. In football he was a great organizer, but he carried that trait over into his family life and his association with his friends and'acquaintances. The first visit to his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, when he was coaching the Cleveland Browns, led to one of the few (ahem) "testy moments in the wedded bliss that characterizes our home. After a long evening of typical Paul Brown hospitality we were walking down the driveway to our car when I remarked, "Paul is certainly a warm, friendly person, isn't he?" And my spouse answered, "He is an excellent host, but the coldest man I have ever met." At first, I scorched. But in the cold, sober light of dawn I started to review the evening. Guests live by rules When we walked into the living room Brown told me what chair to sit in so that I would be near his then assistant, Blanton Collier, who would show me the book that Brown keeps on all his players, showing what ( they do at three different phases on every play. It was Collier's' job to make these reports after an exhaustive study of the game films the previous year. Brown was sure I would enjoy them, he said. He'served two cocktails and after the second he said, "We will be eating in five minutes." In five minutes exactly, we moved into the dining room. When dinner was over he announced that we would now play cards and he laid down the rules for a . complicated game that he played as tactfully as he directed a football team. He was the big winner, but it was only in points because we didn't play for cash. At midnight he looked at his watch and we sensed that it was time to leave. It hurts to lose Some weeks later after a round of golf, I wound up as Brown's partner in a gin rummy game against Dick Gallagher, director of the pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and Harry Leitch, the radio- TV spotter for the Browns' games. We didn't do too well, losing several dollars to our opponents who kept putting the needle into Brown, who prides himself on being the champ of anything he undertakes. When I made a play that Brown thought was stupid, and he probably was right, he got up, never said goodnight, stomped out of the club and never played with us again. Before a golf game he would ask each man in the group what he was going to shoot. If anyone shot less than his predicted score, he was suspect. Brown detested plots to beat him at anything. I still admire him as the greatest organizer in football and a man who can squeeze the most out of his players. And in a group that is merely discussing sports and not competing with the man, he is an entertaining and informative conversationalist. But in those 323 victories that he won it is awesome to ponder the cold calculations that went into their making. Wade goes -- Citizen Photo by Manuel Miera Arizona McKale The Fox and his new den coach Fred "The Fox" Snowden stands outside the new of Wyoming tonight at 7:35. It is the first basketball game in the Memorial Center, where his Wildcats meet the University 13,500-seat facility, officially completed just three; days ago. Sports Results Tennis TORQUAY, England -- Billy Martin, a U-year-rjId from Chlcapo, topped 19-vcar- old West German Karl Mayer 2-6, 7-6. 6-4. and gave the United states an Insurmountable 2-0 lead In the International Under-!! team tournament. MILAN -- Tom Gorman of Seattle defeated South Africa's Rav Moore, 6-2, 7-S to advance to the quarter-finals 550,000 Milan Indoor tourney. Football ; FAYETTEVILLE, Ark/- Raymond Berry, many-time All-Pro pass, catcher, resigned as receiver coach for. Arkansas to accept a similar position with the National Football League Detroit Lions. Designated pinch-hitter UA coach likes new rule Baseball captains named University of Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall has announced that the Wildcats will have co-captains for the 1973 season. The two co-captains will be a pair of players from Tucson -- second baseman Rudy Mendoza and outfielder Jim Filippelli. Mendoza is a senior who came to Arizona from Rincon High and is earning his third letter. At Rincon .he was a baseball and basketball standout. FilllppelJi played his high school sports at Amphi High School and was a football and baseball star. The Wildcats open their season Feb. 11-20 against UCLA on the UA diamond. A single game starting at 3 p.nu will be played Feb. IS and a dMbteheaiter beginning it 1 p.m. is set Feb. 21. By FRED TREADWELL Citizen Sportswrilcr So what do you think of the new designated pinch-hitter rule, Jerry Kindall? "I like it," was the quick answer from Arizona's rookie baseball coach. "It gives more strategy to the offensive and defensive manager." "It will give us more flexibility with our offense," Kindall said yesterday. "Who we have as our designated pinch- hitter will' depend on whom we're playing and who we have on the bench. We may use speed in that spot or there may be a situation where we'll want to use power in that spot. "And it gives the pitcher more time to rest and concentrate on his No. 1 job -getting the other side out, rather than running the bases." The Western Athletic Conference has adopted, with one difference, the controversial rule recently introduced to major league baseball by the American League. , The desipated pinch-hitter . (DPH) in the WAC may enter the game at a regular defensive position, a move not employed by the American League. Otherwise, the rule is the same. The DPH may be used for the pitcher, may hit in any position in the batting order declared by the coach before the game and may be removed for another hitter at any time, thereby introducing a new DPH. All WAC league games will be played using the rule. Non- coiiference games will use the rule upon mutual agreement of the two clubs. "I'm, hoping our non-conference opponents will go along with it," said Kindall. "I'm going to propose to them that they use it, but Tin not going to be pushing it. "I think that some teams would like to try it, especially if they're short on pitching and want to conserve their pitching." KindalPs club is in its third week of pre-season drills, working out almost in tfe shadow of the mammoth McKale Memorial Center which has been dominating the campus sports scene. The Wildcats held an intra-squad ·game yesterday. "I was quite pleased," Kindall said. "The hitting and defense was good. The pitching was fair. "It's too early to tell what our strengths and weaknesses will be. I'm trying to give everyone a fair shot at making the starting lineup. "The next few weeks will be very critical in deciding who will he in the starting lineup. We'll be doing some charting for the hitters and pitchers. We'll have a 'well hit' chart for the hitters for well. hit balls and 1 for the pitchers, we'll chart how many pitches are in and out of the strike zone and how many are well- hit against them." Arizona opens its 1973 season Feb. 19 against UCLA. Sports Calendar TODAY v (In Tucson) 7:30 p.m. -- College basketball: Wyoming vs. Arizona, McKale Center (KTUC). 8 p.m. -- Dog racing. Tucson Greyhound Park. ' TOMORROW (In Tucson) 7 p.m. -- High school basketball: Amphi at Catalina. Buena at Salpointe. Cholla at Palo Verde. 7 p.m. -- High school basketball double-header, Tucson Community Center: Tucson vs. Pueblo. Sahuaro vs. Rincon (KTUC). 7:30 p.m. -- College basketball. Colorado State vs. Arizona, McKale Center (KTUC). 8 p.m. -- Dog racing. Tucson Greyhound Park. Sun Devils, Rams battle for share of conference lead TEMPE (UPI) -- Tonight's Arizona State-Colorado State basketball battle could well be a Shootout between opposing guards. Colorado State will use a three-guard offense that is led by Gary Rhoades, the second best scorer in the Western Athletic Conference at 21.3 points par game. A-State, which used a three-guard offense earlier this season and may do so at times against the Rams, also is paced offensively by a guard, Mike Contreras. Contreras is averaging 14.4 points although he has slumped in league action. Jim Owens, the Devil's second leading scorer at 11.9 points, also will draw the top defensive task, that of stopping Rhoades. Mark Williams, a reserve guard, is the only other player in double figures for the Rams at 12.8 points. Tile game will be for a share of first place in the WAC race, currently headed by BYU at 4-2. The Cougars are idle tonight, so they will be caught by either ASU or CSU, both with 3-2 marks. Overall, the Devils have the edge with a 10-5 record, comoared to an 11-8 mark for the Rams. 'too fast' NEW YORK (AP) "Who's Mr. Lucky?", one ·.weary.' spectator sighed. "Miami selects Charlie Wade, wide receiver, Tennessee State," the National Football League official replied -- and, amid cheers of relief, the annual flesh-peddling of collegiate talent finally ground to an end. It had taken 20 hours and 12 minutes -- and 441 other players -- to get to that point yesterday. By that time, whatever suspense and excitement had once been generated in the cavernous ballroom of the Americana Hotel had long evaporated. Virtually all the stars had been gobbled up by the 26 clubs, in Tuesday's portion of the NFL draft A few -- like quarterbacks John Hufnagel of Penn State and Eddie McAshen of Georgia Tech, running backs Rufus Ferguson of Wisconsin and Howard Stevens of Louisville and Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Rod Milburn of Southern University -- were still unclaimed. For one reason or another, there was no rush to grab them -- although they weren't left out in the cold. The John Matuszaks, the Bert Joneses and the other names which had attracted nearly 200 spectators to the first round of the draft were long gone. And so were the spectators. There were just 15 of them left in the gallery when the 17th and final round began -- and three of them were snoozing. Matuszak was there. The mammoth muscleman from Tampa, who'd once busted up the face of a drunk at a party because he'd "put his hands on my girlfriend," and is still serving two years' probation because of it, was the first pick by the Houston Oilers. "Only in America," he grinned "can a guy who's half Irish, one-fourth Polish and a bit Italian play football in Oak Cresk, Wis., Fort Dodge, Iowa, Columbia, Mo., and Tampa, Fla., before being ' drafted No. 1 by a team in Texas." The 6-foot-7%, 275-pounder with the big mop of curly hair "will become the highest salaried lineman in pro football history," said Boston attorney Bob Wolff, who'll do Matuszak's negotiating with Houston. It could mean a windfall of perhaps $250,000 for a three- year contract. "I sure don't care if I'm No. 442 as long as it wasn't 443," was Wade's reaction to the news that he was the last player chosen. "I knew I wouldn't go high, but I expected to go somewhere. That's all I wanted. Anywhere and to anybody," he said. But Wade, a 5-10,170-pound- er who was Considered too fast for the Tiger quarterbacks this year, said he was pleased that he would get his chance with Miami. "The Dolphins called this afternoon and said I'd made history, and I wondered what I'd done. Miami's always been my favorite club. I think they need a kickoff return man, and I plan to, be ready to go after that job." Wade averaged 28 yards per kickoff return this year. "Charlie's problem was that he was too fast for our quarterbacks this year," said Tiger coach John Merritt. "No one could get it (the ball) to him." ; Wade has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. Draftlist; "page 1 42 Three Wildcats chosen Four Devils go in final rounds NEW YORK (AP) - Four Arizona State University football players, three from Arizona and one from Northern Arizona have been chosen in the closing rounds of the National Football League player draft. Pittsburgh took Arizona defensive back Bob White in the llth round while Dallas selected offensive guard Jim Arneson of Arizona in the 12th. Wildcats running back Grog Boyd went to Miami in the 14th. ASU defensive back Prentice McCray went to Detroit in the eighth round and fellow Sun Devil defensive end Ron Lumpkin went to the Giants in the 12th. Tight end Joe Petty of ASU was taken by San Diego in the final round, while Sun Devil center Ron Lou \vc-t to Houston at the beginning of the 14th round. Former ASU player Monroe Eley, who played for British Columbia of the Canadian league last season, was chosen by Kansas City in the llth round. Tom Ramsey, defensive tackle from Yuma and NAU, was chosen by Kansas City in the 12th round. Insid Trapshoot 42 High scores mark opening of week's competition. Olympics 42 Lake Placid prepares to lur* IOC's attention. Cage scores ....42 43

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