Independent from Long Beach, California on January 22, 1975 · Page 21
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MEMBER OF A JOHN OIXON, Sports Editor .WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 1975 - .SEC T DN C PAGF C'-l HANK HOLLINGWORTH Eavesdropping in sports world Classic comments: . * r Wayne Howard-- "Winning the last four games of the season was the greatest thing that could have happened for our football recruiting at Long Beach State. The kids we're going after are really listening to iis now. I learned a lot from coaching last season. I had been used to winning teams, so when we got below the .500 mark early, it was an experience of humility for me. Nothing like losing five of the first seven games ever happened to me before in 15 years' coaching: But the way out- kids came back in those last games was a revelation and great lift for me." Billy Martin -- "Jeff Burroughs has a great future. He's not only a good hitter, but he is becoming a good all-around player. He had only one bad 'night in the ·field last season and that's rare for a power hitter these days." . . Gene Tenace-- "I think Bobby Grich has the best 'eye' in the American League. He's always around the top of the league in walks. He uses no-tricks to draw his walks," but simply stands and watches the bad ones ^sailby." * Jerry Wynn, Charger public relations director-"The best pass reception of the year to San Diego did not count. Leaping, Gary Garrison took a touchdown pass away from three Kansas City defenders only to be ruled out of bounds on his landing. Gary's leap was phenomenal. He was like a kangaroo." RAM SCOUT JACK STOVALL, who as a sideline owns 600 hotel-motel rooms in the Disneyland area-"We expect 2,600 coaches, including 700 women, at the Stovall All-Sports Clinic Saturday and Sunday at Anaheim Convention Center. Look at our instructors. 1 think they're just about the greatest around." (The roster is indeed impressive. Football teachers include the Rams' Ray Malavasi, Don Coryell of the Cardinals, Nebraska's Tom Osborn, Cal's Mike White and Darryl Rogers of San Jose State. Oregon's Bill Dellinger and Jim Fregosi head, the track and baseball staffs, respectively. Long Beach State will be represented by Dick Jochums, swimming, and Gloria Hendricks, tennis.) Cathy Rigby Mason-- "Athletes other than those in football, basketball 1 and baseball don't feel it's important how much money they make today. They just want the normal things like schooling and housing taken care of when they're in training. Amateur athletes deserve to g_et paid something so they can exist." Preston Davis, L.B. State cross country coach-"The Texas El Paso cross country team I saw .was the best in the nation last season by far. It had four Africans, a Canadian, an Australian and one Ameriy can." - - . ; · . · · . · · · . · , ' CHUCK KNOX-- "Some people feel in-person scouting is a waste of time and money. I don't. We send Jack Faulkner to scout our next opponent because we can't get the personality and tempo of the game, and the true story on injuries, through films. Faulkner also gets a look at opposing teams in pre-game warm- ups and films don't show this, either. I have Faulkner's report in my hands several hours before we receive the game films, and I like to utilize every horn- possible to prepare." Tony Muser-- "When I led the White Sox in hitting against the Angels in '73,1 figured it was a counterfeit- average because you have to judge a player's average on his playing every day, not as a replacement." (The Lakewood grad usually replaced Dick Allen nightly to the late innings.) Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, on a quickie trip to the Southland last week-- "We tried every way we know how to hold down the score in the Utah State game. (The Sooners won, 72-3.) We played 81 players, the most any team I've ever been associated with has played in one game. We ordered quarterback Jeff Mabry to fall to the ground on the last play of the game tp keep from scoring another touchdown." · TOM FEARS (who still has faith there will be a second WFL season--"The release, of Tony Adams (note: The Sun quarterback left the club and became a free agent when his contract was broken by nonpayment) upset me, but we have Daryle Lamonica coming in from Oakland, although I don't know how much the 'Mad Bomber' has left. But Daryle could help us. I'll never underplay the job that Adams did for us (Continued Page C-6, Col. 3) REVEAL LBSU MUST RETURN NCAA MONEY " President Stephen Horn confirmed Tuesday night the rumor that Long Beach State had been asked to - return more than $64,000 its basketball team received for appearances in the 1972 and 1973 NCAA basketball playoffs. . - "It's not a rumor, it's a fact," Horn said via phone from Washington D.C where he is at an American Council on Education meeting. When the 49ers were placed on probation and banned from postseason competition for three years on Jan. 5, 1974, the return of monies was not among the list of sanctions. - . "I specifically asked twice then if any further penalties would be levied," Horn said, "and I was told there were none. Then, late in April, another shoe fell. We were told we would have to return our share of the gate receipts from those two playoffs. "The NCAA's explanation was that this was not an additional penalty, but a standard procedure for teams that had used ineligible athletes in the'playoffs," Horn added. The $64,000 includes more than $25,000 that Long Beach State gave to the Pacific Coast Athletic Associa- In meetings with the NCAA Horn has reached an agreement where the school will be allowed to return BREED LONG BEACH STATE basketball coach Dwlght Jones s a y s forward Richard .Johnson is "part of a vanishing breed, the 6-5 player who likes to go to the hoop. Most 6-5 players pull up and shoot from 17 feet," says Jones, "but Richard takes the ball right to the basket where all those big defenders hang out. That's why people have so much trouble defending against him--they aren't used to his style of play." In LBSU's last four games, Johnson has averaged 26.3 points, a streak he will attempt to extend .; this week when the 49ers (1.1-4) open . Pacific Coast Athletic Association competition Thursday night against Pacific, and Saturday night against San Jose State in Long Beach Arena. Staff photos by JIM McCORMACK Vikings win to share 1st BY PAUL McLEOD Staff Writer In some circles they're being called the cardiac kids, but Bill Fraser has little qualms about that. "I was very impressed with Pierce, but I thought we played with intensityi" remarked the Long Beach City College coach Tuesday night after watching his team break a Brahma stall and record a close, 50-48 win, their third cons e c u t i v e Metropolitan Conference thriller since the season began a week ago. ' More importantly, the win, coupled with Pasade^ n a ' s 76-69 victory over front-running El Camino College and Bakersfield's 97-82 victory over Valley put the conference into a four-way tie for f i r s t p l a c e , w i t h Pasadena, Bakersfield, El Camino and the Vikings knotted at the top. T u e s d a y ' s c h a i n of events also heightens the tenson for Friday night's invasion of Long Beach by Bakersfield. "it's tough to adjust to a zone d e f e n s e w h e n y o u ' v e n e v e r p l a y e d against one before, especially when it comes with (Continued on C-2, Col. 3) Gazzie'shot more hand doesn't help Lakers Up for two Jeff McHugh of Long Beach City College goes up for short jump shot over Lew Cohen of Pierce, staff Photo by TOM SHAW OAKLAND Russell made a surprisingly strong return here Tuesday night, but the Lakers as a team did almost nothing right and feU hard to the Golden State Warriors, 138-108. It was the most points yielded by the Lakers this season, and no matter how m u c h Russell contributes to the offense, the wins will be few and far between if the defense doesn't tighten up. The Lakers thoroughly embarrassed themselves on defense, giving up at least 15 lay-ins. Moreover, they didn't block off on the backboards and gave the Warriors countless follow-shot baskets. Russell, m a k i n g his first appearance since the exhibition season, led the Lakers with 24 points. I SFOR.TS ON I^-AJDIO I AND TV TELEVISION No events scheduled. RADIO No events scheduled. By DOUG IVES Staff Writer Cazzie Eighteen of them came to the first half, mostly on quick jumpers that the Lakers sorely need from the corner position. "I surprised myself the way I was able to move so well," said Russell. "The knee didn't both me at all, but my ankle is sore and, of course, I'm not nearly as quick as I hope to be." T u r n o v e r s , a Laker bugaboo all season, contributed to the loss. Golden State stole the ball 24 times, mostly from guard Lucius Allen, who had a rare off night. All told, the Lakers committed 32 ball- control errors. The d e f e a t l e f t the Lakers to last place in the Pacific Division with a 1726 record. By winning, Golden State ran its record to 28-16 and boosted its division lead to 8'/z games. Forward Rick Barry, to the midst of his finest season, led the Warriors with 38 points. It was the 30th time in 44 games that he (Continued on C-2, Col. 4) cagers rate high There's not much doubt about the No. 1 team or the No. 1 league on this week's GIF 4-A basketball poll. Verbum Dei again received all 20 first place voles, but the big story was the Moore League 3-A, 2-A polls on C-3. ' placing four of its schools to the top six-- believed to be an all-time first. Poly regained second this week, moving up one notch. Wilson a9vanced from fifth to fourth, Lakewood from 10th to fifth w h i l e J o r d a n dropped from second to sixth. Lakewood's big j u m p came after the Lancers beat Jordan, 59-55, Saturday to begin league competition. League openers today h a v e Poly at Compton, 3:15; and Millikan at Wilson, 7:30. Clf Sporlswrilers Poll 4-A School Record Points 1. Verbum Dei (201 2. Poly ............ 3. Santa Barbara . 4. Wilson .......... 5. Lakewood ...... 6. Jordan ......... 7. Inglewood ...... 8. Sierra .......... 9. Crespi .......... 10. Palos Verdes ..... . _ Others receiving five or more votes: Pasadena (12-5) 8, Crescenta Valley (12-3) 7, Marina (Ml -7, San Marcos (12-2) 4, Pacific (11-31 and Fontana (113) 5. ' - Includes three forfeits. 15-0 12-2 14-0 U-l 13-2 13-3 l.t-2 14-1 13-1 11-5 200 16? 155 115 100 97 52 48 28 Pro Bowl's outstanding player Harris finished season with a flourish U|C nvitc u » * * o *»»u v»*» r *,.. ,.-.. .-- ~ _ - - ment of $32,000 due Aug. 1 of this year and the second The .money can not come from the state of California faifrltyrn and must be raised from one or more of three 'areas: gate receipts, the 49cr Foundation or Associated Student Body. --JimMcCormack John Unitas won it three times, but Norm Van Brocklin never did, nor have Sonny Jurgcnsen, Roger Staubach or Robert Allen Griese, all-pros every one. It's the Pro-Bowl's "outstanding player" award, which Monday night went to James Harris, the first quarterback to win it since another Ram, Roman" Gabriel, in 1969. Not bad for a man who was second string five weeks into the season and soon after was presumed to be just keeping the seat warm for Joe Namath, while his coach sent in the plays. Not bad for a man who had started only 14 pro games in his life. Not bad for a man who was an afterthought. If the game was meaningless, Harris' showcase. performance wasn't. He wasn't even listed on the advance rosters. But when Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton begged off with a sore arm, NFC coach Chuck Knox knew whom he wanted -- his own man, Harris. EIGHT DAYS after the Rams' season had ended in Bloomington, Harris was found back home visiting in Monroe, La., and was beckoned directly to Miami. That he entered the game only after St. Louis' Jim Hart was hurt late in the second quarter is not significant, because Harris was scheduled to play the second half, anyway. ' What is signiticam is the way he brought the NFC from behind to its 17-10 win, although Harris would he the last to say it. Muhammad AH he is not. Low-key and soft-spoken, Harris demonstrated with a record 57-yard pass to the Cufuiiiuls'.Mel Gray Uiiu he wiis only stating fact when he first said a couple of year ago, "Nobody can outrun my arm." Then he demonstrated with successive 8-yard touchdown passes that he can throw change-ups, too. If required, he can even call his own plays. OVERHEARD: Former heavyweight champion George Foreman is back among mortals, which is to say he is working out at the armpit of boxing, the Main Street Gym. Local trainer Teddy Bentham comments after observing Foreman in a drill,. "If he's a fighter, I can make a watch."...Pit gossip at the Winston West- KHII ROBERTS ern 500 at Riverside touched on the hard-luck situations of Duane Carter Sr. and Lee Roy Yarbrough. Carter, a former USAC circuit leader, lost his job with Champion Spark Plugs when the company gave up its national highway safely program. He's running an ad. in a racing magazine seeking employment. Worse off is Yarbrough, the onetime stock car charger who is said to be iU and broke. Fo\v o!c! friend? hove seen him and no one seems to know where he is. Yarbrough was close to winning the first California 500 in 1970 when his engine blew on the main straightaway...Best bet is for ex-Sun QB Tony Adams to wind up with Denver in the NFL. John Ralston knows now that old Charley Johnson, 36, isn't going to lead the Broncos anywhere except over the hill. Adams, a star at Utah State, has a large Rocky Mountain following...The next Sun players to leave figure to be defensive back Jim Bright, offensive tackle Ed Kezerian and reserve running back Ralph Nelson. President Larry Hatfield already has sold the club's "rights" to Curly Culp to Houston for $28,000. The veteran defensive tackle, a '75 Sun future, was traded by Kansas City to the Oilers last season...The Oilers might wind up without defensive back Jeff Sevcrson. The former Long Beach State star played out his option last year and hopes to land on the West Coast. SMALL THOUGHTS AT LARGE: Is it possible that John Wooden is being unjustly bad-mouthd for inflicting such anti-social types as Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and Bill Walton on the sports scene? Perhaps Wooden worked miracles in getting them to produce at UCLA, even if its was on their own terms..Isn't it about time Jack Kent Cooke quit having his radio annoucners shill for the Kings? The constant ticket pushing on radio and TV is out of hand, and such hard-sell exclamations as "Let's pack that Forum Thursday night to welcome the Kings home!" smack strongly of Dick Lane at the Roller Games. Also, Bob Miller and Dan Avey are highly competent, but they do no credit to themselves by their increasing lack of objectivity that insults the intelligence of their listeners, to wit: "That showed the Canadiens!" Play it straight, fellas. The way the Kings are playing now, they don't need; (Continued on Page C-6, Col. 3) · CA.I_.E31SrD HORSE RACING- Thorough- brcds, Snnta Anita, 12:30 p.m.; Quarter horses, Los Mailtos, 7M5n.m. - pnpp BASKFTRAI I_Pn1« · · MUlK 1 TM Bk * B ·

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