The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1976 · Page 9
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PAOE i) December 23, 197B NEW YORK (UPI) - Bert Jones, who teamed with Roger Cart this season to form one of the most feared passing combinations in the National Football League, Wednesday was named United Press International's Player of the Year in the American • Football Conference. The talented young quarterback became Baltimore's team leader when he stood up for his fired coach last summer and solidified the Colts into a title contender. He went oh to lead Baltimore to an 11-3 record and the Eastern Division title. Jones, a 6-foot-3, 215- pounder from Louisiana State, assumed the role of team leader when Coach Ted Marchibroda was fired after an exhibition game loss. He interceded with management for Marchibroda's rehiring and then led the Colts to the AFC Eastern Division title. Jones had an outstanding year. He finished the regular season with 207 completions in 343 attempts, good for a 60.3 percentage. He passed for a league high 3,104 yards and his 24 touchdown passes were second only to Oakland's Ken Stabler. Carr, also a Louisianan, caught 43 passes for 1,112 yards, the highest figure in the league, and 11 touchdowns. Jones was named on 28 of the 42 ballots cast by UPI's panel of 42 pro football writers, three from each conference city. Stabler was the runnerup with six votes and New England quar- terback Steve Orogan and Baltimore 'running back Lydell Mitchell tied for third with three votes each. Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson and Buffalo running back O.J. Simpson rounded out the balloting with one vote each. "He is jusf a dream to coach," said Marchibroda. "He works at football and knows what it takes to win. He's a remarkable talent as a quarterback and a fine young man in every way. His family certainly can be proud of the kind of individual he is." Jones' father, Dub, was a star for the Cleveland Browns and once scored six touchdowns in one game. T,he younger Jones got his first taste of football working as a ballboy for the Browns' when his father was an assistant coach. Wyoming Ready To Challenge Sooners TEMPE, Ariz. (UPI) Forget the odds. Fred Akers says his Wyoming Cowboys are ready for the challenge of Oklahoma in Saturday's Fiesta Bowl. "I have never been much on point spreads," Akers said when confronted with the fact that the oddsmakers have made the Sooners 16-18 point favorites in the Christmas afternoon clash. •"I'm getting kind of used to being the underdog and I don't pay any attention to it one way or the other," said Akers. "I expect our young men to go on the field and compete like they have against every opponent we've had this year and that's all I can ask." Barry Switzer, Oklahoma's head man and a former teammate of Akers at the University of Arkansas, did not dispute the odds but did indicate he felt Sooner players would not be overconfident because of the oddsmakers. "Oklahoma's had a tradition of playing a big ball game well and I like to think we'll continue that," Switzer said. Switzer also dismissed the idea that the Sooner players might consider the Fiesta Bowl a minor attraction after missing out on,a trip to the •Orange Bowl. "I don't know who's giving you those reports," Switzer replied when asked whether the Sooners might be less than enthused about coming to Arizona. "I'm going to tell you," Switzer said, "last year we were offered the opportunity to come to the Fiesta Bowl and we accepted, Nebraska declined it. We looked forward to coming last year if we didn't win the Big Eight Conference championship and go to the Orange Bowl." As it turned out, .Oklahoma beat Nebraska for the Orange Bow} berth and Nebraska reversed (heir vote after that loss and made the trip to Tempe, only to be upset 17-14 by Arizona State. Black Hawks' Coach Fired New Coach Says He Needs 'Bryant' Hat DBS MOINES, Iowa (UPI) — Chuck Shelton, newly named head football coach at Drake University, says his most pressing needs are a "Bear Bryant hat',' and good recruits. Shelton was just joking about the checkered hat the longtime Alabama coach wears, but he was serious about the recruiting. "Recruiting is the No. l concern. We can't rest at this time," said Shelton, who was given the job Wednesday after two years as a Drake assistant. "We thought we had a good recruiting year last year, but from the way things are going, we feel this year could be even better." Shelton, formerly assistant athletic director at the University of Cincinnati, succeeds Jack Wallace, who resigned prior to Drake's final game of 1976 after 12 years as head coach. Shelton's job is to rebuild a football program that has fallen on hard times since Drake became a Division I school. The Bulldogs were 1-10 in 1976 and have won only nine games in the last four years. Shelton, 41, is confident he can turn things'around, however. "It think we have a little better foundation than some people might realize," said Shelton, a native of Rolla, Mo. "I think we can take the program at this point and lead it to the level of competitiveness people would like." Shelton said he has been "shocked" at the response of prospective recruits so far. "I thought it was going to be extremely difficult, but I was shocked that the athletes were more than willing to visit Drake," Shelton said. "There were a lot of questions, but we were never evasive. We were always 100 per cent honest with them." Shelton said he would make a decision within three days on his assistant coaches. CHICAGO (UPI) - Chicago Black Hawks' President Bill Wirtz defended the firing of Coach Billy Reay Wednesday night, shortly after acting Coach Billy* White led the Hawks to a 4-2 loss in a matchup with the Buffalo Sabres. ' Wirtz argued that the Hawks are too good to be losing as many games as they have this season, but the team has been suffering from a lack of self respect. "You can't talk about injuries forever," Wirtz said. "It was 'the way we were losing that forced the change." Reay, the club's coach for 13 years, had blamed poor team performance this season on injuries. His replacement, Bill White, has been sidelined this season because of a back injury. And . White's two assistants also are injured veterans — all-star defen- seman Bobby Orr and veteran center Stan Mikita. Wirtz said it was difficult to fire Reay after so many years, but added he was sure Reay understood. "It was painful, terribly painful," Wirtz said, "But we treated Billy very fairly. He's been very loyal to this club and he understands that it was strictly a business decision." lfj[oy enchantment be your gift at Our gift is your friendship, thanks. HUSTON TIRES INC E. Hiway 40 Bypass Hays Give the gift that carries well into the New^ear. hs, in a distinctive, limited edition Contract Extended COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) Missouri football coach Al Onofrio has his job for another three years, if he wants it. The University has ex- 'tended a three-year contract extension to Onofrio because Athletic Director Mel Sheehan recommended the action to the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, who in turn prompted Chancellor Herbert W. Schooling to give Onofrio a chance. "Reports that Onofrio would be dismissed circulated after • Missouri's 41-14 loss to arch- rival Kansas and a subsequent 6-5 season. But Onofrio, who has been head coach for six years receiving $30,000 a year, was given a unanimous vote of confidence by the • athletic committee, which said at a meeting Nov. 24 he would be rehired. At that time, Schooling said the committee's decision was "a strong and enthusiastic endorsement of Onofrio's integrity, his concern for the welfare of his players, and the 'clean' football program he administers." Schooling said Wednesday the contract extension is meant to give Onofrio and his players* support during the tough schedules they have faced and will be facing. When informed of the extension, Onofrio said, "I am very happy with the three-year agreement, as it demonstrates the administration's confidence in me, my coaching staff, and the football program." Skating Star Suffers Injury MOSCOW (UPI) — Tatyana Averina, 26, winner of four Olympic speed-skating medals, two gold and two bronze, appears to have fractured an ankle bone in training, the Tass news agency said Wednesday. Tass said Averina suffered the injury while making a turn on the Medeo skating rink in Central Asia. Baltimore's Bert Jones ? nofrios A// - Star Gome r ° AFC Player Of The Year WASHINGTON (UPI) Football's annual College All- Star game, abandoned by Chicago, may be adopted by Washington, D.C. Joe L. Albritton, publisher of the Washington Star, will talk with Commissioner Pete Rozelle about bringing the game matching the NFL's Super Bowl championship team and a squad of collegiate stars to the nation's capital with proceeds going to charity. "The Star is very interested in bringing the All-Star game to Washington if possible," Albritton said in a statement. "We think it would be a good attraction for the Washington community." Chicago Tribune Charities announced Thursday that it would no longer sponsor the annual contest between the NFL Super Bowl championship team against n squad of the previous year's college stars mainly because of rising costs and the uncertain legal status of the annual pro draft involving all-stnrs needed for the game. The future of the game will be discussed by the NFL owners either at Seattle, site of the Pro Bowl game, on Jan. 17 or their minimi meeting nl Phoenix In March. Sugar Bowl Blackout Lifted NEW ORLEANS (UPI). A television blackout of the Sugar Bowl for a 150-mile radius around the city hns been lifted, bowl officials announced Wednesday. The game will be televised coast to> const New Year's Day. •or you and your dear ones,. we wish a holiday filled with the warmth and wonder of Christmas. It has been a pleasure to serve you. RAMADA INN MOTEL & RESTAURANT 3205 N. Vine Hays I I I ALCO WILL CLOSE FRIDAY, DEC. 24th AT 6:00 P.M. PLEASE BE SURE TO PICK UP YOUR LAY-AWAYS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THIS DATE. JUST CALL AHEAD AND WE'LL HAVE YOUR PACKAGES WAITING FOR YOU AT THE SERVICE DESK. DIAL 628-1095. THANK YOU...AND MERRY CHRISTMAS! THE ALCO MANAGEMENT

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