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PAGE TEN (A!UE.?' COURIER NEWS Wyatt's Resignation Accepted by Wyoming School's President Announces Release CHl!!YENNE I .\Vyo. I (AP) — The resignation of Bowden Wyatt, who has ridden high, wide and handsome for six- years as University of Wyoming football coach was announced Wednesday night. He doubtless will be released, reluctantly, next Monday lo accept a conlrnct from tha University of Arkansas. The resignation was announced by Dr, George Duke Humphrey, Wyoming president, while here on legislative business from the scat CharlesGeisTKO In Comeback Try ere. LOUIS tip)— A battering &.- r^rd Charles, throwing each punch like a knock on the door of opportunity, has snded ths heavyweight career o( Young Wesbnry Bascom, * jtronfr-hearteo; lad who hopes to do better ninong Iho light-heavies. The 23-year-old Bascom reached that decision last night alter taking a terrific beating from the ex- heivywelght champion In a nched- ulcd lO-rounder^hat ended abruptly when Charles' won « ninth-round iechntonl knockout. It WM another in » string of comeback victories Charles hopes •Kill lead So another crack at the «t)«. - glbpprf In Ninth The fight, which was televised na- ttodftlly from the St. I,ouU Arena, •was stopped by Referee Dick Young *<t«r two minute* and 34 seconds ef *h« ninth.' Tha defeated En si si. III., negro, almost continual- HM defense, had a bloody MM #nd, the victim of jar- ly on fao« ft rinc. ittngfcig rights : and lefts thrown M hook* and uppercuU, Ttl« 11-year-old Oharle* Wf*B •head on polnta tM the way^ B&acom weighed 1T8S pound* to Brt 198. A crowd of 3,836 paid a grosc gate of W.*t*. Chart**, who wai con- trmoWd-fcr 36 par c*nt of the net, rec«tT(WI about W,«00. Biiscom picket up atxmt »i.lOC. Month Gttt , New Trophy • BOSTON W) — Mickey Mantle, 'the New York Yankees' semat'ional young outfielder, will bo presented 'with the Shannon Memorial Bowl ,»t the Hth dinner of the Boston Chapter of The Baseball Writers' Association on Jnn. 39. It In awnrd- fcd annually to a player who has made an outstanding contribution to baseball. Among the many baseball celebrities on the speaking list 1f U. S. Senator Edwin O. Johnson of Colo- of the scnool at Lnramle, 00 miles to the west. The Arkansas contract was offered the 38-year-old one-time Tennessee end last Monday on condition that Wyoming release, him irom R 10-year contract with .nine years to era. A meeting of tho Wyoming board of trustees was set Monday to consider Hit matter. Previously, Wyoming officials Indicated that when, and II, Wyatt resigned. tho matter would go through channels for consideration at a regularly scheduled meeting Feb 28. Special Board Meeting Dr. Humphrey received the resignation from Glenn Jacoby, Wyoming director of athletics. "It Is with considerable regret that I forward Ibis resignation to you with my approval and recommend that Coach Wyatt be given his release from the University of Wyoming at the earliest possible date." Jacoby wrote. That and tho special board meeting Indicated Wyatt- would be released to 'Recent » five-year Arkansas contract at $12,000 a yenr. Dr. Humphrey said only that full discussion of the resignation would bo held. Wyatt's Wyoming salary has never been officl.Vly disclosed, but reportedly was fio,- 000 a year. Wyatt returned Tuesday to Laramlo alter conferring with Arkansas officials and apparently submitted his resignation Immediately. He said In Arkansas he wanted to arrange lite release lo $x on the Job by Jan. 20. The Wynlt situation caused high feeling among Cowboy Stale loot- ball fans, long victory hungry before ho came out of (he south In 1341 to lead the Punchers from the football wilderness. Wyoming officials said he had indicated satisfaction only recently, and only a conpln" of weeks ago, he said he wasn't Interested when connected with speculation concerning the Arkansas post. Wyoming's football fortunes had | been long tattered and torn before ' ho .came from Mississippi . State, where IIB was an assistant conch. Prom Ihcji on. the Co\vboys became an olfcnslve powerhouse with W>'ntt's version of the Tennessee single wing and a hard-hitting rado, president League. of the Western well-drilled In span, 1047-62, defensive outfit, fundamentals. In a six year , , Inclusive, .Wynlt teams won 39, lost .17 and tied one and won the Skylino Conference tootbnll crown In 1019 and 1950. The '40 outfit went on to beat Washington and in the Gnlor Bowl at Jacksonville, Fin., Jan. 1, IMO. Rickey Has New Batch Of Rookies Johnny Lindcll Back in Majors As Pitcher , »y JOB nF.icin.Kii NEW YOHK W, -- Still bent on pursuing his youth program, Brunch Rickey has brought up another flock of beardless boys (hat, according to the Pittsburgh general manager, will bring the i'lr- ntes 20 more victories but may not lift us out of the cellar." High on the list of newcomers, which will include IS not on the roster, Is 20-ycnr-otd Jackie Brown, who Rickey says Is "faster than Ronnie Necclai" (Who fanned 27 men In n minor league game) and ' George O'Donnell, n youmj con- (rol artist with a side-arm knuck- Icr ("The first I've ever seen"). 1'cdlt Unck Other new Pirate pitchers for IOS3 Include Johnny Undcll the former New York Yankee outfielder who wns n scnsallon\on the niountl In (lie Pacific Coast League lust year; Paul Peltit. the $100,000 bonus baby who had n 15-8 record at Hollywood; Elroy Face, n 15- Bame winner nl Foil Worth: Johnny Hctkl, a former Cinclnnnll nod- leg; Bob Hall, who once lolled for the Boston Braves, nnd Dick Mnnvillc, ,a former Chicago Cub. Returning are Bill MaeDonald, nflcr two years in the service nml such sparingly used youngsters in 1952 us Bill Bell, Jim Dunn, Cal Hague, Jim Wnugh, Paul LaPalme nnd Ed , Wolfe. Bell, in, authored Ihree no-hit games at Bristol in the Appalachian League last year. Llndell, who returned (o Ditching when ho discovered he could throw a knuck- Icball, had a 24-9 record lit Hollywood. LaPnlme hart a 1.20 earned run average with the ;samo team. Brown, Fanned 203 the upple of Rickey's . clai, incidentally, has passed hi physfcaUlO'Donnell. a long, rang eye. hung up a phenomenal strikeout record at Hulchtnson. He fanned 203 and allowed only 123 nils In 184 innings. But, iilns. he save. up 152 bases on 'balls. Necr his . , gy righthander,- posted an 8-1 record at New Orleans, yielding only 2J walks in 02 Innings. Wolte had a 15-13 mark at New Orleans. Like the pitching slalf, the Plr- nle outfield and infield is overrun by Inexperienced, pink - checked youngsters. They will vie with veterans Ralph Klncr, George Mel- kovlch ami Cal Abrams. College Cage Scores By Th« Asoclaled Pres« Bcloii Hall 69 Fordliam 62 Columbia II Connecticut 68 Pcnn 65 Princeton 53 Notre Dame 71 Purdue SS Wichlla 86 Ft. Hays State 82 Kansas Weslcyan DO College Emporia 89 North Carolina 07 Virginia Military 58 West Virginia 82 Penri stale 12 Arkansas State Tchrs 78 Arkansas A & M 71 Fisher Leading Chicks to Cage Heights Jack Elliott Stars Overseas Former Chick Back Led Team To AF Title ' Jack Elliott, former Blytlievllle High School and Arkansas Tech gild star, brought gridiron fame of another sort to his name during the 1952 football season. Elliott, who as a tailback led Bly- thevlllc to Its last mythical state championship (n 1948, was 1' quarterback for the Johnson Gunners ivho won the Air Force football championship of Japan. He figured In nearly every touch- clown his service team mntle in gaining the championship and kicked extra points as well. Stopped by Navy Team 'Hie Gunners were stopped by a Navy team In the•Torrl Bow) game which was played In Tokyo's Hclji Stadium, in an overtime period. The Nnvy won the Japanese armed forces championship In Tokyo's Rice Bowl a week later. In that grime, EUiott turned In a 32-yard run, passed for the tying touchdown and kicked two extra points as Ihe game ended, H-14. The Navy team won In the overtime period, 21-1-1. Elliott completed eight of 13 passes for 107 yards. He wound up the season with n total o! 71 points including 35 extra points. Jnck won't be back in clvies for the 1053 football season, but rioes expect to be discharged prior to spring practice time In '54'. He doesn't expect to return to Arkansas Tech, It is reported, .and probably will seek to enroll in a larger school. Elliot's passing brought BlytheyilLe Us last win over Little Rock. Tn 1948. he threw a scoring pass to Deniiie Gentry which iced n victory for the Chicks. Since 1947, Blythevillfc has been showing signs of • emerging from the basketball wilderness and gaining recognition as a power in the cage sport. And 19S) offers the best opportunity yet It the Chickasaws makfc it, mticli.of the credit will have to gp to an ex-Ranger master sergeant who's still in his first coaching job. Jimmy Fisher came to Blytheville In the fall of 1947 when the school decided to add a runtime basketball coach to Us staff—but don't let this title fool you. He has other duties, too. v • He had been graduated the previous spring from. Henderson state Teachers College. Arkactetphta where he twice made all-state as a basketball player and was Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference high scorer. The soft-spoken (except when on Ihe court) Fisher started his basketball career at Friendship, Ark, which la near Arkadelphla. Friendship went to the state tournament (n three of the four.years lie played and advanced to the semi-finals in 1S37 .only to be eliminated by Little Rock. lie enrolled at Henderson In '38, lettered two years in basketball and track and then was off for the Army, • In 1942, Fisher married .Ihe former Helen Crawford of Arkadelphia. They have two daughters, Kny, eix. and Linda, seven months, and a son, Bobby, four. New Guinea-Vet He enrtcd up with the Sixth Ran_ :r Batalllon in New Guinea arid later the Philippines. He saw combat In both spots. After better than four years of service, he was mustered out and five days later re-entered Henderson ... he made nil-stale right off and explains that tho Army kept the Rangers in pretty good physical condition." He cnme up with a good ball club Semifinals In Keiser Event KEISER. — Quarter final play in the Keiser Invitational Junior high basketball tournament came to an end last night. : In girls games. Kei&cr topped Rhawnee 20-14 and Dell bent Osce- oto 24-21. In boys contests, Keiser won over Shawnee 45-7 and Dell topped Osceola 38-23. Tonight's semifinal action finds these boys games: Keiser-Dcll and Wtlson-Dyess The Keiser and Dell, Luxora nnd Dyess girls [cams meet in the seml- Ilnnls. .Finals will be piuycd Saturday night. Coaches' Feelings Mixed on Killing of Platoons By The Associated Pres-i An informal survey of n r'epresfcnlnlive group of the country's coaches by the As- lociaterl Press revealed today that opinion on the merits of outlawing tha two - platoon system is almost equally divided. Those In favor of the "one-platoon" system which was restored yesterday by (he NCAA's football rules committee for the first time since 1041, advanced as their main reasons: 1. The era of llie specialist Is over. 3. Recruiting will be lessened. 3. Coaches will have lo go back to work teaching fiuidnmcnlnls. 4. It will benefit the smaller schools. 5. It will help colleges financially by making for smaller sciunds. The coaches who preferred the two-plaloon system advanced as their arguments: Now Available in Variety of Beautiful Colors These act the finest scat covers you can R et for your Ford car. They are expertly tailored to fit your car «nd to give y M long life. Available in durable fiber —the material that breathes-and in handsome. ccOor-fojt gabardine. You have your pick of a variety of beautiful colon and patterns. HE TKttt 10 95 HAT COVIBS, NOW I LLOYD ALLHRHTON Parts Manager 300 Broadway Phono 4453 1. It gave more lioys nn opportunity to play. 2. Hoys were less susceptible to injury. 3. Not ns much practice time wns required. 4. Tho cliniige will mean a poorer brand of foollinll. Miitm Opposes Biggio Munli, conch of tho un- clefe.-ilcd Michignn slntu Spnrtuns, who won llie mythical national championship tatrt: "This needs study. I hnvo gone on record by lelttng ns many boys ns possible play, nlicl I'm tor any- Uilng that gives plnyera that chance. So I like the platoon system even Iliotigh ns .1 player, I was in the 60-inlnulc crti. I'm not ajjainst tho rule change, and naturally will go along with It. bill 1 can't see anything wrontr with the way It wns. I Diink 11 will throw the picture wide open next fall." If the vouches couldn't a^ree on the benefits or lack ot them In the clirvnpt 1 , they were unanimous on one point—(he change took Ihem completely by surprise. A survey before the rules committee meeting showed the crmches to be In favor of two plnloons by a.~ 4-1 margin. Jess Hill, coach of Southern California. Rose Bowl winner, advanced llie theory lhat two-platoon football was not dead. "It simply means lhat the boys will play both ways," he said. "But you slill can have platoon football by Mtcrnallnp: two teams. H will be more difficult to use specialists, but we'll sllll use them. The ruling means that athletes will have to be better all-around players," Said Ivy Williamson of Wisconsin, which fell' before Southern California in the Rose Bowl: "Poolball won't be as good without the two platoon system. 1 was completely for the system. It made for a better game." Ohio stale coach Woody Hayes perhaps was the most outspoken foe of the change. Tcrmlns Hie ruling "lousy," Hayes said (he action was "til advised" and that he wns "thoroughly disgusted." He added that he thought the change wns made because of pressure from small colleges, but not from small college coaches, Implying the admlnlslra- lors were behind (he move. Jules V. Sikes of Kansas said "The rule will be n handicap U all of us next year, I know It wll to us, but in the long run I bollev< It will be all right." Other comments: Bill Murray, Duke: "I'm very much pleased with the abolish ment ot the two platoons, I've been ngalnst it ever since It started It will benefit the schools edu cationnlly." Red Sanders, u. p.'L. A.: "The theory of the free substitution rule hasn't worked out ns it originally was conceived, lhat Is to aid smal schools to compete with big ones.' Amos Alonr.o Slagg. the "Grant Old Man of Poolball": "The dou ble platoon makes for belter fool- bnll because It provides a ere' of .specialists to handle the essci tisl Job of slowing: down the offense." Wes Fcsler. Minnesota: "I'm stunned. The platoon system ha; given people better football. It's going to help the outstanding kids but it's going to hurt others." Kay Eliot, Illinois: "I like the two-platoon system because it made football just about as last a game as possibla with not a lull In any quarter. Also n tired boy Is more susceptible lo Injurlc; nnd I think the two-plaloon sys tern cut down this hazard." Jim Tatum, Maryland: "It wll. work a little lo our advantage since we've neverhad enough boy: lo utilize fully the two-platoon sys tern." Wally Bulls, Georgia: "Of course Ihe new rule will develop mo all around players, but I'm a b llevcr in the specialist." Murray Warmalh, Mississippi State: "it set football back 15 years. I don't think the game will have the spectator appeal It had under the free substitution rule. Lola ot kids will never play now who In Ihe past were playing at least half the lime." Lelty James, Cornell: "I'm afraid it will curtail advanced thinking hi football." Frank Howard, qiemson: "This will help foolbnll, but it will create problems none or us has had to face in many years " Chuck Taylor, Stanford: • pleases me no end. I have felt t tinllmiled substitution rule hui small schools such M our»." THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 1958 to go as far as the senil-flnate In a tournament. The Chicks rolled up a 20-3 record in 1831. But Scott of Leachville got hot In the tail end of tha district semifinal game and before the fourth quarter was over, he had poured 16 points through the nets <in fhat quarter). So, once again ,the Chicks were knocked out of the dislrict tournament. Fisher Is inclined to believe his last year's team had about as much talent ns any he's coachtd. . Except for Vowell, Burnham a'tior Harrison, it's largely the same group he lias this year. But his eyes light up when he discusses the '53 edition. •We certainly haven't had .anything that will beat, this team lor hustle, spirit and teamwork," he maintains. Other assets which figure' to make Blytheville sport fans more basketball conscious-, height and shooting of Montroe Holland nnd Red Chil- drcss and Ihe speed and ball handling of Tommy Mosley, Donald Gentry and Johnny O'Brien. ', . . Chicks' Fisher . „ Stale fourney this year? hU first year at DHS— winning 18 nnd losing six. That year, the chicks won the county tournament und were de, feated in the semi-finals of the district by Jonesboro. The ' won n while dropping eight, but more important. It bent Jonesboro for the first time in about 15 years . . . and what's more beat the Golden Hurricane by about 30 points. This victory 'was probably the most significant single win of the Chickasaws' rise to basketball prominence. • Clicl) Members Berry, Hodge, Demiic Gentry, Duclos. Franklin, Stlres and Wyutt were nmoiig those on the elul) that turned the trick. The 1950 club liaii the poorest record of any Fisher-coached team— 14-11. Moneltc beat them in the first game of'the district^ tournament and that marked the only time in Fisher's coaching career al Bly- j theville that' one of his teams tailed Dragons, in Aci'!©;i Juniors Get Win ' Teams ot Harrison High School go into action tomorrow nlsht at Harrison's gym at 7:30 when they meet Woodstock Training School of Lucy, Tcnn. Lust night at Luxora. the Harrison juniors defeated Luxora,' 7-2 in a girls game and 39-19 in a boys contest. Fights Last Ky The Associated Press .. ST. LOUIS — Ezzard Charles, 180. Cincinnati, stopped Wesbufy Bascom, ns'ii. East St. Louts, 111., 9. PORTLAND, Me.—Billy O'Boyne,- j i44Ji, Old Orchard Beach, slopped Larry Griffin, - 144',1, Lewiston. 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