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28 f,rtfn&i!! 'rtDi Wednesday, September 25, 1973 ''.''M,t..'"V .Dan ir osier wwwxxxw Sports Editor: Ole Mss Replaces Kinard With Vaught Wondrous Willie Hope Wondrous Willie Mays cracks one more important nomer before his final season ends. There are a great many sports writers who hope he doesnt, because the last few years, there has been great misunderstanding between him and them. Willie reached the point where he would rather take the consequences of silence than to say something that could turn out adversely in the paper. Over a period of time, I iaw both sides of that. It irritated when he came to Atlanta tor the first time and would not talk. He mistrusted virtually all sports writers he did not know, and many he did know. Later, through an interview arranged by Dickie Dietz, Willie explained much of it for off the record. It became a case that stories could not do nearly as much for him as they could to him. So he closed up shop on most of them. After we began talking, he turned out to be a guy with a great sense of humor. He is a heckuva golfer, and one of his best stories is about Bob Hope trying to pay Willie $90 Willie had won off of him "right there in front of the TV cameras. I said 'Oh, no, the commissioner might be looking.' " He was, of course, one of the really, really great baseball players. He had the grace, the instincts, and hustle; he had it all. Even this year, he almost knocked himself unconscious chasing a ball into the wall at Atlanta one night. After that game, I asked him if he had not felt the warning track under him. What will symbolize Willie Mays to me Is that he said, "Sure," with an expression of so what? Traylor Gave Everything THE RELEASE of former South Carolina basketball player Danny Traylor by the Capital Bullets comes as no shock. But it is an appropriate time to recall a comment Frank McGuire made when he spoke here two weeks ago. McGuire said at least this coming basketball season, he would not have to listen to comments of, "Jump Traylor. Why doesn't Traylor jump." Added McGuire, "1 didn't get on him because he was giving me all he had." MARC LAZARO, who attends the Falcons' press conferences In Atlanta for The News, said Monday's was another of those brief ones (after Los Angeles' 31-0 victory over the Falcons Sunday). Van Brocklin summed it up again with, "We got beat every way." One of those in attendance reviewed that the Falcons OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -The University of Mississippi lured John Howard Vaught out of retirement Tuesday and asked the man who once led the Rebels to football heights to revive their fortunes. The 64-year-old Vaught, a grey hairpiece covering his balding head, looked to the future rather than the past as he returned to the post he vacated after a heart attack three years ago. He said he had agreed to take the reins from Billy Kinard, who played for him two decades ago, only because he loved the university. "It wasn't easy for me to say I would," Vaught said. "I did it only for the fact that I love Ole Miss." Kinard, blamed by alumni for the decline in Rebel football fortunes, was summarily dismissed after suffering two losses in the first three games this year. Athletic Director Frank 'Bruiser" Kinard, his - . ' . ft -&s V l".ir4 x&j v-l -,' , & " i a '2 RETURNS TO OLE MISS John Vaught, after an absence of three years, attends his first practice session as head coach and athletic director Tuesday at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Vaught, who once led the Rebels to football glory, returned after the abrupt dismissal of head coach Billy Kinard and athletic director Frank Kinard. (AP Wirephoto) a J MAYS TRAYLOR VAN BROCKLIN had won one big and lost one big, and how did Van Brocklin evaluate it. "We're one and one," returned the Dutchman. That's about the time that writers ask whether the team had any injuries from the game. Van Brocklin's ' answer, Lazaro said, was, "No, It's unbelievable, but nobody got hurt out there." Van Brocklin closed with the comment that there were two great teams (Los Angeles and San Francisco) in Atlanta's division, and the Falcons had to beat them both to go where they hope to go. Wild Substitution Rule THE NEW COLLEGE football substitution rule is gome to drive a few people crazy, and cost a few teams ball games before the legislation that must come does come. Subs don't have to report to the officials, and more im portantly, they are not even required to remain in the game for a single play. Many coaches have messenger specialists who run minute. in 1 with a play and back out, never playing a Why bother with hip pads and shoulder pads? Get them a starting block on the sidelines, a track shirt the same color of the football jersey, and let 'em go. Bear Bryant ran his Alabama place kicker on against California, so they would set up for a field goal, then peeled him back off without warning and scored a touchdown. Another possibility is to snap the ball while the other team has more than 11 men on the field. It seems common sense that any player who goes on the field two steps must participate in one play. That would 6olve a lot of the potential hazards. Willie Mays Bids Farewell To Everybody NEW YORK (AP) - A choked-up Willie Mays bade farewell to baseball after being lavished with costly gifts Tuesday night and said, "In my heart, I am a sad man." "Just to hear you cheer like this for me and not to be able to do anything about it makes me a very sad man, he said. "This is my farewell. You don't know what is going on in side of me tonight. The 42-year-old all-time star announced his retirement from the game less than a week ago, saying he felt he was not physically able to continue the grind. Honored by old teammates, former rivals, prominent dignitaries of sports and government, and a sellout crowd of more than 50,000 in Shea Stadium, the boyish, enthusiastic superstar from the cornfields of Alabama could not restrain his emotion as he thanked everyone for their thoughtfulness. Once he turned toward the Bench of the New York Mets, embroiled in a fight for the National League East pennant and said, in a quivering voice: "Forgive me. I know it is as hard on you as it is on me." He apologized for delaying the game with the Montreal Expos and thanked Mets officials for enduring him despite a .211 batting average . 0 I "That proves I was loved all over the world," he said. He told the gathering that his greatest desire now that he is out of baseball is to work with youngsters. "Now that I have all I need," he added, "I can teach other kids to be as great an athlete as I am. If I see someone that has this talent, I will help them." He finished his poignant talk by saying: "I want to say hello to all of my friends again and this is goodbye to America." Before his speech, which brought tears to his eyes and his wife's, Mays stood on tired legs, behind home plate, chewing gingerly on a mouthful of gum and giggling like a small boy. "That's just like Willie," commented Duke Snider, former slugging outfielder of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. "Exuberance, nothing but exuberance. Most of us liked and enjoyed baseball. Willie loves it." The all-time great acted like a kid opening packages at Christmas. Some packages. Three cars, two of them lav ish limousines; a trip around the world; another trip to Mexico; a table full of golf clubs; a (Continued on Page 31) Easley Slips In Prep Polls Raiders Tied At 15th In UPI From Wire Reports Easley and Greenville battled to a 7-7 tie Friday night, and as a result the Green Wave toppled from the top and the Red Raiders moved into the top 20 for the first time in sometime. Easley, the defending State 4-A champion, was knocked out of the No. 1 position in both the AP and UPI high school football polls this week, and Summer ville took over the top spot in both polls. Easley's record is 3-0-1. Sum-merville defeated Walterboro, 28-6, making it's record 4-0. : Summerville received nine ap Poll ; Here r th Top 10, with season records! first - place votes end total 1- Summervllle 4-0 2- Spsrtflnfcura 4-0 3 3- Esslev 3-0 4-Lower Richland 3-1 131 13 S-Sprlna Valley 3-1 2 . -tli first - place votes in each of the polls, with Spartanburg who came in second m both polls, getting five first -place votes in the UPI poll and three in the AP poll. Easley dropped to third in the AP poll, while the Green Wave is currently fourth behind Clinton in the UPI poll. Lower Richland, which had been in the No. 2 spot in both polls last week, was upset by Spring Valley 21-14 last Thursday. Lower Richland is now fourth in AP and tied for eighth with Pickens, which defeated the AP, Woodmont last week, in the UPI poll. Spring Valley, by virtue of its defeat over Lower Richland, rose to seventh, ahead of Lower Richland, in UPI and fifth, behind Lower Richland in AP. The Red Raiders moved into a tie with Brookland - Cayce for 15th in the UPI poll, in spite of not cracking the AP top 20. Pickens came in eighth in both polls. It was tied with Lower Richland in the UPI poll, but stood alone at eighth in BMtSi as Silk 6-Clinton 4-0 7-Conway 4-0 -Pickens 4-0 -Oran9bur9-Wllklnsoil 4-0 10-James Island 3-1 ine orners: 11-Sumter; IJ-Brookland Cayce,- 13-Saluda; 14-St. Johns of Johns Island; 15-Norrh Augusta; la-Johnsonville; 17-Ab- bevilie; is-NortnwesTern; i-Lurens. UPI Poll Hr Mr this week's Too 7b high school football teams as rated by the j UPI soaro ot loacnes wnn nrsi-piace ballots and won-lost records i n rrentheses: t Summerville () (4-0) 1SJ Spartanburg (5) (4-0) ,....1)3 Clinton (2) (4-0) '..i 110 4. Easley (3-0-1) i.. 88 5. Orangeburg-Wilkinson (4-0) 70 i. Conway (4-0) 47 7. Soring Valley (3-1) 58 8. (tie) tower Richland (3-1) 55 Pickens (4-0) 55 10. Saluda (4-0) 19 11. James Island (3-1) 18 12. (tie) John's Island (4-0) 11 Abbeville (4-0) n Sumter (3-n n envine (2 15. (tie) Green What we say on' in o-.i) Elrookland-Cavce (3.1 1 o 17. (tie) Gaffney (2-2) .....7 Lancaster (30-1) 7 1. North Augusta (3-1) 5 iv. Laurens u-u 2 Other teams receiving voles: Hanna 1, Wando 1. Here ere the top five teams In each high school classification at selected oy in un ranei ot Loacnes; 4-A summerville Spartanburg i. casiey 4. Orangeburg-Wilklnsort 5. Conway 3. Sal Inton ckent Saluda 4. James Island 5. Howard Abbeville !. Mid-Caroline parnwen (tie) Chapin S-A t-A Bishooville Ridge Spring-Vonetti ocunari uoree 4. Blackvlll a. (.no Perone Runnerup Furman Paladins' defensive halfback Vince Perone. who returned a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Furman's 21-19 win over Wof-ford Saturday, was runner-up as the Southern Conference's defensive player of the week. The winner was Vic Move. a 225-pound defensive tackle for Richmond. Perone, a 175-pound senior, was also credited with six tackles and three assists on tackles in the Wofford game. Perone, so far this year, has returned six kickoffs for an average of 34.3 yards per return. For Sports Results Dial 232-8133 yoiu? glass. I I AMERICAN V Q l III -irrniim-r - --mrr.iMiiMiiiiiiiMMitini.Miiiinnrroititl A great whiskey at the right price. JULIUS KESSIEI CO. UWSiNCEBUJUi I NO tUHDED WWSKtY. 86 WJOf. 1W (ML) NEUTRAL SPIIIT3. older brother and a long-time Vaught aide, was relieved of his duties at the same time. Billy Kinard said later that, "I am not mad at anybody and I hope no one is mad at me. I did my best ... it just didn't work out." He said he was "an Ole Miss alumnus and I have always supported the university and I will continue to do so. I completely understand what happened." Frank Kinard said he didn't know what his new duties will be. "They haven't told me yet," he said. Asked how he could justify firing Billy Kinard after only three games this year, Fortune cited "lack of developing morale, disunity that had developed as far as alumni are concerned, and the students. It was not hard to justify." Fortune said he understood the college board was unanimous in giving its approval for the change. "I have serious responsibilities to the university as a whole, to the team, the present student body, our faculty and staff and all the supporters of Ole Miss, which required me to support this action and to initiate it," Fortune said. Vaught said he planned to keep the coaching job until age forces him to retire. Normal retirement age at the school is 65. Vaught indicated he planned to stay on the job at least through next season. Fortune said this was 'the basis on which the job was offered." ; The veteran Vaught, who led Ole Miss to a 185-58-12 record during 1947-1970, had teams in 18 bowl games. He retired after suffering a mild heart attack on Oct. 20, 1970, three days after his team suf fered a 30-14 upset loss to Southern Mississippi. Vaught said he had not discussed salary with Fortune because he had continued to draw his pay as coach emeritus. Fortune said Billy Kinard was making $28,500 annually, and Frank Kinard "slightly more." Billy Kinard will be paid for the balance of a contract that extends through 1976. Fortune said Frank Kinard would be offered a position "to be determined," commensurate with his salary and longevity. With Southern Mississippi as Vaught's first opponent Saturday, he wak asked if he saw anything symbolic in resuming a career interrupted immediately after the teams met in 1970. "I'm going to try to remember that loss," Vaught said. Fortune said Vaught was "given a clean bill as far as his health is concerned. He is ready to lend his characteristic vigor, which has been part of him since the beginning of his career." He said Vaught would be in complete charge. "I pledge him my full support," he said. 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