The Salina Journal Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 12 Breakup of NCAA leaves four schools homeless ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer A waiting game. That's what Sacred Heart, Beloit, Belleville and Minneapolis are now playing following the breakup of the North Central Activities Association. Those four schools were left without a league last month when Smoky Valley, Southeast of Saline and Ellsworth joined the new Central Kansas League along with Mid- Kansas League schools Haven, Hesston and Lyons and Central Prairie League member Ellinwood. The CKL will officially begin interscholastic competition in extracurricular activities in the fall of 1987. The fate of the homeless NCAA schools now lies in the hands of other league members. Minneapolis and Belleville have sent letters to the Blue Valley League asking for membership. The BVL's decision will come within the next two months. Beloit is hoping to gain acceptance into the North Central Kansas League. Sacred Heart is the only one of the four schools which hasn't taken any action. According to athletic director Bob Mannebach, Sacred Heart will probably attempt to get into the CKL. "Originally, we didn't try to get into the new league because we thought there was going to be eight teams," Mannebach said. "But since Halstead didn't go in, we may try to get in. The new league would be a good one for us." Haven is the only Class 4A school in the CKL. The rest are 3A schools. The NCAA has been in existence since 1976. Talk of a league breakup started more than two years ago when Belleville was admitted into the league. Ellsworth, Smoky Valley and Southeast of Saline didn't like making the long trip to Belleville. According to Smoky Valley superintendent Irvin Myers, conservation of travel time was the primary reason the CKL was formed. Smoky Valley, in Lindsborg, currently is Beloit's membership into the NCKL will be determined by a decision to be made by officials at Wamego High School. .The Wamego school board is expected this month, or in early February, to decide either to commit to the NCKL or withdraw. Wamego's withdrawal would all but give Beloit NCKL membership because the league would need another member and Beloit — because of its Class 4A size and proximity to "I really would hate to become an independent. The scheduling for basketball would especially be difficult." —Bob Mannebach traveling 95 miles to Belleville and 85 to Beloit. Its longest trip in the CKL will be 65 miles to Ellinwood. "I really hate to see the NCAA break up," Mannebach said. "I think it has been an excellent league with good competition. The league has good people to work with." Minneapolis also has petitioned the CKL for membership, but, like Sacred Heart, will have to wait for the league's bylaws to be written later this month to see if the CKL will even be open to additional members. If the CKL does elect to add another school, and if travel distance is the top consideration in the selection process, then Sacred Heart would appear to have a better chance of gaining membership over Minneapolis. other league members — would be a logical choice. "First, I want to say that we like the NCKL," said Wamego athletic director Larry Tuma, "and we don't want to keep Beloit out of the the league. Our board tabled the decision on Beloit (all NCKL members must approve a new member) until it makes a decision about staying or withdrawing from the league." That decision will hinge largely on Wamego community feedback and the school's chances of acquiring membership into the Mid-East League. That league — consisting of Alma-Wabaunsee, Santa Fe Trail, Mission 'Valley, Osage City, Rossville, Silver Lake and St. Marys — offers closer traveling distances for Wamego. "We've talked about the possibility of getting into another league for the last two or three years," Tuma said, "but no action was ever taken. Now, with Beloit wanting to get in, our board has to make a decision. If the board votes to stay in the NCKL, the Beloit decision will be made by the school administration and board. Travel time for us is a concern, though. We have a two-hour trip to Concordia now. Beloit would be even farther." If Belleville, Beloit, Minneapolis and Sacred Heart fail to gain membership into other leagues, the subsequent problems outweigh the alternatives. Competing as an independent is the probable alternative, but that route presents a heavy scheduling burden. "I sent letters to every 3A and 4A school within a 110-mile radius of Beloit concerning the possibility of future scheduling," said Beloit athletic director James Kuhn. "I got good response, but most indicated they were locked into league schedules and had no room for outside competition." If an independent does manage to fill its sports schedule, its travel distance is usually great. "I really would hate to become an independent," Mannebach said. "The scheduling for basketball would especially be difficult. A couple of years ago, we had expressed interest of getting into the NCKL, but it would be tough for us to compete in that league now because of our size." Mannebach has theorized Belleville, Bel- oit, Minneapolis and Sacred Heart staying together and picking up two more teams to form another league. The problem with that notion, Mannebach says, is those "pickup teams" in the area are very few. A final alternative would be to get the Kansas State High School Activities Association involved. ''If a school has done everything possible to get into a league, it can appeal to the Activities Association to assign them to a league," Kuhn said. "That often causes hard feelings, though. It's like the league has to put up with the new team.'' An example of the KSHSAA getting involved in such a decision occurred in 1977 when southwest Kansas schools Garden City, Liberal and Dodge City were assigned to the old Central Kansas League with Junction City, Salina South, Salina Central, McPherson, Manhattan, Hays and Great Bend. The decision, which caused the league to split into two divisions, caused the other members to seek affiliation with schools closer to home and spelled the end of the league the following year. Neither of the four league-searching schools want to see that happen again. The schools may not have any future problems. The BVL, NCKL and CKL may do the solving. But if those leagues return negative replies, the waiting game will turn into one of desperate action for Belleville, Beloit, Minneapolis and Sacred Heart. Switzer shrugs off 'bad-boy'image NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - From his glitzy won-loss record to his pull-no-punches style of football, Barry Switzer is a breed apart. No other college football coach has a better record by percentage than the 126-24-4 mark Switzer compiled in 13 seasons at Oklahoma. No other college football coach can boast three national titles. Switzer got his third New Year's night with a 25-10 victory over previously unbeaten Perm State in the Orange Bowl. And no other college football coach has Switzer's style and reputation. He's preceived as the freewheeling cowboy — black hat, guns drawn — who lives life in the fast lane, barreling past everything that gets in his way. Loosey-goosey, that's Switzer. That's his team, too. "That's a label we're always going to have," he said. "You get stuck with something and it never changes. That's just our personality, that's just the way our kids are. I don't see anything wrong with it." What people do not see is Switzer away from the football field — the Switzer who spends more time in film rooms and upgrading the academic standards of his players. Age and maturity have changed the man, but the label sticks. "I'm getting too damned old to have such a good time," said the 48- year-old coach the morning after his Orange Bowl victory in Miami. "I used to have a better time than I do now. I didn't make 'All- Hospitality Room' this year, I'll promise you." Football is Switzer's passion. He says he is driven to succeed by the memory of a difficult, poor childhood in rural Arkansas, where his mother committed suicide and his father, an occasional bootlegger, was killed in a car wreck. If his methods offend, so be it. "I think at times in my life I've worried about what people thought of me, but not any more," he said. "There are only a few people who are close to you, and it's what they A difficult childhood has been Barry Switzer's incentive to achieve success. think that matters." Switzer played football at the University of Arkansas, where he was a captain on the 1959 team that won the Southwest Conference and Gator Bowl championship. He came to Oklahoma in 1966 after a stint as an Arkansas assistant, and was named offensive coordinator in 1967. Three years later he was assistant head coach under Chuck Fairbanks and in 1973 he stepped into the top job. Switzer, cocky and brash, directed the Sooners to 28 straight victories and 39 games without a loss. After three seasons he had two national championship teams, in 1974 and 1975. It wasn't all fun, though. Oklahoma had been placed on probation during his first season and a cloud settled over Switzer's teams from the start. It has never really gone away. "That first year was very, very trying," said Lucious Selmon, who played three years under Switzer and now is an assistant at Oklahoma. "I actually saw Coach Switzer cry when things didn't go well that first year." There have been more difficult times for Switzer. He went through a divorce, a court trial that acquitted him on a charge of defrauding the government in a stock deal, and he was arrested for drunken driving. Meanwhile, he went through three straight four-loss seasons from 1981-83 that resulted in his rollover five-year contract being sliced to four years. Switzer and the program appeared to be reeling. But just two years later, Switzer is sizzling again. He points to better talent and a return to his beloved wishbone as reasons for the turnaround. "I don't think we're any better coaches. Records make you better coaches from year to year," he said. "We maybe work a little harder, I don't know." "He had such terrific and instant success as a head coach, that maybe he didn't appreciate what a luxury it was to roll out those winning 10- and 11-win seasons," said assistant head coach Merv Johnson, who has known Switzer 27 years. "I think those tough seasons made him more appreciative and humble as far as success is concerned. "I think he realizes this is not easy to do at Oklahoma or anywhere," Johnson said. Switzer agrees. "Football is the same as anything else," he said. "There are going to be ups and downs. I'm fortunate to be able to coach at a school that can attract good players. They are what allow you to play for national championships. "I hope to keep coaching years from now and say we're going to get another one and another one," he said. "I'll never get tired of trying to win them or get tired of working toward it. "It'll happen now and it'll happen again in the future. We'll have good players and we'll be lucky, and someone else will help us." And the bad-boy label, no doubt, will continue to stick. And that's just fine with Switzer. Big Eight rakes in big bucks from bowls KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Big Eight's four bowl teams will enrich conference coffers by more than $2 million. By the time the Big Eight's football bowl pie is sliced into eight unequal pieces, even the four non- bowlers — Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri and Kansas — figure to bank about a quarter of a million dollars each. By far the biggest contribution will be made by Oklahoma. By appearing in the lucrative Orange Bowl, where they beat then-No. 1 Penn State 25-10 for the national championship, the Sooners kicked a net amount of about $1,410,5000 into the conference kitty. But that figure is a far cry from the roughly $375,500 the champs will have when the conference parcels out the total net receipts of all its bowl entrants. The Sooners will keep only two-tenths of their Orange Bowl check, about $282,000. One- tenth, roughly $141,000 will go to the Big Eight office and each of the other seven schools. At the other end of the scale sits Colorado. Much has been made of the Buffs' Cinderella season, when a 1-10 disaster was followed by a 7-4 campaign and a date -vith Washington in the Freedom Bowl. But the Freedom's modest post-expense payout of about $83,000, compared with Oklahoma's Orange Bowl booty, might seem more like the handiwork of the wicked stepmother. Nevertheless, the Buffs' share of the Big Eight bowl receipts, swollen by the Orange Bowl, will be near; $245,000. Bowl payoff Projected revenues each of ference schools will receive appearances. Oklahoma Nebraska Oklahoma State Colorado Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Missouri the Big Eight Con- from bowl game $375,000 $285,000 $266,000 $245,000 $235,000 $235,000 $235,000 $235,000 Exact figures will not be available until final audits in May or June. But based on estimates obtained by The Associated Press, the Big Eight's four bowl appearances, after expenses, figure to net around $2,250,000. With a contractual tie-in that sends its champion to the Orange Bowl each year, the Big Eight splits the net receipts from that Jan. 1 extravaganza into tenths. According to conference bylaws that are published and available to the public, the participating team gets two-tenths and the league office and other seven schools one tenth apiece. Net receipts from all other bowls are divided by nine, with two shares going to the participatating team and one share each to the other sewn conference members. The league's published agreement also indicates that bowl teams get travel expenses amounting to $155 for each one-way air mile. Using mileage supplied by the official NCAA travel service and multiplying by 155, this figures out as $189,565 for Oklahoma's going to Miami for the Orange Bowl; $160,735 for Nebraska's trek to Phoenix and the Fiesta Bowl; $152,365 to get Oklahoma State to and from Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gator Bowl; and $131,595 for Colorado's journey to Los Angeles. By pre-arranged agreement, the league also sets differing amounts for other expenses. Using those figures, Oklahoma's two-tenths of its Orange Bowl check will produce about $282,087. The Sooners' one-ninth share of all the other three bowls comes to a little more than $93,000 for a total deposit into OU's account of about $375,000. Nebraska's two-ninths of the Fiesta Bowl should come to about $102,000 which will be added to its one-ninth share of the other bowls, around $183,000, for a net take of around $285,000. Oklahoma State will realize around $66,000 from the Gator Bowl to go with about $200,000 from the others for a total of around $266,000. Colorado's two-ninths of the Freedom Bowl payout will make about $18,500 for the Buffs. But the conference kitty, thanks mostly to the Orange Bowl, will sweeten the Coloradoans' paycheck to more than $245,000. Around $235,000 will go to Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri. Three cheers for rule that bans pyramids ... some notes, quotes and opinions while realizing that I've already broken some of my New Year's resolutions... The ruling by the Kansas Conference, which outlaws cheerleading pyramids of more than two persons high, was a long time coming. Now let's see the same thing for all levels — high school, junior college, small college and major college. There's nothing more uncomfortable than watching a young woman lose her balance on the top of one of those pyramids. The crowd catches its breath and a sigh of relief is heard when the woman is caught by her male partner. One of these times — and I hope it never happens again — she might not be caught. Cheerleaders can stir up a crowd without climbing on top of each other and then having the person at the top falling backwards like a rag doll. A cheerleader from Ottawa University — Ronda Anderson — was quoted in Saturday's Journal as saying, "Personally, I think it's ridiculous. It's our own lives," when asked about the KCAC ruling. But, Ronda, the fans have their own lives, too, and they don't want to be subjected to the chance of a cheerleader becoming paralyzed because of human error. Cheerleaders are human. * * * Limiting playing and practice seasons in various sports is expected to be a popular topic during the NCAA Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13-15. There will be 14 proposals at the 1986 convention dealing with playing and practice sessions. Only recruiting, with 15, was more popular this year. One proposal, which is getting plenty of support, would specify a certain calendar season for every NCAA sport and would apply end-of- season limitations to all sports. The proposal would have fall sports played from Sept. 1 (or the first day of classes for the fall term, whichever occurs first) through the second Saturday in December; winter sports from Oct. 15 through the NCAA championships; and spring sports from Feb. 15 through the NCAA or national governing body championship in each sport. * * * St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, never one to shy away from controversy, was recently interviewed by The Sporting News in the publication's end-of-the- year issue. Herzog said he would like to see the major leagues expanded to 30 or 32 teams; put the designated-hitter in both leagues; reduce the 25-player rosters to 23; have umpires in both leagues lumped into one group and locate the World Series in a neutral site such as New Orleans. Herzog also had a few choice words for the media and the World Series umpiring. What's new? * * * Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling recently listed his picks for the top 11 performances of the year by University of Kansas athletes in 1985. And right there beside the names of Mike Norseth, Ron Kellogg, Willie Pless and Danny Manning was Don Kennedy. Don Kennedy? Yep, Woodling selected Kennedy as the No. 11 story. A 64 walk-on from Salina South, Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Kennedy made his first and last appearance in a KU varsity basketball game on Feb. 20 against Kansas State. He scored the final basket of the game on a nifty feed from a teammate. * * * Which major college basketball arena is the toughest for an opponent to play in? If you go by records, it's DePaul's. The Blue Demons' home court is the Rosemont Horizon where they've produced a six-year record of 81-6 (93.1 percent). Rounding out the top five are UCLA (Pauley Pavilion), Kentucky (Rupp Arena), North Carolina (Carmichael Auditorium) and Houston (Hofheinz Pavilion). Missouri is No. 16 with a 157-32 record (.831) in 13 years at the Hearnes Center. Kansas State is 349-76 (.821) in 35 years in Ahearn Field House; Kansas is 296-80 (.787) in 31 years in Allen Field House and Wichita State is 331102 (.764) in 30 years in Henry Levitt Arena. The records do not include the 1985-86 season. * * * The recent appearance of four Big Eight Conference football teams in bowl games marked the llth straight time the conference has put at least three teams in postseason competition. It was the sixth time for four teams and twice — in 1972 and '81 — five Big Eight teams received bowl bids during the same season. Big Eight teams have now played in 100 bowl games, producing a re-. cord of 50-49-1. * * * In 1984, the Colorado football team was ranked 105th (last) in rushing' offense. This season, with the wishbone leading the way, the Buffaloes dramatically improved that ranking to No. 9, while falling to 105th in passing offense. But the old adage of defense winning games was never more evident than at Colorado. The Buffs imi" proved from 88th to 18th in team.' defense and had the best won-loss. turnaround by any major college- team (1-10 to 7-4). I * * * '. Creighton University basketball." players are showing their apprecia-: tion for the school's student body this • season during pregame introductions. " As each starter's name is called, he runs across the court and picks out a student for a quick handshake or a high-five. * * * Tulsa University guard Herb Suggs, recovering from a herniated disc, after throwing up three shots which barely hit the rim against Northeast Missouri State: "I got a new job tonight," he said. "Brick masonry." * * * Mychal Thompson, Portland Trail Blazers forward, on 7-7 Manute Bol of the Washington Bullets: "I don't" know why NASA spends all that money on the space shuttle. All they've got to do is give Manute some tools and let him reach up and fix things."
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