The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 16, 1986 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal Thursday, January 16,1986 Page 13 NCAA makes stand on academic standards Analysis By DOUG TUCKER AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS - They've weathered charges of bigotry and racism. Now NCAA schools can only sit back and hope they did the right thing. "We don't have any way of knowing for certain what the effect will be," Wilford Bailey of Auburn, NCAA secretary-treasurer said. But the decision to use standardized test scores has been made, and it cannot be changed at least until the next NCAA convention in January, 1987. The landmark new academic rule known as Proposition 48 could keep thousands of the top freshmen athletes from competing or even practicing at Division I schools next fall. It is virtually certain to affect blacks more than whites, at least in the beginning. NCAA President Jack Davis says it's going to result in a "better class of student-athletes." Others say it will provide impetus for an across-the-board upgrading of a sadly deteriorating system of public education. "We believe what happened here will be good for college athletics and good for secondary education in this country," Bailey said. Many black educators believe the actions by the 1986 NCAA Convention will be disastrous to blacks who, they say, are at a disadvantage in taking the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. The black educators argue that the tests are written so they are more relevent to middle class whites. Beginning next August, freshmen athletes, men and women in all sports, must have at least a "C-Minus" grade point in certain college preparatory courses along with minimum scores on either the ACT or SAT. The standardized tests have been at the heart of the controversy since a coalition of presidents engineered adoption of the controversial Proposition 48 in the 1983 convention. There was only a slight modification made in the score requirements this week, and black educators were not at all appeased. As written in 1983, a 2.000 grade point in the college preparatory courses must be accompanied by either a 700 on the SAT or a 15 on the ACT. The average score on the SAT, educators say, is around 950. Now, under a two-year phase-in plan put forth by the NCAA Council and overwhelmingly adopted Monday, a slightly higher grade point can offset a slightly lower test score, and vice versa, for the next two years. In 1986-87, an athlete can score as low as 660 on the SAT or 13 on the ACT as long as his grade point in the core curriculum is 2.200 or better. A grade point as low as 1.800 can be offset by scores of 740 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT. In 1988, the original language goes into effect demanding a 2.000 and minimum scores of 700 or 15. Grambling President Joseph Johnson went so far as to predict athletic apartheid and suggested the convention contained "a hidden agenda ... to eliminate a number of black athletes." Others disagree vehemently. "One of the most important trends this country has seen in recent years has been a trend toward improving the quality of public education," Bailey said. "Since it was passed in 1983 and high schools knew it would take effect in 1986, it has already provided quite a stimulus for the high schools. I personally feel the two-year phase-in program is a desirable approach. It does not erode the educational standards." Some critics accused delegates of watering down the intent of proposition 48 with the slightly lower test scores. "I do not accept that premise for one minute," said John Ryan, president of Indiana University and outgoing chairman of the influential Presidents Commission. "In no way did we water down anything. We provided for a gradual phase-in while retaining the essence of what we proposed all along." Prentice Gautt, associate commissioner of the Big Eight Conference, is in a unique position to view these happenings. A generation ago when America first began to integrate its schools, he broke the color barrier at Oklahoma and became an All-America running back. When his professional football career came to an end as Jim Brown's backup in Cleveland, he returned to school to earn a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, taught for a time, then went into athletic administration. "I think a couple of things will happen," Gautt said. "Some schools, especially out- state, don't even have the core curriculum of college preparatory courses in effect, and won't have, at least for a couple of years. From that standpoint, it's going to have a very negative impact in the short run for a lot of kids. It will be a problem initially for a great many. They may have to transfer to other schools. "But once the kids know there is no question that they have to do this, and begin to apply themselves before they become high school seniors, they'll get in gear and do what needs to be done. "And that could be a vary good thing for all of us." Thunderbirds trim Kansas State J V MANHATTAN — Lefon Bowens scored 20 points Wednesday night to lead Cloud County to a 57-50 men's basketball victory over Kansas State's junior varsity in Ahearn Field House. The game was tied at halftime, 2929, before Cloud County pulled away late in the game. The Thunderbirds hit. just 37 percent (24 of 65) from the field, but K- State wasn't much better, hitting only 17 of 45 shots for 38 percent. Brent Banner paced the Wildcats with 14 points. Cloud County, 11-3, will play at Hesston Saturday night. The Wildcats fell to 4-3. COULD COUNTY (57) Bowens 8-184-5 20, Miller 3-10 1-2 7, Moore 4-7 0-0 8, Dobbels 1-6 0-0 2, Mdckey 1-31-2 3, Scheiermon 1-1 0-0 2, Erkenbrack 3-5 0-0 6, Volenac 0-0 0-0 0, Davenport 1 -2 0-0 2, Jones 211 2-3 6, Spencer 0-0 1-31. TOTALS 24-65 9-15 57. KANSAS STATE JV (SO) DuLac 3-4 1 -3 7, Wright 3-95-1011. Banner 715 0-2 14, Vader 2-4 4-5 8, Woods 1-10 1-2 3, Marshall 1-23-45, Hatcher 0-0 2-2 2, Bruno 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 17-45 16-28 50. HALFTIME — Cloud County 29, K-State JV 29. TOTAL FOULS — Cloud County 25, K-State JV 17. FOULED OUT — Sheierman (CC). REBOUNDS — Cloud County 46 (Miller 12), K-State JV 30 (Woods 6). TURNOVERS — Cloud County 25, K-State JV 23. Briefly Gooden Male Athlete of the Year NEW YORK (AP) — Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets, the youngest player ever to win baseball's Cy Young Award, Wednesday was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 1985, capturing the 55-year-old award by a substantial margin over Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. Gooden, a 21-year-old right-hander who led the major leagues in victories, strikeouts and earned i run average last season, received 53 votes in ballot-! ing by sports writers and broadcasters nationwide. A total of 221 votes were cast. Payton was second with 39 votes, followed by stock car driver Bill Elliott with 25, Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose with 23 and Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 20. "It's different from the Cy Young because it includes all players from different sports in every event, and you pick the best one," Gooden said. "It's something I will always cherish." Gooden was named the NL Cy Young winner last Nov. 13, three days before turning 21, after a season in which he went 24-4 with 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA. Lopez Female Athlete of the Year NEW YORK (AP) — Nancy Lopez, who had a record-setting season on the women's golf tour, was named the 1985 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday. It was the second time she has won the annual award. Lopez was named on 48 ballots cast by 221 sports > writers and sportscasters nationwide. Tennis player { Martina Navratilova was second with 43 votes, followed by basketball player Cheryl Miller with 31 j and distance runner Mary Decker Slaney with 29. Lopez first won the Female Athlete of the Year I award in 1978. She is the llth woman in the award's j 55-year history to win the honor two or more times. Her selection came as the climax to what she called "my best season," a year in which she set three major Ladies Professional Golf Association records, led the LPGA Tour in many categories and was named the association's Player of the Year. She won the most tournaments (5) and was in the top 10 in 21 of 25 starts. She set a single-season money winning record of $416,472, broke her scoring record with an average of 70.73 and she set an all-time low of 268,20-under par, in her victory in the Henredon Classic. Eight teams set for USFL season NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Football League announced Wednesday that at least eight teams, three of them in Florida, have committed to resuming operations with an 18-game schedule in the fall. The eight teams, which made their committments in a meeting in Orlando, Fla., are' six fewer than played the last spring season, which ended in July 1985. The three Florida franchises are Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Orlando. The other commitments came from Arizona, Baltimore, Birmingham, Memphis and New Jersey. League officials said it was possible that one or two more teams could re-enter the league. The USFL began spring play with 12 teams in 1983, had 18 in 1984, then reduced to 14 last season. Since then, San Antonio and Portland folded after failing to meet their payrolls and Houston merged with New Jersey, although that merger has not yet become final. Los Angeles, run by the league last season, was folded and the status of the Oakland franchise still is uncertain. The Denver franchise still exists, although owner Doug Spedding has said it won't play in Denver and a move to Portland has been blocked by a lack of civic excitement there. Last of Tour Horsemen' dies SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Jim Crowley, the last living member of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen, died Wednesday. He was 83. Crowley was the left halfback in the backfield immortalized by the late sports writer Grantland Rice when he wrote: "Outlined against a blue gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore, they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. But these are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden." In 1924, the Four Horsemen led the Fighting Irish to their first national football championship and a victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl. That was Notre Dame's only bowl appearance until the school administration permited postseason trips again in 1970. Besides Crowley, the backfield included Elmer Layden at fullback, Don Miller at right halfback and Harry Stuhldreher at quarterback. Rice first referred to the Four Horsemen in his New York Herald Tribune story of the 1924 Army-Notre Dame game. Two share Hope Classic lead PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Hal Sutton converted a swing change and a new set of clubs into a 7-under-par 65 that gave him a share of the first-round lead Wednesday in the $600,000 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Bob Tway, who won $164,023 as a rookie last year, didn't make a bogey as he matched Button's effort. Both played at Bermuda Dunes, one of four desert courses used for the first four rounds of this five-day, 90-hole event. The format calls for the 128 pros to play one round on each of the courses, each day with a different three-man amateur team, before the field is trimmed for the pros-only finish at Bermuda Dunes on Sunday. A single stroke off the pace at 66 were Jeff Sluman, who scored an eagle-3 and played the par-5 holes in 5-under par, and Paul Azinger. Sluman played at Indian Wells, Azinger at Bermuda Dunes. Last week Waters True Value Hardware purchased the remaining stock of Scotts fertilizer from another area Scotts retailer. This week our regular Scotts spring order arrived ahead of schedule and we don't have room to store the extra. The extra Scotts must go! When it's gone — it's gone. Due to previous agreements with Scotts, Inc. this sale does not include our regular spring order but there are great "never-to-be seen again" prices on the rest. II Halts "I - ±Ba r:v stopsoabgasi Bermuda Grass Fertilizer WATERS 2106 S. Ninth O*m Mon.-Fri. Salina at. S:;.i(M>, Sun. 1 1: 825-1567

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