The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 21, 1986 · Page 11
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Sports The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 21,1986 Page 11 Grogan hopes opportunity knocks FOXBORO, Mass. (HNS) — The thought of the New England Patriots playing in the Super Bowl thrills Steve Grogan. The notion that he may spend the game on the sidelines is not as enticing. "We're in the Super Bowl I and that's exciting, but it's I also frustrating," saidf Grogan, a former Ottawa High School and Kansas' State University standout. "I'm feeling healthy again k. and I'd give anything to be able to play in this game and I'm not going to get to. "I'm trying to figure out a way to sneak out there on an extra point kick or something, just so I can say I played in the Super Bowl." For 10 years, Grogan saw talented Patriot teams end their seasons long before reaching the NFL's summit, and the Ottawa native admitted that in recent years he resigned Grogan himself to the fact that the Pats might never reach the height they have achieved this season. "I used to say that I'd never go to a Super Bowl that I didn't play in," Grogan said. "But a couple of years ago, I was invited to go to the game between the Redskins and the Raiders and I said sure, because I thought that might be the only way I'd ever get to go. "Thank heaven our chance finally came." Grogan may still be restricted to the bench— his status will be dictated by the circumstances of the game — but there's no question that the 32-year-old, 11-year veteran played a big role in getting the Patriots to New Orleans, where they flew Monday to prepare for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. With New England just 2-3 after five games, Grogan played in his first regular season game in more than a year against Buffalo Oct. 13, taking over late in the first half after starting quarterback Tony Eason went out with a shoulder injury. Grogan entered the game with Buffalo leading 3-0, but he rallied the Pats to a 14-3 victory — the first of six consecutive wins that New England posted with Grogan at the helm and calling his team's offensive plays. Grogan was credited with breathing new life into the Patriots' offense — previously accused of predictability — and reclaimed the starting position that had been his for almost a decade. Grogan's string of successes came to an abrupt end on Nov. 24, however, when he suffered a fractured left leg and torn knee ligaments in the first quarter of the Patriots' game against the New York Jets. "When you play in this league you know that those things happen," said Grogan of the injury. "You expect that they can happen at any time and any place ... I think I did contribute and that makes it a little easier to handle the way things have turned out. "That was probably the most enjoyable six weeks I've had since I started in this business and I'm just thankful that I had that time.'' After his injury, Grogan was on the mend for just six weeks before being activated before the Patriots' playoff win over the Los Angeles Raiders two weeks ago. He has yet to see action since his return, but would play against the Bears if Eason, who regained the starting job after Grogan's injury, should get injured himself or suffer a sub-par performance. The itch to get into the championship game is not easy for him to ignore. "I've waited so long to get to this game. I don't want to say I was there, I want to say I played, even if it's just one play," Grogan said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you have to look at it that way. I'd really like to get out there on that field.'' Jayhawks to test unbeaten Sooners LAWRENCE (AP) - The stage is set. The big boys in Big Eight basketball meet tonight at Allen Field House with the conference lead and bragging rights at stake. Undefeated Oklahoma will play twice-beaten Kansas on the Jay- hawks' home court. Not only will Oklahoma bring a 17-0 record and No. 5 national ranking into the game, but the two-time champion Sooners want to prove that they can defend their league title without All- American Wayman Tisdale. The teams bring identical 2-0 conference records but contrasting styles into the contest. Both are explosive offensively but achieve their results with different approaches — the run-and- gun Sooners versus the high- percentage shot offense used by Kansas coach Larry Brown. "We'll find out how good our defense is," Brown said in anticipation of an Oklahoma offense that is producing 92 points a game. "We know those guys can score." They each tuned up for their showdown with impressive weekend victories. The Sooners raced to their 43rd straight homecourt victory with a 95-62 decision Saturday over Iowa State as Darryl Kennedy continued his hot shooting with 31 points. Kennedy, a 6-foot-5 junior, scored 34 points in OU's 87-76 victory over Kansas last winter in Norman, Okla. "This was probably our best test of the year, but we're fixin' to get a real test," Kennedy said after Oklahoma's victory Saturday. "I'm going to go out and play my game. They might be tall and they might think they can run, but I don't think they have better athletes than we do." Kansas, 16-2 and ranked No. 7 nationally, didn't skip a beat, either, romping past Oklahoma State Saturday in its march toward possibly the best season in the school's history. The Jay- hawks' top Big Eight campaign came 15 years ago when they posted a 27-3 mark and were unbeaten in 14 league games. The Jayhawks hit a blistering 69 percent from the field and buried Oklahoma State 95-72 as four players hit double figures, led by sophomore Danny Manning's 21 points. The schools split last year, each winning at home. A rubber game in the postseason Big Eight tournament failed to materialize when Kansas was upset by Iowa State, 75-59, in semifinal play. "I think our game with Kansas will be a great game between two excellent basketball teams... I've noticed that they're bigger than us, but they've been bigger than us the last couple of years," Sooners' coach Billy Tubbs said after the victory over Iowa State. Tonight's game is scheduled to tip off at 8:05. The game will be broadcast live on KSNW (channel 3). Mizzou, K-State clash in Ahearn By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer MANHATTAN — Fresh off Big Eight basketball road victories, Missouri and Kansas State collide tonight at 7:35 in Ahearn Field House. Missouri raised its conference record to 2-1 and overall record to 15-5 last Saturday night with a come-from-behind 68-67 win over Nebraska at Lincoln. Lynn Hardy's 21-foot jump shot at the buzzer gave the Tigers the big road victory. After losing at home to Iowa State last Wednesday, K-State rebounded to defeat Colorado, 7769 in overtime, Saturday night in Boulder. Norris Coleman scored a KSU freshman record 39 points to lead the Wildcats, who are now 1-1 in the conference and 13-4 overall. "Unfortunately, we didn't have an answer for Norris Coleman," said Colorado head coach Tom Apke afterward. K-State head coach Jack Hartman does expect teams to start throwing special defenses at Coleman. "I think it would be in order for other teams to start covering him with gimmick defenses," Hartman said. "Anytime you have one or two players who carry that much of a scoring load, you can expect gimmick defenses like box-and-ones and diamond-and- ones." Coleman enters tonight's game averaging 35.5 points a game in conference play and 21.1 for the season. The Wildcats' other offensive threat, senior Joe Wright, is averaging 17.6 points a game for the Coleman nabs Big Eight honor KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Norris Coleman, the 6- foot-8 forward who spent four years in the Army before enrolling at Kansas State University this season, was named basketball player of the week by the Big Eight Conference Monday. Coleman was cited for scoring a career-high 39 points in a 77-69 overtime victory over Colorado, and 32 points in a 77-73 loss to Iowa State. season. Missouri will throw a more balanced scoring attack at K- State. Derrick Chievous, a 6-6 sophomore, leads the Tigers with an 18-point scoring average. He's also pulling down a team-high eight rebounds a game. Chievous gets plenty of scoring support from senior center Dan Bingenheimer (17.5), senior guard Jeff Strong (15.5) and Hardy (10.5). Missouri's conference loss also came against Iowa State in Ames. Kansas State still leads the series, 97-81, but the Tigers have won nine out of the last 15 contests and five of the last seven in Ahearn Field House. Missouri defeated KSU in Ahearn last season, 54-47, but the Wildcats won, 69-54, in Columbia. Missouri then whipped the 'Cats, 68-50 in the post-season tourney. New England coach Raymond Berry is greeted by Patriot fans Monday at Sullivan Stadium before the Pats began their journey to New Orleans for Super Bowl XX. KW, Bethany meet in BiCenter ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor Kansas Wesleyan and Bethany resume their rivalry on the hardwoods tonight when the schools match talent at the Bicentennial Center. Tipoff for the women's game is scheduled for 6 p.m., while the men's contest will follow at approximately 8:05. Though it's still relatively early in the Kansas Conference race, tonight's men's game looms as a biggie. Wesleyan is tied with Tabor atop the league standings with a 7-1 record, while Bethany is a step behind at 6-2. Important but not critical is how Swede coach George Stephens classified the contest. "Every conference game is an important one," the BC coach said. "And because we're playing a team ahead of us in the standings, that makes it very important." Butnotdo-or-die. "We're still in the first round," said KW coach Jerry Jones of the KCAC's double-round robin format. It's no surprise that these arch- rivals are contending for the KCAC championship. Wesleyan lost only one player (guard Brad Bingesser) from last year's team, which finished second in the KCAC. Bethany, which won seven of its last 10 outings a year ago, also has a veteran team this season. "They've got a lot of experience back ... they do a lot of phases of the game very well," said Stephens of the Coyotes. "The combination of talent and experience balance out fairly well," said Jones of the Swedes. Both teams also have their share of individual stars. In 6-4 swingman Steve Malm, the Swedes possess one of the better players in the KCAC. Malm, averaging 15 points a game, poured in 23 points Saturday night in Bethany's 81-79 win over Friends. "He's the best big guard or best small forward (in the KCAC) — wherever they want to play him," Jones said. The Swedes, 8-8 overall, also have been getting good production this year from senior center Kale Gaston, who is coming off a 17-point performance against Friends. "He probably played one of his best games of the year," Stephens said. Wesleyan is being paced in the scoring column by senior swingman David Frederick, who averages 16 points a game. Frederick poured in a season-high 30 points in Saturday's 88-68 win over Bethel. Center Russ Pleiman (12.2) and Gus Deering (11.2) also are averaging in double figures for the Coyotes. The Coyotes have won 11 of 13 games this season and Jones said he expects another good effort from his club tonight. "I expect to win — we've felt all along we're a championship team," the KW coach said. Both women's teams are coming off losses Saturday night. KW, which opened its season with a school- record seven victories, has dropped three of its last four decisions. Bethany, coming off a 62-52 loss to KCAC leader Friends, brings an 8-7 record into the BiCenter. North Carolina unanimous No. I By The Associated Press North Carolina, which opened its new arena with a three-point victory over Duke and followed that with a two-point road triumph over Marquette last weekend, was the unanimous choice Monday as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Tar Heels, 19-0, have been on top of the poll in each of the regular- season polls but this was their first week as a unanimous choice. North Carolina received 1,240 points from the nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Last season, Georgetown was a unanimous No. 1 choice six times and St. John's was unopposed for one week. Duke, one of three teams to suffer its first loss of the season last week, was second in the voting with 1,089 points, 20 more than Memphis State, 17-0, of the Metro Conference. Georgia Tech, the third Atlantic Coast Conference team in the top four, was next with 1,058 points. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma, 17-0, had 997 points, just two more than Michigan, which suffered its first defeat of the season last week — 73-63 to Minnesota — and fell from its No. 2 ranking last week. Rounding out the Top Ten were Kansas, 889 points; St. John's, 754; Syracuse, 674, and Nevada-Las Vegas, 669. North Carolina opened the 22,000- seat Dean Smith. Student Activities Center Saturday with a 95-92 victory over Duke. The Tar Heels traveled to Milwaukee that night for their nationally televised game at Marquette and overcame a nine-point deficit with four minutes remaining to hold the No. 1 spot. There were no new teams in the Top Twenty, although seven members of last week's poll suffered defeats last week. APTop20 The Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points based on 2019-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-1 1-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. record through Jan. 19 and last week's ranking: 1 . North Carolina (62) 2. Duke 3. Memphis State 4. Georgia Tech 5. Oklahoma 6. Michigan 7. Kansas 8. St. John's 9. Syracuse 10. Nev. -Las Vegas 11. Kentucky 12. Georgetown 13. Louisville 14. Louisiana State 15. Purdue 16. Notre Dame 17. Bradley 18. Ala. -Birmingham 19. Texas-El Paso 20. Virginia Tech Record 19-0 16-1 17-0 15-1 17-0 17-1 16-2 17-2 13-2 17-2 14-2 133 M-4 16-2 16-3 10-2 18-1 16-4 15-3 14-3 Pts 1240 1089 1069 1058 997 995 889 754 674 669 659 487 440 432 346 337 302 144 111 105 Pvs 1 3 6 5 7 2 8 9 4 10 11 15 18 14 19' 13 20 12 17 16 Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Others receiving votes: Richmond 34, Indiana 28, Illinois 25, Navy 19, Iowa 17. Minnesota IS, Boston College 14, Alabama 13, Marquette 11, Auburn S, Tennessee 5, Virginia 5, Arkansas 3, Cleveland State 3, St. Joseph's 3, Michigan State 2, Western Kentucky 2, DePaul 1, Pepperdine 1, Villanova 1. Emotional pleas fall to move Marymount board One by one they paraded in front of the microphone — men and women, nuns and ex-coaches, bankers and students. A great majority of them had one thing on their mind Monday as they addressed the Marymount Board of Trustees in the college's Fine. Arts Little Theater. Most of the 500 or so people who attended the hour-long open forum were disturbed about Marymount President Dan Johnson's proposal to slash $40,000 from the operating budget for men's basketball and another $50,000 in scholarships over the next two or three years. Johnson eventually got his way. The board of trustees voted Monday afternoon to accept Johnson's proposals, but not before several people had their say. Former Marymount head coach Ken Cochran made an emotional plea to the board to save the program. Cochran was near tears at the end of his five-minute speech. Cochran, who was interrupted at that point by a standing ovation, asked the board to form a task force for athletics to study the problem further. Dan Pratt, the current men's coach at Marymount, spent his five minutes defending his program and the athletic program in general. Pratt said there is currently 107 student-athletes attending Marymount, the highest total ever at the school. That represents about 30 percent of the full-time students. Pratt said he and the basketball program has had to "tighten its belt" every year since he took over the program in 1982 and said they were willing to tighten one more notch. But, he said, "We can't tighten the belt so much that it isn't able to survive." Several times during the afternoon press conference and forum, the mention of grade point averages, or the lack of GPA's on the men's basketball team were raised by board president Father Melvin Long and Johnson. Afterwards, Pratt said he was willing to stack his players' average GPAs against the rest of the student body at Marymount. The most eye-opening statement may have come from former Marymount player Darren Spence, now a women's assistant coach at MC. Spence was recruited by Frank Evans in 1981 and during his four years at Marymount, had his scholarship cut every year. If that wasn't enough, Spence's major field of study — Physical Education and Recreation — was discontinued at the school two years ago. Spence graduated last year, but without a P.E. certificate, and is now studying for it at Kansas Wesleyan at $2,000 per semester. The list could go on. There was Salina banker Larry Britegam, a former Marymount student, saying he was committed to raising money for the program. Marymount Booster Club president Trent Lebahn also said he and his organization would be willing to raise the money necessary to keep the program at its present level. Cochran also said he had plenty of time on his hands to help with the fund drive. Then there were the student government president, a Spartan yell leader, former MC student Bill Meysenburg of the Salina YMCA and Pratt's wife, Karen. All voiced their support. Oh, by the way, the idea of starting a soccer program received no support at all. Current women's basketball coach Daryl Hoelting knows first hand that it probably won't work. In 1978, Hoelting, who was recruited as a baseball player, played on the soccer team because only two actual soccer players had been recruited to MC. Despite the impressive display of support for the basketball program, the board wouldn't budge. It gave Johnson the go-ahead to cut the basketball program, among others, in order to get the budget balanced at the school. Johnson did say later at the press conference that he would be willing to listen if a fund-raising plan for the men's basketball program was formulated. He left that door open by giving the potential fund-raising group until March 1 to formulate a plan to raise the money. But I got the impression Johnson could care less whether the money would be raised for athletics. He certainly has indicated over the last (See Pleas, Page 12)

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