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Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida · 53

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L L LARRY JONES . . . guides Seminoles doug . , r: DICKEY . . . Florida coach wVi f OKI LALDtKUALti Sunday, Jan. 3, 1971 ID PETE GRIFFIN . . top man at A&M FRAN CURCI . . Miami coach : V - if IS (7 Joins New Loo Km ires Vols 9 Jones Our Wirt Services TALLAHASSEE - Florida State has joined Florida, Miami and Florida A&M among the state schools to hire a new football coach within the past 12 months. Yesterday, FSU announced the hiring of Larry B. Jones, who coached the defense that helped beat Air Force in the Sugar Bowl Friday, 34-13. Jones becomes the second Tennessee coach .to take a head position1 in the state. A year ago, Doug Dickey left the top post at Tenitessee to take a similar job at Florida. Jones, 37, first assistant coach at Tennessee, signed a four-year contract at $27,500 a year, succeeding Bill Peterson, who quit Dec. 20 to become athletic director and head football coach at Rice. The new FSU coach has coached 14 years, including stints with Paul Dieted, first at Louisiana State University and then at West Point and South Carolina. Jones joins new state coaches Fran Curci at Miami and Pete Griffin at Florida A & M. At FSU, Jones said, he plans to work for a more balanced offense for the Seminoles which, under Peterson, was known almost exclusively as a passing team. "I want a quarterback that can throw the football," he said. "I'm not real interested in switching to a wishbone offense or a strictly running game." Justifying a balanced attack, Jones said as a defensive coach "I know the hardest team to protect against is one with a balance to get the pass moving." The first tiling he'll do at FSU, he told a quickly-assembled afternoon news conference, is go after good high school prospects and get a coaching staff together. "I would certainly want the majority of the staff to be my own people," he said on the question of whether he'll keep any of Peterson's staff. In 14 seasons, three teams Jones helped coach have played in the Sugar Bowl, one in the Orange Bowl and one in the Peach Bowl. Asked about FSU's chances in the raging rivalry with Florida, Jones said FSU can compete on equal ground with anyone on its schedule. "I think Florida State has a good program and I want to make it better." Jones said he is looking forward to the Seminoles' opening game Sept. 11 with Miami and its new coach. His selection was a closely guarded secret until he walked (Continued on Page 6D, Col. 1) pa IvWvi f Losing. 1. Finding A Grip . . . Auburn had its good and bad moments yesterday in a Gator Bowl victory over Mississippi. Left, Wallace Clark loses the ball while diving over the goal line. The Rebels recovered in the end zone for a touchback. ; Right, Auburn's Terry Beasley manages to hold on to a touchdown pass from quarterback Pat Sullivan despite being sandwiched by Freddie Farmer (35) and Frank McKellar of Mississippi. vsum (Ar Wirephotos) J Fl C TOUCHDOWN $ ffl "" TFiW Gator Bowl Auburn Dazzles Ole Miss, 35-28 By DAN NORMAN Sports Staff Writer JACKSONVILLE About .one minute into the second quarter of yesterday's 26th annual Gator Bowl game, it appeared Auburn was well on its way to a methodical but brutal rout of Mississippi. And why not? Auburn, sparked by the passing and running of quarterback Pat Sullivan, had jumped to an early 21-0 lead. "I think everybody thought we were through," Archie Manning, the Ole Miss quarterback, said later. The Rebels, however, and particularly Manning, were far from finished. With a crowd of 71,136 and a national television audience looking on, Manning and Ole Miss made the game into a thriller, with Auburn finally holding on for a 35-28 victory'. And both head coaches weren't on hand for the explosive offensive show either. Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn and the Rebels' Johnny Vaught had to watch the ame from sickbeds in their respective homes. Vaught is recuperating from a mild heart attack and Jordan underwent surgery for an appendicitis attack last Tuesday. But both teams did their ailing coaches prouit Sullivan, calling about "80 per cent" of the plays, completed 27 of 43 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns a 13-yard toss to Terry Beasley and a seven yarder to Alvin Bresler, both in the first period. Sullivan also ran 37 yards fo ra touchdown on the fourth play of the second quarter. Manning, playing with a two-pound plas-' tic protective covering on his injured left arm, used his right arm to complete 19 of 28 passes for 180 yards and on cu dhote.nwo passes fbr 180 yards and one touchdown, a 34-yarder to Floyd Franks late in the second quarter. Manning also scored the Rebels' first touchdown on a one-yard sneak in the second quarter after Auburn assumed the 21-0 advantage. Manning ran the ball 11 times for 95 yards, most of them coming on wild scrambles in the last quarter. Sullivan a 6-foot-0, 188-pound junior, and Manning, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior, were unanimous selections for the Most Valuable Player awards to each team. While Manning had a definite part in Mississippi's late heroics, Sullivan had nothing to do with the touchdown which pro- (Continiied on Page 6D, Col. 1) Final AP Poll This Week In All Honesty V Nebraska Hm To Be N. 1 Bob Devaney voted in tha United Press International football poll, the one where coaches rank the teams. He said he voted Nebraska No. 1. You have to figure, Devaney knows what he's talking about since he coached the Huskers to a 10-0-1 regular-season record before he cast his final ballot. Friday night, he made it 11-0-1 with a 17-12 Orange Bowl triumph over Louisiana State. "I don't see how even the Pope could vote Notre Dame No. 1 now," he said in the post-game euphoria. His logic is tough to fight. Notre Dame's 24-11 p. - -j i don ourcsnf News Sports Editor mauling of Texas in the Cotton Bowl gives the Fighting Irish a strong talking point for No. 1, but would the Pope vote for a once-beaten team over an undefeated one? Perhaps not. In the new ecumenical spirit of the church, Nebraska has a lot going for it. A Pope has to be fair these days. The Associated Press is the last important poll to determine who is No. 1. Sportswriters and broadcasters, 46 of them around the country, vote in it. Their final ballots had to be cast by late yesterday afternoon. "I trust," said Devaney, "that the Associated Press poll you writers handle has more authority than the one we coaches have," Devaney said. Trusting in Devaney's trust, I voted Nebraska No. 1 with Notre Dame second. The rest were: 3. Tennessee 4. Arizona State 5. Texas 6. Ohio State 7. Stanford 8. LSU 9. Michigan, 10. Auburn, 11. Arkansas, 12. Georgia Tech, 13. Toledo, 14. Dartmouth, 15. Air Force. It would have been a delightful fairy tale ending if Notre Dame had finished No. 1, considering the unbelievably long odds against Coach Ara Parseghian. The Irish were ranked sixth in the penultimate poll Dec. 8. To have a chance at No. 1, they would have to whip Texas in the Cotton Bowl while both Ohio State and Nebraska were losing in the Rose and Orange. Notre Dame came so close. With under nine minutes left in Orange Bowl, LSU had a 12-10 lead and you could (Continued on Page 3D, Col. 1) Dallas, 49ers Duel BRODIE TV: Channel 4, S p.m. Our Wire Service San Francisco Coach Dick Nolan, who used to be a Dallas assistant, doesn't think his' 49ers or the Cowboys should be favored today in their National Conference struggle at Kezar Stadium. Dallas Coach Tom Landry says he knows why .the 49ers are 3Vi to 4V2-point favorites, depending on who makes the line. "I think San Francisco is favored for two reasons," said Landry. "They have one of the best quarterbacks in the business in John Brodie and Dick Nolan knows our personnel better than he knows his own. "Plus the fact that they will be playing in friendly surroundings." Nolan discounts both points. "I don't think either of us should be favored," he said. . "We're pretty even all-around. I think our defense improved enough at the end of the year to be as good as theirs and their strong running offsets our passing edge." The National Conference final, the winner, of which ,.. . ; : 1 hsckt MORTON meets the winner of the Baltimore-Oakland game, stacks up as just that on offense the 49ers' passing against the Cowboys' running. San Francisco won the West Division title with a 10-3-1 record while Dallas took the East with a 10-4 record. The 49ers whipped favored Minnesota, 17-14, last week, in the first round of the playoffs, while the underdogs Cowboys shut out Detroit, 5-0. The weather outlook is for cloudy skies and a possibility of rain. Kezar Stadium is in relatively good shape although the field may be a bit soggy. No game has been played in the stadium, which generally hosts 40 to 50 games a year, in nearly a month. The two teams present similar defenses. Nolan played with Landry for the New York Giants and later coached for him at Dallas. Both are regarded defensive specialists and their respective teams have the same look. In fact, eight of the 11 starters on the Dallas, defensive unit were,there when Nolan left three years ago to take over at San Francisco. On offense, the Cowboys stick to the ground about 70 (Continued on Page 4D, Col. 2) kmsM Colts, wftfalftit A. 1 Battle fe "t LAMONICA VNITAS TV: Channels 5-7, 2 p.m. Our Wire Service! The Baltimore Colts, the "intruders", have some extra incentive today when they meet the Oakland Raiders for the American Conference championship at Memorial Stadium Colt Coach Don McCafferty feels his team must win today to be accepted in the AFC, which Baltimore shifted to in the merger this season. As evidence of their lack of acceptance, McCafferty this week noted that no offensive players and only three defenders from Baltimore were selected by conference coaches to the AFC Pro Bowl team. "I know we have players worthy of being picked and not even one was taken," said McCafferty of his offensive selections. Six Oakland players were named to the offensive team. "They were sticking with their own," said McCafferty. "I be'lieve it was a clannish feeling that we are intruders among the former AFL clubs." The AFC title game is rated a tossup in most quarters. The Memorial Stadium field was in good shape yesterday after Thursday's seven-inch snowfall was removed. The weather forecast for today called for temperatures in the 40s with little chance of rain. ' Oakland, in a championship game for the fourth straight season the Raiders were the only one of the original AFL teams to qualify for the playoffs reached the Super Bowl following the 1967 seasn but lost to Green Bay. The Colts got to the Super Bowl the following year but were ambushed by the New York Jets in the first of two straight big upsets in the big game. Although it might appear the game is a match of the Oakland offense, the best in the conference, against the veteran Baltimore defense, the Colts actually outscored the Raiders, 321-300, during the season. The Raiders, however, averaged 344.9 yards a game in total offense to Baltimore's 295.3. It was the Baltimore defense that set up a lot of the scoring for quarterback Johnny Unitas, intercepting 25 passes three for touchdowns recovering nine opponent (Continued on Page 4D, Col. 2)

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