The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 15, 1971 · 15
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Fridoy, Jan. 15, 1971 The Lincoln Star 15 IPiresiseiiL 8y iinM II By HAL BROWN . Star Sports Editor Nebraska football coach Bcb Devaney admitted Thursday after the festivities were over that he was "real ' pleased" with President Nixon's presentation of a plaque to his Cornhusker football team as the No. 1 team In the nation. But there was something TELLING THEM . . says Huskers are No. m mm SPORT SIGNALS it 4 By Hal Brown Sports Editor, The Star Big Man Coming (Back) Sports notes and quotes while awaiting the arrival of that fellow from Washington, D.C.: One of our female staff members, referring to the Monday announcement that President Nixon would visit Lincoln, remarked to this writer, "Well, the big man is coming to town." "Yes, he's due back Friday," we replied, referring to Huskcr football coach Bob Devaney's scheduled return from the NCAA Convention in Houston. But Devaney was able to book a flight to Lincoln and a return to Houston Thursday enabling him to attend both the President's honoring of his team as the best in the land and the National Football Coach of The Year dinner, in Houston Thursday night. The big man was in Lincoln Thursday and so was President Nixon. . Few people took him seriously In early August at the Big Eight Kickoff Luncheon in Kansas City when Kansas State coach Vince Gibson told the gathering: "To win this Big Eight, you're also going to have to win the national championship." Does anyone want to challenge Gibson as Prophet of The Year? . While Gibson was proven right, his former coaching rival in the Sunflower State, Pepper Rodgers, says he no longer believes that stuff about the Big Eight being the toughest league in the country. "I'm going to the toughest league in the country," he says smiling, referring to UCLA. "I've always said that it depends on where you're coaching." Miami Herald sports editor Edwin Pope, noting the words that flew through the press between Nebraska's Bob Devaney and Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian over who should be No. 1, suggests the two be matched in an insult contest. ' "Now that Nebraska has clinched No. 1 over Notre Dame," Pope writes, "Let's match Bob Devaney and Ara Parseghian in an insult contest. ; "These fellows got downright acrimonious with each other . v . Which recalls that the University of Miami tried to hire both Devaney and Parseghian late in 1963 during the Andy Gustason-Charlie Tate interregmum. "Gee, I wonder how Devaney and Parseghian would have gotten along as co-head coaches of the Hurricanes." Tingelhoff One Of Six When TV Guide announced its third annual all-Pro Football Team this week, former Nebraskan Mick Tingelhoff was one of six making the team for the third straight time. Tingelhoff at center was joined by Cleveland guard Gene Hickcrson on offense and Minnesota end Carl Eller, Los Angeles tackle Merlin Olson, Chicago linebacker Dick Butkus and St. Louis safety Larry Wilson on defense as third time repeaters. Former Husker Bob Brown, an offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, was one of four repeaters from a year ago. Cenfers Live In Anonymity Speaking of Tingelhoff, perhaps the least noticed player on a football field except when he snaps the ball over the punter's head is the center. "There are 60,000 people sitting in the stands and only three of them are watching me my wife, my father, and my mother," says Mike Evans, center for the Philadelphia Eagles. ' "We have this helmet on and our heads are always stuck between our legs; the play begins and we end, up buried under a pile of bodies," explains Tingelhoff. Sports Friday BASKETBALL State Colleges: Portland at Creighton, Omaha Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m.; Chadron at Wayne-Peru at Pershing: Northern, Colo., at UNO; Platte at Falrbury JC; McCook JC at Nebraska Western; North Platte JC at York JC; Lincoln High Schools: Lincoln Northeast vs. Lincoln High, Pershing Auditorium, 8 p.m.; Beatrice at East, 8 p.m.; Grand Island at Lincoln Southeast, Johnson Gym, 8 p.m.; Waver-ly at Pius X, 8 p.rrv WRESTLING Lincoln High at Beatrice; Lincoln Southeast at Plus X, GYMNASTICS Nebraska at Oklahoma; Triangular with Memphis and Oklahoma. SWIMMING Iowa State at Nebraska, Coliseum Pool, 4 p.m.; Lincoln High at Hastings, 3:10 p.m.; Grand Island at Lincoln Northeast, 3:45 p.m.; Lincoln W1 Columbus, 4 p.m.. else about the afternoon session in the NU Coliseum which also pleased the nation's wlnnlngest coach, who flew back ' from Houston Thursday noon to attend the ceremonies. '. . t "I was pleased with the' way the students reacted, both to our being presented the plaque W cf,, i MT" I . Devaney and Dan Schneiss listen as Nixon 7. Menu Saturday Basketball Big Eight: Iowa State at Nebraska, NU Coliseum, 7:35 p.m.; Kansas Sate at Missouri; Colorado at Oklahoma; Oklahoma City at Kansas; State Colleges: Chadron at Briar Cliff; Midland at Concordia; Hastings at Dana; Mount Marty at Bellevue; Southern, Colo., at UNO; North Platte JC at Falrbury JC; York JC at Cloud County; Northeastern Colorado at Nebraska Western; Lincoin Hiylt Spools; Lincoln High at Omaha Central; Lincoln Southeast at Creighton Prep. WRESTLING Colorado at Nebraska, NU Coliseum, 2 p.m.; Lincoln East at Norfolk, 1 p.m. Sunday. Nothing scheduled. and to the President's address," he said. "It was most pleasing. "The manner In which they acted meant a lot to' me. There have ..been some .institutions where they haven't been that vay when the President visited." He was referring to the almost perfect conduct of the STAR PHOTO MEETING DAN DEVINE Cowboys Look Good Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U& Dallas coach Tom Landry said Thursday the Cowboys have looked "pretty good" in their Super Bowl workouts although hot weather has drained the team somewhat. "We are starting 'our countdown . to Sunday right now," he said. "We will taper off. If the weather is in the 80s Sunday, it could get hot on that artificial turf in the Orange Bowl." Landry said if the weather is hot it would drain both sides. We would tend to substitute more frequently with our running backs and receivers." Landry said he will announce his starting lineup Friday for the joust with Baltimore, but he added "I would, think that Walt Garrison will start at fullback." Garrison has been hampered by a sore shoulder and a sprained right ankle, but is making excellent progress. Landry said he will keep the squad busy with meetings Friday and Saturday although little work other than limbering up exercises will be done. He said he has been trying to control the tempo of the practice sessions to keep thf tPim from becoming too emotional too early. "You don't want to leave the game out there on the field," he said. "It would be bad to get too keyed up before the; kickoff." sfe - cv j if" if f- NU students attending the session. The only outburst was a mild one when a few students began chanting "Peace Now" as the President took the rostrum. This was greeted by boos and when, the chant, stopped, applause followed from those who were on hand to see the football team honored. Senior split end Guy Ingles also was pleased with the conduct of his fellow students. "I was afraid there might be some heckling," Ingles admitted. "But I'm glad there wasn't. That's , a poor form of protest." $ , ; ' . Ingles afso felt the President may h a v e accomplished something' with his speech aimed at the nation's young people. "I think he means well," Ingles said. "But his problem has been one of getting through to the young people. The biggest thing troubling the young people is whether anyone is paying attention to them. "Our major problem is one of knowing whether or not our views are being considered. I think the President gave an indication today that they are being considered." The Husker senior, who holds every school pass PRESIDENT . . . Husker MU's Devine Mew Packer Mentor . . . FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT Green Bay, Wis. ifl) Dan Devine of Missouri was named head coach and general manager Thursday of the Green Bay Packers, who have suffered through three mediocre National Football League seasons since Vince Lombardi left them. Devine signed a five-year contract to succeed Phil Bengtson, who built the Packer defense under Lombardi but compiled a comparatively dismal 20-21-1 record in three seasons after Lombardi moved to the Washington Redskins. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Lombardi died of cancer late last summer. Dominic Olejniczak, Packer president, announced the signing at a hastily called news conference at Lambeau Field. The announcement also was made almost simultaneously by the university. "I would be less than honest if I didn't say that reaching this decision to leave the University of Missouri was the most trying experience of my life." Devine said. Olejniczak said the 46-year-old Devine would be present at a news conference in Green Bay Tuesday morning. , Asked if he had any qualms about a college coach taking over a professional football operation, Olejniczak said "emphatically no." "When you meet him (Devine) next Tuesday at the press conference you will realize what a capable and able man he is," Olejniczak added. Devine, father of seven children, attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received his bachelor of art's degree from Michigan State in 1952. Devine came to Missouri from Arizona State University. He had coached at Arizona State from 1955 through the 1957 seasons. During his college coaching career,' Devine's teams have won 115 games, lost 34 and tied eight. Devine also was athletic director at Missouri. At Green Bay, he replaces the man handpicked by the late Vince Lombardi to take over the dual role in which Lombardi piloted the Packers to three straight NFL titles and two Super Bowl victories. , Lombardi remained one year as general manager after Bengtson took over as head coach in 1968, then went to the Washington Redskins as head coach and general manager. Bengtson's opening season yielded a modest 6-7-1 record as retirements depleted the great Packer machine. The next year the club was 8-6, and last fall, with quarterback Bart Starr nursing a sore arm all of the way, the Packers sank to a 6-8 season. Final Americans Bow - Sydney, Australia UP) Margaret Smith Court easily swept into the women's semifinals as the final two Americans bowed Thursday in the New South Wales Tennis Championships. . catching record, figured the most important thing about the President honoring the Cornhuskers as No. 1 was for national attention. "We knew we were No. 1 when we walked off the field at the Orange Bowl," he pointed out, "But this helps it soak in. "We deserved to be No. 1 because we can beat any team in the country. All year long we weren't getting the publicity that Texas, Ohio State and Notre Dame were getting, but we played a tougher schedule than they did and we came through it unbeaten." Junior quarterback Jerry Tagge was perhaps the iriost excited of the Cornhusker gridders and particularly excited about shaking hands twice with the President. "I got to shake his hand when he went by on the way in and again on the way out," Tagge beamed. Only those Huskers seated in the first row of the players' section got to shake the President's hand. "This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me," he continued. Asked how it compared with the thrill of winning a ball game, he replied, "It's the Drange Bowl all over again." gridders gather around Nixon. In Tennis Tournament Patti Hogan of Irvine, Calif., nominated as No. 1 in the 1971 U.S. rankings, lost to Kasuk; Sawamatsu cf Japan 6-3, 6-4. Krishen Kemmcr of Los Angeles bowed to Gail Chanfreau of France 6-2, 7-5. Dick Rupert also called it "the greatest thing," and added, "I can't believe that the President would come here just for football." Rupert also got to shake hands with Nixon. "That was 1 quite an honor," he pointed out. "We're both from California and we meet in Nebraska." . '' ' J' I ii v. I i.i- ii. -i.. ...- YOU'RE NO. I . STAR PHOTO Devaney Stays Home To Work Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney, who flew to Lincoln from Houston in a private plane Thursday noon to attend ceremonies in which President Nixon presented the Cornhusker football team with a No. 1 plaque, did not return to Houston for Thursday night's Football Coach of the Year Banquet. "I've got a lot of work to do here in the office," Devaney explained. Devaney was one of eight finalists in' the Coach of The Year voting with the top honor being shared by Darrell Royal of Texas and Charles McClendon of LSU. "Naturally, I'm a little disappointed," he admitted. "But the people have spoken." NU Banquet At Pershing Because of a great public demand to have a part in honoring Nebraska's national championship football team the annual Cornhusker Football Awards banquet scheduled Monday has been shifted from the Cornhusker Hotel to Pershing Auditorium. . Tickets for the banquet went on sale Monday and were exhausted by mid-week, prompting the sponsoring Extra Point Club to investigate the use cf a bigger facility. Approximately 900 tickets are now available and may be obtained at City National Bank, First National Bank, National Bank of Commerce, the Coliseum ticket office or Ger-rys Sports Shop. Public ice skating had been scheduled at Pershing Monday, but auditorium and city officials canceled it to help accomodate the football banquet. Expos Sign Pair Montreal LP) Shortstop Bobby Wine and catcher John Bateman have become the 11th and 12th members of the Montreal Expos to sign contracts for the 1971 season, the club announced Thursday. Defensive tackle Larry Jacobson said it was hard to describe his feelings, but pointed out, "You don't get to meet the President every day. "We've sort of been the underdogs all year and now the President by recognizing us has set the stage for everyone else." 4 5' . . Devaney accepts plaque from Nixon. They GoHa Be Joking Houston LP) Darrell Royal of Texas, Charlie McClendon of Louisiana State and Bennie Ellender of Arkansas State, three small-town Southern Boys, won Coach of Year honors . Thursday from their fellow members of the American Football Coaches Association. Royal, from Hollis, Okla., and McClendon, from Lewisville, Ark., tied for the major college award in balloting by more than 1,700 members of the AFCA. Ellender, who was hired by Tulane after guiding Arkansas State to an 11-0 record, the small college national championship and a victory in the Pecan Bowl, is from Sulphur, La. . All three were honored Thursday night at the AFCAs annual banquet. Royal, who won the honor outright for 1963, is the first repeater in the University Division. The only previous tie in 35 years was in 1964 between Frank Broyles of Arkansas and Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame. Bill "Murray, executive director of the AFCA, said Royal and McClendon pulled more than 300 votes each and fewer than 100 votes separated the eight regional finalists. Murray reported that Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Alex Agase of Northwestern trailed in the balloting but he declined to say in what order. The other finalists were John Ralston of Stanford, Cal Stall of Wake Forest, Frank Lauderbur of Toledo, who is now at Iowa, and Bob Blackman of Dartmouth, now at Illinois. Ellender won over Pat Stark of Rochester, Dave Maurcr of Wittenberg, Jim Brakefield of Wofford, Fran Curci of Tampa, Dick Towers of Southern Illinois, Ron Erhardt of North Dakota State and Ad Rutschman of Linfield. Ironically, Royal and McClendon lost New Year's Day bowl games but the voting was done of regular-season performance. Royal's Longhorns had a 10-0 record and 30 consecutive victories before their streak was snapped 24-11 by Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Texas won the Southwest Conference crown. McClendon's LSU Tigers captured the Southeastern Conference championship and posted a 9-2 regular-season record before losing 17-12 to national champion Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. -GAME'S TOP Shaw Shares Lead In Crosby Pebble Beach, Calif. LP) Tom Shaw, rebounding from bad season last year, fired a four-under-par 68 and moved into a three-way tie for the first round lead Thursday in the $135,000 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The 28-year-old Shaw was tied with veterans Bobby Nichols and Terry Dill in this classic played on three chilled, windswept courses on the Monterey Peninsula. Veteran Howie Johnson was just one stroke back with a 69. Gene Littler, Roberto de Vicenzo of Argentina, rookie Rik Massengale and lefty Gene Ferrell had 70s while the raw cold, swirling winds and soggy fairways snapped back at some of the game's top names. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper, the game's three $1 million winners, could do no better than match par 72. U.S. Open champion Tony Jacklin and PGA title-holder Dave Stockton had 73s. Lee Trevino, the 1970 leading money winner, had a fat 76, Doug Sanders took a 79 and defending champion Bert Yancey struggled in with an 80. A bright sun and miild temperatures greeted the early starters, but the wind kicked up off the Tacific Ocean and temperatures plummeted by mid-afternoon. "We had 14 holes of perfect weather," said the 34-year-old Nichols, who won golf's richest Devaney, who said the plaque would be placed somewhere in the N U Coliseum, said as the President's presentation was ending, President Nixon commented to him, "Now, we'll have to do the same thing next year." Devaney indicated that would be fine with him. STAR PHOTO NAMES FALTER Tourney event, the $300,000 Dow Jones Open last year. He had just rolled in a 45 loot birdie putt on the 14th hole at Cypress Point and was six under par at the time. Terry Dill 33-35- Bobby Nichols 34-3443 Howie Johnson . 35-34 69 Tommy Jacobs 33-3770 Gene Littler 35-3S 70 Gene Ferrell 36-3470 Robert de Vicenio 34-3670 Rick Massenqale 36-3470 Rolte Deming . 35-36-1 Tom Weiskopf 35-3471 Paul Harney 35-36-71 Jim Gilbert 37-3471 Bob Murphy 33-3971 Hale Irwin 34-3472 Bob Goalby 36-3672 Don January 37-357? Rick Rhoads 36-3672 Georoe Knudson 86-3672 Jark Nicklaus 37-3572 Arnold Palmer 38-3472 Charles Coody 35-3772 Jack Lewis 36-3672 Grier Jones 35-377? Lou Graham 34-3872 Billy Casper 37-3572 Jim Terry 37-3572 Huoh Rover 37-3572 Orville Moody 35-3772 Fred Marti 35-3772 Jerry Heard ... 36-36-72 Dave Eicnemergt 36-3672 Lee Elder 36-3773 John Hayes 38-3573 Jim Colbert 35-38 7T Dick Lotj 37-36 13 Bob Stone 39-3473 Bruce Crampton 36-3773 John Miller 37-3673 Dave Stockton 37-36-3 Don Massengale 33-3573 Jimmy Wright ,. 38-3573 Kex Wilson 36-3773 Rod Curl 38-3573 Lionel Hebert 35-3873 Bob Rosburg 37-3673 Babe Hiskey 35-3873 Larry Hinson 39-3473 Tony Jacklin , 39-3473 Ray Floyd 38-3573 Mason Rudolph 37-3673 George Boutell 35-3873 Phil Rodgers J9-35 74 Bob Lunn 36-3874 Joe Dent 37-3774 Billy Maxwell 36-3874 Angel Galiardo 35-3974 Miller Barber 39 36 - 78 Bob Pavne 37-3774 Ron Cerrufo 37-3774 Larry Zlegler .. 40-3474 Bert Greene 36-3874 George Archer 38-3674 Joe Carr , 36-3874 Billy Farrell 37-3875 John Jacobs , 40-3575 Vic Loustaiot .. 36-3975 Vi-

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