The El Dorado Times from El Dorado, Arkansas on February 1, 1973 · Page 14
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The El Dorado Times from El Dorado, Arkansas · Page 14

El Dorado, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 1, 1973
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SWC Big Names Go Low In Draft By United Pre»» International The 1972 offensive and defensive senior stars in the Southwest Conference became the 316th and 365th players chosen in the professional football draft Wednesday while the two Ar kansas Kazorbackl who were supposed to be the stars wound up going to the same team. Alan Lowry, who quarterback ed the Texas Longhorns to their fifth straight Southwest Conference championship, was chosen Wednesday in the thirteenth round by the New England Patriots, whose quarterback, Jim Plunkett, will undergo off^ea son surgery. Although Lowry was thought to be a possible defensive back prospect in the pros, the Patriots drafted him as a quarter back. Roger Goree, the smallish linebacker who was the defen sive player of the year in the conference for Baylor, finally went in the fifteenth round, se St rong Slips IK Bearden Special To The Newt-Time« STRUNG — Lorette Dawkins burned the nets for 33 points Tuesday night as the Strong senior girls slipped by Bearden, 46 44 in overtime. Kathy Kingery added 13 points to the Strong score Betty Roark led Bearden with 16 points followed by Brenda Williams In a junior girls game, Venessa Washington burned the nets for 25 points as Strong eased by Bearden, 29-25 Mary Sullivan led Bearden with 14 lected by Houston. There was speculation that Goree would not be drafted at all, and that he might wind up playing his pro ball in Canada Earlier in the day Arkansas flanker Mike Reppond was drafted in the ninth round by Buf falo, the same team which took teammate Joe Ferguson in the third round on Tuesday. When Ferguson and Reppond were juniors they teamed up on 56 pass completions for 986 yards, but both were caught up in the general Arkansas slump last season Monetary Help For Israelis JERUSALEM <AP> - Willi Daume. president of the West German Olympic Committee, is in Jerusalem to discuss a memorial to 11 Israeli athletes slain by Arab terrorists at the Munich Games last summer Daume met briefly Wednesday with Deputy Premier Yigal Ailon to offer monetary aid for a memorial sports arena the Israeli Olympic Committee plans to erect Daume said the Bonn government already had donated $1 million to the families of the dead athletes and that a new sports stadium was 'better than a memorial sculpture." After his arrival Tuesday, Daume visited the graves of five of the victims near Tel Aviv. He was accompanied by German Ambassador Jesco Von Puttkamer and two Israeli Olympic officials Shop The CLASSIFIED Today rNI)KRII/\Nf)KI) TACTK’S seem to he order of thè day in thè NBA if we judge from thè shoolintf of these four hlgh-icorers, from left. Pete Maravich of At- Fraternity Party Fight Sends Matuszak To Oilers By III BERT MIZELL Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK 'AP> - Mighty John Matuszak. with the body of Paul Bunyan and fists like shotputs, once smashed the face of a party rowdy who had “put his hands on my girl friend ” Charges were filed against Matuszak Dan Devine, his college football coach at Missouri, refused to give up on the 6-foot-74, 275 pound specimen But, about that time, Devine was hired away to coach the Green Bay Packers The new coach at Mizzou wanted no part of Big Bad John “If these unhappy events hadn t occurred,” Matuszak says now, "I wouldn’t be sitting here as the No, 1 draft choice of the National Football League.” Finished at the Big Eight school, John went to the little- known University of Tampa and played in a virtual publicity vacuum before the Houston Oilers picked him Tuesday. "About my fight,” Matuszak said without hesitation, "it was at a fraternity party This fellow, an Air Force cadet, was extremely inebriated. He insulted a girl who was then my fiancee, and then grabbed her ” Big John hit the man twice "I guess he had some fractures and I was charged with felonious assault If I hadn't been a big, strong football player, nobody would’ve said any­ thing.” The charge was later reduced to common assault Matuszak continues to serve a two-year probation. Devine, feeling he had to take action, suspended his soph omore tight end from the football squad John was promised, "When I could prove I was a Missouri Tiger again, I would be back on the team.” He never got a chance Devine accepted the Packers’ lucrative offer. "If he hadn’t left Missouri, 1 would still be there," Matuszak said Wednesday "The only thing is that Coach Devine demanded that I trim to 250 pounds and play tight end. I would not have been the No 1 draft pick as a tight end.” Matuszak admits that he "didn t see eye-to-eye with Al Onofrio, who moved up as head coach when Devine left I said, ‘Okey, coach, see you later.’” Fran Curci, then the energetic coach at Tampa, had been sending brochures to Matuszak and John knew he could sign with the Spartans, then classified as small college, and not be forced to sit out a season as a major college transfer I was too strong to be a ti#ht end by then,” he recalled "1 became a defensive lineman and loved it I like to reach back and tee off at the quarterback That makes me feel great.” Even at 275 pounds, this agile giant can cover 40 yards in 4 75 seconds Matuszak brushed his mod hair Wednesday in a 32nd floor hotel room Downstairs, the 26 NFL clubs were venturing into the unknown world of the 11th round of the draft Bob Woolf, the Boston lawyer who handles contracts for over 300 athletes, grinned as Matuszak s incredible muscles rippled while the 22-year-old combed his curly mop "John will become the highest-salaried lineman in pro football history,’ said Woolf, refus ing to suggest a money figure “He was No 1 in a great class of athletes ’ That could mean $250,000 for a total of three seasons “Only in America,” smiled the big kid, "can a guy who’s half Irish, one-fourth Polish and a bit Italian play football in Oak Creek, Wig., Fort Dodge, Iowa, Columbia. Mo., and Tam pa, Fla., before being drafted No. 1 by a team in Texas ” Marvin and Audrey Matuszak never pushed their fast growing son in either athletics or aca demies, but were appropriately proud when he became a NFL celebrity Tuesday "I was sorta skinny, about 6 feet 4 and 175 pounds, when I was in the ninth grade,” John said “Then I began to blossom, 200 pounds as a sophomore at Oak Creek High, 220 the next year and 6-feet-6 and 230 pounds as a senior Matuszak s mother talked his dad out of buying a set of history books for John a few years ago CARLOAD WASHERl Í1 WAYS TO BUY AND CASH LAYAWftT • EAST TIMS • BMMMFRIIMD J1 _______IL DRYER Better Hurry'Limited Time Only hr These Outstanding Frites CLIP COUPONS AND SAVE MORE VAINAIU COUPON VA iUAIK COUPON CORNBRtAD SRIUÍT CAST IRON 9 Diameter with coupon BUY TODAY! and take advantage of these tremendous savings, & Low, Low Prices, during our Big CARLOAD Washer & Dryer Sale! 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