Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 51
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June 29, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 51

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--June 29,1975 * Sunday Gatette-Mail -Charleston, West Virgini*---- For Money If Nothing Else Byrd Hariow If for no other reason, West Virginia U. and Marshall U. should engage in at least basketball in order to help them out of the financial ruts which are_sure to come in these days of rising athletic costs and the added expense to support women's athletics. That's the feeling of local business man John Deitz, who heads up the firm of John Dietz and Associates, a tourism, industrial development and public relation company. He says so in the following letter to this department in response to a column recently which quoted West Virginia sources as saying the reason the two schools are not playing is because "it is too sensitive politically." Not many people buy that argument but it's an excuse which covers a multitude of sins. AndWVU clings to it . - * * * ; ·· A Real Sense of Humor Here's what Deitz has to say about it: "In the face of almost insurmountable financial problems in college athletics it is refreshing to know that an athletic director and a university president could maintain a sense of humor. "Dr. (James G.) Hariow and Dr. (Leland) Byrd of W. V. U. brought real gems of mirth to the people of West Virginia when they both stated that a basketball game between W. V. U. and Marshall is too sensitive politically. "That's about as political to the people of this state as whether A. James Manchin wears a black hat or a white hat when he's out collecting Edsels . - - - . . - . / * * * ; : Not Marshall Fans Only "Athletics have hopefully been one area of social activity which bring together players ; and fans creating excitement and competition "What could be more competitive than two exceptional basketball teams within our state that people have wanted to see play for a number 3 Jni ii · - : uollers of years?This engagement would be a sellout wherever it was held and would generate many many dollars for the athletic programs of both schools and the community where the game or games were held. "The president of Marshall, Dr. Robert Hayes, has stated that Marshall would play anytime, anywhere. Let me point out that it is not just Marshall fans who would like to see this game occur. "There is considerable interest by WVU graduates and students and coaches and players for this game. "Why not run some polls and check this out with the people who would pay to see such a contest? * * * . Call Off Olympics? / ";. "As for the politically sensitive aspect of this present non-contest there is little reasoning which I can under-, stand. Dr. Hariow and Dr. Byrd would probably ban Jhe Olympics because getting countries and athletes together from all different beliefs and backgrounds would be politically sensitive. "Closer to home we find Pitt playing Penn State, Virginia playing V. P. I., Michigan and Michigan State, North Carolina and North Carolina State. ..All of these are recognized as great contests and provide the players and fans with great examples of athletic prowess. "To my knowledge none of the states or colleges have gone into political turmoil because these games were scheduled. On the contrary, I rather doubt that any athletic director would even consider discontinuing such match-ups. -: 0 "·..-' * * * Both Pldy Some Patsies , "I'm stire that a WVU fan'won't swell with pride when the results of the WVU--Hunter College game is announced Nor will sports critics from around the country count that contest as determining national standings. The same situation is scheduled for 1975 at ..Marshall when they play Cleveland State "Le't's dispense of the idea that^ there would be any loss of stature, for WVU if Marshall were to win in a meeting of the two teams. So what? "If they could draw a full crowd, which is inevitable but now is seldom done in either the WVU Coliseum or the Huntington Field House, then that alone is a strong justification for the game. "But if this much interest prevails it means the people would like to see such a contest whatever the outcome. "And I rather doubt that staunch alumni who know the financial condition of athletics program today would negate this argument. * * * Marshall Has Done Well "What about national recognition? "Marshall has been to the NIT three times in the past eight years since 1967, and I'm sure sports writers are aware of this. Marshall also went to the NCAA in 1972. V* "So there is a potential game guaranteed to play to a packed house and stirring up more excitement and interest than any athletic contest in West Virginia in years. "Let's not have to put such an obvious and inevitable event into the legislative process. "No more milque-toast conversations and back room decisions es to this event. Put the decision to the fans and players. Why not during the bicen- tenial? . "LET'S PLAY!" * * * Rolling WithThe Tide We thank Mr. Deitz for his letter, which gives a fair evaluation of the' situation in our estimation. Dr. Hariow, in a recent statement to the Gazette, said his own personal feelings really didn't matter. He pointed put that he doesn't have to let influencial members of the Alumni Assn. make up his mind on any question. But he does believe that the wisest thing to do is to roll with the tide. Our sympathy is for Dr. Hariow. We recognize his position. But we also might point out that West Virginia U. is losing a lot of favor among our citizens by taking this, "holier than thou" attitude about playing Marshall . . . OPEN DAILY 10-10; SUN 1-7 SUN.. MOH.. TUES., Kanawha City Phone 925-9320 To Be Alive By Bob Green OAK BftOOK, 111. (AP) - Le^ Trevino and two other lightning-jolted pro golfers are lucky to be alive, their physician said Saturday. . , ,, · "It is fantastic that three men were *" struck and all are living,' Dr. Paul G. Fredrickson said. "It's quite phenomenal, I think." Trevino, Jerry Heard and Bobby Nichols were listed, in excellent condition in Hinsdale Hospital. All were stunned and shaken by lightning bolts that forced cancellation of Friday's round in the $200,000 Western Open Golf Tournament. Saturday's round also was washed out after heavy overnight rains made the Butler National Golf Club course unplayable. One round now is scheduld for Sunday and the final two rounds on Monday. However, the weather forecast was for thurider- showers both days. i Heard, who was to be released from the hospital Saturday, said he hopes to be able to play when: the tournament resumes. Trevino and Nichols will not play. "Within a week they should be back on the golf course," Dr. Fredrickson said. Shaky Experience "It was a shaky experience for all ot them, and I believe Lee was hit harder than any of them," Dr. Fredrickson said. "He was quite shaken up. He had an exit mark on his back and muscle rigidity for some time in his upper back. "I think they are all fortunate to be here." Trevino and Nichols were to remain hospitalized until Sunday for observation. They spent Friday night in the hospital's intensive care unit but were transferred to private rooms Saturday. In the event that weather forces further cancellations, the tournament schedule could be extended as late as Tuesday. After that it would run into a conflict with next week's Milwaukee Open, and this event would be abandoned. With only one round completed, Australian David Graham held the lead at 65. His six-undc: par effort Thursday broke the course record by two strokes. Arnold Palmer was second at 68, with Heard and Gary Wintz next at 69. Half the field of 156 had finished their second rounds Friday when play was cancelled. All those rounds will be played again in their entirity. Of those who had finished play Friday, none had broken par 142 for two rounds. Stiff and Sore "Lee is awful shaken up," said Albert Salinas, his personal manager who spent th'e nighfat the hospital with Trevino. 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