Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 43
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
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By A. L. Hardman 3D --August3,1975 $undav Cazette-Mail C«-A.'#A!\ AeM Vv^Aia----Lavelli, Moore Brown Inducted BRAND LEE DICKINSON Dr. Horn Strives for TV Splits J nto JT \ V i t n i\*f\ /tnstn*ii*M* __.._. 11 ; A _ r\/-i»i»rM«o f\f ihci nittr\n i^n/i\* UTflllIn j-« * m*««»-vin *-\» · . * r\ . TM With the economy well on its way to putting collegiate athletics in the poor house, the special convention of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. at the Palmer House in Chicago Aug. 14 and 15 may turn out to be one of the most momentous in many a day. Bluntly', many of the NCAA members are seeking "share-the- wealth" legislation designed to keep them alive and also to prevent the favored few from becoming rich. This has brought on threats of resurrection by some of the schools, mainly the Big Eight, which has always fringed on semi-professionalism for a long time and has had many skirmishes with the NCAA. There is talk that a "super conference" may be formed of teams long since known as the football powers of the nation. They would jump the NCAA and operate independently for their own selfish reasons. One of the delegates to the NCAA meeting will be Frank Bowman, a former Beckley man who is now institutional representative of California State University in Long Beach, Cal., whose president, Dr. Stephen Horn, was the first man of his standing ever to represent a college at the NCAA convention. Since then. Dr. Horn has been recognized as something of an expert in dealing with NCAA matters and most certainly will be a powerful voice, along with Bowman, at the special convention. ' Dr. Horn visited West Virginia recently and took time for a full- scale interview by the Gazette on NCAA and other matters unrelated to athletics. . . K « w Reductions in Grants-ln-Aid Proposed Frankly, Dr. Horn plans to hit Bowman will propose that the hard at the evils television has brought to college athletics and has great hopes of turning the program around to make it beneficial to all schools which hold NCAA membership. He also would ask for reforms in the policy for NCAA sponsorship of post season bowl games in order to spread the income around to the schools not fortunate enough to reach the classification of bowl prospects. And on top of this, Dr. Horn and * * NCAA phase downward the maximum number of Division I football grants-in-aid from 105, as it is at present, to a maximum of only 65 by Sept. 1, 1978. Ofcourse, the football "powers" -- the favored few which operate on the fringes of professionalism -will fight this to a standstill. But Dr. Horn will strive to convince the majority, during these trying times of high inflation, that unless these corners are cut, there may be no college football at all as we know it today. . . CANTON. Ohio IAP) -- The emotion oi joining Pro Football's Hall of Fame overwhelmed Lenny Moore. Roosevelt Brown and Dante Lavelli Saturday. Only George Connor, the fourth member of the 1975 enshrinement class, could deliver his acceptance speech without wavering on the steps of the sport's shrine. "My mother is looking down on me and is just as happy as 1 am. She started me in this great game. She made me what 1 am today." said Brown, the huge New York Giants offensive tackle, fighting back tears. "God was good to me. He put me here today. My knees are getting a little weak. 1 want to' sit down," said the Virginian, a Morgan State product who made All-Pro eight straight seasons. Moments later. Moore conceded he was shaken by Brown's emotional speech, but assured the crowd: "Now I've got it together. My mother died in 1958. bul 1 know she's right here alongside me." Then the former Baltimore Colts halfback lost his own composure. "You've made my kids proud. My wife is a very proud woman and you've made me very proud." said a sobbing Moore as he broke away from the microphone. Lavelli's lips quivered when he talked about his parents who were bornjn Italy. Boat to America "I want to thank my Mom and Dad for their many sacrifices. I'd like to thank them for catching the boat that came to America." said the former Cleveland Browns' pass-catching great. Connor broke up the tenseness with some of his Irish humor. Lavished by his old coach and fame presenter. George Halas, the versatile star ol the Chicago Bears quipped: "Coach. 1 wish you had said those things before 1 signed those contracts with you." Connor said there was one big reason behind the four former playing greats' enshrinement boosting the hall's total to ffi immortals. "We all came from great stock. We had such great parents," said Connor. All-National Football League at three different positions in his eight seasons. Brown, an obscure 27th round d r a l l choice in 1953. became the second pure offensive lineman to gain'immortality. Jim Parker of Baltimore was the first in !!)/:). Brown was presented by longtime Morgan State assistant coach Talmadge Hill. Moore, an All-American at Kent State, rolled up a combined 11,213 yards in 12 seasons as a flanker and running back for the Colts. His old Reading, Pa., high school coach. Andy Stopper, presented him. A brand new collection -- just arrived from Farah. Choose this solid color slack to coordinate with yoor patterned jackets, yours in navy, brown or hunter green, sizes 32-42.100% Polyester never wrinkles, machine washes and dries in a jiffy. Finished hem, top pocket model. MEN'S WEAR, Main f/oo All Schools Would Share in Profits points out that Of all the gold that filters into college football from television, Dr. Horn feels that not all of it should go to the teams -- and the conferences -- represented in the. games screened. So, he will present a proposal that would allow only 15 per cent of the proceeds to go to participating teams. The remaining profits would be shared by all the NCAA member, "schools on a basis of 50 per cent to all Division I schools and 25 per cent each to the Division II and Division III schools. Since the TV spoils amounted to approximately $16 million last season, and another $16 million at least is expected this year, Dr. Horn Dr. Horn ever school in the land could s h a r e in the profits and still leave $2.4 million to go to the p a r t i c i p a t i n g schools. That would amount to s o m e t h i n g like $46,000 per' school. Division I schools would receive about $49,000 each, Division II schools something like $26,000 and Division III schools about $16,000 each. And don't get any notion that amounts like this would not be beneficial to many struggling schools. * * * A Minimum of.$ 16,000 Would Be Share an NCAA member under the pro- As to bowl games, 50 per cent would be divided among participating schools -- or approximately $4 million. The remaining 50 per cent would be shared at the rate of 25 per cent to all Division 1 schools and 12.5 per cent each to schools in Divisions n and III. posed formula. Combine these two plans on the basis of the anticipated $16 million from TV along with the usual proceeds from bowl games, the breakdown would be something like this: To Division I teams, $49,000 for TV and $15,000 for bowl games, total $64,000. To Division II teams, $26,000 and $8,000, total $34,000. To Division III teams $16,000 and $5,000,-total $21,000. . . In both the TV and bowl game 'cases, participating schools would receive not only a participation share but the appropriate share as . v * * * Then There's Questions of Legality Of course.'schools which have Oh the other hand, the proponents-for this new legislation point been hogging all the TV and bowl money for, lo; these many years, . _ , maintain that it would be illegal for the other schools to cash in on their proficiency on the football field and take away money they- have earned for themselves. They may have a (point. But what's ' going to happen to Bowman college football when so many of its members go broke and are forced to give up the sport? out that all. television contracts must be approved by the NCAA and its .television committee and, therefore, the NCAA should have some say in not only the amount of money paid for the TV rights, but also in what is done with the money after it is paid. Right now, bowl promoters are limited in the amount, of money they can make, the NCAA seeing to it that competing teams are substantially rewarded for participation. Now these NCAA representatives who want reform feel that they can also dictate how the bowl profits should go. . . * * * Scholarships Would Go Down to 65 Also to combat inflation and to look out for the "little guy" in college football, Dr. Horn will suggest in his reduction of grants-in-aid plan that the 105 limit be pared to 75 by Sept. 1,1976, to 70 a year later and finally to 65 by Sept. 1,1978. * This not only would assure some schools of survival but would keep them on a fair level of competition with those schools which, down through the years, ihave gone hog wild in signing up prospective play- Joe Paterno, the Penn State Coach, would go even farther than this. When he heard a proposal to reduce traveling squads to 48 players and home squads to 60 players, he said this was not quite fair. "I think if you are going to have 48 on the road, then you ought to have 48 at home," he said." He hot only wants to cut down on the squads but also to up the game limit to 12 to produce more revenue. . . . * * * Only 54 Schools Share in Loot Last year. ,,*« schools shared 9 *****gfi*Bft Southern and several others. Of the 696 member schools in the NCAA, only 440 field football teams. Of these 449, only 113 got some kind of income from television. Most of them were "thrown a bone" because of their membership in a conference which had one or more of its teams on the tube. And these same schools, down through the years, have hogged the television exposure, hauling in huge sums of money while their fel- as participants in the $16 million TV pie. And four of these came from Texas. A team's share for participation in a nationally televised game was S243,928. For regional exposure, each team was paid §177.500. Therefore, a national and regional combined would be $421.428. 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