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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 35

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7C--Aug. 27, 1972 DOWN-TO-EARTH Vgh! Sumo star Jesse Kuhaulua (left) took on some of his childhood pals as part of the activities welcoming- the champion back to his home island of Maui, Hawaii. Charlie Arruda, the 260-pounder on the right, grimaced and groaned but couldn't budge Takami- yama, as Jesse is known in Japan. The dog in the foreground seems uninterested by it all. (AP Wirephoto) Jay Harrison Paces Shooters VANDALIA, Ohio--Jay Harrison of Dunbar paced West Virginia shooters in the Grand American Handicap--the most prestigious event in trapshooting --were Bill Young of St. Albans, ·-' "" -..w u» unu I »» vi v Jt-fiMj JL uuiit^ \IL kJt. mLSalla* American Handicap at the 73rdi94 from 26-yard line; Paul annual Grand American Trap-1 Grimm Jr. of Vienna, 93 from shooting Tournament Friday. 21-yard line; Walter Hardin of Harrison broke 95 of 100 tar- South Charleston, 94 from 23- gets from the 23-yard line. jyard line; Doyle Moffitt of Harrison's wife, Mary, led 'Charleston, 94 from 21-yard West Virginia entries in the jline; Frank Young of Wellsburg, Ohio H a n d i c a p here on 92 from 22-yard line. Wednesday. Mrs. Harrison is Gerald Narigon of Wellsburg, the West Virginia women's |92 from 21-yard line; Cathy singles champion. Cooper of St. Albans, 91 from Other West Virginia leaders inj21-yard line; John Smith of St the field of 3,326 for the Grand I Albans. 91 from 23-yard line- Charles Kite of Bloomery, 91 from 22-yard line; Gerald Nari- gon of Wellsburg, 92 from 21- yard line: and John Elliott Jr. of St. Albans, 90 from 25-yard line. * * * THE G R A N D was won by George Mushrush, 39, of Fairfield, Ohio, an unemployed die- maker. Mushrush broke 99 of 100 targets from the 22-yard line and tied with three others. In the shootoff. he broke 24 of 25 targets. His closest opponent broke 23. By Chuck Ratliff MORGANTOWN Wi -- When Dr. Leland E. Byrd took command of the West Virginia University athletic program July 1, he forsook the tans and tropical lifestyle of Miami for the mountaineer tradition of his childhood. Born in Lynch, Ky., and raised in the southern West Virginia coalfields at Matoaka in Mercer County, the 44-year-old Byrd left the athletic directorship at Miami-Dade Junior Col- ege, South, to succeed Robert N. "Red" Brown at the WVU lelm. The transition was smooth. There were no pressing problems to be met at West Virginia; no ruffled feathers to smooth or cynics to pacify, since Brown won praise from friend and foe before retiring after 18 years; and most of all, no urgent need to prove himself to the school and the state. University officials and athlet- c backers were getting a product already bought by Mountaineer fans when they hired the ormer WVU basketball All-American. Byrd led the Mountaineers to 72-15 record as a player in the mid '40s, to three years partici- ation in the National Invitation 'ournament, and, before race- lorse basketball became the orm, was the all-time leading corer at WVU. He still is 19th n the school's career scoring list. A pro basketball career was ut short when in 1948 he was rafted by the Army after one month in the New York Knicks' training camp. New Athletic Director Leland Byrd Quietly Puts Brand on WVU Sports State Horseshoe * Event Scheduled MOUNDSVILLP; - The west Virginia Slate Horseshoe Tournament will be held here over the Labor Day weekend. Qaualifying will begin Friday evening, Sept. 1. and continue until noon Saturday. Sept. 2. have been great improve- , extent of each program's com-'^||} ry . tf ^ is $2 and a11 entrants """The Astro-Turf on the foot, \ ^ ea ^ s ' he said ' j^Tte defending state champion baU field £ new press hot j The lmp ° rlant thklg is that is Ral P h Maddox of Ra yTM nd the new 'track, the hew bascl - V0u support thcm al the level jCity. Putnam County, who aver- ball field. . . we've got a new ; lour opposition is. If they're | ag TM ' 5 P er cent nn S ers last autatorium on the drawing igiving scholarships, then you'j^--"-' _________ ________ boards, hopefully in another need to do the same. My feeling support them our swimming pro- TM WITH A MASTERS degree in physical education from WVU under his belt in 1953, Byrd took the basketball coaching job at Hinton High School, and two years later became athletic director, basketball coach, and trades at Glenville State College. It was from Glenville that he moved in 1966 to the AD post at Miami-Bade. In 1967, he was awarded a doctors degree in education from WVU. The father of five daughters aged 19 to 8, Byrd is the fifth man to serve as athletic direc- DR. LELAND BYRD Smooth Takeover tor at WVU, and the pace of the job has captured him. . "I don't know if I'll ever have my feet on the ground or not," he said, plopping his trim, lanky frame on a bright yellow couch in the corner of his Mountaineer Field office. "They just seem to be in perpetual motion." "I don't think, at this point, that we've made what you pand gram.'' , vve11 enough so they have an Something, t h o u g h , hasn't '°PP°rtunity to win in the league changed. they're competing in." "One thing I think you'll f i n d j " * * the same is the enthusiasm of BUT IS "WINNING" where the fans," Byrd said, "we just tlie emphasis should be placed 1 '; have more of them now. . .1 "We're competing all through we've always had a lot of goodi life ' you're competing for a job, support." j so winning is important." Byrd * * · | was quick to explain, and quick- HE SEES HIS ROLE as oneier to add, "but not the most of backstopping, rather than I important thing. There are so headline-grabbing leadership, many other factors. "The athletic director is the "We represent West Virgin- support role of your coachesj ia University, and we repre- and your teams, I think, behind I sent the people of this state. the scenes for the most part." , We want the type of represcn- Byrd's post means "arranging! tation that the people cato be schedules, seeing that deadlines! proud of," he said. are met, seeing that you have a| "Of course, I don't think the budget with which you can sup-jpeople want a program that's port the programs that you mot above board. It's not win at TONY'S TIRE SERVICE 115 Virginia St., West B. F. Goodrich RADIAL HEADQUARTERS would call significant changes. The big thing is just to keep the program moving forward and expanding." * * * FLASHING A BROAD smile, Byrd conceded that the jump from the junior college to major sports level is "challenging." "Maybe I can't solve everything that comes up," he said, "but this is the type of task you like to get involved in and work with." Reminiscing for a moment as he football Mountaineers, the darlings of his program, ran through fall drills on the steaming Astro-Turf below, Byrd remarked how the university had changed "tremendously" in the nearly 30 years since his first visit to the campus. "When I started in 1944. . . we lad about 3,500 students then," he mused, adding with a sly grin, "so that gave a lot of us an advantage, you know." "And faculity-wise, with the new coliseum of course, there have. "It's really the massive work, the organization belimd the coaches and the teams you actually put on the field," he said. Although football and basketball are the "income-producing sports," Byrd has no intention of overlooking and underfunding WVU's minor athletic teams. "You have to look at the total perspective" and determine the all costs." Exhibiting the values of his mountain heritage, Leland Byrd has quietly set about placing his down-to-earth brand on the WVU athletic program. 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