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2E -Jul 4, 1976 Sunday Gasette-Mnil : Qiarlesfon, West Virginia East Indies Gaining Strength In our book, the best thing to come along for the good of eastern collegiate football in recent years has been the Cool Ray Cup-or the East Indies Conference, which determines, you might say, the eastern championship Originated by Tim Cohane, now Boston U. professor and once the sports editor of the ^V old Look magazine, the conference is made up of eight of the top schools in the east--Penn State, West Virginia. Navy, Pitt, Boston College, Syracuse, Temple and Army--to give you their identity in the order of their finish last season. Cohane, a shrewd observer and a /prejudiced booster of college football has long noted a need for more recognition for the east. His efforts : are somewhat responsible, we think, for the fact that eastern foo- Cohane ball is getting its foot into the door of the big time and is finally being recognized as worthy competitors for any level of-football in the nation. In the first two years of the East Indies, Penn State, of course, has won the chapionship and suitably rewarded by the Cool Ray people who sponsor the East Indies. The Nittany Lions didn't go right out and beat the drums for the East Indies when it was first formed. But now they are strong supporters and great believers in the conference for the good that is coming from the organization. Last year, no less than three of its eight members made it to big bowl games--and two of them won. Pitt beat Kansas convincingly and West Virginia tied the can on N. C. State. Penn State dropped a tough decision to always rugged Alabama. So, it is with these thoughts that master-mind Cohane looks to another big season for the East Indies. . . Mountaineers Promise But Little The other day we called upon -Cohane to give his appraisal of the 1976 conference race and he obliged in his usual detailed and authoritative manner. '. He didn't paint a pretty picture for West Virginia. But who does, what with 33 of last year's letter '. winners gone from the squad? ; Not even Pitt and Penn State had that many drafted by the pros, which gave him a perfect right to call the Mountaineers (along with Syracuse) the "Indies Iron." "I doubt whether the Mountai- :neers are all that iron," Cohane ; says. "They had six players drafted by the pros (Penn Sate bad four drafted, Pitt and Syracuse three each, and Temple one). Of course, you have some good people in Earley, Swinson, Woods, Kendra and Culbertson. But Frank Cignetti, who will give you the same fine coaching and image Bobby Bowden did, isn't taking over at the most auspicious time." He said he thought West Virginia would do well to finish ahead of Navy and Temple. And most Mountaineer fans are inclined to buy such an appraisal as Cignetti is, in f a c t , s t a r t i n g almost f r o m scratch... This Is The Year Of The Panther "Pitt and Penn State stand out, -. and I suspect strongly that this is pi the year the Panthers will probably ·] crack the notable Mount Nitt dy- '-'nasty, "writes Tim. ·!: i "A Dorsett, Walker, Haygood, : Gordon Jones backfield--if you : wanted to-line Gordon up as a " flanker-back--would no doubt be ; - t h e school's finest since the 1938 · dream backfield of Chickerneo, i j Cassiano, Stebbins and Goldberg. ./ ' "Johnny Majors has many other :. outstanding players, of course, in- ;·· eluding Tom Brzoza at offensive ·:; guard, and Al Romano, one of the ·'best interior defensive linemen in ··'.the country. If Pitt can handle ','; those two challenging back-to-back "·openers at Notre Dame and Geor-: gia Tech, they are going to make a ; real run for the national champion- "·ship." Penn State, he feels, may have lost a little on defense and will certainly miss the place kicking of "Footsie" Bahr, the soccer star. But he says they will be more dangerous on the attack with a stronger passing game. They have strong back-to-back openers, too, meeting Stanford and Ohio State at University Park. "They were throwing the ball a lot in spring practice," Cohane says. "I suspect there is a chance young Fisina might beat out the veteran Andress at QB. Their best offensive players shape up at tackle--Brad Benson and George Reihner. "I predict both Pitt and Penn State will be in bowl games. Their confrontation game at Three Rivers (on national TV ) should be a classic,"hesays... Others Shape Up As Also-Rans . . ; It is obvious that Cohane doesn't ;expect much fireworks from any of - the other East Indies, but he certainly doesn't paint them as roll; over-and-play-dead types. · · "Now as to my next door neighbors, the BC (Boston College) Ea; gles. As you know, Shorty, they are my friends, until I sit down and spend those three-to four hours ever}' Sunday in the fall figuring out the weekly East Indies ratings." He believes BC will have the best defensive front five it has had in ; years and the Eagles will also have a good kicking game to back it up . as they run head-on into Texas in their Sept. 11 opener. "But they may have trouble moving the ball because of their quarterback situation," says Tim. "Joe O'Brien and Kenny Smith, vying for Mike Kruczek's job, are talented but have practically no varsity game time and missed spring practice because of injuries." Tim notes the great improvement in the Syracuse team each year under new coach Frank Maloney and is impressed no little by the over-all speed and in the place kicking of little Dave Jacobs, a superb placekicker... Rating Teams Is Main Concern . Navy has been hit hard by graduation, he reports, much of its defensive platoon being gone. ; "Had they not lost to Georgia "-. Tech., 14-13, they would have been ··a fourth Indie Bowl team (in the . Gator) last year," he proundly re- ':· calls. ;- "Although I don't know much " about Temple," Tim admits, "I would call Joe Klecko, their brilliant middle guard, a great one. I ·'.have a lot of respect for Wayne ; -Hardin's coaching and I think the .; Owls have enough to give both Syr- · acuse and West Virginia hard battles. ';.: "Army is struggling hard, has a "Jew good players but is woefully · '.lacking in speed. The Cadets can .'beat Lafayette, Holy Cross, Col;-gate but will be hard pressed to win ·Jour. *; "So there you are, Shorty. Put a -.'; gun' to my head and I'll say Pitt, ^ Penn State, Boston College, Syra- cuse, for the first division, and v'Arrny No. 8. As for West Virginia, * Navy and Temple, you shake ''em ; up yourself." ; -And so the Cool Ray East Indies 'is'Shaping up well. With two years ; behind it, the conference, mythical ;as'it is, is finally gaining the recog- inition it should have had from the J'lt wjji instituted not so n|jjch to pick a champion, as to have a weekly order of rating that makes some sense, "says Cohane. But he, like all of us, gets a real laugh out of the Lambert Trophy ratings which placed Harvard ahead of West Virginia and Navy in the final standings last year, So, welcome back, Tim Cohane and the East Indies... Anterless Deer Deadline July 30 Applications for the 1976 antlerless deer season must be sent to the Department of Natural Resources by July 30, wildlife resources chief Dan Cantner said last week. · Persons wishing to apply should obtain and submit their application now to avoid missing the deadline, Cantner suggested. He said applications are available at all county clerks' offices, license agents and DNR district offices. Only West Virginia residents are eligible for the special season, which will be held Dec. 10-11. Resident landowners or their bonafide tenants are not required to submit an application if they plan to hunt on their own land. » Pearson, Petty Hoping for No Repeat Of February's Race in Firecracker 400 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Welcome back, fans, to the semiannual Richard PettyDavid Pearson what'll-they- doto-top-this sweepstakes at Daytona International Speedway. The $170,000 Firecrarker 400 Grand National stock car race here Sunday is the first appearance for the longtime friendly archrivals since Pearson won the February Daytona 500 in a wild, wall-smashing finish with Petty. The prospect of a rematch between NASCAR's all-time' leading money and race winners is expected to lure a record crowd for the race, which begins at 10 a.m. to beat some of the summer heat. Neither driver knows whether the race will come down to a last lap duel between them again, but both have gone out of the way to express hope there is no repeat of February's finish. · . · "It was something else for the fans, but it didn't do much for me," said Petty, who futilely tried to restart his crumpled Dodge only a few feet from the start-finish line. "That was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I hope that was the once," added Pearson, who kept his battered Mercury running and creaked along to victory. Other Contenders Statistics are not entirely against a repeat of the fabled finish, since Pearson has won seven times and Petty has been second five times this season. But the shorter distance of this race should mean more than just two cars will be fighting for the lead at the finish. Pole position winner A.J. Foyt hasn't gone the distance in a SOOrmile NASCAR race since 1972. But he only has to last 400 miles Sunday, so the man who led the most laps of this year's Daytona 500 has to be considered a definite threat. "We've had a lot of trouble finishing races, a lot of mishaps, but I think my DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The starling lineup for Sunday's S170.000 Firecracker 400 NASCAR Grand National stock car race at Daytona International Speedway, with type of car and qualifying speed in miles per hour: 1. .A.J. Foyt. Chevrolet, 183.090. 2. Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 182.359. 3. Richard Petty, Dodge, 181.924. 4. Bobby Allison, Mercury, 1*5.900. 5. Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 160.824. 6. Dave Marcis, Dodge, 110,534. 7.' David Pearson, Mercury, 179.311. 8. Coo Coo Marlin. Chevrolet, 178.759. 9.' Grant Adcox, Chevrolet, 178.557. 10. James Hylton, Chevrolet, 178.405. " Neil Bonnett. Chevrolet, 171.298. Buddy Baker, Ford, 177.978. Bruce Hill, Chevrolet, 177.897. 12. 13. 14. Lennie- Pond, Chevrolet, 177.742. 15. David Sisco, Chevrolet, 177.329. 16. Cecil Goratn, .Chevrolet. 177.235. 17. Darrell Weltrlp, Chevrolet, 176.574. IB. Henley Sray, Chevrolet, 175.963. 19. Jackie Rogers, Chevrolet, 175.956. 20. Frank Warren, Dodge, 175.579. 21. Johnny Rutherford, Chevrolet, 179.034. 22. Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet, 175.977. 23. J.D. McDuffie. Chevrolet, 175.349. 24. Buck Baker, Chevrolet, 175.264. 25: Jimmy Lee Capps, Chevrolet, 175.001. 26. Ferrell Harris, Dodge, 174.937. 27. Buddy Arrington, Dodge, 174.354. 28. Bobby Wawak, Chevrolet, 174.000. 29. Jimmy Means, Chevrolet. 173.103. 30. Ed Negre, Dodge, 172.877. 31. Dick Brooks, Ford, 172.731. 32. Dick Skillen, Chevrolet, 172.972. 33. Joe Mihalic, Chevrolet, 172.166. 34. Janet Guthrie, Chevrolet, 172.120. 35. Richard Childress, Chevrolet, 171.677. 36. Skip wanning, Chevrolet, 171.605. 37. O.K. Ulrich. Chevrolet. 171.307. 38. Dean Dalton, Chevrolet, 170.920. 39. BQILL Elliott, Ford, 170.901. 40. Harold Miller, Chevrolet 170.693. Wills Hayes Wills to Run Against State Track Stars Former baseball great Maury Willis will run the bases for time in competition against West Virginia standout high school runners Wednesday at Watt Powell Park. Sprinters Robert Alexander of South Charleston, Brad Batten of St. Albans, Danny Youngblood of Charleston and middle distance runner Tim Koon of Fairmont will run the bases for time. It will be National Track and Field Hall of Fame-Olympic Night with the Charlies opposing the Tidewater Tides in a twi- night doubleheader beginning at 6:45 p.m. Former Olympic gold medal sprinter and Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Bob Hayes will attend and sign autographs and time the base-runners. Charleston sprinter Mike Tyson, who qualified for the Olympic trials, and his coach, Keith Pritt, will be saluted and the 1964 Olympic flag, donated by the hall of fame, will be flown. A portion of the proceeds will be presented to the hall of fame. Riverside Golf Set July 10-11 Entries are still being received for the fifth annual Riverside Open men's amateur golf tournament which will be held July 10-11 at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason. The entry fee for the two-day event is ?20. Only the first 144 will be accepted. Kenny Frye of Huntington is the defending champion. To enter, call or write the Riverside Golf Course, Mason, W. Va. Phone 773-9527 crew has done a fine job. We'll just have to sit back and see how things turn put," Foyt said. "This car was fastest on qualifying day last February, but it didn't win the race. "I want to have.it over the others on race day." Others considered legitimate challengers Sunday are Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Darrell Waltrip and Dave Marcis. All-Time King , Petty is the defending champion, but the all-time stock car king--making his 700th Grand National start--hasn't won since Feb. 29. That's the longest victory drought for the sixtime national champion that anyone, including Petty himself, can remember. "We were running all right at the beginning of the season, but rules changes since then haven't favored us," Petty said. In recent weeks, however, Petty has seemed to be regaining some of the speed lost to the rules changes. He won the pole position for a race two weeks ago in Michi- gan, and his third-place s t a r t i n g position Sunday is his best here in years. Petty's victory in last year's Firecracker, the world's richest 400-mile race, was a first for him and one of the few races that had eluded his grasp. Pearson, meanwhile, has won this race four times, in- cluding three straight through 1974. Foyt and Yarborough are both two-time winners, and the only other former winners in the lineup. Foyt, with a qualifying speed of 183.090, miles per hour, and Yarborough, at 182.359 m.p.h.. comprise the all-Chevrolet front" row in the 40-car f i e l d . 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