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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 41

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August 24,197 5 -Ch»rtejfca Acs) Viroto Grid Powers Support Alabama's Bryant But Few Willing to Join His Lawsuit Cleaning Up The Sports Desk: A suggestion here recently that $10 million was spent for a Coliseum at West Virginia U. while Marshall is still struggling without a place of its own to play basketball, brought some comment from Dr. James G. Harlow. president of -West Virginia U. · "I thought you might be interested in the fact that the \VVu Coliseum was financed from funds derived from a bond issue backed entirely by tuition paid by WVU students-, and the bonds are being retired through WVU student fees. No state general revenue was or is involved. In fact, all other construction on the WVU campus since the Coliseum was completed, including the natitorium. the law center and the phase two addition to the Creative Arts Center were financed from the same source, and ;irc being paid for through WVU student fees. Even the big WVU computer was purchased from the bond issue proceeds." Thanks. Dr. Harlow. But Marshall is still hurting. It's almost a shame that every state school has its own field house or gymnasium while Marshall, second largest, has nothing . . . Speaking of Marshall, word from the west comes that Mike D'Antoni is on the trading block and that the Kansas City club may release him :i* 11 _~i _.,,!.. . -if~i r-»- u: -li mev cdii i iiidNtr a ucdi IU1 mm. Coach Phil Johnson hinted as much at a recent coaching clinic held in Idaho . . . . Larry Mullins. taking over as head football and track coach at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, says his decision to leave George Washington High, where he served as an assistant, "was a painful one," but he decided that he could be of "more value to the young people of our school system by serving as a head coach rather than an assistant." He hopes to bounce back as a head coach at the high school level and it's our guess that he will--and will serve well . . . . By Bob Greene Tke Associated Press Alabama Coach Bear Bryant's getting plenty of moral support from other major college football powers, but few want to join him in bis lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For instance, Coach Charlie McClendon of Louisiana State says he also dislikes the new NCAA rule which limits teams to suiting up only 48 football players for road games and 60 at home. But McClendon also points out why he thinks Bryant, the legendary coach of the Crimson Tide, might find himself alone when he goes to court. "It's been my experience that anybody I've ever heard go into a lawsuit with the NCAA ended upon probation," McClendon said. Hopes Others Follow Bryant, one of the winningest coaches in collegiate gridiron history, had expressed hope that 75 or 80 other schools might follow his lead and go to court. Around the nation, coaches lined up as expected. The major football powers agree with Bryant, an informal poll taken by The Associated Press showed. But the smaller schools and those whose teams have not been perennial winners take the side of the NCAA. "We support Coach Bryant fully." said Mississippi State Coach Bob Tyler, who has suited up 70 to 74 players for road games the past two years. "We don't think there should be a limit whatsoever. We can't see a need for a limit." But Tyler said Mississippi State will not join Alabama in its suit. "I wouldn't think it would be necessary." he said. "His (Bryant's) move will stand." At the University of Pittsburgh, Panther Coach Johnny Majors said he concurs "with them (Alabama) 100 per cent." But he said only the school could decide whether to join Alabama's suit and he could not speak for the administration. Other End of Ladder On the other end of the ladder are the smaller or less successful football schools like Harvard, Rutgers, Illinois and Northwestern. "That has no connection with us," said David Matthews, sports information director at Harvard, referring to the'foot- ball program at Alabama as compared to that of liis school. "That's another world. It's hard to relate to it." Rutgers Athletic Director Fred Gruninger said he supports "the action taken by'the (NCAA) membership. This is a real progressive move by the membership in order to bring about some economy measures." Membership Optional Both Cecil Coleman. athletic director at Illinois, and his counterpart at Northwestern, John Pont, said membership in the NCAA is optional and those who don't like the new rules can leave the organization. In its suit, Alabama petitioned the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court to enjoin the NCAA from enforcing the new rules adopted at last week's special convention as long as athletes involved were under scholarship contracts entered into prior to Aug. 15. In essence, the suit, if upheld, would delay enforcement of squad limitations for four years. "1 was not for the new rules." Pont said, "but we are a member of the NCAA and will live with them. The NCAA after all is voluntary. You can always pull out if you can't live with the rules." West Virginia Coach Bobby Bowden said the changes were not aimed at schools like his. but "for the Oklahomas and Alabamas and Southern Cals...We've always operated near the .levels they just set. "Now if I was at Alabama, or some- where like that, you'd probably hear me crying a lot louder." 1975 Peek's, ze FOOTBALL GUIDE MOORE'S PHOTO DEPARTMENT THE S. SPENCER MOORE CO. 11 8 Capitol 342-6185 * * WVU Scores Points But Winning Is Tough West Virginia U. has scored 90 points on the Temple Owls in their last three football meetings, but only one victory can the Mountaineers show. They lost last year. 35-21, at Morgantown and were eased out, 39-36, the year before in Philadelphia. Only game of these three that WVU won was in 1971 at Morgantown when the Mountaineers came out on top, 43-33. They open their 1975 season in a game with the Owls at Morgantown Joe Morgan, the Pawtucket manager and "Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year" when he was boss at Charleston in 1973, says he doesn't want to manage in the major leagues "after my children have grown up and gone.""I believe big league managers should be young guys that bounce around like Sparky Anderson and Dick Williams. The old guys like (Walter) Alson, they've been around too long." Joe is 44 Speaking of managers, someone suggested the other day that when the Pittsburgh Pirates fired Bill Virdon bis record at the time was better than Danny Murtaugh's bass been here of late. So? Danny is an institution at Pittsburgh, Bill Virdon was just another guy to them Bill Armstrong the former St. Albans boy, thinks he has another big basketball winner coming up at Palm Springs, Calif, next season. "My team could be one of the top 10 in Triple A," he says of the C.I.F. race. Bill's wife is visiting her mother (Mrs. Arthur Lively) in Belle, W. Va., at the moment. Armstrong's teams in 25 years of his coaching, have won 83 per cent of their games, including one run of 66 straight victories . . . . . Great Automotive Buys. 1/3 off Steel-belted whitewall. Our finest bias steel-belted tire. * * * Brinfcman's Son Enrolls at W.Va. Tech Charles Everett Brinkman, youngest son of the late Hall of Fame coach from Wheeling, Everett Brinkman, has enrolled at W. Va. Tech. But Charlie is a "brain" and not an athlete, although he may try for a place on the Goldeen Bear tennis team. He was accompanied to Montgomery last week by his pretty moth- Charles Brinkman er, Jane Brinkman, and sister, Carroll, who is a student at W. Va. Wesleyan. Brinkie, who coached at Wheeling for 22 years, died three years ago last July and was one of the most famous high school coaches West Virginia has ever had. Another son, Jay, attended WVU, . . . George Darlington, son of Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Darlington of Garden St. , and a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, is looking for the Nebrasks Cornhuskers to have another big season. This will be his third year there as defensive end coach. He played college football at Rutgers, where he also was a star lacrosse player. He got his master in education at Stanford in 1962,and is. a fine man, as well as an outstanding coach . . . . They had a big] memorial for Clint "Scraps" Courtney, late manager of the Richmond Braves, the other night at Richmond. Since Courtney had no insurance, Richmond insurance underwriters headed a campaign to raise some money for Courtney's widow. "They got more than $5,000," said Courtney's successor as Richmond manager, Bob Lemon, "It was a nice thing for them to do" . . . . The decision-of Robin Lyons, the Herbert Hoover football hero and winner of the coveted Harry H. Kennedy Award, to leave the West . Virginia U. football team came with much sadness and disappointment to his followers. And, regardless of Robin's reasons, it won't be easy for him to recover if he still has football aspirations. 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An explosive Watergate-style hearii* in parliament, plus a government inquiry-' have persuaded Israelis that drastic remedies are needed. Investigators believe dozens of games in the senior national league during 1974-75 were fixed, either by payment or by threats to plfyers and officials. t Accused of Smuggling In a separate scandal, the captain of the national team has resigned, accused of smuggling American swimsuils past Israeli customs for his sports shop. He maintains his innocence, however. · In addition to charges of game-fixing, spectators have become more rowdy than ever, regularly invading the field, pummeling referees and unpopular players. Soldiers mingling among the spectators i are required uger law to leave their * weapons at thei»e because of incidents in which shots were fired in the air during riots. Evidence has emerged that the mob even manipulates crowds, sending them on rampages or keeping them quiet, depending on whether it wants the game suspended or played out. No Longer a Sport "Soccer is no longer a sport here," was the sad comment of one parliamentary investigator, David Koren. Evidence of game-fixing was blantant at the end of this season during a playoff between two teams threatened with relegation to the lesser league. Bnei Yehuda whipped Betar Tel Aviv 5-1. a feat that seemed impossible to the most charitable fan. Betar forward Moshe Romano claimed he received threats against his family and' was warned not to score against Bne: Yehuda. The inquiry committees have recom-: mended that the IS-team national league; be frozen, all relations cancelled, and the corruption probe stepped up. The Israeli Football Association chair- ma| Menahem Heller, sees little hope of l UK corruption by next season. Batteries installed free. 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