Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 86
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September 10, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

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National College FootballOutlook... By Gordons. White New York Times NEW YORK--After years of fussing and arguing about ways to cut exorbitant costs of major college football competition, the best the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. could come up with was to declare freshmen eligible for varsity play. The theory behind the surprising move is: "Save m o n e y b y e l i m i n a t i n g freshman teams." The reaction is: "This MAKE THE PLAY! De-Slick Your Driveway! ASPHALT MVIMG fc SEAUNC TT Protect Your Pavement From Gasoline. Oil. Freeze. Thaw D.amaee. !· Personnel with 30 years' Experience J* We pave and seal drivewqys. porting areas, etc / · Newest Equipment LEHMANN INC. CALL JIM LEHMANN-925-4477 saving will be only a drop In the water bucket." Most drastic cost-cutting Is needed, according to some NCAA officials who continue to wrestle with fiscal football. A few have dared propose that athletic scholarships be eliminated. Now and then there is a protest against the high price of supporting the farm system for the National Football League. But the net result for the 1972 season is still footballs a n d c h r y s a n t h e m u m s , tallgating and television, and those large deficits. Also, there are those freshmen. Just what does a coach do with them? MOST COACHES agree that if a team is forced to use a freshman in a key position that team is in trouble. Some of these first-year players a little short on the long green? ASK ABOUT OUR NEW LOW MflBTMfit RATES ^ 48 Months 60 Months ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE · Abov« Oo«» Hot Includi Iniuranc*, OPEN MON. THRU WED. 9-4 THUItS. « TO 7-FBI CLOSED SAT. CAU 744-1307 or (lop in our office loon 7th AVENUE and "D" STRHT So. Chorleiton, W. Va. AND LOAN COMPANY 30F might move in quickly as kick- return specialists if they have the speed. Coaches didn't know just when to have these freshmen report to college. It has been customary for most freshman football players to report with all other freshman students long after the varsity begins fall work. Ohio State's 16 freshmen, who received full grants-in- aid for football, reported with the varsity Aug. 26. But Louisiana State University's Charlie McClendon has '40 freshmen working with the varsity now. Texas has 45 of them 'who reported with the varsity. Penn State's coach, Joe Paterno, told his freshmen they had a choice -- report with the varsity that started work the last week in August or report with other freshmen this month. There will, of course, be some freshmen in action with the 121 NCAA major teams for the first time since 1951, when Alan Ameche was a freshman back for Wisconsin's varsity. But freshmen don't appear to change the general outlook for the season that Nebraska fans hope will establish the Cornhuskers as the first team to win the national title three years in a row. Bob Devaney will retire at the end of the season as the Nebraska coach and be replaced Jan. 2 by Tom O s b o r n e , a n a s s i s t a n t . Devaney wants this one very much. He was not too pleased that after two successive undefeated seasons he failed to receive the Coach of the Year honor from his colleagues in t h e A m e r i c a n F o o t b a l l Coaches Assn. But it will be a struggle for D e v a n e y a n d N e b r a s k a because of the strength in their own league -- the Big Eight. And Colorado may be the team to stop Nebraska. At least Ed Crowder. the Buffaloes' coach, feels his time is now. The big game last year was the Thanksgiving Day battle b e t w e e n . O k l a h o m a a n d N e b r a s k a w i t h t h e Cornhuskers the winners in this Big Eight and national television game. Nov. 4 is the date for the meeting between Nebraska and Colorado at Colorado. Two weeks before t h a t C o l o r a d o p l a y s Oklahoma, also at Colorado. Those home game advantages are important in the Buffaloes' scheme. For the first time it will be possible for college teams to play their way onto television for that added $200,000 or so per appearance. THE FIRST SIX college games on the A m e r i c a n B r o a d c a s t i n g C o . -- N C A C s c h e d u l e b e g a n w i t h Tennessee at Georgia Tech, Saturday. But beginning Oct. 21 there" will be eight of these games of the week to be selected as the s e a s o n progresses. Despite some restrictions on the number of appearances by a team, TV fans will be able to see more of the "big games" than in the past. Some coaches think these TV fans will be seeing more of the aerial game. Chuck Fairbanks of Oklahoma said, "I look for more passing because the defense is catching up." Paul "Bear" Bryant of A l a b a m a s a i d , " W e ' l l definitely see more of the option pass-run." This comes from wishbone coaches, who had two of the best running teams in college history last year. TV fans will also see more of stars such as Rich Glover, Nebraska linebacker, and Jerry Sisemore, Texas' big offensive tackle. Cameras are also sure to pick up the doings of Joe Ferguson, Arkansas quarter- b a c k ; G r e g P r u i t t , Oklahoma's l i t t l e r u n n i n g , back; Charlie Davis, t h e " Colorado junior running back; Sonny Sixkiller, the Cherokee a t q u a r t e r b a c k f o r Washington, and many others. Coaches who us'ed the wishbone offense last year are sticking with it although there is no longer a big rush to get on that multiple offense band wagon. Pittsburgh is an exception as the Panthers, in trouble, 'are going to try it. Nebraska's victories over the Oklahoma and Alabama wishbones and Penn State's Cotton Bowl triumph over the Texas wishbone may have caused some second thoughts about the wonders of the new attack. WITH OR WITHOUT the wishbone, the national picture for the coming season looks something like this: EAST The departure of Lydell Mitchell, the best running back in Penn State history, is no solace to the Nittany Lions' Eastern rivals trying to upset the Cotton Bowl champions in the run for the Lambert Trophy. John Hufnagel, the man Coach Joe Paterno calls "the best quarterback Penn State ever had," is back. He's an acknowledged winner with 18 victories in 17 varsity starts. Bruce Bannon, an agile end, leads r e t u r n i n g defensive players who helped keep the Texas wishbone from scoring a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl. A victory over Tennessee in Penn State's opener Saturday could point the Lions to their fifth bowl in seven seasons under Paterno and make up f o r t h e i r o n e d e f e a t o f 1971--an embassassing a f f a i r at Tennessee before a national TV audience. Instead of looking to Syracuse for its most serious challenge in the East, Penn State may find that trouble from West Virginia. However, the Mountaineers have an annual hangup--they have not beaten Penn State since 1955. Boston College is optimistic because of the passing of Gary Marangi. But the Eagles' defenders are young and the schedule is upgraded. The add i t i o n of speed in Ben ·.Schwartzwalder's backfield at Syracuse may give the thin Orange forces a boost. Greg Call The Right Play, Ever/time! OLYMP1A'SICR412 HAS 24 DIGIT CAPACITY TO SOLVE BIG PROBLEMS. Complex business problems don't score Olympic's ICR 412 electronic calculator. Because it h o s a big 24 digit capacity and accumulating register. And to make your life even easier, there's a simplified keyboard, zero suppression, sign correct answers in all functions. Plus more. Contact us and see the ICR 412 today. It's the hardest working employee you'll over have. Sunday Gazette-Mail

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