Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on December 12, 1968 · Page 38
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2-D ♦ ♦ tllHOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL—Thurthy Miming, »»camber 12,1968 t¡L % ' . •' - * •¥■ ‘ ‘ • ■ 4 • f % ; f 1S 8 t■,m W ' 'v. ■: « r, WÊ-M m W 0 ELIAS FIRED— Navy football coach Bill Elias has been fired. Elias, whose team finished this season with a 2-8 record, has been head coach at the U. S, Naval Academy since 1965. There has been speculation for some time that he would not be back for another season. (AP Wire photo) NO SUCCESSOR* NAMED Don Meredith Gets NFL Passing Lead NEW YORK (AP) - Dallas’¡Clark a week ago, widened the Don Meredith has regained the margin to 13 points, passing lead from Earl Morrall; Kelly has 114 joints on 19 of Baltimore in the National!touchdowns while Clark has 101 Football League, according to;on 17 field goals and 50 of 50 statistics released Wednesday, j conversion attempts. Lou Mi- Meredith, who slipped to sec- chaels of Baltimore is third with ond a week ago, took over the top spot with 170 of 330 completions for 2,494 yards, 21 touchdowns and an average of 8.31 yards per pass. MorraJl Statu Morrall has connected on 177; of 303 tries for 2,812 yards, 25: touchdowns and an average of j 9.28 yards. The lead is based on completion and interception percentages, touchdown passes and average gain. Morrall has had 17 passes intercepted while Meredith has lost only 11 . Meanwhile, Cleveland’s bruising running back, Leroy Kelly, maintained his big rushing lead and increased his scoring lead. Kelly has picked up 1,172 yards in 238 attempts for a 4.9 average. Philadelphia's Tom Woodeshick moved from fourth to a distant second with 867 yards in 193 carries for a 4.5 average. Injured Gale Sayers dropped to third with 856 yards. Kelly, who took over the scoring lead from Dallas’ Mike 98. Clifton McNeil of San Francisco kept his big lead in pass receiving with 69 catches. Roy ¡Jefferson of Pittsburgh remained second with 52. ★ ★ ★ NFL Stats leadi . no GROl>D GAINERS 1 Av* ! Att. Yards Gain Triv Kelly. Clev ...........238 Woodeshick, Phil . 193 Sayers. Chi ...........138 Willard. 8F ............202 Hoak. Ptt ............139 Perkins. Dali .........179 Crenshaw. StL .... 183 Brown. Minn ..........200 Anderson. GB ........158 Matte, Balt 175 LEADING PASSERS A t *. Att Com. } d*. TDK Gain . 300 170 2.494 21 S. 31 . 303 177 . 171 109 . 377 221 . 294 161 . 270 143 167 161 166 81 2,812 25 9.28 1.617 15 9.46 2 804 22 7 44 2.285 20 7.77 2,150 19 7.96 1,980 17 6.7? 2.053 15 7.01 2,167 18 6.39 1,433 7 9.37 Bill Elias Given The Boot f ♦ # ■As Head Mentor At Navy Kelly. Clev Clark. Dali Michaels, Balt Perelval. Chi Corkeroft. Clev ' Cox. Minn ANNAPOLIS, Md. (APi —no discussion concerning Elias’ j to achieve a winning season.” ^ „ BiJJ Elias, the head football;successor and that the Academy; The soft spoken grid mentor rurkee no coach, was fired Wednesday byiwould welcome all applicants, jsaid he had no immediate plans. B-,kken- ML thiU.S. Naval Acad emy. He made it clear, however,! "This is an occupational haz- — III) Capt. J. O. Coppedge, Acade- that “no member of the present ard," he said of his dismissal. < OfTS f\Oll 1 >Y my athletic director, told a staff will be considered.” Asked if he felt the loss of neWs conference that the Naval j The 45-year-old Elias, a for- quarterbacks Cartwright and Academy Athletic Association mer quarterback at the Univer-iHardin plus early season inju- Meredith. Pass Morrall, Balt . Starr, GB ......... 171 Brodie. SF .. 377 Tarkenton. NY .. 294 Nelson. Clev ... 270 Jurgensen, Wash 292 Munson, Pet .... 293 Gabriel. I* .... 339 Berry. Atl .... 153 LEADING PASS RECEIVERS Av*. Reed. A ds. Gain TDS | McNeil, SF ........ 69 975 14.1 7 Jefferson. Pitt .... 52 935 1*0 10 Hayes Pall .... 50 879 17.6 7 Abramowicz, NO . "0 828 16.6 7 Taylor, Wash .... 48 650 1 3. 55 Taylor, Wash 48 Warfield, Clev»s47 Rentxel. Pall ....... 47 Smith. Stt, ______ 46 746 16.2 Smith. Wash 44 618 14 0 Washington, Minn .. 43 706 16 4 Wiiliams. StL , . 43 682 15.9 6 Mackey, Balt 43 626 14 6 5 LEAPING SCORERS Td* EG I’AT TP .......... 19 0 0 114' ............0 17 SO 301 ! ............ 0 18 44 98 0 23 22 91' 0 15 45 90 . 0 18 28 82 0 IK 34 82i .. .13 0 0 7«: . . . 0 IS 24 7S; . 0 13 37 76: 12 Suns, 143-123 hajl decided not to renew Elias' contract "in an effort to im- j>r$ve Navy's football record.” Navy ended the 1968 season wiih a 21-14 loss to Army and a sity of Maryland, took over thejries to several key players con- PHILADELPHIA (AP> Bii- Navy helm in 1965. tributed to his dismissal, Elias jy Cunningham scored 16 points He guided the Midshipmen to!said, he refused to make ex- ¡n the first quarter, starting the a 4-4-2 record that year, but' cusps . ... Philadelphia 76ers on their way Navy dropped to 4-6 in 1966. “The failure is mine and mine a 143.123 victory over the 2-% record, its worst in 20 years. The only winning season Navy alone,’ he said. Phoen x Suns Wednesday night Coppedge said there had been ¡had under the former Universi-i He said he hoped to find an- m the National Basketball Asso- tv of Virginia and George Wash- other head coaching job where cja 1 jon ington coach was last year when he could take his staff with him, „ _ . centnr 1 1 lckson the middies were 5-4-1, includ- but that he has received no of- ‘6er<?er «or I uke Jackson in" a 19-14 unset of Army fprs as ypt anc* has made no ap- ‘ ! j. ' ‘j, * ar>d apparent v suffered a rup- Trouble# Abundant ¡plications. Elias was beset by difficulties AFL STATS Offensive Leaders To Battle apparently sutteren a rup tured achilles tend <n of the left ankle. The injury could put Jackson out for the remainder of the season. Philadelphia led 68-46 at half- NEW YORK (AP) — The two be matched when Oakland tangles with San Diego Sunday. even before the 1968 season got poiir U.S. Swimmers off the ground. He lost first. string quarterback John Car- Jn French Tank Meet twright by graduation and his , only substitute, Clint Hardin,! NEW YORK (AP) - Debbie .time and Phoen.x never got washed out scholastically iast Meyer, triple gold medal winner; closer than 18 points in the sec- spring. in the recent Olympics, and ond half. Elias was forced to go with three male gold medal swim- Cunningham led the winners most potent offensives in the;sophomore Mike McNallen. mers will participate in an in-with 25 points. Gail Goodrich led American Football League will 7 ^ graying Elias, who sat'ternational meet in Mars- (the losers with 19. chain smoking beside Coppedge eilles. France, on Dee. 20. at the news conference, said he Miss Meyer of Sacramento, The Raiders boast the loop’s had no hard feelings about his Calif.; Mike Burton of Carmi- beit attack with an average of dismissal. chael, Calif.; Doug Russell of 413.8 yards per game—including! "When you have a 2-8 record, Arlington, Tex., and Zac Zorn of an average of 252.2 through the it’s not something that just oc-:Long Reach, Calif., will com- ai^_While San Diego has a 379.4 curs,” he said. ‘‘It takes a num-lpete against leading swimmers m^rk, according to league sta-ber of years to achieve that kind ¡from Australia, Spain, Germany tistics released Wednesday. (of a record just as it takes timeiand France. Better Defense Oakland also has a better de-i feflsive average than the Charger». The Raiders rank third in th^ league with an average) yi®ld of 277.3 per game while. Sail Diego is sixth with 309.0. New York remains the defensive leader with a 248.2 average, just a shade ahead of Houston wifh 249.4. The Jets have permitted only an average of 88.8 yards on the ground—by far the best in the league. ★ ★ ★ SUNLAND PARK RACING SHEETS Free Posses Buffalo Lakes Package Store AFL Stats TEAM OfTENSE * Av*. Av*. Varrli Ruvhln* Oakland --- 161 fi Sarr Diego . ...........379 4128. i Ktw York ......... 361.5 114.0 Kauu City. . 323.2 162.2 Miami 127.9 Koucton .304,8128.4 Iienver 114.5 Cincinnati .. ?44.7 129.1 Bonon ....... 100 5 Buffato ... 205 0109.1 TEAM DKKi NSK ì ard» Runhln* Kf# JorK . ......... 248.288 8 flomlon 126.8 oalrt%n'l . , 277.3 131.8 K<>i««as City......... 295.4 87.8 B'iMalo.. 301.8144 4 .v»n Diego........ 308.0 121,0 B oslen30<i.S 130 0 C neinnaü .149.8 w i«ni ......... 349.0 157 4 Der^ytr .......134.0 North Texas Slip By Centenary, 78-73 SHREVEPORT, La. (UPI) Nofcth Texas State used balanced * scoring to notch its fifth straight win Wednesday night, downing Centenary 78-73. Joe Hamilton led the Texans with 19 points and was followed by Leroy Winfield with 18 and Bill Cutter and Crest Whittaker with 14 each. ]£arry Ward was high for Centenary, hitting for 23 points. Je$se Marshall had 17 and David <Tadich had 14 in the losing effort. 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