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Tuesday, March 14, 1967
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Wyftevltle (Ark,) Courier News — Tuesday, March 14, 1MT — Ptff Dfficial Quitting, Tired of Abuse They Want You to Be a Homer By SANDY PADWE BALTIMORE - (NBA) With the end of the collegiate basketball season also comes the end of Charley Eckman's career. Charley's career — as a referee and as coach of the old Fort .Wayne Pistons — has been colorful. It also has been .controversial. It still is. "It takes a certain kind of guy to be a referee," Charley said. "He has to have personality, poise, guts, he has to be a bit of a psychiatrist and a bit of a psychologist, but most important, he has to have a feel for the game. The rule book is the last thing to worry about. It is the poorest written book in the country." * * * It was Charley's "feel for the game" that earned him the title, "the player's fer- eree." And it is because "Charley has lost this "feel" that he .has decided to retire. "I've been in the game for 29 years," he said. "I'm 45. Why not go out on top? "I'm not quitting because of anything the coaches or players pull. You can always keep them in line. It's the fans. They're getting worse. They're almost unbelievable. "I'm not talking about the guys in Madison Square Garden or the big arenas In the big cities. They're not really fans. They're gamblers. All they care about is the point spread. "I'm talking about the kids on. the campuses. Their behavior Has been so bad that I'm inclined to believe games should be played on neutral courts. *• * * "Look, I don't mind the booing and all that. It's part of the game, part of the color and atmosphere. What I mind is the things they throw: beer cans, hot dogs, soda bottles, rolled-up pro-' grams, hot pennies. . ." Hot pennies? "Yeah, hot p e n n i e s," Charley said "The kids at .. .Duke—high class kids—heat pennies with matches and throw them at opposing players (and occasionally at referees). At Maryland, when they don't like a call they throw rubber balls out of the stands. "You know, these are college students. If educated people act this way, what are you supposed to expect from the illiterates?" At a game between St. John's and Villanova a few weekr ago, tSie Villanova students showered the playing floor in the campus gymnasium with so much debris that coach Jack Kraft offered to forfeit the game. St. John's declined, but still won, 59-52. Kraft and the athletic department then decided to switch a scheduled home game with Providence to the Friars' home courts to avoid a similar display. * * * "That's what I'm talking about," Eckman said. "Incidents like that. I don't know. Maybe after 29 years I'm getting thin-skinned. "Basketball officials just have to take too much abuse. Look at football. It's easy compared to what we go through. You always see the name of the college printed after the name of the football official in the game summaries. In basketball you don't. The ex- players are too smart to go into Officiating. But ask yourself, why?" The reason are simple. Officiating, as Charley said, is "90 per cent guts and judgment and 10 per cent rule book." Fans, however, do not accept it. "They want you to be a homer," Charley said. * * * So after starting a career at 16 (for $1.50 a game) the $100-a-night checks do not matter now. Charley Eckman has worked all the major games, all the major tournaments, professional as well as collegiate. But now the hotel room walls and the fans - have closed in too much. "I've got a good job .with a radio station (WCBM in Baltimore)," Charley said. "I think I'll stick with it." The fans from Atlantic Coast and Southern Conference schools may not care about Charley's retirement, but the players will. He was Illinois Huddle Today CHAMPAIGN, 111. (AP) - Dr. David D. Henry and the University of'Illinois Board of Trustees huddle today to decide what action will be .taken in a final Big Teh appeal concerning the $21,000 slush fund scandal. ; ; Dr. Henry, president of the university, is expected to get approval from the board in an attempt to "show cause" why three coaches involved . in the scandal should not be fired. ( Big Ten athletic directors and faculty . representatives have ruled the university must show cause why its membership shouldn't be suspended or terminated if the'three coaches are Baseball Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday's Results : St. Louis 1, Detroit 0 . New York, A, 6, Chicago, A, 0 : Cincinnati fi, Houston 1 3 Minnesota 7, Philadelphia 3 New York, N, 5, Boston .3 . Los Angeles 10, Washington 8 Pittsburgh, 7, Kansas City 1 . Wednesday's Games Baltimore vs. Kansas City at Miami New York, A, vs. Boston at Port Lauderdale, Fla. California vs. Chicago, N, at Scottsdale, Ariz. Chicago, A, vs. Pittsburgh at Fort Myers, Fla. Cleveland vs. San Francisco it Phoenix, Ariz. Detroit vs. HousUn it Cocoa, Fla. Minnesota vs. Philadelphia at Orlando, Fla. Washington vs. Atlanta «t Portipfw, Fla. New York, N, v«. Cincinnati it St. Petersburg, Fla. Los Angeles vs. St. Louis at .V«ro BMch, Fla. . net fired. * * *. The three are football Coach Pete Elliott, basketball Coach Harry Combes and Combes assistant, Howard Braun. Dr. Henry has held the Big Ten's demands are "too harsh." Illinois has until Friday to serve notice that' it seeks an appeal, and a date, mutually con- vient for both groups, will be set for a meeting, - probably next week. ' . If the faculty representatives still demand that Illinois fire the coaches or get out of the Big Ten, Dr. Henry and the trustees again will meet to make their final decision. In addition to demanding the dismissal of the coaches, the faculty men recently ruled five Illinois athletes permanently ineligible and three, temporarily ineligible. : Several other athletes either left school or were cleared of charges involving illegal aid ranging from $ $50 a month. " * * * Meanwhile, former athletic director Doug Mills, who resigned Dec. 1, a couple of weeks before the scandal-broke, denied had made statements that Dr. Henry -had ''knowledge of the slush fund. Mills said his remarks t« a Chicago columnist Sunday were misinterpreted. Mills was quoted as saying Dr. Henry "knew as much about the fund is I did." i Dr. Henry branded the statements attributed to Mills "a total untruth." Staff Completed DETROIT (AP)—The Detroil Lions of the Natlonil Football Leigw completed thtir new coichinf lineup Mondiy when Coach Joe Schmidt signed hli former teammate, Jim Martin at dtfewiv* lint coach. BREAK IT UP, BREAK IT UP! — Charley Eckman steps right in to break up this fight. Charley, who has been officiating collegiate and professional basketball for 29 years, says this is his last season. The abuse from the fans, he says, is just too much to take. their favorite. Charley was always at the foul line with that big grin, and he always was around with the quick retort to any player who started to gripe ("You don't shoot wel enough to argue with me"). And he was always there with a quite remark to ease a youngster's tensions. * * * And always the sense of humor. Once an exhausted South Carolina player collapsed at Charley's fiet after a fast break. "Tired?" Charley asked. "Cholly, I'm beat," the youngster replied. "Well, you just lay there awhile," Charley said, the grin splitting his face. "I got the ball and you got to throw it in to start play, so no nobody's going anywhere without us." IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER, and it finally did. The Missouri Conservation Commission reports checking counterfeit 1967 hunting and fishing permits. The bogus permits came to light in the St. Louis area last December. The Commission also reports some sportsmen are being prosecuted for possession and use of improper permits. * * * SHORTS-SHOTS—An estimated 40 million people will lake to the water this year. Two pamphlets, "The Boat-Owner's Guide," and boating laws, are available free from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Little Rock . . . Wetlands are not only important as natural reservoirs,, invaluable in time of drought, but also as the home of many species of wildlife that furnish food and recreating to an increasing population ... It has been said that "the true conservationist is the man who is more concerned about what the preservation of certain natural resources will do for his soul rather than for his pocketbook." . . . The turkey vulture runs and hops with a gawky, hitching motion and his take-off from the ground is accomplished with a series of hops and great flailing of the wings. * * * A FISHERMAN CALLED LAST WEEK TO REPORT that he ran out of bait while fishing. So he leafed through a fishing magazine, tore out a picture of a worm, and baited his hook with it. His catch? A picture of a fish. * * * HUNTERS' LOG: TURKEY, Firearms—April 1-8 and April 15-22 in designated areas; Brandywiiie Island, April 3-4 and April 17-18 on permit basis only. Limit—one gobbler per period. TURKEY, Archery-April 1-8 and April 15-May 10 in designated areas. Limit, one gobbler per season. St. Francis National Forest open March 15-April 15. One gobbler only. NAIA First Round St. Mary's, Tex., 59, Wart- jurg, Iowa 56 Guilford, N.C., 70, Boston Hate, Mass., 61 Oklahoma Baptist 55, Alcorn A&M, Miss., 52 St. Benedict's 80, Linfield, Ore., 75 Chadron, Neb., 83, Millers- vide, Pa., 66 Midwestern, Tex., 96, Dickinson, N.D., State 77 Southwestern, La., 110, Finday, Ohio, 73 Morris Harvey, W.Va., 103, Howard Payne, Tex., 85 COLLEGE iiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiniiiiiiiiuii College Basketball By The Associated Press NIT Quarler-Finals First Round Southern Illinois 72, Duke 63 Marshall 119, Nebraska 88 46-Point Job in the NIT iBOWLING, Mike Howell spoke eloquently 'or Industrial League last night at Shamrock, socking 223-646. Jerry Foard fired 210-584; Bob Littrell 213-568; Amos -Decker 213-536; Roger Goyette 209-532; Waldo Cotner 532; Jim Roleson 526; and Lloyd Snow 523. Fifth- place Aero-Jets swept 1036-2945. Gene Trimmer triggered 208576 . in 6:30 Mixed Doubles League last night at Strat-0- Lanes. Al Brauer brought in 557; Jack Flenner 210; Donetta Gorrell 186-514; Rita Poulin 488; and Donna Poole 186. Fourth- place Blytheville Title tossed 824-2340. Mick League picked the 5-6-10 and 3-10. In 9 O'clock Mixed Doubles League at Strat-0, R.D. Samuels stowed 211-530; Russ May 210-524; Donna Seglem 201-506; and sub Bob Snow shook 611. Among the split-pickers were Bea Scott and Bill Robinson Fifth-place Minit Mart carved 797-2304. In recent league action at shamrock: OSCEOLA FRIDAY MIXED — Dor- rlE Yancey 191-536: Charles Wilks 193-520: Myrtle Holthouse 187-405 Among the split-pickers were Don and Jean Baker. Road Runners had 672-1902. STEELITES — Boa Edwards 212' 566; Jerry Hitchens 219-54.7: am Carmen Mathls 191-508. Among the split-pickers were Dottle Wlngfleld Rexall Drugs showed 706-2009. FARMER'S — Bert Williams 236642: Jackie Tice 224-629: Hon Hll- son 245-618. Phillip's Ford had 1052 and Hood's Plying Service 2999. INDUSTRIAL Points Jewelers 419 Sullivan Chevrolet 402'~ Johnson's Esso 374 1 ;; Coca Cola 336 Aero Jets 293 Pepsi Cola 274',; 6:35 MIXED DOUBLES W 1 Team Four 68 32 State Farm 61 39 Blytheville Tractor 59 41 Blytheville Title 58 42 Robertson's Dls 51 49 Four Eondas 44 56 Team One 41 59 Chlckasak Pontlac 40',; 59', Drelfus Jewelry 39 61 Nameless 38 ',:, 61 MONDAY 9 O'CLOCK DOUBLES W . L Katz Jewelers 64 36 McFall's Florist 591.J 40'., Reelfoot 54 46 WOSCO 49U SOI.. Mlnlt Mart 49i,i SO',! Ledbetter's 48 52 Kelly-Bllt-Unlforms 48 52 Big M Discount 48 52 Bbone Cleaners 46 54 C & W Cleaners 3314 66 \, NEW YORK (AP) - Basket- iall is a labor of love for South- rn Illinois' skillful Salukis, but umping George Stone and the 'hundering Herd prefer to shoot irst — and let the goad times oil. "When I'm not, I just keep lumping. I'm not bashful," an ixultant Stone exclaimed Monday night after his 46-point bar- age led Marshall's hurrying Herd to a record-breaking 119-98 riumph over Nebraska in the Vational Invitation Tournament. "The keys for us have been lalance and hard work," said !oach Jack Harlman, whose Salukis preceded Marshall into he NIT semifinals by wearing down Due 72-63 in the first jame of the Madison Square Garden doubleheader. Marshall and Southern Illinois ilay the respective winners of .onight's Providence-Marquette and New Mexico-Rutgers pair- ,ngs in Thursday night's semis. Stone, an angular 6 - foot - 7 jump-shooter -whose accuracy appears to improve as he moves •arther away from the hoop, put together the high-point game thus far in the tourney as Marshall shattered Bradley's 10- year-old NIT record of 116 joints. The junior forward, limited to 15 points in Marshall's 70-68 overtime victory over Villanova ast Thursday night, poured in 26 in the first half against the 'When I'm Hot I Keep Pumping' stunned Cornhusters, hitting on 12 of 19 shots from the floor. He finished with 20-for-38 and a school point record. Sophomore Die Garrett, rugged Ralph Johnson and Lit- llc All-America Walt Frazior led Southern Illinois past the Blue Devils for its 16th straight victory and 22nd in 24 starts. Southern Illinois, the nation's No. 1 college division team, has won seven of nine games against major foes. "We've played some of the best teams in the country and we thought we'd have a good chance here," said Frazier, the 6-3 floor general who contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists to the SIU attack. "Some teams have one star. We have five players on the court—no stars. We have desire and momentum. We could go all the way." nament Wednesday. The opening round in spaciouf Roberts Stadium includes: 2:30 p.m. EST — Long Island 22-6) vs. Winston-Salem State (28-1); 3:30 p.m. - San Diego State (26-4) vs. Illinois State (1711); 7 p.m. — Southwest Missouri Slate (21-4) vs. Valparaiso '21-7; 9 p.m. — Cheyney State (27-2) vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (23-3). Semifinals are Thursday night and the championship game Friday night. Ranked teams are No. 2 Kentucky Wesleyan, defending champion; No. 4 Cheyney State, No. 5 San Diego State and No. 9 Southwest-Missouri. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Four of the Associated Press' top-ranked college teams head into the final stages of the NCAA college division basketball tour- Pollard Is Coach MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minneapolis Laker star Jim Pollard Monday was named coach of the new Minnesota team in the fledgling American Basketball Association. For TIGERS only... long & lean Panetela 30 KING EDWARD America's Largest Sitting Cigar BuyaLeSabre. 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