The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1985 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, March 31, 1985
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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31,1985 Page 18 Wildcats to throw the ball more By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor Jim Dickey was anxious to take a look at his Kansas State football team this spring. And, after Mother Nature was consulted, the Wildcat head coach became even more eager. When Dickey learned that cold weather was moving into Kansas for the weekend, he moved the starting date up two days for spring drills. "We really had two pretty days to work out," Dickey said Friday in a telephone interview. "We got a lot accomplished. "I had heard that we would get some cold weather over the weekend. And since we had such nice weather early in the week, it was best for us to go early." Dickey said his players got in two solid days of practice before the cold weather hit Friday. The Wildcats worked out indoors Friday at the Brandeberry Complex. With 17 practice days remaining (teams are allowed 20 during the spring), K-State will be trying to accomplish several things before it winds up spring drills on April 27 with the Purple-White Intrasquad game. First, the Wildcats need to find a quarterback. With the graduation of Stan Weber and new emphasis placed on the passing game with the hiring of offensive coordinator Al Sandahl from Syracuse, the forward pass has become the No. 1 priority. "We're going to throw the ball a good deal more," Dickey said. "With the rules being changed to protect the passing game, it's to our advantage to throw the ball more. We're going to really work on it a lot more." Dickey is looking to sophomore Randy Williams to provide the offensive fireworks at quarterback. Williams, 6-2, 206, threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns last year Salina Journal Kansas State football coach Jim Dickey as one of Weber's backups. "I like his poise," Dickey said of the Jacksonville, Fla., native. Williams will battle for the No. 1 spot with Coffeyville Juco transfer Mark McCray and a trio of walk- ons. The Wildcats will also be changing their defense to stop the pass. Their usual 5-2-4 format will be changed to a defense which features four linemen, two linebackers and Knight to change complexion of team NEW YORK (AP) - Coach Bob Knight, finishing one of his most frustrating seasons in 14 years at Indiana, says he plans to "change the complexion" of his Hoosiers. "We'll just get started all over again," Knight said Friday after the Hoosiers lost to UCLA, 65-62, in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament. Knight already has three junior college transfers coming in next season, and he said he'll make some room on the bench for them by redshirting at least two current Hoosiers. Knight declined to say who will sit out next season. Ten Indiana players saw action Friday night and two of them, Uwe Blab and Dan Dakich, will graduate. The 7-foot-2 Blab grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 11 points Friday night before fouling out with 54 seconds left. "I think more than anything else, I would have liked to have seen Blab win just simply be- cause of how hard he has worked," Knight said. "The game is not a natural game for Blab and he has really come a long way." Although Blab expressed disappointment in leaving Indiana on a losing note, he said he was pleased the team pulled out.of its nosedive. "At least we did a little better than in the Big Ten," said Blab, referring to the Hoosiers' seventh-place conference finish. "At least we got to the finals." Knight called the march to the NIT finale an invaluable experience for his underclassmen. "Any experience you get playing the game can be turned into a positive experience," Knight said. "That's simply what we'll try to do with this, but I'm not sure how many people we are playing right now will be playing a year from now," he said. Knight said he plans to take some time off next month to fish in Alabama or Florida. Salina's Only 24 hr. TEL-rVRflTE QS5-0552 (ofAmerica SdlllU I I- & llM. S'J.,r.rj 82', ! Star \ 'i: , i.'y Ninth & Magnolia M.robUfPIC five defensive backs. Offense and defense aside, Dickey is more worried about the kicking rame. The Wildcats lost punter Scott Fulhage and place-kicker Steve Willis to graduation after the two had started for three years each. "We were fortunate to have them so long," Dickey said. "Now we just have to find someone else." Dickey, who will be entering his eighth season at KSU this fall, said the lack of a quarterback, punter or kicker and the changes on offense and defense are secondary to the teaching of fundamentals this spring. "We sure need to work on fundamentals on both sides of the football," Dickey said. "We hope to de- velope a scheme that the players will be able to carry over to the fall. "The players here are a little bigger and stronger than last year. I'm anxious to see how they look. Usually the spring is the time when there are surprises as far as development is concerned, and we need sur- pises." The Wildcats will work out on Monday night and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons each week. The Wildcats return 16 starters from last year's 3-7-1 team — 10 on defense and six on offense. Clay Center senior Barton Hundley is the top returnee. Hundley was an All- Big Eight selection at free safety last year. There are four juco transfers enrolled for the spring semester — quarterback Mark McCray, defensive end Troy Adams, offensive lineman Matt Carver and defensive lineman Kevin Humphrey. Three notable position changes have also been announced by the K- State staff. Defensive end Greg Strahm will move to offense and play fullback; Dwayne Castille, another defensive end last year, has been switched to linebacker and tailback James Witherspoon has been moved back to flanker. For players aren't participating in the spring drills because of injuries — tailback Todd Moddy, fullbacks Rick Lewis and Charles Crawford and defensive end Grady Newton. Starting the spring as the No. 1 fullback is McPherson's Ray Wilson. The Purple-White Game will be held April 27 at 7 p.m. 'Ragged and unsure' Bruins now champs NEW YORK (AP) — Early in the season, they looked ragged and unsure, a far 'cry from the proud teams that won 10 NCAA basketball titles in 1960s and '70s. Now the UCLA Bruins are champions of the National Invitation Tournament. "We ran a psychiataric ward most of the year to get back the confidence and self-esteem of the players," said Walt Hazzard, who was a senior in 1964 when Hazzard UCLA won the first of those NCAA titles. Hazzard completed his first season as UCLA coach Friday night by watching the Bruins win the NIT title in their first appearance in the 48-year-old tournament with a 65-62 victory over Indiana at Madison Square Garden. "We came back to the Apple and conquered the Apple," said Hazzard, whose team lost to St. John's by 19 points in the Garden in December. "Everybody was burying us at the beginning of the year. We just worked hard. Anytime you win a championship, you run through a test. And this was our test." UCLA opened the season with six losses in their first nine games, but five of those losses either were in overtime or by a single point. Then "Dr." Hazzard got through to his players and the Bruins of the Pac-10 took off, winning 11 of their last 12 games, with the loss coming in four overtimes to Southern California. Their NIT championship victory gave them a 21-12 record. It was the 17th 20-victory season in the last 18 years for the Bruins. "I owe everything to the coach," said senior center Brad Wright, who held 7-foot-2 Uwe Blabb to 12 points and forced him to foul out with 14 seconds remaining. "He gave me confidence every day. He convinced me that I was a good basketball player." "We took a lot of verbal abuse and I took a lot of verbal abuse," said sophomore Reggie Miller, who scored 18 points, mostly on long- rage shots. "A magazine article said Reggie couldn't beat his sister Cheryl (a Southern ( Cal star and member of the U.S. women's gold medal Olympic team), one-on-one," said Hazzard. "I wish the writer would put some salt and pepper on it and eat the article. "Now you know the Bruins can play basketball," said Hazzard basking in the championship that capped his turnaround season. "We'll just get started all over again," said Bobby Knight, whose Indiana team finished at 19-14. Knight felt the four-game march to the NIT final had help his underclassmen. "Any experience you get playing the game can be turned into a positive experience," he said. In the game for third place before a crowd of 12,454, Tennessee beat Louisville 100-84. Now Open!!! 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