The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 5, 1985 · Page 11
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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, April 5,1985 Page 11 Tulane drops basketball program NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane University, rocked by a point-shaving scandal and the discovery of NCAA violations, said Thursday it planned to drop men's basketball immediately and permanently. An Orleans Parish grand jury, shortly after the school's announcement, indicted three players, including John "Hot Rod" Williams, and five others on a total of 19 counts of sports bribery and conspiracy in the gambling case. In addition, a second nine-count indictment named Gary Kranz, a student, with selling cocaine to three members of the team, who were not indicted on drug charges. Basketball coach Ned Fowler, • v who hasn't been implicated in the alleged point-shaving scheme, resigned Thursday along with two assistants. Tulane President Eamon Kelly said Fowler admitted making cash payments to several players — a violation of NCAA rules. Kelly, speaking at a news conference, said he thought it was critical the 150-year-old private university take a clear and decisive stand, even though basketball teams have been fielded since 1912. "The only way I know to demonstrate unambiguously this academic community's intolerance of the vio- i lations and actions we have uncov- * ered is to discontinue the program in which they originated," he said. Kelly said he was certain his recommendation to drop basketball will be accepted,by the board of ad- Tulane head basketball coach Ned Fowler (center) and assistant coaches Max Pfeifer (left) and Mike Richardson resigned Thursday. ministrators and the university senate. He said he thought the termination would be permanent. The Times-Picayune, The States- Item quoted sources as saying that Williams told prosecutors he secretly got $100 a week from Fowler during the season. The newspaper also quoted sources .as saying Williams told prosecutors he received a $10,000 payment in a shoebox when he was a high school senior to attend Tulane. The money was allegedly delivered by two men, one of whom was said to be a Tulane assistant coach. Fowler was not at Tulane at that time. Fowler, who was given immunity before he spoke to a grand jury Thursday, refused to comment when questioned by reporters. Until Thursday, only home games against Southern Mississippi and Memphis State had been mentioned in connection with the investigation. The indictment added a third, at Virginia Tech, but gave few details. Those indicted were the same eight people who had been arrested earlier in the case. They were: Williams, 23, of Sorrento, La., a 6-10 senior center who was Metro Con- ference Player of the Year in 1983-4 and all-conference in 1984-85; Bobby Thompson, 21, of New Orleans, a 6-0 senior guard; David Dominique, 19, of New Iberia, La., a 6-7 sophomore swingman; Kranz, 21, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; David "Buddah" Rothenberg, 22, of Wilton, Conn., once a member of Kranz' fraternity; Mark Olensky, 21, of Fair Lawn, N.J., also once a member of Kranz' fraternity; Craig Bourgeois, 23, New Orleans, not a student; and Roland Ruiz, 48, of New Orleans, who has a record of two convictions for operating as a bookie. Two players, Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson, both 22, testified before the grand jury last week under grants of immunity. The indictments said each got at least $2,400 and an unspecified amount of cocaine. The total amount of money allegedly split by the players was not specified in the indictment although' it said $13,500 was involved in a Memphis State game, $3,500 in a Southern Mississippi game, and an unspecified amount in a game against Virginia Tech. Thompson was indicted only in two conspiracy counts, although he was mentioned in four which said he took at least $2,900 and one which said he took cocaine. Asked if Thompson had made a deal, District Attorney Harry Connick refused to comment. "One of the reasons for taking this kind of stand is to insure that what went on in the basketball program did not have any spillover to the football program or to any of our other intercollegiate athletic sports," Kelly said. The NCAA violations were discovered as part of an investigation of the basketball program. Kelly said the first information came from the district attorney and the university began its own probe. "It was during our investigation that we confirmed the cash payments to several of the basketball players," Kelly said. Kelly said he and Fowler met several days ago and the coach acknowledged that the payments had been made. He declined to say how much money was involved or what it was for. "I want to emphasize that we have no reason to believe that Coach Fowler or any members of his coaching staff were involved in the alleged point shaving of basketball games," Kelly said. A report last week said Thompson had told the district attorney's office he had agreed through a middle-man to have five players, including himself, participate in a point-shaving scheme in the Memphis State game. Fowler, 41, had been at Tulane for four years. He was named Metro Conference coach of the year during his first season, when the team went 19-9. The team finished 15-13 this year, 6-8 in the Metro conference. Morse NAIA Coach of the Year KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Fort Hays State coach Bill Morse, who guided the Tigers of Kansas to back-to-back basketball titles in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's tournament, has been named the 198485 Coach of the Year. Two weeks ago, Morse's Tigers defeated Wayland Baptist University of Texas, 82-80, in overtime for) the 48th annual crown. In the I 1984 champion- Morse ship game, Fort Hays defeated Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 48-46, in overtime. It was the first time that a school won consecutive NAIA titles since Kentucky State in 1971 and 1972. In three seasons at Fort Hays State, Morse has compiled a 102-9 record. In 1983, his first season with the Tigers, he led them to third place in the national tournament. Morse is a graduate of Winona State University in Minnesota. He coached five seasons' at Hillsdale College in Michigan and compiled a 116-41 mark, including a fourth place finish in the 1981 NAIA tournament. In addition to being named . Coach of the Year, Morse was selected NAIA Area 3 Coach of the Year. Other area winners were Bill Reynolds, Southern' California College, Area 1; Mark Adams, Wayland Baptist, Texas, Area 2; Dick Bennett, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Area 4; Dave Loos, Christian Brothers, Tenn., Area 5; John Lawhorn, Rio Grande, Ohio, Area 6; John Kresse, College of Charleston, S.C., Area 7; and Jerry Slocum, Nyack, N.Y., Area 8. Blackwelder leads LPGA event RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Myra Blackwelder, returning to the women's golf tour after taking time off to have a baby, fired a surprising 4-under-par 68 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the $400,000 Nabisco Dinah Shore. Blackwelder, who played under her maiden name of Van Hoose from 1980-84, held a one-shot lead over Patty Sheehan, Judy Clark and Jane Grafter after the opening round at Mission Hills Country Club. A group of six others, including 1984 LPGA Player of the Year Betsy King, was another shot behind at 2-under-par 70. Also in that group were Pat Bradley and Alice Miller, who dropped out of a share of the lead when she carded a double bogey on the 18th hole. Others close to the lead included Jan Stephenson, Jane Blalock and Donna Caponi, all at 71, and Beth Daniel and Kathy Whitworth at even-par 72. Juli Inkster, the defending champion who would collect a $1 million bonus if she wins the Dinah Shore again this year, had a 73. Another tournament favorite, Nancy Lopez, struggled to an opening 76. Blackwelder, looking for her initial LPGA victory in five years on the tour, had four birdies and no bogeys over the 6,275-yard, par-72 Mission Hills layout. She never hit into serious trouble, and made a (See LPGA, Page 12) Wesleyan snaps skid by sweeping Sterling By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer The Sterling College Warriors have been a welcomed sight for Kansas Wesleyan this baseball season. The Coyotes opened their season with 16-4 and 3-1 victories at Sterling last month, and Thursday they snapped an eight-game losing skid with 9-7 and 6-2 victories over the Warriors at Schilling Complex. Aggressive base running, timely hitting (particularly by Jeff Garretson and the bottom of KW's batting order) and efficient pitching marked Wesleyan's latest triumphs. Sophomore right-hander Randy Rath, a spot starter, limited Sterling to just three hits and two earned runs in the opener while improving his record to 2-1. Bobby Aiken, a 24-year-old freshman strikeout specialist, picked up, the win in relief .of freshman Jeff Jakopec in the nightcap. Jakopec yielded two runs while constantly dodging trouble through the first 4% innings. Aiken fanned five Warriors' while walking two without yielding a hit over the final 2% frames. Aiken stepped to the mound with a runner on third and one out in the fifth. After walking the first batter he faced, Aiken and the Coyotes got a pivotal break when sophomore catcher Jeff Parsons picked Sterling's Alvin Johnson off third base. Aiken then ended the uprising by fanning Kelly Robson. Momentum on its side, KW delivered the knockout blow in the bottom half of the inning. Having pulled even, 2-2, in the fourth inning, Wesleyan strung together four straight hits and capitalized on a couple of errors to parade across four runs in the fifth. With Aiken on the mound, the Coyotes coasted in with the victory. After speeding to an 8-2 lead with the help of eight stolen bases, KW tried to coast in the opener as well. Com* 1 Sterling 200 400 1 — 7 3 3 Kansas Wesleyan 314 100 x — 9 7 3 Clarine, King (4) and Rupp. Rath and Parsons. W —Rath, 2-1. L — Clarine, 0-3. 2B — King (S). Game 2 Sterling 020 000 0 — 2 65 Kansas Wesleyan 000 240 x — 6 10 0 DeMars, King (6) and Bolewskl. Jakopec, Aiken (5) and Parsons. W — Aiken, 1-3. I — DeMars, 0-1. 2B — Bronnan, Ezell (S); Garretson 2, Aiken (KW). HR — Reeves (S). . But the Coyotes' defense was too inconsistent. After yielding two unearned runs to start the game, Wesleyan took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first as Garretson and Kirk Jett provided RBI singles. Jakopec, who was 2-for-3, added an unearned run in the second before the Coyotes tallied four times in the third. Freshman John Chacon and Jakopec sandwiched RBI singles around a run-scoring sacrifice fly by senior James Bailey, and Parsons forced in the fourth run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Sterling first-year coach Steve Crandall brought in his ace, sophomore John King, to douse the rally with a strikeout. But the Coyotes' three-run, two-out rally was too much for Sterling to overcome. "I probably should have gone to him as soon as they loaded the bases," Crandall said, "but I wanted to keep King out as long as possible. He pitched Tuesday and he has to throw again twice next week." Sterling answered Wesleyan's rally with four runs of its own — three a result of errors — in the fourth inning, trimming the margin to 8-6. But Rath held the Warriors hitless the rest of the way while King limited KW to one hit in the final three innings. Sterling freshman Mike Brannan (SC's starting quarterback in football) was 4-for-5 with a pair of . walks. Brannan represented almost (See Wesleyan, Page 12) Kerry r Knudsen ' 'ON THE WILD SIDE" Scott Wllllomt Wesleyan's Jeff Jakopec slips past Sterling shortstop Kelly Robson for one of eight Coyote stolen bases in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader. Truman Reservoir a place to visit for Kansas anglers CLINTON, Mo. — Here we are in east central Missouri during the first week of April observing the Great Plains Bass Anglers Association's Super Star Classic. The Classic is the fishing tournament which opens the competitive season and brings together the winners of last year's competition. At stake for the winner at the end of the season is a new $15,000 Ranger bass boat. In fairness, I should mentionn that I am not a competition fisherman, although my partner and I usually bet a dollar on the first, last, biggest and most. I am, in fact, a member of the barefoot, straw hat and cane-pole type set. That doesn't give me any impartial edge when it comes to observing, though. Even the marketing representatives here openly say that it isn't the fish that's important. It's the money. But the competition won't be over until late Saturday and who knows what that will bring? Today we have made a few observations about Clinton, Mo., and Harry S. Truman Reservoir. This column will seldom leave the boundaries of the state of Kansas. But, once in a while, especially when a camping holiday such as Memorial Day is just around the corner, I like to see what goes on within striking distance of home. Harry S. Truman Reservoir is one of the newest lakes in our region. Just a little over two hours driving time from Topeka, Truman Reservoir is still easily within the confines of what is known as the Ozarks. The reservoir just touches the southeast edge of Clinton, a community of 8,300 people in Henry County which is approximately 70 miles southeast of Kansas City, Mo. Young lakes such as Truman Reservoir get the high sign for their sheer volume of fishing productivity. Already recognized as one of the premier bass lakes in the nation (witness this tournament), Truman has yet to achieve its complement of walleye, although crappie and catfish fishing are already legendary. Monday night, as I was buying my license, a lone boat pulled in from down by Warsaw. On board they had two catfish ... a 17-pounder and a 34-pound whopper. The fish looked like blue catfish to me; they certainly weren't flatheads. The people who caught them called them whites, and that may be. I'll need to re-learn the terminology down here and remember that this is the region where walleye become jack-salmon, although we're not yet far enough south for bass to be called green-trout. But that's another column. For the person who hasn't visited Truman Reservoir yet, forget your mind's visual picture of a lake. Truman is actually the backed-up and slowed down courses of four main rivers and innumerable smaller creeks. Wednesday morning's flight over the reservoir revealed a scene more resembling an aquatic hand, the palm and fingers of which comprise more than 55,000 acres of water. At completion next year, the various projects will afford 1,500 camping units along the 950 miles of shoreline. That may sound too much like travel log information, so here is an opinion: Too often the carnival slickers at resort communities — I'm thinking of Branson, Mo., in particular — pick your pocket while they smile. But they usually aren't slick enough that you don't know you've been had. But, during the past few days, the people of Clinton have shown themselves to be a community in command of a resource which they are trying within their abilities to govern. This is most refreshing. I spent part of one practice day scouting the woods. The plums are in bloom, the May apples are about two inches high, and the red buds are swelling into bloom. In short, everything here looks like the morels should be up, but they aren't. It would be my best guess that this weekend will do it.

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