The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on January 3, 1971 · 159
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' Colts Face Raiders For American Title BALTIMORE — (AP) — The mystery-shrouded Oakland Raiders and the image--conscious Baltimore Coltsr two teams pursuing Super Bowl redemptions — meet here today in an American Football Conference championship game that has all the - overtones of the bitter AFL-NFL rivalry The showdown struggle expected to be watched by a crowd somewhat short of Memorial Stadium's 60000 capacity is the first half of a coast-to-coast championship doubleheader that will send the survivors to Miami Jan 17 for the Super Bowl Both games may be seen ' on national television — the The Republic of South Africa an underdog from the Southern Hemisphere takes - on the defending champion United States today in the finals of the Sunshine Cup junior tennis matches among nations at Flamingo Park "We've come so far we have to give it a try" said Ruan Kruger a fair-haired I7-year-old from Pretoria who will face American Brian Gottfried in No 2 singles Byron Bertram the Wimbledon junior champion tackles Orange Bowl monopolist Harold Solomon in the day's opening singles at II am THE US breezed past France 2-0 in Saturday's semifinals Solomon dumped Jean Francois Caujolle 6-3 6-2 while Gottfried downed Eric Deblicker 6-2 6-1 South Africa struggled past Italy 2-1 when Kruger and Bertram beat Corrado Barazzutti and Fabrizio Mat teoli in doubles 6-4 8-6 Ber tram had tripped Barazzutti 6-3 6-3 but Matte° li overcame Kruger 4-6 6-3 6-2 "Actually if it goes to the doubles (against the US) I think we'll win it" Bertram said "We should have beaten them last time" Solomon and Gottfried rallied to edge the South Africans 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the Orange Bowl doubles final earlier this week ' By LUTHER EVANS Herald Sports Writer Fran Curci's determination to build a winning football team at the University of Miami on a foundation of South Florida athletes paid a three-star dividend Saturday Two weeks to the day after being named the Hurricanes' head coach Curd landed three more of the city's top prep players The 32-year-old persuader — signed: ' Kary Baker 6-foot 2-inch 185-pound Herald All-City quarterback for Edison : High's state championship team: Johnny Williams 5-foot 9- Inch 175-pound Herald AllCit y running back from Southwest High Rod Huffman 6-foot 1Inch 200-pound kicking specialist for Southwest who av eraged 35 yards punting the past season and hit field goals of 41 and 38 yards - All three said the decided to attend Miami because of their respect for Curci as a young coach their desire to play against college foot ball's finest teams and to perform before hometown fans CURC1 NOW has signed five of the city's best prospects within a week He led off last Monday by grabbing Herald All-City defensive end Rick Schubert of Jackson and split end Steve Marcan tonio of Coral Gables - "The caliber of players we're recruiting now will have to play against the teams of the future" Curcie said "We've got awesome schedules ahead but they're brow000w flatanti thraRi Sunday S Africa US Vie In Final January 3 1971 Teant Records Baltimore (21-2-11 Oakland (9-4-2) at San Diego 1e-14at Cincinnati 21-31 Kansas City 24-44a1 San Diego 27-27 Boston 14- Sat Miami 13-20 at Houston 24-20 Denver 35-23 at NY Jets 29-22 Washington 34-20 Boston 27- 3Pittsburgh 31-14 Miami 35- Oat Kansas City 17-17 at Green BaY 13-10Cleveland 23-20 Buffalo 17-17 at Denver 24-19 at Miami 17-34 San Diego 20-17 Chicago 21-20at Detroit 14-28 Philadelphia 29-10 at NY Jets 14-13 at Buffalo 20-14 Kansas City 20- 6 New York Jets 35-30 San Francisco 7-38 Cincinnati 17- 0Miami 21-14 Raiders — Colts beginning at 2 pm on Channel 7 and the National Conference battle sending the Dallas Cowboys against the 49ers at San Francisco beginning at 5 pm on Channel 4 Oddsmakers have established the Raiders who won Zt7A A komm4 Tenacious Tiger Auburn's Terry Beasley survives a high-low hit and hangs onto the ball to score with a pass from quarter All-City I ackfield Stars the Western Division title with an 8-4-2 record and then defeated Miami in a semifinal playoff as slight favorites over the Colts who careened to the Eastern title with an 11-2-1 record and then whipped Cincinnati NO in their semifinal THE COLTS also reported all ready to go including tight end John Mackey hampered by a hamstring pull With reserve Tom Mitchell also a bit hobbled the Colts made emergency plans in the event both run into difficulty In that case tackle Bob Vogel might be shifted to Turn to Page 4F Col 5 Join Curd in UM Fold the schedules these athletes want to play "We're working to establish a pride within the South Florida athletes who come to the University of Miami We've got to convince them that playing before home town fans is beneficial to them their school and the community" BAKER is the first black quarterback ever signed by Miami Three years ago Gables' Craig Curry agreed to attend Miami then switched at the final hour to Minnesota because he said "I don't think By Herald Wire Services LOS ANGELES -- Tommy Prothro who earned a reputation as a shrewd game strategist as UCLA's head coach Saturday was named head coach of the Los Angeles Rams who fired George Allen earlier this week Rams ow Daniel F Reeves announced the appointment just three days after revealing he would not renew Allen's five-year contract which ex ( 'Mir 11qopqaq"wVO Miami is ready for a black quarterback" Said Baker "If I felt that way I wouldn't have signed with Miami" Poised Kary completed 83 of 178 passes for 1165 yards and eight touchdowns in the the first 12 games Then in the 42-22 state championship final victory over Fort Pierce Central he hit six of 10 passes for 157 yards including a 5I-yard touchdown "He's a good passer and he can run" Curci said "He'll definitely get a shot to make it as a quarterback He's just an outstanding athlete" CURCI SAID Willi ams pired Dec 31 - Prothro 50 takes the helm of a club that compiled a 41-11-4 record over the last four years He becomes the ninth coach hired by the Rams since they moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland in 1946 PROTHRO known as a '- coach who is willing to gamble and to attempt unexpected tactics piloted two Rose Bowl teams in back Pat Sullivan early in the Tigers' 35-28 Gator Bowl victory over Mississippi Defending for the Rebels are Fred Farmer (35) and Frank McKellar ta "runs like a little tank He's got speed good balance and a great heart" Williams averaged 52 yards in 1970 while rushing 854 yards Acquisition of Huffman he said is comparable to getting three specialists for the price of one scholarship "He does it all — punt well frequently kick off into the end zone and kick field goals accurately" Fran said "I feel we'll get some more exciting signees within the next week or 10 days" Curet said "We've got to have a base of recruiting and our base is going to be our hometown area If we get the blue-chip pers from South Florida everybody else we get from around the nation will be a bonus" orts —Associated Press Wirephoto UCLA's Tommy Prothro Picked to Coach Rams successive years He led Oregon State to Pasadena in 1965 and UCLA in 1966 when the Bruins upset No 1 Michigan State 14-12 Allen 48 said he has had feelers from other professional clubs "Yes I'd like to coach in the NFL again" Allen said this Week "but after this experience 1 wouldn't take a position unless the general managership went with it" col 44' taitil1iiiA4Ajg —Associated Press Wirephoto Rod Sherman Get Raider Hugging after 87-yard bomb ruined Dolphins TALLAHASSEE — (UPI) -- Larry B Jones who had charge of the Tennessee defense that helped beat the Air Force in the Sugar Bowl Friday was named head football coach at Florida State University Saturday Jones 37 No 1 assistant coach at Tennessee signed a four-year contract at $27500 a year He succeeds Bill Peterson who quit Dec 20 to become athletic director and head football coach at Rice The new FSU coach has piled up 14 years coaching under Paul Dietzel first at Louisiana State University and then at West Point and South Carolina JONES has had a hand in coaching five bowl teams At FSU he said he plans to work for a more balanced offense for the Seminoles Under Peterson FSU was known almost exclusively as a passing team "I want a quarterback that can throw the football" he said "I'm not real interested in switching to a wishbone offense or a strictly running game" Justifying a balanced at--tack Jones said as a defensive coach "I know the hardest team to protect against is one with a balance to get the pass moving" THE FIRST thing he'll do at FSU he told a quickly-assembled Saturday afternoon news conference is go after good high school prospects and get a coaching staff together "I would certainly want the majority of the staff to be my own people" he said on the question of whether he'll keep any of Peterson's staff In 14 seasons three teams Jones helped coach have played in the Sugar Bowl one in the Orange Bowl and one in the Peach Bowl Asked about FSU's chances in the raging rivalry with University of Florida Jones said FSU can compete on equal ground with anyone on its schedule - "I think Florida State has a good running program and I want to make it better" Jones said he is looking forward to the Seminoles' opening game Sept 11 with the Miami Hurricanes under their brand new coach Fran Curd HIS sEncriorsz was a closely guarded secret until he walked into a news conference room in the capitol subbasement Saturday He was right behind FSU President Stanley Marshall who had a hand in his getting the job Marshall called Jones the "best qualified" of a group of outstanding men interested in the job P "He brings to the position great knowledge of the game broad experience with four of the strongest football programs in the country the unqualified endoresement of his former associates as a man of outstanding character and a fresh youthful and vigorous outlook on intercollegiate football" Marshall said Dallas 49ers Set For Playoff Gold SAN FRANCISCO --(AP) Ini!l:vpl!!!!!!o111811!n!Lez1 i!'i — The Dallas Cowboys turned back at the gates in two previous championship dri'res and the San Francisco 49ers sniffing playoff gold for the first time in 25 years square off this afternoon in a battle for the National Football Conference title and a possible Super Bowl bonanza The survivors will meet the winner of today's American Football Conference duel be- -1 tween Baltimore and Oakland in Super Bowl on Jan 17 A SELLOUT crowd of 59- 686 was expected to jam Kezar Stadium for the meeting of the Mt's Eastern and Western champs Sports On the Air Television FOOTBALL 2 PM — AFC Championship Balitmore vs Oakland Channels 7 & 5 5 5m — NFC Championship San Francisco vs Dallas Channel 4 Radio pm Baltimore vs Oakland MOD Pm — San Francisco vs Dallas VVKAT By LUTHER EVANS Herald Sports Writer Bob Devaney went fishing Saturday morning He caught one small wahoo That was all right with Nebraska's football coach He was so tired and emotionally-drained - that he wouldn't have had the strength to pull in anything much bigger Besides his mind was on landing the No 1 rating for - his Orange Bowl champions - in this week's final Associated Press poll IN THE early morning sunlight he faced up to one harsh reality — that sentimentality may prompt the majority of the sports media to vote for once-beaten Notre Dame as national champion in the wake of the Irish's shockingly easy victory over Texas's 30-game winners in the Cotton Bowl "But after thinking it over I don't see how anybody could vote for anybody but us as No 1" Devaney said "We played two common opponents — Southern California and Louisiana State "We tied Southern California on their home field (21- 21) They beat Notre Dame in Los Angeles (38-28) - "We beat LSU (17-12) on a neutral field and by a little more of a margin than Notre Dame beat LSU at South Bend (3-0)" : DEVANEY sighed "If we'd scored that last touchdown we appeared headed for the margin of our superiority over LSU would have been a little more clear-cut" Wea4 Joe Orduna fumbled the ball away at LSU's 14 with 4:09 remaining after the Huskers had driven 47 yards "We probably should have Team it Records S Francisco (II-3-1) Dallas (11-4-0) Washington 26-17 at Philadelphia 17- 7 Cleveland 34-31NY Giants 28-10 at Atlanta 20-21 at St Louis 7-20 at Los Angeles 20- 6 Atlanta 13- 0 New Orleans 20-20 at Minnesota 13-54 Denver 10 14 at Kansas City 27-16 'Green Bay 26-10 Philadelphia 27-17 at Chicago 37-16 at NY Giants 20-23 at Houston 30-205'1 Louis 0-38 at Detroit 7-2tat Washington 45-21 Los Angeles 13-30 Green Bay 16- 3 Atlanta 24-20 Washington 34- 0 at New Orleans 38-27 at Cleveland 6- 2 at Oakland 38- 7 Houston 52-10 at Minnesota 17-14 Detroit 5- 0 1f11:i:litff1itoril'fif A weather forecast of possible showers failed to dampen the soaring spirits of Sari Francisco partisans who have waited so long for the 49ers to hit paydirt The fans are engrossed with the prospect of a Super Bowl showdown in far off Miami between the 49ers and their 4-17ear Contrael —Herald Staff Photo An Army Rises Above a Coon skin Cap to Indicate No 1 : z Nebraska players hope pollsters agree after 17-12 victory over 1S11- ror an Devaney tails changed running backs be fore that" Devaney said ''We'd run Orduna a lot and he might have been a little tired" When the Huskers' genial coach was told the wire services had flashed throughout the nation his first dressing room statement — "I don't see how even the Pope could vote Notre Dame No I now" — he grinned and said: probably be in trouble with the Catholics all over the country Even the ones -among our own alumni" DEVANEY believes his Huskers proved they were the best in the nation in the nation's best bowl "The Orange Bowl is a great operation" he said "These people do a tremendous job" Conceding his athletes had their sights zeroed in on an Orange Bowl appearance from the day pre--season cross-bay rivals from Oakland 114-0) The 49ers whose coach hi a 17-1 Dick Nolan 28-10 once master 13- 7-2° minded Dallas' Doomsday 0 a 13-54 Defense as an aide to Cow ity 27-16 27-17 boys' boss Torn Landry go "s 2"3 i n to the title game as slim fa- 0-38 on vorites BUT their high-powered offense directed by 33-yearold wizard John Brodie will be up against a Dallas defensive unit which has not given up a touchdown in 21 consecutive quarters And the Cowboys who have reeled off six straight victories will be ' bent on avenging two cliffhanger Turn to Page 4F Col 1 Eng Ivo practice began in Lincoln Devaney said: "You can't say much with out it sounding like you're running down the other bowls But I've been to all the big ones And the Orange Bowl is a little bit more glamorous You've got the great weather the sights and a lot of fine activities and en - tertainment" ' - ADMITTING that "a coach has to guess right about how 1 many things to participate in without detracting from preparations for the game itself" Devaney added "but - in general the Orange Bowl folks sort of let you set your own pace - - "This is good I went out to the Rose Bowl as an assistant at Michigan State and I felt we were too regimented We were told when to do this and when to do that It's not like that down here These are nice people" - The Huskers could be Orange Bowl contenders again in 1971 "We retain I I regulars six 7 defensive and five offensive" Devaney said "I look for an- other good Nebraska football team next season "Of course after reaching - a peak like we did in going undefeated this season and winning the Big Eight championship - and the Orange Bowl we might have difficul- ty in finding goals to shoot at again next year" After a moment of silent thought Devaney added "But I think we'll have a lot of incentive again in 1971" He sounded like a man who is worried about his athletes having to wait until next fall to achieve the No ranking he's convinced they deserve right now 1147747''': 6 ' I Jti ::::: — - 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