The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 14, 1972 · Page 18
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 18

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Friday, January 14, 1972
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SPORT SIGNALS & & By Hal Brown Sports Editor, The Star Please, Dad . . . When Henry Brandt goes before the Nebraska Unicameral asking for money to put his State Fairgrounds in order, lie must leel a little like the boy, who has a paper route but who has to turn all his earnings over to his father, then can't get enough money from dad to get that flat tn e fixed on his bicycle that he needs to cover the paper route. Brandt has been trying to run a State Fairgrounds horse racing meet lor the past several years with a plant that has a flat tire and the facility is getting so bad that the wheels arc even about to fall off. If dad (the Legislatute) could see fit to give him a new bicycle, lie could enlarge his paper route and put even more money in dad's pocket Or if dad would simply let h'm keep the money he's been turning over to him, Brandt could buy his own new bicycle. The groups are numerous that appear before the Legislature's Budget Committee, but when Brandt and his State Fair Board appear before that body as they did Wednesday in asking for $1.7 million to begin rebuilding the Fairgrounds it's a unique situation. Most groups appearing befoie the Budget Committee are simply asking for permission to dip their hand into the piggy bank and pull ouL a handful of loot Put It In, Too The tlvng (hat makes Biandls lequeit uriique is that lie also puts a cons'derable amount of money into the states piggy bank Each ear the State Fairgrounds race meet puts nearly a quarter of a million dollars into the Stale Treasury through the pari-mutucl and admissions tax. Now if the Leislalure doesn t want to give back any of that monev to get the needed work done, it doesn't take much ol a mathematician to figuie that if they'd let Brandt simplv keep his paper loiite earnings for a few years he could pay lor it himself nd Biandl promises lhaL if they'd give him a new bicycle, he could increase his route enough that he could put even moie monev into dad s pockel 'With a new facility . wc could douhlc our pari-mutuel handle and that would thus double the money we'd be giving to the state in taxes,'' he asserts. iivonc who has taken a taicful look at the situation would have lo think that Biandt is being a bit modest pei haps in his promise Bettors Bypassing Lincoln That the handle could be doubled is as safe a prediction as lorecashng that Joe Fraiei will whip Terry Daniels m then Satuiday night mismatai in New Orleans large share of the crowd ou see at Grand Island during the Fonner Park meeting comes from Omaha and a large part of the crowd you sec at Ak-Sar-Ben during the Omaha meeting comes lroni mitstate Nebraska. el because of iK antiquated faulilv. ;hc State fairgiounds meeting in Lincoln atti acts neither the outstale betloisnoi the Omaha bettors And its not that they ve lost all their money b (he time (he Thoroughbreds reach Lincoln 01 that their enthus'asm lor the spoil has waned Its simplv that who wants to go to (he State Fairgi ound-, plant and stand around in what is a little better than a bain and swelter in the July and August heat to beat Supporting State Fair nd there s anothci factoi one m the total specti um That is that while the Fonner Park meeting must support only the Hall Louut Fair and the Columbus meeting the Platte County I mi . the Lincoln meeting must support the State Fan. nd am one who th.nks thcics am similarity between I he costs invoked between a counlv fair and a state fan would also have to figure he could tiadn a Volkswagen for a Cadillac even-up IT thcie were no State Fairgrounds lace meeting to pav the bills for the Stale Fan. then the Legislature aould have to come up with a means of financing thai annual Tall efiavagana Thcie isn't a legislator sitting up at the State Capitol, who wouldn't jump at the offer if someone said, "You give me a dollar now and for eveiy dollar you give me now, in 10 years I'll give you back two dollars.'' Yel, that essentially is what Henrv Brandt and his State Fair Board are saying The Nebraska Legislatuie doesn't i nn into that kind of a deal cvciyday LHS Facing Top Teams In Weekend Battles By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer Lincoln High, No 7 lated in the slatcwide high school basketball top ten ratings despite a slandofr 3-3 record, has its work cut out this weekend Coach Akly Johnson's Links arc involved in the only prep contest m the Capital City Friday night when they face ninth-ranked Northeast at Pershing Auditorium, then travel to Omaha Saturday evening to battle No. 3 rated Central. While the Lincoln High-Northeast mtra-city matchup is on Friday, the othei three Lincoln hoop quintets arc on the road East goes lo Beatrice, while Southeast journeys to Grand Island Pius X. which upset Southeast in its latest outing but still failed to crack the Class B top ten, gets another chance in a game at No G rated Waverly Despite the fact that Lincoln High is t w o spots higher in the ratings than Northeast, coach Ed Johnson's Rockets scored a narrow 46-44 victory over the Links when the two met in mid-Decembei Northeast got off to a fast early-season start, winning three in a row before the holiday break. But back-to-back losses last weekend to Hastings and Omaha Benson pushed the Rockets down to the No. 9 position. Lincoln High opened by beating the same Hastings team, 87-68, before losing its next three to No. 1 rated Omaha Wcst'sidc, No 2 ranked Lincoln East and Northeast Last weekend the Links posted a pair of victories over Southeast and Crcighton Prep. One game is also on lap in the Capital City Saturday night. After its Fiiday game at Grand Island, Southeast returns lo host Crcighton Prep at (he East High gym pcihaps the most overlooked the Stale Fairgrounds DEVANEY . Decision Expected In Two Weeks Hollywood, Fla. UP) - Bob Devaney said Thursday night he is considering retiring as Nebraska's head football coach after leading the Cornhuskers' to two consecutive national championships I've been thinking about it after each of the last three seasons," said the 56-year-old coach, who also is Nebraska's director of athletics. "It's not set. I'm going back home and make a decision within the next couple of weeks. "It's kind of a challenge One minute ycu want to quit and the next minute ycu want to win three national championships in a row, which has never been done before and which is almost impossible " Devaney disclosed his feelings shoitly after he lost out to Paul -Bear" Bryant nf Alabama in balloting by more than 1,7C0 members of the American Football Coaches Association for major college Coach of the Year "It I had wen. it might have been an influencing factor, but I think I would still make my decision the same way." said Devanev, who has been one of (he eight coach of the year finalists six times but has never won the award despite the consecutive national crowns and a brilliant 127-2S-6 record in 15 years as a head coach at Nebraska and Wyoming. "It's c e i t a i n 1 y disap NiCKLAUS Nicklaus To Take Pebble Beach Calif ?) Jack Nicklaus, picking up mst where he left off last eai fired a stunning six-under-pai 66 and established a three-stroke lead Thursday in the first round of the $140,000 Bmfe Ciosby National Pro-Am GoLf Tournament Nicklaus. who won four of ins last five starts in 1971, had it seven-under-par until he begev-ed the final hole He finished one-sti oke the couise lecoid at Cypress Point, one of three seaside courses on the Monterey Peninsula being used for this celebrity-studded event Nicklaus held a big lead over Lee Trevino Paul Moran and Larry Mowry tied for secon4 at 69 Tievino the 1071 PC 4 player-of-the-year. and Moran both played at Gypress Point, while Mowy was at Spyglass Hill The group at 70 included Ai Geiberger, Dale Douglass, Bill Johnston, Tom Wieskopf, Mike Morley and rook.e Lanny Wadkins. Geiberger, Douglass and Morley were at Cypress Point, Jonnston and Weiskopf at Spyglass and Wadkins at Pebble Beach Several top players had their difficulties on the picturesque layouts Defending champion Tom Shaw took a fat 77 George Archer, who won a playoff for the title in the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open Monday, took a 76 Masters champ Charles Goody was well back with a 73 Billy Casper had a 75 England's Tony Jacklin went to a 76 Nicklaus, who scl a single season money winning record lasl year with $244-.OOfl, was one pointing,'' he said. "I figured the law of averages might catch up to me. but you've got to look at it the democratic way. The coaches' vote and you've got to accept it. Beat-Bryant had a good record and did a fine coaching job." The AFCA members voted before Nebraska crushed Alabama 38-6 in the Orange Bowl Devaney said that giving up the coaching job "has been on my mind for some time. In fact, right after the Orange Bowl game, I told my coaching staff so they could start looking around for a job, if they wanted to. "It's a lot better, I guess, to step out when you re at the top than when you'ie losing, At least nobody's nucging me now. I m 56 years old and I've been coaching a long time A lot of fellows vounger than I am are falling cut with heait attacks. And there aren't many older guys still exposing themselves to Hie strain of being a head coach ' The Nebraska regents recently raised Devaney's salary $3,000 to 35,000 annually Devaney emphasized he is not under doctor's orders to give up coaching. "It's getting harder to recruit every year," he said, "and it lust seems to me that this might be the right time Right watches birdie Fires Six-Under First Crosby Lead ONE-STROKE OFF RECORD of the lasl lo get away In the cool, sunny weather It took more lhan 5' hours to play the round and he finished in the gathering dusk and increasing cold Nicklaus. 10 days short of his 32nd birthday, was making his fust stall of the season and ccmpletely dominated play with his near-record effort NiCKlaus heavily bundled against the chill, was threatening lo run off and hide fiom the rest of (he field until he had his only lapse on the 18th. a relatively easy par lour four He got off a booming dnve, but hit the branch of a tree with his second shot, the ball dropping straight down Hp chipped poorly then two-putted for a oogcy The awesome Golden Bear bagged Ins birdaes in pairs, and could have shot an incredible snore He had seven birds and missed six limes from 12 feet or less He hit a thiee iron to within four feet on the first hole and made the putt, then holed a 20 footer on the next He chipped to within three feet for a birdie on the sixth and got another from 18 feet on the seventh The big blond rapped in a 45-fcot putt on the lllh hole, then scored consecutive deuces on the 15th and 16th making putts of 20 and 12 feet. 35 3369 Twins Sign Pair St Paul-Minneapolis (P Minnesota Twins' pitchers Jim Perry and Jim Kaat signed 1172 contracts Thursday TO QUIT COACHING? now, being Nebraska's head football coach is no big problem. But when I get up on Saturday mornings during the football season, the way I feel, I know I should be sitting back and watching on telev'-sion." Devaney pointed out he will have to make a decision soon "because of recruiting. It's not fair to try to sign a kid if you can't even tell him who his head coach will be." And he said he would like to insure that one of his assistants would succeed him. "If I knew one of my assistants wasn't going to replace me, I probably wouldn't consider stepping out at this time," he said "I'll probably mull over the pros and cons in my mind and find out just how much coaching means to me If you want to keep on coaching, you can always find some excuse " As third vice president of the coaches' group, Devaney was reminded that he'll be president in 1975. "I don't think I'll be around that long," he laughed Word that Bob Devaney is giving thought to the possibility of retiring as Nebraska's head football coach drew expressions of hope in his home state Thursday night that the man who has put together two straight national champion putt drop. 33 32- 70 36-K-70 35 3671 33-38-71 3J-38-72 -i: 26 - n SteveBoqan7 Bob Goalby V 35-72 37 35-72 3o 37-72 34 37-73 37 25-73 35 37- 73 39 34-73 35 37-73 35 38-73 3B 35-73 3M5- "3 Deane Beman Ted Haves Dave Stockton Marty Fleckman Bunky Henry Dave Eichelberqcr 39-35-74 41 3374 34 40-74 3S 37-75 3' 38- 75 38 37- 75 Rod Funselh George Knudson Gay Brewer Georqe Brewer George Boutell Douq Sanders Bob Rosburn y Fiovdhv Mj skucns,cr Jm Fernni r.eSrqV Archer teams will remain on the job. University president D. B. Varner said he was unaware of any Devaney retirement plans but said "my reaction is that he's certainly earned the right to choose whatever course he wants to pursue." But, he added, "it would be a serious loss to the team." Varner said he was aware of some published speculation last year and the preceding year that Devaney might give up the coaching post. "I just never gave it serious thought, I guess " Assistant coach Jim Ross, who has been an aide to Devaney throughout Devaney's career as head coach, said Devaney "has talked of retiring the last couple of years, but I didn't know he was planning anything this year I talked to him on the phone jesterday and he didn't say anything about it." Because of the Orange Bowl game in Miami New Year's night, the Hula Bowl game in Honolulu in which he served as coach of the winning North team, and the more recent coaches' meetings in Florida, Devaney has been out of the city since before Christmas Team members and students also have scattered, this being an interval between semesters at the school. Nebraska Sports Information Director Don Bryant said he knew nothing of a possible Devaney retirement and "I certainly hope it's just a rumor. I hope he continues to coach for many, many years." 'I don't think he'll retire," said one unbelieving fan "That sounds like a misquote or a misunderstanding He won't retire." Linemen Past Due For Credit Houston fjl Notre Dame defensive end Walt Patulski, a finalist for the second annual Vince Lombardi Award says the Heisman Trophy is biased against linemen because the backs git more publicity The award, presented annually to the nation's top lineman of the year, will be given to one of four finalists Friday night at a $100 per plate dinner at the AstrovvoiM Hotel. The other three finalists, Ron Estay of LSU, and Rich Glover and Larry Jacobson o f Nebraska agreed with Patolski that the Lombardi award would give past due credit to linemen. ' The beauty of this award is the selection process," said Patulski, an Associated Press AU-Amencan "I think the Heisman Trophy is biased A lineman just doesn t get a good chance to win that award " A 45-pound granite block trophy will be presented to the winner with proceeds from the dinner going to the Amencan Cancer Society's Research program The trophy is named for the former Green Bay and Washington coach, who died of cancer in 1970 "It's a real privilege for a lineman to get this ty pe of award," said Estay, who led LSU's defense in tackles from his tackle position In football, it's the guy who scores t h e most po'nts that usually gets the award " Sports Menu Friday Pershing Beatric Grand Islan Colleoes do Colleqe, Briar Ch'f at Doane Cor cordia at VAelro, Colo, State Chadro at Hastings UNO at Northern Colorf do, Fairbury JC at Platte JC Tr.n dad Colo , JC at Nebraska Western WRESTLING - Nebraska at F Hays, Beatrice at Lincoln Hiqh, 3 3 p m , Pius X at Lincoln Southeast, p m , Norfolk at Lincoln East, 1 pir High, 3 31 HOCKEY Omaha Knights al Saturday BASKETBALL Big Eight Stale at Kansas, Missouri at Okola homa, Central Nebraska Tech at Neb raska Freshmen, NU ' Coliseum, 3 30 High at Omaha Central, Creighlon Prep at Lincoln Southeast, East Gym, 8 p m , Slate Colleges Creiqhton at Southern lllnois Concordia at Colo rado College , Peru al Kearney, UNO at Southern Colorado, Faith Bapist al Bellevue North Platte JC at Fair bury JC, McCook JC, at Nebraska Western, York JC al Cloud County, WRESTLING Nebraska rado School of Mines SWIMMING Drury at Nebrf NU Colllscum pool, ? p m Cole- Friday, January 14, 1972 DEVANEY 'Coach Of The Year' Eludes Devaney Again From News Wires Hollywood. Fla For the second straight year, a coach who has been beaten by Nebraska's Bob Devaney in a national championship game has been named Coach of The Year over the Husker boss by the American Football Coaches Association Alabama's Paul (Bear) Bryant was named Thursday by his fellow coaches as Coach of The Year. Devaney's Huskers defeated the Crimson Tide, 38-6, in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Night. A year ago. the coaches named LSU's Charlie McClendon and Texas' Dairell Royal Co-Coaches of Tne Year Devaney's Nebraska team defeated LSU 17 12, m the Orange Bowl a vear ago thus winning the national championship Royal's Texas team was defeated by Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on the same da The balloting foi the coach of the year awaid was coi ducted tietore Ihe bowl games Devaney, who has compiled a 92-18-1 record in 10 years at Nebraska and a 127-28-6 career mark including his stint at Wyoming, had won three coach of the year honors before being shut out again by his fellow coaches The Football Writers Association of America, the Washington Touchdown Club and the Helms Athletic Foundation had previously accorded Devaney their respective coach of the year honor. h 27 years as a 'head coach, Bryant has a lecord of 210-67-16 Moie than 1.700 AFCA membeis participated m the voting for the award The oider of finish in the balloting was not announced Other finalists besides Devaney, who represented District 6. included Oklahoma's Chuck Fairbanks. Michigan s B o Schembechler, Penn State's Joe Palerro, North Carolina's Bill Dooley, Cornell's Jack Musick and Washington States Jim Sweeney Harold (Tubby) Raymond of Delaware's national small college champions was named the small college coach of the year by the AFCA He has compiled a 48-18 0 iccoid in six years at the school Bryant, who cast his own vole for Devaney. said he was "not greatly surprised" by the award since "back in September vie had a very difficult schedule and no one picked us to go anyplace. This is the greatest honor of its kind because it's voted on by the coaches, but it's more of a compliment to our players for an outstanding job." It was a second consecutive disappointment for Devanev, who has won two straight national championships but has never been named Coach of The Year 'Naturally I'm disappointed,' Devanev said "But Bear Brvant had a good record and did a fine coacning job The coaches vote and that's it Wesleyan Has Chance To Even Record At 7-7 Colorado Springs Colo The Nebraska Wesleyan basketball (earn has a chance to even its iccord for Ihe first time this season here Fnday night against Colorado College The Plainsmen are 6-7 for the season and this is the closest they have been to an even record. And NWU has had good Upper Iowa, KSU Top Challengers In Mat Tourney Maryville, Mo W Eighty wrestlers from eight Midwest colleges and universities are expected lo participate in Northwest Missouri State's annual invitational wrestling meet Saturday Upper Iowa University is defending champion However, George Wcrley meet director said 'Kansas State University and Upper Iowa would be regai ded as favorites, but stiff competition should come Irmn Wayne Neb , State Westmar nfLc Mars Iowa and Western Illinois University " All aic ranked in Ihe nation's top 10 accoiding to rankings released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics The Lincoln Star 19 mm. STAFF PHOTO retirement ahead? games in the past against Colorado College making the chances even better. Coach Irv Peterson indicated he'll go with the same staiters lor Wesleyan as he has in past games Reidell Lint and Lyle Hiatt will go at guaids, John Strain and Dick French at forwards and Mike Renken at centei Bob Beecham Charlie Rine and Dean DeBoer will see a lot of action according to Peterson Peterson is hoping the Plainsmen's rebounding will help his team (o an other win. NWU has out rebounded most opponents this season led by Renken who is averaging almost 20 rebounds per game If we can keep on rebounding well we should be able to keep up with most teams " Peterson said "If wc don t have a poor night shooting from the field or fiee thiovv line like we did against Beilevitp we'll be lough " The Plainsmen's balance on offense is evident with the five starters averaging in double figures. The place NWU has to show improvement in order to keep winning is defense according to Peterson. Wesleyan is averaging 77 2 poinls per game but its foes are .neraqing 79 S

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