Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 5, 1971 · Page 11
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 11

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Tuesday, January 5, 1971
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Elation Starts as Waiting Ends L A By DON FORSYTHE Miami, Fla. — The waiting game was over for Nebraska’s undefeated football team Tuesday morning when the Associated Press made it official thait the Cornhuskers had claimed the No. 1 rating in the final collegiate football poll. The Cornhuskers had laid claim to the title last Friday night by whipping LSU, 17-12 in the Orange Bowl to complete an 11-0*1 season. The four-day wait to discover the results of the final poll served only to heighten concern that Notre Dame might be given the title after knocking off pre-poll ratings leader Texas. Word of the No. 1 ranking came to the Cornhuskers as they ended a long wait to return home. After packing and unpacking for two straight days while awaiting weather condition in Lincoln to Improve, the Orange Bowl champs finally got airborne Tuesday morning. “It’s great, we deserved it,” beamed offensive guard Donnie McGhee after hearing the poll results. “Everybody started jumping on our wagon I guess. It’s something the coach has been saying all year and we’ve been dreaming all year.” McGhee said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of not getting the No. 1 ranking until he started talking to his teammates. “Notre Dame has a big following, you know,” he said. “I thought we’d win, but I was pretty worried about it last night,” claimed middle guard Ed Periard. “Everybody m LINCOLN, NEB., TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 1971-P.M. PAGE 11 started thinking we had a chance for No. 1 after we beat Missouri.” I-back Jeff Kinney related that he and several teammates had talked about the final AP poll at great length Monday night. “I was pretty confident,” he said. Monster back Dave Morock admitted a little concern. “There’s some sentiment on the part of Notre Dame,” he said. “But just look at the facts. We’re the only undefeated major team besides Arizona State.” Cornerback Jim Anderson noted that immediately after the Orange Bowl victory there was no doubt in anybody’.«: mind about the No. 1 ranking. “But as the days wore on we started thinking more aboiii it,” he observed. “I didn’t see how they could ranks us anything but No. 1, but Notre Dame has a lot of sentiment and there was some doubt in my mind until it actually happened.” Flanker Jeff Hughes noted that he thought a lot of people might have been persuaded to support Notre Dame because of coach Ara Parseghian’s comments. “I figured that if we didn’t get it, it would have been a raw deal,” said offensive guard Dick Ruppert. “I’m just very happy,” claimed quarterback Jerry Tagge. “I was worried, especially after hearing Ara Parseghian’s comments. He was really pushing and Notre Dame has a lot of power in the press.” Cornhusker offensive backfield coach Mike Corgan, a NBA Becoming TV Soap Opera By Associated Press Pro basketball is beginning to act like a television .soap opera, with courtroom battles and hospital scenes overshadowing the action between the backboards. There were only three games Monday night with Portland whipping Cleveland 119-106 and Milwaukee dumped Seattle 124-110 in the National Basketball Association debut of Spencer Haywood. In the American Basketball Association, Indiana beat the Floridians 111-99 in the nightcap of a scheduled doubleheader. First <iaiiip (lancelril The first half of the twin bill — the New York Nets against Kentucky—was canceled when the Colonels’ plane was forced to return to Louisville by the temporary closing of the airport at Indianapolis. The hospital doors were swinging both ways and the courtroom doors seemed about to open wide as the Haywood case continued to mount. On the medical front, New York Knicks star center Willis Reed was discharged after a four-day hospital stay—but ABA Commissioner Jack Dolph and Coach Alex Hannum of the NBA’s San Diego Rockets became in-patients. Reed was given a clean bill of health after undergoing a battery of tests, the result of abdominal pains. Physicians suggested the pains might have been the after-effects of flu which hospitalized Reed Dec. 18-21. Dolph Reporli*il Hesliiiji Dolph, who lives in Riverside, Conn., was reported resting in a hospital in nearby Greenwich after being stricken with pneumonia. u u ,i Hannum is undergoing treatment in a San Diego iKispital for a respiratory infection. Player Larry Siegfried, sidelined with a knee injury since Nov. 25, was framed interim coach. And the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Jerry West, who suffered a broken nose last Saturday against San Diego, will be out of action until Thursday. The list of NBA tearm protesting Seattle's acquisition of Haywood grew to five .Monday. The SuperSonics signed hinf after he became disenchanted with his reported $1.7 million contract with the Denver Rockets of the ABA. Haywood Heariiiji A court hearing is set for Jan. 8 on a temporary injuncUon obUined by Seattle permitting the team to mgn the 6-9 former University of Detroit Star, who turned pro after his sophomore year. , iu o Red Auerbach, president and general manager of the Boston Celtics said he would file a formal protest if the Sonics play Haywood Wednesday night in Boston. And Jerry Colangelo, general manager of the Phoenix Suns said a court decision permitting Seattle to keep Haywood could result in pro raids on college talent and widespread signings by players with NCAA eligibility remaining TTie Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers have already protested Seattle’s dres.sing Haywood for recent games, a though he didn’t play. The clubs contend the Sonics violated an NBA rule prohibiting the signing of a player until his college class is graduated. Class Grailuales lii June Havwood’s class graduates tiiis June—and a number of teams have said they will demand his name be placed in the upcoming He'made his initial steps on the NBA's more conventional courts—and Milwaukee responded by beating the Sonics, then filing their own protest against his appearance. Lew Alcindor paced the runaway Bucks and Bob Dandridge added 26 while Don Kojis topped Seattle with 24 and Haywoi^, the ABA’S Most Valuable Player last season, finished with The Trail Blazers handed Cleveland its 42nd setback in 47 games as Geoff Petrie, with .39 points, led Portland past the hapless Cavaliers. Walt Wesley's 22 topped the losers. Bill Keller pac‘ed Indiana with 28 points, eight assists and three steals as the Pacers ran away in the second half. Mack Calvin led the Floridians with 25 points. STAFF PHOTO BY HARALD DREIMANIS Nebraska’s Jerry Tagge (left) and Willie Harper bring some sunshine back to snowy Nebraska in the form of the Orange Bowl Trophy. Tagge and Harper, voted the outstanding players in the game, along with the rest of the team arrived at noon Tuesday in Lincoln at the Municipal Airport. Notre Dame graduate, had no loyalty to his alma mater in this matter. “Yes, I was worried about the rating. I was a little afraid that since Notre Dame was from a more heavily populated area it would make a Cont. on Page 12 1. Nebraska (39) (ll-O-l) ............ «4A 2. Notre Dame (8) (10-1) .............814 3. Texas (3) (10-1) .....................721 4. Tennessee (11-1) .....................483 5. Ohio State (9-1) 58« 6. Arizona State (2) (11-0) ...........472 7. Louisiana State (9-3) — ..........464 8 Stanford (9-3) 440 9. Michigan (9-1) .......................346 10. Auburn (9-2) .........................289 Second ten — 11. Arkansas (199): 12. Toledo (157); 13. Georgia Tech (124); 14. Dartmouth (90); 15. Southern California (85); 16. Air Force (67); 17. Tulane (31); 18. Penn State (17); 19. Houston (14); 20. Oklahoma and Mississippi (12). Other receiving votes ~ Alabama, California, Colorado, New Mexico, North western, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Washington. Meelv J Extends Record By Associated Press Kansas City — Colorado’s Cliff Meely apparently isn’t satisfied with being the greatest scorer in the Buffs’ basketball history. He obviously intends to finish his career with such a big collection of points that future Colorado stars will have a tough time ever breaking his record. Meely went on a 34-point spree Monday night when the | Buffs defeated San Diego State | 85-77 on the second stop of their | West Coast tour. He made 13 of | 18 field goal attempts and eight | of 10 free tosses. | With less than a minute left, | Colorado had only a 79-77 lead. | During the next 18 seconds, f Terry Jameson made four free \ throws for Colorado that put the game away. Colorado is 74. In the only other action involving a Big Eight club, Iowa State lost a 97-95 (louble overtime struggle in Northern Illinois. Iowa State came from behind to force each overtime period. Gene Mack tied the regulation game 83^3 with a free throw. Jack DeVilder made four points in the first overtime to tie the Huskies at 87-87. DeVilder got 37 points and Mack 28. Iowa State has won three and lost 10 games. Oklahoma goes to Arkansas tonight. All other Big Eight teams are idle. Northern Illinois 97, Iowa St. 95 Cornhuskers No. 1 N. ILLINOIS G F Game (Called Omaha — The Doane College- Nebraska at Omaha college basketball game scheduled for Monday night here was postponed due to the blizzard which has hit the state. Pro Scores NBA Portland 119, Cleveland 106 Milwaukee 124, Seattle 110 ABA Indiana 111, Floridians 99 JVl/ Fans Relieved Big Red’s adoring public got its wish Tuesday when the Associated Press in its final college poll put the Cornhuskers on top by a wide margin over runner-up Notre Dame. Calls to the newspaper were coming in about one every five minutes for a good part of the morning. On hearing the poll results, the callers either heaved a big sigh of relief or shouted their jubilation. One woman, on learning the outcome, said something to the effect that maybe now Ara Parseghian would learn to keep his mouth shut. Date Changed A wrestling meet between Lincoln High and East slated for Tuesday night has been postponed until Thursday. The posti)oned meet will be held at Lincoln High beginning at 7 p.m. Huskers Now Second In Field Goal Aeeuraey IOWA STATE G F T Reinebach 1 4-5 6 Ivey Engtl 6 2-3 14McKler'n Moser 0 0-10 Jackson Mack 10 8-9 28 Harris DeVilder 15 7-8 37 Zielinski Johnson 3 0-0 6 Hamel Browne 1 2-2 4 Turner Rohlman Totals 36 23-28 95 Totals Iowa State ................ 40 43 N. Illinois ................ 48 35 Fouled Out • Iowa State, F 6 4-8 16 6 3-3 15 7 3-5 17 6 1-1 13 8 0-0 16 1 0-0 2 7 2-5 16 0 2-2 2 41 15-24 97 4 8—95 4 10—97 Browne. 19. Total fouls — Iowa State 16, N. Illinois The University of Nebraska The Huskers’ 6-10 senior a— 3 , 800 . basketball team has dropped to chuck Jura is ranked third in Colorado 85, San Diego St. 77 the nation in the individual field goal percentage department, second nationally behind Louisiana State in the latest team field goal percentage statistics released by the Na- hitting at a .670 clip through tional Collegiate Sports Services nine games. Jura has 77 field goals in 115 shots. Nebraska’s Big statistics bureau. The Huskers deadeyes have hit 295 field goals in 533 tries for a .553 percentage, while Louisiana State owns a .567 mark on 199 fielders in 351 attempts. Eight preseason basketball tournament games with Colorado and Kansas were not included in the latest figures compiled. COLORADO J meson Hofman DumtchI Mulsby Teets Meely Aaker Crhton Totals Colorado San Diego G F 1 4 4 0 0-0 4 00 2 1-1 1 0-0 SAN DIEGO ST. T 6 Egerer 0 Lvender 8 Schndr 5 Harris 2 Jcbsn 13 8-10 34 Borchert 3 2-4 8 PPefe 11 0-3 22 Marlowe 35 15 22 15 Totals G F 1 3-5 8 2-5 10 6 6 4 0-1 2 1-1 2 2-2 2 1-1 2 0-0 18. 31 15-21 77 39 46—85 36 41-77 Fouied out —- Schneider, San Diego. Total fouis — Colorado 15, San Diego 2,350. Rocket Events Poslponetl Two Tuesday prep sports events involving Lincoln Northeast teams were indefinitely postponed, according to athletic director Hun Galloway. The Lincoln High at Northeast swim meet and the Beatrice at Northeast wrestling meet were events. the postponed Feature Races At Laurel Conjugate 1.60 3.20 2.60 Swinging Lizzie At Arms Length At Tropical Park Linky . 11-40 5.60 I'm Your Boy 3.60 Master Steve ............... 2.60 2.20 2.80 3.60 2.60 2.60 Dallas Favored in Super Bowl Las Vegas, Nev. (Ær — Bookmakers established Dallas as a slight favorite Monday in the Super Bowl Jan. 17 in Miami. One bookie operation, Churchill Downs, posted Dallas as a 2V2 point favorite over Baltimore. Another legal bookmaker in this gambling spa, Santa Anita, made the Colts a 1-point underdog. ^lllllllltlilllllllllllllllinillllllllllllllllllillllillllllllllllllllHlillllllllKIDIKIIIIiillllliilHllllllillllliilltlllilll^ I NU’s Devaney | Reaches Top j TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bob Devaney nearly quit coaching after 14 low-paying high school seasons before getting the break that led to his pinnacle as coach of the national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. “It was 1953 and my plans were to return to college, get a masters degree and take some boring administrative 30b,” said Devaney. “Then Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State called me and my real life began.” Ell Route To American Bowl Devaney was en route to an all-star coaching assignment in the American Bowl here when advised Orange Bowl King Nebraska had been voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll. “This is probably the greatest thing ever to happen to Nebraska athletics,” he said, “and that goes for me as a coach.” The Cornhuskers, 11-0-1 after whipping LSU 17-12 in the New Year’s night Orange Bowl game, outpolled Notre Dame in the last voting round. Top-ranked Texas bowed to the Irish in the Cotton Bowl and No. 2 Ohio State was beaten by Stanford in the Rose Bowl to open an exciting war of words for the national title. “I don’t see how even the Pope could vote Notre Dame No. 1,” Devaney said after downing fifth-ranked LSU. That remark, among others, ired Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian. He called the reference to the Pontiff in “poor taste.” Ara’s Coiiiniciils Worried Devaney “I was afraid Ara’s L'omments might influence the voters,” laughed Devaney, “but I guess the writers are too smart to take some coach’s word. The writers knew who was best.” Devaney began his coaching career in 1939 as a $T25-a-month high school mentor. It didn’t get much better despite mfany victories and he “wa's about ready to try something else more lucrative.” Daughterty had taken over as Michigan State’s head coach and called to offer Devaney the post as the Spartans’ defensive backfield aide. Devaney’s acclaim at Michigan State earned him the head coaching spot at Wyoming in 1958 and he moved to Nebraska in 1963. The 54-year-old Devaney has won Big Eight Conference titles in six of the past eight seasons and is college football’s winningest coach with a career record of 114-28-6. Giants I'rade Hunl lo Expos San Francisco (JPi —The San Francisco Giants traded veteran infielder Ron Hunt to the Montreal Expos Monday for minor league first baseman Dave McDonald. Hunt, 29, batted .281 in 117 games with the Giants last season, his third year with the National League baseball club. He broke into the majors in 1963 with the New York Mets. McDonald, 27, was with Winnipeg of the International League last year. He hit .255 and had 23 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Gamecocks Come in Second Twice—to P ollsters, North Carolina By Associated Press South Carolina came out second best—on the basketball court and in The Associated Press Poll. The second-ranked Gamecocks suffered their first setback of the season after rolling up nine successive victories as North Carolina stunned their southern guests 79-64 Monday night. It was, in effect, the second triumph of the day for the Tar Heels. Earlier in the day they broke into the Top Twenty ratings, tying Purdue for 19th place. North Carolina, 9-2 grabbed the lead at the outset, raced to a 40-‘26 intermission lead, then stayed cool even when the aroused Gamecocks charged within four points in the second half. South Carolina,, with Tom Riker gaining scoring honors with 20 points, was forced to foul to get the ball late in the game and the Tar Heels converted the charity tosses to wrap up the upset. They were led by sophomore forward George Karl’s 17 points and limited All- American John Roche to 14. The runaway leader in the voting was still UCLA, amassing all but two of the 26 first-place votes to pile up 526 votes by the nationwide panel of sports writers and sportscasters. South Carolina and Marquette, with one first-place vote apiece, followed the Bruins with 478 and 426 votes respectively. Southern California retained fourth place with 362. Penn, which collected 293 votes to move past Western Kentucky into fifth place, opened its defense of the Ivy League crown with a 70-62 victory over Princeton. The Quakers, led by Dave Wohl’s 20 points, held off a Tiger rally with deadly foul shooting, going 26-for-30 from the charity line. Big Jim McDaniels exploded for a career- high 49 points as No. 6 Western Kentucky toppled Tennessee Tech 95-82. The big seven- footer hit seven straight points late in the i game to lock up the Hilltoppers’ triumph. Seventh-ranked Jacksonville, up two places from the previous week, Kansas, up from 12th to eighth, Notre Dame, which leaped from 15th to 9th, and No. 10 St. Bonaventure, up from 13th, were idle. Other unscheduled teams filling out the Top Twenty were No. 12 Indiana, up two spots; Utah State, climbing from 19th to 15th; Drake, which plummeted from seventh to I6th, Fordham, breaking into the chart as No. 18, and Purdue, 20th a week ago. A pair of former Top Twenty teams, No. 16 Oregon and No. 18 LSU, dropped off the list. North Carolina Coach Dep Smith was ecstatic after the upset. “This has to rank alongside our great great wins,” he said. “Those young men in our dressing room deserves all the credit. They gave a tremendous effort against a truly great basketball team.” Losing Coach Frank McGuire commented\ “They just outplayed us from the beginning. The ball wouldn’t drop for us. North Carolina deserved to win. “Someone once said being ranked nationally will cost you four games a year because everyone is up for you,” McGuire said. “North Carolina was definitely up for us tonight.” Eleventh-ranked Kentucky, which fell three places in the poll, trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half but came on strong to turn back Mississippi State 79-71. Mike Casey hit 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half for the Wildcats and Tom Payne added 24. Louisville, bounding up four spots to No. 13, played near flawless ball to rout Georgetown College 115-76. Larry Carter’s 20 points led six double-figure scorers for the Cardinals, whose coach, John Dromo, remained hospitalized with a coronary insufficiency. Howard Stacey piloted the team. Villanova, dropping lUh to 14th, dropped North Dakota through the floor as the Wildcats led from the opening buzzer en route to a 103-63 romp. Howard Porter led the balanced Villanova attack with 20 points. Tennessee, which slipped from 10th to 17th in the poll, smothered Mississippi and high- scoring Johnny Neumann 98-85. I'he Volunteers, topped by Mike Edwards’ 26 points, double-teamed Neumann and held him to 26, well below the nation-leading 44.3 average he had going into the game. Dave Rhodes led the Rebels with 32. In other major games, John Mengelt poured in 40 points as Auburn belted Georgia 79-58; Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets stung Maine 99-52 behind Rich Yunkus’ 29 points and 15 rebounds; Alabama, with Wendell Hudson leading five double-figure scorers with 21 points, upset Louisiana State 101-87 and LaSalle, paced by Ken Durrett’s 22 points, turned back late-rallying Tulsa 63-61. AP. I PI 1‘itlls . . . Pice 1*2 I 1 1

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