The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on August 3, 1976 · Page 16
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 16

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Tuesday, August 3, 1976
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Osborne Hoppily Accepts Fovorite's Role For Nebrosko ® ® * “Du* tim cfill havo nnt Iparnpd to WOfl KANSAS CITY (AP) - Tom Osborne, whose University of Nebraska football teams have piled up 28 victories in his three years as head coach, is not arguing with anybody who predicts his 1976 Comhuskers could be better than ever. .‘It is with great pleasure that I accept the favorite's role,” the modest red-head told a packed house Monday at the Big Eight Conference football kickoff luncheon. "We will have a good team, and we should have some quaUty depth. But anything can happen in this league.” The Comhuskers, who finished in a tie with Oklahoma last season for the Big Eight title, were favored in a national poll to nose out the Sooners for their first undisputed championship since 1971. But Osborne and his seven colleagues all agreed that the level of competition in the Big Eight could be the closest in years, and Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado might all shoulder their way into the throne room. Osborne’s roster boasts eight returning starters from the offense and six from the defense, including senior tackles Ron Pruitt and Mike Fulz, “who are as good or better than any pair of defensive tackles in the country,” he said. “And Dave Butterfield is as good a defensive back as we’ve ever had.” Osborne tossed one splash of cold water on the Huskers’ outlook...the latk of a homerun threat out of the backfield. “We maybe don’t have the great game- breaker,” he said. “Sometimes a player like that is the difference in winning or losing a couple of games. And I don’t know if you can have a great football team without one.” Game-breakers will abound at Oklahoma this year...a stable of swift, exciting young runners is bolstering the hopes of Sooner fans. “But what we need,” said coach Barry Switzer, “is experience. We will be a very young team, but talented.” Switzer’s three-year record at Oklahoma is an almost unbelievable 32-1-1 with national championships in ‘74 and ‘75, but the chief architects of that littery record, players like Leroy and Dewey Selmon, Joe Washington and Tinker Owens, to name a few, have all graduated to the NFL. “The reason we’ve been so successful is we had some of the greatest athletes ever to enroll at the University of Oklahoma,” Switzer said. “We don’t have anyone like that anymore.” “This may be a leveling off year for us. We'll probably be better next year than we are this year.” Another school drastically depleted of talent by graduation was Colorado, but Bill Mallory is nevertheles cautiously opti­ mistic. "We can have a good, respectable team,” said the third-year head coach. “We lost some good people, but we have some good people returning. I hope we’ll be in the thick of things, and I believe we can be." One of the most exciting prospects at Boulder is Petris Dadiotis, a walk-on veteran of the Greek army who won a job as the Buffs’ kickoff and place-kicking, specialist. Bud Moore of Kansas, the 1975 Big Eight coach of the year, returns two of the most awesome offensive players in college football: Wishbone quarterback Nolan Cromwell and running back Laveme Smith. But the Jayhawks are painfully thin and woefully inexperienced, especially in the defensive secondary and the kicking game. “Our kicking game is virtually untested,’’ he said. “Our defensive secondary is our biggest question mark. We lost three starters there to graduation and another to professional baseball. "Overall.” he concluded, “we have some very capable players. But we don’t know if we have enough." Oklahoma State boss Jim Stanley figures speed in the backfield will be the Cowboys’ biggest asset and lack of depth the most pressing liability. "Defensively.’,’ he added, "we have a mile to go. And you have to have a great defense to compete in the Big Eight." "But we still have the makings of the best team I've ever had at Oklahoma State." A1 Onofrio of Missouri has one of the best passing quarterbacks the Big Eight has seen in years in Steve Pizarkiewicz but all three of his top receivers were lost to graduation. "We have several good receivers," he said. "But we still have not learned to work with a continuity.” Kansas State coach Ellis Rainsberger, hoping to improve from last year’s last- place finish, has imported a horde of junior college transfers to shore up the Wildcats’ weak spots and he’s counting on at least seven or eight lending immediate help. • Our offensive line is the No. 1 concern." he said. "And quarterback is No. 2." The Wildcats have no fewer than eight quarterback candidates to replace Joe Hatcher, who was injured in the spring game and can no longer play. Earle Bruce of Iowa State is most pleased with his quarterback situation, where Wayne Stanley and Buddy Hardeman are staging a spirited battle. "Overall, we're not as deep as Oklahoma or Colorado or Nebraska, burt we ’ve got some talented players who can compete on any Saturday afternoon.” -THE LINCOLN STAR- Sports Tuesday, August 3, 1976, 15 Sports Signals By Bob Owens Star Sports Editor Another Cinderella Quarterback? Kansas City - A year ago, new Kansas football coach Bud Moore went to his defensive secondary to find a quarterback, Nolan Cromwell, who stunned Jayhawk opponents with an average of 102 rushing yards a game. v Cromwell, who’ll be back again this season, is from Ransom, Kan., a tiny town (435 population) in Western Kansas. Now. it might be Coach Ellis Rainsberger s turn to pull the same act with his Kansas State Wildcats. K-State lost Joe Hatcher, who had figured to be No. 1, when he suffered a spring-game injury that forced a kidpey to be removed. Rainsberger toid writers at Monday's Big Eight Conference press conference he plans to take a look at Brad Horchem, who is listed at safety on the pre-season Wildcats’ roster. Six or seven others also will get a chance to win Hatcher’s job. What is so unique about Horchem is that he’s from Ness City, Kan., 1,754 population, and 13 miles south of Rarasom. Horchem’s trial at quarterback isn't just a whim on Rainsberger s part, trying to copy Moore’s successful conversion of Cromwell. Both Were Prep QBs Both Cromwell and Horchem were standout high school quarterbacks, so the conversion of Horchem should be no more difficult than Cromwell’s change. The problem, according to Rainsberger, is that Horchem broke his passing arm in a farm accident before he got to the Manhattan campus last August. "His passing ability we question because of the injury," Rainsberger.* "But he has the same leadership qualities as Hatcher." * ... Horchem was a concensus all-stater in Kansas and a prep au American at Ness City. In three seasons, he completed 147 of 286 passes for 2.961 yards and 36 touchdowns and ran for 1,291 yards and 16 touchdowns He is considered one of the brightest prep quarterbacks to come out of Kansas in recent years. “Obviously, quarterback is our biggest concern,” Rainsberger said. “It looks at this point that it will be Bill Swanson, Greg Jackson and Duane Howard battling for tbe position.” Swanson, a transfer from Utah State where he was a starter, went to K-State with good passing credentials. Jackson, a product of Creighton Prep in Omaha and a Sunday Journal and Star all­ stater. is 6-4, 200 and K-State fans say he reminds them of former Wildcat QB Steve Grogan. Missouri Card Tough Without a doubt, Missouri’s Tigers again will be playing the toughest non-conference schedule of all Big Eight teams. They open at Southern California. Then after a home game with Illinois, they travel to Ohio State and come back to Columbia for a game against North Carolina. The conference slate also will be difficult since Missouri plays at Nebraska, at Oklahoma State and at Oklahoma. Coach A1 Onofrio isn’t complaining, though, and says his team and staff enjoy the challenge. “This has been a way of life at Missouri for a number ot years,” be said. Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, commenting on the selection of the Comhuskers as probably national champions by Playboy Magazine, said: “I did some research after we were picked and I discovered that football isn’t the particular expertise of Playboy. (See story on this page of Osborne’s assessment of Nebraska s prospects for 1976). . . The Big Eight Conference race looks tough as ususal the closer . the teams get to the opening of practice. Oklahoma, though without the Selmon brothers and Jimbo Elrod from its defensive line of last season, might drop off a bit, but not very much. The Sooners could be awesome again offensively if new quarterback Dean Blevins and a host of young running backs master the wishbone formation because they have an of fen sive line loaded with experience. On paper. Oklahoma State and Missouri look like they could be contenders. And don’t count out Kansas, which sUU has Cromwell and all other backfield starters plus a defensive line that also is e*^K-State retains most of its fine defensive team, the hub of Colorado’s defensive unit returns and Iowa State has *15 regulars from a year ago. Priscilla Cries After Losses I was so upset when my two darlings didn't even come close Saturday that I was marching into Dick Becker’s office to tell him I was going to stop seeing my sweeties and concentrate on my nickel-penny blackjack games. But I must have taken a wrong turn and this sweet little boy Stanley Bowker asked my why I was crying so much. I told him, and the little darling told me to put my $2 win tickets for Tuesday on D.W.’s Joy in the second and Captain D. in the third. • So that's what I'm going to do. That made me stop crying after my adorable Dave Tbe Dancer Rugged Quinn Not Forced Into Sports Amid the charge of the Olympic security force and the streaked into his private niravana — and a Montreal jail dancing of 500 schoolgirls, 23-year-old Michel Leduc - during Sunday’s closing ceremonies m Montreal. Canadians Fancied His Fanny MONTREAL (AP> - The man whose fanny — and considerably more — was a household sight to millions of television viewers was still in custody Monday as the Montreal police tried to decide exactly what charge they would file against him. Michel Leduc, a 23-year-old red-haired, bearded man from Slontreal, cavorted nude in the closing Olympic ceremony Sunday night as 500 costumed young women pretended not to see him and continued their dance. A Montreal French-language newspaper quoted Leduc as saying he needed the publicity and. besides that he wanted to show the'world just what a beautiful body he had. The paper also printed his Montreal address and telephone number for those who may have missed his nymph-like frolic on the grass The phone was off the hook. The beefed-up security surrounding these Olympic games apparently had not been programed for streakers, a fad of a few years ago now revitalized with an Olympic record. Leduc danced and leaped into the air for several minutes — to the cheers of many of the 72.000 persons — before a battaliion of security men caught on and charged the field. Leduc somehow got onto the field fully clothed, took off his denim outfit, and away he went in an altogether performance. The crowd generally seemed to think the incident was funny, but the police were not at all amused. Witnesses said the police beat and kneed the young satyr as they dragged him off the field Police said Sunday night that Leduc would be charged with indecent exposure, but charges still were pending Monday. Soviets Claim 'Brainwashing' Montreal (UPI) - Soviet Olympic officials charged Monday teenage Russian defector Sergei Nemtsanov was kidnaped from the Olympic village and "psychologically brainwashed" before he rejected an appeal to return home. Anatoly Kolesov, deputy head of the Soviet Olympic mission, said of Saturday 's meeting between Nemtsanov and his diving coach Gerdt Burov: "We had the impression Sergei Nemtsanov had been psychologically brainwashed by professional trained specialists. He was in a very depressed state. He was pale and he repeated, just like a parrot, ‘I choose freedom’" Nemtsanov, 17, disappeared from the Olympic Village last Thursday and asked the Canadian government for permanent resident status. At the request of Soviet officials, he and his two attorneys and observers from the immigration department met with Burov and diver David Ambartsu­ myan at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters in Montreal. Burov said Nemtsanov had "an extreme­ ly pale face, a blank stare, red spots on his cheeks and dilated pupils." The Soviets, who have demanded Nemt­ sanov s immediate return, again warned the Canadian government the Russian ice hockey team might pull out of the Canada Cup world hockey series scheduled in Canada for September. "If the situation is not normalized, if Nemtsanov is not returned, we don’t rule out this possibility," Kolesov said. He termed Nemtsanov's defection "part of a deliberate series of provocative acts directed against the Soviet team since its arrival in Montreal.” Kolesov also questioned whether attorneys Alex K. Paterson and David E. Matheson, who represent Nemtsanov “are really lawyers and not gangsters. "As a Soviet official and as a man, I have the impression these men are gangsters and bandits, who are acting as gangsters." Kolesov complained the Soviet delegation had only 14 minutes advance notice of Saturday’s meeting with Nemt­ sanov and they were never allowed to talk privately with the youngster, nor to give him letters from his mother and grandmother urging him to return home. By RANDY YORK Prep Sports Editor Being the only son of a Nebraska state patrolman and former Golden Gloves boxer, Jeff Quinn came by his ruggedness naturally. It wasn't drilled into him by his dad, Phil. It was just always there, according to Jeff. "My dad and I did things together, but he never pressured me," Jeff said in a telephone conversation from Wayne State College where he is training for this week’s two Nebraska Coaches Assn. all-star high school basketball games. • I'd say,” Jeff offered, choosing his words carefully, ‘ that my dad is a tough character. When I'd go wrong, he'd give me a whipping. That type of upbringing made me tougher.” Quinn has a reputation as a •physical” athlete in both foot­ ball'and basketball. Nebraska's football coaching staff liked what it saw in the 6-3.195-pound quarterback and offered a scholarship. He accepted immediately, but turned down an invitation to compete in' the Shrine Bowl game in favor of the all-star basketball games. They afford him the chance of competing one last time for his high school coach, Ken Trubey, the head man for the North squad. Although Jeff never felt pressure from his father, "I think he expected me to be an athlete. He invested a lot of time, playing catch in the backyard. His pride kind of glows watching me compete." Jeff has two older sisters, Jackie. 22, and Pam, 20. Phil Quinn invested considerable time with his two daughters, too. Somehow though, his three- sport background at Albion wasn't as marketable for them. Even with two sisters, Jeff At /i Jeff Quinn Naturally Strong grew up playing rough-house football. “There was a neighborhood game almost every day up at Tommy Clements’ house," he said of an Ord teammate. Quinn does not fit the typical quarterback image. "A lot of quarterbacks," he said, "would rather run out-of-bounds to dodge a linebacker. Not me. I know it’s going to be different in college, but I’ve always played that way." In light of that, it s easy to understand his favorite player was Jerry Tagge. "I’ve thought of him as having the style I’d like to have,” he said. Quinn uses the same physical approach in basketball, especially when he joins the scuffle for a rebound. But he's also a gifted * finesse athlete with a velvet outside shooting touch. Right now, Trubey is planning on using him as a guard in Thursday night's all-star game at North Platte and Friday night's rematch against the South at Lincoln's Pershing Auditorium. It's relatively safe, however, to assume if North rebounds are scarce, Trubey will move Quinn inside. That way, Nebraska fans might get a sneak preview of how physical Jeff Quinn can get — without his dad s boxing gloves. Diving teammate David Ambartsumyan, who attended the meeting with coach Burov, said his friend Nemtsanov "is normally a very lively and good tempered person—but it was impossible to recognize him. "I would say he had been frightened, that at the same time he was in a state of indifference. When I told him his grandmother was very ill. he had no reaction. He was no longer the person I have known for many years." Ambartsumyan said. Kolesov. Burov and Ambartsumyan told the news conference they were "bewildered by the fact the Canadian authorities are not acting to ensure the return of this minor.” v They said they had received numerous telegrams from Soviet athletes, particularly hockey players, saying they were upset by Nemtsanov's disappearance and had no wish to compete again with Canada in sports events. North Aids Defense Special To The Star Wayne — The North all-star basketball team concentrated heavily on defensive play at Monday morning's practice. The surge in defensive work followed a squad meeting in which North head coach Ken Trubey of Ord expressed his disappointment over his team’s defensive play during the Sunday night scrimmage against Northeastern Nebraskan collegians. The North team defeated the collegians 98-85 but failed to contain the collegians’ fast break. The North all-stars took a midafternoon break from the regular routine to hold a minicamp for Wayne area boys of junior high age. The 3>2-hour minicamp provided the all-stars with an opportunity to view first-hand the coaching side of basketball. Each all-star instructed the group of 90 boys on a different fundamental of basketball. Meeting the North all-star basketball team made a big impression on at least some of the minicamp participants. "It was fun getting to know these guys and learning things from them," 12-year-old Dave Gutshall of O'Neill said. Jerry Mackling, an 11-year-old from Emerson, left the Wayne State College gym with a goal for the future. "I’d like to be an all- star some day," Mackling said. § Killanin Threatens 1980 Olympics > i i .utl I 1:..... it.» AlniMnio T J 4 a 1 AO A 1/ illanin cairi iha Quc. “ Tht? (. ilTP Aunt Priscilla Loses $4 and Flaming Bomb ran nowhere on Saturday. That lowered my $56 spree fund to $25.80. But I know I’m going to do red good the last five days of the Lincoln races at Ak- Sar-Ben in Omaha. I’m sure Mr. Bowker is a much better handicapper Than my past “advisers.” Montreal (UPI) — Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, said Monday the 1980 Olympics will be canceled if the Russian government introduces last minute politics into the games. "You have to accept people’s word. If not, the games will have to be canceled,” said Killanin. ' Artistically and technically the Montreal Games, which ended Sunday, were a triumph, but 29 Arab and African countries did not participate, while the Republic of China team returned home rather than compete as Taiwan. Politics very nearly ruined Montreal’s $1.5 billion festival of youth when the Canadian government, at the last minute, insisted the ROC team only could compete under the name of Taiwan, while the ArabAfrican bloc walked out to protest a rugby union tour of South Africa by the New Zealand national team. Killanin said the IOC backed down on the question of Taiwan “because we received word from the Canadian government at such a late date. "We had to consider the athletes, some of whom already were in residence at the Olympic Village. If we cancelled one month before the games, it would have been a disaster.” Killanin said he still believes the Olympic movement is worth fighting for despite the introduction of politics. "For me. personally, the saddest moment of these games came when I visited the Olympic Village and saw some of the black athletes packing to return home,” he said. Discussing the boycott. Killanin said: “It seems to me everyone suffered but the people the boycott was intended to hurt—the Soufh African government. "We (IOC) do not recognize South Africa because of its racial policies, but the New Zealand National Olympic Committee did nothing wrong. Our hands are clean. "Speaking personally -Killanin for Killanin and not the IOC -I don’t think the tour should have taken place, but the IOC cannot dictate to the New Zealand rugby union team." Killanin, at the halfway stage of his first eight- year term as the IOC’s president, said African members had not criticized the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s conduct, and that the Executive Board still is seeking evidence from all interested parties. The next move will be decided when the Board meets in Barcelona, Spain, during the fall. Looking ahead to 1980. Killanin said the Russian government has guaranteed that every National Olympic Committee recognized by the IOC will be invited to send a team to Moscow, even if there are no diplomatic relations between the countries. The IOC, following the debacle involving Taiwan, revised its rules making it possible for the Executive Board to take "immediate action" if confronted with another political ultimatum as presented by the Canadian government. Question—Will the IOC bite the bullet if Moscow follows the precedent set by Ottawa? "I certainly hope so. Yes, I believe we will.” Killanin's view is that Moscow, four years in .advance of the Games, clearly understands the IOC's position and the IOC cannot be held responsible if it is forced to cancel the Games. On other related matters, Killanin said: —"There are no vacancies within the IOC at the moment to admit a woman member. But if we admit a woman just because she is a woman, that would be discrimination. Frankly, there are very few women holding high athletic office anywhere in the world. —“The Games are becoming too costly for a single city to stage. In my view it would be better to spread them around an area We have discussed the possibility of rotating them, but for the moment the suggestion of a permanent site—Athens— does not arise. We shall continue to look into the problem. -"Governments should support sports, but they must not take control. The way some politicans act when an athlete wins a medal you’d think they (politican) had won it. This is nationalism It has no part in the Olympics. -"The IOC did not permit sprinter James Gilkes (of Guyana) to compete under its patronage after Guyana quit the Games because the International Amateur Athletic Federation told us his entry had been cancelled In their view it was presented an impossible technical problem. Regretfully, we agreed —"The security was severe, but polite. But until we live in a better world, we will always have the problem of security. —"I must congratulate the Organizing Committee for doing a magnificient job. I always maintained Montreal would meet its obligation although my predecessor (the late Avery Brun- dagei said there was no chance of it happening.”

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