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Mornimi, March 28, 1971 On The Threshold Of Respectability •;.. HOUSTON — The phone rang in the office of Harry .-•Fouke, University of Houston athletic director. "Harry " " came the voice from the other end of the circuit "can I, as a Houston season ticket holder, get good seats ,'t he ^, lce S ame ' even though it's played in their stadium? . "Sure," replied Fouke, "we have our allotment and OUr f,m s ?, ri l' cket holders wi » b e served from this allotment." Well, I have a dozen season tickets but could, 1 get a few • . --"Well, I guess so, how many do you want?" "Would it be possible to get 1,000?" "Just a minute; I ^ get back to you." •:- . f°H ke la "ghed as he told the story Saturday; The laugh was *•£?, i n i : one ? ot the idea that the order for 1.000 extras was tilled. Houston, like Rice, doesn't want empty gaps in the 70,000- seat stadium when the two teams tee it up Sept. 11. That's the ...start of what could be a permanent arrangement, and Fouke's .;phone call of a week ago can be traced to another, this one long • distance, which came last summer. • • • • THIS ONE CAME from. Austin. "Harry, Darrell Royal here. (or words to that general nature)."Would you and your people be interested in joining the conference ..." ' That call put in motion, the.idea to expand the Southwest Conference from eight members to nine, the first addition since Texas Tech stepped in the front, door 15 years ago. A decision on the addition could come m just over a month when the league holds its spring meeting at College Station, For years, rumors floated of Houston getting into a conference with both the SWC and Southeastern Coherence mentioned. But, Houston according to Fouke, never made any move in the Eastern direction. "There was some talk a few years ago of the Southeastern Conference expanding, adding one team from the Eastern part and one from the West, but that's about as far as it went. • •• • .."WE'VE ALWAYS FELT that we. were a part of the Southwest and any associations we made should be in this area And we are just glad to be invited into discussions with the Southwest Conference. "From the standpoint of Darrell's conversation, our interest has been in.exploring, but not to ballyhoo, the move. We feel we have something to contribute, and 'we have always been interested in competing with teams which are natural rivals (within the state). . . • "But what comes now, well, that's up to the conference " trom that summer phone.conversation came a favorable to Houston, winter meeting and from that winter session came four feasibility committees. '.'We have our people working with the SWC on these committees," said Fouke, "but .the one basic thing is to get a round-robin football, program. This is what the conference wants and we, too. This is the big thing; -and it can be done. • • •• . THE FOUR COanilTTEES are studying scheduling, financial matters, eligibility and miscellaneous matters. "And" laughed Fouke, "there are plenty of little matters to handle too. ' Rice and Houston have, after years.of not admitting the other way around, initiated athletic competition. All sports have or will be involved in this new friendship program. • "We feel we have a very comprehensive athletic program and feel we can contribute to the conference program. You see what Tech has done since it got uvthe conference, and if we are admitted, we look forward to associations with alj the teams in the league. :..-.. .u,"J hi ^ e 5s anoth er factor: we feel it will.enhance collegiate athletics m the Houston area. People of this or any area are interested in you if you have'a good program, and we feel this is necessary. The rivalry with Rice in this area and with the 6ther schools will be a big benefit to collegiate athletics (in relation to the professional teams).. •:-.•••••'• ."AND BASKETBALL..We've been on the national level over here, pointing to the nearby Astrodome .where the NCAA finals were to be held in a few hours. "And we hope to get back over there. The Southwest Conference is interested in that, too, and it is coming up; that is evident. We hope to help it." tr ~,* A , ndl too> P° inted out Fouke, the Cougars fill the Astrodome's 50,000 seats for every football game. "This includes both the _ teams from this direction, like Alabama and Mississippi, as well as the ones from other directions (with no following on the Gulf : REBOUND> _ Bud Stallworth of Kansas grabs a rebound from-Jim Rose of Western Kentucky during the NCAATon- solahon game Saturday in the Astrodome The Hillta from Kentucky won the game. 77-75. (AP Wirephoto) GOING TOO HIGH Baseball Worried About Salaries Fifty thousand in the Dome. Not bad — but neither is that request .for 1,000 for the Rice game. TEXAS RELAYS t.\^- ..-.•• \ World Record Holders Set For Track Meet (Continued From Page One) Dick , Walsh, general manager of the California Angels. "Our payroll is $50,000 over that of 1970. "This spring 1 was negotiating with one of our players who told me (I don't pretend to be as good as •Yastremski or Johnny Bench. But I figure I'm half as_ good. So I'll settle for , 5250,000, .any way you want to pay it.'. . ."That's the sort of thing we're up against." (Carl Yastrzemski, the Boston Red Sox' .328-tetting outfielder, signed a three- year contract for 5500,000, or 5167,000 a year, making him the highest paid player in baseball. • . Johnny Bench, ihe brilliant' young catcher of •the National League cham- p'on Cincinnati Reds, asked for a similar contract He settled for $80,000. "Bench as tremendous," concedes .Frank Lane, "but he's played only three years. What is his. room for growf,^?" ',.'"'..' '.'Bench : probably will be baseball's first $250,000 player," another executive predicted. The Giants, wbo reported a loss of $926,413 last season, have three players : in the $100,000- plus category,- topped by the veteran Willie Mays, who signed a two-year contract for $160,000 a year with a "third year option Pitcher Juan Marichal draws $125,000 and first baseman Willie. McCovey $110,000. Pitcher Gaylord Perry is close at $80,000.. . Mays, 39,' sought'a $750,000 ten-year contract but settled for the shorter, fatter agreement The world champion Haiti- more Orioles have one of baseball's biggest payrolls, reportedly in excess of $1 million. ; ; AUSTIN (AP)—World record .'.holders Randy Matson, Curtis .Mills and Ralph" Mann will com- ^pete in the.Texas Relays April 152-3,; • the first major outdoor .'track meet of the.year. : Slatson, a former- Texas A&M star who appears to be aiming for-the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, set the world shot put record of 71 feet, 5& inches in 1967. ' ' Mills, an A&M senior, set the 440fyard dash mark of 44.7 seconds in 1969,-but be will run on .several relay teams next week- tend.-He; anchored the world rec- loid '830-yard relay . team last 'year at the Texas and Drake Relays, -.' . Mann, defending champion in the Texas Relays 440-yard hurdles, lowered the world record in that event to -58.8 at the NCAA last June. The Texas Relays have been held each spring since 1925, except for three years during the depression. It is the first of the "triple crown" relays. The Kansas Relays follow at Lawrence April 16-17 with the Drake Relays at Des Moines April 23-24 HAIR STYLING •lT Appointment OMH MONDAY ERNIE'S BARBER SHOP H 744-44J8 , This year first baseman Boog Powell was boosted from $65.«X to §90,000 and third baseman Brooks Robinson from 580,000 to $100,000. Frank Robinson pays tax on S13.000. "If the Boys produce, as our team did Jast year, you have to reward them," said Harry Dal ton, the Orioles' director of player personnel. • However, the Orioles, who drew only 1,057,069 would have lost money except for participation -in the playoffs and World Series. They face a deficit this year unless their attendance can be boosted above the 1.5 million mark. ''It's almost. necessary to draw a million and a half ai home to break even," says' Bob Scheffing, general manager oi the New York Mets. The Mets, with a young club and tremendous fan appeal have no immediate financial problems.' They drew 2,697,475 fans last season, the highest attendance in both leagues. Although their payroll has gone up 35 per cent to $750,000 they have no ^$100,000 players. Pitcher Tom Seaver is highest paid at 585,000. "It seems out of line when you pay a man 5100,000 for batting .350 or winning 25 .games as a pitcher and the next year he tries to hit you for a raise when his record falls off," Scheffing says. "You just have to say 'no.' " At least half the 24 major league clubs operated in the red last season and the number would have increased measurably except for special receipts. Probobly less than half a dozen are making money on baseball operations alone , en Richard Bowen announced Saturday. Miller, 37, will assume in July the duties'vacated by John Ron- i mg. Roning resigned recently to , Become .commissioner of the; Big Sky Conference. 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If that happens it would give the ABA a real breakthrough in the signing war with the NBA. The ABA. is lacking in outstanding big. men-but both McDaniels and Smith are 7- footers who are considered sure first-round picks in - the NBA draft. Gilmore was expected to be the No. 1 choice in the NBA draft. Cleveland, which won a coin flip with Portland, will get the first choice in the NBA draft and with Gilmore . no longer available and McDaniels said to be leaning toward the ABA, the Cavaliers are expected to select 6-foot-8 forward Sidney Wicks of UCLA. Wicks, who led the Bruins in scoring and rebounding this season, is considered the best forward in the college ranks. There also Js the possibility that the Cavaliers may trade away. : their No. 1" choice, an option made' available to NBA clubs for the ilrst time this year. Owner Nick Mileti has been swamped with offers from several- clubs and could deal draft rights for two. three or perhaps four .experienced pros. Portland will follow Cleveland and the teams will then draft in inverse order according to regular season records. Buffalo will pick third followed in order by Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit Philadelphia, Los Angeles Phoenix, Chicago, New York and Milwaukee. The draft will be conducted Tag • Team Bout Tops Mat Card Ciclone f Negro, The Beast arid The Butcher, will meet Ricky Romero, Dory Funk Sr; and Ramon Torres Wednesday night in the main event of the weekly wrestling card at Fair Park Arena. In one of the top preliminaries Ciclone Negro and Ramon Torres^ will square off for five minutes.- with absolutely n o ruies. The referee will only enter the ring to count a fall. . In 'other matches Marie Lavern and Sandy Parker will meet in a women's match and Woody Farmer will go against Apache Cringe. from the office of Commission; er Walter Kennedy by phone hookup to the various cities', beginning at 12 noon EST. 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