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El Paso Herald -Post EI Paso Herald-Post November 22, 1977 C-l Sports World Oregon tops NCAA Kentucky, N. Carolina basketball powers Ratings of teams NEW YORK IUPII - TV United Prs Inlernaliwitl txwr a ol (.HE hps' prewflwn col Itge tMiMIOJtl ranngy will Ttim " "' (4Jr3 I IT.tl Kentucky 17) 351 UTEP photoed out "I STILL WANT to hear an explanation of the scoring change," said UTEP assistant coach Ted McLaughlin today. When the Miners left Spokane yesterday, UTEP had been declared "unofficial" winners 108-138 over Oregon. "They figured a 'quick score' after the race on the first five teams," McLaughlin added. "It matched what we had figured by standing over the finish line. When we went to the awards ceremony, they said there would be no difference in the top two teams. They didn't know about the third, fourth and fifth place teams." By the time the Miners landed in El Paso last night, McLaughlin learned through telephone conversations in San Francisco and Denver that the Continued on 4C) By DERRY EADS U.T.-E1 Paso just didn't have the luck of the camera's eye this time. It took a photograph to decide that James Mun-yala nipped out Brigham Young's Henry Marsh in the 3000-meter steeplechase to give the Miers the Western Athletic Conference outdoor title last May. But, with a bigger prize - the NCAA crosscountry championship on the line, movies showed that UTEP came out on the short end, 100-105, to Oregon for the team championship ves-terday in Spokane, Wash. The Miners had won" the 1975 and 1976 NCAA titles. Wyoming was third with 186, Providence fourth with 205 and Brigham Young fifth with 235. By JACK SAUNDERS NEW YORK UP1 ) - Southern Powers Kentucky and North Carolina were chosen as pre-season co-favorites for the best college basketball team in the country, according to the United Press International Board of Coaches. "We are better than last year," said Kentucky-coach Joe Hall before the start of the season. "We deserve to be ranked high this year." "I do think we will have another good basketball team," said North Carolina coach Dean Smith. The 42-mcmber coaches board agreed with both men, giving Kentucky and North Carolina 351 points each. While !he Wildcats were named first on 17 ballots to 16 Nn. 1 choices for the Tar Heels, the e'an'rJcS jr i BOB INGRAM No $1 million bid this time for M'Clendon overall point totals - based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 ranking were identical for the top spot for the first time ever in pre-season. TWO OF THE REASONS for the awesomeness of the wildcats the early choice to run away with the Southeastern Conference are 6-foot-10 seniors Rick Robey and Mike Phillips. At 235 pounds-plus each, they will be hard to push around and, when they're resting, freshmen Chuck Leskinas and Scott Courts are ready to step in and they're 6-10, too. Also back from the 26-4 club ranked fifth at the end of last season and which advanced to the East Regional final before losing to North Carolina are senior forward Jack Givens and 6-5, 230-pound "Su-pcrsub" James Lee. North Carolina, after downing Kentucky 79-72, went on to the NCAA finals and a 28-5 record before losing to emotion-inspired Marquette in Al McGuire's last game as coach. Without McGuire, the selectors figure the Tar Heels ranked third in the final ratings last season to have a good chance to get over that last hurdle. LEADING THE WAY will be guard Phil Ford, a second-team All-America last season and a likely first-tea mer this year. Ford injured his elbow in the Eastern Regional or else there might have been a different national champion. The senior backcourt star, who is the key to North Carolina's "Four-Corners" offense, averaged a team-leading 18.7 points, shooting 53.4 per cent from the field, and holds the school career assist record with a full year left to pad the mark. North Carolina will be without starters Walter Davis, Tommy Lagarde and John Kuester but their depth should allow them to be able to overcome the loss with Tom Zaliagiris and Dave Colescott as well as last year's sensational freshman, Mike O'Koren, who made the All-Tournament team at the NCAA finals, and 6-9 center Rich Yonpkor. Defending NCAA champion Marquette was chosen third, named on seven selectors' ballots in the top spot and with 309 points overall. This year the Warriors have a new coach, Hank Raymonds, so are not regarded any higher than last year. High-scoring ACC opening Miners' foe U.T. Miners wilt open their basketball season against a fast breaking, high scoring Abilene Christian College team Friday night at the Special Events Center. The ACC team opened its season last night by defeating Paul Quinn College of Waco 111-200. The team, coached by Wjllard Tate, a former Auburn player, has two 6-9, juniors at center in Randy Scott and Martin Gohlke. ACC ALSO has Odis Dolton, 6-5 forward who had 30 points in last night's game. Also they have Rodney Fedeli, 6-6 forward who had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Other top ACC scorers were guards Walter Dawkins with 16, Jim Lunchd with 12 and Randall Moore with 18. Don Haskins would like to ease up on work for the Miners because he has some leg-weary players. "But we've got so much to learn that we must keep at it hard every day," he said. He planned to start his little point guard Earl Fuller and have Jimbo Bowden at the other guard. Calvin Hale, only returning starter from last season, likely will be a starter at the small forward position and play some at guard also. The tall forward job may be held by 6-7 Roshern Amie, 6-5W Wayne Hollins and 6-7 Joe Garrett and in the "hole" or at center wilt be Darold Molix at 6-7, Anthony Burns at 6-7 and 6-10 Kevin Jones. up truck, and like Wail Garrison, he may put a pinch between cheek and gum and enjoy a real tobacco flavor. McClendon may be wondering now that he's taking his LSU Tigers to their first bowl in several years if he made a mistake by not accepting that million dollar Texas Aggie offer. Emory Bellarrl has done well at College Station and there's no chance of uprooting him. Whatever happens, Charley Mac was one o! the most friendly coachei to come to the Sun Bowl and I'm glad to see him returning. The bow! story EMBARRASSMENT BOWL (the Tangerine) Florida State vs. Texas Tech. Florida State lost to San Diego Slate las; Saturday 41-16 and Texas Tech was beaten by Houston -S5-7. . Hate Bowl i Liberty!. It's sore at neighboring Arkansas for not accepting a bid. Bowl of Last Resort (Peach). Iowa State, a good Big Eight team, almost got left out of the bowl picture. But the Peach rescued it and North Carolina State. Bowl of Humble Beginning (The Hail of Fame at Birmingham). Maryland vs. Minnesota. None of the other bowls made an offer. Instant millionaire Lyman Bostock, former Minnesota outfielder, signed a five-year contract with the California Angels for an estimated $3.2 million. Shown with Michigan 4th, Bucks drop like cameraman Ratings "V" i'-t'i ' v vs';!?i Is:' t' -.,d.v ,; u CHARLEY McCLENBON'S second trip to the Sun Bowl wili be no million dollar venture as it was when he brought his Louisiana State Tigers here Id play Iowa Slate en Dec. 18, ly?i. A sports story of headline- ;.ropor-tinns broke on the rr.ornint; t.f I he Sun Buvv! game that year. Texas AfcM offered Charley Mac the head football coaching job. It was pretty reliably reported as a million doilar offer and a long term contract. McClcndon turned it down. A lot of water has flown down the Rio Grande and down the bayous of Louisiana since then. Charley Mac has he;ird the cries and seen the signs of "Sack Mac" and "Help Mac Pack." LSU fans have been disenchanted with some of the LSU teams. When his contract expired r-A the end of last year, he didn't get a multiple-year renewal. He got a contract for only one year which is a kick in the pants to any college coach. J' shows a lack of confidence in ail aspects. Charlie Mac is ending a winning season and is climaxing it with a Sun Bowl appearance. There's some doubt though that he has saved his coaching job ni !.$U Writes Will Pan-eguy in The New Orleans Picayune: "MK.'ieriGon, even if he goes S-3 this year wili be kicked somewhere upstair- and on' of coaching." The right choice AT EL PASO before sending his team out on the field against Iowa State, Charley Mac professed to be in a quandary over who to start at quarterback. He probably knew all along who he would start but he made it a mystery guess between Bert Jones and Paul Lyon;. Jones was his choice at the kiokof-. It was a wise one. Jones passed for 227 yards that included three touchdowns as the Tigers beat the Iowa State Cyclones 3315. One of Jones' passes was for 77 yards to his cousin Andy Hamilton. Bert has gone on to become what some say is the premier quarterback in pro football. As a member of the Kaitirr.ore Colts, he's reached champagne status. They say success in football and money hav- not spoiled his lifestyle. He drives around Ru.non. La., his home, during the offfeason in a pick WHA Bowl of the Graybeards (The Sugar). It matches Alabama and Rear Brvant and Woody Hayes' Ohio State- Did the Be;:r pick Ohio State and will Woody slug another cameraman'.' Bowl of Sunshine after the Storm (Fiesta). They must have- been feeling low to see Arizona State being knocked off by Colorado State but it. ended happily when they got a plum in Penn State. Can't Wait Bowi (Orange). It didn't want to wait, to see if Penn State was going to beat Pittsburgh. Now how is it going to feel if Texas Tech beats Arkansas? Revenge Bowl (Rose). Michigan has good chance to gel even alt those PAC-8 victories over Big 10 teams. Postman Rings Twice Bowl (Blue-bonnet). Texas Aggies turned it down and came to Sun Bowl last year. Now Aggies will play there if they don't represent SWC in Cotton. Equality Bow! fSun). Stanford vs. LSU. LSU with a tremendous runner in Charles Alexander and Stanford with an exceptional passer in Guy Benjamin look evenly matched. The Sun Bowl needs an equalizer after the last two one-sided games. Michigan, its emotional 14-6 win over Ohio State enabling it to capture the Big Ten's berth m the Rose Bowl replaced the Buckeyes as the fourth-ranked club. Woody Hayes' group dropped as fast as the cameraman he hit, from fourth to seventh. Arkansas, a 47-7 winner over Southern Methodist and a somewhat surprising choice as an Orange Bowl participant, moved up one notch to sixth. Fiesta Bowl-bound Penn State, Pittsburgh (Gator Bow!) and Nebraska (Orange or Liberty), all idle, held position to round out the top 10. The second 10, in order, were Texas A&M (Cotton or Biuebonnet), Iowa State, North Texas State, Clemson (Gator), North Carolina (Liberty). Washington, UCLA, Brigham Young. Colorado State and Stanford (Sun). Grammas rejoins Reds CINCINNATI (UPI) - Alex Grammas, fired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend was quickly rehired today by Cincinnati to resume his old job as Reds' third base coach. Grammas, a Reds' coach from 1970 through 1975, left at the end of the 1975 season to become manager of the Brewers. His two-year managerial stint with Milwaukee ended last Saturday night when his dismissal was announced. Ex-Card hurler Ron Willis dies MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) - Former St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ron Willis, stricken with a malignant brain tumor in January, died late Monday at a local hospital. Willis, 34, had doggedly fought his illness, rejoining his former ballclub this summer as a part-time scout. His most scccssful season was 1967, when he appeared In 65 games and had a 2.67 earned run average. By JACK SAUNDERS NEW YORK (UPI) - Texas, with a Cotton Bowl berth against Notre Dame as its next target, easily held on to the top ranking in the latest rankings of the United Press International Board of Coaches. The Longhorns. who encountered some resistance from Baylor this past week before downing the Bears 29-7, received 35 first-place votes of the 38 cast and 386 points. A win Saturday over Southwest Conference foe Texas A&M on the Aggies' home turf at College Station or a tie wouid put Texas into the Cotton Bowl against the Fighting Irish, easy 49-0 winners over Air Force. The resulting matchup would be one of the most, attractive bowls in recent, years, with Texas currently at 10-0 and Notre Dame 3-1. The Irish, who pulled one first-place ballot, still have a game against Miami, of Florida Dec. 3 but took advantage of Ohio State's loss to Michigan to move up one place to fifth position. OKLAHOMA WAS idle, while awajting its Nov. 25 matchup against Nebraska for the Rig Eight title and the Orange Bowl berth that goes with it, as was Alabama, with a Sugar Bowl berth already e.cured and now knowing its opponent there will be the Buckeyes. Th- two clubs held on to second and third place, respectively, with Alabama receiving three first-place designations. NM playoffs in Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UPI) -Three of the four high school football playoff games will be played Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque the New Mexico Activities Association said. In the Class AAAA semifinals Friday, Clovis plays Albuquerque Cibola at 1:30 p.m. in Milne Stadium and Farmington will meet Albuquerque Sandia at Wilson Stadium at 7:30. p.m. Both Class AAA semifinals are scheduled at 1 :30 p.m. Saturday, with Artesia playing at Albuquerque Academy and Raton going to Socorro. PRICES EFFECTIVE THRU NOVEMBER 26th 17 Miners will end college football days WILD TURKEY SEAGRAM'S BOURBON A V.0. aa ioi nwtmwQ "Jft 86 proof $7 JQ QUART V 13 OUMT I l4g JIM BEAM RIKALLOFF BOURBON VO0W mm 80 PROOF $R flQ 80 PROOF $fi CQ QUART. UllKJ 1.75 LITER UlVtJ Festive Wines BLUE NUN I MATUES m 6-29 rose us. s4.59 II II inCU Oil ft SMC G0LDENER OCTOBER ALMAVtN InftDUO deibesheimer gofsiugk MB...... 2l39 Frfamwy 3i49mBI around another season or two in his building program, but it can't be done, Robert (Ducky) Elliott, the Miners' top rusher for three seasons, will be among the biggest losses to UTEP. OTHERS ARE: Don Amerson, specialist team; Miguel Alvarez, field goal and extra point kicker as well as kick off man; Ken Yates, comer back; Harold Sampson, strongstde linebacker; Tanny Johnson, flanker; Wade Bradford, center; George Henderson, halfback; Lee Mitchell, free safety, Wendell Berguis, offensive tackle; Jim Martinez, offensive guard; David Brooks, offensive tackle; Steve Hurt, offensive tackle; Keith Black, defensive tackle: and Dean Allcorn; tight; end. Greg Thompson, defensive tackle and Dennis Hughes, offensive guard. THE ENTHUSIASM of the Miners despite their 1-9 season has not waned, if the Monday workout following the 41-24 loss to Arizona is taken into consideration. Monday is one of padless days generally with the players going through a light workout. But the players themselves decided to wear some heavier gear than shorts and jerseys and do some hit-rling in yesterday's workout. Seventeen Miners will check in as far as college football is concerned after UTEP's football game against Brigham Young in the Sun Bowl Saturday afternoon. They include first teamers as well as subs. Bill Michael, head coach, would like for all of them to stick Pam Lee top elite qualifier Pam Lee took first place all-around in the United States Gymnastic Federation's Region III Elite Qualifying meet in Houston. The 13-vear-old El Pasoan scored 72.70 points to outdistance 14 other girls from ;even states, including Debbie Wilcox, who just missed making the '76 U.S. Olympic team. The victory enabled Miss Leo to qualify for the Dec. 3 USGF Elite Na-tional'meet in Lubbock. She was quoted in "Young Athlete" magazine as saying: "I want to win for El Paso." Miss Lee is now being coached in Arl'vtgton, Cousins and Bell get WAC football citations ftllMWItfP !? n HEIMEKEMSlI"n:.,3 VVVTIblVMl CMS Cowboys to a 23-21 win over New Mexico Lobos. Cousins scored twice on two runs. Bell was as bothersome as the snow as the Colorado State Rams defeated Arizona State 25-14, He was credited with 17 tackles and a safety in the Ram win. Wyoming quarterback Marc Cousins and Uckle Mike Bell of Colorado State were named the top players in the Western Athletic Conference for football play last week. Cousins took over for No. 1 quarterback Don Clayton and led the

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