Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 29, 1977 · Page 4
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my turn * billy burton I , but top story IT'S A SHAME, but if *omem* was to a«k rnr *ha! ! fell \ was th« Widest sports story in Arkansas for J?77.1 r-ouldrrt ' help but tab thr recent suspension from the Orange Boa] of R**orback gndders Ben <v»*ins, Michiwi Forrwt and Donny Bobo. I'm not ttyine the mov* bv Coach Lou HoMt in suspending the players is &sd, but rather the incident ,ts<.jf flrK j Jhe fact it has received the play by all the minisH t« b* deservedly named THE short* story in the «u»t« > of an oth<rwi5€ proud year lor athletics. Neil O'Shflunnmy, thf Runnir.' Raiorbacks, i/,u Hoi Us naming se many things the state has to be proud of in athletics -and this has to come up. Now, the incident is before a U.S. Dtstrirt Judge. Not to com a phrase, but the situation needs a U.S. District Judgp about like Cutter needed another Indian IX)U HOLTZ was hired by the University to gtiide his team He did it. and did it well HP went KM, losing only to v>f number one team in the country, and that one by only 4 points. And with a team expecttd to do worse than the UA &&•] team did last year. He took his t*4»m to such heights, more than anything else, based on discipline, Everybody in the state will admit that. Athletic Director Frank Broyles said «t the time he was hunting for hi* own replacement, that the number one quality he was looking for was a stout 'disciplinarian,' The situation, I do not feel, is or has anything to do, with race, or racism. If that is the case, surely we would have heard something about it earlier in the year. 1 know the stories coming out of the courtroom sound as if Coach Holtt may have used his Judgement n bit hasty. I tend to disbelieve this, mainly because there is only one side being presented. I do not feel «i man like I/ou Ho'llz would suspend any three of his players, much less stars as Cowins. Forrest and Bobo, over a "playful" incident. Surely Ben could wait until the Coach was around to answer the charges. I'm not going to stick my neck out and say the situation will r«lly the team and they'll rare up and beat the mighty Sooner* In the Orange Bowl. After all, they wore two- touchdown underdogs even with the three players in the game. THE GAME can't be bet on the Vegas boards. Nor even the Texarkana boards. But just between us, emotion plays a big role in college football—and 1 sure don't expect the Big Red Machine from FaycttevlHc to full opart, just becau.se some parts have been replaced. f says damage permanent Footballer testifies in hearing that girl's clothes were removed Texas ' Shearer hasn't thought about losing DALLAS (AP) — Outiand Trophy winner Brad Shearer says he's aware the national title is on the line In the Cotton Bowl but the thought of Texas " losing to Notre Dame never occurred to him. ; "No, I haven't thought about losing," the Longhorn defensive : tackle sniffed. "I think if we go , out there and take care of our • business we'll win the football ; game. "We'll be national champions : and we won't have to argue . with anybody about it." " The top-ranked Steers meet : the Fighting Irish in the Jan. 2 : classic and Shearer, an All ', America selection, wp,s almost : flippant as he discussed the ; contest during a telephone news conference Wednesday. • "You're obviously not awed ; by Notre Dame," a writer ob- l served. [ "Well." Shearer replied, [ "We've had more time to pre- pare for Notre Dame...I think the intensity is there. I think we're all looking forward to a good game. "I haven't been in awe of .. anybody we've played but 1 v 'don*r think that means I haven't any respect for them. I know it's going to be an enthusiastic game because the stakes are high. "Noire Dame's always piny, tng for the national championship. They're not playing for flny kind of a conference championship or anything." Shearer contends the unbeaten Ixmghorns played a tougher schedule than the once beaten, fifth-ranked Irish and deserve their lofty status in the national poll. "I think we've definitely played better teams this year than Notre Dame did. We played three teams in the Top Ten," he pointed out. UTTLE ROCK (AP) - University of Arkansas running back Ben Cowins, who ranks No. 2 in rushing yards in the Southwest Conference, says his football career wfll be irreparably damaged if he doesn't pl»y in the Orange Bowl Monday night. Cowins, running back Mich- eaJ Firfftai and flanker Donny Bobo were excluded from the game by Coach Lou Holt* following an incident Dec. 20 that Cowtns said involved a partially-clad young woman in an athletic dormitory. Each of the three players has one year of eligibility left. "Everything we have built up in the put three years has been torn down in what, in my opinion, was a rash Judgement by Holtz," Cowins testified Wednesday In U.S. District Judge Terry L. SheD's court. "All that's left now is for us to salvage what's left." Attorney John W. Walker, representing the three standouts, filed suit asking the court to order Holtz and other university officials to allow the three to participate In the Orange Bowl. Cowins is expected to testify further today, the second day of the hearing. "A lot of us don't have a lot of smarts," Cowins said, clutching and unclutching a rolled sheet of paper. "We can't make It as big time lawyers. This thing could keep us out of the (pro) draft." When asked by Walker If his testimony Indicated he would be "Injured irreparably" by not playing in the Orange Bowl, Cowins said, "Yes." "We feel something is wrong by us not being in the Orange Bowl. I don't think the team can really come together." Walker maintained that Holtz chose to suspend the three "despite the fact" that they had not been charged with a crime and had not violated any rule Holtz had made known to the Hope Star Page Four Thursday. Decembrr 2!». 1977 Lou Holtz players. "We spent a lot of time gaining respect from the team and Arkansas. We don't want to have them believing something that is basically untrue," Cow- Ins said. He said the three voluntarily gave an account of the dorm incident to Holtz Dec. 20, the night before the suspensions were announced. The three went to freshman running back Trent Bryant's room to "have a discussion with a certain person in the room. It didn't work out, so we left," Cowins said. "We told Holtz that an incident took place that was completely under control and ev-' erybody knew what was going on. I told him basically that about 10 people were in the room and some of the girl's clothes were removed, and there was an indication of play. It was just a playful act." Cowins said that Holtz "walked to a table, sat down, pit his hands over his face and peered down. We knew something was wrong. "He said we violated the 'do- right' rule. ... That's 'always do right,' I guess." "Holtz said that breaking the do-right rule had a negative effect on the freshman players." Cowins said the woman involved in the incident had sug- ' gested to Holtz that, the whole matter be dropped and Holtz should let the three play in the Ben Cowins* game at Miami. The woman was not identified. Cowins said Holtz later told the rest of the team about "what had happened." Cowins said the three standouts were not present at the meeting. Cowins said the feedback he later received from teammates led liim to believe "they were told something different by Holtz than what had actually happened." He said he confronted Holtz with that opinion, but the coach gave "no response." Holtz is in Miami with the team preparing for the Monday game. Under questioning from depu- —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton 28, sits with Michael Forrest, 33 ty Attorney General Frank Newell, Cowins said he guessed about 10 people were in the room at the time of the incident. He said he could not remember everyone's name that was in the room. When Newell asked Cowins to identify any persons he could recall from the dorm room incident, Walker asked the judge to call the lawyers from both sides to the bench. After a brief exchange, Shell called a recess and later it until today's resumption of the hearing. In opening arguments, Ellen. Brantley of the state attorney" general's office told the court that a coach has only certain measures of discipline and that if the court second-guessed Holtz's decision it would "harm discipline on the team." She also said that maintenance of discipline is one of the things considered by parents when they are choosing a school for their child. Walker said in his opening arguments that Holtz's decision was not based on a written rule and that rules must be reasonably ascertainable and not as "nebulous as doing right on the football team." Cowins has tallied -1,192 yards rushing this year and scored 14 touchdowns. Oakland: Ugly stepsisters OAKLAND (AP) - If the Denver Broncos are a Cinderella team, the Oakland Raiders must be the ugliest stepsisters in the National Football league. The Raiders have been to the NFL's fancy postseason ball, the lucrative playoffs, almost every year while the Broncos were home. This year, under new Coach Red Miller, the Broncos crashed the party by going 12-2 in the regular season, and they face the Haiders in Sunday's AFC title game at Denver. But Oakland (>ach John Madden isn't so sure the Cinderella description fits. "I'm surprised how some people let the Broncos sneak up on them. They've been awfully close to making it for several years," he notes. "Four years ago, we had to beat them in our 14th game to win the division and get into the playoffs." That 1974 Denver team, under John Ralston, finished 7-6-1 to Oakland's 9-4-1 in the AFC West. The Broncos dropped to 6-8 the next season after quarterback Charley Johnson missed most of the year because of an injury. prange bowl" : f' i ~j—^ ^^—.;•*. x—x—••• • ^Htir Kick-offs give Little kick "When Johnson was at quarterback, they had stability at the position and the team was pretty good," says Madden. "Then they weren't sure about the position for a while, but when they got Craig Morton and decided on him as their quarterback, they got that stability back. "They were probably just a player or two away from being a playoff team, and one of those players was a quarterback." Madden sees similarities between the building of the Broncos' current team and the way the Raiders' organization run by Al Davis built the team that is the reigning Super Bowl champ. The Broncos have done well in the draft, he notes, with high picks such as Otis Armstrong, Riley Odoms, Tom Classic, Randy Gradishar and Louis Wright coming through, along with lower draft picks such as Rubin Carter, Lyle Alzado and Steve Foley. And, just as the Raiders have struck it rich by landing free agents like Willie Hall and John Matuszak, the Broncos have free agent "finds! 1 : MIAMI (AP) - Steve Little ; makes headlines with his place- jmcnts and punts but he really ;gets his kicks out of kickoffs. • "Kicking off is one of the :most exciting parts of the jgame," says the University of •'Arkansas senior, who will close out a brilliant coDege football Career Monday night when the isixth-ranked Razorbacks meet >'o. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl game, • Unless it's the start of a half, <* cuirse, kicking off means your team has scored But to Little it's more than that. "It's helpful to the defense if you can kick the ball out of the end tone and make the other team start from the 20-yard line." he says. "I take a lot of pride in my kickoffs. It's the best thing I do." Here are some facts to digest: —Uttle holds the NCAA, record for career fiekl goals; wth 53, shares the major college distance record at 67 yards with Russell Erxleben of Texas and has scored more points by kicking than anyone in history with 280 on 53 field goals and 121 conversions. —He set a Southwest Confer- No wonder Larry Lacewell, Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, is concerned about playing "a goal-line defense at the 50- yard line." Little's family travels have covered about as much distance as his kickoffs. His father is an executive with a tractor company and the family has been based in Illinois, Switzerland, Norway, Kansas and currently Mount Laurel, N.J. "We were overseas about 9 months in Switzerland and then 44 years in Norway," Little remembers. "There was so much snow 1 kind of alternated be- tween skiing and ice skating. "I learned different life styles because every 1 weekend we'd get in our car and take off for different places. I guess I've been every place in Europe except Russia." But don't get the idea that Uttle is one of those foreign "I keek a touchdown" placekick- ers who Alex Karras used to hate. Despite his sidewinding style, Little really got started in Shawnee Mission, Kan. "I played a little bit of soccer in Europe, but nothing organized," he says. ence record this season by booting 19 fiekl goals and is the third highest scorer in conference history—He set a school record in 1976 with a 44.4-yard pinting average and finished fourth nationally this year at 44.3. —And of his 72 kickoffs during 1977, only nine were returned, a far cry from 1974 when Southern Cal's Anthony Davis ran Little's first collegiate kickoff back, for a touchdown. Surprise: defense solunar tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAR TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during these tinu-s, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer. Date uec. a Dec. 30 Dec. 31 Jan. 1 Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday A.M. Minor Major 7:30 1:40 8:20 2:30 9:10 3:20 10:00 4:10 P.M. Minor Major 2:05 2:55 3:45 7:50 8:40 9:30 10:20 4:30 MIAMI ;Al Jf - The University of Oklahoma football team goes into .Monday night's Orange Bowl game against Arkansas with one of the finest collegiate defenses in the country, and that surprises the Sooner coaches. "If you had told me three months ago that we would have this kind of ;defensive) team, I'd have laughtd at you." defensive coordinator Larry Lacewell said. "We jus; had too many question marks to start the season. We hau to have a lot of unsung players come through for us, and they did." I .act-well added. I Spring training for the de- j fense was a process of trying to j find players to fill gaping holes. i at both end spots, at linebacker jand in the secondary, j I.acewel! took a long look at • the offensive suuas and' gut full- i back iji'iii'ge ("unib\ a.--; a line- 'backer To back up Bui get bigot quarierb:n k hrjce Tatom. However. BLU^K injured his back on a summer tub and his playing status was questionable from iiuim- to game That shoved Tatom into the Carting position eirrly in the season and he finally nailed t»v sout down for good about half way tewellh. "I don't see how Bruce does what he does," Lacewell said, "He's not very big and not very fast and not very strong. He does it on brains. He just always in the right spot at the right time." I-ace well said another player who had performed beyond all expectations is senior tackle David Hudgens. I-acevvell said Hudgens is "the type of player that probably will not be here in the future under the 30 scholarship rule. It will be difficult to take a chance on a marginal player anymore." The star of the defensive team this year has to be Cumby, a sophomore who didn't •warn to make the switch to line backer. t'urnby was a fullback his fit'shman year but broke a col- Lrbone in the first game and sat out the year on a hardship p.iJ'r'i!, He oruke hi< collarbone aaain during spring practice the next sear and then came back last seaun to play third string behind Kenny King and James Culbreath. Coach denies OSU rumor MIAMI (AP) — The University Oklahoma football team's defensive coordinator, Larry Lacewell, flatly denied reports Wednesday that he would replace Jim Stanley as head football coach at Oklahoma State. Hal O'Halloron, of Tulsa, Okla. radio station KWEN, had reported that he was told by a source that the Oklahoma State Regents had purchased Stanley's contract and that Lacewell was in line for the head coaching job. But Lacewell, here preparing for Oklahoma's game against .Arkansas in the Orange Bowl Monday, said he knew nothing about a job at Oklahoma State. Stanley, contacted at his home in Stillwater, Okla., said stones about him resigning or being fired as Oklahoma State coach are "completely false.' The secretary to the Oklahoma State Regents, Harold Chesney, said rumors of Stanley's departure have "no foundation whatsoever, to my knowledge." "You're kidding," Lacewell said when told of the report that he was in line for Stanley's job. "I don't really know what to say except that I know nothing about it. I have not been contacted by anybody, including regents, OSU officials or alumni about anv move at all. "This time of the year I usually surface as a rumored candidate for virtually any coaching position that is open but I'm not even considering any at this time," Lacewell said. The 40-year-old Lacewell has coached for 10 seasons at Oklahoma. He has been defensive Coordinator since 1970. Ucewell has been interviewed several times for head football coaching jobs. "I honestly believe 1 could have had the Iowa State job when Jolinny Majors left " I-acewell said. "But when 1 went up for the interview my plane was routed to Omaha because of a blizzard at Ames and 1 spent five hours sitting in the Omaha airport.

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