Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 8, 1971 · Page 15
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Alton, Illinois
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Friday, January 8, 1971
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Big Ten teams commence firing CHICAGO (AP) - The Big Ten basketball race explodes out of the starting gate Saturday, looming a free-for- all scrap in which an exceptional crop of sophomores may play a key role. The conference emerged from prechampionship play with a 52-35 edge over outside opposition and with Indiana nudging into a slight Cage Menu TONIGHT Belleville West at Alton Lincoln (East St. Louis) at Marquette Wood River at Granite City Roxana afO'Fallon Htehland at Civic Memorial Collinsville at Edwardsville McCluer at Belleville East Bunker Hill at Southwestern North Greene at Carrollton Greenfield at Calhoun Madlsoh at Triad Mater Del at Cahokla DeSmet at Assumption Central at Worden Carlinville at Mt. Olive Augustlnian at Althoff II Inols College at Principla Cincinnati at St. Louis U SATURDAY Granite City at Alton Marquette at Duchesne East St. Louis at Wood River Dupo at Civic Memorial Quincy at Edwardsville Rockford Gullford at Colllnsville Cahokia at Belleville West Mascoutah at Jerseyville Belleville East at Quincy CB Southwestern at Virden Pawnee at Greenfield Lebanon at Assumption Worden at Mulberry Grove Gillespie at Carlinville Michigan St. at Illinois Slu-Carbondale at Lamar Tech favorite's role with the league's best tuneup record, 7-2. The opening round of the 14-game loop campaign finds defending champion Iowa, rebuilding after a perfect 14-0 title record last season, matching an identical 5-4 preseason mark with invading Ohio State. Indiana, spearheaded by one of the Eig Ten's exceptional sophs in George McGinnis, opens at Northwestern, last in the preseason standings with 4-6. Other Saturday games include Michigan State (6-3) at Illinois (5-2); Purdue (6-3) at Minnesota (6-4), and Michigan (6-4) at Wisconsin (5-3) in a regionally televised matinee. Although Illinois was tabbed the title favorite in a preseason poll of Big Ten writers, mini coach Harv Schmidt still is trying to find the right combination. He has tried seven different lineups to date. "Our problem is finding the consistency that winning in Big Ten play will demand," said Schmidt, whose club is hubbed around veteran Rick Howat, whfj has a 23.1 Jim Bell Beg your pardon, but .... Nary a tear do you see over the firing of Cardinal football coach Charley Winner, albeit nobody likes to see another discharged. Now, if the, Bidwills would only sell out to sav Bill Veeck. ' Basketball games here Friday and Saturday night, when Belleville West and Granite City visit in that order, should be sellouts — standing room only. That is ... if Alton doesn't let its apathy hang out, as usual. One of the main hazards of coaching nowadays is automobiles plus that folding stuff. On top of that, youngsters are no longer devoted to sports. Only the long hairs with buggies and bounty get the broads, for the jocks can't spend the time with them. Enos Slaughter, Marty Marion and Red Schoendienst are eligibles and candidates for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y. It would be nice to see the former Cardinals go in together, just as they played the game. Even though Vergil Fletcher of Collinsville is on a consecutive losing binge, the student body and others think enough of him and his Kahoks to tell the world about it on the school's marquee out front. They're still No. 1 no matter. , Mrs. Red Schoendienst (Mary, if you please) can still belt out the Star Spangled Banner with the best of 'em, from opera yodelers right on down to the dime-a-dozen pop singers. Here's a dandy: Ed Yonkus, who coached Alton to a rare undefeated and untied football season, has been honored by everybody in the neighborhood but those who should salute him most — Altonians! Even a rival newspaper gave him a trophy large enough in which to store a winter's groceries. If Donald Hayes of the Telegraph isn't one of the best sports photographers snapping a shutter, then I'm Howard Hughes in disguise. Mick has it on Joe .... In four years in this department, these somewhat bleary blue eyes have seen but one blue chip basketballer: Tom Parker of Collinsville, now scoring 'em for ageless Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. Notre Dame's football Irish not No. 1. Okay, what do they call a challenger who knocks out a champion in boxing? A chump? Don't ever kid'yourself.... Mickey Garagiola is no Joe Garagiola when it comes to quickness with the quip on those Sunday morning wrestling pretzelbenders, but Mick does have something all over Joe. Hair. Larry Wilson and Larry Stalling^ are two of the most popular football Cardinals breathing. Sportscastcr Jay Randolph couldn't predict a snowstorm if he were standing right smack, dab in the middle of it. And — if you'll pardon another high-powered, unadulterated opinion — Don Meredith is the most refreshing wordmoigcr behind a mike to come along in a dozen years. It would not be at all surprising to see Red Schoendienst get the ax by mid-season and Kenny Boyer step in as the Cardinal manager. Heaven forbid! Here's another dandy: the baseball Cardinal 'with the weakest batting average has the strongest eyes, so an optometrist revealed recently. Dal Maxvill. average. "The conference team that gets organized quickest wiH win the title," Michigan coach John Orr, who has a fine soph performer in Henry Wilmore, echoed Schmidt's sentiments about the league chase. "This race is about as wide open as any I've seen," said Orr, whose Wolverines won seven of its last eight starts. If we can come away from Wisconsin with a win, then I'll think we're as good as anybody." Wilmore leads the Wolverines with a 22-point average. Wisconsin's leading scorer is veteran Clarence Sherrod with a 24.1 average, but the Badgers also have in 6-5 Leon Howard one of the Big Ten's notable sophomores. Howard has a 16.5 average. Another standout sophomore is Minnesota's Jim Brewer. SIU hoping this venture is good one CARBONDALE — Now owning a 3-3 record and hoping that a third invasion of Texas proves to be the c h a rm , Southern Illinois University's Salukis will challenge Lamar Tech Saturday night at Beaumont. Coach Paul Lambert's outfit, beaten Tuesday by a well-balanced St. Louis U. club, 84-70, should be in better physical condition when it challenges the Cardinals although recent ailments could hardly be blamed for the loss to the Billikens. "We simply did not play well, but we like to think that much of the credit must be given to our opponents who did play quite well," Lambert said. Behind 10-3 after four minutes of play Tuesday, the Salukis bounced back to tie the score at 11-all and owned a 26-21 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half before giving up 14 straight points to the visiting Billikens. Although staying within striking range throughout much of the second half, SIU was unable to seriously threaten St. Louis which now carries a 7-6 mark. Lambert, while not particularly pleased with the performances of any of his starters, did not indicate there would be any particular shakeup of personnel. "We simply had a bad game. It's good to get it out of our system, but there's hardly any reason to push the button," he said. With Nate Hawthorne returning to normalcy after a bout with the flu and John Garrett recovering from a bothersome foot infection, the Salukis should be near full strength for their third trip of the relatively young season to Texas. Neither of the first two were successful as the Longhorns downed the Salukis 107-100 and Texas Tech claimed a 73-89 decision. But like someone once said, "The third time " Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, January 8, 1971 B-3 Skorich named Browns coach By KEN RAPPORT Associated Press Sports Writer A good man is hard to find — but it's sometimes harder finding a good coach in the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns found what, they were looking for, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to hold onto what they had and the Green Bay Packers continued to search high and low. Nick Skorich, an assistant coach for seven years, was Thomas being second upsets team director Super shamp The ground crew for the Orange Bowl stadium shampoo the artificial turf and get ready for the new lettering in preparation for the Super Bowl Jan. 17. (AP Wirephoto) DALLAS (AP) — Gil Brandt, player personnel director of the Dallas Cowboys, said today "It's unbelievable" that running back Duane Thomas wasn't selected National Football League offensive rookie of the year. Haywood may cause furor Sonny and Big Daddy Sonny Listen's sudden death was remindful of another of the violent breed's end. Big Daddy Lipscomb. Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, St. Louis doesn't have "the most wonderful fans in the world." If a Christian could've had his choice, he would've probably taken the lions. If, that is, he had any smarts. The latest to join the long line of sports book authors, Don Plarski. "How To Steal First Base" is its title and requires only a second's reading. (His mother, Gladys Hine, will verify that statement.) Whatever became of games like post office, go-sheepie-go and pin the tail on the donkey? Spin the milk bottle wasn't bad, either. Basketball is no longer a test of skill. It's only a showcase for free lance shooters and a lung exercise for striped shirts. If I were Joe Schultz, the next time I ran into Jim Bouton I'd put out his lights. According to Bouton in his book, "Ball Four," Joe's vocabulary is limited to two four-letter words. And now, chillins, just how many of you picked the Dallas Cowboys to get into the Super Bowl? Don't all rush at once. Mr. and Mrs. Football la this town (alias Ed and Joan Yonkus) are expecting a new RedWrt fan In March. They are also the parents of Jeff, 13, and Pat, 11. Mrs. B; bless her little ol' pea-pickln' haid, just can't understand why there are two halfbacks and not a WHOLEback. She thinks the other guy's being slighted. Make fighting illegal in hockey, say a matter of a life's suspension, and just how many fans would you have elbowing their way into The Arena? Bet you could buy the best seats in the house on any given day. Basketball causes Tolan serious injury CINCINNATI (AP) Versatile Pete Rose looms as the replacement for Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Bobby Tolan who will be sidelined until at least June 1. Tolan, who led the National League last year in stolen bases, underwent surgery at Christ Hospital here Thursday for a ruptured Achilles tendon, the same injury which plagued former Reds pitchers Jim Maloney in 1970. In seven years with the Reds, Rose has played four different positions and apparently will switch from rightfield to center until Tolan returns. But Manager Spary Anderson said that he has not made any decisions yet and General Manager Bob Howsman told him to take his time. Bernie Carbo, and either Hal McRae or Lee May could round out the outfield. Tolan ruptured the tendon during a Reds basketball game Wednesday night at Frankfort, Ky. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The court case of 21-year-old star Spencer Haywood today could result in chaos for professional sports or perhaps lead to a merger of the two pro basketball leagues. Federal Judge Warren Ferguson was scheduled to hear arguments this afternoon in the bid by Haywood to continue playing for the Seattle Supervonics of the National Baske tball Association. In this one, Commissioners Walter Kennedy of the NBA and Jack Dolph of the American Basketball Association — they don't want Haywood to win. On the sidelines, the same could be true of professional football and baseball. Kennedy said a decision favorable to Haywood "could, mean any team in any of the sports could lure college players without regard to college education, eligibility or without regard to constitutions or by-laws of professional leagues." Thus it could negate the draft procedures -in basketball, baseball or football. Judge denies gambling link WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department spokesman has denied a .published report that three professional football players have been inked to organized gambling. The denial followed a report by the Cleveland Press that it had learned that con- n e c t i o n s between three players and an intersate gambling operation had been unearthed as a result of raids federal agents made In Cleveland and other Ohio cities late last year. "The Justice Department has no evidence linking any professional football players to any organized gambling activities," Robert L. Stevenson, a department spokesman, said Thursday. "We have no plans to subpoena any professional football players in Cleveland before any grand jury." The Press did not name the players it said were involved. Basically, Haywood went to federal court and obtained a temporary restraining order against the NBA enforcing its rule that no team can sign a player whose college class has not graduated. ' The NBA has held firmly to this rule. The ABA, however, permitted Denver's Rockets to sign Haywood after his freshman year at Detroit as a financial hard- ship case. After two years at Denver, Haywood became disenchanted, refused to return to the club and went to Superior Court asking his Denver contract be voided. No decision has yet been made. Meanwhile, in Greenwich, Conn., Dolph asserted in another Associated Press interview, "I predict retaliatory measures will be taken by ABA clubs against NBA teams wherever possible...". Later he said, "1 think it will bring the two leagues closer to merger than ever before." D o 1 p h ' s prediction to retaliatory measures was interpreted as another bidding war for college talent and for the services of established NBA players. Hot item on UCLA Campus: He's Kansas' Pepper Rogers Dennis Shaw, Buffalo quarterback, got the honor and BrancTt said "Buffalo went 14 quarters at one stretch with Shaw at quarterback and didn't, score a touchdown." Thomas, who was second in the balloting didn't play except on the specialty teams until regular Calvin Hill was injured against Minnesota. "We'ev only lost one game since Thomas started playing," Brandt said. "He got 807 yards in 10 games and in some of them — like Houston and Washington — he barely played in the second half. Without him we wouldn't be here in the Super Bowl against Baltimore." Brandt said, "Shaw did well, but you should judge the rookie of the year on two •things—1, Ability and 2, What he contributred to the team." Lots of stars in action in Hula contest B y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Recipet for success in college football: add a dash of Pepper. That's just what the UCLA Bruins did Thursday, dipping into the Midwest farm belt to sign Franklin "Pepper" Rogers of Kansas. Rogers predicted instant greatness for the Bruins, expected to be one of the most powerful teams in the school's, .history. The new coach said he'd be disappointed, "if we don't have a good football team and be in competition for the Rose Bowl." While Rogers went west in search of his rose-colored dream, longtime assistant Don Fambrought stepped into the Kansas spotlight and fulfilled a wish of his own. "This is a job I've dreamed of getting ... it's the thrill of my life," he said after being named to succeed Rogers. "I've never wanted to coach at any other school." The University of Tampa, meanwhile, signed Bill Fulcher, a 26-year-old offensive line coach at Florida, a s Thursday's activities continued a rash of coaching changes in the college ranks. Among the more recent shifts were: Dartmouth's Bob Blackman to Illinois; with assistant Jake Crouthamdl taking over the Indians' top spot; Florida State's Bill Peterson to Rice; Tulane's Jim Pittman to Texas Christian; Arkansas Slate's Bennie Ellender to Tulane; Tampa's. Fran Curcl to Miami, Fla.; Toledo's Frank Lauterbur to Iowa and East Carolina's Mike McGhee to Duke. Charlie Coffey, an assistant at Arkansas, hooked up with Virginia Tech and Joe llestio, a coach of the Canadian Football League Hamilton Tiger Cats, signed with Harvard, _and Bill Jones, a Tennessee assistant, went to FSU. Marshall University, which lost Coach Rick Tolley in a plane crash, was still looking for a replacement. Former pro football star Sam Huff Rolls 300 game Tom Cox of 2713 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, bowled a 300 game at Wood River Bowl Wednesday while competing with the Cox State Farm team of the City League. Cox, a righthander who has bowled 10 years, shot his perfecto as the final game of a 619 series. His average is 175. National Hockey League Thursday's Itenult" Buffalo 7, Detroit 4 Los Ang. 5, Philadelphia 5, tie Boston G, Vancouver 4 Only games scheduled Friday's Games No Rames scheduled Saturduy'n Games Los Angeles ut Montreal Pittsburgh at Toronto New York ul Minnesota Boston at Chicago Buffalo nt Del roll Vancouver ul SI. Louis California at Philadelphia Sunday's (James Philadelphia ut Montreal, afternoon Toronto at Detroit New York ut St. Louis California at. Hnston Los AnHC'les ut Buffalo Minnesota ai OilciiKO Only games scheduled has had his name linked with the Marshall job, but denies reports he's signed. Rogers, 30, replaces Tommy Prothro, who earlier jumped to the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. Rogers, who coached at Kansas for four years, once worked under Prolhro. UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan said in announcing the school's llth head coach: "When Pepper was a senior assistant to Prothro, I regarded him as one of the outstanding football coaches in the nation. He is a fine student of the game and relates extremely well to the student athlete." Fambrough, 48, spent 23 years as an assistant and got the feeling he's never been on top. "I didn't know whether social security or it would come first," he quipped. Paul Brown nuincd couch-of-llic-year NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Coach Paul Brown has tacked on another honor to his long list of achievements that climaxed this year when his Bengals won a National Football League playoff berth. The fi2-year-old coach was named Thursday by the Associated Press as the NFL's 1070 Coach of the Year. Ik; received 39 of 71) voles from a panel of sportswrilurs covering the 2fi NFL teams, and he beat out his runner-up, Don Simla of Baltimore. Dudley must have answer EDWARDSVILLE Coaches like to stress "team effort" as opposed to individual stars. Jim Dudley, Southern Illinois University's young new head basketball coach, is no exception. His surprising Cougars are romping along at a heady 9-2 clip and have area basketball fans buzzing. Fans .are talking about a possible post-season NCAA college division tournament bid if the amazing Cougars continue their winning ways. Dudley, however, isn't having any of that kind of talk. He wasn't too pleased following his charges' convincing 96-70 victory over the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, team Tuesday. "We won, but I wasn't satisfied," snapped Dudley. "We're still making too many mistakes," he said, "but our defense is coming along much faster than we'd thought it would." Statistics in two recent Cougar victories back up the coach. On New Year's Day, the Cougars demolished the U n i v e r s i t y of Tennessee, Martin, 103-76, on the losers' court. And, yet on Dec. 18, at home, SIU could only manage a 85-75 victory over the Vols. On Dec. 21, in the Windy City, the Cougars, although leading comfortably throughout the game, barely managed to hold on to defeat the Chikas, 85-81. The point spreads in these two games show the improvement in SlU's defensive Play- On the other hand, SIU's offense has also been impressive and fairly consistent. In eleven games the Cougar shooters, led by Denny Throneburg's 20-point per game average and Rich Essington's 18-point-a-game clip, have been hitting at a 94.636 point average while holding their opponents to u 86.182 figure. Throneburg, sophomore guard from Westfield, 111., is making a real run at national recognition at the free throw lino. He's been in the lop ten in the nation for the past three weeks and now has hit on G3-of-G9 shots at tho charity line. Much of the Cougars' improvement on defense is attributable to the work of thoir big men: (i-8 Gene Bounds, fl-7 Nelson and 6-3 John (Champ) Summers. With the exception of Summers, who is fast approaching his last season's shooting average, these larger players haven't been con- tributing substantially to the Cougars' oiiense. But, they're improving rapidly in scoring under tho baskets and are probably this primary reason for SIU'K dramatic improvement on defense. ATCHISQN'S HONOLULU (AP) — The lack of talent is a frequent problem facing football coaches, but Stanford's John Ralston and SMU's Hayden Fry have something else to worry about — how to use all the talent they have, Ralston and Fry's problem centers around selection of quarterbacks for the 25th annual Hula Bowl Classic which will cap the 1970 college season Saturday. Ralston's choices in his North squad are: His own boy, 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett; Heisman runner-up Joe Theisman of Notre Dame and Rex Kern of Ohio State. Fry finds himself in the same boat for the South team with Archie Manning of Ole Miss, Chuck Hixson of SMU and Dennis Dummil of UCLA. The solution of who to start is only half the problem and will probably be settled In both cases with a toss of the coin. After that. Ralston and Fry will have to decide when to change their signal callers to give all six of the outstanding quarterbacks a chance to show off for the pro scouts who'll be watching the action closely. There's more to the game than quartcrbacklng and Fry's South team can count, on that fantastic running back of Texas, Steve Worsler, who gained 1,450 yards in three years for the Longhorns. With Worsler will be Long Beach State's 228-pound tlltibnck Leon Burns and Bill Burnett and Chuck Dicus, who were Arkansas teammates. In his North backficld, Ralston will be drawing on John Brocklngton of Ohio S t at e , Joe Orduna of Nebraska and Stan Brown of Purdue. Kickoff is sc-1 for :i:45 p.m. (CST), early enough for mainland viewers who will bi> watching the silver anniversary of the Hula Classic livo via satellite. named to the head job with Cleveland Thursday in the latest round of pro football roulette and promptly announced: "I don't think we're too far from being champions." Philadelphia, despite rumors to the contrary, retained Jerry Williams even though the Eagles finished with a lackluster 7-10-1 record this year. Eagles' owner Leonard Tose said he was letting Williams fulfill the third year of his three-year contract because of the team spirit and public feeling. "I took into consideration the fact that the morale of the team was good when we were losing and that the sentiment of the fans, as evidenced from letters, were almost better than 90 per cent for Jerry fulfilling his contract," said Tose. Green Bay, meanwhile, was eyeing Arizona State Coach Frank Kush, among others. "I have been aske.d to talk to them ... but I don't know much more than that," said Kush. "There's nothing like a definite offer." The latest developments were a sign of the season in the NFL — the lull until the Super Bowl Jan. 17 when teams reevaluate themselves. That means coaching changings. George Allen, who recently departed the Los Angeles Rams, hooked on with ths Washington Redskins to replace Bill Austin and the St. Louis Cardinals cut Charley Winner in Wednesday's activity. Skorich inked a three-year pact of undisclosed amount, but insisted he'd be in town longer. "I intend to be here about 10 years," said the 49-year-old Skorich, apparently referring to his retirement age. He replaces Blanton Collier, who retired after the Browns suffered through one of their worst records ever. Tose looks forward to better times in 1971 with the Eagles. "I'm hopeful of winning this season and the judgment of Williams will be made after 1971," said the owner. Black Hawks dominate team NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Black Hawks, dominating the National Hockey League's West in their first year, also dominate the division's All-Star team with eight players. The Black Hawks, one of the NHL's established teams who became the first to join the expansionist West Division are in first place by a wide margin over St. Louis. Hawks named to the team that will meet the East in the 24th annual All-Star game Jan. 1!) hi Boston are goalie Tony Esposito: defensemen Kelt h Magnuson, Pat Slaploton and Rill White; centers Stan Mikila and Pit Martin, and left wingers Bobby and Dennis Hull. The- St. Louis Blues, dominant figures in the West before Ihe arrival of Chicago, placed three players on the team — goalie Ernie Wakely, defenscmun Barclay Plager and right winger Tim EC- Hestonc. Completing the team is right winger Ken Srhinkel of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bobby Hull was the only unanimous choice in the voting, getting 21 flirt-place volos. 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