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4-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, August 20, I9t7 wont fix what 'ain't broke' LUBBOCK (AP) — While he's got a few new tricks up his extra- large sleeve, Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes embraces an old and familiar football philosophy: "Don't fix it if it ain't broke." COLLEGE FOOTBALL Dykes inherited the first winning Tech team of the 1980s last December and he plans no sweeping changes or fancy formations this fall. "We'll just continue to throw too much," he laughed. "There's no reason to change that. Everybody likes to see 'em pass." The sky-minded Red Raiders achieved moderate success in compiling a 7-4 record last year but lopsided losses to Miami, Baylor and Texas A&M suggested the boys from the South Plains could be a little erratic. "They beat us like a tied-up goat, "said Dykes. "The one thing we had to do was find some offensive balance and consistency in everything we do, especially offensively. We ? ve spent a lot of time on the basics, and I believe it really is going to pay off for us." Dykes has nine offensive starters and six defensive regulars returning from a team that ended seven consecutive losing seasons at Tech and earned a bowl bid for the first time since 1977. When David McWilliams jumped ship to return to the University of Texas. Dykes, Tech's defensive coordinator, made his head coaching debut in a 20-17 Independence Bowl loss to Mississippi. He since has assembled a coaching team with close to 200 years of experience and insists it is among the best in the nation. And he likes his legacy. "You can tell we had a winning season last year by the morale," says Dykes. "Our kids feel as good about themselves as they have in a long, long time. "They aren't hoping, they aren't wishing and they aren't projecting. They have won foot- Success of the waterdog bait is causing some commotion SPIKE DYKES doesn't figure to make many changes this season as Texas tech's head football coach. ball games in which they were underdogs and they feel they can be competitive." Dykes said the Raiders are not yet Southwest Conference contenders, but, with the proper team chemistry, they could emerge in November to battle for the crown. "Team chemistry — it's something you have or you don't have," he said. "You can't put a price tag on how important leadership is." Preseason favorites Arkansas and Texas A&M are on Tech's seven-game home schedule. Supplemental draft set By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The NFL, acting in the face of a potential lawsuit, has made Cris Carter and Charles Gladman eligible to be drafted next week. In the process it may have hurt its relations with the colleges that provide the league with players. The league said that Carter, the Ohio State wide receiver made ineligible for taking money from agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, will be eligible to be chosen in a supplemental draft to be held Aug. 28. So will Gladman. the Pitt running back who denies taking money but was suspended anyway for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into the two agents. DEER FEEDERS Kits, Timers, Etc. 600 W.Texai Avc, B«ftewn 427-9321 427-8452 baytowo arms Optn ormt 4 htlping hands for tht homtltt t 412-0441 School Starts Soon!! WESTERN BOOTS T-\KKA> ADDITION ,\t. ANY PREVIOUSLY MARKKDIXMV.N BOUTIN STOCK SAVE UP TO OFF LOTS OF COLORS AND STYLES OFF TRADE IN YOUR OLD WRAiNGLERORLEVl JEANS AS LOW AS I I FOR ACKKOIT OKS2.W1 AC, Vl.NST •\>K\\ I'AIH. -AI.I.SI7.KS. 795! VSITH TKADK1.N WORK BOOTS • LEATHER UPPER •LOG WEARING I SOLE '•CUSHION INSOLE i95 COMPARE x TO *r OR MORE f\' -x KIDS BOOTS O.NLV UP AOIE'IMJHAXJO * H A1NOI.EK • OTHKHS WESTERN AM) ROPERS t-7 MOff*r*|.|-S«ftt2-5 SOT BOOTS 1 f01 N. fftUfTT, MTTOWN^ ft*?. If lM*Ft««Uft» 141 tlMt fart MWIM IIMN. NMMllMlTT The NFL action came after what sources said was the threat of a lawsuit its lawyers didn't think they could win. "While we have made this decision reluctantly, it is simply not feasible for the NFL to attempt to act as the NCAA's enforcement arm in assuring college athletes' compliance with NCAA rules." NFL spokesman Joe Browne said. NCAA playoff in works KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) This could be the last year that polls determine the national college football champion. A special subcommittee that has been studying various playoff plans will ask the NCAA Council to put a one-game format on the agenda for the January 1988 convention, a source told The Associated Press. Whether schools would approve a playoff is still unknown. But if it is approved, the first official NCAA football champion could be crowned following the 1988 season. "I'm really not sure what we're going to recommend at this point. We still haven't gotten together with the full Special Events Committee." DeLoss Dodds, the subcommittee chairman, said Wednesday during a break in meetings at Kansas Ci- tv. By ED HOLDER A hew type of live bait is showing up at bait dealers in Southeast Texas and it's creating quite a commotion among fishermen. The bait is the salamander, commonly called the waterdog. The waterdog isn't a new bait in some areas of the nation. I first saw them used more than 30 years ago by bass fishermen on a lake in Arizona. But in recent years, fishermen in Texas have discovered these baits and learned that at certain times, especially winter months, black bass attack them. The first I heard of them being used in Texas was on Houston County Lake near Crockett. Fishermen on that lake started using them to catch trophy bass, and the word spread fast. The latest story on waterdogs surfaced from the most unlikely place —the Gulf of Mexico. A trio of fishermen entered in the Tournament of Kings at Galveston carried some of the live six-inch waterdogs offshore, thinking maybe big king mackerel would like them. Those fishermen were Tommy Allen, Jim Olive and Sonny Lawson, all of Port Arthur. Olive and Lawson were last year's winners of the tournament. They were aboard Allen's 31- foot Bertram when they pulled up to the first rig they fished OUTDOORS about 60 miles southeast of Galveston on the opening morning of the contest. When they arrived, other boats were already tied off to the rig. They found an open area among them and tied off. When they asked fishermen in the other boat if there had been any action, they were told there had been two big ling swimming under the boats but the ling had refused all of the baits offered them. That included cigar minnows, ribbonfish and live bait. Everyone had tried to catch the ling because there was a tournament pot for these fish, and it had about $5,200 in it. Shortly after they tied off, they spotted the two big ling approaching their boat. Allen baited a hook with one of the waterdogs, tossed it in front of the ling, and the nearest fish "ran straight as a bullet for that waterdog and inhaled it," Olive said. They landed that ling, which weighed about 40 pounds, and put out another line with a waterdog on it. That line hadn't been in the water but a few minutes when something took the bait. Lawson grabbed the rod. set the hook, and about 15 minutes later led a 47' --pound ling to the gaff. That line won the pot. With stones like that circulating, it may not be long before offshore fishermen are going to be looking for live waterdogs at their bait dealers. When they find them, they'll learn that waterdogs are not an inexpensive bait. They are selling at some dealers for about 60 cents each, but are higher than that at other dealers. That seems high for bait until you learn these waterdogs are live-trapped in ponds in North Dakota and flown to Texas in special oxygenated bags. Then they must be kept cool by the bait dealers. If the water- dogs get too hot, they turn into lizards and aren't considered desirable bait in that form. On the other hand, waterdogs offer some advantages as a live bait. They are handy and will live for weeks in a container, if they are kept cool. They ; also live a long time on a hook, if they are hooked through the lips. Even in salt water, they normally live for 30 minutes to an hour on a hook. As to whether or not they are good king mackerel bait, that remains to be proven. Olive said there were few kings around them during the tournament, so their test with waterdogs was inconclusive, "But 1 can tell you one thing." Olive said. "Ling love'cm." Dream is realized for fishermen By ALAN CHARLES Rarely do all the elements of a hunting or fishing trip come together the way a sportsman may have dreamed them. But this year, for me, the Poco Bueno billfish tournament in Port O'Connor was a dream come true. 1 fished on board my friend Captain Arlie Harrison's :W-foot Luhrs. Actually, the official angler was Joe Scott, a young man from Glenwood Springs. Colo. Arnold Townley and Dr. Kirby Smith completed the crew. The tournament, in its 19th year, is regarded by many as one of the most serious billfishing events held along the Texas coast. Its gathering of sport-fishing yachts is one of the highlights of the otherwise sedate Port O'Connor summer. Many of those anglers corn- pete year after year, intent upon winning not only a part of the prize money but the honor of winning Poco. This year, the wind defeated the two regular fishing days Wu were blown out. a discouraging note after all of the bail rigging, tackle checking, scouting and plotting. But Sunday, the weather day. the- go-ahead was given and wir went fishing For those who have never bet'ii afflicted with nuirlin madness. Western Open to be clothes-pin tourney OAK BROOK, 111. (AP) - If they get it started, it'll be clothes-pin golf at Lake Oak Brook. "Isn't it incredible." defending Western Open champion Tom Kite said of the gagging stench left when flood waters receded from the Butler National Golf Club. The course, in the western suburbs of Chicago, had been under five feet of water after torrential rains last weekend. "Lake Oak Brook." Tom Watson said when he saw it Tuesday. Grounds crews using huge pumps labored to remove the water and the course slowly emerged. The grass, some of it submerged for five days, had turned a peculiar shade of orange. Much of the course, however, was covered with a gray, stinking layer of silt and mud that emitted an odor somewhere between that of a swamp and a sewer. "The only way you can play is with a clothes pin over your nose," Hubert Green said. SPORTS BRIEFS Grit! lickrts on salt' Robert K. Lee and Ross S. Sterling football season tickets are on sale through Aug 28 at the Bay town schools ticket of fice. Lee's six-game home package costs S18 and Sterling's five- game home package costs S15. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to ^ p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the office on the week of each game. During the season, office hours will be K a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to" 1 p.m. on the day of the game. Pre-game sales of varsity game tickets will cost S3.50 for reserved seats or general admission and S2 for students. All tickets sold at the stadium gate will cost S-4. Johnson hits roadblock DALLAS (AP.) - Larry Johnson, one of the most sought after high school basketball players, cannot play at Southern Methodist University or. any other NCAA division I school next season, the Dallas Morning News reported today But Johnson, a graduate of Dallas Skyline High School, was told Wednesday he would bt 1 accepted for admission at SMU. Johnson will not announce what he will do until next week, family members and friends told the newspaper J.D. Mayo, who coached Johnson in high school, said Johnson's Scholastic Aptitude Test was canceled by the Educational Testing Service and that Johnson would not qualify under NCAA minimum standards to compete at a Division 1 school in 1987-88 Cll equipment is ready Prospective Cedar Bayou football players may pick up equipment for the 198"" season from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week at the school's gymnasium. it's a bit hard to chronicle events and impart the actual flavor of it all. We left the dock at -5 a.m. and ran in the dark over a choppy gulf until the sun finally rose and brought with it flattened seas We ran 5 l u hours, put clown four artificial baits and trolled into a covey of one-half dozen boats that were working a rig Twelve minutes later, a great marlin ruse and crashed one of our lures. We hooked up and all bands watched a beautiful blue marlin greyhound across the surface The reel bu/mi and the boat was frantic with activity as the angler got situated and other gear was stowed Then the fish sounded, sometimes swimming toward the rig, other times parallelling the boat Joe Scott, a novice big game angler, learned much during the nearly four hours he fought that big marlin So did v.e all. as much learning about each other as we learned about fishing That is what such an outdoor experience will do It will stnp away much of the artificiality of a person's exterior and reve;i) what and who he is inside The fish was finally brought to gaff, and we all struggled to slide it into the boat. The official weight was 375 pounds, enough to place third in the tournament But for us, that fish was a big win. beyond any thought of money or prize. Tires CARR'S "Quality, Service & Price" 422-8208 427 4623 1316 N. MAIN Professional Brake Work Complete Brake Job Kelly Tires Front Brake Job MCNNWt rMrer tWH (•!•?I *MMfC«r» *60 DEBRA LITTLE BONZO displays the 109-pound halibut she caught recently in Homer, Alaska. She Is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Klaus of Baytown and Ray Little of Shreveport, La. support \\if AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'