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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 103

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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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BULLDOG A.D. claims Uclans led way for black athlete By JOHN HALL Los Angeles Times Service LOS ANGELES — J. D. Morgan, the UCLA athletic director, was talking about bigotry and racial unrest in the world of fun and games. He didn't bring up the subject. The sight of the shattered Washington Huskie football squad did. Nobody had the exact answers as to why the Huskies were in turmoil and had arrived in town last weekend suddenly minus 12 black athletes, who, for one reason or another, felt it necessary to abandon their team and their school in the midst of a tough seasons-latest in the long series of misunderstandings which have been placed rather loosely under the one, simple heading of racial prejudice. Racial prejudice, who unto whom, is a tricky piece of business. Morgan, as pained as anybody and more than most by the Washington problem even as his Bruins coasted to a 57-14 win over a conference rival, could speak only for himself. "It's such a shame," he said. "There are times you reach a point when you have to conclude there are people agitating solely for the sake of agitating. "I have only one feeling on the matter ... an athlete is an athlete is an athlete. That's the way we've always felt at UCLA. "I've met few coaches, anywhere, who don't feel the same way. They judge a man on his ability, not his color." Nothing much new there. It's been said before. Morgan knew it. He paused and permitted himself a thin smile. "In these times, one thing quite remarkable Is that no athletic squad at either USC or UCLA has ever been hit by one of these strikes or protests. It's a mark of understanding and outstanding coaching and strong leadership," said J.D. "Los Angeles takes the two schools for granted. And I'm glad we're taken for granted. It's normal. It's nothing to boast about. Both USC and UCLA are just normal." J.D. Morgan continued to speak about his UCLA. "From the very beginning of this school 50 years ago, there has never been such a thing as a racial barrier," said the athletic director. "If anything, we led the way. UCLA forced other schools to join the party." Morgan recalled the Bruin football opener of 1939 against TCU. When most others 30 years ago were still lily white, UCLA had three great blacks in the starting lineup—Kenny Washington, Jackie Robinson and Woody Strode. TCU was startled. After Kenny and Jackie alternated carrying the ball the first few plays, a white's number was called. "Drs Livingston, I presume," kidded a TCU lineman after making the tackle. "There wasn't realty any ill feeling even then,** said Morgan. "An athlete is an athlete is an athlete..." Tennis heads for winter of discontent UA blacks urge ouster of BYU Associated Press DENVER — The chairman of the Black Students Union at the University of Arizona called upon Western Athletic Conference officials yesterday to expel Brigham Young University. The Arizona student, Gale Dean, said this action should be taken because of what he called "the racist doctrine of the Mormon. Church." Brigham Young University is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). : Dean and another official of the BSU at Arizona, John Heard, appeared before the WAC Conference Council, made up of faculty.representatives and directors of athletics. Prior to the conference meeting which opened Monday, commissioner Wiles Hallock said he did not look for any "extreme action" to be taken. Any major recommendations made at the meetings. here would have to be reviewed by presidents of the eight universities in the conference. Dean told the conference council that the Mormon Church holds "that blacks are inherently inferior" and its policies call for "acceptance of a white supremacists doctrine on a.national basis." Heard said the conference should recognize "an athlete's right of conscience in regard to playing against any given school." Barbara Brown, an official of the Black Students Council at the University of New Mexico, another WAC member, said she sought to meet with the Conference Council also but was turned down. Hallock said Monday he feels the conference will take no sides in regard to a current controversy at the University of Wyoming. Fourteen Negro members of the Wyoming football team were suspended after they wore black arm bands to Coach Lloyd Eaton's office to protest what they termed were the racist policies of Brigham Young University. Black members of the Texas of El Paso track team, led by Olympic long jump champion Bob Beamon, also staged a boycott last year, protesting a track meet against Brigham Young. Sports Editor VJERIVE BOATIVER The Great Sco THE CUSTOMERS ALWAYS WRITE: Dear Sir: Coach Dave Gates of Mesa Westwood ... is the No. 1 coach of the state. His .third string can .play.-with the best of teams. This was shown against Kofa. Some people might, at .first sight of a 100-6 score, get a .little perturbed. However, second looks ^and checking show there isn't any communication failure between coach Gates and his team. It shows .that he is doing the job in a first- class manner, which he is being paid to do... Westwood High's Warriors are tops in sportsmanship as well as being a top notch team. CARL J. BLANTON Tempe Dear Sir: I read your sports story in which the Westwood coach denied he had tried to run up the score . . . His claim was that he substituted freely and early in an attempt to keep down the score . . . and that he did not feel as if kicking on second down, etc., would be justified. Why then did he have his starting offensive players in the game most of the third quarter and why did he let his offensive starters run a fourth and 10 play fpr a touchdown, also in the third quarter? If the.above is not evidence of irresponsible coaching, then I think I will give up watching high school football. . . GEORGE ROGERS Yuma There seems to be a slight differ- 1 ence of opiuioon here. Did we have any disinterested, unbiased observers at the game who would care to come forth and testify? Pear Sir: I just read your column, "Black Eye of the WAC." The thing that I don't understand is tfojat these black athletes knew of Brig- iiam Young University before they accepted scholarships to play football or basketball or what have you. They rer didn't have to accept the scholarship offered by Wyoming or any other WAC school if they felt this way about BYU. The tiling that I can't understand is two years ago they played Louisiana' State in the Sugar Bowl. Why didn't they object them? I'm quite sure LSU did not have and maybe still doesn't have Negro athletes ... HAROLD Titus I can't speak for the black athletes, Harold. But just because I don't object to something today doesn't mean I forfeit forever the right to do so. Dear Sir: I want to thank you for providing the inside information on what actually happened at Wyoming ... As a former resident, I followed the radio and newspaper reports on the dismissals with great interest, but all I ever got was the black athletes' version of what happened . . . Don't you people in the news media believe in telling both sides any more? GEORGE HANSEN From what I understand, university officials decided not to tel! their side to the press. THE ARIZONAREPUBLIC Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1969 Page 63 Associated Press Famedname at Notre Dame makes Utah scene Knute Rockne, 19-year-old grandson of the fabled Fighting Irish coach, wants to be judged on his own merits as member of the Utah State University frosh football team. Aspiring gridder is shown on huge block "A," symbol of team nickname Aggies. Bowl talk discounted __ ? ' • No-go for Bucks, Irish Associated Press CHICAGO — Football's centennial will go down in the Midwest as the year bowl talk runneth over. Kush looks to WAC title for A-State SPORTS TODAY RADIO Professional Hockey—Phoenix at KPHO (910) and KBUZ ), 9 a,m. TEMPE — Arizona State's Sun Devils wiped out three years of frustration with their 30-14 football victory over Wyoming last Saturday night. They've been frustrated against New Mexico, too, but it didn't take nearly as long to settle the score. The Lobos rolled up a 28-7 halftime lead on the Sun Devils last year in Tempe, but A-State roared back for a 63-28 victory. The fact that the Devils don't have any scores to settle is what worries ASU coach Frank Kush. "Our two best games by far," says Kush, "have been against Minnesota and Wyoming. Our mental outlook was good and we kept errors to a minimum, "The kids wanted the Minnesota game inspiration By BOB EGER because of the prestige. Against Wyoming, they had those scores from the past three years to settle." But what about New Mexico, which offers no prestige or revenge, factors? Kush is hoping the possibility of a conference championship and a post-season bowl berth will serve as adequate incentive for his troops. If the Devils can close out with victories against New Mexico, Texas-El Paso, Colorado State and Arizona, they stand a good chance of their first Western Conference title ever, A four-game sweep would make them 6-1 in the league, and that might be good enough to win it. Continued oa Page 65 The lid was put on the talk yesterday by top officials. No. 1 Ohio State will not go to the Cotton Bowl to play Texas. Notre Dame's policy against postseason play will remain inflexible. Bowl rumors have said that, possibly because of football's 100th anniversary, bans would be lifted to allow Ohio State, if it remains No. 1, to play Texas, if it stays No. 2, in the Cotton Bowl. And that Notre Dame, wanting to raise funds to put an artificial grass rug on its fields, could collect some $300,000 by accepting a Bowl bid. Ohio State cannot return to the Rose Bowl 'because of the no—repeat rule of the Big Ten—a rule which was slipped in as a compromise some years ago so that enough faculty votes would favor a Rose Bowl contract. The second-place team-Indiana, Michigan and Purdue are now tied in that spot—probably will be the Rose Bowl choice. Big Ten Commissioner Bill Reed canvassed faculty representatives because Coach Ara Parseghian discredited what he said was a report- out of Cleveland that Ohio State and Notre Dame would meet after the season with proceeds going to help a financial bind at Holy Cross, which was forced to cancel football this season because of infectious hepatitis hitting the squad. "Absolutely nothing to it," he said. "I have accepted the Notre Dame policy. "Every year since I've been here five years we have had bowl invitations and the policy has been reviewed but never changed, I have no reason to believe it will be changed this time although it will be reviewed once again." "Personally, I am in favor of a bowl game," Parseghian said. "We are not a member of a conference, with a championship at stake and our incentive rests with achieving a high ranking in the polls. The possibility of going to a bowl game would enhance greatly the incentive as well as help recruiting. "When I accepted the job at Notre Dame, I accepted and understood and endorsed the policy against post-season Pro groups, USLTA fight for net stars ByNEILAMDUR New York Times Service NEW YORK — After a summer of strained, somber harmony, tennis appears headed for a winter of discontent and chaos. Events of -the past month have pro* duced the .following, battle lines between the two professional groups, the United States Lawn Tennis Association and the International Lawn Tennis Federation: —, Both pro groups, World Championship Tennis and Tennis Champions, Inc., are negotiating contracts with leading "registered players" or independent .pros attached to national associations. At least three players, Graham StUwell and Mark Cox of Britain and Ismael El-Shafei of Egypt, are, according to their attorney, Eugene L. Scott of New York, "very close" to signing with World Championship Tennis. — The two pro groups recently announced an agreement to jointly cosponsor a series of 14 invitational tournaments next year. No agreement has been reached for U.S.L.T.A. players such as Arthur Ashe, Clark Graebner ; and Stan Smith to participate in these events. — World Championship Tennis issued a sharply worded letter to various national associations, including the . U.S.L.T.A., telling them, among other things, to "keep your hands off our players." There have been reports that some pros had been encouraged to break their contracts and regain "hide-, pendent" status and Davis Cup eligibility under the umbrella of national associations. Contract pros such as Rod Laver, Tony Roche and Tom Okker are ineligible for Davis Cup play under current international rules. — At a recent meeting to discuss a tennis "Grand Prix," neither pro group received • invitations to attend. The Grand Prix proposal was supported by officials in the U.S. L.T.A. "If the pros don't want to join," one association executive said, "that's their hard luck." — The U.S.L.T.A. is considering the selection of a highly paid commissioner or executive director to govern the sport. The most prominently mentioned name for the position hs been Charles (Bud) Wilkinson, the former college football coach, who currently is special consultant to President Nixon. The pros have not been consulted on an appointment. "There just doesn't seem to be any desire on the part of the U.S.L.T.A. to sit down with the pros,'' said Fred Podesta, president of Tennis Champions; Inc. "Anything that they've done lately is only widening the breach." Alastair B. Martin, president of the U.S.L.T.A., said yeserday that "Therms a feeling among some members that the pros,should go their way and we should go ours. "I don't feel that way," Martin added. "I've set up a meeting on Nov. 16th with .one group and we have an officers meeV ing tomorrow to discuss^ scheduling, We certainly want to try and work out some arrangement with the pros," "of widespread public speculation" and games, After .all, we play 10 games, and announced Tuesday: "1 find thej-e is no possibility that.the conference will modify for this-.year either the no-repeat rule or the rule which prohibits members from appearing in any post-season football game other than,the Rose Bowl." s each one is like a bowl game as teams .geti up to knock us off and thus salvage wh$ otherwise ppuld be poor seasons. "Noir^DJime feels that post-season play would keep the campus in a turmoil for an extra month and would affect the students academically." Nets'veterans put on waivers NEW YORK (AP) - The New Yorfc Nets of the American Basketball ASSQ- • elation asked waivers yesterday on Yf $• eran forwards Barry Kramer and BQbI?y Mcmtyre. ;;. Kramer, 27, a lawyer and former JSTe^ York University star who pj&yed,a.'haj|£ season each with San Francisco and New York of the National Basketbjpl Association, averaged 3,9 points a gamj* in seven contests after coining bacJc from a threef eeff retirement, . ":,. j; Mclntyre; 27, of St. #%'? playe^ in the AJ& twp years a|9 before he ;wi|S hurt last season and plsyed in the East- era Basketball Association, fle averaged 3.6 in seven games with the Nets. . ...^uw-V.«•*•*.

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