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IIIIS net team lacks experience By Kenny Woodard Light on experience, long on guts, is the word out on the Hutchinson Salt Hawk tennis squad for 1973. Coach Dick Woodson's racket squad includes only one returning letterman, Walt Allen, a junior. However, Woodson feels that he has a group of kids that will be scrappy throughout the season. A total of 30 hopefuls are out for this year's net team. The Hawks get into net action Saturday in the Buhler roundro- bin tournament at the Buhler High School courts. "We have a lot of green kids this year," said Woodson. "But they'll give teams in the Ark Valley League a tough time on just guts." Three seniors head the Hawks tennis staff. They are Tom Crow, Mike Childs and Terry Hendrickson. All three experienced B-team competition last year. Crow will probably take the courts in the singles division while Childs and Hendrickson team up for doubles. Two freshman will vie for one of the doubles spots on Woodson's young racketeer squad. John Mullin and John Shaffer swing the racket well enough to warrant a close look from coach Woodson. Also battling for a doubles berth is junior Reed Dillon and senior David Rayl along with Stewart Conklin, junior and Randy Sumner, a sophomore. They too, had experience with last year's B-team. Coach Woodson considers Winfield the favorite to win the AVL crown. "They have many of their kids back from last year," noted Woodson. "Ark City is picked for second mainly because of its power in previous years. They are a little short on strength but; they'll be battling just the same." Hutchinson's varsity schedule for 1973 March 24 — Buhler Roundrobin. April 5— Hutch Invitational. April (i — GF it Bend Roundrobin. April 12 - Hutch Tennia Day. April 18 — Salina South Invitational. April 26 — Winfield Invitational. April HO — McPherson singles tournament. May 4 — Ark Valley at Wellington. May 11 — Regional tournament. May 18 — State meet. Minnesota, Tide win NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Garrett's 20-foot desperation shot with one second left in the game gave Alabama a nerve- jabbing 87-86 basketball victory over Manhattan Monday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The triumph advanced the Crimson Tide to Thursday night's quarter-finals against Minnesota, which earlier defeated Rutgers 68-59 on the strength of a 12-0 first-half spurt powered by Bob Nix. Virginia Tech and Fairfield, the winners of first-round games Sunday, will play in Thursday's other quarter-final game at Madison Square Garden. A quarter-final doubleheader will also be held Tuesday night matching Notre Dame against Louisville and Massachusetts with North Carolina, all first-round winners over the weekend. Paganica men plan meeting Paganica Men's Golf Association will hold its first meeting of 197.3 Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the Paganica Club house, six miles north on Monroe. All non members and anyone interested are urged to attend the meeting. According to George Wyatt, secretary-treasurer, appointments will be made to various committees during the session. Also plans for upcoming golfing events will be discussed. Californians head all-America list NEW YORK (AP) - UCLA's Bill Walton, the "Big Red Machine" of college basketball, and another California golden boy—Ed Ratleff of Long Beach State—were named to The Associated Press 1973 All-America team Monday. The standout UCLA center and super Long Beach State guard, the only repeaters from 1972, were joined in the select circle by three Eastern stars— forward David Thompson of North Carolina State; guard Ernie DiGregorio of Providence and center Kermit Washington of American University. Despite bad knees, Walton was a runaway choice for first team All-America picked by the nation's sports writers and broadcasters. The 6-foot-ll junior, a bony redhead, dominated just about every game this season for the t o p-ranked and unbeaten Bruins. Walton's average of about 20 points and 17 rebounds a game were only part of his contribution to his team. His true worth was measured in shot-blocking, intimidation and as trigger man in UCLA's polished fast-break. Walton received constant applause from opposing coaches. Among the raves: "He is the best . . . better than (Bill) Russell or Lew Alcindor . . . the best pivotman ever to play college ball . . . the most dominating player ever . . . the next pro super star." Ratleff, leader of Long Beach's Pacific Coast Athletic Association champions, was another easy All-America choice. The beefy, 6-6 senior averaged 23 points a game this season I V ^^taJJJWw BASEBALL paid its final tribute to Roberto Clemente Tuesday when lie was officially named lo the Hall of Fame . . . barely 1 1 weeks after his death in a plane crash. Salavantis will fight dismissal By Mickey Miller PRATT — John Salavantis apparently will fight, rather than switch. Salavantis, head football, wrestling and golf coach at Pratt Community Junior College the past two years, was on the losing end of a 4-0 vote by the school's trustees Thursday night. The vote means that Salavantis' contract will not be renewed. Salavantis has two alternatives, the way he sees it. "Either we want to fight to stay here, or go somewhere else," the former Liberal and Hays High coach said. But if Salavantis leaves now, he will take with him eight alleged reasons for dismissal listed by juco President Donald Tolbert. A five-man faculty committee appointed by Tolbert has found that there is no evidence to support some of the charges against Salavantis, who says, "We have grounds for suit and we may do it." The committee presented a report to the trustees at Thursday night's meeting. There was no discussion of the report prior to the 4-0 vote. The report says: "From the documentation of evidence presented the committee found that John's a capable instructor, an excellent coach and capable of being an asset to the institution. May it be further known that the past sixty days have been a positive indication of his abilities. "John has agreed to follow the recommendations set forth by this committee (document No. 4) and therefore, we recommend him for reappointment to a one year contract. We further recom- mend that this committee remain in force throughout the ensuing year." Members of the committee are Dwight Hardy, chairman and dean of instruction at PCJC; Ronald Moddelmog, dean of students; Lanny Ellis, faculty senate representative; Dan Manwarren, a division board representative; and Henry Mayden. Although the faculty committee was appointed by Tolbert some time ago, members were not given charges against Sala- vantis until last Monday, one day before Tuesday's scheduled meeting of trustees. The committee convinced Tolbert that it needed more time to compile its report so the meeting was postponed until Thursday. Wednesday, however, more charges against Salavantis were given to the committee. The committee met for nine hours before Thursday's meeting to get its report in order. "Some of the members were disturbed because they spent so much time getting the report ready — for what?", said Sala- vantis. The report was not discussed by the trustees before a motion to not renew his contract was made, seconded and unanimously approved. Salavantis was an administrator in the athletic dormitory at Kansas State University before guiding Hays High to a 7-2 football season, Liberal High to a 7-2 season, and Pratt juco to 8-2 and 9-2 seasons which included a berth in Hutchinson's Mid-America Juco Bowl. The student body at Pratt is currently on spring break, but approximately 90 per cent of the students boycotted classes last Wednesday in protest of Sala- vantis' possible dismissal. and has been capsuled by pro scouts as "a clutch performer who is smooth and clever ... a complete player, unselfish nnd a winner." While his statistics place him No. 1 as Long Beach's nil-time scorer and rebounder, his most appealing quality is his ability to lead. "Ratleff is a deadly scorer, but he can run an offense as well as score." said an admiring pro scout who predicted that Ratleff would be some team's No. 1 draft choice this yenr. Thompson is only 18 years old but already coveted by professional teams. Considered by some to be the most exciting player in college this season, Thompson has been rated by one scout among America's top 10 basketball players— including pro and college. The flashy, 6-4 sophomore excited crowds this season with n facility to out-jump players several inches taller. He averaged 26 points a game, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference, and was the heart of a North Carolina State team that went undefeated through 27 games. The talented forward has commanded these comments from professional observers: "He's a 6-4 Superman playing nt seven feet . . . He's in the class of Julius Erving right now, but with unlimited potential . . . The most complete player in the country right now." DiGregorio is a ball-handling wizard who personally took charge of Providence and moved the Friars into the NCAA nlayoffs with a 2H-2 regular season record. "He's MS good ns any guard in the country nnd I'll be dnrnrd surprised if he isn't someone's No. 1 pick in the pro drnft this yenr." said his coach, Dave Gnvitt. MiGregorio averaged '24 points n game, ninny of them on Knig shots. The fnns love him best when he knifes through n crowd tor n basket inside or shoots a behind-theback pass to n tennimate underneath for nn easy layup. The biggest games this season for the ti-footer were against the Friars' toughest opponents. Washington's statistics were the most spectacular of the All- Amerinins. The (5-8 American University star nvernged 20 rebounds nnd 20 points n game in his college career, joining nn elite group of only six others in h i s t o r y - Elgin Baylor of Seattle. Bill Russell of Snn Francisco, Julius Erving of Mnssiu'husctts, Art is Gilmore of Jacksonville, Paul Silas of Creighton and Walter Dukes of Seton Hall. Members of this year's second team All- America include Pong Collins of Illinois State, Keith Wilkes of UCLA, Dwight Lninnr of Southwestern Louisinnn, Jim Brewer of Minnesota nnd Kevin Joyce of South Carolina. The third team consists of Bill Schaeffer of St. John's, N.Y.; Mike Bnntoin of St. Joseph's, Pa.; John Brown of Missouri; Tom McMillen of Maryland, nnd Richie Fuqua of Ornl Huberts. Page? Hutchinson News Tuesdny. March 20, 1973 Kxliibition linosrores IK I In- V>.,u-inlr,| !'tr" M InVrlnml. Ill Miiinf"»"tn (XKI tfH) (KK> 2 9 1 < 'tin-lie' 1 (Al im 000 (Xl'2 3 6 1 t'l-ns. HuRtir'i IV), StrirklnnH 9) and H.iri;mniin. Smilli«m (VI; Former, Slonf nuiK \V Slouc I, Strick- * * * * Hc»iii'ii did oai ixx) 'i 7 ;) I'lm-mmiti Oil IKK! M% ' 9 0 I'nlliii. Sirhi-rt (SI. Tnliim (8, nnd l-'uk. Nolmi. Milliniilinm (II nnd lench, llnrlun (-11. \V HlllinRrlitui. I, Sl-liort. UK I'lminimli. llriirh. \l I ,,k,.|,ui,l. ll,i Nt-u York (Al IXX) (XII 0-1(1 f» 8 I liriniii (>:«> :uxi li>x 7 II I Slnlllt'Mivrr. MnitMiimin (II) nnd Minn; NirKni. Knlin (:>). I.ndrmv (lil. S(rnm|io (Ml. 1.1'iimm-ivk (!0 nml Sunn. W Niokro. I ShiltliMiivrr UK Nriv Yurk. Itlmil- \l I',,. I. MM, Mrnrli. Mi, llnlliiuiirc IKKI IXHI IIXI 1 111 3 M"nlrral (XXI 1)12 lOi 4 H 0 I'lii-llnr. Ilinnl 17). Wnll 18) nnd Wil- liimm; M'-Annllv, Mnralinll (HI. Hlimrninii 181. Wnlkrr Id) nnd llmrnlirlln W M. Annllv I. Ciii-llnr. Special election honors late Roberto Clemente in Hall of Fame ST (AP) PETERSBURG, Fla. Roberto Clemente, the late batting star of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame today in an unprecedented special election by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Thus the normal five-year waiting period was waived for the 38-year-old Puerto Rican who died last New Year's Eve in the crash of a mercy plane intended to carry relief supplies to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua. The vote was an overwhelming 393 in favor of immediate induction with 29 against and two abstentions. The negative votes largely were a protest against the system and not the man. Pour win mat titles Four Hutchinson youths won championships in the final round of the YMCA wrestling tournament over the weekend at Douglass. The four are Karl Wolfenberger, Brad Neville, Eric Wolfenberger and Lane Neville. Karl Wolfenberger won in the 66-pound class, Brad Neville at 97, Eric Wolfenberger in the heavyweight division and Lane Neville at 58. Hutchinson results: Champion bracket First and second 66—Karl Wolfenberger dec. Scott Laughlin, Hutchinson 8-0. 72—Brad Neville dec. Malone, Wichita Wrestling Club, 10-0. 97—Bruce Vernon dec. Bancher, Augusta 9-8. Hyw—Eric Wolfenberger pinned EB- pey, Augusta first period. (25 seconds). 58—Lane Neville, second place, dec. by McKee, Derby 2-0. 65—Kip Spray, second place, forfeited lo Harp, Colwich. Third and Fourth 65—Paul Wolfenberger, fourth place, won by forfeit from Nice. Andale. 74—Curt Farley, third place, dec. Kempler, El Dorado 3-0. L-Hyw—Rob Morrison, third place, won by fort'eit from Todd, Douglass. Hyw—Bart Holmes, third place, pinned Bench, Andale first period. 63—Randy Laughlin, fourth place, dec. by Olson, Wichita West 10-0. 75—Scott Wood, fourth place, dec. by Cundruff, Wichita Wrestling Club 4-0. Consolation bracket First and second 68—Mike Heck dec. Osburn, Harper 10-1. 81—-Vir.ce Powell pinned by Gieson, Harper first period. 86—Willie Atkins dec. by Harris, Wichita Aircapital 6-3. 102—Scott Gronewaller pinned by Coffman, Colwich second period. Third and fourth 64—Kevin Roff dec. Ames, El Dorado. 75—Don Martin won by forfeit from Sweeney, Wichita West. 82—Craig Weaver won by forfeit. 95—Reea Morrison won by forfeit. 112—Junior Rodriguez dec. Seiler, Colwich 4-0. 44--Morgan Neville dec. by Mathes, Harper 7-4. 85— Dana Harnby pinned in second period. 98—Steve Gronewaller pinned by Zoo- rak, Bishop Carroll second period. Clemente was a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and starred for 18 seasons as Pittsburgh's rocket-armed right fielder. His final hit was his 3,000th, placing him seventh in the all-time National League ranking. He won four batting championships, in 1961 with a .1-151 average, in 1964 with .11119, in 1965 with .329 and in 1967 with .357. Obvious love for this gifted athlete oozed from players, baseball executives and fans after he died while on a humanitarian mission to aid earthquake victims in Managua, Nicaragua. On the night of Dec. Ill, a piston-driven airliner crashed into the crystal Caribbean waters and a lengthy search turned up no trace of the Pirate great. "We lost him—and we needed him so bad," said Manny Sang- uillen, a teammate of Roberto's at Pittsburgh. "He was the leader. When he went on the field, it was like someone pushing you. You felt like going out there to win. Pittsburgh's players are wearing a small, black swatch on their uniform arms this sea- They're loaded son in tribute lo the late Cle menle. Clemenle played in 2,43.'l games, 11)1 h among all-lime National Leaguers. He ranked seventh in at-bats with S),'15<1 and eighth in total liases with •1/192. Thirteen times lie hit over .300, 12 times he was a NL all- star and 12 times lie won the Golden Glove as the best defensive right fielder in the league. Figures, lifeless statistics, told only a portion of the Roberto Clemente ;;tory. He was a warm man, especially with the youth of his nation, and was idoli/.ed from the beaches of San .hum to the streets of Pittsburgh. Donations lor a Clemente memorial rolled in after his death. The Pirate club gave $100,000 alone. A youth sports center will be constructed in Puerto Rico and will bear his name. Withdraws name CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)— North Carolina assistant basketball conch Bill Gutheridge has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head couching job at. Auburn. A11-Americans at a glance NKW YORK (AP) The UIV.'I major rollout 1 All-America team Inulcrs an m>- Icclrd by The Amwrintod I'ITHH on I ho Iwsis of viitPH from Hpurtn writers and liroailcii.HliTH Ihrounhmit t'u> rnmitry: I'iiM Trnm Hill Wnllon, junior, UCLA; I'M Hnth-ff, senior, Long lleach Stnlv; I)nvid Thompson, sophomore, North Carolina Slntr; Kr- nir DiOrcgorio, senior, Providence; Hermit WiwIiiiiKlon, Hcnior, American U. Srriiml Team DoiiK Collins, senior, Illinois Stale; Keith Wilkcs, junior, UCLA; Dwight La- nutr, senior, Southwestern Louisiana; <lim Hrcwer, senior, Minncmitn; Kevin iloyco, senior, South Carolina. Third Trum Hill Schaeffer, senior, St. John's, N.Y,; Mike Dantom, senior, St. .losupli's, Pa.; John Itrown, senior, Missouri; Tom McMillen, junior, Maryland; Richie Fu<|im, Benior, Oral lUiherts. llontiinliltr Mention Larry Finch, Memphis State; William Averitt, Pepperdinc; Tom liurlvson, North Carolina Stale; Wendiill Hudson, Alabama; Tom Inglushy, Villanova; Dwiglil Jones, Houston; Marvin Hnrnos, Providence; Allan Hornyak, Ohio State; Steve Downing, Indiana; Kresimir Conic, MriKham Young; Kevin Kunnert, lown; Ron Ik'hagen, Minnesota; Larry Farmer, UCLA. Larry Hollyfiold, UCLA; Phil Smith, San Krnncisco; Nick Wcalhurspoon, Illinois; Mike Uohmson, Michigan Slate; Tom Koezelko, Toledo; Larry Kimon, Memphis Stale; Henry Wilmore, Michigan; Larry McNeil, Marquette; James Williams, Austin 1'oiiy; Jim Bradley, Northern Illinois; David Vaughn, Oral Roberta; Willie Biles, Tulsu. (ieorge Karl, North Carolina; Allic Mcduire, Marquellc; Allan Bristow, Virginia Toch; Ray Lewis, Los Angeles Slalo; Aron Stewart, Richmond; Barry Piirkhill, Virginia; Donald Smith, Dayton; Martin Terry, Arkansas; Alvan Adams, Oklahoma; Ozzie ICdwards, Oklahoma City; Pat MacKarland, St. Joseph's, Pn.; Marvin Rich, Oklahoma City; John Williamson, New Mexico State; Elton Hayes, 1,lunar; Roy Huron, Southwestern l/oui- siann; Dennis DuVnl, Syracuse. KOHT MYKIIM, I'm.I ,1, W Kin. (API III! IJH INK) II 1.1 I I.II, i IU 1101 Dllll IIL'II .1 II I iilc... Miller (7), l-'.n.r (!l) nnd Cumin; lKMtiirrv. .Im-ktim (M. Mini (li), H.ir- 'ii'r (Ml, (Jnrhrr (it) mid Kirkpntrick. Illilrn I. M|.|ll(HHll|.iy. 1111 lldlMCT. \l I on.n. I In Allmihi Hn , Hwil. HmriHim (II), Oulvii; HulicrlH, Yurk W KoWM» I, Hcpil. (XXI (XX) 010 1 (i 0 IHX) 021) (X)n -a 10 I I'nnlhrr |H) nnd (HI nnd I low/ml. \l I'nli Sinillll'rn ('iililnriim Snirlti'iv, Stinlili'r. I HlllInT |HI O.I MctJlMTM 1IX) (XXI (XXI -1 3 0 (XXI (XX) 2()i -!i [i 'i (7) nnd I'utDAm; ADll \\ \.imn. VM, Clii.-n,:,, INI Sun Diiwt Murrifl, Ixu-kcr Ku.lnlph; CnldwiOI. nn,I K iilnll. W llurrln. I. ICI'MUSIIIIKi;, H'ln. inrr (4). Skuitnn Sli-pliPimon. W -Nli (xx) 0:111 (HX) :i (XX) (XXI i(XI -2 (ft), ('turn (7) Sinipmm (II), Kddy Cnlilwi'll. H o II 1 nnd (H) ST. PKTKHSWIIK;, Kin. IAPI Pliilndi'lpliiii 2100KXXX)-7 4 2 Si Lunin OlOWOlOx- -12 9 4 Uinhnri;, Mrotl (ft), Union (H) nnd llynn. Kmiinn (7); Cli'vclnnd, Sc'((«y (7), AmlcTnnii (III nnd Siinmumi, Hill (7). Korl Scott coach quits FORT SCO'IT, Kan. (AP) — Walt OliiiKor, head conch of the l''ort Scott Community College Greyhound football team, resigned Monday night. Olinger had just completed his second year as head coach, guiding the (jreyhouncls to two National .Junior College Athletic Association bowl playoffs, Olinger said he was leaving coaching to enter the restaurant business in ICmporin, Kan. "It's been the toughest decision of my life," Olinger said. Joe Hauptrnan is expected to replace Olinger. Houptman was defensive line couch at Fort Scott, the past season. BoSox the pick in AL East WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP; — The Boston Red Sox, who just missed in a dramatic comeback in the American League East last season, are counting on virtually the same cast to carry them to a pennant this year. Even Manager Eddie Kusko is predicting the Red will win. And Kasko is a man who usually shies from making predictions. "I'm just confident we have the players to win," said Kns ko, beginning work on a new two-year contract. "We showed what we're capable of doing in the last couple of months lust. year. We just have to get off to a good start, and I'm sure we will." The Red Sox players also feel sure they're going to be in the World Series next fall. Seven games off the pace and one game under.500 last Aug. 1, the lied Sox finished as one of the hottest clubs in the majors. They went on to compile a .'!H-22 record, a .633 pade. However, they bowed out of the divisional race on the next-to-last day ol the season, finishing one-half game behind Detroit. Counting upon the. experience gained by younger players in the tense nice last, season, the Red Sox an; playing n pat hand this year. They wen.' one of the few teams that failed to complete a major trade during the off-season. The only major addition is veteran lir.sl baseman Orlando Ce.pedn, who was signed as a HTM- agent, after the American League adopted the designated hitter rule. Cepe.dn still can hit, but. whether he can hobble enough on surgery-scarred knees remains Jo be seen. Ccpcda's stains will go a long way in determining the makeup of the 2. r j-nian roster for the coming season. If the 3r>-year- old slugger can play first,, Carl Yasl.r/emski will return to left field. Yn/., a three-time AL batting champion, would prefer to move to first, on H full-time basis. However, rookie Cecil Cooper and veteran Danny Ca tcr also are battling for the job. With Yd/, on first, the Red Sox have an outfield of Tommy Harper, Reggie Smith and either Dwight Evans or Ben ()g- livie. Evans, only 21, was the International League's Most Valuable Player Inst yenr. He joined the Red Sox in September and played 18 games, hit- ling .263. 'Gary O'Davis' wins in national LOWELL, Mass. -- Hutchinson Athletic Club veteran boxer Gary Davis, wearing n green robe and shamrocks on his white shoes, was a big favorite with the crowd as he won his first round bout in the National (iolden Gloves tournament here Monday night. Davis, fighting in t h e 139-pound class, is competing in his fifth national tournament. He decisioned Gene Stevens of Louisville, Ky., and will enter quarterfinals Wednesday. Three other boxers representing the Kansas-Oklahoma region fought Monday night. A fifth, Pascuul Villa of Wichita, did not make the flight. Ned Hallacy, Wichita, scored an upset, victory over Ronnie Walters of Fort Worth in the 178-pound division. Walters was a heavy favorite to win the tournament, in that weight, Newell Olmstead, of Blackwell, Okln., lost by knockout to Derrick Holmes of Washington, D.C., and Mike Brian, Wichita, lost an unpopular decision to John Wilburn of Jackson, Tenn. Olmstead fought in the 112-pound class and Brian competed in the 156-pound class. Five more boxers from the Kansas-Oklahoma region, who qualified for the nationals by winning regional titles at Hutchinson's Convention Hall, enter first round action Tuesday, (juartcrfinuls and semifinals are Wednesday and Thursday, with finals Friday. Pats have Chuck, but the 'Boomer' is missing By Arthur Daley (t) l«73Mrvv Urk Tiroes .Vt»S<rvi<r TAMPA, Fla. — Probably no city in the country yearns for a pro football franchise with as much undisguised ardor as does Tampa. A handsome stadium glistens emptily in the bright sunshine. Eager supporters pray every night that the proper heavenly guidance descends on Pete Rozelle. Meanwhile, everyone waits. But it is not completely passive waiting. They nudge a little. A year ago at this time some of the more anxious Tampa dynamos spun a few wheels and the Baltimore Colts came galloping down here to appraise their their rookies. This year was the ,turn of the New England Pa- triots for what developed into a double-duty deal, one weekend for the rookies and another for the remainder of the squad. It supplied a priceless opportunity for Chuck Fairbanks, the boy genius newcomer to professional coaching ranks, to inspect his hired hands for the first time. It also enabled them to inspect him. Apparently each liked what he saw. It's difficult not to be impressed with the 39-year-old Fairbanks. He's cut from the same mold that produced over the years the likes of Bud Wilkinson, Darrell Royal and all those other big, good-looking personality kids with stunning records as college coaches. In six spectacular seasons at Oklahoma, Chuck shot up in the rankings to a place just behind Joe Paterno of Penn State and Frank Kush of Arizona State in winning percentage figures. It put him well ahead of such coaching titans as Woody Hayes, Bear Bryant, Darrell Royal, Ara Parseghian and John McKay. His credentials are impeccable. But he leaves behind his highly organized Oklahoma team to take over one of the least organized and least motivated of pro teams, the Patriots. Many grandstand quarterbacks have been bemoaning the fact or recent years that pro football has settled into offensive patterns of stodgy sameness. So they gave quick bleats of joy at the arrival of a fresh, young innovator whose stock in trade has been the wishbone offense with triple options that place the quarterback completely in the target area for saturation bombing. "The theory of the wishbone is sound," said Fairbanks at the Leto High School field the other day as he wandered about supervising the drills of the Patriot varsity performers. He was dressed in a white polo shirt, freshly pressed maroon slacks and football cleats. He looked like a young executive making a survey. But his assistant coaches looked like assistant coaches in red shirts and red shorts as they dug into the dirt with helmeted football players. The one assistant who most caught the eye was Bill Nelsen, long a gimpy-kneed quarterback with the Cleveland Browns. What made him stand out so much was that he was wearing a cast on his right leg. It reached from hip to the sole of his fool, a memento of just another of his many operations. He also was on crutches. The gag in the Boston Common has been that the principal assignment of the practically immobile Nelsen is to show the practically immobile Jim Plunkett how to run out of the wishbone. It's too ridiculous to be even a good gag. But it drew a mild snicker when first heard. Okay, Chuck. How much wishbone, if any, will there be in the Patriot attack? "I don't envision it becoming a major factor in pro bull," he said, a clear-thinking realist. "The wishbone would require a quiirterhack to be as expendable as a good halfback. It also would require too many running backs, more than can be found in a 40-tnun squad. The injury risk is high and pro teams are not geared that way. Another thing about the wishbone ib that you can't attempt to use this part of it or that part. It's such a complete entity in itself that it's all or nothing." When Billy Sullivan, the founding father of the Patriots, hired Fairbanks, he took him in the dual capacity of both coach and general manager. The price came high, $600,000 for five years. But the Patriots have been floundering for so long with divided authority, interference and dissension that the New Englanders needed a strong, authoritative and knowledgeable football man to untangle their mess. They gambled with a college coach. If Fairbanks is as smart and us capable us he seems to be, he could be a winning ticket. "I've been reluctant to study movies," he said, like the prag- mutist he is. "Because the teams played so poorly and because the mentul uttention was not the best. I don't want to prejudge anyone. These guys look good to me and seem very talented. But compared to what? What am I ruling them against?" Fairbanks bus yet to adjust his scale of values. The enthusiastic Sullivan waxed lyricul when he blurted out the admission that Fair- bunks reminded him of Clark Kent. As every schoolboy should know, Clark Kent was the imaginary character who stepped into telephone booths on many a screen and emerged as Superman. But not even Superman could whisk these current Patriots into the Super Bowl. If given unough time, though, Fairbanks might do it. However, he will require so much time that you are advised not to hold your breath while waiting. 1

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