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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1987 21 Schultz rises to take NCAA reins Dick Schultz Succeeds Walter Byers KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rich-ard Schultz, describing himself as "very honored, very humbled," Sunday received a five-year contract to succeed Walter Byers as executive director of the NCAA. "This decision did not come easy," Schultz, 57, said. "It's a position I did not pursue." Byers, who has run the NCAA since 1947 and became executive director when the post was created in 1951, described Schultz as a "rare collection of talents." "He has the ability to lead the NCAA to new heights," Byers said. Schultz' lastest stop in a diversified career has been director of athletics at Virginia. Before going to Virginia in 1981, he was director of athletics at Cornell. He spent I960- 6 Illegal defense' a tricky business Rule No. 12, Section I Illegal Defenses, a. Illegal defenses which violate the rules and accepted guidelines set forth are not permitted in the NBA. BOSTON - In the still of the night, Pat Riley sat in his hotel room and watched the videotape replay of the third game of the National Basketball Association championship series. And counted the number of times the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers violated Rule 12. "I thought the Celtics could have been called on it 25 times," the coach of the Lakers informed the ladies and gentlemen of the working press yesterday. "And I thought it could have been called on us maybe another 10 times." In fact, the Lakers Were cited five times for breaking Rule 12 here Sunday. The Celtics, meanwhile, comported themselves like Eagle Scouts. They were not charged with a single infraction of Rule 12. 1. Penalties for Illegal Defenses. On the first violation, the 24-second clock is reset to 24. On the second and succeeding violations, . the clock is reset . . . and one free : throw (technical) is attempted. "I figure it cost us 11 points," Pat Riley was saying. "Adding the four : points they got on technicals and the points they got on possessions after ; the technicals. Eleven points in a six-point game." Basketball coaches do mathemat- ics on an abacus of the heart. In fact, ; only three Celtics points were the direct and indisputable result of - Rule 12 violations. Larry Bird shot four technical fouls and missed one. ' Still, Riley is right in his contention : that Rule 12 played some role in Game 3. 2. Guidelines for Defensive Coverage. a. Weak-side defenders may be in Bruce Keidan a defensive position within the "outside lane" with no time limit and inside the "inside lane" for 2.9 seconds. Defensive players must reestablish a position with both feet out of the "inside lane" to be considered having legally cleared the lane. "Maybe it looked like we were running plays for the purpose of exposing what the Lakers were doing," said Jimmy Rodgers, a Celtics assistant coach. "But it's hard enough just trying to get the ball in the hole. You'd upset the flow of your offense if you got away from doing the things you normally do." b. When a defensive player is guarding a player who is adjacent to the 3-second lane, the defensive player may be within the "inside lane area." Contrary to popular belief, there is no NBA rule against playing a zone defense. The rules don't even mention a zone, let alone forbid one. "You play help defenses, sagging defenses," Riley said. "They can call it whatever they want to. The point is, they should call it one way or another, either on both teams or not at all. "You think the Celtics don't do it? Larry Bird hasn't played his man yet this year." Bird, of course, is the reason the Lakers ignore Rule 12 when they play the Celtics. Boston does its best to isolate him against one defender. Los Angeles tries to cover him with a primary defender and at least one assistant. The deputies are supposed to wait until Bird gets the ball to begin guarding him. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Van Slyke rolls, hopes to fill leadership role By Paul Meyer Post-Gazelle Sports Writer MONTREAL - At the time, it seemed Andy Van Slyke was kidding. Now, you have to wonder. On May 29, the Pirates traded Bill Almon to the Mcts for Al Pedrique. That afternoon, Van Slyke moved into Almon's locker in Three Rivers, next to Jim Morrison and Sid Bream, the Pirates' chapel leader and assistant chapel leader, respectively. "I'm in the Bible belt," Van Slyke said. "I wanted to be with the brethren, I can think over here." He grinned. And then that night, he got hot at the plate. Entering last night's game against the Expos, Van Slyke was 16-for-36 in his last eight starts since that Friday. He'd lifted his batting average from .228 to .275. He'd hit five home runs and driven in 11 runs. Is it just a coincidence that the streak started when he moved? "Yeah," he said yesterday. "I was going to bust out of it. It was just a matter of time." Still . . . "He started rooming with Sid on. the road just before that," Morrison said. "I think he just feels more comfortable." There's truth in that. Van Slyke does feel more like a Pirate and less like a Cardinal. "I've bought a house in Pittsburgh, I have Pittsburgh cable, get the Pittsburgh paper," he said. "I've got all the qualifications to be a CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 74 at Iowa in capacities that included assistant to the president and head basketball and baseball coach. In addition, he played baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor-league system from 1953 to 1956 and has served as a highly paid corporate consultant on business management and reorganization. As chairman of the NCAA men's basketball committee, he was in charge of seeding and selecting teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. In addition, he chaired the committee which negotiated a lucrative new three-year contract with CBS. Byers will remain in charge for about a year while Schultz works with him. Schultz will join the NCAA staff no later than Sept. 1 and succeed Byers no later than Aug. 31, 1988. Schultz was selected by the NCAA executive committee over three other finalists former NCAA President Jack Davis, Indiana University President John Ryan and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Harvey Schiller. Schultz said he took the job after asking himself, "Would I be able to make, or have, a positive impact on intercollegiate athletics at the national level, something which has been so important to me over the years? I feel like I can, or I wouldn't be standing here today." As executive director, Schultz will exercise no direct control over the athletic department of any college. He will be in charge of the national office staff, which numbers about 130 employees in seven departments. "Walter has installed a management style at the NCAA which is very close to my heart," Schultz said. Nevertheless, he suggested that he will begin at once assuming a more public profile than Byers. "The condition of the NCAA is excellent." he said. "But the NCAA is just like all of intercollegiate athletics today in that it has perception problems. "The common perception of most people is that the NCAA is some bureaucratic organization in Kansas City that makes controversial decisions, when the NCAA is us. It's the individual institutions. The individual institutions have to play a larger role in solving the problems of intercollegiate athletics." Schultz also promised to take a hard-line stand on academic integrity. "The integrity issue is very high," he said. "Academic achievement and integrity in athletics go hand in hand. Legislatively in the NCAA, the stage has been set for that. Most loopholes have been closed in academic progress legislation and Proposition 48. I think the stage is set to see a major improvement in academic achievement of student-athletes." s . v k v, - . " X x X X x X " x S X X X X Xx v.X X x X v 0 X S Xv N 0 XX ix xx. SN XX x V x s v x xV xM,Vxt S x X -VxXVx vV 1 x N xxSxJv I x x y v I s X -wan 1 f x X ir f v 1 " Ax x r x f x I t 1 ? I ST xvxx iiiiiiiiiiiiTBrifff J x X- xf xVVxXX - Vx - x toC x V V X X--N N -S x x-xx x v-x x xx v N x x m VxV XxX. X N v " x NS X x xNx i I Vv , x- I 'x, i S xx x vXX s v. S x - Wx. " x 1 - V xx v n 4xNv- ,V ; X Tr xv v V " N V x ts t N V C X x K . x . x k N V iVTMlilL. x x x - V x V x S X - N . ; Nrffr Associated Press Stanford relief pitcher Steve Chltren jumps for joy after his team's defeat of Oklahoma State In the College World Series Sunday night. Cowboys lassoed Stanford grabs first NCAA title OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - While Oklahoma State was the team noted for the big inning, Stanford came up with the biggest inning to win the NCAA College World Series. "I thought the fifth inning was the key." Oklahoma State coach Gary Ward said of No. 2-ranked Stanford's 9-5 victory over the No. 3 Cowboys Sunday night. "We get back-to-back homers and have a chance to take control. They come right back and put four runs on the board and went back in control." Stanford (53-17) had a 2-1 lead when Oklahoma State's Benny Castillo and Brad Beanblossom hit solo homers off Cardinals starter Jack McDowell (13-5) in the fourth. Then Stanford rallied for four runs in the fifth on a walk, doubles by Toi Cook, Paul Carey and Ed Sprague, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly off losing pitcher Pat Hope (13-3). "The turning point was after the two home runs," said Stanford coach Mark Marquess, whose team was making its first appearance in a national championship game. The loss was Oklahoma State's fourth in five College World Series title appearances. The Cowboys, who have qualified for the last seven series, won the championship in 1959. The Cardinals also used 15 hits and, for the second game in a row, four double plays to back their pitching. When McDowell walked the first two Cowboys in the eighth inning, Steve Chitren came in to strike out the next two batters, walked the bases loaded and struck out Oklahoma State's Ray Ortiz, ending the threat. "After I walked those two guys in the eighth, I needed help," said McDowell, an Ail-American and a first-round pick in last week's major league draft by the Chicago White Sox. "Steve Chitren picked me up big time," McDowell said. "He was throwing on two days' rest," Chitren said of McDowell. "He kept us in the game. If we don't get those innings from Jack, we don't win. He gave his all for us." Stanford added three runs in the ninth when Carey, the tournament's most valuable player, hit his second double of the game, driving in one run. Another run scored on a passed ball and the third on Doug Robbins' ground out. "Paul Carey was unbelievable," Marquess said of his freshman right fielder. "I can't say enough about him." "This is a most valuable team," said Carey, who hit a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Louisiana State, 6-5, and keep Stanford in the tournament Friday night. "We don't have one guy who stands out. Everyone contributes, and we never quit." Cook, Sprague and Carey had three hits each in the title game. Their efforts overshadowed the four hits by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura. Ventura's NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak was ended by McDowell and Cardinal reliever Al Osuna in the Cowboys' 6-2 victory in Thursday's winners' bracket final. t .... ... ,,w . s- e f If I ii I Home where his heart is Third time around with Mets already satisfying for Seaver Associnled Press Pitcher Tom Seaver displays his uniform after rejoining the New York Mets last week. NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Seaver's storied career with the New York Mets has been filled with tears and cheers. The right-hander, who is bound for baseball's Hall of Fame, came back home over the weekend. It's the third time he has been employed by the Mcts and Seaver III seems headed for a happy ending, even if he can't make it on the mound. "If I cannot contribute and pitch credibly then I am going to retire," said Seaver, 42. "It wouldn't be fair to the fans or those individuals in the clubhouse wearing uniforms." But a lot of Mcts' fans didn't think it was fair when the club traded Seaver on June 15, 1977, to Cincinnati or when he was left unprotected in the free-agent compensation pool in January 1984 and was lost to the Chicago White Sox. During the past weekend at Shea Stadium, Seaver was laughing again in the Mcts' dugout, was given back his old locker by pitcher Ron Darling, and donned his familiar No. 41 a uniform number no other Mets' player has worn since '77. No matter what happens in the next few weeks, Seaver will end his career with the Mets. Babe Ruth ended his career with the Boston Braves and Hank Aaron in the uniform of th: Milwaukee Brewers. "This isn't a public relations thing. The Mets are a world championship team. They don't hare to sell tickets." Tom Sonvrr Someday soon, maybe this year, there will be a Tom Seaver Day at soldout Shea and the Mets will retire his uniform. But for the record, that's not why Seaver is back. "This was not a deal made out of marketability or sentimentality," Mets General Manager Frank Ca-shen said. "Although parenthetically, let me add that I have always believed Tom Seaver deserved to end his career here." After two emotional separations from the Mets, a lot of the sentiment has been lost from this long-running show. Many good things happened to Seaver while not playing for the Mets. He pitched his only no-hitter June 16, 1978, against St. Louis while pitching for Cincinnati. On April 18, 1981, he became the fifth pitcher in major-league history to strike out 3.000 batters, again while pitching for the Reds, and Aug. 4, 1985, while pitching for the White Sox, he won his 300th game at Yankee Stadium. "That's a day I'll never forget; it was a beautiful thing," Seaver said of his 300th victory. "It was great to have it in New York and I enjoyed playing with the White Sox. It was great." But Seaver knows Cashen didn't call him back because of his past record. Because of a pitching staff decimated by injuries, the Mets need his help now. "This isn't a public relations thing," Seaver said. "The Mets are a world championship team. They don't have to sell tickets." Cashen wanted a younger pitcher who could help the team immediately but found other clubs wanted too much of the Mets' minor-league talent. Seaver was the best alternative. "It was a move made to be a helpful addition to the club,"said Cashen. Seaver always has been helpful to the Mets in the standings, at the gate and in the record book. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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