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Grant Hall Switzer Endures Probation Talk MiHiiiKiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiioiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiMi^ From a sportswriter's standpoint, the National Coaches Golf Tournament at Hot Springs Village this past week was like a three-day E. F. Hutton television commercial. That is, when coaches talked, writers cocked their heads and listened. And despite the fact that the coaches were there to play golf and havft fun, none of them seemed to mind sitting down for interviews about football. As cooperative, down to earth and direct as anyone was Barry Switzer of Oklahoma. Even though he had gone over the same sore subjects I asked about probably 100 times before, he patiently discussed them again. In some cases, he welcomed the chance to set the record straight on things that have been, written about him. One such story had him walking angrily out of a meeting of football coaches in California this year, because of a proposal which would prevent a team on probation from winning the national championship and preclude any individual honors by its players. "Unfortunately, some writers like to write fiction," Switzer began. "What actually happened was that I left California two clays before the meeting even started, to make a recruiting trip. I didn't even know about the proposal. The only inkling I had was what some prospects had told me, relaying what other coaches had told them. But I couldn't believe the coaches wculd pass any proposal like that." Switzer freely voiced his distaste for the proposal. "Why didn't they have it five years ago?" he asked. "Do you think anything would have been done if we'd gone 5-6 last year? No, it's just a few coaches who brr.ught,this about. I don't care as far as I'm personally concerned, but what about a player like Roderick Shoate? It's unthinkable that a linebacker of his calibre be ineligible for All-America honors." 'People Don't Know' It rankles Switzcr that 16 months after the fact, "all you hear about Oklahoma football is probation, probation, probation. There are so many things that have happened that people don't know about. I think the reason we didn't win the national championship last year is that, we were on probation and didn't go to a bowl game." What about criticism that he played for a tie at the end of the Southern California game? "As far as I'm concerned, Southern Cal is the team that played for the tic," ho said. "They punted on fourth down from the 48-yard line with a minute left in the game. Why didn't they go for it? They weren't even going to get the bull back. "We passed from our own territory and hit a Southern Cal linebacker right in the hands, but he dropped the ball. If he'd run it back for a touchdown, people would have asked what we were doing throwing "the ball. We ran the ball because that's our offense." Switzer added, "We dominated the ball game and doubled them in every statistic. But we fumbled and we missed field goals from the 20- and 11-yard lines. Those are like extra points." Would he favor a sudden-death playoff or some form of tiebrcake- for college games? Switzer thought a moment, rubbed his chin and said, "I guess maybe so. I've never thought about it much." As for the chances of the 1974 Sooners, Swit/er said, "I don't think we can be as good as we were last year. We lost too many people'on defense." Asked who will be the starting quarterback, he replied, "Right now, it looks like Steve Davis. Kerry Jackson will have to improve over his spring performance." This Saturday at Lubbock, Switzer will coach the West team in the Coaches All-America game. Larry Lacewcll of Fordyce, his defensive coordinator at OU who picked the team, included Dickey Morton among his selections. "We're planning to play Dickey at right offensive tackle," quipped Switzer. 'It will be a new experience for him." Really, Morton will play tailback in the I formation. Switzer couldn't say whether or not he'd start the game. Bellard Claims Wishbone It's been written that the Wishbone offense was invented by a high school coach from Ncderland, Tex. Also Ihat 'former Texas AM Coach Gene Stallings is the one who moved the fullback up close to the lino of scrimmage, for the 1968 Cotton Bowl game against Alabama. But I asked current Aggie coach, Emory Bellard, about all that and he said simply, "I originated the offense." Bellard was the offensive coordinator at Texas in 1968 when "we had some great running backs. The Wishbone came about because we wanted to get three backs in the game at the same time, with the triple option as our basic play." AM has gone 3-8 and 5-6 in Bollard's two years there, but he says, "We're gonna be better this season. Our players are young, but they have some experience now." All the starters return except fullback Alvin Bowers, who was dropped from the team for disciplinary reasons. The Aggies face an interactional schedule of Washington, Clemson, LSU and Kansas. They'll play it wi'h sophomore David Walker at quarterback, unless Mike .lay or David Shipman can beat him out. Shipman is another sophomore who was hurt last year. SMU Coach Dave Smith isn't as optimistic as Bellard: "We had 13 experienced players out with injuries in the spring. It will be hard to catch up." One of the 13 was halfback Wayne Morris. It was at first thought that his knee injury might be a serious one, but Smith said, "He should 'be all right." The Mustangs are serving a one-year Southwest Conference-imposed probation, but no sanctions are involved. "We got into trouble for paying nlayers five-dollar meal money for tackles," said Smith. Ask ed if he had condoned the practice, Smith said, "Mmmm, I'd rather not get into that." The consensus of the coaches and writers is that Texas should be the favorite, with or without Roosevelt Leaks. Those who are expecting freshman Ear! Campbell to replace Leaks may be surprised, though. Campbell will probably play halfback, with sprinter Raymond Clayborn moving to split end. Getting (he most support after the Longhorns arc AM, Arkansas and Texas Tech, in that order. And Tech Coach Jim Carlen says, "Don't overlook Baylor. They're one of the few teams with two experienced quarterbacks." Pittsburgh Coach .lohnny Majors says of his sophomore Tony Dorsett, "He's the best back I've ever seen at running the football, college or pro." MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) -- Red haired Tom Watson, a reckle-faced kid who has yet to in a tournament, swept past he struggling giants of the a'me--Arnold Palmer and ary Player--with a one-under- ar 69 that staked him- to the lird round lead Saturday in 74th United States Open olT Championships. The 24-year-ol ri Watson, a tanford University product ow in his second year on the ro tour, put together a 54-hole otal of 213, three over par on he 6,961-yard terror called the r inged Foot Golf Club course. It was good for a otic-stroke iad over Hale Irwin, a 29-year- ld tour regular who emerged r o m t h e m u l t i p l e-man cramblc to take second place ·ith a 71 and a 214 total Palmer, the 44-year-old living egend who i.s trying to fight his r ay out of the decpcsa, most rustrating slurnp of his storied areer, once held sole control f the lead before blowing to a J--216, three shots hack going nto the last round of this most rcstigious of all the world's olf championships. "1 finished both nines very wdly," Palmer said. "I play- d some good golf, but I also layed an awful lot of bad olf." Player, the doughty little nilh African who won the 1974 rfasters, struggled and strained o a whopping 77. It virtually destroyed his glo* y dream of the Grand Slam, a nc-year sweep of the Masters, J.S. and British Opens and the ~GA--something never before cco-mplished. and, with Player t 220, 10 over par and seven hots out of the lead, it still eemed out of reach. Jim Colbert, Frank Beard nd Bert Yancey followed 'aimer at 218, five shots out of le lead and the only others in he surviving field of RG with lucli chance of catching t!v_ tubby Wntson in Sunday's final J£ortf)toest FAYETTEVIIU, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 1974 With One-Under-Par 69 Watson Takes Open Lead round. Beard had a 72, Yancey a 74 and Colbert matched Watson's 68 as the best rounds oE a mild, sunny, breezy day. Palmer, Player, Irwin and Ray Floyd started third-round play in a tie for the top spot. Floyd, a former PGA champion, bogeyed his first four holes and finally limped home with a 78--221. He was tied at ihat frgure with British Open king Tom Wciskopf. who had a 72. Johnny Miller, the defending U.S. Open champion, was oult of it at 225. Me had a 74, his best round of the tournament. Jack Nicklaus, holder of a record 14 major tournament titles and the man picked most .ikely to succeed in this one. blew to an incredible 76 and also was out of championship consideration at 225. Lee Trevino, Billy Casper arid England's Tony Jacklin failed to qualify for the final two rounds. Beautiful spring weather and a head-to-head clash between Palmer and Player they wen paired together in a renewal of a rivalry stretching back to the 1950s--lured a massive gallery of perhaps 20,000 to the suburban New York course Ihat has proved to he one of the toughest the pros have encountered in many, many years. They all flocked to the side of Palmer and Player, who were playing justbehind Watson and just ahead of Irwin. Those two were all but overlooked by the fans, who climbed over Watson to get advantage point for a glimpse of Palmer and Player. Others blocked the path of the unemotional, business-like Irwin as he went about the course in something approaching solitude. For a time--the first eight holes, it appeared as if the two old masters would provide them- with the glimpse of the glory they south. Palmer, hitching his britches n the old, familiar manner, rammed home birdie putts of about 18 feet on tne second and : ourth holes. It sent happy shouts echoing through the woods and gently rolling hills. "Arnie's got it going," they shouted. "Go get 'em', Arnie,'* they shouSed. And when Player, the 1 i t 11 e Black Knight from Johannesburg, sent a short iron lancing to within two feet of the flag for a birdie on the sixth, there were equally loud cries, "Atta- boy, Gary." But it was not to be. Palmer led alone after those two quick birdies, and he and Player later shared the lead. But Arnold missed the green on the eighth and bogeyed. then both he ad Player got into trouble off the tee on the ninth and bogeyed again. That opened the gates to the youngsters, both of whom were school children when Palmer won the masters in 1958 and Player took the British Open in 1959. Irwin played the front side in par whi|e Watson made eight consecutive pars before making a bogey on the ninth. But they were on the move. And Palmer and Player were struggling. Player dropped hack first, He bogeyed the 10th. then killed his chances with a bogey six on the 12th and a one-putt double bogey on the 14th. He drove into a bunker, just got it out. shanked his next, put his next in another bunker, blew it out to six feet and made the putt. Palmer was having his troubles, too. He got in bunkers, he got in the woods. He got in the nkle-deep rough, but, for the ext seven holes, somehow, he managed to save par. But he inished bogey-bogey and fell sack. Watson made his move start- ing on the 13th hole. He rolled a 25-30 footer for birdie :here, then followed with birdies on two of the toughest holes the golf course--the 16th and 17th. He split the fairway on both, threw his second--each one a long iron shot--to within about 10 feet of the flag and boldly stroked home the birdie putts. H made bogey on the last ole--but it could have been much, much worse. His second shot found the deep, clirigitfg rough to the right of the green. Oakland A's Power Past New York Yankees By 9-1 OAKLAND (AP) -- Joe Rudi lit a grand slam homer and Sal Bando cracked a three-run hot, powering the Oakland A's o a 9-1 victory over the New York Yankees S a t u r d a y . It was the second grand slam :f Rudi's career and carnc off ising pitcher George Medich in he third inniirg. After singles hy Dick Green inrl Bill North and a walk to !ando. Rurii hit (he first pilch o him over the left center field fence, putting Oakland ahead 4-1. In the fifth inning, singles hy Angel Mangual and Reggie fackson preceded the homer by Bando. The A's got Uvo more r u n s off relief pitcher Dick Woodson in the sixth inning. Gene Tenace walked and moved to second on an infield out and scored on a single by Green. Herb Washington ran for G:ecn and stole second, went to third on a throwing error by catcher Thurman Munson and scored on a single by North. Vida Blue, b-6, slopped the Yankees with the help of reliever John "Blue Moon" Oriom. Curtis Team Named PORTIICAWI., Wales (AP) -The British and Irish Curtis 'up golf team, which will play he United Stales in San Francisco Aug. 23, was announced Saturday. The team will be composed of ilary Evcrard, Carol I.c- ·"euvre, Ann Irvi, Jennifer Smith, Mary McKenua, Maureen Walker and Julia Greenhalgh. Powell's Shot Sinks White Sox BALTIMORE (AP) -- Boqg Powell belted H homo run in the Ilth inning Saturday night. In a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox behind the four hit pitching of Dave McNally. Powell's F i f t h homer of the season, off Wlnte Sox relief ace Cy Acosln, 2-2, was a two out shot into the left-field seats. After Chicago had taken a 3-1 lead on Ducky Bent's two-run homer in the eighth, the Oriole? came back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the ninth. Grin And Bear It Henry Aaron (44) *f (He Atlanta Braves trets dowi the first hate line watching the flight of hi* lllh hrvne run of tfcje MIMB Friday eveoinjc against the S4. L*wt Canttn- als. Bob Gihsin grits hi* teelh as he watches Ihe hall disappear over the leU fidd knee. (AP Wirepferto) [is chip came ou5 low, scooted Icar across the glass-slick puling surface and rolled into a aping bunker, But he came out to within bout n fool of the pin and sank he putt. Irwin. a two-time winner whose career has shown steady mprovement in his seven years )n the pro tour, held the lead at he turn, but ran into putting roubles for a while. He three- n Watson Hale Jnvin old Pa Imp: Frank Beard Bcrl Yancey " . Colbert rest Fczler ·y Player I,oi] Graham Ray FIuyiL Bud A I! in I;tle Douninss Tom Wciskopt Tom Kile John. Mahntfey Mi he Reasor J. C, Sneaci Rnhby Mile hell " 'wrl Crccn Lnnny War]kin* David Grn1i.ini Larry Kic^ler Bob E. Smith ry Heard ;iJ ilenz Jim Jnmfeson J o h n n y Miller KcrmH Znrlcy Jack Nteklau* Bruce Cr.impton RLk Miisscneale M a r k Hayes Jim M;is:,orio ry I l i n s o n Rot! F-'unsi'th Bob SLone Tom Ulozas Jack Rule, Jr .·e Mctnyk Chi Chi Rotlrisuei Jerry McGce Ho mem Rlnncos Don Ivcr.snn i Pace A l a n Tapis Jim Dent .n Jansoa Ron. Cerrudo rgo Kundsoji 73 71 fi9- 73-70.7]-- 21-1 73-70-73-213 77.fi3-T2-- 238 76-69-73--238 72-77-69 -- 21 75-70.7 1--239 70-711-77--220 71-7^,7-1--220 7271-7(3-221 76-71-71--231 77.72-72-22] 75.73-72 221 7J.70-77-- 22] 7 1-73-75-- 222 71-7G-7G-- J '222 76-71-76--223 77-73-73--^22 8I-B7-76-72I 7!u73-76-22! 73-75.76--221 736878 221 77-71-73_221 13-17-75-- 225 76.71-75--225 77-73-75- 7G 75 71--225 71_73-?a-- 22-i 7=1.74. 76--225 72-77-76-225 79.72-71 225 73-77-78-- 223 73-73-76--227 75-7676--226 7676-72--226 73.75.78--226 75-71-77--226 75-75-76-- 22fi 77-75-71 --226 7875.73-226 71-79-7375 75-77--227 72-72:78--227 77-71-79--227 71-77-76--227 77-71-77--238 76-73-73--2: 77-7'l-77-- 228 78-7.1.75--228 78.75-75--2: Colonels Wi// Seek ABA Rule Change LOUISVILLE. Ky. (AP) -- A spokesman for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association said Saturday '.hat permission will be sought to let players become Four Contests See 78 Runs In men's slow-pitch softball ictton this \vcek, Mr, Burger lownod Penney's 13-5. Jug's )airy Ala id tripped FayeLleville SI reel Department 7-3. Palace 3rug defeated University Bail- List Church 12-5 and Schlilz outsluggcd University Baptist 03. Hob Wilkitis was the winning iilcher for Mr. Burger and Bill Thornton the loser for Penney's, Sutcli Bartholomew clrovo in 'our runs and scored four for lie winners, and Chuck Maycs scored four. Russ Kelly plated AVO runners for Penney's. Arnold Blackburn got the decision for Jug's while Doug Williford took the loss for tlie Street Department. William [3 ryant homered and Ja tnes Logan drove in three runs for Jug's. Williford bad two RBIs "or tlic losers. Don Scott drove in four runs and Ted Kennedy and Lionel Shields scored Uvo each support of Palace winning pitcher Al Reeves. Ron Kile :iad two RBI's for University Baptist Church, for which Walter Cox absorbed the loss. David Sloan and C l i f f Powell of University Baptist. am T e r r e l l Ferguson. Wct/.cll Terry, R a n d y Ferguson aru: Jim Hawkins of Schlitz eac! scored three runs in their 33-riir contest, Loyd Kitand was the winner and Wayne Parker the loser. Dick Fuller drove in five runs for the Baptists and Wayne Fairish four for Schli'.z. roe agents before expiration of heir current contracts in cases vhere they indicate A desire to nove to another team. Dave Vance, Colonels' public ·elations director, said thai Tom iMcchnn, agent for Wilbcrt Jm;:.s of the Memphis Tarns, robably will make the request June 2 Oor 21, when the ABA Board of Trustees meets here. The Colonels are one of sev rnl teams in both the ABA and he National Backetball Associ .(.ion which reportedly are inter 'steel in Jones, a fi-foot-8 for i-nrd. Jones played out his op ion with the Tarns this season nnd Mcohan is said to feel that f Jones is not allowed to seek a lew contract u n t i l the full 12, months have expired, his ca r will be hurt. Median feels thai if (Jones) vails until October (when hi contract wit bthe Tarns ends) t's going to be detrimental to iis own interests. 1 ' said Vance 'Most training camps open in sarly September. "The rule needs scrutinizing when a player has played oul lis option with a team, anc loosn'l elect to renegotiate it al he end of a season, it suggest; ic wants to play elsewhere There should be a clause in the contract allowing such player; o become free agents al tha .inne." Jones averaged 13 points anc nine rebounds with the Tarns ast season and is con=udere in excellent defensive player. Vance said the Colonel's A T I 'very definitely interested 1 ' ii Tones, but because his contrac r u n s t i l ] October, "our hands arc tied." Slow-Pitch Softball MEN'S I.EACUE East W Lazenhy Frontier 8 Local 065 7 McDonald's 6 Br'er Fran's 6 Dennis Furnishings 5 Standard Register 4 Yamaha Cycle Inn 2 141SI Signal Corps 2 SKC Shcel .Metal 2 KPC 1 West Schlitz 7 .Mister Burger 5 Whit Chevy 5 Palace Drug 6 University Baptist 5 Georgetown 4 Si reel Department 4 Jug's Dairy Maid 3 J. C. Penney ] Polics Department 0 pulled three limes and appeared ready to vanish from Ihe list of the leaders. But Ihe steady young man, a one-time football slar at Colorado, rrghlcd himself quickly. He hirclied the I6th from 1015 feet, holed a 25-30 fool monster on the 17th and one-putted for par on the 18th to slay in position for Ihe most highly-prized titla in the world of golf. U.S. OPEN LEADER .. Tom Watson, 24 year old golf pro from Kansas City, reacts to a birdie putt on the ISth hole at Winged Foot Go!/ Club in Mamaroneck Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open BO!/ championship. Watson fired a 63 and took a tiao stroke lead over the field going into tomorrow's final round '' ' snii : : ;iiii/ill::':!!;! it: iii,:!!, -iiiiniag. 'Ki,r ^;iiii! ]:S!: : : ·; 'TJI,. ;B i r -iii^ · i: :: l!E | l | | Professional Baseball By The Associated Press American League East W L Pel. Boston 33 26 .559 Cleveland 30 28 .517 Detroit 30 29 .508 Baltimore 29 29 .500 New York 31 32 A92 West Oakland 33 26 .559 Texas 31 29 .517 Kansas City 30 29 .508 Milwaukee " 28 28 .500 Chicago 26 28 .'181 California 27 34 .443 Minnesota 24 32 .429 Results Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1 Detroit 11. Kansas City 9 Oakland 9. New York 1 Chicago at Baltimore Milwaukee at Texas Moston at California r.B Boys Baseball L I T T L E L K A G U K N a t i o n a l L e a g u e W T Cravens o Seven Up 4 Fire Department r Coca Cola -i Ciimpbcll-RcLl 3 F-'ay. Plumbing 1 3 Kr-lley Rrothers 1 3 Lewis Ford 0 -1 Mcllroy Bank 0 5 American league Dreer Abstract 5 0 Warner Cable 4 I NWA TIMES 3 2 Klks Club 3 2 Holsum Dread 2 3 McDonald's 2 3 Evening Lions 2 4 Kay, Javcecs 1 5 Red Ball Transfer 1 5 PEE WEK LKAGUK Rfbel League Purvis S. Goods fi 1 Lewis Brothers 5 1 N r oon Lions 3 3 Scquoyah Kiwanis 3 3 P-aston Company 2 3 J. C. Penney " 1 o SH Green Stamps I 5 Yankee League ITardcc s 5 0 Medical ArUs 2 1 First Federal 3 Loris SEanlon 2 N'W Candy ] Kxchange Clu.h 1 Moorc'a Chapel 0 N a t i o n a l League Kast W L Pel. OB Phi la phi a 32 28 .533 St. Louis 30 28 .517 1 Montreal 26 27 .491 2i Chicago 24 32 .420 6 Mew York 24 35 .407 7'/i Pittsburgh 22 34 .393 8 West Los Angeles 43 21) .683 -Cincinnati 34 24 .586 6H A t l a n t a 34 25 .567 714 Houston 32 31 .508 11 San Fran 31 33 .484 12V, San Diego 26 40 .394 1814 Results Houston 8. Chicago 7 New York 4. Los Angeles 1 Philadelphia at Cincinnati San Francisco at Pittsburgh St. Louis at A t l a n t a San Dtcgo at Montreal Marathon Winner WINDSOR. England (AP) -Japan's Akio Usami won tha a n n u a l Polytechnic marathon in 2 hours, 15 minutes Saturday. The Japanese runner built a 300-yard lead at the 11-mib m a r k and moved well clear with six miles left. Bcrnie Piimn of Wales was second in 2:18.32 and East Ocr- manv's Erhardt Lesse finished third in 2:13.44. White Voted Worthen Award LITTLE ROCK -- Paul White, the shot putter from P.ussdl- villc. has been named the Wort- hpn Athlete of the Month for May. The 270-pound White won the honor for his heave ot 65-10 and three-fourths feet al the Meet of Champs al Scott Field n Little flock. White's loss was y a high school participant. ever in collegiate history by a freshman. Larry Lawrence of Augusta finished third. Lawrence won the grueling slate High School Decathlon C h a m p i o n s h i p at Scott Field. With the victory. Law. rciice became the first black athlete to ever win the two day event. Of the nine nominees ior the May award, only two were it Sylvan Hills High School and Hilly Spears of ic longest in America t h l i vear non-track participants: Brcn! . , t^v. ,^«M ,,:'... Kook of Sylvan Hills Higr ±r^£^^ c gsr. s'^r^^s: ormcrly of Crossctl. [ !{o!k pilch( , d , h( , nrar |. , o , he \\hito, who h:is sigiiMl a n a t - [ s t a l e hi»h school hascbnll title mna! letter-of-mtont to atlpnd |and was named Most Valuable ,hc University of A r k a n s a s at 5 ] l a y e r in the tournament. Fayctteville. admitted a f t e r - 1 Spears won all three of Camden wards that his record-breaking jFairview's games in the tourna- :hrow brought much relief. W h i t e said he hnl been having trouble sleeping at night from worrying about' Ihe record. Runner-up to While in the Worlhen voting was Arkansas State University pole vaultcr Other nominees were Boh Gray. Arkansas Stale assistant track coach; Danny Hazchvood, State College of Arkansas discus and shot putt thrower; Alexander Jackson. University Earl Bell. Bell vaulted 15 f.-one- of Arkansas at Pine Bluff triple half feet in the Spring Sports .jump participant; and Lee Pal- r'cslival meet held at Jonesho- les. Pine Bluff High School high ro. Bell's vault was the highest'jumper.

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