Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 17, 1974 · Page 18
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18 · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., July 17, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS All The Same -- Razorback Red Porkers Are Color-Blind By HARRY KING Associated Press Writer The football players at the University of Arkansas are all one color--Razorback Red. "Black athletes are tired of being interviewed because they're black," said Frank Falks; a black assistant at Arkansas. "They just want to be known as Arkansas Razorback football players. If you're a player, you're a player. Color doesn't matter. That's the altitude we've taken toward anybody that comes on campus." Two of the UA's black varsity football players agree with Falks. Each contended in separate interviews that there are · no racial problems among the Razorbacks. "We've got some really hip guys," said Ivan Jordan, an All-Southwest Conference performer last year as a sophomore. "Our black athletes gel along so well with our white . athletes .... I haven't really had any thoughts on it. We've had no problems. That surprised me because as many recruiting. ! ·lacks as we had come in, 1 nought there might be a little problem but there hasn't been any." "We've got a lot of unity and ogetherness," said Rollen mith, a junior college transfer from Youngstown, Ohio. "I don't really think the guys see each other as black and white. I don't think there is a black slayer dissatisfied." GROANS FROM ALL Smilb, who will be a senior IP the fall, said there are "groans about the little things--room check, bed check--but they come from all Ihe players." Falks, who joined Ihe Arkansas staff in March, 19W after a stint at Kansas Slate, said: "There arc always one or two people who Iry to carry on old traditions and not change with the times. The secret here is that we have some great young men who are level-headed." Falks said the biggest problem in recruiting blacks has been persuading them to visit Ihe UA campus. He said many 1 remember the incident in 1957 when the 101st Airborne was called out to force integration of Litllo Rock Central High School. 'The stories they heard might have been true 25-30 years ago, but not now," Falks said. "They know Arkansas football tradition is great, but they are a little bit shy ... Once they see all the blacks walking around campus, t h e y change their mind toward the school." The questions from prospective black athletes are numerous. PROVIDE ANSWERS Smith, Jordan and Jon Richardson--the first black football player at the UA in 1969--are among those who supply the answers. Arkansas C o a c h Frank Broyles recently p r aised Richardson for his helpin the 1974 "They wanted to know how I was treated and how it was," Richardson said. "I kind of had to assure them of things. Bengal Vets Cross Picket Lines By The Associated Press ' The battle lines have been drawn. The date is July 27 .the site Canton, Ohio. · That is when the annual Hall . of Fame Game will be played between the St. Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, and that is when a major , confrontation will take place between the s t r i k i n g National Football - League Players Association and the club owners. Meanwhile, there were in. dications Tuesday from both sides that negotiations might be resumed later this week, and the first major rift in the striking NFLPA's facade appeared at the camp of the Cincinnati Bengals. The' NFL Management Council, bargaining agent for the 26 club owners, reaffirmed Tuesday that all exhibition games will be played--even if thai ; means lineups composed of rookies, free agents and the handful of veterans -who have . crossed picket lines. And Ihe first of those exhibition games is the Hall of Fame contest at Canton. The NFLPA has said that it would take steps to see that the exhibition games are not played until a settlement in the lispute is reached. That presumably means a picket line of veterans. The Canton game is the only one still scheduled for the opening week of exhibition play, iince the July 26 College All- Star Game has already been scratched. St. Louis. Coach Don Coryell said he would double up on drills to get his players ready for the exhibition game. But Buffalo star O.J. Simpson, who spent one day walking the NFLPA picket line, said he was going back to his home in California and will remain there until the strike is settled. Meanwhile, spokesmen for f e d e r a l mediator James Scearce and the two sides in dicated that they might soon -·eturn to Ihe bargaining table, lerhaps before the weekend. Both sides now are ready to sit down and discuss the is ;ues," Bill Curry, president o: the NFLPA, said. "I think we would be foolish if we couldn' sit down and work out an agreement." The NFLMC said Tuesda; that at least 77 veterans wer in camp in defiance of the pick et lines. By comparison, only 2 veterans were in camp on thi final day of the. 1970 NFLP; strike, according lo the man agement group. Many of th' veterans in camp, however, ar marginal players whose slatu is far from certain. One place where the strik appeared to be breaking dow was at the Cincinnati Bengal where the 30 players on ham including 13 veterans, vote unanimously Tuesday agains meeting with NFLPA official and it appeared that other Ben gals veterans were ready join the experienced players. Arkansas is now recruiting ualily ballplayers, black or hile. It's not a token any- lore. They want ballplayers ecause of (heir ability. Before, lacks couldn't identify with ie University. Now, with lacks playing, blacks in the :ate have somebody to talk bout. Blacks can now identify itli the biggest thing going on n the state--the, Razorbacks." "Jordan said that when a respective black athlete visits ie UA, he "wants to know 'bat it's all about." GREAT OPPORTUNITY "I tell [hem there's a great pporlunity for blacks at Aransas," he said. "That's all hey want to hear. They're eady to sign." "The players come up here nd say, 'What's the scoop,'" mitli said "I'm not the type to .e to another player . . . . 1 fell liem like it is .... I've been realed fair and everybody else .as." After Richardson's first year ,t Fayetteville, Ills major com- ilaint was the lack of social life or blacks. The situation has mproved. We actually had rouble out of blacks than we id whites," Jordan said. "They couldn't see why we "ame to Arkansas. Now, hey're beginning to accept us, lot only as a football player, jut as a person.". MORE INVOLVEMENT "Along with more black ath- .etes, there's more black students," Smith said. "They're (jetting involved, too. It seems like there's always a lot of ;hings to do ... a party to go ')." Broyles was asked about the Sliding Cards Fall By 12-7 To Hot Reds ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St; Louis Cardinals have fallen to third place, their lowest statioi in the National League East but Manager Red Schoendiens isn't panicking. "We got some runs change," the Cards' 10th season boss said after a 12- "pasting Tuesday night from the hot Cin cinnati Reds. "What iwe need now is a win," Schoendienst added. "We need to get the runs first and get out in front and stay there." After five innings, the slump ridden Cardinals snapped a scoreless innin their runs intc SWC schools increasing ecruilment of blacks. their "The Southwest Conference is now recruiting all of the best athletes in its area and, therefore, our football will improve through the years," he said. He was also asked why the SWC schools waited until recent years to recruit black players. "We're not looking backwarc at what has happened in the past . . . . we're looking forward to what we can do in the future," lie' said. string of 23 and packed three inings. Unfortunately, however, Cin cinnati already had detonated a seven-run charge in the first in ning and by then owned a 12-r lead. Reds lefthander Don Gullctt 11-fi, ran into late' trouble, bu his difficulties were mild com pared to those of Cards rooki righthander Bob Forscli, 1-2. The 24-year-old Forsch, re called two \veeks ago from Tul sa, faced nine batters and five of them delivered hits. Two Reds were also walker during Cincinnati's biggest in ning of the season, and Cesa Gcroni'mo capped the explosio with his second single. "He was hanging curve balls which happens," Schoendiens said in respect to Forsch, wh ;ave .way to John Curtis an hree other relievers. "It hap lens to the best of them, too.'" A 19-hit Cincinnati barrage ·jlso the Reds' most robust, i eluded three hits off the bat o GuUett, who was nonetheles dissatisfied with his pitching. "Everything was going goo until the fifth,'' said Gullet who worked on a no-hitter to 42-3 innings. "Then I starte getting behind gjys on pitche and I let my game get awa [rom me." Pedro Borbon pitched the f nal 21-3 innings for the Reds. Cincinnati will start 2l-yea old Tom Carroll 2-0, again the Cards' Bob Gibson, 5-9, the windup to a three-gam series tonight. Los Angeles Holds Commanding Lead But Reds Still Confident y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Los Angeles Dodgers old a commanding lead in the Jaiional League West pennant ace -- but the Cincinnati Reds old the psychological advau- age. That's Sparky Andersons pinion, anyway. "I'll be honest, I don't thinkl they'll ever stop thinking of us," Anderson said Tuesday night after his Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-7. "They want us so far back of them, it's pitiful." . Right now, the Reds are 614 ABA Signing Top Choices WED.,THURS.,FRI.,SAT. 10-SPEEU 26" RACER Rdfl. 79.97-4 Days HANDY BIKE ACCESSORIES 9" CHROME BUIBHOHN 67 77 Men's or Women's SWft levers, chrome tims, Iront-and-rear caliper hand brake. Racing type handlebar. 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The ABA, after a slow start n signing collegiate draft choices because of the latest merger negotiations which dissipated last month was to announce its biggest signing today -- Ail-American Marvin Barnes of Providence; The disclosure of Barnes' signing was to coincide with an- louncements after a meeting of ,he board of trustees that the Carolina franchise was being jure I) as ed from owner TedrJ Vluncbak by a wealthy New York group which would relocate the team in St. Louis, that A B A Commissioner Mikt Storen was leaving his post to become part owner and presi dent of the Memphis team am that a new commissioner hac been picked to succeed him. · Barnes, a muscular G-foot-8, 213-pounder, reportedly hai agreed to a six-year, S2.5 mil lion contract with the new St Louis team, which would play its games in the 18,000-seat St Louis Arena. His signing follows those Bobby Jones of the University of North Carolina and Jan vai Breda Kolff of Vandcrbilt will the Denver Rockets, Len El more of the University of Van derbilt and Bruce King of Pan American with the Indian 'acers, Roscoe Pondexter of Long Beach State with the Vir ;inig and Bill Knight of Pitt, a it Louisiana State University vith the San Antonio Spurs. Barnes, Jones and Elmore al vere NBA first-round drafi ticks, van Breda Kolff was i econd-round choice, and Kint jnd Pondexter were third-roum elections. All were highly cov eted. There were reports that Dar ·ell Elston o f . t h e University o ^Jorth Carolina, a third-round NBA pick, would sign with Vir »inia and Bill V%!-N' OF Pitt, ! Jo. 2 NBA choice, would a o play for Indiana. Also, the St. Louis team re portedly has offered velerar toward, Billy Cunningham five-year, no-cut contract to $2.5 million, and was expecte to announce his signing short The signings of both Barne and Cunningham would b serious jolts to the NBA' Philadelphia 76ers. Barnes wa the 7Cers' top draft choice, an Cunningham played wtih Phil; delphia for seven seasons t fore jumping to Carolina : 1972. The VGers had announce recently that they expecte Cunningham would be bac with them next season. They also had hoped to Ian George McGinnis, who playe out the option year on his con tract with Indiana last seaso but the Pacers reportedly hav outbid the 76crs for his servic and are expected to announi his signing shortly. dines behind the Dodgers be- ause Los Angeles 16st an 8-7 ecision to'Ihe'Montreal Expos uesday night. Anderson re- embers when his team was OVi games behind not too long S "if ve start scoring runs, like ve said, .we've got. a shot, at " Anderson said. We had ic streak not too long ago hen we hit .210 for 28 games." The Dodgers' latest loss was icir fourth in five games and leir lead is now their smallest nee June 29. In the other National League ames, the Pittsburgh Pirates eat the Houston Astros ti-ki; he Chicago Cubs .tripped the 'hiladelphia Phillies 5-4 and he San Francisco Giants outed the New York Mets 9-4. EXPOS 8, DODGERS 7 Willie Davis' fifth hit tied the ame in the ninth inning and en Singleton produced the game-winner with a sacrifice y, giving Montreal a wild vic- jry over Los Angeles. Davis singled home pinch unner Boots Day and sent Lary Lintz to third base. Singleton hen drove a sacrifice fly off eliever Charlie Hough for the lame-winner. PIRATES 6, ASTROS 2 Jim Hooker scattered eight lits -and Ed Kirkpalrick drove n a pair of runs with a bases- oaded single to key Pilts- mrgh's victory over Houston. 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