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spoils UOFld DETROIT FRFE PRESSFRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 1985 2F McKenzie lands Seahawks office job locally Reggie McKenzie, an offensive guard for 13 years in the NFL before being released by the Seahawks in August, has been named Seattle's assistant director of marketing. "I would love to be a general manager," said McKenzie, a Detroit native who once played for Highland Park High and the University of Michigan. "I like to think of this as a first step." His new duties will include public relations. Mike McCormack, Seahawks general manager, said it was unusual to hire a staffer when the season was under way, but "we felt we couldn't wait to bring him aboard." Shlichter out: Mike Pagel will replace Art Schlichter at starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's game at Miami. Pagel moves into the starting spot because Schlichter's ailing left knee hurt in last Sunday's 45-3 loss at Pittsburgh has not healed enough roundup for him to practice. Coach Rod Dowhower said Schlichter will start the following week against Detroit no matter how well Pagel performs against Miami. Dickerson makes move: The ties that bind running back Eric Dickerson to the Los Angeles Rams have worn thin. In fact, they're frayed to the point that Dickerson claims he can't trust a club official. Dickerson, whose holdout has lasted 45 days, said at a press conference Wednesday that the Rams no longer must put an extension to his contract into writing for him to return. He would accept a verbal good-faith offer. Dickerson thinks that without a such an offer, Rams vice-president John Shaw would not negotiate. He has maintained that a broken promise by Shaw concerning a guaranteed exten sion of his contract has kept him from reporting to the Rams. "After what happened before, I don't trust John Shaw to negotiate," Dickerson said. "I could play the whole season without an extension. I would feel a lot better if the Rams provided a good-faith offer." Blackwood ends holdout: Safety Glenn Blackwood, the Miami Dolphins' defensive captain in 1984, agreed to contract terms with the team Thursday, ending a two-month holdout. Blackwood, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Texas, had started every regular-season game for the Dolphins for the past four years. In his six years with the club, he has 402 tackles and 18 interceptions. Coach Don Shula said he doesn't expect Blackwood, 28, to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts. Jury out on Springs: The jury began deliberating Thursday on the fate of former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs, whose pro football career is on hold because of charges that he assaulted a police officer in a topless bar. Following closing arguments, the state district court jury began deliberating. If convicted of the felony charge, Springs would face up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Prosecutor Knox Fitzpatrick, trying to knock down Springs' claim that he hit the officer accidentally, told the jury, "Come back and tell this man something he already knows, that he's guilty as sin of that offense." Jazz drop Paultz: The Utah Jazz will not invite center Billy Paultz back to training camp because the team is looking for younger players. At 37, Paultz is the second-oldest player in the NBA, after Los Angeles' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38. Compiled by Karen Tensa BASKETBALL: The Detroit Spirits have appointed Ken Phillips director of public relations. Phillips replaces Sue Anderson, who is moving to Lansing The Spirits will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce their new head coach for the 1985-86 season. COLLEGES: Western Michigan will hold a garage sale and flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 in and around Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo for the benefit of the Mike Gary Athletic Fund. The fund supports athletics at WMU. A $1 donation for each adult is asked. People wanting to make donations can contact Bill Doolittle, the fund's director, at (61 6) 383-0978, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Q Entering the 1985 season, which NFL team has the best overtime record? Taleen Wlsnlewskl, Mt. Clemens A The Denver Broncos. (6- 1-1- Today!. question: Who did the Atlanta Braves receive from' the , Milwaukee Brewers in the Hank Aaron trade? H.E. Hamalalnen, Southgate ' Wa pay $5 If your queation and answer ara published. Send to Side Beta, Sports, Detroit Free Presa, 321 W. Lalayette, Detroit, 48231. side bets Pinkett overcomes doubts with confidence NOTRE DAME, from Page 1F Heisman Trophy. IT IS HALFTIME of the Washington-Dallas Monday night NFL game, and Pinkett has been pulling for his hometown Redskins. He sits up. He laughs about the $5 bet he will lose on the game to Dallas native and teammate Tim Brown. Then he suddenly becomes pensive, and stares at the floor. "Hey man, I started lifting weights right then, in the eighth grade," he said. "I stuck with it. I was determined to play football and be successful at it. I had a lot to prove to other people. I had a lot to prove to myself. "First in high school. I was in an area that didn't receive a lot of recognition. Sterling is just a few miles from D.C., and I gained more yards than any back in the metropolitan area. I wasn't wanting recognition as a gift. I'd earned it. But nobody seemed to notice. And in my hometown, just about everybody doubted whether I should come here (Notre Dame). They thought I'd get lost in the shuffle at a school where running backs come a dime a dozen. Some of my friends said, 'Well, just maybe you can make the special teams.' " Pinkett achieved much more. He rushed for 532 yards and five touchdowns his first season, 1,394 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, 1,105 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He scored four touchdowns in a game twice; he rushed for a personal-best 217 yards against Penn State in 1983. Pinkett's quickness and durability he's started 24 straight games quickly became his trademarks. He has been compared to the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Dorsett, but describes his running style this way: "I don't fashion myself after anyone. I'm a quick, slashing-type runner. I'm a determined runner who loves to go for the first down on short yardage. I think I'm more quick than I am fast. I have the ability to find holes and break tackles. When guys try to hit me high, they do me a favor. I still work (out with weights) on the parts of my body that are hit most the chest, legs and trunk area so my arms are actually kind of small compared with the rest of me. I think I'm good right now, not great." OPPOSING PLAYERS and coaches, including Pittsburgh coach Foge Fazio and Southern Cal's Ted Tollner, think Pinkett is already great. Washington Redskins scouting director Kirk Mee, who has lived in Sterling the last 15 years and met Pinkett when he was in high school, offers this observation: "I was at Notre Dame a couple of years ago to see Greg Bell (now with the Buffalo Bills) and ended up watching Allen Pinkett just as much. You realized that Pinkett was just as good. He has outstanding-to-great quickness and acceleration. And on top of that, excellent speed. "That's the thing about him. A lot of quick guys like that will get you not three or four yards but eight and 10, which is great, but that's it. They can't break the long one. Pinkett's got that plus the speed those guys don't have. We know that he can run under 4.5 (seconds for 40 yards). We know he can return kickoffs. We know he's smart. ... On the tests our area scout gave, he came out way above average. "Last year was a plain lousy year for running backs, and that's why we traded for George Rogers rather than draft one. This year there are several potentially great ones. Though the press kits say Pinkett's 5-9, we know he is exactly 5-7 ft. That s his only negative. But you know small guys can play, and this kid is really put together. He's a somewhat of a local hero in Sterling." Especially so at the Pinkett home. Pinkett said his parents, both bus drivers, have made the 1 1-hour drive from Sterling to South Bend for 14 of his 15 home games. They will drive to Ann Arbor Saturday and have always offered him support when many others said he was too small. "They even came once to a fashion show I was in in the eighth grade, and that surprised me," he said, laughing. He credits them for much of his success. He grew up longing to play for Woody Hayes and Ohio State. "I just loved Woody," Pinkett said. But only North Carolina seriously recruited him. And then one day Notre Dame came to a Park View High practice to scout another player and found this scampering, powerful back they thought had tremendous potential. Five visits to North Carolina and one to Notre Dame was enough for Pinkett. "All it takes is one visit here," Pinkett said, "and this place will mesmerize you." This is a school that has tremendous impact on your future. Some students don't realize until they leave and come back how good and professional the people are. Notre Dame is a family that takes care of their own." Pinkett said Notre Dame prepared him well for his summer's work for the Motorola Co., where he was a lobbyist on the legislative staff. He calls last summer's work an important taste of what's to come. Just like his three years of Irish football, which have been frustrating. Notre Dame fans often have ridiculed and disclaimed coach Gerry Faust and his team. But Pinkett gains inspiration when he recalls last season when Notre Dame, for the third time in three seasons, suffered a three-game losing streak. "When we lost three straight again, we were lower than the ground," Pinkett said. "Coach Faust always found a ray of hope, was always optimistic. He is a such a sincere man. I try to be like him. "Everybody everywhere knows what's happening with Notre Dame football. It's awesome. We get the blues here and on the road. We had all the talent the last three years, but somewhere, there was always a faulty part of the machine. No doubt about it ... I want to leave here with good memories." He has seen positive signs. Fourteen starters and 42 of 59 let-termen return, and Pinkett thinks they realize that their season began in January. Back then, as always, Pinkett said Faust challenged his squad to begin tireless, voluntary prepartion in the weight room. This year about 98 per cent responded, he said, when only half did so in previous seasons. He thinks the January training went a long way toward unifying the team. On Monday, he had seen only one film of Michigan its 24-17 loss to Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl and pointed to a scouting report that was on his bed. He planned to study it later that night. "They look aggressive, fundamentally sound," Pinkett said. "I'm looking forward to playing against them in the Big House (101,701-seat Michigan Stadium). The key is to jump on them quick and take the crowd right out of the game. Notre Dame has had some of its best games in hostile situations like that, when its back was against the wall." ? And Pinkett has, too. SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE ALL DETROIT LIONS HOME GAMES SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE 2Vz HOURS PRIOR TO KICK-OFF ONLY $3 ROUND TRIP. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT SHUTTLE SITE. CATCH THE BUS IN FRONT OF THE PHOENIX PARKING STRUCTURE, DOWNTOWN PONTIAC, AT WATER AND SAQINAW STREETS COVERED, SECURED PARKING AVAILABLE ALL DAY AT PHOENIX CENTER FOR ONLY 50$ PER CAR. 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