Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 5, 1974, Page 26

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February 05, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Monday Was 'Hardware Night' for Several Top Athletes —i UPI and AP Wireohotos. Banquets honoring several famous    athletes were held in various cities across the U. S. Monday night, and here are some    of the awards winners. From left:    Pro jockey    Mary Bacon, pro football star O. J. Simpson, Penn State halfback John Cappelletti and pro hockey player Bobby Clarke, and UCLA basketball star Bill Walton. Mrs. Bacon received tho Courageous Athlete    award in Philadelphia for coming    back from    a series of track accidents in which    she suffered a broken back, a crushed pelvis and a broken collarbone. Simpson received    the Hickock award in New York Monday and the Steuben Glass award Monday night in Buffalo, both for being voted the top pro athlete of 1973. Cappelletti and    Clarke got the amateur and pro awards in Philadelphia. Walton showed up in faded    blue jeans and rumpled shirt to get the Sullivan award in Los Angelos as the nation's    outstanding amateur athlete. Red Peppers Ilf/ Huh Svhradvr Daylight in LA. —The Energy Crunch may have solved one problem for Iowa’s athletic department, but it could have created another. The U. of Southern California announces it will play no night football games at home next fall. Iowa is scheduled to meet USC in Los Angeles Oct. 5, and in the past these games have been played at night. Bus Graham, assistant athletic director at Iowa, tells us the Iowa-USC game originally was scheduled at night but has been changed to an afternoon contest. Last year Iowa played UCLA on a Saturday night in L.A. and lost 55-18. Frank Lautcrbur, then Iowa head coach, said he wished the squad had waited until Saturday to fly to the Coast and returned immediately after the game instead of waiting until Sunday. Frank disliked the long hours in hotel rooms Friday and all day Saturday. This makes players go stale. Then there’s the jet lag. Ralph Miller used to say—when he coached basketball at Iowa— that he believed it took a day for each time zone traveled for an athlete to recover completely from the wear of jet travel. Lauterbur also was irked at getting home Sunday night, which shortened the preparation for the next game by nearly 24 hours. Well, we doubt USC would let Iowa wait until Saturday to fly to L. A. for a Saturday night game. Air travel is pretty uncertain sometimes and no promoter—pro or amateur—would like refunding those $7 tickets if one of the competing teams couldn’t show in time for the kickoff. It also seems a shame to fly a football squad to such a famous spa as L A. and not let the players at least see a little of the town. California Heat So a Saturday afternoon game will shorten the waiting time in Death Row for the Hawks before they march into the L.A. coliseum gas chamber to face USC next Oct. 5. Gas chamber? Well, it may seem like that, and not just because the Trojans figure to be grim executioners again next season. If you’ve ever been in L A. that time of year you’ll know it can get awfully hot, especially on the floor of the coliseum. The dreaded Santana winds blow in from the Southwest, bringing dragon's-breath temperatures. That is one of the times when the main occupation of Los Angeles county residents is fighting brush fires to save their homes. A couple of months later they watch them slide down a hillside in the rain. So Bob Commings, Iowa’s new head coach, may be happy to learn his team won’t be bored to death Oct. 5; they will be sauteed instead. But at least Bob will know that is the end of the much dreaded four-game Death March. Iowa opens the 1974 season playing at Michigan, UCLA, Penn State and at Southern California- After that nothing remains but seven straight Big Ten opponents. And the postseason victor banquet. Pass the Hash Accepts Sullivan Award in Sandals and Blue Jeans Walton Praises John Wooden —Here’s another bullpen-origin story: Bob Hughes of The Gazette scz he heard the name began many years ago, when the game was young, in a park that abutted a stockyard. The area where the sub pitchers warmed up looked—and had the aroma—of the bullpen next door. Those were the days, Bunky, when a player slid into what he hoped was second base. —Glad to see Jerry Rosenberger back on his feet—literally. Jerry is at his customary post in the Y Health club after missing about two months with a disorder of the feet. —Quoting Dwayne Netland in the Mpls Trib: “The Vikings had scouted thoroughly and have a pretty sound idea of what they picked. They felt the only selection who did not play up to his potential in 1973 is Matt Blair, linebacker from Iowa State who was taken on the third round. They are hoping Blair, 6-412 and 233, looks better in camp than he did cr. the collegiate fields last fall.’’ We might add, in Blair’s behalf, he was coming back from two bad knee injuries and operations the last two years. —Quoting Jake LaMotta, former middleweight champion: “What is needed to bring boxing back to popularity? A depression. Then guys will need jobs and a good, quick buck. Right now, athletes don’t need to be banged in the face to make money. And if I had to do it today? I’d be a golfer. It’s a beautiful life.’’ A depression, huh? We hope Nixon and congress don’t go that far to resurrect boxing! —Big Ten basketball coaches arc griping about the use of three officials, some claiming three men actually do a worse job than two. We don’t pay a great deal of heed to such gripes, as the pendulum swings back and forth and coaches often will complain about something they were campaigning for a year or two earlier. But now we notice the NBA coaches are beginning to say what many college coaches were voicing several years ago: The game is too last for two men, so maybe we need three officials. Give ’em a couple of seasons and they’ll be saying three blind mice are worse than two. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Walton looked at the nude statuette symbolic of the James E. Sullivan Award and commented, “I don’t know what coach would say about his form.” The 6-foot ll All-American star of the defending champion UCLA Bruin basketball team had just been announced as winner of the award Monday as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete, the second basketball player so honored in 44 years. Trouble Alone “I’m not just receiving it for myself,” he said. “We all understand the media tends to point out individuals. I happen to be 6-11 and red-haired so I’m the one that’s picked out. “I’d be in real trouble out' there alone.” President David Rivenes of the Amateur Athletic Union, announced the outcome of the 1973 vote. Noting Bill Bradley of Princeton was the only other basketball player to win the Sullivan Award compared to 28 track and field athletes. But Rivenes added: “I don’t believe we have had a greater athlete or finer gentleman win it than the winner this year.” Walton came to the news conference from a date with the doctor who gives him shots to combat an allergy to bee stings. He wore blue jeans and sandals, answered questions frankly and gave full credit to Athletic Director J. D. Morgan, Coe Wallops Grinnell, Sub Knutson Sparkles Specie! to The Gazette GRINNELL — Reserve Bob Knutson popped in ll points in the first half to spark Coe col-I e g c ’ s high-flying basketball team to a 110-79 romp over Grinnell here Monday night. The victory moved the Kohawks (7-0) a half-game ahead of Monmouth (6-0) in the Midwest conference standings, but that advantage will be virtually meaningless if the Scots can beat Coe Friday night. The two remaining undefeated league cage squads will clash at Monmouth Friday in their one-and-only showdown of the season. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Although the Kohawks pulled away from the Pioneers relatively easily in the second half, things were not quite so rosy for the defending league champions in the initial stanza. The Grinnellians, even though operating without top point-get-ter Bill Bailey, stayed within two-to-three points of the Kohawks much of the first half and knotted the score at 20-20. But then Knutson took over and — when the smoke finally cleared for intermission — the gangly senior front-liner had ll points and Coe had a 48-40 lead. Ed McFalls and Garland Smith, Coe's regular 1-2 scoring punch, took over in the second half and the Kohawks were off and rolling to their fourth over-100 victory of the season. McFalls topped the Coe scorers with 18 points, while Smith had 16, Knutson 15, Fran Rohlman ll and Don Stevenson IO. The Pioneers put four players in double figures as Dennis Moss led the pack with 27, Rick Williams had 18, Paul Delaney 16 and Chip Hall IO. Bailey, the conference’s leading scorer who scored 22 points for the Pioneers last Friday against Coe, did not suit up for the game. Co« (110)    Grinnell    (79) IM    FO Ft TF ♦ 9 12 77 Coach John Wooden and hisj teammates. “Without Coach Wooden I don’t think any of us would be assembled today,” the :tar from San Diego commented. He took slight issue with the / AU president when he said, “Some of the things he’s saying are questions to debate, especially when you’re 21 and just starting to play.” Wottle Second Walton edged runner Dave Wottle by 46 points, 1.902 to 1,-856, with record-holding hurdler Rod Milburn third at 1.120. Following in order were Melissa!) Belote, swimmer, 761; Lloyd Keaser, wrestler, 581; Teresa Anderson, swimmer, 460; Jeff Bennett, decathlon, 444; Phil Boggs, diver, 388; David Thompson, basketball, 379; and Patty Johnson, track, 338. Ch the question of next season, Walton said, “I don’t think next year 1 11 be getting any amateur awards. I probably won t get any awards. I like to play basketball and I want to continue what I like to do.” Sports Slate TUESDAY Gym: Jefferson at Washington,!, gif Is. BB; Regis at Prairie. BB; Prairie at Shellsburg.girls. BB; Oelwein at Mariomqirls. Wr.: Marion at Linn Mar. S»w.: Wash at Jeff, 7:30. WEDNESDAY Wr.: Belle Plaine at LaSalle. Wr.: Cornell at Coe. BB. Mf. Mercy at Muscatine, girts. He’ll get a million-dollar con-; tract as a professional after graduating. He was asked if money or the place he will play was the bigger factor in his decision. “Place is a bigger factor than money,” he replied. “This isn’t too bad a day for February.’’ The temperature was in the high 70s at the UCLA campus. Morgan Slops Athletic Director Morgan stepped in to halt further questions on Walton’s hopes for the future and Wooden added, “I think it’s unfair to ask questions about things over which he has no control, such as the (pro basketball) draft.” Asked if he thought his star would do well as a professional, Wooden replied, “There is no question in my mind that physically. emotionally and mentally he can play pro basketball for as many years as he chooses.” And on the amateur award, Wooden said, “I saw him turn down a professional offer (last year) which would mean in a number of years several million dollars.” On ability, “In maneuverability and timing in basketball he is the most amazing person I have ever seen.” W’alton, asked if he were trying to prove anything, answered, “I don’t try to prove myself to anybody and I don’t try to please anybody.“When I meet people for the first time, they sopm surprised I’m like I am. It gives me an idea they have a created image that really wasn’t me.” Walton was glad to get the Sullivan Award but said it wasn’t a milestone for him. “Milestones are those things you set out to do and then accomplish. I didn’t set out to win the Sullivan Award. The AAU saw it appropriate to honor the team and myself.” Throughout his interview the big star reiterated that it was the team, No. I in the nation during his career and for several years before it, that actually was being honored. BB THURSDAY Linn Mar at Wa»h,girls. Gym: Jeff, Prairie at Linn Mar, 7:30. girls. Gym:    Kennedy    at Marion,/ 30.qms. Wr.: Williamsburg at Prairie. FRIDAY BB: Wash at Northeast,girls. BB: Kennedy at W Dubuque.girts. BB: Jeff at Kennedy, BB: iowa City at Wash. Wr.: Kennedy at Muscat!ne.noon. Sw : Valley sophs at Dubuque,/. BB: Linn Mar at LaSalle BB: Prairie at Beekman. BB: Maquoketa at Marion. Wr.: Marion at Anamosa BB: Kirkwood at Marshalltown BB: Coe at Monmouth. Wr. : Jeff at Clinton. McFalls Rohlman Cooper Smith .. Ullrick Knutson Andresen Ernst Kiley .. Ottoson Stevenson Van Every I Fq Ft Tp 8 2-4 ll Moss S 1-2 ll Williams I 4-S 4 Delaney I 2-4 U Hall ..... ■ 00 ■ Casey 1-1 IS Johnson 3-4 9 Younq 0-2    *    Zippe 3-4 7 Blanchard 2 2 2 Faust 2 2 IO Drayman g-0 2 Kellar Wopat ,.. * 0 2 ll 7 2 3 ti S 13 10 I 12 3 0 OO ll I 1-1 0 OO 0 OO 0 041 0 OO 0 OO Totals 45 20 30 110 Totals 32 15 25 79 H sit: Coe 41, Grinnell 40 Team Fouls: Coe 23; Grinnell 27. Fouitd Out: Moss. SATURDAY BB: Jeff at Norway.qirls BU Fairfield at Kennedy oirls Gym: Wash af Prairie,/ 30 girls. BB: Monticello at Marion,girls. Wr.: Oelwein at LaSalle BB: Kirkwood al Waldorf. Sw.: Cornell St.Ola! at Coe Sw.: Cedar Rapids at Dubuque. Wr.: I C West at Wash Sw : Valiev Sophs ct Dubuque,noon. Gym: Bettendorf at Wash I p rn Gym: Linn Mar at Iowa City.qirls. Fight Results NEW YORK — Angel Oquendo, 1/6, New York, and Tom "The Bomb ’ Bethea. 172, New York, drew, IO. MINNEAPOLIS Rodney Bobick, 275, flowlus, Mmn, outpointed Daniel Lee 230, Louisville, IO Ryan Gets ALVIN, Texas (AH) - Nolan Ryan, who uses this Southeast Texas community as an off-season hunting base, hits bagged the highest salary ever paid to a California Angels pitcher. He signed his 1974 contract with the Angels Monday for ani estimated $100,000 But Ryan says he’s taking aim at even bigger game. Ryan stipulated a one-year contract because he thinks there are mon* phenomenal seasons in his sturdy pitching arm and he doesn’t want to tx* fenced out of higher dividends by a multi-year contract. “I don’t think I’m at the point where I’ve reached my earning potential,’’ Ryan said in a telephone interview. “I might hinder my earning poten-tial if I got tied into a multiyear contract. “But I was quite pleased about it. We had no trouble coming to terms. I thought they were very fair with me.” Chalet Ltd. 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