Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 17, 1974, Page 31

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Dec. 17, It74 17 Devine Takes Over at Notre Dame If Red Peppers By Mike O'Brien GKKKN BAY, Wis. (Al1) 15an Devine, expected by al- most everyone to be walking the unemployment lines Tues- day, instead lias one of the most prestigious jobs in col- lege football. Devine resigned Monday after four stormy years as coach and general manager of the Bay Packers, just hours before the National Football League club had been expected to announce his fir- ing. Moments later Devine an- nounced he would succeed Ara I'arseghian as head coach al Notre Dame. The stunning developments began Sunday when Parscghi- an announced his resignation, saying he was exhausted after 11 seasons with the Fighting Irish in which he compiled a 94-17-4 record. The Packers finished their season the same day with a 10-3 loss to Atlanta, u three-game losing streak and a 0-8 record. Devine was expected to dis- cuss terms of his agreement with Notre Dame and how it was achieved at an II a.m. news conference Tuesday at the South Bend, Ind., school. Packer President Dominic Olcjniczuk, who announced Devine's resignation Monday afternoon, said the club's sev- en-member executive commit- tee, including himself, would meet Wednesday to discuss a successor. He mentioned no names, hut rumors centered on Bart Starr, the Packers' brilliant quarterback of the 1960s, and defensive coordinator Dave Banner, who has been with the learn 23 years as player and assistant coach. "Yes, 1 am interested in the said Starr, who lives in the Green Bay area. He said his interest is "an emotional thing, although I feel it's wrong to make a major deci- sion based strictly on emo- tion." Starr said "it would he un- fair to all parlies" to talk about whether he would seek to be both coach and general manager. llanner said he had not been contacted about the position, "and I've given very little thought to it. But 1 definitely have to say I'd he interested." lie said he was riot interest- ed in being general manager, "just coaching the football end of it" Devine, who will be 50 on Dec. 23, had a 120-40-8 record in 16 seasons as head coach at Arizona State university and the University of Missouri. Hired by Green Bay in Jan- uary, 1971, Devine's mission was to return the Packers to the glory they had experi- enced under the late Vince Lombard! in (he I9liOs, when they won an unparalleled five NI'Tj champinnsips. The Packers won a division title In 1972, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Washington Hedskins. De- vine compiled a four-year reg- ular season record of 25-27-4 while under constant and growing criticism. "While we won a division championship, we certainly did not accomplish what we had Devine told an- other news conference mo- ments after Olejnicxuk had spoken. "I'm not sure, given the circumstances, that any human being could have." "I have mixed emotions, but right now we want to re- member the many friends we have in this area and the great players we Duvine said. Ity Srhradvr LaSalle Holds the Top Spot In UPI A-2A Cage Voting DES MOINES (UPI) The two United Press International high school basketball polls showed little change among the top teams this week, al- though some new faces did ap-. pear in both lists. DCS Moines Lincoln again was a unanimous pick for the No. I spot in the Class 3A rat- ings, while Cedar Rapids La- Sallc maintained its hold on the top position in the 2A-1A list. No. 7 Des Moines Hoover, No. 8 Marshalltown and No. 9 Carroll Kucmper joined the 3A schools in the top 111, replac- ing Cedar Rapids Kennedy (sixth last Waterloo West, (ninth last week) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (10th last No. 9 Clinton St. Mary's and No. 10 Humboldt appeared in the small school ratings for the first time. They replaced La Porte City (10th last week) and Pella (sixth last Same Story It was the same old story this last week for Lincoln, which has yet to score less than 90 points in a game. The llailspliltcrs swept past West Wash Swimmers Tumble to Fourth By Steve Alispach Cedar Rapids Washington ranked fourth in Hie slate in swimming? Impossible. That's compar- able to an Iowa snowstorm in July. It just doesn't or hasn't happened before. Then SWIM, Inc., the paper that ranks Iowa's prep swim- mers and swim teams accord- ing to a time formula on a power scale gave the Warriors a fourth-place spol in Ihe lal- esl rankings released Tues- day. And a lie for fourth at that. The audacity of it all. "1 can't recall Washington ever not being rated number one on the Swim, Inc. rallng Wash coach Jim Voss Tuesday morning." Will the Warriors strangle- hold on 'he stale champion- ship, which has run 11 consec- ulive years, be broken? "The learn must rise lo the occasion, that's Voss, "but we've gol some outstand- ing swimmers and these guys are champions. "Remember, the ratings ar- en't the be-all-to-end-all in swimming, and the power rankings are based on dual meet competition only. Last year, Muscatine finished fourth in the state meet and won just one or two dual meets, so as far as championship-level competition is concerned we still feel we're contenders." The V.'arriors lost a dual meet to Des Moines Roosevelt and then were bealen by Omaha Weslside and Ames in Ihe Little Cyclone Invilation- al last Saturday. Those loses raised some eyebrows and Voss pointed out: "Westsidc is in Nebraska, so eliminate (hem, and thai slrong team has beaten the Swim Ratings 1. Artie-. J D M Rfioscvrll. 3 rt. Dodge .1. C.P. Wn-.h A. Mason City ft. D M. Hoover 7 Control. R n.M. Volley. V Clinton. 10. S.C, North, II CM. Kennedy. 13. C.R. Jell. 13 Conor Foil'. R omimwn IS DUD. Hemp. Newton. U. Duh. Sm IB. Mcir-ilKilltown, IV. hoont 70 ft i Warriors before, so that's no- thing earlh-shallering." "And Ames always treats their own meet with great im- portance. In fact, their kids shaved down (arm, leg, chest and head hair) for the compe- tition." Roosevelt was ranked sec- ond with 562 points behind Ames' 574, with Ft. Dodge third (560) and Wash and Ma- son City fourth (580) "Another misleading factor about the ratings is our belief lhal Mason Cily has Ihe best team we've added Voss, who moved over lo Wash from Jefferson three seasons ago. Washington lost several out- standing seniors, but the big- gest setback came before the season began when Dave Criles was forced lo give up Ihe sporl. Crites has a severe allergy problem and it involves chlor- ine. He was exposed to an ex- cessive amount of the stuff as a youngster and despile being unable lo stay in water for long periods of lime, finished second in Ihe state last year in Ihe backslrokc. "That hurt us very admits Voss, "because Dave would also have been a mem- ber of the relay teams and would have gone in the 200 IM." Consequently, Wash has re- lied on Phil Lenzen, Jeff Hen- ry and Tom Lucas for leader- ship. Lucas is top-rated in the backstroke, according to Ihe lalesl power poll, while Len- (Conlinued: Page 19, Col. 5.) Des Moines Dowling 99-58 and Ollumwa 91-67 lo push Iheir record lo 5-0. Iowa City West won its sixth straighl 52-39 over Dubuque Senior and remained in sec- ond place; while Sioux City North (5-0) moved up one spot to third after a 58-52 victory over crosslown rival West. Burlington (5-0) dropped from third to fourth, and Ma- son City (5-1) moved up three nolches lo fiflh after whipping Newton 79-65 and Waterloo East 64-46. Ames (4-1) moved up one spol lo sixth afler a 65- 52 victory over Waterloo Cen- tral. Hoover (7-0) moved into Ihe top 10 afler healing Des Moines Easl and Urbandalc, while No. 8 Marshalltown and No. 9 Keumper also began picking up slrenglh. Daven- port West (2-2) dropped from fourth lo a tie for ninth afler losing lo Rock Island, 111., 53- 49. LaSalle Gains LaSalle (6-0) is gaining slrenglh in the 2A-1A poll, picking up eight first place votes this week compared with five last week. LaSalle edged No. 5 Cedar Rapids Regis 81- 76 in overtime Tuesday, then whipped Linn-Mar 64-54. Forest City (5-0) picked up one first place vote and re- mained in Ihe No. 2 spot, while Orange City Unily Chrislian (6-0) gol Ihe oilier first place ballot and moved up one spot lo third place. Lit- tle Rock (6-0) climbed one notch to fourlh Ihis week. Re-pis (2-2) was Ihird lasl week bul also dropped a 62-54 decision to Cedar Rapids Washington, a 3A school. Class 3A 1. DM. Lincoln 2 Iowa Cltv (6-0. B8 3. 5.C. Norlh (5 0 t. Burllnoton (50) 63 5. Moson Cltv (51) 50 6. Ames (J-10) 45 8 Morsholltown (4 01 22 9. Tie Dov. West U 9. Carroll Kemper 13 Other teams recelvlna votes: Ankenv. Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Jelterson, Ce- dar Rapids Kennedy. Cedar Rapids Washington, Council Blutfs Lincoln, Du- buauc Wahlert, Fort ftrtodlson, Iowa Cilv West and Sioux Citv West. Class 2A 1. C.R. LoSalle 8 16-0......................97 1. Forest Cltv 1 3. O.C. Unity Christian 1 75 4. Little Rock 56 5. C.R. Regis (Ml..........................U 6. Cherokee 40 7. Iowa Falls (4-01 39 8. Knoxvllle 9. Clinton St. 10. Olher teams receiving voles: Allison- Bristow, Alto, Carroll, Colombos June- lion. Corning, Grundv Center, Hamburg, Iowa Cltv Rcglna, Iowa Mennonite. Ma- auoketa, Pella, Pella Christian, '.vllliams- burg and Woodward Granger. 512 481 Uil 344 329 216 IV5 185 185 SO tree t Amps, Kom smith SON. .11 9; IM tree: IW Johnson, yn. HID (fur r Johnson, 499; 500 trre: K. Huge. It. .Sfrrrr Oilnr Jfweler 22iT> .S.K. with C an a aU Parseghian's Problems The Al' story In yesterday's Gazelle wasn't altogether accurate about Notre Dame's Ara 1'arseghian. In speaking of his family problems, il said one of his daughters has multiple sclerosis and the other was married last September. The situation is far worse than lhal. Ara has served as national chairman of Ihe M.S. fund drive Ihis year. Undoubtedly you have seen him 'talking about the dread disease called "Ihe crippler of young in the excellent TV spots. Ara does a superb job. He is a good salesman and hb words come from his heart. You see, he has had a sister and a broth- er-in-law afflicted wilh M.S. It is true he also has a daughter wilh Ihe disease, but it is the same one who was married Sept. 7 Karan, a lovely young woman, 24 years old. We wrote a Gazette column about Ara's reaction to his daughter's wedding. It look place two days before Notre Dame's football opener, a national TV game at Georgia Tech. We talked wilh him the night before the game and found him still choked wilh emotion. UPI Telerjliolo is Happy Dan Devine gestured during a news conference Tues- day as he announced his resignation as coach of the Green Bay Packers and his plans to become head coach at the University of Notre Dame. Probe Recruiting PETERSBURG. Va. (AP) The National Collegiate Athlelic Association is looking into possible violations by Ihe University of Maryland in the recruiting of former Peters- burg high school baskctbakll star Moses Mulone, according to The Petersburg Progress- Index. Quoting what it termed a highly reliable source, the paper said Monday its source and other persons familiar with details of Maryland's ef- forts to sign Malune last spring were questioned here A Bride's Victory "It was the greatest emotial impact of my Parseghian told us, his dark eyes glistening. "We told Karan it would be easy for her lo come oul of a doorway near the altar or be seated right down in front so she wouldn't have to walk down the long aisle. Usually she is on crulchcs, you know. "But she insisted she wanted to try it in rehearsal, without even a cane. We didn't think she could do it. But she got through it in her rehearsal, and lhal seemed lo give her new zest and the confidence she needed for the actual ceremony." Parseghian said he took Karan down the aisle very slowly, bul they both enjoyed it, it gave them lime to acknowledge relatives and friends along the way. Everyone un- derstood. "1 was so awfully proud of her when she made he concluded, "and I gave her hand to the groom at the allur." That was the biggest thrill, mind you, for a man who among many other things coached Notre Dame to the national football championship the previous Dec. 31. It gives you a little insight into the person- al problems many of our public figures have that aren'l always apparent. We wish Ara last week by NCAA officials. In Kansas City, Bill Hunt of the enforcement division of Ihe NCAA declined comment on the report- H is standard NCAA policy not to confirm or deny sucli reports. After originally signing a granl-in-aid wilh Maryland June, Malone later signed a multi-year contract wilh the professional Utah Stars of the American Basketball Associa- tion. The paper quoted Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell as saying he knew of no investigation Parseghian a speedy return to the game of football he loves, as he has been an outstand- ing leader in it. Pass the Hash Where are (hose politicians when we really need them? Like when you need help scraping their bumper stickers off your car! Well, Ivor Stanley could have solved Ihis problem neatly last week, because his Lin- coln automobile was stolen from Ihe parking ramp near SUI hospilal and Ihe Iowa field- house while he was attending the lowa-ISU basketball game. Unfortunalely, he had just had Ihe bumper stickers (from his own stale senate campaign) scraped off at the garage two days earlier. The thieves must have been all-pro, as Ihey obviously used a key lo un- lock Ihe car and ignilion thai has a steering- wheel lock. We're enjoying the frustratiaon of the Chicago sports writers who try to pry infor- malion oul of Jim Finks, new general man- ager of Ihe Bears. So far as Ihe press is con- cerned, his name could be Jim Sphinx. He has kept absolutely mum on whether Abe Gibron will be back as head coach (he can't, can The only thing he has been quoted on is this: "Is Chicago ready for a winning Bear team? We're going to have a winner." Chicago writers keep guessing who will succeed Gibron, and the name of Jerry Burns, former Iowa coach and now offensive coordinator of the Vikings, is usually men- lioned. Insiders tell us Finks is very, very fond of Jerry and has a high regard for his skill, but doesn't plan to ask him lo be Ihe head coach. Nice honor for Bobby Elliott, Iowa foot- ball safely and son of Ihe Iowa athletic direc- tor Bump Elliolt: He had Ihe highest grade piiinl of any plnyer on (he Bic Ten's all-acad- emic team. Bob is averaging 3.76 in history. In these good old inflated times, the attention of Dave Fiscella, assistant coach at Wayne State, was caught by the item on a restaurant menu: "Special meat, bread, four vegtables, 60 cents." The budget for recruiting trips being lim- ited, Dave ordered it. The waitress brought him a hamburger with catsup, tomato, pickle and onion. Set NFL Playoff Times NEW YORK (AP) The National Conference champi- onship game' on Dec. 29 will begin at I p.m. EST, and the American Conference title- game the same day will begin at 4 p.m. EST, regardless of site or pairings, National Football League Commission- er Pete Rozelle said Monday. The winner of next Satur- day's game between St. Louis and Minnesota will host the NFC champion, to be decided in Sunday's Washington-Los Angeles same. The NFC championship will be national- ly televised by CBS. The AFC title game, to be telecast by NBC, will be be- tween the winners of Satur- day's Miami-Oakland game and Sunday's Buffalo-Pitts- burgh game. The AFC's "site priority" is West, Central. East. In other words, if Oakland wins, it will automatically host the AFC championship. If the Haiders lose and Pitts- burgh wins, Pittsburgh will be the host. And if both Oakland and Pittsburgh lose, Miami will be the host. The starting lime for Super Bowl IX on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Tulane Stadium in Now Orle- ans, is 3 p.m. EST, wilh NBC lelcvising Ihe game national- ly. The Pro Bowl, the all-star game between the AFC and NFC, is set for 9 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 20 in Miami, with ABC televising the game. Bears Fire Gibron CHICAGO (AP) Abe Gi- bron was fired loday as coach of Ihe Chicago Bears. No re- placemenl was named. Bears General Manager Jim Finks said lhal in addition lo Gibron, Ihe enlire Bears coaching slaff had been fired. Finks made Ihe announce- ment, saying, "Gibron will not be hack in 1975. I had a dis- cussion with Abe and I told him I fell in the best interests of the Bears a change had to be made." Finks, named general man- ager in full charge of the club Suns President Pleads Guilty LOS ANGELES (AP) Larry G. Hatfield, president of the Southern California Sun of the World Football League, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of submitting false documentation to a Nor- walk bank lo obtain a loan in 1973. U.S. District Court Judge Matt Byrne set sentencing for Jan. 13 for the 36-year-old Hat- field, who lives in Newport Beach. at the outset of this season, said he would begin a search for a replacement. "I had not spoken to any- body prior lo the dismissal of said Finks. "Hope- fully, we will have a new coach before the National Football League which is Jan. 28. "Meanwhile, the Bears will continue scouting for he said. "Abe has been a col- orful and enthusiastic footbll personality whose contribu- tions have added much lo the tradition of the Chicago Bears and lo the NFL as said Finks. "He is a true football career man and ail of us wish him well in his future endeav- ors." But lhat did not save Gibron's job as Ihe Bears slipped lo a 4-10 record in 1974. Keefe Dead CINCINNATI (AP) Jo- seph Keefe, an assislant train- er for the Cincinnati Bengals' football team, died Monday night after his car crashed in- to a ulility pole, authorities said. BOB ZIMMERMAN 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Holiday Special Hew 1975 Pinto Wagon The people's choice The Basic Little Economy car. 4 cylinder, 4 speed, white walls tires, radio luggage rack, bright red. No. 5444. Window Sticker at When you really need a car. 21 New 1975 Pintos for Immediate Delivery Good Used Cars S [rucks Are In Short Supply We Con Offer You The Highest Trade-in Allowance Now NEW and USED CAR SALES OFFICE OPEN TUES., THURS., AND FRI. Til 9 P.M. The Man Who Put SERVICE Back in the Car Business-BOB ZIMMERMAN FORD-ht Ave. E at 40th St. 364-0181 Share a moment this Holiday CANADIAN Imported from Canadrii Available ollt wrapped at no oxtrn cost. ;