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   Delta Democrat-Times (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Greenville, Mississippi                               Hot recruiting battle for McHan in '49 By MITCH AU1FF DD-T Sports Kdilor In the fall of a tiny city jusl over the Mississippi River from Greenville was Hie scene of "one of the hottest recruiting battles in years." A 6-0, 180-pound triple-threat Lake Village, (Ark.) prep football player had college scouts in a frenzy. Four years later (December that same player, who had just finished his final season with the University Oi Arkansas Razorbacks, was runnerup to Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner for the coveted Heisman Trophy. And a month later (January that same player was the No. 1 pick in the National Football League Player Draft. In August '54, he played against the! Detroit Lions in the College All-Star Game in Chicago. He then played 10 years in the NFL with four different old Chicago Cardinals the Green Bay Packers the Baltimore Colts (2) and the San Francisco 49ers Tonight in Little Rock, that same enough, will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Ceremonies, set for the Convention Center at the Camelol Inn, begin with a banquet at to be followed by the induction of five Arkansas greats at 8. The 42-year-old McHan, who recently completed his first season as the New Orleans Saints' quarterback coach, was contacted by the DD-T (concerning his upcoming honor) earlier this week at his New Orleans home. McHan, who made Greenville his part-time home (alternating with Lake Village) from January 19G4 lo July '69, said: "As you can imagine, it is real nice to receive an honor like this. .To IA clubs capture openers Academy's lads and lassies and the unbeaten Oarksdale Lee boys blasted their opponents here Thursday night in opening round action in the fourth annual Indianola Academy Colonel Classic. Coach Buddy Walden saw his host Colonels pump in 30 first period points, before coasting to an 8W9 victory over the Marshall Academy Patriots. Walden's Colonelettes had it tough in the first half, but caught fire in the second to bounce Marshall, 52-35 in the only girls' game. In the first match of the night, the Lee Colts upped their record to 14-0 by scoring a decisive 72-53 win over Delta Academy of Marks. The four semifinal contests are carded for today and tonight: Academy girls vs. Clarksdale Lee; both had opening round byes. fi p.m. Columbia boys vs. Clarksdale Lee; Columbia had an opening round bye. girls vs. Indianola; Delta had an opening round bye. 9 Barthe Academy of New Orleans boys vs. Indianola; Sam Barthe had an opening round bye. The finals are carded for Saturday at 7 p.m. (girls) and p.m. Ten-player all-tourney teams (boys and girls) will be named following the Tina I contest. The Colonels' cat-quick 6-2b senior guard Mike Sibley got his team off to the hot start. Sibley personally accounted for 14 of lA's 30 first period points. Danny Nobile, a 5-11 guard, chipped in witii eight to help Indy to the 30-16 first quarter lead. The Colonels cooled off in the second period, but held a 44-28 advantage at the break. At one point in the second, the Colonels held a 40-18 lead over the Patriots, but the visitors ran in 10 straight points to close the gap lo 12 (at Sibley with eight points and Jim Lear with six, put the Colonels out front by 24 points early in the third, and midway of the period, Walden started substituting freely. At the end of the period, the Colonels held a commanding 68-38 lead and Walden played reserves the entire fourth. Sibley finished with 28 points, Nobile ended with 16 and with 10. Sub Gil Worley added six points, all in the fourth period. Ben Evans, a stockily-built 5-8 guard, paced the Patiots with 18 points. Teammate Tim Fleming added 12. For the game, the Colonels connected on 43 of 78 field goals (22 of 36 in the first half) and failed to hit a free throw in three attempts. Indy outrebounded the Pats 59-34 with Bubba HoUoway leading the way with 10, followed by Lee Stratum's nine, Tom Wright's seven and Sibley's six. Deselected. "I really don't know too much about it (qualifications to make the said the modest McHan. "I think you have to be 40 (years old) or more." According to the Arkansas Gazette, an athlete or former athlete must be 40 or more or must have been retired 10 years or more. "1 am thankful for my he said, "and thankful I have done as well as 1 have. I enjoyed it very much and it was good that 1 was able to do something I enjoyed. It's not too often you are able to do things rewarding that you enjoy." McHan went on to say that he was satisfied with his athletic career, but added that he feels that he "could have done even better. Everyone feels that way, I guess." McHan was the starting quarterback all five of his seasons (1954-58) with the Cardinals. He said he thinks that the '56 season, his third with the Cardinals, was probably his best in the pros. "I think I threw about 17 touchdown passes that he said, adding that NFL teams played only 12 games back then. "We got second place money (in the Eastern Division) that year." After spending two more seasons uith the Cardinals, the late coaching immortal Vince Lombard! sought and successfully secured McHan's services on his arrival at Green Bay. The Packers won the NFL Western Division title McHan and Lombardi's second year (1960) in Green Bay. The Pack lost the championship game 17-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eastern Division winners...But McHan look home a big check. "I alternated with Bart (Starr) at Green Bay for two said McHan. "Then I got traded to Lamar McHan Special Baltimore and backed up Johnny U. McHan narrowly missed the biggest purse, for the Packers captured the NFL title the year after he was dealt away. McHan played two complete seasons with the Colts and a small portion of another. He was traded away to San Francisco following Baltimore's second game of the 1963 season. The 49ers bargained for him after their No. 1 quarterback, John Brodie, was injured. He finished out the '63 campaign as starting quarterback. "I hung it up after said McHan. "I could have played some more, but I had my 10 years in and 1 was pleased." During McHan's three college varsity campaigns, the Hazorbacks finished 5-5 his sophomore year in 1951, 2-9 his junior season and 3-7 his senior campaign for an overall 10-20 record (during his But yet, coaches and sportswriters voted him in as first team All-Southwest Conference all three years (only three other Razorbacks have ever been so As a senior he made Associated Press All-America. He played in the '53 Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala.; he passed uo the Senior Bowl (where you turn pro) to play baseball. He was the recipient of the SWC Sportsmanship Award his senior season, and was the winner of the Crip Hall Award (outstanding homecoming performance by a Razorback) both his sophomore and senior campaigns. McHan's name is dotted throughout the 1974 Arkansas Press Guide, but making mention of "every accomplishment would take up three full columns of space. Below is an article on many of his achievements. What's so amazing to many is he ran up big yardage totals on losing teams. What could he have done on a talent-laden team? McHan's prepcoach, Lamar Dingier, told the Arkansas Gazette that "everywhere Lamar (McHan) went he was a victim of circumstance. .He was there too early or too late." McHan arrived at Arkansas when it was rebuilding under a new coach, Otis Douglas. Although having played tailback in the single wing formation as a prepster, McHan was converted into a T-formation quarterback. He started on the freshman team though, and continued at starting quarterback his sophomore and junior varsity years. However, another coaching change took place prior to his senior year. The late Bowden Wyatt moved in as head coach and installed the single wing. Thus, Lamar was back home at tailback his senior season. "The right situation eluded him from Fayetteville Dingier told the Arkansas paper. "He always played for teams that were desperate and that Staff photo by David Robinson Sibley charges downcourt, leaving a pair of Patriots Marshall was 22 of 71 from the floor (most hits coming from outside) and five of 14 from the stripe. "We hit real good in the first said Walden. "We started substituting freely in the third period. "iiur defense uusn't outstanding." he continued, "but it was fair until 1 took the first team out." Walden praised Sibley for a "good job moving to Hie basket" and Nobile for continued good play since mid-December. "Nobody else has given Sibley a said Walden. "They had their zone spread out and he got through." Indianola is now 13-4, Marshall is 11-5. The Indy lassies held a 14-9 lead after one period, but led by only two points, 19-17, at the break. Brenda Belk, a 5-4 junior, got hot for the Colonelettes in the third, scoring 10 points to put her team out front at 34-26 with one quarter left to play. In the final period, Debbie Stricklin was the spark with six points as Indy, now 9-1, went on to win it by 17 points. Miss Stricklin, a 5-8 junior, was the Belles' leading scorer with 21 points, followed by Miss Belk's 14 and Diane Paxton's eight. High for the Marshall girls were Janice Hughes with 11, Pattie McAJexander with eight and Alice Buchanan with seven. IA hit on 20 of 51 floor shots and 12 of 20 from the line, while Marshall was 14 of 36 from the field and seven of 16 from the stripe. Indy pulled down 41 rebounds, with Pam DuVall and Miss Paxton both grabbing down nine, Miss Belk and Janet Bradley five each and Lisa Rice four. Miss Belk had seven steals and Miss Rice four assists. The Colonelettes had 16 turnovers. "We're said Walden about his girls. "Offensively, we did a good job and all-in-all we had a good game. "I'm happy with Stricklin and Belk's he continued. "For us to win Stricklin has to score some points. That was Belk's second good game and Rice is doing a good job on defense." The Lee boys led Delta 22-10 at the quarter, 32-25 at halftime and 54-35 at tie three-quarter point. Scoring high for the winners were Bill Wilson Hank Garrett Steve Garrett (12) and Chuck Rutledge High for Delta (now 13.-4) were Robert Daniels and Bob Schiele with 16 each. Delta hit on one of four free throws and Lee on 10 of 18. nobody could have done anything with. "He was an ideal 100 continued Dingier who had McHan running his offense for four seasons at Lakeside High. "He was the kind you'd still reach back and get if you had your choice. McHan was a great athlete. .He could run inside like a fullback, outside like a halfback, he could pass and was a great kicker." great kicker." Dingier said that his Lakeside Beavers won the state "B" championship McHan's junior and senior years "and lost only to Greenville each that was a high classification team in Mississippi." Even though Greenville usually pushed the smaller Beavers around, McHan always put on a great performance, according to one Greenvillian. "He was a one-man told another who said he saw the Greenville-Lake Village game in 1949. "Everybody wanted him" said Dingier. "The whole Southeastern Conference camped out around Lake Village. It was one of the hottest recruiting battles in years." Dingier said that McHan's choice in the SEC was LSU. McHan said he "signed something with LSU." In snaring McHan, the Razorbacks also got a top baseballer. He started all three seasons on the diamond, playing either in the outfield or at first base. Since retiring from football as a player, McHan taught school at Greenville High two years, was in business in Greenville, farmed in Arkansas and coached at two colleges (two years at Northern Arizona University as an John Symank who was a teammate of his at Green Bay, and three years at the University of Texas at Arlington under Symank was hired (as an assistant) following UTA's '73 season by the New York Giants, and McHan also returned to the pros, as a coach, of course, with the Saints. At Greenville High, McHan taught during the 1964-65 year, but did not coach. During spring football practice in 1965, on his own, he helped coach the team quarterbacks. Before the '65 football season, he was hired as the Hornets' backfield coach. He was also head baseball coach tin 1966) and guided the GHS baseballers to the North Mississippi playoffs by winning the District III-AA title. McHan left the job after one year to devote more time to the Greenville Optical Co., a business left to his wife, the former Barbara Lowe, by her deceased parents. McHan also did a little farming on the side out from Lake Village. Then in '69, he got the call from his old teammate (Symank) and headed west. McHan quickly recruited a former Greenville Hornet, linebacker Larry Cox, for the NAU Lumberjack team. Cox had already played one season at Mississippi College and another at Mississippi Delta Junior College. Cox told the DD-T that McHan had a "big influence in his life. Coach McHan is a super guy with a great attitude about said Cox who now coaches in the Greenville Public School System. children, a son, Lance, 12; and daughters, Lisa, 9, and Megan, 4. An article will run in Sunday's DD-T on McHan's remarks about Saint quarterback Archie Manning. McHan's top marks at UA The following is a list of Lamar McHan's top accomplishment as a quarterback-tailback with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 1951-53. McHan, a native of Lake Village, Ark., will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame tonight. McHan ranks Third at UA in career yardage with rushing and Only Billy Montgomery with yards during 1968-70 and Joe Ferguson with yards during have done better. He had a hand in 31 career touchdowns for fourth place In Ihot category. McHan ranks sixth in single season yardage, gaining passing and 409 The yards gained passing in a career is the fourth best ever a! UA, McHan had four games during hfs career where he went over ?2C yards In total offense. His best was during his sophomore year against Texas AAM. He rushed for 169 yards in 26 carries and passed for 74 attempting only six passes. He was responsible for three TOs in thegame. McHan led his team In scoring in '53 with 32 points tfour TDs and eight point In '52 he tied for the title with 24 points. He was the team punt returner In '53, handling 21 for 233 yards and a 11.1 average. He lea" his team In rushing twice, gaining 433 yards os o sophomore and 409 yards as a senior. The 169 yards he gained rushing against Texas was the third best single gome effort in Arkansas history. His best game passing was against Tulsa In '53; In 26 attempts, he completed 15 (with one interception) for 21S yards and three touchdowns. Against Texas In '53, McHon scored on an 82-yard run, the fifth longest run from scrimmage In the school's history. ymea report McHan was the SWC season leader In 'S3 in the following: Passes attempted posws completed net yards passing passing accuracy (.520 per total offensive plays (2931, tola, offensive yards punting average (40.2) and punt return yards McHan was the teom punter all three of his seasons, averaging 38.0 on 146 kicks. In 1951, he booted one 81 yards (against which tied for the second longest kick in Arkansas history. The longest was for 83 yards. In '53, he kicked four times against Oklahoma State, averaging 52.0 yards per kick, the third best average in a game. The besl averages were 56.5 and 54.5, only on two kicks each. Twice he punted 10 times In one game, averaging 39.5 and 38.2. State beats LSU BATON ROUGE, La. Dean scored twice in the last eight minutes to boost Mississippi State to a 93-84 win over Louisiana State Thursday night. Dean's effort combined with the 32 points of Jerry Jenkins and the 29 points and 23 rebounds of Larry Fry. LSU's Kenny Higs, top scorer with 24 points, and Glen Hanson fouled out in the last three minutes as the Tigers lost their only lead since the game's opening minutes. Mississippi State hosts Georgia Saturday and meets Auburn Monday night. The Eogles defeoled the Bears 16-tT In a YMCA Cadet League basketball gome Thursday afternoon at Elwyn Word Community Center. Scorers and players for the Eagles were Jimmy Lee, 4; Greg Tuberlinl, 4: Cecil Burford, 2, Tim Clements, Buddy Gray, Eddie Mclntire, 2; and Joseph Terracina, 0. Scorers and players tor the Bears were Anthony Terracina, f; Steve Hinton, 2; Todd Kent, 1, Greg Mitchell, 2; Tommy I.- Nathan Adams, 0; and Clay White, 0. Williams fund started OXFORD (UPD U.S. Williams of Greenville has turned over to the University of Mississippi for the establishment of a "Dusty Williams Scholarship Fund" for scholar-athletes. The endowment commemorates Mrs. Williams' late husband who was a pitcher for the Ole Miss Rebels in the early 1900s. "Dusty loved Ole Miss, said Mrs. Williams. "He felt athletics developed comradeship and an attitude of team work that carried over into all phases of life." 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