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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May LETHBRIDGE MERALD-11 New head coach of Chargers welcomes challenge Prothro well aware of drug problem Courts may decide Indy 500 winner By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service NEW YORK When he was hired as the new coach of the San Diego Chargers early this Tommy Prothro understood what his burden might be. was informed the Chargers had a drug he was saying recently. the commissioner it didn't shock Citing violations of National Football League's drug Pete Rozelle acted last month. The Chargers' management was fined The general Harland who also was the coach for much of last was placed on probation and fined for to exercise proper supervisory Eight players were placed on probation and fined according to their of with drugs. Fined were David Jones and Tim Dave Jerry Levias and Coy Bacon Walt Rick Redman and Bob Thomas Svare quickly commented that knows we're talking about although Levias insisted that his violations were confined to amphetamines. None of the players have disputed Rozelle's authority. According to the the players' attorneys even waived the right to a hearing. The evidence had been gathered from 50 interviews by NFL investigators. But now Tommy Prothro not only must try to produce a winner from a team that had a 2-11-1 won-lost-tied record last but he must also produce a straight winner. the time we get to training some of these players might not be with Prothro said. was traded to the Redskins before Rozelle's announcement. But of the players who do if there's any occurrence or we'll get rid of them one way or another trade release them or suspend depending on whatever is most obnoxious to them. I've got an idea who the ringleader but I may be wrong. Tommy Prothro is 53 years a huge teddy bear of a the sson of Doc once the Philadelphia Phillies' manager. But he gravitated to football. He was a blocking back at a winning college coach at Oregon State and UCLA and a winning coach with the Los Angeles Rams over two seasons before being discharged. With the Rams he had a reputation as a casual disciplinarian. He did not impose a curfew at training which for some players is like putting the keys to.a bank in the hands of a John Dillinger. But the Charger situation has forced a change in his philosophy. I never believed in discipline for discipline's he was saying before the meeting of NFL coaches at the commissioner's office. didn't have a curfew at the Rams' training camp because I was more interested in when the players went to bed during the season when the games counted. Not when the games didn't count. You can't have a curfew when the guys are but we had one on road trips with the Rams during the season. I think the Chargers have not been a disciplined team and maybe we better do things for discipline's sake. We will have a curfew at training camp. Gene the Chargers' has suggested that NFL players undergo urinalysis as a deterrent to drug usage. for Prothro concurred. know if I were innocent and under there'd be nothing I'd like more than a test to prove I'm innocent. I don't think it's fair to the players who are straight not to have a test available to them to prove that they are straight. I'm for tests and punishment in general. Anyone who isn't hasn't had children. Bacon and Thomas were with Prothro when he had the Rams. you're talking that's a problem we face all over the Prothro said. you're talking about I don't-think it existed on the Rams while I was there but I don't know. I do know that I was surprised Bacon was involved. I haven't talked to him about it but I have talked to Levias and Rossovich when I happened to see them working out in our I've written letters to the whole squad but I haven't gone out of my way to talk to the players involved because I'm more interested in what their actions will be than in what they say. I feel a coach is wasting his time asking a player if he has taken drugs. To a he'll always deny he has. As a tournament bridge Prothro has been aware of marijuana as a social drug. had more experience with marijuana in bridge than I have in football. In my years at I can't say none of the players smoked but I wasn't aware of any. I had the feeling eight years ago that 99 per cent of the kids on west coast campuses had tried marijuana and that maybe 50 per cent used it more than a little bit. I have the feeling now that the number of those who try it has gone down to 50 per cent because the youth has seen what it has done to people. But in about four years if there was a party after the I'd ask if it was a straight party and four out of five times I'd be told that it so I didn't go. Now almost all the parties are straight. But in the years some great young bridge players have dropped out of competition. I'm not an expert on marijuana but it seems to me that it destroys initiative and For a football marijuana would seem to diminish his aggressiveness. gone to California law- enforcement people to learn more Prothro said. burned some marijuana for me so that I'd know how it smells. And they told me what symptoms to look The new coach of the Chargers will be alert to much more than X's and O's this season. INDIANAPOLIS The winner of the 58th annual Indianapolis 500-mile auto race might be in through court action. Testimony was to resume today in Marion County Superior Court on a lawsuit that sought to re-open qualifications for the May 26 race to five entrants who claim they were cut out of a chance to make the field. Attorneys presenting the five Woods Carl K and L Eldon Rasmussen Racing Products and Webster called three of a planned 47 wit- nesses Wednesday after defence attempts to kill the suit failed. One of the Joe Indianapolis Motor Speedway vice brought up the possibility that one of the if allowed to now qualify for the 33-car might the and that would bring the other cars in the field down on He stake here is not only the prize but the prestige and commercial endorsements that can run into millions for the winner. We'd have lawsuits from every other driver now in the if that Chief steward Tom Binford testified that the cars left waiting in line when time trials ended Saturday at 6 p.m. were no _ longer guaranteed at least one chance for the field. car that went through the line before them was on its second although the first time out with a new he said. broke the line of first-time Plaintiffs contend that the car in driven by rookie Johnny was improperly placed in line and .even moved ahead of others. we wanted to bring said plaintiffs' attorney Don Tabbert that when Binford let the car in the he was in effect dis- qualifying unjustly the other cars in Binford also testified that of the 14 hours allotted for quali- fication runs this for only about five hours was the track actually open. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was closed most of the other nine hours by he noted. Tabbert contended sufficient time was only actually allowed for qualification attempts by 38 or of the 68 en- trants. CAHA after networks to eliminate showing fisticuffs Four sign with Miners We may have seen our last hockey fights WINNIPEG Secretary-manager Gordon Juckes of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association levelled a strong blast Wednesday against television networks that over- emphasize violence in hockey. Speaking after a report on violence was presented to the 60th annual CAHA Juckes said the federal government has the power and the obligation to orevent television crews from paying more attention to fights than goals in hockey games. know the government can force television not to pay so much attention to he said. government can stop objectionable commercials and can rule that certain movies and other programs can't be shown while children are likely to be watching. television networks exploit the violent aspects of hockey. It has to be stopped. The government can stop Juckes said violence in professional ranks has increased because intimidation is a recognized tactic. is one more weapon in a coach's bag of tricks and television panders to it by making sure everybody sees a three or four complete with stop-action and an unofficial judgment about who won what round of what He said he expects that Marc federal health and welfare will be informed that the CAHA believes too much emphasis on the violence of professional hockey contributes to increased violence among younger players. In other developments at the convention expected to end steps were taken to strengthen minor and senior involvement. A committee headed by Len Poore of was to ask a plenary session today to approve a proposal to allow intermediate clubs to play for the Allan the national senior championship. Poore said the committee wants the nine branches that do not have senior leagues to provide their best intermediate clubs for the Allan Cup playoffs. The runner-up in competition within a branch would compete for the Hardy the intermediate championship. Only British Ontario and Newfoundland have fully-operative senior leagues. Juckes said earlier this week that something must be done to restore the Allan Canada's oldest amateur to its former prominence. I PROMISED MOTHER VME'Ci PcP IN J IXJN'T SULK THIRTEEN PINTS IS ENOUGH TOR ANXONE SINCE WHEN 'AVE BEEN _ SUPERSTITIOUS rCN'T TELL ME SINCE I THAT SIT ABOUT ME MOTHER Race results GIGANTIC SUZUKI SAVINGS ON TRAIL BIKES Tainsh club on market EDMONTON W. B. former chairman of the Western Major Fastball League and general manager of the Edmonton Monarchs Fastball said Wednesday he is putting the club up for sale. Tainsh said the Monarchs will be sold because owners of other clubs in the league passed a vote of non confidence in his chairmanship of the league last and because of internal problems in the league. LAST CHANCE 4 ONLY 9UK-1974 Replacement 689 9575 NOW BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Avt. S. Phont 327-3221 If you can wait 3 days Blow the whistle on a riot of rip-roaring bargains from an inventory of millions of Shoppers Stoppers start May 27 Simpsons-Sears EDMONTON Race results al Northlands Park FIRST claiming. 3 year olds. 5'-z furlongs. Bellbora 5.60 3.80 3.10. Derwent 13.50 9.00. Second Table 3.90. Lyndon County. Eager Alder. Regal Spirit. Khanhai Nipper. Run With Love. Sister Wolfe. Windy Venture also ran. SECOND claiming. 3 year 6 furlongs. Mr. Peppard 18.20 8.20 After Life 15.00 Fox Tor 13.10. Aremar. Stettler Lad. Caravent. Risk N Hope. Waza Preppy. Lucky Royal Handful also ran. DAILY THIRD 4 year olds and 6 furlongs. Klondike Charm 7.00 5.30 Terraro 6 30 4.50. Wingen King 3.40. Canalta Rocky. Silk Bobbi. Go Gypsy. Miss Mystical Milmarie also ran. Track Scratch Cypress Pal. FOURTH claiming. 4 year olds and 6 furlongs. Lucky Levy 6.20 4.20 3.00. Peaceful Cindy 4.10. Morning Master 2.50. Miss Yalta. Porque Si. Count The Spots. Bucking Hope also ran. FIFTH allowance. 3 year furlongs. Icy Child 4.60 3.20 Madam Pride 11.70 Canacutie 3.10. Hada Sheba's Flying None also ran. SIXTH claiming. 4 year olds and 6 furlongs. Remwan 7.50 4.00 3.60. Star Trip 4.60 4.10. Brown Marine 4.20. My Elation. Love Success. Prince Of If By Chance. Patapouf also ran. SEVENTH 4 year olds and 6 furlongs. Fox Trot Pappa 41.10 18.00 New Governor 21.80 10.70. Water Wagon 3.50. Atalight. Vallown. Sherzad also ran. EIGHTH 4 year olds and 6 furlongs. Nayu 18.30 9.60 570. Patmos 10.10 5.30. With Speed 3.10. Iron Admiral. Major Dividend. Mr. Return To Barry Palm Oil also ran. GET FIRST PICK QUEBEC Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association announced Thursday they have acquired the first pick in the WHA's amateur draft from Phoenix Roadrunners. A special development council was established to speed progress of minor hockey players. The group will be given autonomy equal to that already held by councils administrating hockey on other levels. means the development group won't hav.e to go from one meeting to another for approval of its said Murray Costcllo of who works on special projects and marketing with the CAHA. To help administer the expanded for which the CAHA this week allocated in a one-year Dennis Mcdonald. formerly of has been named technical advisor. He succeeds Cec formerly of who is returning to University of Windsor after a one-year leave of absence. McDonald said he hopes to integrate the CAHA project with school recreational programs and to improve the capacity of coaches to teach young players. Delegates also approved a one-year increase in the ju- nior age limit to 21. The Lethbridge Junior Miners have announced the signing of four more players to 1974 contracts in preparation for their twice- postponed league opener this Sunday in Acme. The who will compete in the Southern Alberta Junior Baseball had their season- opener last Sunday in Calgary rescheduled due to wet grounds. their game in Vauxhall tonight was postponed as a result of problems with the playing field. weather the Miners will be ready to go this weekend. Among the signings was Brian who started out with the Lethbridge Lakers last season before dropping back to the local Bison. League. Veres is is a 20-year-old second basemen and utility fielder whose strong arm should see lots of action lor the locals. John Seamen will put his quick hands to work this season'for the Miners. Almost 20 years old. John moves up from the Bison League and will see action both at second base and in the outfield. Dave Kato will join Greg Kveder at the catcher position tins year. Kato is 19 years old and will display a lot of hustle from behind the plate. The last signing announced yesterday was that of Jim McLellan. a 19-year old first baseman. 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