New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, February 25,1M7SMU to sit out a yearNCAA deals Mustangs the death penalty
• DALLAS (AP) - The NCAA, in Us harshest penalty ever against a football program, banned the sport at Southern Methodist for 1987 because of Illegal payments to players, NCAA officials announced today.
The NCAA Infractions Committee also limited SMU to only seven games with outside competition in 1988, none of which can be a home game. The school won’t be permitted to be on television or attend a bowl game in 1988.
Outside the Southwest Conference, SMU had been scheduled to play Oklahoma and New Mexico In 1987 and Oklahoma and Notre Dame in 1988.
Sanctions will last until 1990 and include reducing the number of assistant coaches from nine to six, cutting the number of scholarships from 25 to IS for three years, and limiting off-campus recruiting to the head coach and four assistant coaches for three years.
SMU was found guilty of making monthly cash payments to student athletes from funds provided by a school booster.
Under the new “death penalty" rule adopted in June 1985, the Mustangs could have had their program shut down for two years.
The harshest penalty ever handed out by the NCAA was a two-year suspension of the basketball program at Southwestern Louisiana from 1973 to 1975 for violations, most of them involving recruiting.
The NCAA’s report on SMU, released today, said, "The present infractions case does present some unique circumstances that arguably call for the committee to exercise its discretion to impose less than the mandatory penalties."
SMU officials had said they would not appeal the
decision no matter how harsh.
After speaking at today’s news conference, NCAA enforcement director David Beret, who was suffering from a cold, collapsed. He excused himself after speaking, walked to the door, sank to his knees and was carried out of the room. Later, he returned, and said, "Apparently, I’m fine.’’
Beret said athletes at SMU would be allowed to transfer to other schools with immediate eligibility.
"SMU views the wrongdoings that were done in its name with regret and embarrassment,” SMU interim president William Stallcup said at the news conference.
"The temporary loss of football will be a bitter loss for some but as a university we have accepted that, knowing in our recent dealings with the football program and the NCAA, we have done what is right," Stallcup said.
No specific cases were named in the NCAA report, but it said 13 football players received payments in the 1985-86 academic year totaling 547,000 and eight athletes got payments from September through December 1986 that totaled about $14,000.
SMU already was the most penalized school in NCAA history, currently in the second year of a three-year probation levied in August 1985. The school was banned from television and bowl games, was allowed no scholarships in 1986 and was to be allowed only 15 scholarships in 1987.
Today’s punishment was SMU’s fifth in the last 12 years. The football program was placed on probation twice in the last six years, 1981 and 1985, and the Mustangs’ first brush with the NCAA was
Rangers pound Clemens/ go 6-0
MOUNTAIN CITY - Apolinar San chez scored three goals as the Smithson Valley Rangers overcame slick field conditions to defeat the Hays Rebels in District 26-5A soccer action Tuesday. The win keeps the Rangers undefeated at 6-0 through the first half of district play.
"It was a narrow field and it was muddy, so we didn't get to play quite the control game we wanted," said Smithson Valley Coach Larry Schaffer "We had to rely on speed and muscle"
Sanchez scored the only goal of the first half, as the Rangers struggled a
bit trying to play the control game when the conditions did not warrant
"We adjusted in the second half," said Schaffer. “It's encouraging to adapt to the situation and do what is necessary to win. That’s the sign of a good team."
in 1958, when they were placed on probation for a year.
SMU now is tied with Wichita State for the number of NCAA probations — seven — but SMU has suffered the worst sanctions.
Under the "death penalty” rule, the NCAA may suspend the programs of repeat offenders for up to two years, prohibiting competion, recruiting, coaching or scholarships. It also could lift for four years the eligibility of school representatives to serve on NCAA committees and NCAA voting privileges.
SMU was one of six schools voting against the legislation.
After the latest recruiting scandal broke Nov. 13, 1986, SMU President L. Donald Shields took early retirement and Athletic Director Bob Hitch and Coach Bobby Collins resigned. Half of Collins’ assistants have left, and the school has not hired a new athletic director or coach.
The Mustangs did not sign one high school recruit on national letter-of-intent day earlier this month.
Former SMU linebacker David Stanley said in an interview with Dallas television station WFAA that he received $750 a month from an SMU representative after the Mustangs’ 1965 probation was announced.
Stanley said it was P.J. “Bootsie” Larson, a former assistant coach who was fired in August 1965, who paid him $25,000 and initiated monthly payments that continued after SMU was placed on
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Hays tied the score, 1-1, early in the second half, but Sanchez hit two more goals and Brandon Stanley added another to give the Rangers the points they needed.
Smithson Valley will begin the second half of district play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Samuel Clemens.
Both track and field teams ready to fly at Canyon High
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
If Canyon Coach Pele Ulvas seems a little harder to find nowadays, it’s because he’s busy handling both the boys and girls track teams this year.
Making the jobs a little easier to take is the fact that the Cougars will be as talented and as deep as they have ever been. So talented that Rivas can barely keep a twinkle from leaping old of his tired eyes.
"I’m real excited. For the first time, we have some numbers out here, and for the first time, we have the wheels to go with those numbers, ’’ Rivas said.
As both teams get ready for the annual season-opening meet at Austin Westlake on Friday and Saturday, Rivas said he would like to pace his teams slowly.
"Our main goal is to succeed at the district meet. We want to peak at district. We’ll have a relaxed attitude up until then. Then we’ll pull our ears back and run,” he said.
The boys team will be lead by a pair of potential all-state performers In the field events, plus its quick relay teams.
Senior Ken D'Alfonso could find himself in Austin in May lf he continues to throw the discus as well as he has. D’Alfonso is presently throwing in the 180-foot range.
Scott Hennig is another potential all-stater in the pole vault. The senior transfer student can consistently clear 16-feet, Rivas said.
Kody Smith, who will be strong in the 100-meter dash, will also lead off Canyon’s sprint relay team, with Scott Balmos, Jimmy Wilson and D‘Alfonso following up. The Cougars are so steeped in speed that sophomore Chad Austin will likely
figure in as the fifth man on the team, spelling one of the other runners without sacrificing any time.
Balmos, a transfer from Smithson Valley, will also handle the high hurdle chores while Kevin Nemec wil be a force in the quarter-mile.
Balmos and Wilson will also compete in the pole vault, while senior Ted Fleener returns to the high jump, after having cleared six-feet, one-inch last year.
"We’ve got a lot of senior leadership on the team, and that’s going to help a lot.” Kivas said. "We also have an excellent crop of sophomores and freshmen. They'll make for an excellent sub-varsity team."
Some of the positions are still open, especially the distance races and the mile relay, but Rivas said he has enough talented bodies to make the Cougars competitive in all events.
"We’ll have a competitor in every event this year, and that’s a first for us. In most areas, we’re three-deep, " he said.
The girls team is also especially loaded with sprinters. The same 400-meter relay team that qualified for regionals last year is back, with Tara Cappleman, Renata Rittimann, Linda Nemec and Missy Horecka returning.
Cappleman. Rittimann, Emily May and Nancy Friedel have the potential to go a long way in the 800-meter relays, as does the mile relay team of Cappleman, Rittimann, May, Friedel or Mary O’Keefe, Rivas said.
May was a regional qualifier as a sophomore in the 200 while Friedel will be strong in the SOO.
Two other top sprinters who will weigh heavily in the Cougarette scheme are Lori Hill and Kelly Augustine.
Senior Connie Sendejo, junior Rachel Caballero and sophomore Batina Brumfield give Canyon a good group of distance runners, Rivas said. Jennifer Kyle and Melva Lopez are quick enough in the distance races to make the team as freshmen, he said.
Like the boys team, the Cougareties are stacked three-deep in the field events.
Cappleman and Judy Schandua, who finished third and fourth respectively at last year’s district meet, will be back to compete in the triple jump. Schandua and Rittimann are both capable high jumpers and May. Rittimann and Cappleman will compete in the long jump.
Twenty-eight girls on the track and field team is the largest group Rivas has ever had to work with, and he said he is optimistic about his team’s chances.
"We want to get as many qualified for regionals as we can. I think we can have quite a few. We’re going to work on our times and let the team points take care of itself,” he said.
The eyes of Canyon are fixed on April 16, the date of the district meet in Kerrville. Rivas said whoever can come out of that meet will have an excellent chance to do well in regionals.
"There are some very tough teams in our district. If you get out of our district, you should do excellent in regionals. I think our district will be that strong," Rives said.
Hogs down Aggies in double OT
COLLEGE STATION (AP) - It took a "strange” second half and a controversial double overtime to do it, but the Arkansas Razorback! finally managed to overcome Texas AAM In a Southwest Conference con*
Ron Huery hit two crucial free throws with 17 seconds left and Tim Scott scored a game-high M points to lead Arkansas to Us 100-97 win Tuesday night AAM’s Todd Thomas and Keren Graves both missed 3-point shots in the final U seconds of play.
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Arkansas. This time, Whitby dribbled to within 16 feet and missed to set up the second overtime.
"They told me the guy didn’t start the clock until we had the ball at halfcourt. With a replay, the officials can go back and look at it. He just got caught up In the game.” Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson said.
"Those things happen. The only thing the officials thought was fair was to replay the final six seconds. Most games would have been over since it was en the read and it was their clock,” he said.
Arkansas raised its overall record to 18-11 and Bs SWC mark to 8-7, while AAM fell to 14-12 for and AS in league play.
Arkansas had 50-39 lead at halftime, but AAM rallied to go ahead 53-52 six minutes into the second half. Arkansas did not make a field goal until Scott hit IO: 14 left in the second half tying the score at 59.
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There wasn't much to watch Tuesday at Cougar baseball field, even if the new press box was ready to go. Rain washed away all three local season openers, and all three teams will try again today. Weather permitting, New Braunfels will host San Marcos at 4:30 p.m. and Canyon will host Alamo Heights at 5 p.m. Smithson Valley's game at Luling was also a wash out.
The Unicorns' Wade Ohnheiser challenges a Raider player In Tuesday's game
New Braunfels blanks Taft
There’s no place like home (or the New Braunfels Unicorns soccer team The Unicorns continued their scoreless string at home with a AO whitewash of the San Antonio Taft Raiders in a afb district contest Tuesday at New Braunfels Middle School. They have scored 22 goals without yielding a single point to their opponents in home games B’s not as if the Unicorns weren’t tested Tuesday. The Antrim spent moat of the first half pelting the Unicom gpBl, only to conte up empty due to the repeated stops of gMlkeeper Peter Garza
. Pot the second straight game. Keith Pehl scored a hat bisk — three goals in one game. Pehl scored the first two Bi die first half on assists from Jeff Bryan and picked up Ufo final one early in the second half on an assist from
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"We beat them on conditioning.’’ said Unicom Coach Pete Grand jean "Our skills held us In the tight moments."
Tim Galloway scored the Unicorns’ fourth goal after driving past a couple of Raider defenders and kicking the ball through for the goal
Tony Ramirez tapped in the final point goal through a vacated goal, attar receiving a erose from Bryan.
"Pater Garza and Jeff Bryan were outstanding." Mid Grand jean. "Craig Morrison adds a naw dimension for us in the midfield.’’
New Braunfels is now an even 5-5-2 tor the Mason. The Unicorns will begin the second half of district play at home at 2 p m Saturday against the Canyon Cougars
Greyhounds slosh past Canyon
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BOERNE — The combination of a a strong Boerne psyched out Canyon’s
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The Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead before the Cougars settled down for the second half, Quell laid.
"The big difference was their goalie — ha was excellent. He stopped just shout everything, and wa had •ome geed gats,"Quail saki.
Canyon got on Ult scoreboard In the second half with a shot by Randy Smith with an assist by Victor Rodrigues.
"It was a beautiful crees. Randy jug kind of dived into the ball and kicked It lh. He was only about six fest away," Buell said.
The Cougars begin the second half of district play on Saturday against New Braunfels. Gamatime ii 2 p m. at the NB Middle School field.