New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, January 3, 1991
Activities heating up for ‘Riders’
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
San Antonio’s entry in the World League of American Football will be christened the “Riders” today, beginning what Phil Osborn hopes is a rapid-fire succession of events lo draw world attention to South Texas.
Osborn, vice president of the San Antonio franchise, said Wednesday he is confident the new spring league will succeed where others have failed. Because it is funded by the National Football League, Osborn said the WLAF has many advantages over previous upstart leagues.
“Because of the lack of substance in those leagues, and because of the ownerships in those leagues, they failed for otic reason or another,” Osborn told a lunchtime crowd of the New Braunfels Rotary Club at Eagles Hall. “That’s one of the reasons we feel encouraged by the World League. The World League’s primary stockholders are the National Football League, and it’s set up in such a way to keep it from failing.
“One example is that in this league you have a set salary for players. You don’t have an opportunity for an owner to go out and spend SIO million to lure some young man out of college or the National Football League.”
Osborn said it was such a big-salary frenzy, and the attempt to challenge the NFL by switching its gamer from spring to fall, that doomed the United States Football League.
“The USFL did pretty well as far as attendance considering what they had working for them. But it’s widely felt that if they stayed in the springtime they’d still be around,” he said. "They had one owner, Donald Trump, who destroyed it. He tried to challenge the National Football League and it destroyed the whole thing.”
San Antonio’s WLAF team, which begins play March 23, will be formally named the Riders at a press conference this afternoon. At that time, the team's vice president of football operations will also be named. Now that the NFL’s regular season is finished, Osborn said the search for a head
Phil Osborn, vice president of San Antonio’s WLAF franchise, discusses the future of the team and the new league at the New Braunfels Rotatry Club’s luncheon. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
coach will intensify.
“One of the difficulties we’ve had (in naming a head coach) is that the National Football League season was not over. As far as where you would go to look, your (NFL) assistants would be an arca to look at. We’ve talked to a couple of them, but we’ve had to wait until the season was over. It should start up pretty hot and heavy by Friday,” he said.
After a head coach has been selected, the team will take part in a lottery draft on Feb. 24 in Orlando. There are IO teams in the league, three of which are in Europe, with an I Uh. non-playing team in Dallas to replace injured players.
Osborn, who worked two decades ago for the San Antonio Toros and later for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, said the talent level of the WLAF will be competitive and exciting.
“You have a situation in this country where you have a glut of talent. You have a lot of young men that try out for National Football League camps, then get cut for one reason or another, many of whom who in another camp, or another time, or
another place, would have stayed. There’s a whole lot of talent with no place to go,” he said.
The rules in the WLAF will follow NFL rules, except for some designed to speed up play. The 45-second clock will be reduced to 35 seconds, and teams will be encouraged to use nohuddle offenses. Osborn said speeding up the game is necessary to attract an international audience.
“In Europe, they’re not used to sitting around the house for three and a half hours eating potato chips and drinking beer,” he said. “We’ve sort of turned that into an institution.”
But above all else, Osborn said, the WLAF should provide entertainment and help boost the regional economy.
“The key thing here is San Antonio and South Texas. To us, this gives us the opportunity to bring the world to us, to sec us. Our area of the country is hurting financially. We need more stimulation of our economy," he said. “These are things we feel like this league will do because we’re going to be seen all around the world and all around the United States.”
On The Air
6:30 pm. — College basketball: DePaul at Dayton. ESPN 7 pm — College baske thai Florida Stale atTulane.HSE.
7:30 p m. — Pro basketball: Chicago at Houston, WGN.
8:30 p m. — College baskefcall: Alabama at Auburn. ESPN.
9 30 p m. — College basketball: Arizona at Washington. HSE.
11 p m — College basketball BYU at San Diego Stale. ESPN FRIDAY
3pm —Golf: Tournament of Champions, second round. ESPN 7 p m — Pro basketball San Antonio at New Jersey, TNT.
7 p m — College hockey Denver at Minnesota, HSE
8 p m. — Swimming: World swimming and diving championships. ESPN.
4:30 pm — Boys baske thai Canyon 9th, JV. varsity at Floresville.
4:15 p m — Boys basketball New Braun leis 10th. J V, varsity at San Marcos 5 p rn — Girls basketoall Smithson Valley 9th, JV. varsity at Clemens 5 p m — Girls basketball Canyon 9th, JV. varsity at Lockhart
5 pm. — Boys baske that Leander 9th, JV. varsity at Canyon
5:45 p rn — Girls basketball San Marcos JV. varsity at New Braunfels
6 p m — Boys basketball Smithson Val ley JV. varsity at Memorial
The Top Twenty Five teams in the final 1990 Associated Press college football pol. with first place voles in parentheses, season records and total total points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote, and previous ranking Record Pts Pvs 1. Colorado (39) 11-1-1 1.475 1
2 Georgia Tch (20) 11 0-1 1.441 2
3 Miami, Fla (I) 10-2-0 1.388 4
4. Florida St. 10 2-0 1.303 6
5 Washington 10 2-0 1.246 8
6 Notre Dame 9-3-0 1,179 5
7. Michigan 9 3-0 1.025 12
8. Tennessee 9 2-2 993 10
9 Clemson 10-2-0 950 14
10 Houston 10-1-0 940 9
11 Penn St 9-3-0 907 7
12. Texas 10-2-0 867 3
13 Florida 9 2 0 863 11
14 Louisville 10-1-1 776 18
15 Texas AAM 9-3-1 627 -
16. Michigan St 8 3-1 610 22
17 Oklahoma 8-3-0 452 20
16 Iowa 8-4-0 370* 17
19. Auburn 8-3-1 288 —
20 Southern Cal 8-4-1 266 21
21 Mississippi 9-3-0 253 15
22 Brigham Young 10-3-0 246 13
23 Virginia 8 4 0 188 —
24 Nebraska 9 3 0 185 19
25 Illinois 8 4 0 146* 16
Other receiving votes San Jose St. 138.
Syracuse 121, Colorado St 67. Southern Miss 48 California 37. N Carolina St 30 Alabama 13. Ohio St 7. Wyoming 7, Oregon 6. UCLA 6. Air Force 5. Virginia Tech 5. North Carolina 4. Hawaii 2
All Times CST EASTERN CONFERENCE
Wednesday s Games
Atlanta 120, LA Clippers 107 Milwaukee 106, Charlotte 91 Phoenix 105. Cleveland 83 Detroit 118, Denver 107 Indiana 121. San Antonio 109 Boston 113, New York 86 Minnesota 115. Dallas 95 Utah 112, Miami 104 Seattle 127. Philadelphia 99 Today's Games
Denver at New York, 6 30p.m.
LA Clipper sat Orlando, 6 30p rn Charlotte at Washington, 6 30 p rn Chicago at Houston, 7 30 p m.
Dallas at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
LA Lakers at Portland, 9 30 p m. Golden State at Sacramento, 9 30 p m
Wednesday’s College Basketball EAST
Army 89, Cent Connecticut St 81 Connecticut 96, Boston College 70 Dartmouth 68, Holy Cross 62 Georgetown 78. Jackson St 54 Pittsburgh 87. Viilanova 76 SW Texas St. 89, Maine 88
UPI, AP split #1 honors
Coaches vote for Tech, writers pick Colorado
MIAMI (AP) — Georgia Tech finally lost, bul it wasn’t
on the field.
The unbeaten Yellow Jackets finished second in Wednesday’s final Associated Press college football poll, 34 points behind national champion Colorado.
“It’s very disappointing to finish second,’’ Tech safety Ken Swilling said. “There’s no way we should be No. 2 when we’re the only undefeated team in the country.’’
Colorado (11-1-1) held onto its No. I ranking by beating Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl. Georgia Tech (11-0-1) remained second after downing Nebraska 45-21 in the Citrus Bowl.
Colorado received 39 first-place votes and 1,475 points, while Tech got 20 first-place votes and 1,441 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. It was the fifth-closest vote since The AP went to a permanent postseason poll in 1968.
“Right up until I got the results, I was sweating it out,” Colorado Coach Bill McCartney said. “We didn’t have any guarantees.*’
Tile result was reversed in the UPI coaches’ poll, with Georgia Tech edging Colorado by one point. It is the first time since 1978 that the wire service polls have crowned different champions. That year, Alabama won the AP championship and Southern Cal captured the UPI title.
McCartney admitted that Georgia Tech made a “strong case’’ for the No. I ranking. Bul he said his team deserved to win the national championship despite the dose call against Notre Dame.
“We played the most difficult schedule in Division I-A and Notre Dame played the second toughest schedule,” he said. “No one should have expected us to beat them decisively. They’re just too good. But we won, and that’s what counts.”
Georgia Tech quarterback Shawn Jones said he wasn’t
surprised by the AP vote.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get a shot in the AP poll,” he said. “They didn’t give us much respect all year.”
Georgia Tech was not ranked in the preseason poll and didn’t break into the Top 25 until the fifth week, placing 23rd. Five weeks later, the Yellow Jackets broke into the Top IO after handing then-No. I Virginia its first loss. Tech continued to climb in the poll until it reached No. 2 the next-to-last week of the season.
The last time the only unbeaten team didn’t win the national title was 1982. Southern Methodist went 11-0-1 that season, but finished second behind 11-1 Penn State.
“I’m disappointed we aren’t No. I,’’ Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Ross said from Williamsburg, Va., where he was visiting his ailing mother. “I’m not waving a flag or criticizing anybody. It’s just that the closer I got to it, the more disappointed I got.”
It’s the second time an undefeated Tech team has ended up No. 2. The Yellow Jackets were runners-up to Michigan State in 1952 when both schools had perfect records.
Miami, which demolished Texas 46-3 in the Cotton Bowl, rose from fourth to third with one first-place vote and 1,388 points. The Hurricanes (10-2) fell just short of becoming the first team in college football history to finish first or second for five consecutive seasons.
Florida State (10-2) jumped from sixth to fourth after beating Penn State 24-17 in the Blockbuster Bowl and Washington (10-2) climbed from eighth to fifth following a 46-34 victory over Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
Notre Dame (9-3) fell from fifth to sixth. Rounding out the Top IO were Michigan (9-3), Tennessee (9-2-2), Clemson (10-2) and Houston (10-1).
Colorado is only the second team to win the national championship with a loss and a tie since the AP started its poll in 1936.
Cougars traveling to Floresville tonight
The Canyon Cougars travel to Floresville for today’s only local baskeihall game, taking on the Tigers
at 7:30 p.m.
It is the first of back-to-back games for Canyon, which hosts Leander on Friday night.
Canyon (5-10) has won consecutive games after breaking an eight-game losing streak. The Cougars, who had not won since Nov. 29 against
Carrizo Springs, beat a taller Cole team at home last Friday before starting a winning streak at Memorial on Saturday.
Brian Caddcll is leading the Cougars with more than 21 points per game, and Anthony Bueno adds 17 per contest along with tcam-highs in assists and steals.
Anc Bostick scored a season-high 17 against Memorial, and Justin Jonas has led the Cougars’ improving
defensive efforts. Brian Wendell, who has set season-highs for the past two games, gives Canyon good post defense and an inside option.
The back-to-back games today and Friday will be the second time Canyon has faced that situation in two weeks. But the Cougars will get some rest before District 26-4A play starts, as Canyon is off next Tuesday prior to the district opener at home against Bastrop Jan. ll.
Seton Hall 97. Providence 92 Syracuse 92 St John s 86, OT SOUTH Duke 109. Boston U 55 Florida 64. Mississippi 49 Georgia Tech 84. Howard U 77 Kentucky 81. Georgia 80 LSU 87. Vanderbilt 70 Mississippi St 70. Tennessee 65 N Carolina St 74, Clemson 70 South Carolina 103, Mercer 67 Tennessee Tech 93. Tn Chattanooga 88 Wake Forest 74. Maryland 62 MIDWEST Cleveland St 68, Akron 66 Indiana 109. Illinois 74 Iowa St 86. Drake 69 Missouri 96, Memphis St 82 Nebraska 70, Wis -Green Bay 63 Notre Dame 66. Valparaiso 50 SOUTHWEST A(kansas86. Rice 62 Houston 87, Baylor 85 Texas 93, Texas AAM 67 Texas Christian 86, W Kentucky 80, OT Texas Tech 56. Southern Meth 54 FAR WEST Colorado 89. San Diego 62. OT Kansas 88. Pepperdme62 Loyola Marymount93, Westmont 81 Pacitic U 67. Long Beach St 65 UCLA 98, Southern Cal 81 UNLV 89, James Madison 65
All Times CST First Round Saturday's Gamas
Washington at Philadelphia. 11:30 a m (ABC)
Kansas City at Miami, 3pm (ABC) Sunday’s Gamas Houston at Cincinnati. 11:30 a rn (NBO) New Orleans at Chicago. Sp rn (CBS)
Wednesday’s Sports Transactions
BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Agreed to terms with Jell Ballard, pitcher, on a one year con tract
CLEVELAND INDIANS- Signed Doug Jones, pitcher, to a one year contract
NEW YORK YANKEES Signed Mike Witt, pitcher, to a three year contract National League
ST LOUIS CARDINALS—Signed Alex T rev mo catcher. to a one year coni/act BASKETBALL
National Bosketball Association
MILWAUKEE BUCKS—Signed Alvin Robertson, guard, lo an eight year cont/act FOOTBALL
National Football League
LOS ANGELES RAIDERS—Waived Rick y Hunley. linebacker Signed Darin Jordan,
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Placed Milton Mack, cornerback, on injured reserve Signed Van Jakes, cornerback WASHINGTON REDSKINS-Placed Erie Williams, defensive tackle, on injured reserve Re signed Sidney Johnson, deten sive back
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