New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
8 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Thursday, June 24,1993
Taken by Chance
Chance Herfoelin sits with a variety of speckled trout he caught while fishing with Rubin Baenzlger on a fishing trip recently to Rockport, just south of Corpus Christi.
A&M re-hires booster once banned from Aggie athleticsBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALLAS — A Dallas firmed owned by a Texas AAM alumnus whose association with a quarterback once got the school put on probation will soon be promoting a * 'Century of Greatness” of Aggies football.
The school recently hired Dockery House Publishing to merchandise centennial football literature, posters, videos and other items, The Dallas Morning News reported today.
The firm is owned by Rod Dockery, who was among four boosters banned for at least two years from associating with the school’s athletics after his dealings with quarterback Kevin Murray played a part in the NCAA putting die Aggies on probation.
Dockery, a one-time AAM yell leader, was accused of improperly providing Murray with a car and a job sa his printing company, for which Mur
ray was paid but did not work.
His punishment was for an undetermined length, but athletic marketing director Dave South, chairman of the selection committee, said the term must have expired.
"lf there was a problem, he wouldn’t have been allowed to make the presentation in the first place,” South said Dockery’s company’s bid asked for a higher percentage of the Saks receipts than a rival firm, documents show, but interim athletic director Wally Groff said Dockery’s proposal was chosen because,4 ‘our main concern was not so much the financial end of it, but that it be done in a class manner.”
But Dockery’s proposal did face objections from several key university administrators, according to confract information obtained from Texas AAM by the Morning News.
"He’s served his punishment, and I’m not one of these Aggies who wants to continue lo flail (sn this guy,” said
UH basketball coach receives salary cut
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON — New University (rf Houston basketball coach Alvin Brooks signed a confract that will pay him a base salary of $75,000 — or, $38,000 less than his predecessor Pat Foster.
A school regent calls the dtscrepan cy racism. Others say it’s because Brooks, who is black, is getting his first head coaching job, while Foster, who is white, came lo UH already established.
“I think every athlete and in particular black athletes — the Carl Lewises, the Hakeems, the Phi Siama Jamas — should be insulted that we propose U) treat a first African-American head basketball coach in such a manner,*' UH System regent Zinetla Burney told other regents Tuesday.
"He was classified and chosen as the best candidate for this position. So to doubt his qualifications at this point, I think, is ridiculous.”
The comments made by Ms. Burney, the school’s only black regent, provoked regents to postpone approving the salary, which also is $45,000 less than the football coach.
But UH President James Pickering and Athletic Director Bill Carr say the difference is much less when considering taal Brooks’ contract also includes $25,000 in "attainable” incentives.
Houston AD cracks down on athletics, academics
HOUSTON —- Incoming freshmen at the University of Houston take notice — you must make the academic grade if you want to make the football team.*
That’s the word from new athletic director Bill Care and new head football coach Rim Helton.
The two have issued a new set of mandatory steps, which include compulsory study halls for all freshman and those scoring less than a 2.0 grade-point average.
"We will improve dramatically,* * Carr told the Houston Chronicle in a
story published Wednesday.
According lo NCAA graduation fig tires for freshmen who entered the uni verily from 1983-85 and were tracked for six years, Houston athletes scrape the bottom of the barrel. The graduation rate for the football team was thai an abysmal 11 percent, the worst in the NCAA.
The basketball team fared even worse at zero percent. Of the entire Houston student-athlele corps, 14 percent graduated during those years, which earned the Cougars a next to-last position ut the NCAA.
Ross D. Margraves Jr., chairman of the AAM Board of Regents 4‘He didn’t do the right thing and he served his consequences and, hell, as far as I’m concerned, that’s behind the guy.”
But on April 16, Dockery sent a let ter to then-athletic director John I >avkl Crow asking for his finn’s proposal to be withdrawn.
"I have learned that the athletic department and president’s office ai Texas AAM do not want my name nor my company’s name associated with the ... project,” he wrote.
Crow did not return teleport calls Wednesday afternoon. Rod Dockery is not listed in the phone book.
A contract was signed May 3 by university vice president Robert Smith and Groff and was sent to Dockery.
Under Dockery’s plan — a copy of which was obtained by die newspaper under the Texas Open Records Act 20 percent of the profits will go to AAM’s athletic department.
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They point out that Foster, who in March left UH and a $113,645 salary for the University of Nevada, had no such clause.
They also noted Brooks only has been an assistant, while Foster had 12 years of head-coaching experience and his teams were winning 20 games a year.
“I’m very comfortable with the total compensation package,” Carr said. "The suggestion of any racial dimcn sion is inaccurate. It’s also unfortu nate because it’s such an emotionally charged term."
Others pointed out that UH of fered a higher salary than the school was paying Foster lo lure Tulsa coach Orlando "Tubby" Smith, who is black. Smith decided to slay at Tulsa.
Care said he’ll study salaries of first year coaches without previous head coaching experience to determine whether Brooks’ contract should be adjusted. UH officials said if any changes would be necessary, they could be raised in time to approve Brooks’ salary al the regents’ August meeting.
Brooks, meanwhile, says he was “aware of the difference” in salaries but he was "focused on securing the job (because it’s) ... difficult to get opportunities to coach at this level.”
Brooks was an assistant coach for six years at UH and six at Lamar University, most recently al a salary of $44,038.
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