New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
SMU under NCAA investigation for recruiting
Cisneros says S. A., USFL could tie knot
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio could receive one of four United States Football league franchises to be awarded in 1984 if the city has a stadium seating 55,000 people, Mayor Henry Cisneros says.
"Two groups of investors have been in touch with me, but the league has made it clear that we must have a stadium,” Cisneros
Cisneros said he still would like a National Football League team in town, but thinks the fledgling
USFL offers a more immediate prospect.
He said a multi-purpose stadium is one of his major goals, but added that it could not be financed without asking voters to approve more bonds.
DALLAS (AP) — Southern Methodist University’s football program, which was placed on two years’ probation in 1961, is the subject of a preliminary investigation launched by the NCAA, according to media reports here.
SMU president Donald Shields confirmed that he had received a letter from William Hunt, assistant executive director of the NCAA, informing him of the action, WFAA-TV reported Thursday.
And SMU Coach Bobby Collins said he received a similar letter from the NCAA Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported in today’s editions.
“I received a letter from them this afternoon informing us that a preliminary investigation was being started,” Collins said. “Right now, that’s all I know. It could develop into a full-scale investigation. Or it could be nothing. I have
Attempts by The Associated Press to reach NCAA officials in Kansas City and SMU officials were unsuccessful.
The letter, a form letter, was dated March 7, Shields told the television station.
“At least part of the inquiry centers on circumstances just prior to signing blue-chip wide receiver Ronald Morris of Cooper, a small town in Northeast Texas,” WFAA-TV said.
WFAA-TV quoted “reliable sources” as saying the inquiry also involves a prominent Dallas banker and a Dallas attorney, both of whom are members of the Mustang Club.
Shields said he didn’t know what prompted the inquiry, but said SMU will cooperate “in every way,” WFAA-TV
“Anyone can turn you in for any one of a number of things,” Collins told The News. "But I honestly don’t know what this is about.”
Shields told the station he has not been contacted directly by the NCAA but kid he is positive and confident about the way the school’s recruiting activities have been conducted under SMU’s athletic director, Bob Hitch.
WFAA-TV said it contacted Hitch and Southwest Conference commissioner Fred Jacoby earlier Thursday. Both denied knowledge of the probe, the station added.
Hitch accused other SWC schools of “gunning” for SMU because of the Mustangs’ football success the past two seasons, the station reported.
WFAA-TV said it contacted NCAA investigator David Beebe Wednesday in Austin, while Beebe was on the
University of Texas campus. Beebe told the station he would neither confirm nor deny that such an investigation was under way, WF AA reported.
SMU has won or tied for the league football championship the past two seasons, capping last year with a Cotton Bowl triumph over Pittsburgh. Its recruiting season this year was considered one of its best ever.
The Mustang football program was placed on two years’ probation in 1981 following an NCAA investigation into its recruitment practices. SMU won the 1961 SWC championship, but was barred from taking part in the 1962 Cotton Bowl because of the NCAA restriction.
SMU repeated as SWC champion in 1982 and played in the 1983 Cotton Bowl, since the second year of probation did not include any NCAA-imposed sanctions.Sports
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HOUSTON (AP) — On an night when neither team seemed particularly interested in playing defense, Golden State guard Ron Brewer said coach Al Attics made sure the Warriors were ready for the second half.
The Houston Rockets burned up the nets with 60.4 percent shooting in the first half, but only had a 64-60 lead for their efforts Thursday night.
Golden State picked up the defensive tempo in the second 24 minutes after some fiery halftime discussion to hand the Rockets a 119-109 defeat, Houston's 13th loss in its last 14 games.
“They were getting a lot of easy baskets in the first half," Brewer said. "They were executing their offense, and what you’ve got to do in this game is get a lot of easy baskets.”
Attles "fussed out” the Warriors at
halftime, and they limited the Rockets to 45 second half points on 40 percent shooting, Brewer said.
“I probably said a few things at halftime that they responded to,” Attles admitted. “We came out in the second half and played like we should. I think the Rockets dominated us in the first half, but we played with intensity in the third quarter.”
On the other side, Rockets coach Del Harris was not pleased with his team's play on defense, either.
“We’re just not exerting enough defensive pressure to keep their field goal percentage down,” Harris said.
He pointed out that Houston opponents have shot more than 50 percent from the field for eight straight games and nine of the last IO.
“We just aren't getting into it defensively, and that’s got to come from the
heart,” Harris said.
Center Joe Barry Carroll scored eight of his game-high 34 points in the third quarter, as the Warriors quickly evaporated Houston's halftime edge. Carroll's tip-in with 8:49 left in the period put Golden State ahead for good, 70-68.
The Rockets trailed by three, 89-86, going into the last stanza, but hit only three of their first 12 shots as Golden State built a 101-92 bulge with 7:05 remaining.
The Rockets, 11-53, rallied to within three points, 103-100, but a string of eight unanswered points, including four by Lewis Lloyd, put the game out of reach.
Lloyd added 25 points for the Warriors, now 25-39, and Mickey Johnson had 21 points, ll rebounds, and IO assists. James Bailey paced Houston with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
SMU trims Tech;
It's flying time again
Canyon second baseman Randy Riggs goes for the catch in the Cougars defeat of Smithson Valley Tuesday. The Cougars will travel to Bastrop tonight for a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. while the
Staff photo bv John Senhor
Rangers will go face Nixon at 4 p.m.. The New Braunfels Unicorns, in the Boerne tournament since Thursday, will continue play through Saturday.
Baseball: Today: Smithson Valley at Nixon, 4 p.m.; New Braunfels at Boerne Tournament through Saturday; Canyon at Bastrop (doubleheader), 4:30 p.m., Bastrop at Canyon JV, 4 p.m.
Tennis: Today: Canyon Tennis Tournament at Canyon and New Braunfels High School courts and Newk’s through Saturday. Canyon. Smithson Valley, and New Braunfels will all participate.
Track: Saturday, March 12: Ranger Relays at Smithson Valley. Canyon and Smithson Valley are among the teams that will participate. Also, New Braunfels will run at the John Faesler Relays in San Marcos.
TCU slams A&M
Hamilton wins skating title
HELSINKI. Finland (AP) - Scott Hamilton, world figure skating champion for the third year, proved to a delighted Finnish audience that artistry still matters most.
While his rivals attempted spectacular jumps Thursday night, the 24-year-old business management student from Denver just concentrated on skating — and retained his title with ease.
Norbert Schramm of West Germany was second and Brian Orser of Canada third.
"Some skaters want to be the first to a Triple Axel in the championships, or maybe the first to do a quadruple jump,” Hamilton said. "But they don't always combine their jumping with the artistic quality that is needed to win titles.
"There is no way you can keep an audience’s attention for 4^ minutes without artistry.”
Three Triple Axels were done. Omer, an old hand at this difficult Jump, did one — but not cleanly. Perfect Triple Axels were executed by Brian Boitano, of Sunnyvale, Calif . who finished seventh, and an mr a tad Czech skater, Thomas Him/ik. 19th Alxander Fadeev of the 5/r-riet Union, who finished fourth, attempted a quadruple. He ended his tad by sitting down.
Hamilton did not even include a Triple in his program. “It had not been going well in training,” he explained, “so I decided to leave it out. I just wanted to skate well.”
Hamilton admitted he had felt the pressures of going for a world title for the third successive year “I didn’t really think I could do it,” he said. "I was a little nervous when I got here, but I started peaking and my skating got a little better in practice each day.”
He said he owed a lot to Dr. David Jenkins, the U.S. team doctor, who won three world titles during 1957-59. “He talked to me about what he went through when he won three world championships,” Hamilton said. ’’He helped me a lot by being so understanding, and being someone I could relate to. It wouldn't mean nearly so much to hear it from someone who had never been a world champion.”
Hamilton’s success meant that the World Championships had begun to come right for the Americans at last.The first three days had gone badly. They lost Elaine Zayak, defending champion in the women’s singles, with an ankle injury. And Kitty and Peter Carruthers, the U.S. National pairs champions, failed to win a medal Wednesday.
Staff photo by John Sewer
New Braunfels' Greg Bender hits a serve in an earlier match. The Unicorns will be at the Canyon tennis tournament today and Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.. The tourney will be played at New Braunfels High school (doubles), Canyon High (sophomores) and Newk's Tennis Ranch (singles).
DAI JAS (AP)- Southrn Methodist Coach Dave Bliss has decided to try a little psychologic! warfare on No. I ranked Houston before tonight’s semifinal meeting at the Southwest Conference Post-Season Basketball Classic.
Bliss noted that Houston lost to Virginia earlier in the year probably because they had a letdown when they found out All-America Ralph Sampson wasn't going to play.
“Five minutes before the game I'm going to Houston and tell them Sampson’s not going to play tonight,” Bliss quipped. “Houston doesn't beat us with baskets. They beat us with touchdowns and conversions.
“We won’t let the air out of the ball but we can’t run against them. We won't stall, either,” Bliss said.
Southern Methodist and Texas Christian rolled to relatively easy quarterfinal victories Thursday night.
SMU trimmed Texas Tech 76-69 despite Red Raider guard Bubba Jennings’ career high 29 points and TCU slammed Texas AAM 65-53.
TCU meets No. 6 ranked Arkansas in the second game of tonight’s doubleheader for the right to play in Saturday’s noon championship finals.
SMU guard Butch Moore said the Mustangs were excted about getting another crack at the Cougars, who drubbed them twice this year.
“Houston has a lot of number one players and we’re looking forward to it,” Moore said. “They beat us by 36 in Houston and by 17 at our place. We’re going to play our game and maybe something good will happen.”
Center Jon Koncak scored 21 points for the Mustangs and got seven
rebounds before he fouled out.
“Everything was falling for me," said Koncak. "I knew rn the second half they would come out and front me to stop me and they did but the other guys picked up the slack.”
SMU is now 19-10 for the year and Houston has a 25-2 record.
TCU, reaching the 20-victory mark for only the third time in the school’s history, has nine losses Arkansas is also 25-2.
Guard Darrell Browder led TCU with 17 points, Doug Arnold had 16, and Nick Cucinella contributed 14 points.
Tyren Naulls was high for the Aggies with 20 points.
TCU Coach Jim Killings worth wasn’t as much worried about facing Arkansas as he was excited with 20 wins.
"As a coach, you carry that record forever,” he said.
TCU shot 60 per cent from the field to a poor 38 per cent for the Aggies, who finished the year 17-14.
"It was one of our better games,” said Killingsworth.
Texas AAM’s Claude Riley said “TCU played us as well as I’ve ever seen a TCU team play.”
A crowd of 13,050 turned out for the doubleheader in Reunion Arena.
The championship finals are at noon Saturday and will be televised to most of the nation by NBC.
Arkansas is the defending tournament champion, but Houston made it to the Final Four last year.
The Cougars swept through the SWC regular season race with a 16-0 record and have won 20 consecutive games.
NCAA track begin today
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Southern Methodist University, winner of only one national collegiate title in the school’s history, was considered the slight favorite to capture the men’s crown in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which began today.
The Mustangs, runnersup in in 1961 and fourth last year, were rated the team to beat this time because of their strength in the field events.
Only one final was scheduled today — the 35-pound weight throw at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti — with trials and semifinals for men and women in the other events at the Silverdome. The other 28 finals — 15 for men, 13 for women — were set for the Silverdome Saturday.
But today’s (Hie final was expected to set the tone for the Mustangs’ drive toward the championship, which
would go along with the national collegiate golf title SMU won in 1954.
In the weight throw, the Mustangs had the favorite, Robert Weir, and two other potential high point scorers in Richard Olsen and Anders Hoff.
Weir, the NCAA indoor champion as a freshman in 1981 and fourth last year, was ranked No. I on the basis of his world indoor best throw of 77 feet, 6% inches earlier this year.
Besides Weir, they had two other favorites — two-time defending champion Keith Connor in the triple jump and two-time winner Michael Carter in the shot put.
They also had the nation’s fastest collegiate mile relay team, 600-yard runner Leslie Brooks and sub-four minute miler Paul Rugut.
Last year, Texas-El Paso easily won the title, with 67 points to 30 for second-place Arkansas.