New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, March 17.1987
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SMU considers legal action against Clements, boosters
DALI JVS IAP) — The Southern Methodist University Board of Governors is considering legal action against those believed to have damaged the school by their involvement in the athletics scandal that led to a one-year ban of football.
The list of possible defendants includes Texas Gov. Bill Clements, former chairman of the board, who resigned when he was inaugurated in January
Thomas W Luce III, a Dallas lawyer and SMU board member, has been appointed chairman of a special litigation committee He confirmed today his panel will discuss the feasibility of a lawsuit Friday.
He said he will propose a special counsel be appointed "to help us investigate the matter and help us decide whether there is a cause of action.
The plaintiff would be the universit> if we decide to sue," Luce said But he would not name the possible defendants
SMI s 72-member Board of Trustees will meet Friday, and Luce indicated a possible lawsuit would be discussed
William L Hutchison, new chairman of the board of governors, said Mondav that the
possibility of a lawsuit was one of several options being considered to restore credibility to the university and accountability on the board.
The school's football program was suspended for the 1987 season, allowed only a limited schedule of road games for the 1988 season and placed under other sanctions that will keep the program dow n for years to come The action was taken after the National Collegiate Athletic Association found that the school had violated recruiting rules while on probation for earlier rules violations.
The latest series of violations including paying student athletes from a slush fund and providing
other benefits that are not allowed under NCAA rules.
Only a few days after the NCAA handed down its harshest punishment ever, Clements told an Austin news conference that he and other board members agreed in 1985 that they should "phase out" the system of paying football players and not merely end the practice after the football program was placed on three years probation for recruiting violations.
Other board members have denied that they were aware that payments were to continue.
Thomas W Luce, a Dallas lawyer and board member, said such a lawsuit would be filed only "if in the best interest of the university.”
Luce is chairman of special litigation committee of the board that is to meet Friday "to consider the question of whether the board should take legal action against others that have been accused of the wrongdoing.”
Luce said Monday he would like to persuade the special committee to hire a special counsel and to study a report from a special investigating commitee of the Methodist bishops before deciding about any legal action.
Spring Break different for Mustangs
DAIJ.AS AP With the start of spring break at Southern Methodist, football players are foregoing a trip to the beach and using their vacation to dei ide where to plav football in the fall
.After the 52 scholarship players were left without a team three weeks ago when the Ne AA suspended the football program for the 1987 season for repeated recruiting violations, even those who did not play regularly found themselves deluged with re* miters
Coaches had only two days to visit them on campus before the regular March I deadline ending on-campus recruiting The players can take five official visits paid for by the host schools, as well as be contacted bv coaches by phone or letter Some of the best schools in the country are recruiting SMU pla>ers and they will be making campus visits this week
I think everyone plans to do some traveling," said sophomore offensive lineman Hod Mounts That mav be
one of the few good things to come out
Mounts is one of several highly-regarded SMU offensive linemen. He will visit Auburn, Ohio State and Baylor, while Arizona State and UCLA are also interested in him Another starting offensive lineman, Kevin McKinney, is leaning toward Ohio State, but is also being courted bv Arizona Sophomore defensive back Derrick Heed has visited Michigan State and USG It has really been strange.
being recruited all over again,” Reed told the Dallas Morning Newt. “Only having a few years left and having been to college, though, you really know what to look for.”
Bobby Watters, who started for the Mustangs last year, said, "I didn’t think anyone would want a one-year quarterback But I guess some
He has visited Arizona, probably his first choice, and is being wooed by three former opposing coaches.Notre Dame looking to stow tempo against North Carolina
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the first Unit* w«* played them North Carolina not only has th*- bi game away ft *m S uth I vend Ind * »•> •* V;
America Kenny SuuU. af missed tn« ,.»>t eel ,» with a knee injure .n th*- hatk -ult Phelps said tile Hey to the Irish cf ant e** w *uld be
their ability to *,..w I an the tempo Notre Dame advanced with a o8-o7 victory over lexas Christian in lh* st** ->nd r< und, scoring far .ess than North Carolina Ti I ii. a 109-9 Ie* mon over Michigan
It s obvious we don t want to play a game that s in the .Ais, let aione the 100s.'' Phelps said "I think that s 'fie thing ae have to do, control the game Unapt' U> put us in a position to stake when it counts N rth Carolina Loa* h I>ean Snuth say s Notre Dame guard David Rivers is the key to the Tar Heels ability I Speed up the game
ll w -ald be difficult for us to speed the temp*) up against them because David Rivers is such an out
standing bali handler Smith said It's tough to press
Other third-round games Thursday include Florida against Sy racuse at Last Rutherford, and Providence against Alabama and Georgetown versus Kansas in the Southeast at louisville. Ky
Hie Midwest Regionai in Cincinnati and the West Regional in Seattle get under way Friday In the Midwest. DePaul faces l#SU and Indiana plays Duke In the West, Oklahoma plays Iowa and Nevada-Las Vegas takes on Wyoming The Sy racuse-Klonda game matches two teams that took different routes to the regional semifinals Syracuse’s starters scored 95 points in a 104-86 victory
over Western Kentucky while Florida outscored Purdue's bench 24-10 in an 86-66 victory over the Boilermakers "You need depth to go through a tough tournament,” Florida Coach Norm Sloan said "I like to use our depth. We count on the play of a lot of people ”
"There is a whole difference in the philosophies of basketball coaching," Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said "Some teams use their bench — Providence. Georgetown are good examples in our league — and have been very successful playing nine or IO people.” The Hoyas, who have been in the Final Four three of the last five years, won the championship in 1984 Georgetown and Kansas have never met in basketballRockets conquer Bulls on McCray's tip-in
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couidn t del end Jordan but he thought he could get a position on him and did on the decisiv e basket ('hitago, 32-32, lost for the fifth straight time
Pistons 115, Pacers 95
After years of chasing the waders in the NBA Central Division, it doesn’t bother the first-place Detroit Pistons that .Atlanta is refusing to fold this season
It's fun coming to the arena knowing that you have to win because someone is right on your back center Bill I ai im beer said after collecting 19 points and IO rebounds as the Pistons beat Indiana You can't rely on the other teams to do your work
The easy victory over the Pacers gave the listens a seven-game winning streak and a one-game edge over Atlanta
Sonics 122 Spurs 111
Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak as Dale Kills scored 12 of his 33 points in the dec isive third period
R.) okie forward Larry Krystkowiak scored a career-high ’A points for the Spui s Another rookie Walter Berri added23
Killingsworth to retire?
FOHT WORTH AP Iexus Christian athle*. department officials s. heduled a newsy .ufei ie * todav amid spec uia ti on that ll I head basketball coach Jim Killingsworth might retir* after 3‘. y ears of coaching TCU sports information directoi Glenn Stone refused to sa* what the news cont el*' ** wa* about Killingsworth could not ta* rea led immediately for conunent AthleUc Director Prank Wmdegger was not available for comment, a secretary said Killingsworth. the Southwest Conference coach of the year, led tin* Horned Frogs to a 24-7 record, including a second-round loss ui the NC AA playoffs
There was speculation after the tournament that Killingworth would consider retiring after eight years at TCU.
Replay gets recommendation
KAANAPALI, Hawaii <AP) The NKL s rule
making c ompetition Comnuttee recommended to h ague owners Heat they extend tile controversial instant replay oversight of on-field officials for another two years
lh* proposal, subnutted at the first general session of the annual winter meeting, would add an instant replay official, to each officiating crew replacing the system used last season which tiad retired officials or members of the league office staff in the replay booth
Padres, Rains halt negotiations
SAN DIRGO (AP) Free agent Tun Raines never lost hope that he'd play for the San Diego Padres, but the team apparently has closed the door on negotiations with a final slam just when it seemed Haines' wish would come true
After a weekend of reports that the speedy outfielder’s agent offered the club a one-year deal worth |1.3 to $1.5 million, Padres President Ballard Smith declared the matter closed Monday. saying the decision was rn keeping with the
team’s policy of developing talent from within the franchise.
‘‘The negotiations are done, and he s not going to play in San Diego," Snuth said Monday evening in San Diego, hours after Raines indicated in Florida that “things are starting to heat up there ”
“I don’t really feel optinustic,” Raines said moments before he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame "I feel there's a chance They are the team that has showed the most interest.”
The Padres' decision to end talks with Kames for the second time this month sparked a flo*>d of phone calls to the club's office from furious fans whose hopes had been buoyed by the contract reportedly offered by Kames agent, Tom Reich
Snuth broke off talks with tin* 1986 National league batting champion on March I after Raines rejected as inadequate a Padres proposal for a $2.2 million, two-year deal
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