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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Horned Frog booster quits council as scandal widensIM Sports H*rald-Zf!tun$ Tuesday, September 24, 1985 Paget* NCAA investigator headed for TCU FORT WORTH (AP) — NCAA investigators were due to arrive in Fort Worth today to begin examinations of details surrounding the student athlete rules infractions reported by Texas Christian University last week. Meanwhile, the drama of the TCU violations intensified with the resignation of a booster from the school’s board of trustees and Coach Jim Wacker admitting he knew about the violations in November. TCU football booster Dick Ixrwe said in his letter of resignation from the board that former TCU football Coach F A. Dry and two of his assistants agreed to illegal recruiting prior to the 1980 recruiting campaign. Ixiwe admitted he “participated in breaking NCAA rules” and revealed the Dry staff’s involvement in a recruiting slush fund in the letter mailed to school Chancellor William Tucker on Monday. In the letter, a copy of which Lowe distributed to area media Monday afternoon, Lowe said he and “a number of other alumni" supplied payments to at least nine football players, in violation of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. “Don't ever think that if illegal recruiting is going on that the coaches don’t know about it. They are right in the middle of it,” Lowe said. Meanwhile, television station KXAS reported that Wacker, who has said he knew of no illegal recruiting until last week, had been given a list of his players who had been involved in illegal recruiting activities as early as last November. Wacker admitted that he had been given such a list and had called in the booster who was alleged to have been making payments. “I said, There is no way that this is going to happen in this program. ‘Has it happened?’ and he said , ‘No,’" Wacker told KXAS. The coach said the booster, identified only as an Arlington businessman, gave him reason to doubt the “validity and character’’ of the person who had provided the list. “I checked with our players again. They said there was no way that that had happened,” Wacker said. “In light of what has happened now. hey, maybe there was some validity to it and maybe I believed the wrong person. “All you can do is go with the evidence at hand,” Wacker said. An earlier report said another TCU booster claimed Dry approached him about setting up a slush fund of $7,500 a month for players, according to a published report. Morris “Snake” Bailey, a financial contributor to the football program and member of the TCU Sports Hall of Fame, said he was approached by Dry about setting up such a fund in 1980, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported. Six football players have been suspended from the TCU team for accepting payments, a violation of NCAA rules. Wacker suspended six players Thursday night after learning they had received cash payments from TCU hooters. The players are Kenneth Davis, Egypt Allen, Gary Spann, Gearld Taylor, Darron Turner and Marvin Foster. Davis, a running back, finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting last season and was considered a con tender in this year’s voting. He has been elusive since last week but was interviewed by the Dallas Times Herald Monday on the TCU campus. “I’ve been a victim of honesty,’ said Davis, who reportedly confessed to receiving payments aftei Wacker asked players to reveal what they knew. “They said the truth hurts. It’s hurting. It hurts bad. “I’m very sorry about about all this, he told the Stat Telegram after a brief meeting with the other five suspended players. Reserve rover Foster and starting safety Allen said they had not received any money since Wacker became coach. Linebacker Taylor denied ever having received any. Defensive linemen Turner and Spann did not comment, saying they would do their talking after conferring with NCAA investigators. “In 1981 (the year he was recruited) my mother was suffering from cancer,” said Foster, whose mother eventually died of the disease. “She was in the hospital and the bills were coming in. I needed the money to help Comal County Players of the Week BANKS SMITH MILLETT BALMOS REED Sticky-fingered back, end push teams to triumphs By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer It was a good Friday for the visiting teams last week as New Braunfels and Canyon both traveled home with victories and Comal County Player of the Week honors. New Braunfels’ Barry Baker intercepted four passes to lead the Unicorn defense iii .shutting out Gonzales. Baker is the defensive player of the week after New Braunfels’ 35-0 win over the Apaches. “Some of those interceptins he made were spectacular,” said New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety. “He was in position for another one, but one of our players tippi'd the ball away from him, or else he would have had five." Streety said he could not remember a Unicorn ever having four interceptions in one game. Canyon’s Todd Banks is this week’s offensive player of the week. Banks, the Cougars’ tight end, came up with some key catches and paved the way for the rushing attack as the Canyon downed Smithson Valley 13-0. “Todd made a couple of really crucial catches, but his real strength came m his blocking, He was just outstanding in his double-team work on the outside," said Cougar Coach Troy Burch. Smithson Valley s Chris Gentry and Preston Janes head the honorable mention list. Gentry, the Rangers’ fullback, gained 70 yards on 15 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with a back injury ‘‘They had a hard time stopping him,” said Smithson Valley Coach Stan Irvine. “I think he would have had IOO yards iii the game if he hadn't of gone out. He just did a heck of a job.” Another Ranger who had a valiant effort against Canyon was defensive end Janes. The senior was the third-leading tackler on the team, but Irvine said a performace like Janes’ does not show up in the statistics. “He did a great job of chasing the quarterback and forcing him out of bounds or throwing the ball away,” he said. “What makes it so amazing to watch him on the game films is to see him get knocked down and then get up and pursue the ball carrier,” Irvine said. Other honorable mention choices on offense are Canyon’s Cody Smith and New Braunfels’ Stephen Millett. Smith finished the night with 88 yards on 12 carries, but Burch said he could easily have had more yards. “He had a couple of runs called back by penalties and one touchdown run called back. He had an outstanding night carrying the ball,” he said. Millett gained 150 yards on 14 carries and caught four passes for 42 yards. His 51-yard burst on the first play of the third quarter ignited the Unicorns’ to a 28-point half. Other honorable mention performers on defense are Smithson Valley’s Scott Balmos and Canyon’s Bobby Baboos led the Rangers with 12 tackles from his safety position, including a few touchdown-saving efforts. Reed was in on 13 tackles in the Cougars’ shutout of Smithson Valley. “He was probably the leader of our defensive effort,” Burch said. USC slides after loss By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auburn and Oklahoma, both idle over the weekend, remained 1-2 rn the Associated Press college football poll today while Southern California skidded from third to 18th after being upset by Baylor. In addition, South Carolina and Illinois, last week’s No. 15 and 20 teams, fell out of the Top Twenty after suffering crushing defeats while Air Force and Virginia made the rankings for the first time this season. Auburn, 2-0, received 26 of 57 first-place votes and 1,087 of a possible 1,140 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and sportscasters. The Tigers visit Tennessee on Saturday. Oklahoma, which will become the last major-college team to play a game when the Sooners visit Minnesota on Saturday night, received 21 first-place votes and 1,076 points. iAst week, with all 60 voters participating, they were tied 23-23 in first-place balli while Auburn b d in points 1,137-1,125. Top 20 6 So Methodist (31 IOO 787 5 7 Oklahoma State 200 695 8 8 LSU 2 00 681 9 By The Associated Press 9 Penn State 300 624 IO The Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press IO Arkansas 200 515 14 college toot Pal I poll, with lust place votes in 1 I Flur ida 10 1 503 ll parentheses, season record, total points based on 12 Michigan (1) 200 475 19 201918 17 161514 1312 11 10987 6543 13 UCLA 201 467 12 2 1 and last week s ranking 14 Brigham Young 3 1 0 443 13 Record Pts Pvs 16 Alabama 300 413 16 I Auburn (26) ...... 2 OO 1,083 I 16 Nebraska 110 404 18 2 Oklahoma (21)..... O OO 1,076 2 17 Maryland (I) 2 10 351 17 3 Iowa (5).......... 2 00 1,008 4 18 Southern Cal I IO 328 3 4 Florida State 30 0 877 6 19 Air Force 300 109 5 Ohio State 20 0 807 7 20 Virginia 200 73 With Southern Cal losing to Baylor 20-13, Iowa moved up from fourth place to third with five first-place votes and 1,008 points by trouncing Northern Illinois 48-20, Florida State and Ohio State, sixth and seventh last week, both climbed past idle Southern Methodist, which slipped from fifth to sixth. Fourth-place Florida State received 877 points following a 19-10 victory over Memphis State and No. 5 Ohio State, a 36-13 winner over Colorado, received 807 points, followed by SMU Welcome back Rams, Dickerson deflate Seattle SEATTLE (AP) — For the first three quarters, Erie Dickerson shook off the rust from his holdout. In the fourth, he made the Seahawks look Uke they were the guys who had been away for 47 days. “Obviously, Erie had training camp in the first three quarters and began the regular season in the fourth,” Ins Angeles Rams Coach John Robinson said after the holder of the National Football Inague’s single-season rushing record played his first game of the season on three days of practice like he'd never been away at all. Recreating some of his routine days of the past two seasons, lie carried 31 times for 150 yards and scored threp touchdowns as the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 35-24 for their third win without a loss. Even more important, he saved his best work for the final period after the Seahawks had cut a 21-7 deficit to 21-17 with just under seven minutes to play on a fourth-down play from the Rams 3-yard line. Then Dickerson took over, ignoring the constant din of the 63,292 fans who bounced their appeals to the Seahawks defense off the walls and roof of the Kingdome. On the first play of the next possession, he took a handoff from Dieter Brock, burst through a hole NFL By The Associated Press East W L T Pct PF PA Miami . . 2 I 0 667 84 39 New England .. 2 I 0 667 50 54 N Y, Jets .. 2 I 0 667 66 37 Indianapolis .. 1 2 0 333 30 81 Buffalo 0 3 0 OOO 26 73 Central Pittsburgh .. 2 I 0 667 72 20 Cleveland 1 2 0 333 48 54 Houston I 2 0 333 39 59 Cincinnati .... 0 3 0 OOO 92 113 West Denver . 2 I 0 667 94 71 Kansas City 2 I 0 667 83 78 San Diego ... 2 I 0 667 93 99 Seattle ..... 2 I 0 667 101 94 I A Raiders . . I 2 0 333 61 70 NATIONAI CONFERENCE East Dallas .......2 I 0 667 85 47 N Y Giants 2 I 0 ■ 68 40 St Lours 2 I 0 667 85 78 Philadelphia 1 2 0 333 25 44 Washington Central I 2 0 333 36 76 Chicago ...... 3 0 0 1 OOO 91 Detroit ..... 2 I 0 667 60 62 Minnesota 2 I 0 667 83 70 Green Bay I 2 0 333 46 70 Tampa Bay West 0 3 0 OOO 57 89 L A Rams 3 0 0 I OOO ll 46 San Francisco 2 I 0 667 90 54 New Orleans I 2 0 333 70 94 Atlanta Sunday s Games 0 3 0 OOO 71 107 Dallas 20, Cleveland 7 Denver 44, Atlanta 28 Indianapolis 14, Detroit 6 Pittsburgh 20. Houston 0 New England 17, Buffalo 14 Philadelphia 19, Washington 6 New Orleans 20, Tampa Bay 13 New York Giants 27.St Louis 1 7 Sari Diego 44 Cincinnati 41 Miami 31, Kansas City 0 New York Jets 24 Green Bay 3 San Francisco 34 Los Angeles Raiders IO Monday a Game Los Angeles Rams 35, Seattle 24 between right tackle and guard and cut for the .sidelines, racing 43 yards to the Seattle 37. Five plays later, he burst into the end zone from 15 yards out to make it 28-17 and the Seahaks were never in the game again. “I felt very much at home,” said Dickerson, who ran and lifted weights during his time away from the Rams in a contract dispute, then practiced with the team last Wed nesday, Thursday and Friday. “In the fourth quarter the defensive guys starting getting tired and I got a step ahead of them." “You know that one of these pla> he’ll break it," offensive tack Jackie Slater said of the 43-yard which came on a “gap play” that the Rams had tried IO or 12 times before with virtually no success. AWORTH Football Notebook Unicorn notes Gonzales surprised New Braunfels by commy out on of lense in the I formation rather than the Apaches' usual Veer. Gonzales quarterback Gene Krmdler went to work right away against the Unicorns' 5 8 cornerback Barry Baker, throwing his direction on three of ttie first four plays. Gonzales kept throwing his way and the senior responded with four in terceptions . Gonzales' speedy fallback Willard O’Neil averaged eight yards a carry, yet only rushed IO times. His most exciting run came on first down at the New Braunfels 20 He took a pitchout and ran to the right, only to find three Unicorns staring at him He quickly turned around and raced back to the New Braunfels 45 before cutting back upfield. He was finally knocked out of bounds after running to the at the line of scrimmage, but twin penalties wiped out the play That was as close as the Apar;ties got to the end zone the whole night. . Stephen Millett, who led New Braunfels with 150 yards on 13 carries, tallied 106 of those yards in the second half On the first offensive play of the third quarter, Millett set the tone for the rest of the game by scampering for a 51 yard run. The run put the ball at the Gonzales ll, setting up Ryan Purdy's nine yard scoring run. . .The Unicorns' opponents this week, Alamo Heights, is off to a good start After being shut out by Central Catholic 21-0 in the season opener, the Mules have come back to upset Bandera and Kerrville Tivy. Cougar notes with three first-place votes and 787 points. Oklahoma State, which was also idle, jumped from eighth to seventh with 695 points. IiJU defeated Colorado State 17-3 and rose from ninth to eighth with 681 points. Penn State turned back East Carolina 17-10 and went up from 10th to ninth with 624 points and Arkansas cracked the Top Ten for the first time this season, vaulting from 14th to 10th with 515 points after blanking Tulsa 24-0. Canyon Coach Troy Burch was happy to escape from Ranger Stadium with a vcitory but upset that his team had the second half blahs for the third straight game "Maybe we ought to go in at halftime behind, and then we d come out and play," he said. "I d rather not be in that situation, though.". . .Canyon's opponent this week, Westlake, was upset by Waco Richfield 28 21 Friday night The Chaparrals trailed 21 14 at the half and lost quarterback Mark Mangum to an injury in the fourth quarter Richfield gained 307 yards on the ground against the Chaparrals while allowing 54 Canyon s Mr All Position, Kody Smith, averaged 6 7 yards a carry Friday night despite being stacked up for no gain three times After Smithson Valley's initial drive of 69 yards, the Canyon defense allowed the Rangers 68 yards of offense the rest of the night. . The Cougars ran the no-huddle offense to perfection on their first touchdown drive, picking up 40 yards in three plays and keeping the Rangers from getting set up on defense But that was the only time Canyon used the offense, which Burch said the Cougars had been practicing all season . After Smithson Valley controlled the ball for all but 5b seconds of the first quarter and 15:50 of the first 24 minutes. Canyon turned on some ball control of its own holding the ball for 16 46 of the final two periods Ranger notes The first thing Smithson Valley Coach Stan Irvine said in his rambling post game monologue "I really think we're for real We saw a lot of good things out there." That's dangerously optimistic for the conservative Irvine . .The biggest worry for the Rangers this week is fullback Chris Gentry's back. Gentry sustained a bruise when he was hit by a helmet in a pile up He was taken to Methodist Hospital as a precaution The early report is that he ll miss this week's game at Yorktown. . .Aaron Smith, who played with his broken thumb heavily taped, drew Irvine's praise for his work in the secondary and for his kick returns. . Kevin McCoy, a defensive regular and the backup fullback, missed the game with strep throat. . .Punter Jason Smart, who dropped his first two snaps, got stronger as the night progressed In order, tie had punts of nine, 26, 29 and 38 yards . .Smithson Valley was late coming out of the dressing room to start the game, leaving press box wags wondering if Irvine was in the dressing room eating a worm, a la Grant Teal! . Smithson Valley's defense, showing the effects of a training program designed to make the team stronger in the fourth quarter, stopped Canyon five times inside the Ranger 50 in the final period « ;

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