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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 26, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSaturday february 26, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 25 what credibility in the Usel new York in his embarrassment in finally acknowledging contract with the new Jersey generals after having denied it repeatedly last week Herschel Walker wednesday apologized for ask your forgiveness he said alluding to his Georgia idolaters and god s but what Walker did t say was that he and his attorney Jac Manton had been asking the generals and the National football league for something else millions of dollars. And now Walker is about to join the generals of the United state football league after having been roughed up More than he Ever has in a football uniform. Ironically the generals and the Usel Are bragging about How Walker provides instant credibility for the new team and the new league after having contributed to destroying Walker s credibility As ayoung Man As Well As their own credibility As sports administrators. Over the weekend an unidentified Usel official indicated that if Walker had signed a contract commissioner Chet Simmons a Long time television sports executive would disapprove it i accordance with avowed Usel policy not to sign players with College eligibility remaining. Dave Anderson but wednesday with a True Opportunity to establish the Usel s credibility by voiding the contract and prohibiting the generals from Ever signing Walker the commissioner surrendered to his show Biz instincts. In approving the contract Simmons used the phrase special circumstance As if that absolved him. But the circumstance is More suspect than special. All along notably when he was awarded the Heisman trophy two months ago Walker kept proclaiming he would play for Georgia through his senior 1983 season he also spoke about hoping to qualify As a sprinter for the 1984 olympic team which would have prevented him from joining the Usel next year too. Now suddenly All that is impossible prompting several questions did the generals trap Walker into signing that tentative contract and then threaten to disclose it thereby forcing Walker s confession did his attorney Manton misguide him before and during last week s meeting with the generals chairman j. Walter Duncan thereby creating a situation from which not even Walker could escape did his family or his new Fiancee persuade him that he should at least listen to what Duncan had to say or did Walker want to turn pro did he knowingly sign that tentative contract last week then change his mind the next Day and tear it up before realizing the consequences that by signing that contract even with a 24-hour change of heart clause that is reportedly proper under Georgia Law he was no longer eligible under Mcaa rules even some of Walker s friends in Georgia can Only guess. I think Herschel went to that meeting with Duncan with every intention of turning Down the generals one of those friends was saying wednesday. But with All the pressure there i think he signed that contract just to get out of the even before he got out of the room he was technically out of College tackled later by his conscience perhaps Walker finally Felt he had betrayed his eligibility several weeks ago by assessing a written proposal from the Chicago Blitz of the Usel for a reported $10 million Over six years. Jerry Argovitz the Houston agent is understood to have organized that justifying his approval of the contract with the generals perhaps Simmons says he believes that Walker already was ineligible for his senior season because of the offer by the Blitz. But Why did t the commissioner act at the time at the general s training Camp in Orlando fla., where the team is preparing for their opener in los Angeles a week from sunday Charley theokas the vice president for business operations was Quick to declare that Walker provides instant football credibility for the new team and the league. But one player even Walker does not Supply instant credibility even to one team much less a 12-team he s a television attraction for the Usel s contract with the Abc network. Yes hell sell tickets to the generals games at giants stadium beginning March 20 there against the Tampa Bay that does t mean the generals or the Usel suddenly Are credible. In the immortal words of Chuck Fairbanks the generals own commander it won t be one or two players who make this league it will be Good people and first class and no matter How spectacular Walker s statistics Are in the Usel he will be haunted by one nagging question would he be As Good in the nil Joe Namath had to live with that question through four seasons As a quarterback until the new York jets won super bowl Iii and finally provided the american football league with credibility so did Many of the other Al teams and players until they dominated the Earl years of the realignment created for the 1970 season. In any sport a league is Only As Good As its Overall Caliper of Competition among several Quality teams. Connors downed in la Quinta play associated press Jimmy Connors the world Stop ranked player was upset by Mike Bauer 6-3, 6-4 wednesday inlay at the $255,000 Cong oleum Tennis classic in la Quinta , in the Gold coast Tennis championship second see Guillermo Vilas fought off Buster Mottram 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Advance tothe quarterfinals and Vitas Geru Laitis routed Mike Runnberg 6-2, 6-1in play at the Kuwait International , who was shooting for his third consecutive tournament title took the second round loss to Bauer ranked 89th in the world in happens. The less the better Connors said of his first defeat in More than a month and his earliest exit from a tournament since 1981. Nobody s perfect. I could t keep my mind on my business during the the tournament s second seed Yannick Noah of France fared better than the top seeded breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 Triumph Over Canada s Glenn Michibata. No.3 seed Jose Higueras of Spain also scored a one sided Victory Downing Matt anger 6-2, 6-1. Eliot Teltscher the fourth seed won his match by default when Bob Lutz withdrew because of a virus. Bauer 23, is a former University of California Star who is in his fourth year on the pro tour. He won two foreign tournaments last year at Bangkok and Adelaide Australia but the Victory Over Connors was his biggest was really nervous this morn ing Bauer said thinking Back tothe moments before his first match Ever against Connors. I was hitting the Ball but i did t know what to do because i was so said that realizing he had Connors at match Point threw off his concentration. He hit a shot Long then Connors took him to Deuce before Bauer finally came Back to win the said to myself do you know Why you re choking it s because you have match Point against Jimmy Connors " Bauer was t because i could t hit the , 30, who recently set a men s record with his 95th career title was asked if he might have suffered a letdown against ," he replied. If that were the Case i should probably get into different the Winner of sunday s finals atthe la Quinta hotel Tennis club will earn $32,000, with the runner receiving $16,000. Olympic organizers in debt seeking $200m Calgary Alberta a organizers of the 1988 Winter olympics in Calgary already Are in debt frustrating fact As they continue pressing the Federal government for$200 million already promised. We Don t have any Money in theban Frank King chairman of the olympic organizing committee said wednesday. I see no evidence that the capability to put Money in our Bank is in place and i m concerned about said Ottawa promised $200 million about 18 months ago when Calgary won the right to Host the 1988 games. Most of the Money Wasto have been raised through a sports Pool but opposition from the Provin Ces Federal progressive conserva Tives and even some members of the Liberal government have delayed legislation that would implement the federally run lottery. The commitment of the Federal government is Clear King said. It s in writing. And approved bythe Cabinet. But there is a difference that should be recognized Between a commitment and the Cash in said Ottawa has provided a $500,000 Advance and the Albert government has contributed another $1.7 million but that has been spent in the preliminary stages. We re not in serious financial difficulty King said noting olym Pic organizers have started dipping into a $1 million credit line with the Royal Bank. But we can t go on tooling regarding commitments to big capital Cost items without knowing the Money is available from Federal programs. To not move quickly is to end up costing us the Calgary olympics Are budgeted at $415 million. Besides Ottawa s $200-million commitment the Alberta government has Promise about $123 million in facilities. The games organizers expect to raise the remaining Money from television rights and souvenirs. David Leighton former president of the games organizing committee warned late last year that Federal funding already was overdue and further delays would Force organizers into serious debt. Leighton noting the budget for the1976 summer olympics in Montreal ballooned from $120 million to staggering $1.4 billion said the problems of Montreal really relate to the time pressure they were under. They left decisions and every thing was too Calgary organizers say the Federal government is forcing them into the same bind by taking too much Tim paying its $200 million share. I Don t think there s a Day whence go Over a Cliff or anything like that King said. But each Day that goes by without Federal funding we lose some decision making Arguello lets title go Mexico City up Alexi Arguello has announced that he is giving up his world boxing Council lightweight title because he cannot lose enough weight to make a title defense. A wac spokesman said Arguello a self exiled nicaraguan who now lives in Florida revealed his Resig nation in a Telegram sent from Tuscon ariz., where he is in training for an upcoming non title bout against Vilomar Fernandez

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