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Friday, April 30, 1965
The Daily Nebraskan
The PEG Board
by Peggy Speece
It takes a lot of swallowing to get down the lumps
handed out by the Kansas University athletic department
And for many, those lumps have nothing to do with
sentimentality. Track coach Bill Easton, fired in a sur
prise move April 20, was not particularly loved by his
But the big bomb dropped by Jayhawk athletic direc
tor Wade Stinson has sent up clouds which confuse the
picture and leave a bad taste.
Just why was Easton fired? The answer has been
given variously "for unwillingness to follow administra
tive and financial procedure" (Stinson); for "personal
animosity" (Easton). Certainly the now-infamous issue
involving the purchase of two plastic boxes for the pole
vault was only the final incident. The boxes were ordered
for the Kansas Relays, held only three days before Eas
ton's ouster, so that pole vault records would be legal
under NCAA rules.
Stinson did not understand the purchase and ordered
them shipped back; Easton intercepted the order at the
train depot and the boxes were in use at the 40th an
Stinson was hired at KU a year ago. One of his
primary jobs was to get the athletic department on more
solid financial footing a goal of all athletic directors.
Easton says that Stinson was cutting back on the track
program by $3,000 to do it. Differences arose between the
two when Eaton felt Stinson was trying to de-emphasize
the track program.
Kansas has long been regarded a track power in the
Midwest and it was Bill Easton who built the KU track
empire. In 18 years at Lawrence, Easton has won 11 of
the last 46 Big Eight Indoor championships, 11 of the
last 13 outdoor crowns and 16 of the last 18 cross-country
Bill Eaton teaches a highly competitive brand of track.
His athletes are known for giving the do-or-die effort
even to the point where other Big Eight schools have felt
that Winning might be too important to Kansas. But no
one can deny Easton's success as a coach and with few
exceptions, his athletes have the highest regard for him.
There may be more concrete reasons than those given
thus far by Stinson for the firing, but the information avail
able and the timing of the action are pretty hard to digest.
Sunday came the announcement that Bob Timmons,
former KU assistant coach had been hired in place of
Easton. Had the announcement come a week and a half
earlier, Timmons still would have been the assistant
coach. Not two weeks before the firing action, Timmons
had been hired as head coach at Oregon State Universi
ty. Timmons best recommendation is that a year ago he
was coach at Wichita East High School in Kansas.
Jim Ryun, who set a national high school record in the
mile at the Kansas Relays, is a senior at Wichita East.
(Incidentally Ryun broke his own record a week after he
set it ... a blazing 4:02 clocking last Friday eclipsed
his Kansas Relays time of 4:04.8.)
And there are other outstanding runners at W i c h i t a
East. More than likely, according to the word on the KU
campus at he time of the Relays (before anyone dreamed
that Easton would not be directing the 1966 Relays), these
outstanding runners would have followed Timmons to
OSU. Now reports are that Ryun, at least, is likely to be
strolling the Lawrence campus next fall.
Impossible though it seems, the reins of KU track
have been taken away from Bill Easton. The clo'ids are
still rising from the storm the firing caused but probably
time will obscure them until in later years no one will
no longer care to know the whole story. But time will never
obscure the coaching success of Bill Easton nor the
glorious record he gave Kansas.
BOB SAMUELSON-Sports Editor
NU vs. ISU
The Big Eight's pitching
powers third place Iowa
State and first-place Nebras
kawill meet up in an all-important
three-garae series Fri
day and Saturday.
They'll play a doubleheader
Friday at 1:30 p.m. and a 1
p.m. single game, both on the
Of their 58 innings pitched,
Cyclone throwers have relin
quished only 12 earned runs,
29 altogether on the way to a
5-3 record in the Big Eight.
Tom Van Galder (2-1) leads
that group with a 0.89 ERA
and has struck out 24. Scott
Morton (2-1) in his 20 innings
and has also wiffed 24. Bob
Zeigler has a 2.77 earned run
average in his two games.
Van Galder and Morton
threw complete games in
Iowa State's doubleheader
sweep last weekend. Rain can
celled the single game and
It'll be up to Stan Bahnsen,
Bob Hergenrader and Bob
Stickels to keep the Huskers
on top. With a 5-2 record,
they're only Vz game up on the
NU's pitching hasn't been
anything to shirk off. During
league play, the staff's earned
run average is 2.39 with 47
trikpouts. Hereenrader heads
the starters with a 2.23 ERA
and has given up only five
walks in three appearances.
He was coasting splendidly
last Friday for six innings,
but then two K-State straight
NU Track Team
Goes To Colorado
Nebraska's track team will
put its undefeated dual and
triangular record on the line
against Colorado in Boulder
The Huskers went through
three indoor meets with vic
tories and has won its only
outdoor encounter over Hous
ton and Wisconsin just before
the Drake Relays.
The sarins corns was de
pleted somewhat at Drake
when Lynn Headiey puuea a
muscle. He probably won't
run Saturday, but is expected
back in plenty of time for
Missouri the following week
in Lincoln and the Big Eight
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NU won, 3-2, with a two-run
Bahnsen (2-1) heads the list
in strikeouts with 26 and has
a 2.70 earned run average. He
got some offensive help in his
10-5 victory over the Wildcats.
Stickels (0-1) has pitched
only one conference inning
against Colorado, striking out
two and not letting a man on
first. He was scheduled to go
against K-State Saturday but
rain interfered. The soph's
loss was to Morningside.
While the Huskers will be
up against the league's strong
est pitching, they certainly
could use .308 hitter Gary Tun
nison. But he's a question
nable performer after a se
vere muscle pull in his ankle
during the Kansas State ser
ies. Jim Smith is his likely re
placement in left field.
Overall Nebraska is 5-4 and
two victories this weekend
would match last year's Big
Eight total of seven. After the
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