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    Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Page 6
The Daily Nebraskan
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Sports Editor
A'-ihough im team is a definite shoo-in for the Big
Eight tille, Oklahoma's Sooners may be in the winner's
circle after Dec. 2.
The Norman men, who started fresh this season with
a new coach, have had a phenominal defensive record in
winning four of their first five contests.
Chuck Fairbanks, who was shouldered with the head
coaching chores after Jim Mackenzie suddenly died, has
moulded a team that has only dropped a 9-7 decision to
t he Texas Longhorns.
Oklahoma has allowed just 16 points in five games
overall and Kansas State's one touchdown has been the
lone conference score against the tough defense.
The Sooners are 2-0 in league play with wins over
Missouri and K-State and have three of their remaining
five games down south.
They meet Colorado Saturday, Kansas on Nov. 18 and
finish play Dec. 2 against Oklahoma State. They meet
Iowa State at Ames Nov. 11 and face Nebraska on thanks
giving in Lincoln.
Forecasting realistically, it is unlikely that Iowa State,
Kansas or Oklahoma State will defeat the Sooners, al
though Colorado and Nebraska are definite threats.
Offensively, the Sooners remain intact from the 6-4
team that spoiled Nebraska's perfect season in 1965 with
a 10-9 win.
Quarterback Bob Warmack still has backs Eddie Hin
ton, Ron Shotts and sophomore sensation Steve Owens in
the backfield, while the defense is led by Granville Lig
gins, a strong All-American candidate.
In fact. Liggins may be the nation's best middle
guard behind Nebraska's Wayne Meylan.
Kansas, although 3-0 now, must face Kansas State
and then will have consecutive dates against Colorado,
Oklahoma and Missouri before winding up league action.
That four-game finale may take its toll on the Jay
hawks and unless Colorado or Nebraska defeat Oklahoma,
the Sooners appear strong candidates to capture their first
league title since 1962.
T-asr week we suggested that the Cornhusker march
ing band be given better seats at Memorial Stadium dur
ing football games.
We also suggested tne Dana memoers pay me icpu-
lar student ticket price of $10 and receive seats in the 5
East Stadium possiblv near the Tassels and Corn Cobs.
thletic Ticket Manager Jim Pittenger. in response to
the idea, said, "On the surface, 1 don't see why it wouldn t
"I'm certainly willing to discuss the matter with the
band." he added.
Pittenper said seating the 180-piece-band would re- n
quire between 200 and 250 seats and would crowd those
200-250 students into the end zone to accommodate the
We really don't think it is necessary to have such a
classmen into the end zone to provided seating for the
Another alternative is to eliminate some of the 396
persons in the card section.
We retlly don't think it is necessary to have such a
large delegation holding signs that most fans can't see
and couldn't care less about seeing them if they could.
It's far more important to seat an organization that
provides color and excitement for the entire stadium and
radio listening audience and represents Nebraska at many
events than to provide seating for persons who flash cards.
Ticket manager Pittenger is willing to discuss tickets
with the band. Now it's up to you 180 horn-tooters to do
the work . . .
Nebraska's freshman football squad will be aiming for
their third consecutive victory Friday at 2:30 p.m. in
Memorial Stadium against an aggressive Iowa State crew
that clobbered Missouri 40-7 two weeks ago.
The frosh coaching brains apparently didn't feel the
yearlings looked too impressive in turning back Alissouri
24-14 at Columbia last Friday so they ordered a Sunday
morning workout.
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Black Shirts Hold
Big 8 Defense Lead
Nebraska's defensive pla
toon has a stranglehold on
conference foes, in latest
statistics released Wednes
day by the Big Eight
The Huskers led in total
defense, permitting an av
erage of just 155 yards Der
game and also led confer
ence teams in both rushing
and passing defense.
The Huskers have permit
ted a meager 63 rushing
yards per game and oppon
ents have hit just 92 yards
through the air per game
in Nebraska's first six con
Offensively, Nebraska is
ranked second in total of
fense piling up 325 yards
per game, based on a
league-leading 154 average
passing yardage and a
fourth place 179 r u s h i n g
yards per game.
Although Nebraska boasts
no individual league lead
er quarterback Pa jick and
split end Dennis Richnaf sky
continue to cling to number
two ratings.
Patrick holds second
place among Big Eight con
ference passers with 73
completions in 143 tosses for
29 yards and is the league's
third total offensive leader
behind Kansas' quarterback
Bob Douglass and Colora
do's signal caller Bob An
derson. DENN Y 3 SHORT
Dennis Richnafsky. who
was forced to sit out the
majority of last Saturday's
Texas Christian meeting
with an ankle injury, slip
ped to second place in the
pass reception category be
hind Kansas State's Dave
Nebraska's leading pass
grabber has caught 29 pass
es, just three short of a
H u s k e r season reception
peak, for 347 total yards.
Also rated among the
league's top pass receivers
are Nebraska's Dick Davis,
with 13 catches for 106
yards and Dennis Morrison
with 12 catches for 160
Davis is also the Huskers
leading rusher and is rated
sixth in ihe coherence with
433 yards on 98 carries for
an impressive 4.4 yards per
The punishing fullback is
the Big Eight's twelfth
leading total offensive lead
er. Ben Gregory, has pound
ed out 221 yards on 73 car
ries for a 3.0 average.
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The Des Moines Soccer
team scored a goal In the
final 30 seconds Sunday to
earn a 1-1 deadlock with the
University Soccer Club in a
Midwest Soccer League
match in Lincoln.
The tie pushed the local
crew's record to 4-1-1 with
the lowans holding the only
decision over the University
Steve Mwamba scored the
local's lone goal in the first
half in a game played on a
rain - soaked, wind - blown
field under freezing tem
"We're disappointed to
tie after leading them most
of the game," Tim Rickard,
club president said.
"They're a tough defen
sive team and we did rela
tively well against them,
but not well enough."
He said the Lincoln men
played a good defensive
He said the team should
have scored more but
wasted three or four good
chances and didn't show a
potent attack until the sec
ond 45 minute half.
"After last week when
they beat us 4-1, I thought
they didn't have much of an
attack," he said.
it wasn t until late in
this game they that threat
ened to score by hitting the
post in the last five minutes
and finally getting the goal
at the end."
Rickard felt the Des
Moines crew had an equal
amount of the play in the
midfield area, but failed to
take advantage of their op
portunities. He cited Victor Umunna,
a defensive center half, for
playing "probably his best
game, Greg Brown, a right
half and Mwmaba for play
ing a fine contest.
The local team will meet
the Omaha Kickers, the
league's finest offensive
team, Sunday at 2 p.m. in
Omaha in their toughest
test this season.
"We're going to have to
play really well to beat
them," Rickard said of the
team that clobbered John
F. Kennedy College 14-1 in
their last outing.
He said the Kickers will
undoubtedly provide sterner
opposition than the lowans
who defeated and tied the
Last season the Kickers
booted the local men 7-3 in
Lincoln and scored a close
4-3 decision in Omaha.
Assistant Sports Editor
Nebraska basketball play
er Fred Hare, 1965-66 Husk
er top scorer, returns this
season after a year's de
parture due to a knee in
jury. Hare, a senior from Oma
ha, sustained torn cartilage
and ligaments in the spring
and fall of 1966 which re
quired two operations.
"The knee is feeling pret
ty good but not exactly
right," Hare said. ."It
doesn't hinder me in play
The 6'2" senior also suf
fered a chipped elbow last
fall. "The elbow operation
came about the same time
as the knee operation,"
Hare said.
"I was in pretty bad
shape around that time." he
"After the injury. Hare
said, "the doctor said I'd
have to lay off basketball if
the knee was to mend."
"To keep in shape during
the year, I was running and
doing quadraceps (a leg
lift exercise)."
Hare said the knee was
still bothering him at the
beginning of the summer
which prevented him from
joining the team on the
Mexican tour,
"That trip would have
helped me quite a bit," he
said. "I could have learned
the new press (that Cipri
ano has installed) and the
options to it."
"The knee finally started
improving in August," Hare
"I worked hard to get
back in shape at that time
but it didn't work."
The Omaha senior stayed
out of school last year and
worked. "I worked on the
Lincoln Police Department
until June and then worked
in Minneapolis this sum
mer." Hare emphasized it has
been hard to come back af
ter missing a year. "My
main problem is to get back
in shape," he said.
"Also a few changes have
been made since I played
two years ago," he added.
"Coach Cipriano has in
troduced a new pressing
system along with some dif
ferent types of drills and
workouts, which I will have
to catch on to."
"He (Cipriano) is heavily
counting on the press be
cause it is stressed in practice."
Hare, who has scored 543
points and pulled down 286
rebounds in two years as a
varsity player, said it was
too early to tell what kind
of season he'll have.
"But I have a feeling the
r-y Ik. Jj (H
team and myself will have
a good year," he predicted.
"I will probably play
guard," Hare said, "but in
practice I have been work
ing out at both guard and
The 6'2" 185 pounder
played guard for most of
his first two years on the
Husker team.
"We are a much younger
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team and don't have the
height we've had in the
past," he said.
"Losing both Nate Branch
and Willie Campbell last
year put a big dent in our
rebounding power," he said.
"But we have the quick
ness and some good jump
ers in Stuart Lantz and
Tom Scantlebury," Hare
Senior Stuart Lantz was
the leading scorer and re
bounder on the 1966-67 Corn
husker basketball team
while sophomore Tom Scan
tlebury did an outstanding
job on the freshman team
last year.
"If one of these boys were
to get seriously injured, how.
ever, the team will be in
trouble," Hare added.
He said Kansas is the
team to beat in the confer
ence with all the rest ex
pected to be tough, particu
larly Colorado and Iowa
Kansas has Jo Jo White,
who is one of the outstand
ing players in the country,
back this year, Hare said.
"Besides White, the Jay
hawks have picked up a
couple of Junior College
transfers that are real
good. I had a chance to
watch them play ball this
summer in Minneapolis."
"We are still hoping to
wind up first," he concluded.
Are you planning a trip to Hawaii in the near fu
ture? The basketball team is. After their home inaugural
against California State on December 4 and South Dako
ta on December 5. the Husker "tallmen" will begin a
westward jaunt that sounds like a pleasure cmise.
They begin with two games at Washington State De
cember 8 and 9. On December 11 the team plays Ha
waii U. at Honolulu. Instead of hurrying back, they play
Hawaii again December 15 at Hawaii.
Before you put on your tennis shoes and ask Coach
Joe Cipriano for a tryout, try getting in shape. Cipriano has
had organized workouts since October 16 . . . officially.
Those tall men running on the stadium track since Septem
ber were not a new breed of cross-country runner.
That happened to be the basketball team. Daily three
hour workouts promise fans another good basketball vear
at NU.
If Nebraska basketball
coach Joe Cipriano would
approve. Bob Holmes may
be able to provide the Hus
kers with outstanding free
throw coaching.
The 6' junior from Oma
ha, hasn't won any berths
on pre-season All-American
cage teams, but he recent
ly won the All-University
basketball free throw con
test, hitting 91 of 100 toss
es in the regular rounds
and then cooly sinking 47
Not taking any chances on not having a good season
this winter, Cipriano took the Huskers on a plaving tour
of Mexico this past summer.
Coach Cipriano is an angry, eager, industrious man:
He is angry about not having the best season in NU
basketball history; he is eager to make this a banner
year at NU and he is industrious enough to insure the
physical readiness of his team.
Cipriano has had much of the same success in basket
ball as Coach Devaney has had in football. No more
than four or five years ago. reliable Husker basketball
followers probably wondered if maybe hockey wasn't a
pretty nice sport. People can get tired of waiting for a
winning season.
Now. many fans consider last year's 16-10 Huskers
just not up to NU standards. Let's hope basketball can
keep up those "mediocre" seasons and continue to chal
lenge for Big Eight supremacy.
If reading sports articles sometimes makes you angry
or nauseous, there are alternatives to help you endure
your misery. You should:
1. Stop reading. 2. Complain I won't listen). 3 Ad
dress letters to the Daily Nebraskan. There is a remark
able invention in America known zs Freedom of Speech
(and pen).
Winter can't be too far
around the corner. In just
four weeks on Dec. 1 Ne
braska's basketball crew
will open their season
against the freshman team
in the Coliseum . . . The
Huskers have fumbled 28
times in 6 games . . . Sat
urday's Iowa State game
is the annual Band Day at
traction . . . Watch out
Colorado Steve Owens.
Oklahoma's sophomore half
back sensation, is the
league's leading rusher with
484 yards for a sparkling
5 2 yards per carry . . .
Colorado is the top scoring
eleven with 129 points in 6
games . . . The Huskers
have rammed across 85
points in an equal number
of matches . . . Iowa State
defeated Nebraska last in
1960 when Bill Jenning's
squad lost 10-7 . . .
of 50 throws to win a three
way playoff for the title.
"I just tried to concen
trate and blot everything
else out," the mechanical
engineering major said.
Bob. who finished in the
runner-up position in last
year's tourney, helped lead
the way for his Phi Delta
Theta team which breezed
to the team title with 476.5
The Phi Delts placed
five men in the champion
ship flight and Tom O'Hara.
Holmes' teammate, finish
ed in second place by hitt
ing 45 throws.
Bill Zuspan. Phi Epsilon
Kappa, placed third in the
411 man field by tossing in
39 balls in the plavoff.
"It's just a reaction you
have to do without thinking
too much about it," he said.
"If I stopped to think about
it, it would throw me off."
Although he said he didn't
practice tossing free throws
before the tournev. Holmes
apparently used athletic tal
ents he acquired from his
prep days at Omaha Ben
son. Earning nine letters at
the Omaha school, he par
ticipated in football, base
ball, track and played
guard and forward on Ben
son's cage team.
' Once in a while I would
get hot in high school and
hit 20 of 25, but I've been
doing much better since
I've been here." he added.
In leading the house to
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its second consecutive free
throw title, Holmes said
concentration is the key to
successful shooting.
"You shouldn't shoot like
a machine, he said, "Just
relax and take a little time
before each toss and con
Holmes also led the Phi
Delts to the 1966 All-University
championship in
basketball golf by capturing
the championship flight
Following the basketball
winning Phi Delta Theta
teams in the free throw
contest were Phi Gamma
Delta with 296 points. Phi
Kappa Psi with 263.5 and
Delta Upsilon 244.5.
Theta Xi scored 210.5
points, Sigma Alpha Epsi
lon had 209. Beta Theta Pi
tossed 199.5, Delta Taul Del
ta hit 154 and Sigma Phi
Epsilon hit 150.5.
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