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thursday, January 15, 1976
Football awaits NCAA rulings
By Pete Wegman
Some of the record number of rule change proposals
facing the 70th Annual NCAA Convention today and
Friday in St. Louis, Mo., could affect the future of many
UNL sports programs, particularly football, according to
Assistant Athletic Director Jim Ross.
Convention delegates will consider 303 proposals,
including one to create a division for the nation's "super"
football powers. Other proposals will suggest increaseing
the limit on home and traveling football squads and
changing limitations on the number of assistant football
"We (UNL's Athletic Dept.) would like to see, of
course, the limit on coaches lifted. That's one of our
primary concerns," Ross said.
A proposal adopted by the NCAA at a special conven
tion in August limits football coaching staffs to one hesd
coach, eight full-time assistants and two part-time
' August inception
If this proposal remains unchanged after the St.
Louis convention, the limitations will take effect Aug. 1,
UNL now has more than eight football assistant
coaches. It is not yet known if Rick Duval, recruiting
coordinator, and Boyd Epley, strength coach, are con
sidered assistant coaches, Ross said.
"Personally, Rick Duval probably would have to be
counted because he is concerned mainly with football,"
Ross said. "However, Boyd Epley shouldn't be included
(in the limitations) because he works with all sports."
UNL assistant coach Mike Church recently accepted
defensive secondary coaching duties at Washington
However, Ross said, Church's acceptance of the job is
not related to the limitation rule since Church was not a
full-time UNL assistant.
The Athletic Dept. also would like limitations on foot
ball squads and recruiting visitations lifted. Currently,
recruits are allowed three paid visits to a school.
"We feel this limitation puts us at a disadvantage
because we rely on a lot of out-of-state recruiting," Ross
Delegates also will consider a proposal to divide the
1 . Which was the last NFL team to go undefeated?
2. How many years has George Blanda played
3. Blanda is the all-time leading professional scorer,
going over the 2,000-point barrier this season. Who is
second on the career scoring list?
4. Who holds the NFL record for lifetime interceptions?
5. Which of these players once kicked seven field goals
in a game? (a) Jim Bakken (b) Garo Yepremian (c)
Jim Turner (d) Tom Dempsey
6. Which of these players never led the NFL in rushing?
(a) Larry Brown (b) Floyd Little (c) Otis Armstrong
(d) Calvin Hill
7. Charley Taylor set the NFL career pass reception
record this season. Whose record did he break?
8. Which player has played in the most Super Bowls?
9. One player will appear with his third different Super
Bowl team this Sunday. Who?
10. O.J. Simpson scored 23 touchdowns this season to
set the NFL record. Whose record did he break?
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NCAA's 238-school Division I (of which UNL is a
member) into Divisions I and I-A.
Ross said UNL would accept the subdivision of
Division I into Division I A if that proposal is passed. Then
UNL would be in an 81 -school division, including schools
from the Big 8, Southeastern. Southwest, Western
Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big 10 and Pacific 8 Conferences.
Eighteen independent schools and three service
academies-Army, Navy and Air Force also would be
The convention delegates also will pick a Coach of the
Year from nine nominees, including Bud Moore of Kansas
and Arizona State's Frank Kush.
UNL women B-Ballers bounce UNO
By Scott Jones
The women on Nebraska's basketball team probably
knew their game with the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Wednesday night wouldn't be as easy as the first five
But it took the Husker women almost 25 minutes to
face that fact before they finally defeated UNO, 52-46,
at the Coliseum.
Nebraska, now 7-3, scored the first 12 points of the
game and threatened to rout the 24 UNO team who were
scoreless the first five minutes.
The Maverick women then began to display the
scrappy defense and inside play that helped them domi
nate the game until the final eight minutes.
After the quick Nebraska surge, UNO rallied behind
the play of 6 ft. 4 in. center Jolene Blass, who had
nine first half points, to lead by four points, 28-24, at the
5 ;- a
Nebraska depended on Darcy Williamson, Arapahoe
freshman, for almost all of their first half scoring punch.
She had 16 first half points, mostly on long corner shots.
"If she hadn't been hitting we would have been out of
it," said women's coach George Nicodemus. "I think in
the first half we were hitting pretty well and then we
missed four or five in a row and we got a little down."
UNO mounted their largest lead of the game, 32-24,
early in the second half before Nebraska staged its own
comeback to tie the game at 38 with eight minutes
Nebraska then finished strong after falling behind
32-24 on three baskets by Kathy Hawkins, an Omaha
junior, and one by Brenda Lightbody to establish a 48-42
lead with a minute left.
Lightbody, a sophomore from Lincoln, scored 12
second-half points after replacing Omaha freshman Deb
Lee, who fouled out.
"She was a big factor in the win," said Nicodemus,
who also praised the rebounding and defensive efforts of
reserve Jan Zink. Zink started the second half and helped
shut off Blass's inside play.
"I think they came back really well," Nicodemus said,
"because we started the second half the same way we
ended the first. Outside of our shooting I think we played
Williamson finished with 18 points, followed by
Hawkins with nine and Jan Crouch with seven for
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Darcy Williamson scores two of her 18 points ir. a
52-46 win over UNO Wednesday.
Big 8 officials attending the NCAA Convention in St.
Louis, Mo. decided Tuesday to switch this year's
conference outdoor track and field meet from Iowa State
to UNL's Ed Weir Stadium. The meet will be May 14
Officials said they wanted the meet on an all-weather
track since it would help Big 8 athletes meet Olympic
qualifying standards. Iowa State has a cinder track, while
UNL's track has a tartan surface.
Any women interested in participating on the women's
track and field team are invited to attend an organization
al meeting today at 4:30 p.m. in the Men's Physical
Education Bldg. 101 A. The team's first meet is Jan. 23
against Missouri in Columbia.
Women's fund drive plans marathon
An organizational meeting for a women's athletics
fund drive sponsored by Uncle Sam's Saturday at 3 pjn.
at the 2440 O St. discotheque.
Fund drive events will be discussed at the meeting.
Massengale, an Omaha junior, said the meeting is open to
all interested persons as well as women athletes.
The first event scheduled is a five-city marathon Jan.
23 through 26. Runners will leave Lincoln at midnight
Jan. 23 and run to Grand Island, Columbus, Fremont,
Omaha and return to Lincoln. A torch lighting, symbolic
of the Olympic torch ceremony at Uncle Sam's, will mark
the finish, Massengale said.
The runners, followed by buses, will run five at a time,
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Massengale said she hopes to get 100 runners and per
mile sponsors for the event.
In February, a benefit basketball game followed by
a sock hop hi the Coliseum is planned. UNL women
athletes will play a team of KFMQ radio disc jockeys,
Massengale said. The date has not been announced.
Another project is a raffle for a seven-day Hawaiian
vacation. Second prize will be a Kawasaki motorcycle.
Meet at Iowa State to be upstream swim for UNL
By Jim Hunt
UNL's swim team will open its dual season Saturday
against the Iowa State University (ISU) Cyclones at 2 p.m.
"Iowa State is a team that has good depth and
balance," UNL swim coach John Rota said. "They have
good men in each event and have excellent divers in both
the one and three meter events. We are looking forward to
a tough meet."
Reta said he was surprised that with -the Cyclones'
good swimmers, its team did as poor as they did in last
semester's Big 8 Relays at Boulder, Colo. In the relays,
Iowa State finished sixth and Nebraska seventh.
"It will take a total team effort for us to win the
meet," Reta said. He explained that UNL lacked back-up
Reta said some of the top ISU individuals are Tom
Marantz in the 1,000-yd. freestyle, Dexter McBride in the
200- and 100-yd. freestyle, Ralph Mundt in the 50-yd.
freestyle and Mark Croshier in the 200-yd. backstroke and
200-yd. individual medley,
Reta said the top individual performers for the Huskers
arc sophomore Pat Murphy from Coronado, Calif., in the
1,000- and 500 yd. freestyle; junior Bill Davis from
Harvey, 111., in the 200-yd. freestyle; freshman Mark
Crowder, also from Harvey, junior Paul Duxbury from
Minneapolis and frsshman Jeff Barnard from Ann Arbor,
Mich., in the 50-yd. freestyle; senior Scott Ruser from
Omaha in the individual medley; junior Pat DiBiase and
sophomore Bryan Moss, both from Omaha, in the breast
stroke; and senior Dave Watermeier from Lincoln in diving. ;
The Huskers practiced twice daily last week, Reta said.
The swimmers worked hard, Reta said, adding that most
have improved from last year.
One of the reasons for the improvement is the all
season weight program started' last semester, he said. In
tae past, the swim team quit weight training early in the
season, but will continue this semester until about three
weeks before the Big 8 meet, Reta said.
Motivating the swimmers poses no problems, according
to Reta, because they want to get in shape and they know
the Big 8 is tough.
Last year the Huskers dropped a dual meet to the
Cyclones, 82-31 in Lincoln. ,
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