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Haller exhibits class
in final game with Bi
By CHAREAN WILLIAMS
Assistant Sports Editor
DALLAS — It wasn’t the way he
wanted to exit his profession. For
Baylor’s Jim Haller, his basketball
coaching career came to an abrupt
halt with humor and dignity.
After the Bears 83-76 loss to
Texas Tech on March 8 in the first
round of the Southwest Conference
Post-season Classic, Haller began to
address the herd of reporters wait
ing for his last official comments.
Forget the fact that Texas Tech
won the tourney. Forget that SMU
didn’t advance to the finals. Those
events were secondary compared to
Haller’s emotional departure.
That was single biggest event of
the three-day tournament in Dallas’
About midway through his press
conference, Haller grabbed a piece
of paper off the podium and started
“I didn’t even notice this yester
day,” Haller said. “It says, ‘Please
speak up. This interview is being re
“Holy mackerel. What the heck,
all I can do is laugh.”
Haller laughed, but he really
looked like he wanted to cry.
“Basketball coaches don’t cry,” he
said. “Maybe I can now. I’m not a
Haller resigned from his job, ef
fective at the end of the season,
three weeks ago when a taped con-
versation between him and former
flayer John Wheeler was made pub-
In the conversation, Haller dis
cussed $172 worth of athletic de
partment funds that were used to
nelp payoff Wheeler’s car.
Three days after Haller had an
nounced his resignation, all but one
of the Baylor players signed a letter
saying Wheeler was being made the
scapegoat and Haller’s firing was im-
Carlos Briggs was the lone Bear to
stand up for his coach.
“You’ve got his job,” said Briggs
when the signed letter was made
public. “What else do you want, his
When it was all over, Haller saved
his hugs for the lone Bear and his as
sistant coaches. They were the only
ones who stood up for him when it
“Unless you’re Jim Haller or Car
los Briggs, you’ll never know what
either of us has been through,” Hal
ler said. “I’ll always have a warm
place in my heart for Carlos. He
stood up for me when it would have
been a lot easier to join the crowd.”
And what did he tell the rest of
the players when it was all over?
“I thanked them for a great ef
fort,” Haller said. “They are a quality
group of young men. I’ve appre
ciated them all year. A lot of people
don’t really understand all the activ
ities that have taken place in the past
couple of weeks. But having worked
with 18- and 19-year-olds for a long
time, I understand a lot of their
Baylor Coach Jim Haller (above) — “/ can accept everym
that has happened. I wondered what it would feel like whet
the final second ticked off the clock. I guess when the fid
buzzer sounded, it hurt a little more than I thought it would'
thoughts and what makes them
Still, the hurt and pain was there,
and it will be with Haller for a long
“I can accept everything that hits
happened,” he said. “I won't say it
hasn’t hurt. I had a long time to
think about this last game. I won
dered what it would reel like when
the final second ticked off the clock.
I guess when the final buzzer
sounded, il hurt a little more than I
thought it would.
“I’m officially resigned now I
Arkansas Coach Eddie Sutton dis
cussed hiring Hzdler, but Haller said
he was through with the game.
“I told somebody last nightllu
you grow up in the state oflo
and decide you want to be a cm
it’s your dream to coach in
Southwest Conference,” be
“I’ve lived that dream now.lit
fond memories. Now, it’s time
dream about something else.
“I still have a career ahead oft
no matter what 1 choose to do.
first there is going to be some red
ation. What I do after that 1 w
decide for a couple of months.
As Haller stepped away fromt
podium, he uttered his last words
the head basketball coach at Bad
University — “It hurts a lot nji
now,” he said.
And it probably still hurts.
( X Don't Know WHat
Went Wrong Coach.
To FIGHT Bjj
Ag netters burn in California sun
By BRANDON BERRY
The Texas A&M men’s tennis
team discovered the world’s largest
buzzsaw last week. It stretched from
Corpus Christi to the California
Coast and included the No.’s 2, 3, 4
and 5-ranked teams in the nation.
A&M Coach David Kent took the
blame for the grinding schedule and
said the dividends of the trip super
seded actual wins and losses.
“We’re going to profit from the
experience of playing out there,”
Kent said of a California road trip in
which the Ags lost three straight
matches, two of them convincingly.
“We played well against (No. 4-
ranked) UCLA, and there were actu
ally some Aggies in the crowd
cheering for us. The California peo
ple were amazed. And we played in
the new U.S. Olympic Tennis Sta
dium and it is just beautiful.”
The Aggies started the trip on a
sour note by losing 8-1 to No. 2 USC.
They finished by being blanked 9-0
by No. 5 Pepperdine.
“By the time we plziyed Pepper
dine, we were basket cases because
we had been out on the road for so
long,” Kent said.
Before the Aggies’ “tide” turned
on the West Coast, they finished sec
ond in the prestigious H.E.B. Tour
nament in Corpus CiTiristi.
“I’ve been going to that thing for
16 years and this is the first time
we’ve ever gone all the way to the fi
nals,” Kent said.
Along the way, A&M defeated Al
abama, 5-4, Trinity, 6-3 and Cal-
Berkeley, 5-4, before being edged 4-
5 by No. 3 SMU in the finals.
“The win against our old nemesis
Trinity really helped us and we
really won our share of close ones,”
Kent said. “We were very fortunate.
“(Grant) Connell and Kimmo Al-
kio played really well for us in both
doubles arid in singles down in
pus. Connell won three of
matches in the No. 1 singles
that’s fzintastic. He and Marcel
really carried us in singles.
Mark Smith was undefeated in
gles through the entire tountt
The Mustangs edged the Agjif
by winning the deciding No. 2 do#
bles match 1-6, 6-1 and 7-6.
“The match was even closer tin 1
the score indicates,” Kent said "!
just wish I would have been a
more prudent when I madeouttlt 1
schedule. The California schools^
really tough at home.”
The next match for the Aggidj
in Houston March 21-24 at theft
Invitational Tournament. The A&M
women’s tennis team is in action
day at 1 p.m. at the Omar Sml
Tennis Center against perei