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Thursday, February 15, 1968 College Station, Texas Page 9
l \ Sports Aplenty
By GARY SHERER
Last Saturday night, the Texas Aggie basketball team
whipped the Texas Longhorn five, 117-105, at G. Rollie
In the preliminary game, the Fish also handled the
Texas representative (Yearlings) 80-73.
The two victories made it four-in-a-row for both Fish
and varsity combined, as they had both been victorious
earlier this season over the same two teams.
On “Turkey Day’ during football season, the Aggie
football champions also topped a team from Austin, 10-7.
This means, Texas A&M has knocked off Texas in five
straight major sports contests.
When ‘Bear’ Bryant was at A&M, he was queried as to
why Texas always beat Texas A&M in football. The now
Alabama head man answered, “I guess they hate us more
than we hate them.”
Then, Darrell Royal came on the football scene at Aus
tin. Starting in 1957, Texas began a string of 10 straight
Then it stands to reason that Texas fans should be
used to beating Texas A&M. In the last few months, they
have graphically displayed they sure aren’t used to losing
to Texas A&M.
ITEM: The so-called ‘Showband of the Southwest’
showed their lack of being able to take a loss to A&M by
throwing some folding chairs around after this season’s
‘Turkey Day’ game.
ITEM: Some Texas football players showed their lack
of being able to take a loss to A&M by giving the usual
platitude given when you don’t want to admit a team is
better. “Well, so and so hit harder than they did.”
ITEM: More recently, following the basketball game
played at Austin earlier this year, won by the Aggies 88-
87, some Texas students showed their lack by ganging up on
some out-numbered Aggies and inflicting various injuries
on them (some seriously).
These series of events would lead everybody to believe
that Texas is back to hating us and not taking us for
Sunday’s issue of the Texas school paper, The Daily
Texan, really proved that Texas is really back to hating
\ As mentioned, the Aggies knocked off Texas teams
twice Saturday night. The Texan sent the sports editor
and a staff writer to cover the games.
Their accounts of the game were to say the least,
biased bits of journalism.
In the varsity story, the writer chose to chastize the
Texas varsity for their sloppy play. His view of the game
was that a conference scoring record did not beat Texas
but their sloppy play.
The account of the Fish-Yearling game starts like
this: ‘When a body gets near the hogs, he tends to get
sloppy. The Texas Yearling basketball team, within smelling
distance of the sites of Texas A&M, played a particularly
sloppy brand of ball . . . ’
Now come on, is that any way to start what is supposed
to be a factual game story.
Yes, Texas is back to hating Texas A&M.
We’d like to know, is it hatred or good old homegrown
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Texas Breaks Color Line,
In Signing Killeen Gridder
AUSTIN —Leon O’Neal, a
lanky linebacker' who caught
Texas coaches’ eyes with his jar-
ing tackles, is the first Negro
to sign a Longhorn football
The signing of the Killeen
senior means that only Texas
A&M and Arkansas in the eight-
team Southwest Conference have
not awarded football scholarships
O’NEAL’S decision was par
ticularly significant since Texas,
on Nov. 18, 1963, was the first
school in the SWC to announce
complete athletic integration.
But, for one reason or another,
Negroes had missed out on foot
ball scholarships since then, some
because of the strict academic
“You’d better believe that’s
been a problem, with everybody,
not just Negro athletes,” said
assistant coach Bill Ellington,
who coordinates Longhorn foot
THE UNIVERSITY requires
that if a high school pupil finishes
in the lower half of his graduat
ing class, he needs a score of
1,000 on a scholastic aptitude test,
and if he finishes in the upper
half he must score 800.
“The Texas admission policy is
one big reason the school hasn’t
integrated to the extent that
Negroes think it should be,” says
Lou Maysel, sports editor of the
Austin American-Statesman and
a longtime follower of Longhorn
Last year, Sam Bradley of San
Angelo signed a track-basketball
scholarship and became the first
Negro out of high school to win
a scholarship with Texas.
A FEW Negroes have run track
and played freshman football, and
last year E. A. Curry of Midland,
a non-scholarship tailback, be
came the first Negro to score a
touchdown for Texas when he
caught a pass in the Rice frosh
But recruiting O’Neal, 6-foot-2
and 195 pounds, apparently was
the big breakthrough.
“He’s a fine young man and
a fine athlete,” Ellington said of
O’Neal, who also plays baseball
and basketball. “We viewed films
of him, and he has an excellent
record.” Ellington said Fred
Akers, former Arkansas quarter
back and now a Longhorn as
sistant coach, recruited O’Neal.
ALTHOUGH O’Neal played on
offense as an end, his high school
coach, Gene Rogers, said he
thought Texas coaches were im
pressed by his “hitting” from his
linebacker slot on defense.
“He’s a real fine football play
er and a good hitter, an all-around
“I’d recommend him anytime.
He’s a good boy.” ^
Twenty-two American League
pitchers worked more than 200
innings during 1967. Dean Chance
of the Minnesota Twins led the
work-horse hurlers with 284 in
nings, 11 more than Jim Lonborg
of the Boston Red Sox.
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