The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 10, 1986, Image 11

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Wednesday, December 10, 1986/The Battalion/Page 11 WlT4AR&[| ’OROBJffij s-okjow? >veraf distractions hinder lississippi bowl workouts OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Coach Brewer says Mississippi is be- in its preparations for the Inde- dence Bowl because the football i has had to deal with the dis- tion of recently imposed NCAA tions, several player injuries, weather and final exams, e’ve had a difficult time in ing preparations for the Texas h Red Raiders,” Brewer said at a »ws conference in Oxford Monday, pe weather has been a factor; it’s raining here since Sunday af- Tnoon. "Also, we’re in exams right now, mg to work around that. We’re Iking at noon in order for them have lunch and prepare for the exams. Tailbacks Willie Goodloe, Shawn Sykes, Reid Hines and Johnny Boat man are all ailing, with Brewer call ing Hines “extremely doubtful” with a shoulder problem. Linebacker Jeff Herrod is still slowed with a groin in jury, and defensive end Ben Morris was banged up in a recent auto mobile accident. “No question it’s distracting, but we’ve had two workouts since the an nouncement, and they have been very good,” Brewer said. Boatman and flanker J.R. Am brose, declared ineligible pending a hearing by the NCAA Eligibility Committee, are practicing. A hear ing has been scheduled for Dec. 16. Patriots’ Berry declines SMU offer of becoming athletic director BOSTON (AP) — Coach Ray mond Berry of the New England Patriots of the NFL on Tuesday rejected an offer to return to Southern Methodist University, his alma mater, to direct the school’s embattled sports pro gram. A source at the Patriots, who refused to allow himself to be identified, said representatives of SMU contacted Berry on Tues day by telephone and he rejected their offer to become athletic di rector. Berry issued a one-line statement saying, “It is a compli ment to be considered by SMU, but I have no indication what soever that I am to take such a step.” Mary Jane Johnson, a spokeswoman for acting SMU President William B. Stallcup, said Tuesday that Stallcup was not aware of any such offer being made. “He’s never heard of this man (Berry),” Johnson said. SMU’s football program is in the midst of an NCAA probe of allegations of payoffs to its play ers. The Mustangs face the possi bility of being banned from play ing football for two years, which would make it the first school to receive the “death penalty.” The school is already serving three years’ probation, mandated in 1985, because of illegal cash payments to players by boosters, and other NCAA violations. Berry has maintained contact with his old school. Last spring, Raymond Berry for example, he coached the SMU alumni team in the annual game against the varsity. 1 stasor, ■ollins discovers winning is everything in SWC football ay the be „ of optinsBALLAS (AF*) — When Bobby a shoo-imyCoilins came to Southern Methodist i Herschtl lM vers ‘ t y as th e head football coach WehadsoisHl982, the southern gentleman ad luckuiP 01 " Missis- — —-“— gain/’heJippi q ui dUy Analysis Hll c o v e r e d i would k was just one law of the land in e Cowboys:p^ out F lwes t Conference — victory imp. "Ii »j|unemployment. | ra ggi n g rights were the only gs that mattered in the SWC ball wars and good old boys kv hard or get chewed up fast, ollins learned and survived until lut-of-hand alumni eventually jught down both him and Athletic ctor Bob Hitch. itch had warned Collins “in Dal- jthe press will check your mail Hie should also have cautioned him about rogue alumni, who have liused the school to be placed on iked if ht return m week he m chel will It enjoys ft ority bui mjoyit. Bobby Collins NCAA probation a record five times. “I can’t watch every one of those guys (alumni),” Collins said once. “I can’t legislate integrity around here. All I can tell’em is just don’t violate the rules.” However, in the end, Collins and Hitch were felled by the premise “How can the coach and athletic di rector not know?” A new allegation by former player David Stanley that he was paid cash after SMU’s last probation was just too strong. For SMU’s program to survive, some heads had to roll. In this case, SMU President L. Donald Shields, Hitch and Collins resigned before an NCAA investigation got under way that could have abolished the Mus tangs’ football program. SMU went on probation in Au gust 1985 and could receive the “death penalty” and lose the sport of football for two years if found guilty. Hitch said he was hired with the purpose of bringing national cham pionships to SMU. The Mustangs wanted to be a pri vate school national power like Southern California. Hitch and Collins did accomplish that goal. Collins was no rube from the cot ton fields. He could X and O with any coach in the country and he quickly proved it much to the dismay of his fellow coaching sharks in the SWC. Inheriting some solid talent from Ron Meyer, Collins masterminded an unbeaten season for SMU in 1982. Only a tie with Arkansas marred the Mustangs’ perfect re cord and they finished second in the nation in the Associated Press poll behind Penn State after defeating Pittsburgh 7-3 in the Cotton Bowl. SMU and Hitch and Collins were the toast of the nation. SMU stu dents, alumni, professors and the Board of Governors were proud. SMU’s program was the envy of the nation. SMU was 10-2 the next season, losing to Alabama in the Sun Bowl. The Mustangs were 10-2 again in 1984, tying Houston for the SWC ti tle. Collins was hailed for his coach ing genius in a 27-20 Aloha Bowl vic tory over Notre Dame. The Mustangs finished eighth in the AP poll. Then the probation bomb struck with SMU losing all of its scholalrships. Collins and the dis heartened Mustangs struggled through back-to-back 6-5 seasons. “I’m determined to work through this,” Collins said. “SMU is too great a school to have this happen.” Collins refused to look for jobs elsewhere. “I feel an obligation to this school,” Collins said. “I’m sticking this thing out.” Collins never seemed more deter mined even after Notre Dame gave the Mustangs their second worst whipping in school history. “We’ll just do a better job of work ing with what we’ve got,” Collins said. Then came Stanley’s revelations and an investigation into tight end Albert Reese’s apartment payments, allegedly paid for by an alumnus. Collins and Mitch couldn’t survive the fallout. History will judge them once the full facts are known. National championships are a far away dream now at SMU. 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