The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 08, 1987, Image 9

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Friday, May 8, 1987/The Battalion/Page 9
stros’ Thon
to rejoin club
■ ; in Montreal
Ac will'
andfuncMOUSTON (AP) — Houston As-
i«ytO"tM shortstop Dic kie Thon will re-
■ingsuchioir the team in Montreal today, but
> r e the tohe I las not yet been put on the active
that then roster, the club announced.
II neversi^B’hon, who left spring training
Ifij Hip complaining of vision prob-
refornt ;lefts, has been playing with the As-
■gative aditros’AAA team in Tucson, Ariz.
Party aulHtstros spokesman Chuck Pool
"s coveiasajd Thursday that although Thon
titrolled 'will join the team Friday, he is not
fCorp, sure when he actually vvill play with
i, the Qithe Astros.
s the broiHfhon has had recurring vision
he Proyraproblems since a beaning incident in
perceived!ly5. Earlier this year, he left spring
black: trBning, returned, then went on to
pHy with the minor league.
ywon52jH“Ie has said he wants to return to
etheC : the Astros after his vision problems
it her ! improve.
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ted the:
Lady Aggies
to sponsor
sports camps
Hl'he Texas A&M Women’s Ath-
lelc Department announced Thurs-
e da\ that applications are now being
aciepted for the annual Lady Aggie
summer camps.
■Training sessions in basketball,
e soltball and volleyball will be held on
the A&M campus and will be con
ducted by A&M Head Basketball
Ci.tch Lynn Hickey and assistant
ccpches Eileen Feeney and Shelly
■Ball camps are scheduled for June
7-|l2, June 1J-I9 and July 5-10.
■ftbail camps will be held June 28-
Jttlv 2, July 26-30 and August 2-6.
■ The first volleyball camp, which
vvill focus on individual devel
opment, is slated for July 26-30. The
g.\ second camp, to be held August 2-6,
iimiiiiir wjll concentrate on team play,
lumbersoH^ 01 ations or additional in-
uan j ous formation, call 845-1052 or write the
, x ‘ [ramot Women’s Athletic Department at G.
Rpllie While Coliseum, College Sta-
|, 1( tidn, Texas 77813.
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UT, Tech tied together by McWilliams
'Horns perennial kingpins in conference sports
By Doug Hall
Assistant Sports Editor
Fourth in a five-part series
Sport for sport, the University
of Texas’ Athletic Department is
not only one of the best in the
Southwest Conference, but one
of the best in the country.
Such a statement might make
Aggies’ eyes burn, but numbers
are numbers.
The football program, despite
weathering several recent unsuc
cessful seasons and the firing of
Head Coach Fred Akers, has a re
cord that no other school in the
SWC can match. Since 1920, the
Longhorns have won or tied for
22 SWC championships, the most
recent being in 1983. Since 1941,
they have finished in the AP Top-
10 19 times, including three na
tional championships —1963,
1969 and 1970.
Currently, there are over 50
former football players in the
NFL including Jerry Gray, Ray
mond Glayborn, Kenneth Sims,
Doug Dawson and Glenn Black
wood. Earl Campbell, the 1977
Heisman Trophy winner and for-
program in
mer Houston Oiler and New Or
leans Saint, recently retired from
pro football.
But while Longhorn football
may have stumbled over the past
several years, Head Baseball
Coach Cliff Gustafson has kept
that Texas
After taking two of three
games from Arkansas last week
end, Texas clinched its ninth con
secutive SWC championship, ip
93 seasons of baseball, Texas has
won 60 SWC titles. Texas A&M is
a distant second with 12 titles in
85 seasons.
1 he Longhorns are not strang
ers to the winner’s circle in the
swimming pool or on the track ei
ther. Before this year, Texas
men’s swimming team had fin
ished in the NCAA’s top three for
seven of the last eight years. The
women, not to be outdone, have
won the NCAA’s for the last four
years and the SWC since 1982.
On the track in 1986, the
Longhorns were the first school
in live years to wrest the outdoors
title away from Arkansas, the pre
mier track school in the confer
Had enough?
Sorry, because there’s more.
UT’s women’s basketball team,
ranked No. 1 in the nation for
most of the season, lost to Loui
siana Tech in the semi-final
round of the women’s final four,
despite playing in front of it’s
home crowd at the Frank Erwin
Special Events Center in Austin.
Because there is not a poll after
the championship, Texas still fin
ished No. 1 in the nation.
In volleyball, the Longhorns
once again waxed the SWC for
the fifth time in five years. Over
that span, the Longhorns have
had three perfect SWC seasons
and lost only two matches. In the
NCAA’s, Texas was defeated by
the University of the Pacific and
finished eight h nationally.
Okay, there is one sport where
Texas lags behind the rest of the
conference: men’s basketball.
Despite tying for first place
with A&M and TCU in 1986, the
Longhorns have had little success
under fifth-year coach Bob Welt-
lich, who replaced Abe Lemmons
in 1983. In fact, 1986 was the first
year a Weltlich team had finished
over the .500 mark. This year the
Longhorns won 14 games while
losing 17.
When it comes to money, how
ever, the Longhorns rank second
to none in the conference
(according to the records made
public to us). Doug Messer,
Texas’ assistant athletic diretor
for financial affairs, said the
Longhorn’s proposed budget for
1987-88 is $8.9 million for the
men and $2.7 million for the
Red Raiders enjoy excellent recruiting position
By Doug Hall
Assistant Sports Editor
It’s only fitting, after last fall’s
controversial coaching change be
tween Texas Tech and Texas,
that the two schools’ athletic pro
grams should be analyzed in the
same issue.
Alter leading the Red Raiders
to their first winning season since
1978, Head Coach David McWil
liams left Tech after only one sea
son to take the head-coaching po-
sition at Texas. McWilliams
graduated from Texas in 1963
and coached there for 16 seasons.
Some might say that the Texas
T ech football program, now run
by former defensive coordinator
Spike Dykes — its sixth head
coach in the past 13 years— got
the short end of the deal.
Regardless, Tech’s 7-5 record
in 1986 puts the Red Raiders in
the best recruiting position
they’ve been in since they went
7-4 in 1978.
And according to T Jones,
Tech’s athletic director, winning
is important for recruiting when
you’re located deep in the heart
of West Texas.
Jones said, “There’s a direct
correlation with winning as to
whether recruits want to visit
your school.” Jones cited Texas
A&M’s successful recruiting over
the past several years as a good
“You certainly have to make an
effort to get here,” he said. “But
we feel once a student comes here
and sees what we have, then we’ve
got a very fair opportunity to re
cruit him.”
Texas Tech Sports Informa
tion Director Joe Hornaday said
that being located in Lubbock
also has its advantages.
Hornaday said, “We recruit on
the school, not where we axe lo
cated. We’re far away from every
thing, but there is a positive side
to that iri, ‘Hey, let’s get away
fi om everything to go to school.’
“The key is to get them to vis
Over the past several years, the
Tech men’s basketball team is one
that easily draws in top recruits.
After winning the Southwest
Conference title and the SWC
post-season tournament in 1985,
the Red Raiders went on to the
NCAA tournament before losing
to the Big East’s Boston College
in the first round.
In 1986, Tech started off
slowly in the conference and fin
ished with a 9-6 recoxd. In the
conference tournament, how
ever, they heat Southern Method
ist, Texas Christian and Texas
A&M to win the title for the sec
ond consecutive year before suc
cumbing to Georgetown, another
Big East power, in the NCAA’s.
This year. Tech was 15-14 de
spite the play of one the SWC’s
top young players in sophomore
Sean Gay.
Although West Texas tradi
tionally has some of the finest
high school baseball programs in
the state, Texas Tech has not
been able to put its program on
the winning side in quite some
Along with Rice, Tech is one of
only two schools in the confer
ence to have a losing record in
baseball over the last 37 seasons.
Tech has never won a SWC
championship and last chal
lenged for the title in 1971 when
they finished thiid with an 11-7
This year was no different as
the Red Raiders were 6-15 in con
ference and 21-28 on the season.
Other sports in Tech’s athletic
department are si m i I a il y
grounded in mediocrity.
The men’s golf team last won
the SWC title in 1971, but has
since foundered near the bottom
of the standings. The women’s
golf team has finished last in the
confeience from 1983-1985, and
the men’s tennis team has never
won the SWC title.
Next Wednesday: Texas A&M
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