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Like Father, Like Son
By Chris Whitley
I n a season of dismay for Texas A&M basketball, the unique
dimension of having a coach and player double as father
and son has also brought its share of troubles.
Tony Barone and son, Tony Jr., have had to deal with a flur
ry of criticism from the media and from the fans. They have
dealt with carbon monoxide poisoning that sent both of them to
the hospital. They have dealt with the death of a close family
To some consolation, this season's adversity has strength
ened the relationship between the two.
"I have a great deal of respect for my son," said the elder
Barone. "Tony has always been the type of kid that a parent
would want to be your son. He's gone through my job, which is
a job that's always been in the public eye, and handled it ex
Barone Jr. also said that the trials and tribulations of the sea
son have brought him and his father closer together.
"I haven't really been this close with him since I was little,"
the younger Barone said. "I'm around him every day, and
you re bound to get close to somebody whether you like it or
The scrutiny from the fans stems from the belief that Barone
Sr. gives preferential playing time to his son, a freshman walk-
on shooting guard. Barone Jr. has played 22 of 26 games this
season and has averaged 1.3 points a game.
Barone Sr. said that the criticism toward his son is unwar
"Tony's been treated really unfairly all year," Barone Sr.
said. "He's been treated unfairly by opposing players. He's
been treated unfairly by fans all over simply because he's my
son. And to my disappointment, he's been treated real unfairly
The coach admires his son for his ability to shrug off the at
tacks on his play. The younger Barone views the problem mere
ly as a part of life.
"I just see it as part of what I have to go through," Barone Jr.
said. "I would probably be the same way if I was in the crowd,
being skeptical about it. I don't have any bad words to say to
anybody because it's understandable."
See Barones/Page 4
HUY NGUYEN/The Battalion
Texas A&M coach Tony Barone and his son Tony Jr. have developed a new
reliance on each other after a season of change and tragedies in Aggieland.
No special favors
in Penders' family
By Steve O'Brien
U niversity of Texas guard Tommy Penders found out
last January what it means to be the coach's son - not
The Longhorns basketball team
was in New Orleans to play Louisiana
State University when Tommy and
some of his teammates decided to go
to Bourbon St. Their game with the
Tigers was two days away, and they
planned on being back by the 2 a.m.
But the 21-year old freshman and
his teammates didn't make it back to
the hotel by the designated time, and
they paid for it the next day in prac
Texas coach Tom Penders disci-
lined all those involved, including
"He broke curfew and got his ass
in trouble," the coach said. "He al
most died the next day in practice.
"I'm the same with him as I am
with all the others. I'm not a yeller
and a screamer anyway. I've always
told my players, T treat you like I treat
my own kids.' Now that Tommy is on
the team, they can see it."
Tommy remembers that day well.
"We ran for 55 minutes straight,"
Tommy said. "We did sprints and
drills and there was no stopping.
"We all made it, and no one got
Texas coach Tom
and his son Tommy
Coach Penders knew from the beginning that Tommy be
longed on the UT squad.
In early season practices. Tommy impressed his father so
much that coach Penders decided he would play this season.
Coach Penders thought Tommy was ready to contribute to
See Son/Page 4
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By Anthony Andro
The Texas A&M baseball team will get a feel for
what life is going to be like for the next month when
they host the Baylor Bears for three games this week
end at Olsen Field..
It certainly will be different from the first month
of the season.
The Aggies will be without the services of two of
their starters, second baseman Mike Hickey and
rightfielder Scott Smith, who are both out four to six
weeks with injuries.
A&M coach Mark Johnson has made adjustments
with his lineup.
"First of all, we have a lot of alternatives," John
son said. "Rob Harris will start for us at second base.
He's been a guy that has really improved. He's a guy
Where it hurts the most
Mike Hickey and Scott Smith
will be out 4-6 weeks because of injury.
Mike Hickey, 2nd base
On base %: .423
"Hickey had 19 double
plays in 17 games as
A&M's second baseman
Scott Smith, rightfield
On base %: .536
"Smith's 15-game hitting
streak was snapped last
Sunday against Minnesota
By Doug Foster
who's worked very hard and is very capable.
"In the outfield, we have some options. We have
some people who can fill that hole."
Johnson mentioned Jay Estes, Billy Harlan and
See A&M/Page 5
This weekend, Texas A&M
softball coach Bob Brock will get a
chance to test the ability of his
team before traveling to California
for a crucial road trip.
Brock's squad, 8-4 on the sea
son, will host the 10th annual Ag
gie Invitational I today through
Sunday. The Invitational is a ten-
team round robin competition
consisting of three teams ranked
among the top 20 in the nation.
Tournament games will be
played at three fields. Bee Creek,
Parks 1 and 2, and Lady Aggie
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Along with the lOth-ranked
Aggies, Missouri and Minnesota
enter the tournament ranked
among the top teams in the nation.
The Tigers, 4-0 on the season, are
the sixth ranked team in America.
The Golden Gophers are No. 17
with an 8-6 record.
Other teams competing in the
tournament are Illinois State,
Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, North
ern Illinois, Northeast Louisiana,
Ohio State and South Carolina.
Brock said the Aggies need to
take some of the teams in the Invi
tational seriously if they hope to
have a w'inning season.
"Any of the top-ranked teams
are who we need to look out for,"
Brock said. "We're going to have
a chance to play a couple of high
ly-ranked teams this weekend,
and then we'll play some when we
go to California."
Brock also said the Lady Ag
gies were looking forward to final
ly getting to play in front of their
"I'm real excited about this
team," Brock said. "I'm glad our
home crowd is going to be able to
come out and watch us play.
We've got some new players who
are going to excite them, and
we've got some returners who did
well last year that I think our
crowd will enjoy watching."
See Softball/Page 5
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