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Monday, July 27,1992
Barone begins search to replace
assistant men's basketball coach
By Doug Foster
When Texas A&M assistant
basketball coach James Green
decided to leave Aggieland for a
job at the
was left with
the job of
Green on his
said the process should be com
plete by die first week of August.
Entering his second season as
head coach at A&M, Barone said
the decision could be vital to es
tablishing the kind of program
he wants for the future in Col
"I think this decision is critical
because the guy who comes into
this position is going to have to
buy in to what we have to do to
be suceessful/' , Barone said.
"And that's not just going out
and bringing in bodies. We
want to bring in a certain type of
student athlete and this choice is
important for that."
Barone said his selection
process will consist of placing
the applicants into one of four
groups, selecting the best from
each of those groups and making
the final decision from those four
"We have to set up the criteria
for the type of person we want,"
Barone said. "I'm going to look
at guys who are veterans in this
business, some high school
coaches, some people who have
strong ties within the state and
some people that I am interested
'TT1 pick the best of each of
those categories and make my
After making his choice,
Barone will recommend his can
didate to Athletic Director John
David Crow. According to ath
letic department policy. Crow
will then make the final decision
on the hiring , taking Barone's
recommendation into considera
Despite the adversity the
A&M basketball team went
through last season, Barone said
he feels because of the wide
amount of interest that has been
shown, this is one of the top
coaching opportunities in the na
'T've talked to a lot of people
to find out what kind of interest
there is, and I already have over
60 resumes on my desk," Barone
said. "1 think this is one of the
top 10 assistant coaching oppor
tunities in the country."
Barone said this opening
would offer a big chance for an
assistant to make his mark, and
said the type of person he was
looking for was someone who
eventually wanted to move on to
a head coaching position in ma
jor college basketball.
"We want someone who is
going to come in here with a
tremendous amount of enthusi
asm," Barone said. "We also
want someone who is going to
look at this job as an opportunity
to take a program that was
floundering and move that pro
gram into the top 25 in the coun
"1 think assistants who will
do those things will become
head coaches. If you don't ac
cept those type of things as a
challenge, you will never be a
head coach in Division I basket
And I want assistants who
want to be head coaches."
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A&M, OU to
series in '93
From Staff and Wire Reports
Texas A&M University will
renew its football rivalry with the
University of Oklahoma in 1993.
The joint announcement was
made last week by Texas A&M
Athletic Director John David
Crow and Oklahoma Athletic Di
rector Donnie Duncan.
The two-game series will be
gin in Norman in 1993 and will
move to College Station in 1994.
Discussions are still ongoing re
garding the dates. There has
been some speculation that A&M
would use Oklahoma to replace a
non-conference game with the
University of Southwestern
Louisiana in mid-September.
The Aggies had to remove one
team to stay within the NCAA
regulation 11-game season.
The Sooners hold a 7-5 advan
tage over A&M since the series
began back in 1903 with Okla
homa winning 6-0. The schools
met every year from 1944
through 1951 with the Aggies
winning the last meeting, 14-7.
"This series is great for college
football," Crow said. "These two
schools have tradition-rich pro
grams and the support of both
schools will make for quite an ex
"The University of Oklahoma
and Texas A&M University are
always among the nation's best,"
Duncan said. "This series offers
college football fans in Norman,
College Station and across the
country the opportunity to see
two of the best in action."
Continued From F^ge 3
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tradition, he, along with the rest of
the Oiler rookies, received a com
plementary haircut from the veter-
Life on an expansion team
Former A&M pitcher thrives in Rockies' farm system
By Michael Plumer
With the National League expanding by two
teams next year, a former Texas A&M pitcher is try
ing to become a part of baseball history.
Jason Hutchins, a member of
the 1992 A&M squad, is striving
to be in Denver for the first pitch
of the Colorado Rockies' inau
gural season. Until then, he is
biding his time in the Rockies'
minor league system.
"Right now, I am not sure
where I will be next year but of
course I would like to be in the
majors," Hutchins said. "They
will let me know sometime in
the near future where I will be."
For the moment, Hutchins is
pitching in Bend, Oregon, for the
Rockies' short season Single A team. He said that
the Pacific Northwest did not let him down with its
picturesque and beautiful scenery.
"Bend," he said laughing, "well. Bend is different.
It is a small town in the middle of a forest but it is
"This is a lot like the area where Kindergarten
Cop was filmed. I keep waiting for Arnold
(Schwarzenegger) to come out of the forest with
loaded guns," he said.
With all the imagery aside, Hutchins' main job is
to get batters out. As his team's closer, it is up to
him to slam the door on opponent's rallies. So far,
he has performed adequately.
"Right now, I am doing well," he said. " My
record is 0-0 but I have 9 saves and 1.61 ERA."
In entering the league as an expansion team along
with the Florida Marlins, the Rockies present a
unique opportunity to Hutchins that has not been
available to players since the late 1960s when base
ball last expanded.
"With them being new, this is a good thing to get
into but it is not an easy way to the majors," he said.
"It can be a quick way up, though.
"The main thing has been the attitudes of the
managers, coaches, and owners. They treat us well
plus there is a lot of excitement which is an added
bonus. That makes me and my teammates want to
try harder to succeed."
Although Hutchins was not drafted by an estab
lished major league team, A&M baseball coach Mark
Johnson stressed that Hutchins should not alter his
approach in getting to the big leagues.
"This is a great opportunity for Jason becaut
there are not many players ahead of him," Johnso:
said. "Due to that, there are not many peoplel;
crawl over on the ladder.
"For him, being on an expansion team is aw
some but he has to do the best he can by throwiii
Johnson offered a piece of advice that he fed
would serve Hutchins well in any situation, whetie
he is on or off the field.
"He has great potential but what is important,n
matter where he is, is not to hold anything back.
"Jason must go for it."
Starting anew is never easy. Besides newsm
roundings, there are new coaches, teammates, aa:
attitudes towards the game of baseball.
Hutchins related his experiences in Oregon toon
he encountered about four years ago.
"This is just like starting at Texas AM,’
Hutchins said. "You do not know how thecoacks
are and they do not how you are.
"Also, how the players or coaches are going tot
in certain situations is only determined overt®
At first, I was a little scared and tense butasti*
passed I loosened up."
In November, Hutchins will find out his state
concerning whether he will play winter baseballs
not. Until then, he is enjoying the jostling andplai
fulness of a team that does not have the overridiil;
pressure of competing for a spot on the major leags
"The locker room is loose and that makes it easii
to relax and play ball. It is easier to play withouti
the outside hassles. There has not been any befc
the back stuff yet but it could start soon."
Hutchins' has a new teammate whose nan;
could be familiar to fans of the Houston Astros, foi
mer University of Florida pitcher John Burke.
Burke, the Rockies' first pick in the amateur drat
this past June, was the Astros' first pick in thedri
last summer. But due to monetary difference
Burke returned to school for his senior year.
Hutchins said Burke did not have many favorat!
things to say about the Astros.
"He just started pitching for us due to a sore am
but yeah, he is constantly bad-mouthing the Astros
Hutchins said with a slight laugh. "He says tk
were cheap, but 1 don't know' about that."
While Burke wonders about the Astros' suppose;
stinginess, Hutchins confessed there is only on
thing on his mind.
"I want to be in the majors soon and I think I a:
on the right track here."
Swimmer overcomes dark past
to capture Olympic gold medal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -
Most official biographies of
Olympic athletes begin by listing
records and accomplishments.
Nelson Diebel's bio begins by not
ing his car accidents and broken
Not every competitive swim
mer occasionally wears a tatty
black leather jacket and cutoff
black jeans as a warmup suit. Or
celebrates his swimming victories
by adding another earring in his
ear and an Olympic tattoo on his
Or cheerfully describes himself
as "borderline suicidal."
So now meet Nelson Diebel,
the first American to win a gold
medal at the Barcelona Games.
The 22-year-old Diebel, de
scribed in some Olympic pre
views as "a former juvenile delin
quent from Chicago" was a sur
prise winner in the 100-meter
breaststroke Sunday, beating a
strong field that included world
record holder Norbert Rozsa.
Diebel, who was third at the
50-meter turn, stormed back to set
an Olympic record of 1:01.50.
"It's a great rush to have done
it and gotten the gold and every
thing,” Diebel said, an American
ans. To say that the end result is
unflattering is to be extremely
Richardson's new 'do consists of
a shock of hair directly on top of
his head, with nothing but bare
skin on the sides and back.
As one might expect, Richard
son is less than pleased with his
"I haven't adjusted to it yet,"
flag bandanna covering his
shaved head. "I wish I could do it
all over again. It's like a drug, you
know. It's the best high you could
Diebel knows of what he
speaks. He talks openly of a drug
and alcohol problem from age 12
to 16. The drug use was mostly
confined to marijuana; "hard
drugs scare me," he said.
The alcohol: "Anything, de
pending on the night."
Diebel credits his mother.
Marge, a stockbroker, for forcing
him off his personal highway to
hell. She insisted he go to prep
school to get him away from the
bad crowd he was running with.
After he was kicked out of one
school for fighting in his first se
mester, his mother tried to get
him into the Peddie School in
Princeton, N.J. When the school
expressed doubts about his poor
grades and bad attitude, Diebel
claimed a non-existent prowess in
the swimming pool.
It was that lie that saved him.
The swimming coach was
Chris Martin, a big man with a
forceful personality who reined in
his new charge.
"He made me look at what I
Richardson said. "I'll never adjust
to it. I'll just have to wear a hat for
the next month."
The next few weeks will present
Richardson with a more serious
test of his mettle. Houston will
play the Dallas Cowboys in the
American Bowl in Tokyo Aug. 2,
then have four straight road exhibi
tions against Detroit, Dallas, New
Orleans and the Los Angeles
was doing to myself and realiz
how foolish and what a waste!
was," Diebel said.
Diebel has cleaned up his act
majoring in history at Princeto:
Still, he has a manner thatsuf
gests something else. His recoii
of car accidents and his kindi!
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"I'm very hyper," Diebel saii
"especially during the taper
have too much energy. I havets
The taper is the time swimmer:
refer to when they scale dowi
their hours of daily practice!!
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Diebel says he is a prime example
Six days after he lost in qualif)
ing trials for the 1988 Olympic tri
als, Diebel was working as a life
guard at the Peddie pool. Hi
climbed a railing and began div
"It's lots of fun. It's a rush,''Ik
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reneging on a bonus clause
that was agreed to in writing. To
not hold out for what could turn
out to be an amount between $4
and $6 million is a prime exam
ple of Moon's selflessness toward
his teammates and coaches, as
well as his fans.
Selflessness, however, is not
the main reason Moon deserves
to receive the buyout. That
comes in the fact that few players
are as important to the success of
their teams as Warren Moon.
Whether the so-called "experts"
in the sport want to acknowledge
it or not. Moon is the most talent
ed quarterback in the NFL, and
probably the most intelligent.
How many quarterbacks in the
league today could have molded
their styles to the run-and-shoot
the way Moon has? Very few, if
To place the blame squarely
on the shoulders of Adams is a
fallacy. Adams has a pair of the
deepest pockets in the NFL. He
is also having to deal with the
enigma that is Sean Jones for yet
another year, as well as the hold
out of William Fuller, both of
which provide enough distrac
tions for five owners.
The mystery man, however, is
Mike Holovak. The Oilers' gen
eral manager has remained out of
sight for the past fevy weeks,
which might not be an accident.
Over the past few years, Holo
vak has cultivated a hardline per
sona, squabbling with agents
over seemingly trivial amounts of
money. That's not always bad,
though, as many agents use the
wishy-washy nature of some
g.m.'s to almost extort money for
Holovak has tried to prevent
that type of situation, one that
cropped up under the reign of
Ladd Herzeg during the 80s.
But Holovak may have taken
his mission a step too far this
time by slighting the one true un
touchable in the eyes of the fans
in the same year that marks yet
another raise in ticket prices.
Hopefully, the doom and
gloom surrounding Moon's situ
ation is indeed on the way out.
Adams is one of the most amica
ble owners around, and wants
nothing more than to see Moon
happy. And Steinberg has not
become the best agent in the
business by ordering his clients
to hold out at the drop of a hat.
But until the buyout is com
pleted, don't be surprised if
everyone surrounding the Oilers
camp keeps walking on
eggshells. Moon is in too fragile
a state to be disrupted again, and
is too eager to reach a resolution.
And without that resolution,
Moon's contractual problems
may have serious consequences.
"I feel great about my
progress," Moon said shortly be
fore leaving the Trinity campus.
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