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mber21 riday • November 21, 1997 The Battalion PORTS cheal icthod retl cesium fr:| indwaterti i with tJit m. The ptj hanger, a vely removi R)huion ai Runnin , Ags’ set for season opener By Chris Ferrell Sports editor Saturday will not just be other eler 11 ther regular season open ioactive in-|fo r Icmy Barone and the id. the wa^ | as A&M Basketball Team, nth cemet: |> it’s much bigger than that. en the Stephen F. Austin h-y Profes- toul’erjacks come to G. Rollie |ld wiite Coliseum tomorrow it mark the culmination of |i s Bihrenslyears of work by Barone and ich has procl staff to try and take the pro- I are ineaaijm to another level. Barone arrived in College l>ared thisAtion in 1991 to take over a aid. “OutAgram which had been rid- jrials tocAd by NCAA sanctions, had F the bes lor facilities and had not n a winning season since |? days of Shelby Metcalf. It san unenviable task which bst coaches would never Ik into. Now Barone and the Ag gies take the floor with a win dow of opportunity open for the future. Scholarships are no longer limited, talent is at an all-time high in the Barone era, and with Reed Arena set to open next season the Ag gies are able to recruit with the Big 12’s top teams. Indeed it could be the dawn of a new era in A&M basketball. The most noticeable change from Barone’s teams of the past will be the style of play. The Aggies will be playing an up tempo, pressing style to try and use their athleticism to create easy baskets. “We came here six years ago wanting to play this way,” Barone said. “And it’s tough to play this way when you don’t have numbers. Whether we were playing ugly or playing the way we had to play was a point of conjecture. “Our Creighton teams played like this, but you have to be realistic. If you have a quarterback that throws down “We came here six years ago wanting to play this way.” TONY BARONE A&M BASKETBALL COACH and outs, you don’t throw deep. You have to play to your personnel sometimes.” Barone is hoping that last season’s experience will help the Aggies compete this season. Almost everyone is back from a young team that played very competitively a year ago. A&M lost only one player from last season, guard Tracy Anderson. Senior center Dario Quesada could also be lost for the season with bulging disks in his back. Sophomore guard Jerald Brown, last season’s Big 12 freshman of the year returns to lead a talented back court which will be key to the Aggies’ up tempo style. “Anytime that your going to play up tempo, the key to the up tempo game is the guards,” Barone said. “Playing up tem po doesn’t necessarily mean that your going to take a quick shot every time up the court.” So far the up tempo style has been a success with the Ag gies winning both of their ex hibition games in easy fashion. In those two games, the Ag gies learned a valuable lesson about the kind of shape they will need to maintain in order to keep up the style of play for the entire season. “I think we found out that if we’re going to be an aggressive team defensively with the press and we’re going to run, we need to maintain a conditioning lev el that is at the highest level,” Barone said. “If you’re going to do that it’s easy for the fans and for the media to say ‘you’re go ing to run.’ That’s fine if you’re going to run up the court and maintain the pressure condi tioning wise. Our guys, one of the things they saw is that they have to maintain that.” But what’s a few more hours of hard work compared to the time and effort put in over the past six years. - H m COURTESY TEXAS A&M SPORTS INFORMATION Coach Tony Barone and the Aggies open the season tomorrow. olleyball battles layhawks, Wildcats By Travis V. Dabney Staff writer The 17th-ranked Texas A&M illeyballTeam will take on Kansas Kansas State this weekend in hopes of con tinuing their three match winning streak and their stellar play of late. The games will have a little of everything for the Aggies, as they will face Sykora the Kansas Jay- hawks on Fri day who along ITowa State pulls up the rear of ; 12. On Saturday the Aggies will face the Kansas State Wildcats and will attempt to return the loss that the Wildcats handed the Aggies in back in October. The Aggies suf fered one of their worst defeats in recent memory as they were swept inlhree straight game and only mustered a total of 10 points for the entire match. The Aggies going into this weekend’s play are holding down third place in the Big 12 along with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. De spite being in third place the Ag gies may be playing the best vol leyball in the Big 12 as they have won the their last three matches and remain the only team to de feat the Texas Longhorns in con ference play this season. Both matches this weekend will played at 7 p.m. The Baa® Ifternooi ams waive Phillips after lack misses team meeting legisi ItCSSl'l'' ^ ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawrence "d lillips was waived by the St. Louis ims today, a day after the troubled • fining back skipped a team meet- g gand practice. rtl i Phillips, the team’s leading rusher, alked out of Rams Park onWednes- j lyafter an early-morning conversa- aree! ; in with coach Dick Vermeil, who mmsi y | le was kgjHg replaced in the hew® jrtinglineup with Jerald Moore, ody. Phillips was back in camp for an- ty As iS her conversation today, but left llowl r»ood shortly after 1 p.m. CST fol- a proi* wing the decision to cut him. on, ^ Mips has run for 633 yards, one lore yard than last season’s total, ft only a 3.5-yard average. Vermeil planned to address the , | love at a news conference after askw ractice.The Rams (2-9) play the Car lin Di"’ lina Panthers on Sunday and will try |decoi» i enc i a seven-game losing streak. Team sources said Pliillips’ problem rnidd as alcohol-related. On Wednesday, "and irmeil refused to discuss the subject. jits, 11 lust before the news broke, defen- otn d VeendLeslie O’Neal said it wasritup ihim to decide whether Phillips had one the right tiling by walking out. Colleg “We’re all independent contrac- onl ei its,’’ O’Neal said. “When you feel 7 p,il lings aren’t going right you have the 0 f tl ption to take your work elsewhere. “A lot of guys that started out on lis journey in training camp aren’t IheMatcMJps SKansasState(-20 @lcwa State OHahoma@TexasTech (-23) Oklahoma St. (-11) @ Bayior *4 Ohio St. @ #1 Michigan (-3.5) Florida St (-4.5) @#10 Florida *24 Wisconsin @ #6 Penn St (-15.5) *7 UCLA (-9.5) @ USC N VWsh St@#l /Washington (-7) Alabama @#13 Auburn (-12) Fowboys @ Packers (-7) takings @ Jets (-2.5) 'olphins @ Patriots (-4.5) Week Emulative here anymore and you can’t worry about them, you have to just keep go ing and keep playing.” The Rams took the first step to ward cutting their losses on Wednes day by notifying the league Phillips left the squad without permission. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Phillips had five days to return, or the Rams could place him on the reserve-left squad list. That would have prohibited him from playing for the Rams or any oth er team the rest of the season. The Rams took a chance in select ing Phillips with the sixth pick of the 1996 draft, and his rookie season was marred by legal woes, a knee injury and a training-camp holdout. Earlier this year, he spent 23 days in a Nebras ka jail for violating probation stem ming from the assault on a former girl friend when he played at Nebraska. He also walked out of several team meetings last year, when Rich Brooks was coach. This year Phillips has been trying to overcome turf toe and a sprained ankle. He has 633 yards — one more yard than his rookie year total—and is tied for the NFC lead with eight touchdowns, but is averaging only 3.5 yards per carry. Vermeil was not sure whether Phillips’ problems were reflected in his play. The Untamed Mustang Doak Walker rebuilt SMUprogram, became a legend Walker By Jamie Burch Staff writer S outhern Methodist University’s South west Conference co-championship in 1940 served as a solid beginning to the new decade. But during World War II, the pro gram fell on hard times. Head coach Madison Bell left the Hilltop to serve three years (1942- 45) in the Navy reserves and the team posted six consecutive losing seasons. Bell returned to SMU in 1945 as both coach and athletic director. But the 1947 season brought new hope with the emergence of a legend — Doak Walker. Walker revitalized a pro gram in shambles, playing any and every position. Dur ing his collegiate career (1945-49), Walker served as the Mustangs’ offensive and special teams’ guru. He played ample time at quar terback, halfback, kicker and punt and kick off returner. Walker led SMU to back- to-back SWC titles in 1947 and 1948. He became the only three-time All- American and four-time All-SWC performer in SMU history. Walker finished his spectacu lar collegiate stint as the Ponies’ career leader in points (288) and punt return yards (750). But more important than cementing his place in history is what Walker did to bolster the SWC. Walker’s natural athletic abili ty spurred a great number of fans to return to the stands. After playing the Mustangs final game at Ownby Stadium on Oct. 2, 1948, SMU adopted the Cotton Bowl on the Texas State Fairgrounds as its new home. At the time, the structure held a mere 46,000 peo ple. Due to the swelling crowds who came to watch the Walker roam the gridiron, the Cot ton Bowl was twice expanded to fit a capacity crowd of 76,000 plus. It quickly became known as “The House that Doak Built.” A modest Walker attributed the expansion of the stadium to the success of the program saying a winner will always draw fan support. “The Cotton Bowl was a terrific place to play,” Walker said. “We enjoyed playing there. And the fans filled it up for our games. That’s been a little short the last few years. But winning cures all. ^ When you win everyone wants to get on the band wagon.” Walker’s exploits dur- Part three in a three part series chronicling Texas college football legends ing the 1948 season earned him the Heisman Trophy as the nations top player. The versatile Walker rushed for 532 yards and eight touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 304 yards and five touchdowns, returned 10 punts for a school record 169 yards, returned five kicks for 161 yards, inter cepted three passes for 75 yards, punted 35 times for 1,473 yards and converted 22- of-29 extra point attempts. But Walker’s feats on the gridiron were not constrained to the collegiate level. Walker was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1950. And in his short NFL career, Walker did the same thing for the Lions’ fran chise and the NFL ■Hi ' sion title for 17 years. But with the ad dition of Walker and his high school teammate, quar terback Bobby Layne, the Lions reestablished themselves as one of the NFL elite. Playing in Tiger Stadium, the Lions won three division titles and two Championships during Walker’s career. And just as he did at SMU, Walker played every available position. Walker said he did this because job securi ty was scarce amongst NFL players. “ft was added insurance,” Walker said. “You had to so you get could a little more money. You never knew from one day to the next whether you were going to get cut or not. Anything extra you could do, ei ther as a receiver, kick off returner, or a punt re turner, you did.” Walker went on to score 534 points and amass more than 4,000 Jl| yards of to- C tal offense en route to winning two scoring 0: titles. He played in five Pro Bowls in his six years and was named All-NFL four years. Walker said he would not trade his years in Detroit for any thing in the world. “The people in center field were factory workers,” Walker said. “They were great fans. They were adopted Lions’ alumnus. The came to win and hammer with you all the way.” Walker was enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1986. And in 1990, Walker was honored with an award in his name for the nations top running back. “It was a great honor,” Walker said. “When Bill Filey came up to Steamboat Springs (Col orado), set down and said he had an idea, my wife and I sat down and talked about it. We thought it would be a real nice award if it was done right. It’s been a class thing ever since. I’m very proud of it and what it stands for.” Walker is arguably one of the best running backs of all times. He sealed his place in SWC, NCAA and NFL history. Walker revitalized both his team and league at every level he played. Walker will always be remembered as the Untamed Mustang. The Battalion's 1997 Staff Picks Chris Paul Jeremy Kristina jamie Matt Stephen Travis Margaux Len Jeff Jeff Jason Consensus Ferrell Mitchell FurticK Buffin Burch Mitchell Boudreau Dabney Harris Callaway Schmidt Webb Whfenmb Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Iowa State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas St. :KSU Cotton Bowl bound? Texas Tech Texas Tech Oklahoma Texas Tech Texas Tech Oklahoma Texas Tech Texas Tech Oklahoma Texas Tech Texas Tech Oklahoma Oklahoma Texas Tech:Unoffical Big 12 South champs. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahima St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St. OSU :Baylor can't wait for season to end. Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan Ohio State Michigan Marching into Pasedena. Florida State Florida State Florida Florida Florida State Florida State Florida State' Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida Florida StSt Bobby loves to beat Spurrier Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Wisconsin Penn State Penn State Wisconsin Penn State Penn State Wisconsin Penn State Wisconsin Penn SLiions still looking for Alliance bid. UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA USC UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA:Men of Troy get smacked around. Wash. St. Washington Washington Wash. St. Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Wash. St. Wash. St. Wash. St. WashingtonThe Apple of our eye. Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Alabama Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn AuburmRun Forrest, Run. It may get ugly. Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Cowboys Packers Cowboys Packers Cowboys Packersfinally get Cowboys at Lambeau. Jets Jets jets Vikings Jets Vikings Jets Vikings Jets Jets Jets Vikings Vikings JetsiParcells has team's eyes on playoffs. Patriots Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Patriots Patriots Dolphins Dolphins Patriots Patriots Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Stage dive anyone? 8-4 8-4 8-4 8-4 6-6 8-4 8-4 8-4 8-4 8-4 8-4 9-3 8-4 103-54:Ferrell and Furtick battling for first. 75-54-3 68-61-3 75-54-3 67-62-3 66-63-3 69-60-3 71-58-3 64-65-3 66-63-3 43-27-2 49-45-2 62-67-3 69-60-3 NOTE: The Battalion Staff will be picking against the betting line this semester. We in no way encourage any illegal wagering with the use of these betting lines, they are presented solely for entertainment purposes