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The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, August 28, 1982, Page 5, Image 5

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SATURDAY. AUGUST 21. 1S32-THE CAHCUISA TIEES-S " 1 : . '- . v : : : s3t ' """" 1 ; i .. . , Howard Coach Overcomes Adversity To Gain National Recognition W N NEW YORK THREE FOR THE WONKY Hugh Cullman, ci'iiter. ( huirmun and Chief Exmilivc Officer of Phillip Morris USA, receives I he I 'ni led Negro College Fund's (UNCF) "Championship Award" from tennis star, Arthur Ashe, right and from Christopher Edlev Executive Director of 4 he UNCF. Ashe said the award was made "in appreciation" of Cullman's work during the past four years as chairman of the DNCF's fund-raising campaign in the New York region. The presentation was made dur ing the Lite Arthur AsheUNCF Championship tennis matches where more than 700 players'Vompeted at the U.S. Tennis Association's National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadow in Queens, N.Y. The UNCF raises funds for 42 historically black private colleges thai have a total enrollment of more than 50.000 students.. nine out of ten of the students require some financial aid to continue their education. "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," is the UNCF slogan; to which Cullman has added, 'and a wonderful thing to save!" .-v.: . Black Schools Should Benefit From Collegiate Scandals By Elson Armstrong, Jr. Sadly the beat of scan dal marches on in major collegiate sports. The University of San Fran cisco axes the men's j.Kact-iitKiill nrrtoram ' v Ka.iiicA rt Anttniimic ir regularities. The power ful Southern California fnnthnll team is hannpfi . ..frrtm hrtuil oamoc frtr twr I 1 VIII gUIIIVO V. V. years because of cheating. Wichita State is always in the NCAA'? , 'dog house'. Fresno State isr reeling because the head football coach was barred from per sonally recruiting for a year because he violated an NCAA rule. It seems as if every week there is some new scandal rocking the ma jor . collegiate sports scene and in more cases than not the scandals surround black athletes. ' Black colleges should capitalize from these NCAA wrong doings by 'the "Big Boys." The traditional former . all-black colleges suf feredTreriiendously when the big colleges began recruiting the good black athletes in droves begin ning in the mid-1960's. , The bigger schools could offer these athletes much more in the way of scnoiarsnips ana omer benefits than the black schools could and in no time at all most of the best black athletes were - attending predominantly white colleges. . . n . In a few cases such as f.ramM'mo ' T(nnpccpp State, and South Carolina State, the black programs continued to thrive but schools like N.C. Central, N.C. A&T, Shaw, and 'Allen universities saw .their once proud ' programs severely decline, or in some cases football was dropped altogether. ; With the current tur moil raging at many ma jor ; schools, bldck schools should- move quickly to recapture some of the athletic talent that major schools have been siphoning off for years now.. In many cases (not all) black athletes have suf fered by enrolling in the predominantly white are given illegal cash fori non-existent jobs and "loanedV cars. They are wined and dined as long as they are eligible to play. They are allegedly given unearned grades in classes, Thus they get a . i 1 i'.V hfn. I J" J f:, m 9 t L NhW YORK l-on tialdemaii, of Harvard, III. holds 'the. winners, trophy following his world record cross-country bicycling journey. Ilaldemaii arrived al the finish line. The Empire Stale Building, coverning the 2,976-mile run in just under 10 days, 4 MMPhmo taste of the good life. Not all of these ir regularities can be blam ed on the schools or zealous7 alumni. The athletes: are . in many cases to blame also. If they make no attempt to obtain, .their- degrees or attend ; iWorthwhile classes-then they are just cheating themselves. The sad part for most black athletes comes when their ' playing eligibility is over. Very few make it to the pros. Attention then, shifts to the athletes who are still eligible. The others have no degree, and they are discarded like old shoes. Most black , schools have, always appeared to place education first. The coaches at these in stitutions must also teach classes, ' therefore academics is first priori ty. - . Thus far the black alumni groups appear not to have resorted to . the questionable prac tices that have helped : - create scandals at white colleges and hopefully these black schools never will. , ;- Now, is the time for black schools to get back: into the game with black and white athletes who are disenchanted with what is going on at, many major schools. , An official at N.C. Central told me that' NCCU, if they desired, i could get many '.black athletes just by showing . them the campus,' its 'I departments, and social life! This official quickly t added, "but we've also got to offer bur athletes more in the way of scholarships and student assistance, One reason , we're' losing - our best stars to the white schools is that they, offer them By Donnie R. luck WASHINGTON, D.C. Howard Univcr - sity tennis coach Eddie 'Davis knows the word. For his six years of coaching, at Howard, Davis has had con tinuous challenges to overcome. The major obstacle he has faced has been the lack of ade quate practice facilities. Yet, Davis has manag ed to overcome this and other obstacles, and because of his success, he has been named the col lege coach of the year for the Middle Atlantic region. The honor is given an nually by the U.S. Pro . fessional Tennis Associa tion (USPTA) in Sarasota, Fla., in recognition of outstan ding accomplishment. The Middle Atlantic region encompasses the states of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. There are 17 divisional honorees, each of whom is nominated by someone in their region, and all become candidates for the national coach of the year. "Eddie is a real en thusiastic guy," says Frank Hatten, USTPA president of the Middle Atlantic Tennis Associa tion. "He does a lot of hustling for his team', and it shows up in his results." Davis hopes that this national recognition will enhance the creditablility and Princeton that line his schedule. This past year. Howard had its first 20-win (20-10) season, and won its second con secutive D.C. Capital Collegiate Con fcrcncc and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships. All of this was accomplished in the face of numerous obstacles. The school doesn't have its own tennis courts, so it must rely on public courts. Because of the demand for the public courts that the team uses, it can only practice for an hour in the afternoon each day. Also, because of Howard's limited tennis budget and the "cost of prime indoor court time, Davis' netters have had to practice from 10 to 12 each night during the winter months. (He says his .players adjusted by taking naps earlier in the evening). Moreover, the team lost its top three single players from the previous year (one's athletic eligibility , ex pired, another became academically ineligible, and the third player decided to leave school). Triere are other factors : that should have hindered the progress of the Bison tennis team under Davis. His posi tion at Howard is as a part-time tennis coach. His full-time respon sibility the last six years has been teaching science Eddie Davis teaching. He is also married with two small children, and is trying to complete coursework at Howard for a master's degree in education. "I've learned a lot about coaching and a lot about myself since I've been at Howard," says the 33-year-old Davis. "I've learned how to maximize what I have. I've also learned how to persevere and to keep goals in sight. "The players have been just great about the whole thing. They've .Wo "a v proven program," heT School in Washington, can t attract the top D.C, Davis says that jug quality tennis player. made for the tennis team to have three hours of daily practice: time al anoiher site. The school has also set up a commit tee to explore the con struction of a tennis facility. Michigan Con gressman John Conyers. who is a tennis student of Davis, has taken the team under his wing. Two years ago. he held a reception on Capitol Hill in honor of the team's winning two fall tennis titles. Last winter, he held a tennis party to help raise funds for the team. understood the Tcalitv of rv..,:. ...... h u. the situation arHoward. of ,he finest llm ana as a result, we ve jAnd, without the national-level player, his program can't , prove itself against such tennis . powerhouses as Cleni spn, Hampton Institute gling the two schedules (coaching ? consumes , about six hours a day during the fall and spring seasons) has become a problem, and - that he may have to leave gotten a lot out of our players." Davis believes strongly that the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" is not very far away. Ar rangements have been points that any coach , can have for his pro gram. "I can sell them on the school. It's one of the best colleges in the coun try. Plus, the program is getting better. BASKETBALL TEAM Raises American Flag For . First Time In Angola 's History good scholarships. You can't blame them for go ing to such schools." ;- Central and A&T are Currently struggling financially in sports but they are virtually sitting on a gold mine, All it takes is commitment on the .part of the ad ministrators at - both schools to compete with the major schools for the good athlete. Sure.' they won't get the majority of them, but they will get a large share of the talent that they are now 'ton-, 'ceding to schools such as UNC, Duke, and State. When black schools explain to prospective recruits that they will not only get to play but they, more importantly; , will get a good education that will benefit them long after ; their, playing days are over; the schools are surely going to make a good, impression on NEW YORK A Big East All-Star basketball team returned home this week' after a highly suc cessful two week trip to Angola. The team won all nine of its games Jbefore more than 75,000 Angolans in Luanda, Cabinda and Lubango. Another million viewed the games on Angolan TV.f . . While the sports aspect of the trip was ex cellent, it paled by com parison to the diplomatic and people-to-people aspect. The United States and Angola do not have diplomatic rela tions. Richard Lapchick, who served as chief of delegation for the Americans in Angola, said, "The warmth shown seemed to capture the hearts of the Angolans when we walk ed out on the court at the Cltadella arena. The Citadella rocked when 15,000 fans- gave the American team a stan ding ovation as it walked out behind the American . flag." It was the first time that flag flew there since Angola became in dependent in 1976. Lap chick is the director of , the Southern Africa Pro gram of the Phelps-' Stokes Fund. The Fund and the Athletic Depart ment of St John's University co-sponsored the trip. Lou Carnesecca, who is the head coach at St. John's University and many young men and women ;:; who arc disgusted with v the underhanded dealings going on at many of the bigger schools. who coached the team in Angola, noted that, "We have no control over what our respective governments will do. However, our mission was to play good basket ball and to establish friendship between Angolans and Americans. There can be no doubt that we were successful on both counts." The players echoed the sentiments of Carnesec ca. The University of Connecticut's Norman Baily, who led the team in scoring with a 15 point average, reported on return, "I feel as though the trip to Angola has been the high point of my life. Despite being both physically and men tally exhausted, I have accumulated much precious knowledge that I intend to share with all." The team had first hand experiences with the difficulties that Angola was going through as many of its resources are channeled to military defense. Angola is subjected to frequent invasions by South Africa from its bases in Namibia. However, the American team was there as negotiations for a settle ment of the conflicts in Namibia appeared to be reaching a new level. Angola, a key Front Line state, , and the United States, which leads the western contact group, are major actors in the attempt to resolve the issue of independence for Namibia. Set on Hall's Sir John Collins, who only played one game due to an in- jury said, l tried to ab sorb all that I could. The Angolan people were as generaous as they could possibly be." Dud Tongal, the For dham graduate who was the first African to star in American basketball, looked to the future when he said, "Let's all hope that more American athletes will be able to visit Africa in the near future." Gary McLain, the guard from Villanova, best summed up everyone s experience. "Travelling to Angola was like Christmas with all the giving and receiv ing, like school with all the teaching and learning and like lifting weights, because all of us got stronger. I feel that I have learned what no course in any history class could ever teach. The everlasting impres sion which these beautiful people have given me will last as long as I am able to speaK mJ spread the story of cv: adventure." bupp ort The 1982 Eagles!!! NCCU Season Tickets On Sale at 683-6574 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY 1982 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Datt Opponent Siti Tion . Sept 4 Livinaslone Coiieae S.sbury NC . 7 V) Sept. 11 VIRGINIA UNION Durban. NC 130 Sept. 18 WINSTON-SALEM STATE DURHAM. NC I 30 Oct 2 Fayetteville Sl-ile F.ivtteviii nr. 7 M Oct r 9 Nortollt St.lte Norfolk VA 1 .10 Oct 16 Morq.m Sl.H s R.)llimore MD tin Oct, 23 ELIZABETH CITY DURHAM. NC 130 Oct 30 Bowie Slate Bw M0 I JO Nov. 6 JOHNSON C. SMITH DURHAM. NC 130 (HOMECOMING) ' Nov. 13 N C. A&T STATE DURHAM. NC 130 Nov 20 CIAA Championship " AR home games ire played at NCCU 1 0 Kilty Stadium Henry C. Lattimore. He-id Football Coach & Athletic Dmhchh

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