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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saturday, November 8, 1975
Vol. 83, No. 55
Weather good for football
Frustrated Heels, Tigers clash
by Jim Thomas
Assistant Sports Editor
"We've got to fight harder.. .close ranks
and march.. .a test of character.. .bounce
back from adversity." North Carolina Coach
Bill Dooley is aware of a recurring theme the
past several weeks as his Tar Heels warm-up
for today's Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC) football clash against Clemson in
Since outplaying Notre Dame for three
quarters and losing to N.C. State 21-20
three weeks ago after a game-winning two
point conversion attempt failed, Carolina
has been mired in a disappointing slump.
The Tar Heels (2-6) have lost to East
Carolina' and Wake Forest their last two
times out before the home crowd to run their
losing streak to four straight, the longest
since 1968. With three games remaining,
prospects for a 2-9 season loom menacingly
in the background.
Clemson has suffered through a similar
experience this season leading many
observers to term today's game the
"Frustration Bowl." The Tigers have
dropped three straight, including last
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Middle guard Roger Shonosky charges quarterback Wake Forest Jerry McManus
Saturday's embarassing 43-7 loss to inept
Florida State, and have only one win to their
credit in eight games.
After being picked the preseason favorites
to w in the ACC title, the Tigers' only victory
was a last-minute win over Wake Forest.
Red Parker threatened to resign as Clemson
coach earlier in the week if he "can not get
the situation straightened out at the end of
Despite its record, however, Clemson has
an experienced squad with 48 lettermen
returning from last year's 7-4 team. "They've
lost some close games," Dooley analyzed at
his weekly press conference Tuesday.
"They've lost their momentum and want to
turn things around like we do. Turnovers
have hurt them but they're dangerous and
capable of exploding."
If the past two meetings are an indication,
Dooley's assessment of another high-scoring
game could be correct. Two years ago
Clemson won 37-29 in Kenan Stadium and
last year the Tigers romped 54-32.
Leading the Clemson offense are a couple
of freshmen quarterbacks Willie Jordan
and Steve Fuller. Jordan, who passed for 300
yards and five touchdowns against Georgia
Tech, has completed 54 percent of his passes
and is a threat to run with the ball when his
receivers are covered, according to Dooley.
Fuller was the most highly-sought prepster
in the nation a year ago. Backing them up is
senior Mike O'Cain, who split time" with
Mark Fellers last year.
In the backfield, tailback Ken Callicutt is
the Tigers' leading rusher with 428 yards and
a 4.5 average per carry, while All-America
tight end Bennie Cunningham and flanker
Craig Brantley have caught 16 passes apiece.
On defense, Clemson has allowed 88
points in its last two games and an average of
33.7 a contest. But, despite those statistics.
The annual UNC Blue-White Varsity
basketball game w ill tip off today at 4:30
p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium with
three seniors in one starting lineup and
three of last year's starters in the other
Seniors Mitch Kupchak, Bill
Chambers, and Dave Hanners, with
juniors Bruce Buckley and John Kuester,
will start for the Blue team.
The White team will be led by last
year's starters Walter Davis, Tommy
LaGarde and Phil Ford. Also starting for
the Whites are junior Woody Coley and
sophomore Tom Zaliagiris.
the Tigers have able defenders in tackle G.C.
Galloway, linebacker Jimmy Williamson
and cornerback Peanut Martin.
For the Tar Heels, tailback Mike Voight
appears to be headed toward his second
consecutive 1,000-yard season. Voight
rushed for 148 yards in last week's loss to
Wake Forest to push his ACC-leading total
to 883 yards. He is averaging 1 26. 1 yards per
game, sixth best in the nation.
UNC quarterback Billy Paschall, who has
recovered from a sore arm which has
bothered him the last couple of weeks, has
completed 65 of 133 passes for 894 yards and
seven touchdowns. Charlie Williams and
Mel Collins are his two leading receivers
with 18 and 17 catches, respectively.
On defense, UNC heads into the second
week of its new starting lineup with Chuck
Austin at safety, Ken Sheets at end and
Ronnie Dowdy at one linebacker. In
addition, Ronnie Johnson is expected to
start at cornerback after sitting out the last
two games because of a bruised shoulder.
John Daw is still out with a broken
collarbone but James Betterson could see
some action at tailback after being sidelined
for the past four weeks with a severe charley
Betterson not bitter despite dismal season
by Tom Ward
For Carolina's James "Boom Boom"
Betterson dreams have turned into
In his senior year, Carolina football
has been outmatched and outplayed as
never before since the early years of
Head Coach Bill Dooley's reign.
Betterson, a fierce competitor, has
watched the last four losing efforts from
the sidelines because of a leg injury.
Hopes for a high pick in the professional
football draft in March and a lucrative
contract have dwindled. And like his
teammates, he stumbles over "I don't
knows" and "ifs" when asked to explain
the losing season.
"After coming off such a good year
last year, 1 was anticipating this season
with high hopes," Betterson said. "But
now . . . now everything has fallen
through ... It is hard to explain."
The 5-11, 198-pound High Point
native did indeed have an impressive
1974 campaign. Nine touchdowns,
1,082 rushing yards, 28.4 yards averaged
on kickoff returns and an All-ACC
selection all belonged to Betterson. He
was also one-half of a devastating
running tandem which set an NCAA
record for two players rushing over
1,000 yards in a season playing at the
same position. Junior Mike Voight was
But those days are gone. With only
games against Clemson, Tulane and
Duke left, repeating last year's
performance is out of the question.
"I practice for the first time in a
month this week and the leg is about 70
to 75 per cent flexible," Betterson said.
"If Coach Dooley chooses, I can do a
little on Saturday (against Clemson).
"My personal goals now are to have a
couple of good games before my
Carolina career ends, but I am not
counting on too much this week."
Betterson hurt his right thigh muscle
on Oct. 4 when he was tackled on an off
tackle play against Virginia. Initially
described as "just a charlie horse," the
deep bruise was later diagnosed as
causing internal bleeding.
"We attempted to drain off the blood
so it would heal more rapidly, but it was
impossible to do with this type of
injury," said Dr. Joseph L. DeWalt,
UNC's head athletic physician. "The'
only cure for it is to let nature take its
Although the long wait is frustrating
for the Game Plan magazine pre-season
All-American, he is still "optimistic and
hopeful" about the rest of his career.
"Against Tulane and Duke, 1 want to
see if I can get something out of the
season. Also,. I hope to play in some
senior bowl games after the regular
season is over," Betterson said.
The 21-year-old recreation major also
hopes to play professional football in
the National or Canadian football
leagues next year. He believes his
chances are particularly good with the
new NFL expansion teams in Seattle
"My career is not over with this type
of injury . . . I have just got to keep my
head together and not panic. I am just
going to wait and see how things are
going to work out," he said.
Betterson w ill be one of six seniors to
play his last game before the home fans
today. Dreams of a senior year full of
glory have turned to dust. But the pride
of such a talented athlete shines even in
the darkest hours. His contributions
today may be limited, but Carolina
football fans should not forget all the
exciting moments Betterson has given
them. Although he may have been
temporarily humbled by an injury, UNC
will be hearing from James Betterson
for years to come.
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