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The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, August 28, 19845A
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Winning to be only reward
for Clemson players, fans
Barnes continues to work out,
win medals despite paralysis
By SCOTT FOWLER
Editor's note: When we think of
sports, we usually think of big leagues,
high salaries, controversy and vicious
recruiting. However, there are stories
that prove that the human element in
sport can outweigh all else. This is the
i first in a three-part series, continuing
Wednesday and Thursday, dealing with
the spirit that sport was founded upon.
Mannel Barnes was sitting on top of
his engine, working on his rig in a truck
stop in Memphis, Tenn. The cab was
Suddenly the hydraulic hose burst,
bringing the entire weight of the cab
crashing down on Barnes. His back was
. instantaneously broken, and he was
permanently paralyzed from his rib cage
That tragic sequence of events
occurred four years ago. This summer,
the 38-year-old Barnes won one silver
medal and three bronze in the National
Veteran's Wheelchair Games at Brock
ton, Mass., as South Carolina's only
representative out of 1,500 athletes.
Barnes, who was in the service for
eight years and fought in Vietnam,
stayed in the Memphis Veterans Admin
istration hospital for six months before
he could return home to his wife and
three children in Cooley Springs, S.C.
He has had a long, painful rehabilitation
since that time, spending much of his
time in the hospital.
This past February, Barnes had a
brush with death again and needed eight
pints of blood to recover from a kidney
infection. To increase his tolerance, he
began working with weights at the
Oteen VA hospital in Asheville.
"They saw that I was really trying
and progressing pretty well," Barnes
said. "So they started encouraging me
to try and go to these national games
in Massachusetts. I told them I didn't
much want to go, at first. But then I
Barnes had never been very athletic
prior to his injury, and perhaps that
inspired some of the reluctance. But he
kept lifting weights under the tutelage
of Cater Cornwell, who had partici
pated in the national games the previous
"He knows all about weightlifting,
Barnes said. "He was my coach."
. With Cornwell's help and a lot of self
determination, Barnes decided to
prepare for the games as best he could.
He concentrated on weightlifting, which
did prove to be his strongest event in
the national games. He was virtually
without experience in all of the other
events, but nevertheless entered eight
others, including the javelin, discus and
"I hadn't had any practice in any of
them, except weightlifting," Barnes
admitted. "The first time I threw the
shotput in the meet was the first time
I had ever thrown it."
Barnes found out that he had a strong
arm. He won bronze medals in the
shotput, javelin and discus. He also
competed in the 111-lb. division of
weightlifting and picked up a silver
medal with a bench press of 130 pounds.
Even in that event Barnes had little
experience. "I lifted weights for training,
but 1 had never bench pressed before."
Barnes didn't do as well in the racing
events. "In the 1,500, them boys from
California had pit crews just like (stock
car driver) Richard Petty," Barnes said.
"They would go awhile and then
something would go wrong and they'd
pull over and get these guys to change
their wheels. In my heat, there were six
guys and 1 finished last."
But' despite his lack of a pit crew,
Barnes came away feeling exhilarated
about the whole experience. "I had more
fun than IVe had in a long time," Barnes
said. "I got to take my wife and little
girl, got to see some country I hadn't
seen infour years, and was able to
participate in the games. And seeing all
those veterans, it was like being in the
service again. After 1 won my silver
medal, I went outside and cried with
Next year the games will be held in
Miami, and Barnes hopes to participate
again. "I'm already in training. I'm
going to concentrate on my field events.
Maybe if we can get some sponsors we
can get us up a whole team from Oteen.
I'm sure looking forward to it."
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CLEMSON, S.C. For Clemson
football players and fans, winning this
year will be the Tigers only reward.
"There's nothing else, says head
coach Danny Ford. "All we can do
is go out and play for ourselves and
The Tigers, 9-1-1 last season and 7-
0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
can't claim the ACC title, can't appear
on television and can't go to a bowl
The 1984 season will be Clemson's
third and last on ACC probation for
recruiting violations, but this season
will be the toughest, said Ford.
As the Tigers prepare for their Sept.
1 opener against Appalachian State,
Ford frets about motivation.
"Probation doesn't help us, it makes
it a little bit tougher,"he said. "It has
been a little bit tougher the last two
years. A bowl game is a reward if you
do well. The last two years we've done
well enough to go to a bowl game. We
knew that. At times it gets pretty darn
Clemson coaches do "anything they
can" to motivate players, he said.
"Sometimes you're harder on them,
sometimes you're easier. Anything you
can think of to challenge them.
Preseason drills are very important
this year because this year's opener is
the earliest ever for the Tiuer
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Ford said. "We've lacked motivation
in our early games, other things like
penalties, turnovers, mistakes."
So far, the drills haven't pleased
"We've had quite a few people think
that we're a good football team," he
said. "We're a-long way from being
a good football team at this point."
Ford has called the offense, led by
senior quarterback Mike Eppley,
"stagnant" during preseason
"In practice they're heavy-legged,
they complain about the heat and how
tired they are. That concerns us."
But the offense gives Ford the least
worry. Nine starters are returning,
including Eppley, who completed 99
of 166 passes for 1,410 yards and a
school-record 13 touchdown passes
Although the Tigers lost graduating
fullback Kevin Mack, who piled up 862
yards last year, tailbacks Stacey Driver
and Kenny Flowers return to lead the
The biggest obstacle to overcome
will be to get the offense to play
consistently, Ford said.
"We need to hold onto the football,
execute, have no penalties, no
turnovers and not beat ourselves,"
Ford said. "You can't go out and hurt
yourself and be your worst enemy,"
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Washburn charged with assault
RALEIGH Christopher Scd: Washburn, 6-11
basketball recruit at N.C. State, was charged with
misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend Sunday, according
to an arrest warrant filed with the Wake County
Magistrate's Office .
Campus public satcty officers were called to South Hall,
the new athletic dormitory on the campus, about 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, said Teresa Crocker of the N.C. State Public
Crocker said student Patricia Peterson was told officers
could not arrest Washburn because the' incident did not
happen in their presence. Crocker said Peterson was taken
by campus officers to the magistrate's office, where she
filed the complaint.
' Peterson did not require medical attention, said Sgt.
According to the warrant filed by Peterson. Washburn
was "grabbing and pushing her slapping her in the face
and once jamming his fingers in her face."
Crocker said Washburn voluntarily went to the Public
Safety office and was transported to the magistrate's office.
He was released on $200 bond posted by Cozell McQueen,
another NCSU basketball player.
' Washburn. 20. a Hickory native and freshman at NCSU.
was a high school standout at Fork Union Military
Academy in Virginia and Laurinburg Institute. Washburn,
who plays center, was highly recruited before accepting
a scholarship at NCSU.
He is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court
Nesbit wins Falmouth race
FALMOUTH. Mass. Joan Nesbit. a former ACC
women's middle-distance champion and now a graduate
student at UNC. was a surprise winner Sunday in the 12th
annual Falmouth Road Race.
Nesbit was not considered a contender in the women's
division because of her lack of road-racing experience, but
the 22-year-old from Chapel Hill took the lead from pre
race favorites' Lorraine Moller of New Zealand and Judi
St. Hiiaire of Boston at the 4!-mile mark and went on
to win in 37: 12.
Moller came in second with a time of 37:24. followed
by Californian Martha Cooksey.
Women's Olympic marathon champion and five-time
Falmouth champion Joan Benoit. a former distance runner
at N.C. State, did not compete because of illness.
Andrews confident he will return
The Associated Press
ATLANTA Atlanta Falcons
running back William Andrews,
recuperating from knee surgery that
ended the 1984 National Football
League season for him, said Monday
he has "every confidence in the world"
that he will be back in uniform next
Andrews, who underwent surgery
last week after injuring his knee during
practice, met with reporters Monday
morning at Piedmont Hospital, where
he is expected to be released
"For those who've wondered how
Im doing, I'm doing great," he said.
"I'm relaxed about the situation; I'm
totally at ease, and my attitude is
Doctors who operated on Andrews
Jast week said he will have to undergo
an extensive rehabilitation of the knee
because of nerve damage. Dr. John
Garrett said it will be six to nine
months before Andrews knows for
sure whether he will be able to return
to action next year.
Andrews, who recently signed a
four-year, $8 million contract, said he
is not concerned about the nerve
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