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6AThe Daily Tar Heel Thursday, September 6, 1984
Theismann's doing OK, whatever that means
Blame it on audio-visual technology. I don't always
think about this stuff.
The other day I saw a videotape of a 1982 television
interview with Washington Redskins quarterback Joe
Theismann. He was talking about his college days
at Notre Dame, about his disappointment at not
winning the Heisman his senior year there. He was
talking about pressure, about football as a business,
about everything and anything he was asked and
Everything and anything except his salary, that is.
Theismann on his financial situation: "I'm doing
He's doing OK, to be sure.
This isn't another of those sermons on the evils
of excess or the ill state of an America in which men
children get paid enough for playing games to put
a down payment on the Loveboat one year and settle
the debt the next. This is just a request.
We all help stock the cupboard. Can Y we take a
It gets old to hear these guys say they're doing
"OK" or "all right" or "putting the food on the table."
Archie Bunker puts the food on the table. Muhammad
Ali has it guilded with gold.
How about a Boston Celtic telling you he's "making
six figures." The minimum NBA salary is $75,000.
The average is more than $200,000. Six figures. That
really narrows things down.
I never said that a pro athlete's salary was any
of my business. I just wish it were. It lends credibility
to your story when you can call Steve Young "the
$40 million man" instead of "a well-paid quarterback
for the Los Angeles Express."
Nobody likes to go public with his payroll. Nobody
I know, anyway. How well I remember the day I
asked my father, a junior high school principal, if
it were true that he was making $5,000 more than
a principal on the other side of town like it said in
the paper. Principals didn't make that muih money
to begin with, I said, so the whole story must have
been a fabrication.
Slip of "the tongue. Thirteen years old and already
I had an acute sense of mortality.
A few canVmiss sources on an athlete's income:
A proud owner with the contract, ink still wet,
of a first-round draft choice a "franchise player"
An all-star veteran on the above-mentioned team,
making half of what Johnny Hotshot just signed for,
in his option year.
If you're still not satisfied, get yourself a copy of
John W. Wright's The American Almanac of Jobs
and Salaries (a.k.a. The Nosy Man's Bible.)
With The Almanac, you can forget about all the
bonuses, performance incentives, deferred payments,
and nb-this and no-that provisions. Wright talks about
them some, but most of what he gives you are plain
figures, digestible numerals, lots of green in black and
Like the $9.5 million Sugar Ray Leonard pocketed
in defending his welterweight title against Roberto
Duran, and the identical sum. Duran received for
saying "No mas" in the return bout ... or the $22.3
million Dave Winfield will have wrung by 1990 from
George Steinbrenner's wallet after 10 years in the
outfield with the Yankees on a contract tied to
the national inflation rate ... or the $717,426 Angel
Cordero, Jr. earned by staying skinny and riding hard
down the stretch in every major stakes from Belmont
to Santa Anka.
Just do me a favor and stick to the chapter on
sports. I don't need anybody telling me that in 1980
bus drivers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had an average
income more than $1,000 in excess of what the
Washington Post was paying starting reporters.
IH be doing OK. Maybe not as OK as Theismann,
but OK. Whatever that means.
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Swofford says drug tests
may help problem users
Dorrance: Ritchie scores 'almost at will'
By MIKE WATERS
There may be no stopping UNC
sophomore Shawn Ritchie from
Last year Ritchie tied the shcool
soccer record for most goals in a season
with 16 and added 10 assists to give
him the record for total points in a
He's determined, confident and
talented. North Carolina head soccer
coach Anson Dorrance says Ritchie can
score almost whenever he wants to.
Ritchie scored North Carolina's first
goal of the season for the second year
in a row in Saturday's win over
Philadelphia Textile. On Sunday,
Ritchie scored another goal against
Winthrop although UNC suffered a 4
"Several factors make Shawn a great
scorer," Dorrance said. "He's got
excellent speed, he can score with either
foot, he's very accurate and he gets his
shot off quicker. The ball is often by
the goalkeeper before he gets set."
One other aspect of Ritchie's game
sets him apart and allows him to
capitalize on additional scoring
"Shawn is outstanding in the air,"
Dorrance said of Ritchie's knack for
out-jumping opopnents . and directing
"the ball into the goal or heading it to
a teammate. "He's the best we've ever
had in scoring with the head. It takes
courage and it's a challenge."
Last year eight of Ritchie's 16 goals
came on headers, something that cannot
just be taken for granted.
"I like heading the ball," Ritchie said.
"I'm above everyone else; it's a really
good feeling. I worked and worked on
being able to head the ball and still do.
It provides another threat."
Ritchie has always been willing to
work hard at improving his game and
that attitude is part of what landed him
a scholarship. '
"He was very under-recruited,"
Dorrance said. "We saw him at a
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tournament game we went to to see
another player. Shawn won every head
ball and ripped every shot with
Ritchie started playing soccer when
he was ten, but it wasn't until his
sophomore year in high school that he
dedicated himself to the sport year
"I started getting my confidence up
when I was a senior," Ritchie said. "I
was lucky Anson saw me at the tour
nament. I didn't get any All-America
honors in high schodl but I knew I was
as good as those others."
The lack of heavy recruiting interest
and national honors inspired Ritchie to
reach for a higher status in the sport. "
"I trained every day during the
summer before last year," he said. "I
knew I was coming in to score goals
so I worked hard at doing that. I didnt
want to let down Anson, me or the
Despite all of his 1983 accolades,
Ritchie still has more work to do.
"He's not a tremendous defensive
presence," Dorrance said, searching for
a weakness in Ritchie. "He works all
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the time to improve. He's not satisfied
with what he's accomplished."
"I worked over the summer and not
I'm a good defender," Ritchie said. "But
there's still room for more
"The better I get as a defender will
put more pressure on the fullbacks," he
said. "It will create even more scoring
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Assistant Sports Editor
North Carolina and three other ACC
schools will begin a drug-testing pro
gram for student-athletes this semester,
but these urinalysis tests will be com
pletely voluntary and confidential,
UNC athletic director John Swofford
"We want to provide help for those
athletes who have substance abuse
problems," Swofford said, "and we also
hope that a voluntary drug-testing
program would be a deterrent to drug
Even on a voluntary basis, does this
signal a move by UNC toward man
datory drug tests for its student-athletes,
much like at Georgia Tech and
Dr. Joseph L. DeWalt, the director
of sports medicine and the man who
will give the drug tests, said the answer
is a firm "No."
"There will never ever be a mandatory
drug-testing program on this campus,"
. DeWalt said.
Swofford was not quite as definite
about the University's future drug-
testing policy. "At this stage of the
game," he said, "We're not interested
in mandatory testing for our athletes."
This stage of the game is still a very
experimental period in terms of drug
testing, DeWalt said.
"We consider this a learning expe
rience," he said. "We are hoping to learn
the markers that would indicate which
individual plays with drugs."
The urinalysis tests would find traces
of drugs such as PCP, opiates, hashish,
marijuana, cocaine and Quaaludes, he
DeWalt emphasized that the testing
would be totally voluntary.
"We will not perform a drug test on
a student-athlete without his written
permission, and not without the parent's
permission if the student-athlete is
under 18," he said.
Swofford said the tests will be given
randomly over a period of time to
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athletes who have
"We don't feel punitive measures are
the route to go," Swofford said. "We
want to help people who have problems
As DeWalt said, "If some player
wants to smoke once a month, that's
his business. We're looking to help the
But many substance abusers don't
seem too keen on "turning themselves
A baseball player who wished to
remain anonymous echoed the senti
ments of many athletes questioned
Wednesday when he said that he would
not sign a permission slip for a drug
test because it is voluntary.
"IVe used drugs before," he said.
"Almost everyone has. But do you
expect me to smoke a little one night,
then take a test the next day, have it
come out positive and have to go get
counseling for two months? No way.
I don't have a drug dependency."
Soccer goalie Larry Goldberg agreed
that there is definitely a drug problem
"It's something that' needs to be
done," Goldberg said. "But if it's
voluntary, I won't sign up. I dont feel
that I need to go out of. my way to
prove I have or haven't used drugs."
While the drug program will remain
voluntary, some athletes worried that
failure to volunteer would be just as
much an indictment as a positive result
on a test.
"There are some coaches at this
University," the baseball player said,
"who would definitely blacklist you if
you didn't volunteer."
Bill McDonald, Georgia Tech's
athletic director for sports medicine,
said that volunteer participation at that
school had been close to 100 percent
in the past. -
But even if many athletes do not
volunteer for drug testing at UNC,
Donald A. Boulton, Vice Chancellor
and Dean of Student Affairs, sees a
positive side to it all.
"There has been a drug problem with
this student body for a long, long time,"
Boulton said. "This way, at least people
are becoming aware of it. Many people
can learn about what drugs are doing
to them that they might not have
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