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Page 4, The News Argus, December, 1980
By Everett Jackson
FOOTBALL - The CIAA Teams placed five in the final standings of the top
twenty black colleges. Virginia Union (8-1-1) finished fourth, Elizabeth Ci
ty (7-2-1) finished fifth, N.C. Central (7-3-0) finished seventh, Norfolk State
(5-4-1) finished thirteenth, and Winston-Salem State (5-5-0) finished
* * *
Senior running back Arrington Jones was chosen to play in the annual
Blue-Gray Game December 25, 1980 in Montgomery, Alabama. Various
pro scouts will be on hand to watch the talented Ram player exhibit his skills.
Three Ram players were chosen as All-CIAA representatives. They are run-
ningback Arrington Jones, linebacker Carlton Watson, and kicker Keith
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Timmy Newsome, the former Ram All-American, has received raving
reviews from various coaches and players in his rookie season. Now a member
of the Dallas Cowboys, Newsome is a front-runner for a starting position in
the future if he continues to stay healthy.
★ ★ ★
BASKETBALL - Another Ram alumnus Carlos Terry is doing well in the
pro ranks. The “Bighouse” product is averaging nearly 10 minutes and 10
points per game with the Washington Bullets. With Elvin Hayes and Wes
Unseld nearing the end of their exciting careers, Terry adds youth to his advan
tage of obtaining a starting position.
* * *
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL - Under the second year direction of Cleo
Wallace, the Rammottos' entered the win column(score- unavailable)
tvith a pleasing and convincing win over the lady Falcons of St.
Augustine’s. “We started on a downward basis,” stated Wallace. “We
gradually improved but unfortunately we made too many careless mistakes.”
The Rammettes are often led by the rebounding and scoring strength of
senior Cheryl Burke. Each player, however, has an important individual
role on the team and not one player is the dominant figure. There are goals
sought by Wallace and his team, but explains the patient coach, “we’ll take
them one step at a time.”
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By Everett Jackson
If Coach “Bighouse” Gaines is one of America’s all-time winningest coaches,
does that make Winston-Salem State one of America’s all-time winningest
schools? It certainly does (eat your heart out UCLA). And the 1980-81 edition oi
the men’s basketball team is seeking to honor the tradition with a winning season.
The season premiered on a fast-breaking start as the Rams surprisingly won the
Thanksgiving Classic recently held in Winston-Salem. In the Classic the Rams
hosted Morehouse, Bowie and St. Augustine’s College. In the first round of the
tournament play the Rams outlasted Bowie and in the finals WSSU held on the
defeat favored St. Augustine’s 77 to 74. “We played well, we executed on our
fastbreaks and our over-all speed amounted to be a big factor,” said Coach
In basketball, as in football, the Rams most sought after and emotional game
of the season is the classic meeting with triad rival North Carolina A&T Universi
ty. “If there’s one game the fellows want to win more-that has to be it,” Gaines
notes. “We’ll prepare for it on a regular basis and just try to play our best.”
Unfortunately, the Rams lost to the Aggies 78-/4 in a multi-exciting overtime
thriller. WSSU maintained a slim lead until a drastic last minute surge by the Ag
gies tied the game and thus ignited the overtime victory. With the temporary loss
of senior Mark Clark, the star position solely belongs to sophomore Kevin
“Rock” McCray. McCray, a Philadelphia native, demonstrated his canning
ability to score under pressure while maintaining his poise and leadership.
If Dr. James Naismith (inventor of basketball) was alive to witness the continu
ing progress and creativity of modern basketball, he would have been pleased
with the intensity and logic derived in the Ram-Aggie meetings. Maybe his ghost
haunts us all.
The Rams will visit N.C. Central December 9 and meet tough challenger Nor
folk State December 13 (the results of these games are not available due to press
deadline). December 19-20 the Rams travel to Greensboro, N.C., to meei
Delaware State, Howard University and...oh yes...North Carolina A&T in the
A&T Holiday Tournament. States a positive Coach Gaines, “We’re looking for
ward to it.”
Q. Were there any players from black colleges considered for the Heisman
A. There was one candidate from Tennessee State named Joe "141” Adams
who was considered for the Heisman. The senior quarterback completed over 66
percent of his passes and owns the career passing records at TSU. However,
despite his proven ability, the odds for him (due to recognition) winning the
Heisman were slim-to-none.
Q. Time and time I watch professional wrestling and time and time I wonder ij
it is real. Are my eyes playing tricks on me? S.O.S.
A. No need to buy the glasses yet. What you see is men (and women) highly
trained to perform creative stunts on a canvas ring. Afterwards they probably
treat each other to dinner to discuss the next “script.”
Q. I know that drugs have been a continuous problem in the NBA. Just what
percentage of the players are noted to use them? B.A.
A. Startling statistic shows that 75% of the players in the NBA have been or are
currently on drugs. Not only have the rules changed, but the respect of the game
has also diminished.
Q. Why, in this modern day and time, does the NFL lack having a Black
A. League owners are currently negotiating to fulfill blacks in higher positions
in the NFL. However, these discussions have proven somewhat meaningless
because blacks are still denied the top positons. Maybe black quarterbacks and
coaches will arise and the white owners will diminish their Neanderthal progress.
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