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eel 1 want to "heap praise" on a group of
who have pfftftfnifd extremely
' well this past spring. Few know about M
their hard work aad their accomplishSJnws
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I Emordi end Vernon George or Texaa |
Southern. Theyg fir.t-round
S prospects in the NFL draft You will never
; teed about them in the Review becausettey
are being drafted by the NBA or |||j
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Thomas i
assistant since 1973. But Gilliam had the i
experience-and .the -track -record, ihcy J
argued. The same couldn't be said for f
Thomas. t
"I don't think it was ever a matter of I
me being accepted or not," Thomas recalls. 1
"It was a matter of differing opinions (as to c
who should get the job). There were never
anv hard feelinos ?e atwit *
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"As for what people were saying, I've 1
found that in sports, there is a lot of emo- 1
tion involved, and people tend to react in (
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working on their blocking schemes to try and &
affect my play. They paid a tot more attention v
to me last season because of the MVP award.
The adjustments I made were just a matter of b
me working harder. I saw more people when I p
rushed the passer, which I felt like I was going *
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S Panthers' 44 noint^ Renfro ? atone
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with Lsvooda Lockett, Cathy Taylor and
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^ joceiyn latum * * neipcu me fnUiwi
? win thtl.600-meter relay in 3:41.1. |
men's Dwition'lD ckanM^i. The
Lions won the Division m title twoyean
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vays that they doritreally mean to. Every)ody'$
main concern Was the success of the
irogram. There was a degree of uncertainty
>ecause I was untested as a head coach,
hit Tve always felt that victories settle a
ot of issues. I feel that people are more
omfortable with the staff we have now."
Not getting the head coaching job didt't
sit well with Gilliam. In spite of
fhomas' requests, he felt it best to remove
limself from TSU football. After all,
jilliam had nurtured Thomas, coaching
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3 see anyway, if I hadn't seen more people, I
Kjukfve felt that I wasn't doing the job." 1
Being on a contending title team and i
eing the defending world champion com- <
rise two different worlds, according to Dent, 1
ho has been in both positions. "We worked ]
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and women's indoor titles this winter
sixth in the 200 meters"in 23.92. Miles
him as a middle linebacker for the Tigers
from '67 to 70.
~~ Their relatlohshiiThasritt~changed.
Gilliam Sr. remains the teacher, Thomas
remains the student Thomas often calls on
Gilliam's advice in coaching matters.
"Gilliam started me in the coaching
business," Thomas says. "He even convinced
me to stay in coaching when I was
thinking about changing professions. When
it comes ^o him and myself, I step aside.
Joe Gilliam, John Merritt and Alvin Cole
hard to get to the top/ he says, "bat it's even
harder to stay there. Other teams are working
to get to the top level also. When you're the
champ, teams can have bad games for weeks,
bat when they play you, they almost always
play their best game. The Giants will find that
Black c^g^on the Division I
the resources ? right now ? to win (he
Dhrskn I crown. Bvt (he acHftftte in die
MEAC rod the SWAC (along with Tennessee
State) do produce ???? good
Delaware StatuteAewomeo. ^
man have played major roles in my development
as a coach."
" It' finn **** ?
u o^pMis umi 0111 i nomas nas some
insurmountable mountains to scale. But
you won't hear any TSU opponents feeling
pity. The Tigers always seem to get it done,
and TSlTs football opponents are all too
well aware of that fact
Craig T. Greenlee is an Atlanta-based
free-lance writer and a frequent contribu
tor to the Review.
out this year. It's going to be much tougher (to |
repeat than they think."
Craig T. Greenlee is an Atlanta-based freelance
writer who is a frequent contributor to
the Review.
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