Thursday, November 17, 1977 The Daily Tar Heel 7
SI honors Amos;
Carolina still tops
in league defense
The laurels keep rolling in for Amos Lawrence.
Already named to the UP1 Backfield of the Week and as
AP Back of the Week, Famous Amos has been selected by'
editors of Sports Illustrated as the magazine's Offensive
Player of the Week for the Nov. 21 issue. The citation will
read: "Tailback Famous Amos Lawrence, a 5-9, 180
pounder, broke Tony Dorsetfs NCAA record for freshmen
by rushing for 286 yards and two TDs in 35 carries as N orth
Carolina knocked off Virginia 35-14."
Lawrence is also ACC Rookie of the Week for his
performance which broke the UNC single game rushing
mark previously owned by Don McCauley. He also took the
ACC lead in per game rushing average, moving ahead of
State's Ted Brown.
Brown, who tacked 141 yards onto his total in the
Wolf pack's final regular season outing at Duke, has finished
with 1,251 total yards and a 113.7 per game average.
Lawrence needs just 65 yards this week at Duke to finish
ahead of Brown's figure. Lawrence is averaging 1 19.2 yards
in nine games.
Lawrence will need 179 yards to better Brown's season
While the battle for the rushing crown is going on, there's
also a real fight for the total offense honors between Duke's
Mike Dunn and Clemson's Steve Fuller. Dunn, who had a
344-yard day against N.C. State last week, currently leads
Fuller by 19 yards. The Blue Devil quarterback is averaging
172 yards per game to Fuller's 169.1 figure.
Mike McGlamry of Wake Forest tops the passing
department, which is based on completions per game, while
teammate Steve Young, a tight end, is the leading receiver.
State continues to be the league's most productive
offensive unit while the Tar Heels and Clemson dominate the
The Wolfpack's 380-yard average in total offense appears
a safe bet in the quest for that crown since Maryland is well
back in second at 348.8. The Wolfpack also leads in rushing,
grinding out 250.4 yards a game and 4.5 per attempt. But
Carolina, with 426-yards in rushing at Virginia last week, is
not out of contention at 242.2.
The Tar Heels are second in scoring offense with a 21.8
average. Duke leads with 22.8 a game. Maryland is the
leading passing team at 168.2 yards per contest despite a
strong charge in recent weeks by Wake Forest, which is now
up to 158.5.
The defensive categories practically have been carbon
copies since mid-season with Carolina leading in total,
rushing and scoring defense and Clemson ahead in passing
The Tar Heels appear to have safe margins in the three
categories they lead, but the pass defense title is still close.
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Week of Nov. 15
Record last week: 5-0
Record overall: 38-13 -
Clemson over South Carolina 10
UNC over Duke 4
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Comfort: professor of swimming
By DEDE BILES
If he were to walk across campus. I rank
Comfort easily could be mistaken for a
With his hrosvn-rimmed glasses, close
cropped hair and high forehead, it would not
be difficult to picture him lecturing in a
classroom or helping students arrange their
schedules for the upcoming semester.
Comfort is indeed a teacher of sorts. But
instead of books, he uses a stopwatch and his
lessons are taught not in a classroom but at
Carolina's Bowman Gray Indoor Pool. His
students are members of the UNC men's
and women's swim teams.
Though he chose not to follow his parents
in the field of education, UNC's new swim
coach sees himself as a teacher.
"Coaching is all 1 ever wanted to do and I
think of it as teaching," said Comfort, who
was named head coach last May to replace
Jim Wood, Carolina's swim coach for two
seasons. "If all you're trying to do is make a
sw immer go fast it's not being done in an
educational framework. W hat I do is part of
an educational process."
Comfort's coaching philosophy has
worked well for him. As a graduate student
at Carolina in 1968, he coached the freshman
swimming team to a 7-0 record. During his
nine years at Johns Hopkins University, the
men's team steadily improv ed and its success
culminated last year with an NCAA Division
111 national title.
He also started a women's team at the
In addition to coaching at Johns Hopkins,
Comfort coached the Homcwood Aquatic
Club, an AAU team. The team has produced
at least one world-ranked swimmer each
year since Comfort began coaching the club
in 1970. One of his swimmers was Wendy
Weinberg, one of the three American w omen
to win an individual medal at the 1976
Comfort said he hopes to be able to
achieve comparable success with both the
men's and women's swim programs at
Comfort has a more solid base on which to
build than he had during his first season at
John Hopkins, w here the sw immers finished
fifth in their conference the year before his
arrival. By comparison, Carolina's women's
team finished seventh nationally last year,
while the men placed third in the Atlantic
Comfort said he wants to have a program
here that will someday be in contention for
the national title.
"It will be a slow process. The first step for
the men will be to be successful at the
conference level and I'd like the women to do
Comfort said one of the major ways he
plans to improve the Carolina program is by
recruiting the same plan he used to turn
the Johns Hopkins swimming program
around. Comfort's task will be made easier
because he can now offer scholarships,
something he couldn't do at the Division III
According to Comfort, one of his main
selling points will be that Carolina can offer
a great education along with what he hopes
will be a fine swimming program.
Comfort stressed that with his athletes,
education comes first and swimming second.
"Until you can sign a pro swimming
contract, you're crazy to put swimming
first," Comfort said. "Hey, this is an
academic institution and that's what you go
to school for."
In keeping w ith this philosophy. Comfort
requires his swimmers to make three
morning practices a week in addition to six
afternoon work-outs. Comfort said that
many other schools require five or six
"I don't see how 1 could ask a guy or girl to
come in five mornings a week, there's too
many other things to do besides sw im all the
time." Comfort said.
Besides the educational possibilities
Carolina provides, the formation of an
alumni club for former UNC swimmers will
help in recruiting and the improvement of
Carolina's swimming program. The new
organization has a periodic newsletter and of
the 306 persons the first issue was mailed to,
40 have contributed money. Comfort said
that contributions would be used to finance
things not included in the operating budget
such as the teams' winter training trip.
In addition, the alumni can help with
recruiting. They will be sent a list of standard
swimming times and asked to notify
Comfort if they find swimmers who break or
equal the times.
Comfort said he realizes that a strong
alumni club and good recruiting won't insure
Carolina's success, and that the burden is
on his shoulders to provide good coaching.
"If you don't coach well, then you're
dead," Comfort said. "Good coaching and
recruiting go hand in hand. Where you find a
consistently winning program, you find
coaches who are willing to do both."
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