As the drama draws
to a close, the question hangs agonizingly in the air like a soap opera teaser:
"Will laboratory tests show Coach Frank Leahy is physically able to face
the rigors of big-time coaching? Tune in tomorrow, same time."
Leahy, in a
confident aside, muses:
"I have been
asked if I will attempt to schedule a game with Notre Dame. I can only say that
it is an honor for any team to have a place on Notre Dame's schedule. I would
be delighted to see such a game arranged.
"Have I kept
up my contacts that may bring promising prospects to Texas? I have, indeed. It
is not unlikely that some lads from the Middle West will now decide to enroll
at Texas A&M. That will be fine with me and with the Texas A&M
authorities. I understand there were seven lads from outside Texas on the 1957
The curtain is
about to fall. The results of the laboratory tests arrive. The news is bad—for
Leahy and for everyone who likes exciting football, whether they approve of
Leahy methods or not.
Frank Leahy says
he is "deeply distressed." He wonders if Texas A&M would consider
him for athletic director with McBride as head coach. In Florida, Dr.
Harrington shakes his head. "We're looking for a coach," he said after
the Gator Bowl game which was Bear Bryant's farewell.
What now? Who
next? Well, there is Forest Evashevski at Iowa, Jack Curtice at the University
of Utah, Floyd Schwartzwalder at Syracuse. Maybe Carl Snavely, the Gray Fox who
turned his back on the big time to coach low-pressure football at Washington
University in St. Louis. Any one of them conceivably might listen to the Texas
For all other
candidates, the post address is Texas A&M, College Station, Texas. Phone:
Before a capacity
crowd of 90,000 in Hanover's Niedersachsen Stadium last week a Hungarian soccer
team, described as "mediocre" by local sportswriters, went down to
humiliating defeat by West Germany. The fate of the Magyar dribblers and the
adjective applied to them were both characteristic of what has happened to
Hungarian sports in the year since Magyar Olympians competing at Melbourne made
of their athletic prowess a symbol of the life-and-death struggle taking place
in their homeland.