In his first season as coach, Fred Goldsmith is trying to remind folks in Durham that roundball isn't the only game in town. He has created a special section at Wallace Wade Stadium for Wade Wackos—the football equivalent of Cameron Crazies—and sent letters to 1,620 incoming freshmen, soliciting their support. The letters have already produced three walk-ons, two managers and a student trainer.
82. Air Force
Last fall coach Fisher DeBerry suffered only his second losing season in 11 years with the Falcons, who saw their four-year bowl streak snapped. The defense is solid, with three of last year's four top tacklers back, but the wishbone offense seems to have become obsolete.
83. Wake Forest
After the Demon Deacons lost their last five games—including four they led at halftime—coach Jim Caldwell said his team lacked toughness. It's safe to assume he didn't mean his quarterback. Rusty La Rue. LaRue, who's also a guard on the basketball team, played the final football game and the entire basketball season with a broken bone in his throwing hand. He's ready to go after surgery in May.
84. Southern Methodist
The rebuilding process continues for the Ponies, who were powers before their football program was shelved by the NCAA in 1987. Things are looking up: While SMU was 2-7-2 last year, it was only 16 points from a winning record, and the team lost just four first-stringers.
Ken Hatfield, who coached Arkansas from 1984 to '89, returns to the SWC and will attempt to bring the Owls their first bowl appearance since 1961. Hatfield's spread-option attack will require Yoncy Edmonds, Rice's leading rusher in '93, to recover quickly from two off-season ankle operations.
86. Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs hope that defensive tackle Arna Bontemps, a juco transfer, is aptly named. Because the team had only 16 sacks last season, Tech coaches are going to let Bontemps rouler.
Coach Mark Duffner encouraged his players to join a bowling league over the winter. "We want to instill a sense of winning in their daily lives," says Duffner. "There are a lot of small wins to be gained. You write a paper, you do your wash—those are small wins." See, football teams don't have to play dirty to win.
Wildcat booster on a Chicago radio show: "We beat Boston College, Boston College beat Notre Dame, and Notre Dame beat Florida State, so logic dictates that Northwestern should be national champs." Hmmm. Now if the Daily Northwestern had written that the Wildcats were No. 1, we would know who to blame: Placekicker Sam Valenzisi doubled as sports editor over the summer.
89. Oklahoma State
On a team that finished 102nd in total offense last year, it's not surprising that the biggest weapon is kick returner Rafael Denson. He should see plenty of action this fall because the defense isn't much better than the offense.
Last November, Jeff Horton quit as coach of Nevada to take over the program at archrival UNLV. Bitter Wolf Pack fans erected billboards along Highway 95 declaring him a turncoat. To exact revenge when the teams meet on Nov. 19, Horton will need a healthy Henry Bailey, a senior All-Big West kick returner, who played most of last year with two broken hands.