"Someone asked me what our kicking formation was, and I told them, 'We won't ever kick the damn thing.' We'll never try a field goal or extra point. I hated it in college when the team would bust its butt the entire game, and some guy who didn't even practice with the team decided it with his foot. As far as fourth downs go, we'll just go for it. As for extra points, please. If you can't make three yards after you've just driven for a touchdown, you shouldn't be on the field."
But that's not to say Baca's not flexible.
"If we get the program to the level where it's playing for the state championship, I might get a kicker. But not until."
It might be awhile. Santa Fe High lost its 36th straight game on Friday night, 41-8 to Manzano High. And although Baca's Demons were never in the game, they did go for—and make—a two-point conversion following their lone touchdown.
Hold That Tiger?
Countless outstanding athletes have entered college with every intention of earning their degrees. And so began the college career this month of the most celebrated teenage golfer ever.
"There's more to life than just golf," said 18-year-old Tiger Woods, phenom, U.S. Amateur champion, Stanford freshman. "I'm here for four years." That sentiment was echoed by his coach, Wally Goodwin, who said, "I've done a lot of thinking about him, and I want to be a part of his life for four years."
No one can blame Goodwin, whose team won the NCAA championship last year even without Woods. But it's best to wait to see if Woods can live up to his good intentions. Although more and more young golfers are hanging around to get their degrees—closely watched and highly regarded Phil Mickelson may have started the trend when he graduated from Arizona State in 1992—relatively few top golfers have earned their sheepskins. Virtual none of the most prominent foreign players has his degree, and among the 20 leading American money winners only seven are college grads. They are: Tom Lehman (Minnesota, '82), Hale Irwin (Colorado, '68), Scott Hoch (Wake Forest, 78), Brad Faxon (Furman, '83), Bill Glasson (Oral Roberts, '82), Hal Sutton (Centenary, '81) and Mickelson. The lure of millions and the demand of playing every day make it tough for most golfers to stick with their studies.
Woods won his inaugural college event last week by shooting a three-round total of 208 (eight under par) in the 40th Tucker Invitational played on the University of New Mexico Championship Course. Woods begins classes on Sept. 28 and, after a few days, will be leaving Stanford to play in the World Amateur Team Championship in Versailles, France. Just an-other typical freshman road trip.
The Hard Sell