The NCAA could not have found more remarkable and deserving tournament participants than Bucknell, a Lewisburg, Pa., school that offers no athletic scholarships, and Jamieson, who has done as much for his sport as anyone. Jamieson has coached the Bisons with distinction for three decades, and he spends countless hours teaching the game and preaching self-esteem and the value of education to Native American youths across the country. Jamieson, a Mohawk, was instrumental in forming the Iroquois national lacrosse team, which includes players from the U.S. and Canada. After coaching that team from 1983 to '86, he served as executive director and took it to the world championships in Australia in '90, the first time that a squad of Iroquois—the originators of the sport—had participated in the worlds.
Jamieson said he decided to accept the award only because it was voted on by his peers in the USILA and not by the NCAA. "But there's no way this award can take the place of what would have been a lifetime experience for my players," he says. "Something is going to be gnawing at these kids for the rest of their lives."
Maintaining the Link
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, famous for making the Immaculate Reception of 1972, is set to make another historic pigskin grab. He and fellow Penn State alumnus Lydell Mitchell, a former Baltimore Colts running back, are negotiating to buy the Parks Sausage Company, which until it ceased production in May was the largest minority-owned business in Baltimore.
Parks ground its first sausage in 1951 and in '69 became the first black-owned business in the U.S. to sell stock. But in recent years it has fallen on hard times. Harris, the owner of Pittsburgh-based Super Bakery Inc., a national wholesale chain, saw the chance for a little sausage-and-bun synergy, as well as an opportunity to save a historic business. "I remember Parks from when I was a kid," says Harris, who grew up in New Jersey. "A miracle's not going to happen overnight, but we'll work as hard as we can to turn the company around."
Harris, who hopes to finalize the deal this week, says he is committed to keeping the business in Baltimore. That's good news to 219 displaced workers, who would do well to shout out an updated version of the company's familiar ad slogan: "More Parks Sausages, Franco.... Please!"