WAR OF THE INITIALS
The Basketball Federation of the United States of America (BFUSA) clearly outdid its bitter rival, the Amateur Athletic Union, in schedule-making for foreign teams. To meet Peru's best players, BFUSA scheduled such opponents as Pittsburgh, Penn State, Iowa State, Wichita, Kansas State, Bradley and Oklahoma State. Best the AAU could do for the Italian national team was to provide opponents like Marion-Kay of Brown-stone, Ind., Georgia Southern, Troy State of Alabama, Gallaudet of Washington, D.C. and Glassboro ( N.J.) State.
The AAU struck back. Its executive director, Colonel Donald Hull, wrote to universities on the Peru team's schedule, threatening that athletes who play against the Peruvian team will automatically suspend themselves from further AAU and international competition, including the Olympics. Wichita's Dave Stallworth and Kansas State's Willie Murrell, among others, are Olympic possibilities. The AAU claims jurisdiction over competition between U.S. teams and foreign "national" teams. The BFUSA holds that the Peruvian team is not "national" in the sense that a country's Olympic team is national, though most of its players will, in fact, represent Peru in Tokyo.
This is, of course, a disguised renewal of the boring war between the AAU and the NCAA. There were encouraging signs of a possible era of better feeling between the two organizations last week, however. The late President John F. Kennedy stepped into the AAU- NCAA row and obtained a truce through the good services of General Douglas Mac-Arthur. We hope President Lyndon Johnson will not have to follow his predecessor's example.
NO KEEP, NO SCORE
The nation marveled at Navy's goal-line stand against the University of Texas, when the Texans all but scored a fifth touchdown in the final minute at the Cotton Bowl. What television announcers did not report was that the Texas team by that time was a mishmash of third-, fourth- and fifth-stringers. Coach Darrell Royal had told them, "Everybody who hasn't played, go in and pick a spot." Everybody did, among them Mickey Riggs, a nonscholarship senior who earned his keep by serving food to the other Longhorns in the dining hall.
With a first down on Navy's one-yard line, Royal exclaimed, "Man, we got a tackle playing center and a guard playing tackle, and I don't know what else." Two plays failed. To himself, but as if Marvin Kristynik, third-team quarterback, might hear him through extrasensory perception, Royal said, "26 Keep," a play in which Kristynik would fake to the fullback but keep the ball for an end run. "That will score," Royal said. "You have 40 seconds," a bystander pointed out. "Why don't you send the play in?" "I want to see what he'll do," Royal replied.
Kristynik, a sophomore who will replace Duke Carlisle next season, was making up his own mind. He did not call 26 Keep, and Texas did not score again.
Puffed but proud, Australian mountain climbers visiting New Zealand knocked off 7,000-foot Mt. Rolleston in the Southern Alps last week. They knew it had been climbed many times before and half expected that they would find signs of other people's ascents at the top. They did not, however, expect to discover, on the highest, snow-covered crag, a bicycle. It would have been impossible for anyone to carry it up, let alone ride it, but there it was.