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The military regime in Rangoon sent U Mya Aye to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. early this month to attend the PGA training school. It paid his tuition to the U.S. Treasury Department and sent along a military attach�, Colonel Kyi Han, to act as an interpreter—U Mya Aye's English consists of the body variety, plus "hello" and "good shot." He sat stone-faced through lectures on finance and public relations. But the State Department arranged for tapes of the seminars, and translations will be forwarded to U Mya Aye for study.
The 5'6", 124-pound pro understood enough, however, about the subtlety of the golf course to finish 24th in a field of 111 trainees in a 144-hole tournament, thereby qualifying along with players like Deane Beman, Bob Murphy, Bobby Cole, Tony Jacklin and Marty Fleckman for next year's U.S. tour.
And at the end of last week, Colonel Han revealed that U Mya Aye had learned to "handle a hamburger," which insures, one supposes, that he will not starve on the American tour.
BUG IN A BROADCAST
Once again it looks as if Mississippi has won an argument but lost a game to Bear Bryant. In 1946 the Rebels charged that Bryant, then head coach at Kentucky, had beaten them with an ineligible quarterback. Bryant said he had not. The Southeastern Conference later ruled that he had—but that did not alter the score, 20-6, or the fact that the quarterback had thrown two touchdown passes.
Now, films of Alabama's 21-7 win a fortnight ago over Mississippi show that one of Bryant's formations was a tackle-eligible, a type of play made illegal last January. According to the present rules the five interior linemen must wear numbers 50 through 79 to distinguish them from eligible pass receivers on the line, usually numbered in the 80s and 90s. In one of Alabama's formations only four players were numbered as interior linemen—the fifth, a tight end, wore No. 83—but the officials failed to notice this and so did Ole Miss until Coach Johnny Vaught and his staff looked at films of the game the next day.
Before using the formation, Alabama had been unable to move beyond mid-field against Mississippi. Then, after recovering a fumble on the Rebel 42-yard line, Alabama scored in four plays, using the illegal formation on three of them. "The ridiculous thing is that four plays earlier, from almost the same point on the field, Alabama could not move and had to give up the football," said Vaught.
The Bear insists he did not know he was doing anything wrong. "I am very sorry. I didn't know the formation was illegal," he declared. Replied Vaught: "I cannot accept that."
So the Alabama-Mississippi game goes on.