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November 06, 1967
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November 06, 1967


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If Duffy Daugherty had his disciplinary problems, so did two other horrified Big Ten coaches recently when their adventurous punters decided to take the game into their own hands. When undefeated Indiana played Iowa in its fourth game of the season, Indiana's kicker and halfback, John Isenbarger, was told he could run from punt formation if he saw a chance for a big gain. He succeeded once, then failed and set up an Iowa touchdown that almost cost Indiana the game. Coach Johnny Pont told Isenbarger to forget about running from punt formation in the future, but the following week against Michigan there he went again, running on fourth down at the Indiana 13-yard line. Isenbarger fumbled, Michigan recovered and scored, and again the Hoosiers almost lost. "I've never been madder in my life," said Pont.

But he could not have been as angry as Purdue's Jack Mollenkopf. Purdue, ranked No. 2 in the country, had just been upset by Oregon State. The turning point in the game came when Dick Berg, the Purdue punter, ran on fourth down at midfield and failed, giving Oregon State the opportunity to score.

" Berg's no runner," stormed Mollenkopf. "He often works out in his street clothes. I have always wondered what would happen if he got a bad pass from center and had to run. He must have been reading about Isenbarger in the papers. What he did is the same as breaking training rules."

Last week, almost as poetic as Duffy, Indiana Athletic Director Bill Orwig loudly recited the following as the Indiana team boarded its bus:

"See John punt.
Punt John punt.
Punt John punt.
Good Grief.
See John run."

That red-white-and-blue-spangled ball which the American Basketball Association has been using to jazz up its games may be replaced by a standard model in the next few weeks. The ABA's ball was designed with an eye to the future and color television, but it is already probably a thing of the past. Players complain that moisture collects on the ball, making it difficult to grip.

During the recent Champagne Open in Upland, Calif., Bill Hathaway, a college professor with an 11 handicap, watched his tee shot on the 1st hole, a 286-yard par-4, bounce onto the green and roll into the cup. The host club, the Red Hill CC, had promised to give a new car to any golfer scoring an ace in the tournament. But when Hathaway went to claim his prize he was told that a hole in one on a par-4 did not count. The club had purchased protective insurance for par-3 holes only.

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