A THOUGHT FOR THE NBA
If being blackballed by the National Basketball Association was worth a $1.5 million settlement for Connie Hawkins, what is it worth in the somewhat dissimilar case of Doug Moe?
The NBA's benevolence to Hawkins is an aftereffect of the point-shaving scandals in college basketball in the early 1960s. Any player whose name was involved in the investigations, however marginally, was declared persona non grata by the NBA. But, when the American Basketball Association was formed in 1967, some players banned by the NBA were accepted by the new league because none had been proved guilty of point shaving. Among them were Hawkins of Iowa, Roger Brown of Dayton, Moe of North Carolina, Charlie Williams of Seattle and Tony Jackson of St. John's.
Hawkins was a freshman at Iowa when the trouble came and never played for his school. Moe was everybody's All-America at North Carolina in 1960 and was drafted No. 2 by the old Chicago Packers. "I went up to Chicago and signed a contract to play in the NBA," Moe recalled, "but the same day the scandal broke and my name was involved. The league then told me I couldn't play. What I did wrong was to accept $75 from Aaron Wagman, a gambler, the summer before my senior year. He was after me to shave points but I refused." (He also failed to report the offer to his coach.)
After a tour in the army, two years of basketball in Italy and some insurance selling, Moe became an ABA star with the New Orleans Buccaneers in 1967-68 and is now on the roster of the Carolina Cougars after being traded from the 1968-69 champion Oakland Oaks.
"You could say that I am looking into the possibility of a lawsuit," Moe said.
BACKWARD, TURN BACKWARD
That funny noise you keep hearing is the sound of high jumpers Fosbury-flopping backward over the bar all around the world.
In France a Mlle. Martine Dubucquoy set a new French women's junior record by clearing 5'8�" with the Fosbury method.
Bill Elliott of the University of Texas won the Southwest Conference high jump with a 6'10" leap and cleared 7 feet on an extra jump.