"As soon as I hit it I knew the board was gone," he said. "I tried to run away and closed my eyes. I wound up with a head full of glass."
On the bench at the time, Lew Alcindor flung his arms above his head in glee. "It was a thrill," he said. "I've always been a fan of his. I saw him do it one time on television when I was in high school."
GREAT MINDS, SINGLE THOUGHT
A couple of weeks before the Texas game Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian got a phone call from a stranger, one Jack Dawson, coach at Westbrook ( Maine) High School. Dawson proceeded to recommend to the Irish coach the very defense Parseghian was installing secretly for the Cotton Bowl game.
"I wondered if I was being scouted by a Texas sympathizer, or if Dawson actually had seen us at practice," Ara said.
The proposed defense was to be used against the Texas Wishbone T, which provides three running options for the quarterback and can be complemented by running or drop-back passes. The Parseghian-Dawson defense involved man-to-man coverage on Texas backs by linebackers who were positioned in an inverted Wishbone, thus enabling one or two linebackers to meet the play at the line of scrimmage no matter what the Texas option might be.
The defense worked, of course, as Dawson knew it would. His own team had used it successfully against a Wishbone attack.
CLERGY CASTS STONE
Curling is not Canada's national sport but it is up there somewhere and there are no more dedicated bonspielers than four Toronto clergymen who meet on the ice every Monday morning.
The Rev. Harold Burgess, minister of Bloordale United Church and former chaplain of the Ontario Curling Association, explains why the group chose Monday mornings for their meetings. "Nobody gets married on Monday mornings," he says, "and we have a deal with the funeral directors, so they try not to schedule funerals until early Monday afternoon. But sometimes they pick up a minister right at the club to take him to a funeral."