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A case of sophistry
Barry McDermott
December 18, 1972
Remember when most college coaches had a team barber and the players weren't petitioning to make the athletic dorms coeducational? Remember when cheerleaders could be counted on for sis-boom-bah instead of the funky Broadway? Remember when you wondered who was going to be the national champion? Remember when all of this was relevant, or at least seemed to be?
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December 18, 1972

A Case Of Sophistry

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All of the Super Six made high school All-America teams and Wasdin also has junior Benbow, another All-America in high school, and Abe Steward and Butch Taylor, two junior college All-Americas. "We run and we try to play a pro-type game," says Wasdin, explaining Jacksonville's attraction for exceptional players. "We've had nine players drafted in the pros in the last three years. We've never had a junior college player who hasn't started and who hasn't been drafted."

Manning is confronted with much the opposite situation. Each year he takes tepid talent and heats it into a sizzling record, and his players revere him for it. "We call him Dad sometimes—behind his back," says Wojdowski, a senior on the team. "We don't have much talent but we've got a lot of heart. We only have one big man but we put a lot of our insides into it. We're like a big family. We can tell each other when we're wrong."

Duquesne fell behind by six points at halftime, but Jacksonville's inability to bury some easy inside shots forecast its eventual doom. The Dolphins hit only 24% from the floor in the second half, and Billingy dominated the boards while two of the Duquesne sophomores, Jackson and McLane, provided the winning touch. Jackson scored 14 points in the last 22 minutes and McLane contained Abe Steward, the Jacksonville forward who had been shooting 64% from the floor.

"We don't look like much on paper," conceded Wojdowski in the Dukes' jubilant dressing room, surrounded by teammates pouring soft drinks on each other and leading the squad in cheers—acting in general like a bunch of young sophomores. "But paper doesn't mean anything to us. We like to scrap. We like to run. We'll play any way as long as we win. The Dukes are real."

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