Before this year football players at SMU were treated much the same as other students, but Dave Smith, new head coach, says separate dormitory and eating facilities are necessary "for control, morale and a prideful atmosphere." Dr. James D. Wroten Jr., vice-president for student affairs, said that Smith asked for the separate facilities last January, shortly after he was hired. Wroten said he resisted Smith's request as long as he could but that they were "on a collision course," and he had to give way. The odds are that Smith's wishes will continue to prevail for the time being. SMU has been trying for some years to regain its old place as a top football power, and it will give Smith every chance to accomplish what his predecessor Hayden Fry was unable to.
JUST A LITTLE BIT
Government regulations allow only one more hole-in-one story in this section this year, and this is it. David Dickenson, a member of the Kirtland Country Club outside Cleveland, is a nationally ranked paddle tennis player, a tennis ace, an 11-handicap golfer and, reflecting this competitive drive, an aggressive insurance salesman. This year he convinced his club it should give a $4,000 Pontiac to anyone who shot a hole in one on the 155-yard 6th hole during Kirtland's annual member-guest tournament, and then arranged for the club to buy an insurance policy as protection against a hole in one.
Primarily a life insurance man himself, he talked to an underwriter to establish a rate for the policy. The underwriter said $550, which meant the odds the company was laying against an ace were $4,000 to $550, or about 8 to 1. "You don't know much about golf, do you?" Dickenson asked, and worked the price down to $234 for four days of coverage at tournament time. It seemed safe enough. The hole is over water, the green has a lot of tilt and it is the hardest par-3 on the course.
Dickenson should have suspected what was going to happen when, during a practice round, he put his tee shot three feet from the pin. In the afternoon he shot a hole in one.
When something like this happened in Double Indemnity, Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray got in a lot of trouble. Not Dickenson. He was cheerfully presented with a check for $4,000 by Richard Haverland, a vice-president of the insurance company, who did not act at all like Edward G. Robinson, the suspicious claims agent in Double Indemnity. Haverland is a golfer himself, and he knew how Dickenson felt. Besides, it was soon apparent that luck was draped all over Dave Dickenson. A few days later he flew to the Virgin Islands with a couple of clients for a little fishing. Well, not fishing, really, for all Dickenson planned to do was take photographs of his friends catching fish. They were on the boat four days and the only time he sat in the chair was when one of the others took time out for a beer or a rest. And what happened? Dickenson in his brief moments in the sun caught five blue marlin, ranging from 350 to 500 pounds. He never got to take a picture, worse luck.
THE FUTURE AND STOREN
The selection of Mike Storen to replace Bob Carlson as commissioner of the American Basketball Association is a hopeful sign for a league nearing the close of a hopeless off-season. Three ABA teams were without coaches at the time of his appointment, with the opening of training camps only a week away, and Memphis was also without a front office. It had yet to sell a ticket for the regular season, which opens Oct. 10.
For a league so lacking in organization there could be no better choice than Storen. At Indiana and Kentucky he proved himself one of the best front-office men in basketball. He built the Pacers and Colonels into quality teams that would surely be economically successful in a merged pro league. His forcefulness in ABA councils in the early years is credited with keeping the young league alive.
But, as with any other commissioner, Storen's effectiveness will depend on how much freedom the owners let him have. Given a free hand, he could be as dynamic a leader as Al Davis was for the old American Football League. And the chances seem good that he'll have that free hand: even though he is not the most popular man in the ABA and had twice previously turned down the job, he was elected by a 9-1 vote.