"We probably can't do anything about these volleyball championships," admitted O'Leary, "but we hope we can stop them from playing girls' softball in the spring."
The irony of the situation lies in the fact that the guidelines for enforcing Title IX were a disappointment to women sports activists. They saw "equal opportunities" instead of substantial programs as a watering down of the original intent of Title IX. Now St. Mary's is ready to go to court in defense of a girls' sport, and the basis of its case, which may be the first anywhere under Title IX, will be one of the "weak" provisions of the same guidelines.
LIKE IT IS
Leonard Tose, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, whose 1-7 record is a major disappointment of the National Football League season, was refreshingly frank during a radio interview between halves of an Eagle loss. When Sportscaster Al Wester made some optimistic remarks about progress, Tose replied flatly, "In seven years we haven't made any progress at all." Wester commented on how well the Eagles had played before losing on a last-second field goal. "But they beat us," Tose said, "and that's the point." Again, Wester tried to console Tose, but the owner said, "I think you've been too kind—we've slipped a lot. I wish I could give our fans a little better football than we've been giving them."
An Associated Press story out of San Francisco read: " Bob Hayes, once known as the World's Fastest Shoeman, was cut loose from the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday."
PACKING IT IN?
Rumors persist, in spite of the denials of West Coast athletic directors, that the Pac-8, reorganized out of the old Pacific Coast Conference in 1959, will soon be disbanded. Imbalance between the four chronically weak Oregon and Washington schools and the four usually contending California teams is becoming more and more pronounced. The four northern teams together have won only two games from California teams during the past two seasons.
The speculation is that Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State would end up in the Western Athletic Conference. The University of Washington's future is a puzzle. But it is no secret that USC wants a divorce, and that would probably lead to independent status for the other California schools as well. If that happens, the Rose Bowl, too, would have to make some adjustments.
Everybody seems to have a high school team or two that has done something exceptional. Cathedral High of Indianapolis, for instance, breaks winning streaks. Two years ago Cathedral upset powerful Bloomington South, then the best high school football team in Indiana, after Bloomington had won 60 straight games. This season it knocked off Washington High of Indianapolis, the defending state champions, after Washington had won 24 in a row. Cathedral should set up a game with Hudson High (Hi there, Jack Armstrong) of Hudson, Mich., which ended its regular-season schedule with its 71st straight victory to tie the national scholastic record set a decade ago by Jefferson City (Mo.) High.
Then there is Madras High of Madras, Ore., which should be consulted whenever the question of football tie breakers comes up. Some states have systems to decide high school games that end up tied in regulation time. Oregon is such a state, as Madras knows all too well. Madras finished its first game of the season 0-0, but lost 6-0 in overtime. It tied its second game 6-6, but lost 12-6 after two overtimes. It tied its third game 16-16, this time taking three overtimes to lose 28-22. It lost its fourth game and won its fifth in regulation but, after that interlude, got back to work. It tied its sixth game 6-6, losing in overtime 14-12, and tied its seventh 12-12, finally winning one in overtime 15-12. At that point Madras' record was 2-5. With a little luck it could have been 6-1. With no tie breaker it would have been 1-1-5. Are ties common in that part of Oregon? The last time Madras had a tie game was seven years ago.