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THE LONG ARM
Victoria Station, the restaurant chain headquartered in San Francisco, presents a "Wiseman Trophy" each year as a counterpoint to the Heisman, a practice that began in 1971 when the Heisman people picked Auburn Quarterback Pat Sullivan instead of Ed Marinaro of Cornell. Although Cornell happens to be the alma mater of one of Victoria Station's proprietors, it was sheer coincidence, everyone said, that Marinaro was given the first Wiseman. When Brad Van Pelt of Michigan State won the 1972 Wiseman, the fact that Victoria Station's publicity man was a Michigan State alumnus was deemed an even sheerer coincidence.
The Wiseman has since become somewhat more serious. This year it was given to California's 6'3", 220-pound Chuck Muncie as "the man with the best potential to play pro football." Standard trappings—a plaque, a scholarship fund, a generous charitable contribution—accompanied the award.
Those who miss the cheerful pragmatism of the Marinaro-Van Pelt years and who feel depressed by the Wiseman's new dignity will be pleased to learn that Muncie is almost certain to be drafted No. 1 by either Tampa Bay or Seattle, the NFL's new expansion teams, and that Victoria Station just happens to have one restaurant half a mile from Tampa Stadium and another only a mile away from Seattle's new Kingdome.
CAKE AND EAT IT
Houston McTear, the high school kid from Florida who has run 100 yards in nine seconds flat, has finally settled the great debate over whether he will play football or stick with track (SI, Oct. 20). He's decided to do both. Last week he accepted a football scholarship from the University of Florida—with certain provisos. The most important of these is an agreement that he will not have to take part in spring practice but can concentrate then on track. Nor will he be a running back, his position in high school. Instead, he will be a wide receiver, thereby lessening the risk of injury. And his path to next summer's Olympics is open, since he will not be entering Florida (assuming his grades are O.K.) until the fall.
Although McTear seems small (5'8", 160 pounds) for bigtime football, Florida Coach Doug Dickey says, "He's plenty big enough. And he'll get thicker. After all, he's only 18."