Poor Miami University. The Oxford, Ohio school is having one of the more depressing autumns of its 167-year history, at least in a sporting sense. Its distinguished alumnus Walter Alston resigned as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, its highly rated football team has lost five straight games and now its reputation as football's Cradle of Coaches has been challenged. Regularly, stories appear about the famous coaches who have come out of Miami—Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Paul Dietzel and many others. This season Miami has five graduates who are head coaches at Division I schools—Bo Schembechler, Michigan; Bill Mallory, Colorado; John Pont, Northwestern; Jim Root, William & Mary; Carmen Cozza, Yale—certainly an admirable record but no longer the preeminent one.
The honor has shifted to Alabama, which has seven major-college coaches this season—Paul Bryant, Alabama; Bud Moore, Kansas; Richard Williamson, Memphis State; Bill Battle, Tennessee; Steve Sloan, Texas Tech; Jimmy Sharpe, Virginia Tech; Jackie Sherrill, Washington State. And close behind Miami, with four top coaches each, are Bowling Green (like Miami, a member of the MidAmerican Conference) and the University of Utah.
Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Texas A&M are represented by three coaches each, but after that the list spreads wide. So wide, in fact, that almost 20% of the 137 Division I teams have head coaches who came from the small colleges hidden down there in Divisions II and III. Among these are Ohio State's Woody Hayes, from Denison—and Miami's own Dick Crum, who learned his football at a powerhouse called Mt. Union.
Speaking of small colleges, two relatively obscure Virginia schools were thrust into the limelight late in September when ABC Sports suddenly decided to make the game between Madison and Hampden-Sydney its regional telecast. Madison, 3-0, was ranked No. 1 in the nation that week among Division III teams (along with C. W. Post of New York), and Hampden-Sydney was also undefeated, but even so it was the first time the network had ever put on a Division III regular-season game. This may help to account for the behavior of J. Stokeley Fulton, Hampden-Sydney's football coach and athletic director, after he received word that his boys would be on the telly. Fulton promptly phoned Randolph-Macon College, Hampden-Sydney's archrival for more than 80 years, to make sure no one there was pulling a fast one. "My first reaction," admits Fulton, "was one of stunned disbelief."
But it was true; ABC Sports was high on the idea. It was Parents and Friends Weekend at Hampden-Sydney, where the game was played, and that gave TV the color background it cherishes. And the contrasts between the schools made the matchup a natural. Madison, founded in 1908, has around 7,700 students. Hampden-Sydney, founded in 1776 (you know which bicentennial it's been celebrating), has only 743.
All the excitement engendered by the telecast, the homecoming and the meeting of undefeated teams was stimulating, but Hampden-Sydney officials were concerned when it became clear that game attendance might reach 10,000, three times the normal size. "We were worried about where all those people would go to the bathroom," says Martin Sherrod, the Hampden-Sydney director of communications.
But television insists on happy endings, and the Hampden-Sydney people came through in style. They rented 10 portable toilets and then went out and upset Madison 21-14.
This is not a trivia quiz. Below are two lists, one a series of sports terms extracted from the recently published Webster's Sports Dictionary, the other a list of sports that the terms apply to. Try to match the terms with the sport. The editor of this section got all of five right out of 16, mostly by guessing.