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Karras went to Iowa and to stardom in the NFL. The Florida State coach, Bob Harbison, is still at Tallahassee. He philosophizes, "If you stay around long enough your reputation grows." Harbison is—and was—6'1" and 215 pounds.
A GREEN THAT GOES PUTT-PUTT
There are times when golfers having trouble with their approach shots could almost swear that the green up and moved on them. Well, now there's a green that does move. Called GolFinesse, it's an electrically rigged patch of artificial turf that can be rotated into different positions by the push of a button, thereby providing a seemingly endless choice of "perspectives" for the golfer to practice on. Rotate the green 18 times and you've simulated approaches on what amounts to an entire course. And you can do so in a relatively small area; variety is provided by the moving green, not by acres of terrain.
GolFinesse was invented by Tom Mueller, a Tempe, Ariz. telephone repairman who has worked as a landscape gardener and has acquired a knowledge of hydraulics as a jet mechanic in the Air Force. His contraption consists of a carpet of contoured synthetic turf mounted on a wooden frame and bordered by areas colored to suggest traps. Hidden beneath the frame are wheels and a battery-powered motor. Each remote-controlled rotation confronts the golfer with a new configuration. The fact that the green has three holes, facilitating different pin placements, adds to the possible variations.
Mueller and a backer, insurance man Dick Alt, have produced a prototype of a model they plan to market next fall for $15,000 to $20,000. They consider GolFinesse ideally suited for resorts and motels and for use on rooftops of downtown buildings, where office workers could play "18 holes" on their lunch breaks. Driving ranges are another potential market. "Right now, you go to a range and hit a lot of balls into open space," says Alt. "How can you improve accuracy by aiming at nothing? Put the moving green on a driving range and you have a realistic target to shoot at."
IN GENERAL, A SO-SO FIELD
Georgia Tech Coach Pepper Rodgers plans to introduce a pro-style offense next season, and to this end he has brought in two ex-NFL quarterbacks, Steve Spurrier and Norm Van Brocklin, as assistant coaches. The hiring of the 53-year-old Van Brocklin, fired as head coach by the Atlanta Falcons in 1974, was announced last week by Rodgers, who was himself once a pretty fair quarterback at Georgia Tech.
All of which points up the frequency with which football's so-called field generals become sideline generals. Theirs is just one of 22 positions, but ex-quarterbacks disproportionately fill four of the 28 NFL head coaching jobs—Green Bay's Bart Starr, Baltimore's Ted Marchibroda, Oakland's Tom Flores and Cincinnati's Homer Rice. In the case of big-name quarterbacks, if they're interested, there's usually a head coaching position waiting for them somewhere. Among the most notable, besides Starr and Van Brocklin, have been Sammy Baugh, Frankie Albert, Bob Waterfield and Otto Graham.
But great quarterbacks don't necessarily make great coaches; witness the fact that among the glamorous names listed above, only Albert boasts a career coaching record over .500. Darrell Royal and Joe Paterno were quarterbacks, but Stagg, Rockne, Lombardi, Blaik, Bryant, Leahy and Halas weren't. In hiring Spurrier and Van Brocklin, Pepper Rodgers says, "Having been a quarterback is beneficial in coaching other quarterbacks." That's really about all you can say.