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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
January 10, 1983
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January 10, 1983


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"I've used this system against much better players than I, and I've found it makes for a genuine match. It's fun to see how even the most confident player begins to tighten up when it's necessary to win a game at love and how quickly you gain the confidence to win a game with that handicap—and then the confidence to win at 30 and 40.

"In this system, both players are genuinely challenged to play to win. Try it. You'll see."


It's time once again to update Miami University's list of departed football coaches now that Tom Reed has left to take over at North Carolina State. The Oxford, Ohio institution, which keeps losing its coaches to bigger football powers, gets a measure of consolation by calling itself the Cradle of Coaches, and with good reason. It hasn't fired a football coach in more than 40 years, yet it has had to say goodby to:

Stu Holcomb, who became head man at Purdue; Sid Gillman, who was one of pro football's most influential head coaches with the Rams, the Chargers and the Oilers; Woody Hayes, who moved to Ohio State and became a legend; Ara Parseghian, who went to Northwestern and then on to Rockne-esque stature at Notre Dame; John Pont, who coached at Yale, Indiana and Northwestern; Bo Schembechler, who at Michigan became Hayes's great rival; Bill Mallory, who went on to Colorado and Northern Illinois; Dick Crum, who has guided North Carolina to bowl victories in each of the last four seasons; and now Reed.

In 42 seasons Miami has had only three losing years: 3-6 in 1942 under Holcomb; 3-8 in 1976 under Crum; and 5-6 in 1980 under Reed. Despite that history of excellence Miami partisans chafe and moan like football fans everywhere. Reed was 7-4 this season, and the four defeats rankled some undergraduates who chalked a message on blackboards in classrooms all over the campus: START A NEW TRADITION! FIRE REED!

Well, Reed has gone, of his own volition, and now Athletic Director Dick Shrider is busy looking through a grab bag of candidates, hoping to find somebody else good enough to say goodby to in a few years.

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