It's not like
we're knocking the competition. Nevada-Las Vegas assistant coach Mark
Warkentien wrote Williams last January, "John...do UCLA, Louisville,
Houston and LSU feel the same way that we do? Why don't they come to your games
like we do? THINK ABOUT IT." Two days later, Warkentien mailed Williams and
his mother, Mabel Marie Matthews, a story clipped from a Los Angeles newspaper
detailing the decline in attendance at UCLA home games.
It's legal here,
you know. UNLV also organized a petition drive to encourage Williams to join
the Runnin' Rebels. At games, fans were asked to list their occupations next to
their names. Along with one of the petitions mailed to Williams's mother,
Warkentien wrote: "Mabel, here are 370 reasons why John should become a
'Runnin Rebel.' " Indeed. One of the fans listed her occupation as
"stripper." On another petition, a fan described himself as a
Don't worry, we
think the refs were rotten, too. Abatemarco to Manning: "Danny, It was
great watching you play on Tuesday in Winston Salem. The refs really made some
bad calls against you...." Maryland assistant Sherman Dillard to Manning:
"Believe me, I was a little upset with the officials...." Says Manning,
"That was typical. In one game, after I'd committed a foul I looked up in
the stands where all the coaches were sitting, and I saw them shaking their
heads, as if to say, 'We agree with you, Danny. That was a bad call.' Actually,
it was a good call."
Didn't you know I
was a beaut? In a form letter to Williams, Claude English, coach of Rhode
Island at the time, described himself as "a former Ram great."
Just come as you
are. Arizona coach Lute Olson to Washburn: "Our students go to classes in
shorts and T-shirts year round."
Wanna take a spin
in the Goose? From a brochure mailed to Williams by the University of Florida:
"When the Gators travel, they do so aboard the 'Blue Goose,' their
fully-equipped 25-passenger DC-3 airplane. The Gators have command of the Goose
at their convenience, which eliminates the long waits in airports and the other
inconveniences of commercial airlines."
Albuquerque, tomorrow immortality. From a New Mexico brochure sent to Washburn:
"Can you handle the pressure of trying to get to the dressing room after
every game because of autograph seekers? Do you know what it's like to be
famous like a Jerry West?...be a legend in your own time in Albuquerque, a city
with a half-million super basketball fans." Half million? In 1980 the
city's population was 331,767.
equal opportunity employer. In 1982, Mayor David S. Mann wrote to Manning on
behalf of the University of Cincinnati: "As well as being a physically
beautiful city, Cincinnati people are genuine and friendly. We have a diverse
industrial base which provides limitless opportunity for employment after
graduation." Cincinnati's unemployment rate that year was 10.5%.
You'll love our
location. Long Beach State: "The mountains, beaches, deserts and beautiful
parks are all within easy reach."
"Located in the 'Valley of Rainbows'...just two miles from fabled Waikiki