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CONFUSED IN CAMBRIDGE: One premise behind Harvard Coach Joe Restic's multiflex attack is that constant movement is the best way to disrupt a defense. Last winter the 'flex disrupted Harvard. Twenty-seven Crimson seniors signed a letter to Restic that blamed the 'flex for their 5-4-1 season.
Three years ago, when it was decided that a bowl should be created matching the PCAA and MAC champions, a site was readily available—Fresno State's brand-new Bulldog Stadium—but not a name for the bowl. A contest produced the catchy Never-Going-to-Make-the-Poll Bowl. However, the staid California Bowl won out. Last December's first edition, between Toledo and San Jose State, came down to the final 15 seconds, when the Rockets' Tony Lee made a 41-yard field goal for a 27-25 win.
Both Bowling Green and Miami have most of their starting teams back, but Miami is a star tailback short. Returning to the Falcons is Bryant Jones, who rushed for 1,051 yards. Not returning to the Redskins is Greg Jones (1,134 yards), who graduated. Toledo comes back strong, featuring Tailback Arnold Smiley, who averaged 165 yards rushing in his last four games. At defensive end is Darryl Meadows, who made two interceptions and scored touchdowns on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
WHAT, NO B.D.? Freshman Terry Zonker will be trying out for the Toledo varsity, unless, of course, the finals of the George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open stretch into the season.
Eastern Illinois put together a winning season (just barely, the Panthers were 6-5) and took the conference title last year, despite giving up 49 fumbles and 25 interceptions. Coach Darrell Mudra is confident the Panthers won't be dropping the ball when it comes time to decide this year's title. And Mudra knows how to go about curing a team's ills. In 1959 he took over a 1-9 Adams (Colo.) State, and the team went 8-1 the next year. In 1963 he moved to 0-10 North Dakota State, which won 10 games in his second season. He has also made winners of Arizona (1968), Western Illinois (1969) and his present project, Eastern Illinois. The Panthers were 1-10 in 1977, the season before Mudra arrived. In '78 they went 12-2 and won the Division II title. For his career, Mudra is 146-65-2. EIU's most likely offensive line averages 6'2" and 255 pounds; the defense is anchored by End Keith Wojnowski, a 6'2", 230-pound senior from St. Anne, Ill.
Western Illinois' leading tackier is Linebacker Pat Bayers, nicknamed the Urban Plowboy because he grew up in Chicago but has worked the past few summers on farms. He spent this summer as a supervisor on a corn detasseling crew.
A FEW GOOD MEN: According to Head Coach Pete Rodriguez, WIU is the only university in the world with the nickname Leathernecks.