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December 12, 1955
GEORGIA'S GOVERNOR SENDS WIRE, GETS REPLY, GAMBLING, GOLF AND THE GROANER, BASKETBALL, FROM CUPOLA TO SUBBASEMENT, BLINKY SLIPS A PUNCH, FIRST FLIGHT OF THE PROLATE SPHEROID
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December 12, 1955

Events & Discoveries

GEORGIA'S GOVERNOR SENDS WIRE, GETS REPLY, GAMBLING, GOLF AND THE GROANER, BASKETBALL, FROM CUPOLA TO SUBBASEMENT, BLINKY SLIPS A PUNCH, FIRST FLIGHT OF THE PROLATE SPHEROID

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As Calcuttas have grown in number and volume of money invested there has developed a well-trod Calcutta circuit patronized by amateurs who make more money at gambling than some pros make at their trade. This has been a source of concern to officials of the United States Golf Association, who are without control over private tournaments. When Crosby announced his decision Edward E. Lowery, executive committee member of the USGA, spread the word happily and took the occasion to say: "A splendid contribution to the game of golf."

LIFE AND MR. LOEFFLER

This time a year ago Ken Loeffler was riding high as coach of the La Salle team which (with famous Tom Gola) went all the way to the final of the NCAA bssketball tournament. This week Ken Loeffler was riding low: he was directing the fortunes of Texas A&M, which may have the worst team in the worst major basketball conference in the U.S. Staking its first claim to that title, the Texans opened their season by losing to Tulsa 48-43.

But low as he may ride, Ken Loeffler's spirits are as high as ever. The man who has lived the full basketball life (as a pro, as coach of Yale and La Salle) hesitates not at all when he is asked to explain why he took on his present job under Athletic Director Bear Bryant.

"Nothing else left for me to do," says Loeffler. "I figure that if I can come down here—to the subbasement of the subbasement—and do some good, then maybe I'll have really done something.

"Safety is the most contemptible of life's gifts. If you don't dare and dare again, life will leave you alone. And that is the cruelest thing life can do to you. The real happiness you get out of coaching is the fun you get out of life. When I die, I hope it's sitting on a bench with a three-point lead and somebody like Gola with the ball."

As he spoke of life, Loeffler was seated at his cluttered desk in the shiny new field house. He picked up a letter and read it aloud: "'Dear Mr. Loeffler: I am 6 feet 7� inches tall and weigh 174.' " He guffawed as he tossed the letter into the basket marked "Hold."

"I'll answer that one," he said—"beginning 'Dear Sliver.' "

Loeffler leaned back in his chair and looked as if he might be thinking about life again. "I couldn't recruit here even if I wanted to," he said. "Bear [ Athletic Director Bryant] tells me, 'Oh no, Ken. No recruiting.' He can afford to tell me that. His football larder is filled. My larder is bare. So we'll have to develop players. It's a lot like Yale. I became the greatest defensive coach in basketball up at Yale because we never got our hands on the ball. A&M is Yale in the rough."

He said it in the tones of a happy man. The rest of the Southwest Conference is hereby warned.

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