Danford got more than he bargained for. Lining up at center on this scrub team was a big redheaded guy named Dave Cowens, a former teammate of Danford's at FSU on leave from his regular duties with the Boston Celtics.
"I think they slipped one in on us," joked Danford afterward. But Cowens spent most of the game coaching his junior college opponents. "Dave would yell, 'Get the ball, fake left, go right and I'll let you dump it in,' " said Danford.
Cowens' FSU team won 82-62 despite his generosity and despite his scoring only six points. Then, his busman's holiday over with, he headed back to his parents' home in Kentucky to help harvest some Christmas trees.
TONY AND ED
Tony Dorsett richly deserved the Heisman Trophy, but his alltime career rushing record of 6,082 yards may not be the most glittering performance by a running back in college football history. Ed Marinaro, the New York Jet back who played for Cornell in 1969, and who finished second in the Heisman voting in his senior year, gained only 4,715 yards in his college career, but he did that in 27 games over three years. Dorsett played 43 games over four years. According to statistics released by the NCAA, Marinaro averaged 174.6 yards per game to Dorsett's 141.4. If he had played in as many games as Dorsett—and assuming he remained as strong and as aggressive as Dorsett has—Marinaro's figures project to an astonishing career total of 7,509 yards.
SIX OF ONE
When the six-wheel Tyrrell Formula I racing car was first shown between the 1975 and 1976 seasons, there was some talk of it being a hoax. The two sets of tiny front wheels made it look like a production-line glitch in the Dinky Car factory or one of those things that get covered with pearlescent paint and angel hair in a custom-car show.
But Jody Scheckter and his Tyrrell teammate Patrick Depailler drove their six-wheelers to third-and fourth-place finishes respectively in the 1976 Grand Prix season standings. And now the March racing team has come up with its own version of a six-wheeler, although the March's extra set of wheels are in the back rather than the front. All four rear wheels are driven by the engine, but for aerodynamic reasons (proved in wind tunnel tests) they are smaller than the rear wheels on conventional Formula Is.
The March six-wheeler should be among the fastest cars on straightaways, but its designer, Robin Herd, is cautious about its future as a road racer. His principal concern is not the extra weight (about 100 pounds more than the current March) or mechanical complexity but how the car will corner with what is essentially four-wheel drive. Past four-wheel-drive cars tended to keep going doggedly in the same direction, and tires wore out quickly. If the March's unpowered front "steering" wheels can cope with the cornering problem, the six-wheeler may make its debut at the South African Grand Prix on March 5.
That is, if Grand Prix car constructors and track owners can iron out the differences that threaten to wipe out the entire 1977 season.