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September 01, 1983 | Volume 59, Issue 10

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September 01, 1983
Vanderbilt and Kansas State went bowling while Notre Dame stayed home; Herschel Walker took the money and ran after vowing he wouldn't; Cal beat the band—and Stanford—with the whackiest kickoff...

September 01, 1983 | Rick Telander

September 01, 1983 | Rick Telander
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September 01, 1983
More and more, runners like Oklahoma's Marcus Dupree (below) are using backfields as launching pads for rocketing to TDs and first downs in short-yardage situations—that is, when the defense...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
Probably the first man to run a play designed to send him leaping over the line of scrimmage was Leonard Coffman, a fullback in General Bob Neyland's single wing at Tennessee. At Neyland's behest,...

September 01, 1983
The best news is that NFL 1983 will not bring a repeat of the ugly strike that ravaged the 1982 schedule. However, the season promises to provide collisions off the field as well as on, because of...

September 01, 1983 | Ralph Wiley
This will be the kind of season Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler loves. That means, after four years of gushing over his All-Every-thing flanker, Anthony Carter, who's now playing for the USFL...

September 01, 1983 | Alexander Wolff
Not the victory but the action; not the goal but the game; in the deed the glory reads the inscription on the facade of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. That's high-minded stuff, but it's...

September 01, 1983 | Ralph Wiley
Arizona fans and players are fuming, and it's not over the $1 million the Wildcats stand to lose in TV revenues as punishment for 31 infractions from 1971 through '79. Sure, the money would be...

September 01, 1983 | Jack McCallum
A couple of years ago the late Bear Bryant advised Pat Dye, one of his former assistant coaches at Alabama, not to forsake the top position at Wyoming for the same slot at Auburn. Bryant told Dye...

September 01, 1983 | Franz Lidz
Fullbacks are sprouting in the Longhorn backfield faster than massage parlors in Austin, or, as Ervin (Blue) Davis says, "We've got more fullbacks than a skunk's got funk." Davis is one of Texas'...

September 01, 1983 | Craig Neff
The Seminole Graveyard—six by 30 feet and rimmed by a low hedge—lies just beyond a practice field at Florida State. In it are buried chunks of real and artificial turf, each with its own...

September 01, 1983 | Douglas S. Looney
A day after Oklahoma lost 32-21 to Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl last Jan. 1, Defensive Back Scott Case was looking ahead to this fall. "I don't see any reason we shouldn't be national...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
Down by three at Clemson, fourth down, four yards to go and 39 seconds to play, North Carolina Coach Dick Crum had two choices: to kick an easy 31-yard field goal, which would have given the Tar...

September 01, 1983 | Jack McCallum
It may be time for Traveler III, USC's mascot, to change his pregame routine. Instead of galloping full tilt straight down the field like a tailback, perhaps he could run a 10-yard hook-and-go or...

September 01, 1983 | Rick Telander
The word is that Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust must win at least eight games this year and take the Irish to a major bowl, or the ghost of Rockne will descend from heaven and beat him to a pulp....

September 01, 1983 | Paul Zimmerman
The strike is history, but for Pete Rozelle the headaches keep getting worse, chief among them the NFL's increasing drug troubles and not just one but two rival football leagues

September 01, 1983 | Jill Lieber
Mark Robinson. Penn State's All-America safety, is approaching the Nittany Lions' defense of their national championship with a Businesslike attitude. "A lot of kids just go out for football for...

September 01, 1983 | Franz Lidz
Two years ago, after LSU finished 3-7-1, its most dismal showing since 1956, folks in the bayous were ready to treat Coach Jerry Stovall, who had then completed two seasons, as if he were just...

September 01, 1983 | Jill Lieber
Mike Tomczak, Ohio State's junior quarterback, looks like the prototypical all-American boy: brown eyes, apple cheeks, short hair. At Thornton Fractional North High in Chicago, he played football...

September 01, 1983 | Craig Neff
In May, Georgia Coach Vince Dooley spent two weeks vacationing in the People's Republic of China, where there are one billion people who have never heard of Herschel Walker. He toured the...

September 01, 1983 | Jack McCallum
One day late in June, Alabama Coach Ray Perkins was being interviewed in his office by a writer—while talking to a rich booster on the telephone, signing letters that would go out to hundreds of...

September 01, 1983 | Alexander Wolff
What passes for high drama in Iowa? Consider the Cedar Rapids Community Theatre's sold-out staging of A Roast of Coach Hayden Fry last May. Normally you don't get roasted unless you're a revered...

September 01, 1983 | Jack McCallum
UCLA Coach Terry Donahue sat in his office and stared at a clipping from a Nebraska newspaper that listed the Huskers' spring depth chart. "Ten fullbacks? Seven nose-guards?" he said in amazement....

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
A year ago Jeff Hostetler was an unknown quantity. A 6'3", 212-pound transfer from Penn State who looked more like a linebacker than a quarterback, he faced the task of succeeding West Virginia's...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
He drives a big-wheeled Bronco, license plate TERP QB, and he has been called Boomer since before he was born because of his ferocious kicks while in the womb. Norman Julius Esiason (pronounced...

September 01, 1983 | Franz Lidz
This is a fable, the story of the ant and the grasshopper. Two years ago the Red Raiders fell on times as hard as the flat cap rock of west Texas. Their coach, Rex Dockery, had hopped to Memphis...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
"What he is," says Boston College Coach Jack Bicknell of his quarterback, junior Doug Flutie, "is a lesson in recruiting—look beyond the computer stuff, listen to high school coaches." Flutie,...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
Colgate was rolling along with a 5-1 record last October, when its president, George D. Langdon Jr., announced that because of a conflict between playoff dates and exams, the Red Raiders would not...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
Pete Muldoon of Holy Cross hit 58.8% of his passes last year to lead the Crusaders to their best record—8-3—in 30 years. Coach Rick Carter, in the third year of a five-year contract, considered...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
An his 13 years at UC-Davis, Jim Sochor has become the winningest active coach in Division II (102-30-4) and has sent seven players to the NFL, including Quarterback Ken O'Brien, whom the Jets...

September 01, 1983 | N. Brooks Clark
The intimidation starts with his name. "I've been The Grock ever since I can remember," says Bob Grock, a senior defensive end for Plymouth (N.H.) State College who last season led the Panthers in...

September 01, 1983 | Douglas S. Looney

September 01, 1983
College football's main event, the action between the sidelines, is at times upstaged by what happens beyond the stripes. There you'll find such diversions as the Texas-size Texas band, 12 of...

September 01, 1983 | Ron Fimrite

September 01, 1983
3—Ronald C. Modra6—Lane Stewart16—Tony Tomsic20—John D. Hanlon22—Andy Hayt (left), James Drake24, 25—Anthony Neste26, 27—Manny Rubio28-31—Richard Mackson32, 33—Anthony Neste34—John Biever38,...

September 01, 1983
Nowhere is the action more fierce than in that combat zone outside the tackles where running backs, pulling guards, linebackers and defensive backs collide at top speed. Here, with a well-timed...

September 01, 1983 | Ralph Wiley
Few plays in football unfold more dramatically than the sweep to the corner. "They say the game has changed," says Reggie McKenzie, a Buffalo Bill last year and now a Seattle Seahawk, "but one...

September 01, 1983 | Sarah Pileggi
John Madden has burst upon the American scene as few others in sport, but contrary to his bull-in-a-beer-ad image, he loves nothing more than good quiet conversation, and his skill as a...

September 01, 1983 | Paul Zimmerman

September 01, 1983 | Paul Zimmerman
New York Jets 11-5Miami 11-5New England 7-9Buffalo 7-9Baltimore 5-11

September 01, 1983 | Robert L. Miller
"I learned pretty quick that I couldn't eat and paint at the same time," says Tom Vanderschmidt of his days as an aspiring abstract expressionist in 1950s New York City. "Between classes at Cooper...

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September 01, 1983
Pittsburgh 10-6Cincinnati 10-6Cleveland 7-9Houston 3-13

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September 01, 1983
L.A. Raiders 11-5San Diego 10-6Denver 9-7Seattle 6-10Kansas City 5-11

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September 01, 1983
Dallas 11-5Washington 11-5New York Giants 8-8St. Louis 8-8Philadelphia 6-10

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Green Bay 9-7Minnesota 9-7Detroit 7-9Chicago 7-9Tampa Bay 5-11

September 01, 1983 | Schuyler Bishop
My father's passions were football, golf, my mother, gin (the drink and the game), baseball and newspapers. His philosophy for raising children was that they should be treated like...

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September 01, 1983
San Francisco 9-7New Orleans 8-8Atlanta 8-8L.A. Rams 6-10

September 01, 1983 | Alexander Wolff

September 01, 1983 | Paul Zimmermen