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September 05, 1984 | Volume 61, Issue 12

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Bernie Kosar Cover - Sports Illustrated September 05, 1984

September 05, 1984 | Morin Bishop
Everyone has nominations for the greatest high school football teams ever. Ohioans might give the nod to the Massillon dynasty of the 1950s. Or to Gerry Faust's Moeller High team of 1976, which,...

September 05, 1984 | John Underwood

September 05, 1984 | Jack McCallum

September 05, 1984 | Jack McCallum
OFFENSE

September 05, 1984 | Alexander Wolff

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman

September 05, 1984
Douglas S. Looney gives the skinny on everything from booster clubs to coaches who are in trouble to the 28 first-round picks in the 1985 NFL draft

September 05, 1984 | William Taaffe
Thanks to the high court we'll get a rich menu of games, but most schools will get less bread

September 05, 1984 | Alexander Wolff
According to coach Terry Donahue, "about three or four years" after taking over from Dick Vermeil in 1976, he decided to take stock. "We were having success," says Donahue, who was 31 when he...

September 05, 1984 | Jack McCallum
When a team produces about $11 million worth of talent for the pros, including the Heisman and Outland Trophy winners, it's obviously destined for a year of rebuilding. That is, unless that team...

September 05, 1984 | John Garrity
Quarterback John Congemi heads a group of eight returning starters on offense, and the only real need on defense is a free safety. But the most exciting news from Pitt is that some number-cruncher...

September 05, 1984 | Alex Wolff
At first glance. Auburn coach Pat Dye's list of concerns for spring practice seemed normal enough: 1) Find a quarterback to run his read-and-react wishbone attack; 2) Replace placekicker Al Del...

September 05, 1984 | Ralph Wiley
How quickly they forget. Last year Nebraska looked unstoppable. Then the Huskers lost to Miami in the Orange Bowl, and 4½ months later the USFL made Hurricane coach Howard Schnellenberger a rich...

September 05, 1984 | Jack McCallum
Nobody needs one of linebacker Larry Station's beloved computers to collate the cold facts about the 1984 Hawkeyes. Input: one of the best quarterbacks in the country; the best running tandem in...

September 05, 1984 | Jaime Diaz
A grudging "one more time" will have to suffice as the 1984 theme at Clemson. On probation for the third season in a row for recruiting violations, the Tigers enter this year knowing they won't...

September 05, 1984 | Jack Falla
"We'll be a good team if we don't get our stinger bent early," says SMU coach Bobby Collins, clearly worrying about having to replace 15 starters (eight on defense) from the 1983 squad, which...

September 05, 1984 | Jack Falla
When ABC-TV's Bill Flemming told Texas coach Fred Akers that he had heard the Longhorns would be ranked as high as third in some preseason polls, Akers was incredulous. "We lose 28 players from a...

September 05, 1984 | Rick Telander
Can there be a worse place to be a mediocre football coach than at Notre Dame? Legends lurk everywhere. Games are broadcast around the world. Subway alumni think they own the place. Orphans and...

September 05, 1984 | Ralph Wiley
Joe Paterno is involved in a salad and his thoughts at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus. This is one of those days when all considerations seem fine. The spring tomatoes are ripe and...

September 05, 1984 | Bruce Anderson
Arizona State placekicker Luis Zendejas, that noted bilingual auto mechanic, is called Automatic, which has nothing to do with the transmission in his 1968 Camaro. Zendejas, unlike his Chevy,...

September 05, 1984 | Rick Telander
"Dear———:

September 05, 1984 | N. Brooks Clark
Ah, those lovable Sooners: a 90-yard touchdown one minute, a fumble the next; a problem with grades one week, a minor crime wave the next. Well, the word is out in Norman that after last year's...

September 05, 1984 | Jaime Diaz
It could get scary in Gainesville this fall. Florida fans have waited 78 years for the Gators to win their first SEC championship, and the fateful day is drawing closer. Everyone wants to be a...

September 05, 1984 | Jill Lieber
Ray Perkins spent most of last year, his rookie season as Alabama's coach, trying to convince people that he didn't feel any pressure after stepping into the territory that for 25 years had been...

September 05, 1984 | John Garrity
Almost three years have passed since a tiny freshman quarterback named Doug Flutie took the field for Boston College in the fourth quarter of a trouncing by Penn State. No one suspected then that...

September 05, 1984 | Sandy Keenan
After 15 seasons at Michigan, coach Bo Schembechler doesn't like to admit that he's changing his ways. But he has no choice but to get his 1984 Wolverines off the ground. Schembechler is as...

September 05, 1984 | Jack Mccallum
Senior Ron Holmes, Washington's left defensive tackle, is a little worried. "I gave the Rose Bowl watch we won three years ago to my father," he says. "My reasoning was that I'd have another one...

September 05, 1984 | N. Brooks Clark
It's easy to forget that Oklahoma State had an excellent chance to be undefeated in '83. Against Nebraska, a team it hasn't beaten in 23 years, the Cowboys led 10-7 at the half and lost only...

September 05, 1984 | N. Brooks Clark

September 05, 1984
We're an unsound team trying to get sound," says Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. He was on the right track at the end of last season, when he scrapped his razzle-dazzle, pass-happy attack and...

September 05, 1984
Jeff Gilbert is the finest passer I've ever seen," says Western Carolina coach Bob Waters. That's strong talk from a man who once shared tailback duties in the San Francisco 49er shotgun with John...

September 05, 1984
Troy (Ala.) State quarterback Carey Christensen's favorite hobby is hunting rattlesnakes. "He offered to make me a rattlesnake hatband," says coach Chan Gailey, "but I was trying to discourage it...

September 05, 1984
The key to Hofstra's stunning 10-0 regular season was wardrobe. Not the team's, but that of assistant trainer John Devine. "He wore his wild Hawaiian shirt while taping before each home game, and...

September 05, 1984 | John Garrity

September 05, 1984 | Franz Lidz

September 05, 1984
6-7—John Biever8—Howard Castleberry14—Andy Hayt15—Neil Leifer16, 17—Rich Pilling/Focus on Sports (left), Ronald C. Modra20—Peter Read Miller21—John Iacono22—Andy Hayt24—George Gojkovich (top),...

September 05, 1984 | Rick Telander

September 05, 1984 | Frank Deford

September 05, 1984 | Bruce Newman

September 05, 1984
After finishing all his stories and scouting reports, SI's NFL expert, Paul Zimmerman, still had things he wanted to get off his chest

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
This was traditionally one of the most ferociously competitive divisions in football, but now it's a two-tiered society. The Bills, the Jets and Colts are the have-nots. Miami is the aristocracy....

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Patriots 11-5Dolphins 10-6Bills 7-9Jets 5-11Colts 5-11

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
At the first CINCINNATI BENGALS' press conference after Sam Wyche was named to succeed Forrest Gregg as head coach, Paul Brown announced that Wyche would have a free hand in choosing his...

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Bengals 10-6Steelers 9-7Browns 7-9Oilers 5-11

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Al Davis's LOS ANGELES RAIDERS are a dynasty, or the closest thing to one right now. They have won three Super Bowls in the last eight years. They're the defending champions. Davis says that the...

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Raiders 12-4Seahawks 9-7Chargers 8-8Broncos 7-9Chiefs 6-10

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
The L.A. Raiders did the WASHINGTON REDSKINS a favor last January. They kept them from getting complacent. It would have been easy to put on some fat. I mean, how many teams have played in two...

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Redskins 12-4Cowboys 11-5Cardinals 8-8Giants 7-9Eagles 3-13

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
This is the year we'll find out how much the CHICAGO BEARS like their coach, Mike Ditka. The Bears were 3-6 in 1982, the first year of his three-year contract, 8-8 last year. Seems that they're...

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Bears 9-7Packers 9-7Lions 7-9Vikings 6-10Buccaneers 5-11

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS came only a few penalty flags away from a trip to the Super Bowl, where they probably would have given the Raiders a better game than Washington did. If I could have...

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
49ers 11-5Rams 10-6Falcons 8-8Saints 7-9

September 05, 1984 | Robert L. Miller
Time Inc.'s Corporate Manufacturing and Distribution division, which does everything from arranging for the printing of an issue, to having it bound, to paying-the postal service for delivering...

September 05, 1984 | William Taaffe
NFL Films, a family-run business, is a house organ that has made sweet music, reeling in 33 Emmy Awards

September 05, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman