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Names In The Game

September 4, 1990

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ It would have taken a miracle for Brent Musburger to take Al Michaels’ ABC announcing assignments away.

″Hey, that was the last thing I had to worry about, really,″ Michaels said in this week’s TV Guide. ″My contract specifies what events I do. It’s locked in.″

There was speculation that Michaels would have to share his role as ABC’s No. 1 announcer when Musburger joined the network from CBS last spring.

″Brent is a great addition for ABC, and there’s lots for him to do - college football, spring football, golf, bowling, a lot of stuff.″

Michaels is perhaps best known for his announcing during the 1980 Olympics when the U.S. hockey team upset the Soviet Union and during the earthquake that interrupted the 1989 World Series.

″It’s such an irony that a guy who so loves baseball is best known for a hockey game and an earthquake,″ he said.


ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) - A Liberator’s Cup semifinal soccer match was suspended Monday after alleged death threats against the referees, the South American Soccer Confederation said.

The match between Atletico Nacional of Colombia and Olympia of Paraguay was to have been played Wednesday at Medellin.

The allegations were made by Vasco de Gama of Brazil, which lost to Atletico Nacional at Medellin last Wednesday, eliminating them from the South American club championships.

″The referee was intimidated before the game. He confessed it himself by telephone to the president of the confederation,″ coach Mario Zagalo told the Rio de Janeiro daily newspaper Jornal dos Sports.

Club vice president Eurico Miranda told the confederation last Friday that referee Juan Daniel Cardelino of Uruguay and other officials were ″threatened with death by a band of gunmen ... if they didn’t help Nacional obtain victory by whatever means.″

″The referees had to change hotels and register under false names to protect themselves,″ Miranda said in a report.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Southern Mississippi coach Curley Hallman still has some fond - and not-so-fond - memories of Gene Stallings.

″He’s a good one,″ Hallman said. ″I think an awful lot of the gentleman. He gave me an opportunity years ago. He felt I could play when no one else gave me a chance at a scholarship.″

Hallman was an undersized star at Tuscaloosa County High in 1964, and, like many local players, he dreamed of playing for the University of Alabama. At the time, though, Coach Bear Bryant had no scholarship available.

Stallings had just left Bryant’s staff at Alabama to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. One of the assistants he took with him was Jack Hurlbut.

″Coach Hurlbut thought I could play a little, even when I was a sophomore,″ Hallman said. ″So I wrote a letter to him, and that was essentially how I got my scholarship.″

On Saturday, the circle will close as Hallman - now in his third year at Southern Miss - faces his former coach in Stallings’ first game as the new head coach at Alabama.

Hallman remembers Stallings as a stern disciplinarian.

″My first impression of Coach Stallings? I was afraid of him,″ Hallman said. ″He was a hard-nosed coach, but he had a very magnetic personality.″


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Bowling Green tailback LeRoy Smith and Central Michigan linebacker Rich Curtiss have been selected as the Mid-American Conference players of the week.

Smith, a sophomore, rushed 16 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 35 yards as Bowling Green defeated Cincinnati 34-20 Sunday.

He accumulated 147 all-purpose yards in less than 20 minutes of action before being sidelined with an ankle injury. Smith accounted for all but eight of 59 yards on the Falcons’ first touchdown drive of the game, and then set up their second score with a 22-yard run to the Bearcats’ 4-yard line before injuring his ankle.

Curtiss, a senior, had 11 tackles, 10 of them solos, and broke up a pass in Central Michigan’s 20-17 loss at Kentucky on Saturday. Central held Kentucky to 216 total yards.


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn ticket manager Bill Beckwith said he could sell more tickets if he had them - even though Jordan-Hare Stadium has been expanded twice in the last decade.

Beckwith said Auburn should consider another addition to the nation’s fifth-largest on-campus stadium now that the school has sold all 55,000 of its season tickets for the second year in a row.

″Every enlargement has been a battle,″ he said. ″I’ve read it in all the state papers time after time: ‘Auburn stupidly adding more seats.’ Well, it ain’t so stupid now. We have the ingredients you must have - a winner, a solid football program and a solid ticket program for all categories.″

″We are now in the big time,″ Beckwith said. ″We’re going to the place Nebraska is - a sellout every game.″

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