NIT-NACDA AWARD LUNCHEON
(Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 Noon -1:30 p.m.)
BOB KARNES :
Welcome to the NIT-NACDA awards dinner. If there are any members of the Executive Committee out in the audience, we would like to remind you that we would like to have you seated in the lower dais today, so work your way down the first chance you get. I would like to present at this time Mr. Homer Rice, the athletic director of Georgia Tech to give the invocation.
Father of all mankind, thank you for the beauty of each day, for life, for friends, our families. Thank you for the young athletes that we coach, that they may become a fellowship of believers that
truly a mighty fortress in our day, help us and guide us with the power of the minds that are here today
in this group that we may teach our young people to be great and be a great thing to this world. God bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies and to Thy service. We pray in his name, Amen.
BOB KARNES :
While you are still finishing up your dessert, we are going to go ahead and start the program. We have some announcements and I want to get them out of the way. I do want to welcome you to the
NACDA-NIT luncheon and my name is Bob Karnes. I am from Drake University. For those people who are involved in the Management Institute over the three days following the Convention, come to the registration desk for an information sheet immediately following the luncheon. If you are registered and have not
taken the Level I, it is to your benefit to take Level I and they will make that change to accommodate you. The Management Institute has been organized so that it is a sequential order of events of levels and, therefore, it is better for you to take Levels I, II, III, and the graduate seminar in that order. The special spouses program this afternoon that was originally scheduled in the Ward room has eeen changed to the lounge, so please make note of that change. Tomorrow morning at 8:00 the Division II and III
breakout session will inlcude a length of seasons session, as well as the impact of NCAA legislation on women's sports. For the women in athletic administration immediately following this afternoon session. that is approximately at 3:00, ther will be a short meeting in the ballroom.
Wergeles; the Director of Athletics. DePaul University. Ed Manetta. There are a lOC or wavR vou couLa introduce this next fellow and he has probably been introduced a lot of ways. but you all know him. you all
love him. Pete Carlesimo.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss future programming ideas. specifically relevant for administering athletic programs. I also want to make mention that we have a message board upstairs. just outside the registration desk. There are many messages on it. so maybe somebody has been trying to get a hold of you. While you have been here you might check that out sometime in the next few hours. Now it is my pleasure to introduce to you the NACDA Executive Committee. These are representatives from the various regions. as well as the various institutions at the various levels. and I would ask that you would withhold any applause until after they have all been introduced. Starting at my right. your left. Joe Abbey.
Parkland Junior College. would you please stand and stay standing Joe? Troy Bledsoe of Fort Lewis College; Barbara Camp of Southern Methodist University; Rudy Carvajal. California State College of Bakersfield; Gary Cunningham. University of Wyoming; Arthur Eason of William Paterson College; Augie Erfurth of
Rice University; Kit Green. the University of Washington; Orville Gregory. Johnson County Community College; Barbara Hollmann. University of Montana; Mickey Holmes. the Sugar Bowl; Karol Anne Kahrs. University of Illinois; Joe Kearney. Western Athletic Conference; Betty Kruczek. of Fitchburg State College; Tony LaScala. of Illinois Benedictine College. Leo Miles. of Howard University; Nancy Olson. of Florida International University; Pete Pisciotta. Glendale Community College. Homer Rice of Georgia Tech; Jenepher Shillingford of Bryn Mawr College. Vern Smith. the University of Toledo; Dick Towers. of Kansas State University. Charlotte West. of Southern Illinois University; Doug Yarnall. of Mitchell College; and Mary Zimmerman. of San Jose State University. Ladies and gentlemen your NACDA Executive Committee. Now I am going through
here this first time and introducing the head table. First I am going to introduce the nonspeakers and then I'll come back one by one and call on the individuals that will be participating in the program. First the executive director of NACDA. Mike Cleary; the National Accounts Manager of the National Car Rental and last night's cocktail host. Bob Vecchioni; Fellowship of ChriRtiRn AthleteR host of this mornin~'s breakfast, Randy St.Clair; the Vice President of the Marriott Corporation. host 01 Sunday evening's coCktail party.
Sam Huff; from the Air Force Academy. First Vice President of NACDA. Colonel John Clune; from the University of the New Hampshire. our Second Vice President. Andy Mooradian. our Secretary from Westfield State College. 'Paul Bogan; Now I am going to switch down here to the other end. The Director of Special Events for
Pepsi Cola and the host of the Ladies Hospitality throughout this Convention. Sy Brockway; the President
of MDS Division of MDS Qantel, tonight's cocktail host, Bert Gilner; from Madison Square Garden. co-host for today's luncheon. Frank McGuire; from Madison Square Garden Network co-host of today's luncheon, Jim ~, , ~~- '"1 ~ ~-~ ~ ,~.. ~f' ...0"Q un., t'n,,11i
Thank you, Bob. Guess what? I lost my place. Your luncheon program includes brief resumes of
George Steinbrenner and Ray Meyer. The truth is not always important, and George, as president of the
New York Yankees, I would like to congratulate you for the great job that you do for the New York Mets. The truth of the matter is that the Yankees couldn't be in better hands. The record since George has
been president speaks for itself, and believe it or not, I have often been mistaken for Ray Meyer. This
of course, is very flattering to Ray. When we are singing together it becomes very obvious why Ray should be flattered. Allow me a few introductions of people who have been or are closely involved with the NIT. First, the first two recipients of the NACDA-NIT Athletic Director's Award; the first one Bud Jack. Pardon me,Dr. Bud Jack. Please stand Bud. From St. John's University a pioneer of the NIT and St. John's Walter McLaughlin. There are some members of the NIT committee I would like you to recognize. The athletic director, New York University, Dan Cruppe; the athletic director, at Fordham University, Dave Rice; the associate athletic director, St. John's University, Jack Gimmler; and for many, many years a very important member of the NIT committee, Ben Carnevale. Two additional members of friends from Madison Square Garden, Paul Munich, please stand; and one of the real standbys, John Goldner; the NACDA-NIT award is an annual
one given to an athletic director for outstanding contribution to intercollegiate athletics and for many years Ray Meyer was the athletic director at DePaul. I had the good fortune of being involved with Vince Lombardi for one year as a teammate and very closely associated during the last five or six years of his life. So I speak to you with authority when I say to you, Ray Meyer and Vince Lombardi were very, very similar. They had outstanding coaching careers with phenomenal records, and even more important,was their similarity as men. They had great devotion to God, great devotion to their families and great devotion to their fellow man. So Ray, it is with great pride that I present this annual NACDA-NIT Award.
Thank you Pete. To be mentioned in the same breath with Vince Lombardi is quite a tribute. Frankly, I am a little embarrassed to be receiving an award again, but there is a very close relationship between the
NIT and Ray Meyer or DePaul University. That is the only tournament we ever won. People ask me many times how can you go up to the microphone and be so pleasant after you have lost the one point game. I tell them it's easy, I've had a lot of practice. I am really honored to receive this and I say honestly, Pete
mentioned some very fine things about athletics. The thought there is,I don't remember the record of our
team two years ago. I could tell you all of the players who played for me, and what they are doing now. I think the greatest kick I got out of coaching was when the players came back 15 or 20 years after they were graduated and told me what they were doing. They introduced me to their families. I think that is
important. I don't think it is important with records. Records are made, they'll be broken and you never make records without good teams and without good talent. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the boys
who played for me.
It reminds me of a little story. The Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals four straight in the World Series and the following year in spring training in Florida, the Yankees were practicing once a day and the Cardinals were practicing twice a day. Pepper Martin went up to the manager and said. "Skipper. how come we are practicing twice a day and the Yankees are only practicing once a day." The manager looked at him and said. "Pepper. the Yankees are the world's champions and we are practicing twice a day to catch up with them." Pepper looked up at the manager and said, "you know. I got a jackass down on the farm in Missouri and you can work him from sun up until sun down and he ain't ever going to win the Kentucky Derby." It's funny as a coach. We floundered around for five. six. seven years. We didn't do too well and then all of a sudden we got some great ball players. Hell. I was a great coach as soon as we got those players. but I am not naive enough to know that it's all coaching. it's players. But here today. I am receiving an award and I am very grateful. I am going to take it back and be very proud of it. I am proud of my association with so many gentlemen here today. It was like old home week for me to come back and see so many of the
former coaches. When I go to the meetings these days. there are a lot of young people there that I don't know. I have been closely associated with many of the older coaches and coming here today and meeting with them was a great moment for me. So. I am going to accept this award from you on behalf of all of the
players who played for me and behalf of DePaul University. which has been so good to me over the 42 years that I have coached there. I am very happy. I will be back there working in a fundraising capacity. But I tell you this honestly. you people as athletic directors have a great responsibility to keep intercollegiate athletics going on a great plane. on a high plane. It's worthwhile. and I spent my life in athletics. I
would do it again and you people should be very proud of the work that you are doing. just keep striving to make the games better and better. Thank you very much.
BOB KARNES :
I would like to call on John Wadas, the athletic director at the University of South Florida who will introduce our featured speaker for today. John.
JOHN WADAS ,
It is obviously a humble experience to come up here amongst these distinguished individuals to introduce our award luncheon speaker. I am sure George is sitting here kind of wondering what I am going to say about
him in coming up here, but we are blessed to have George Steinbrenner part of the Tampa community. He became a national figure before the age of 40 and so I guess I still have an opportunity George, somewhere along
the line to maybe do something that you have done in your life. After coaching stints at Purdue University and Northwestern, he put together national championship teams in the National Industrial and American Basketball Leagues. His alma mater is Culver Military Academy and he received many, many honors through
the years. You have read a lot about him and some of them listed here. He was the outstanding young man
in Ohio in 1960, the Cleveland Press Club's Man of the Year 1n 1970, Major League Baseball Executive of the Year in 1977, and Florida Industrialist of the Year in 1983. We all know him mostly as a principle owner of the New York Yankees, but he is also chair of the American Shipbuilding Company which is in Tampa. It is a part of George you don't get to read too much about. Some of the things he does in the community, especially in the Tampa area, is to get heavily involved with the School of Fine Arts, obviously with athletics also, and it is obviously an honor and a privilege anytime to get involved with athletics to
have somebody like him help individual athletes. He is very instrumental in anybody involved in trying to get an education in the degree area. He is there all of the time to help out these individuals, and in a true sense of the word, a friend in need is a friend indeed. College athletics has a great friend in George M. Steinbrenner, III, our featured speaker.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. Ed Weaver. who is now with the Yankees and formerly from Ohio
State, asked me if I believed in free speech and I told him I did. He said,"fine, you are going to give one at NACDA's Convention." I said,"well, that sounds pretty good. What is it'1" "It's going to be an association of college and junior college athletic directors." I saic\"I suppose that is is going to be at Marco Island. When is it, January or February?" He said,"no, June." I said:'Marco Island in June?" Now I just want to tell you how smart you guys are. I left New York this morning and the temperature was 95 degrees yesterday. It broke one degree from the record. It's cooler down here and it's nicer down here right now than New York. Of course, you are staying at Sam Huff's hotel. the }mrriott. Sam Huff, I must tell you, as a young kiQ growing up in Cleveland watching the Cleveland Browns, I remember going down with my cub scout troup to see Sam battle Jimmy Brown. So he has always been an idol of mine. It's a pleasure to .be here with Pete. I have known Peter and gotten to know him in New York. Pete is the sex symbol for thousands and thousands of New York women who have reached the age When they no longer care. But I am very happy to be here today. I never speak from a prepared text. Consequently, I am always being fined by the commissioner or sued by somebody for libel, but nevertheless, I didn't come here today to read you a speech. I came to talk to you about something that is very improtant to me and important to you and to tell you a little bit about my acquiring the New York Yankees, and What has happened to me since I acquired them in 1973 from CBS.
When I purchased the Yankees I remembered Gary Cooper stepping up to the microphone in that great movie, "Pride of the Yankees", and saying, and knowing he was dying of a dreadful disease, he still considered himself one of the luckiest men on the face of the earth because he had in fact, been aNew York Yankee. I remembered DiMaggio and Ruth, and Gehrig and Larsen and Mantle and Maris and Whitey Ford and right on
down the line. I thought that was what I was getting in 1973. Unfortunately, that is not what I got. I
made my deal with Bill Palley for the picture for the Yankee team in 1973. The team picture looked like a poster for birth control. It was the worst group of athletes I have ever seen. I had a guy named Horace Clark who wore his batting helmet on defense for four years. I had four pitchers built like Yogi Berra and
I had a third baseman named Rodriguez that thought manual labor was the president of Mexico. I was determined in my own way to try and rebuild that great Yankee tradition because I felt it was very important to base- ball, to Major League Baseball that the Yankees finish somewhere besides where we happen to be today. That was in 1973 and they hadn't done anything for twelve years. I thought it was time to get going and try to rekindle that winning tradition. Winning isn't everything to me, it's second to breathing, and this idea that trying is a poor third to doing and I went in there full of vim and vigor to try and convince the
Yankees that this is what it is all about. Every year in spring training I give a wonderful speech to the team and they love it. I come to the locker room to give this speech on discipline and appearance and so forth, and they come up to me and say don't trade me until after the speech. It's a very big day and those that don't feel that way are in Seattle, because that is the way I felt about the Yankees and, of course, it wasn't always easy with the New York Press.
I don't know how many of your are familar, I know Pete is and some of the rest of you and Frank, with
the New York Press and how they are. They can be very good friends and they can be very bad enemies. You are never going to please them all because they have ten newspapers and if a guy comes back with a story
that was written in the morning, his boss wants to know why he doesn't have a different angle. That is why you read so much about the Yankees and the turmoil and Steinbrenner, and why they call me Colonel Klink and Atilla the Hun. It is really not that way. Not at all. It is just that they have to have some different angle on the stories and this is the way this all comes about. So, consequently, in going in and taking over a group of professional athletes like that,you would think that they would understand what I was trying to get about. The rekindling of Yankee tradition. It was a little difficult, I must admit at first. One of the things was the haircuts. I demanded that Yankee players have their hair well-groomed and to keep it well-groomed in 90 degree heat when you are playing ball, you better have it cut pretty short. We don't allow any beards on our ball club, not that I have anything against it, but it is difficult to look good in the summer months when you are playing with a beard. You can't wear a mustache in the minor leagues, so you have got something you earn when you make the major league club. Well some of these things didn't go over so big with these professional athletes, or the New York papers.
I can remember one early spring training. True story, it happened with Lou Piniella. Now Lou is a very good looking guy, maybe the best looking guy on the team, that is,exclusive of the front office. Maybe not always the brightest guy, but knows what he is doing on that ballfield. Well anyway, he had long hair when I first inherited him with the Yankees and I would make this speech. He always sat in the back of the room with Catfish and with Sparky Lyle; that was the big threesome back there. Always in the middle of the speech up would go his hand. Nowone guy would be talking in each ear and Piniella would be trying to get it all together and he stood up arid he said point of order. Well now right off Pinella doesn't know what that means. He said,;II was a good Catholicboy raised in Tampa, went to Jesuit High School, always taught to worship
Jesus Christ by my parents. You are telling me I have got to get my hair cut and every picture I have seen
of Jesus Christ,his hair was down to his shoulders"and, of course, the team cheers and yells. I took him up to the front of the room and other than the world championships and being in the series four times this is probably a bigger moment for me. I opened the door to the front of the locker room in Fort Lauderdale. It
was spring training, and I pointed and said, "'tihat is that Piniella?" He said, "that is the soccer stadium," and I said, "good, what's this?" He said, "That's the baseball stadium." I said, "good." I said, "What's that," He said, "That's the superintendent's swimming pool." I said, "Fine, the ~ayyou go over and walk across it, wear your hair any damn way you want,"and that actually happened.
We have had some knxious moments with the Yankees because you want to think that disciplinarians are
not well accepted in professional sports,but as you look down the row of the great coaches in any sport, some- how discipline and self-discipline means that you are going to be in there more than the next guy. You are not going to win it every year because the way the ball bounces has a lot to do with that and the way your players survive and have injuries, or don't have injuries, has a lot to do with it. So you can't always say that you are going to be there, but a disciplined team with team self-discipline to me, makes the difference
as to whether you are a contender year after year after year, and whether you have a good ball club. In 1977, of course, we won the championship from the Dodgers. Then we came from way back in 1978, if you
remember, and during the middle of the season we were 15 games behind the Boston Red Sox,about the 20th
of July. We didn't have any leadership and I reached down for one of the greatest competitors I have ever been associated with, Thurmon Munson.
Thurmon Munson was Sam Huff in a baseball uniform. He would run through a wall for the team. He was
black and blue half the time. He came to us from Canton, Ohio and if you remember, we lost him in 1979 in a tragic plane crash. It was just awful. just tore the heart out of our team. But in 1978, I wanted to make him the captain. Well, the New York papers got on me a little because they said Lou Gehrig was the captain of the Yankees. There hadn't been one since Lou Gehrig, but Munson to me was as important as Gehrig was to the Yankees in the 20's and 30's. So I just went ahead and made him captain. Well, he didn't like it. But I told him that you just can't lead on the field through the way you play the game. You have got to learn to be a leader because there is another life waiting out there for you after you are done, and goodness gracious, I have seen so many athletes out of college and professional sports that just aren't
able to cope because they don't understand that. It is going to require a lot more performance and a lot more leadership from you after you are done on that playing field. Right noweverybody is just patting
you on the back. They are your pals. Why, he used to listen to me lecture to him about this. Gradually,
I began to get through to him. Thurmon would come up to my office when I was in New York and maybe once or twice a week during a home stand. He would prop his feet up on the table and he would keep telling me I
don't want to be captain and I would ask him why. .'Because, Chris keeps saluting me." I saidj' don't pay any attention to Chris." I said.'tlon't pay any attention, just lead." Well, he led, and we came from 15 games back and won that great playoff in Boston, and went on to win the World Ser1es.
That day in the dressing room in Los Angeles, I can remember it like it was yesterday. The champagne was flowing like it does, and that really happens. They always get the owner good, and I always had
champagne allover me. Thurmon called me over to his locker and he said, "listen, instead of a ring this year, could I get a replica of the championship trophy to put in my new home in Canton?" And this was just a matter of months before he was killed. I said,'!;ure I think we can do that Thurmon," and then I
started to walk away. Rough and tough Thurmon called me back and he said, "would you put on i~~o the
captain of the New York Yankees?' And I said, "yes, I would." I knew that he understood. Professional athlete that he was, tough competitor that he was, he began to understand and was understanding that there was something more to carry those lessons that he learned as a competitor into what is far more demanding than anything he had ever had in Yankee Stadium. We lost him all too soon.
That is basically the type of principles that I try to operate on with the Yankees. I want these
fellows to know that there is a lot else going on out there that they are going to have to cope with. If sometimes I see my players come down hard on me because I don't do this for them and I don't capitalize on this, and they think the way to get back at me is through the press, that is OK with me. In the end I
think they are going to come out better men. We just reached out for a boy the other day. A boy that found out, I don't know how many have read that article; it was an article in the New York paper this morning about Bucky Dent down in Columbus and how,hopefully, he is going to come back to us. When he left the Yankees
he didn't have many kind things to say about me or the Yankees, but he suddenly found out how tough it was
out there and how many challenges there were to meet. Now, nobody bothered about Bucky Dent; he was forgotten. He is coming back. We are going to bring him back. I don't care what he said about me, because I think maybe he understands a little more now about what I was trying to tell him when he was with us.
Now I didn't come here today to just talk about the Yankees. I really came here to talk to you about young people. I speak as I said off the cuff. I just want to talk to you and tell you some things that I feel very strongly about. To be able to speak to the athletic directors of the universities and colleges of this nation is a perfect audience for me. You may not care what I have to say. You may not want to
hear it, but I would like the opportunity to tell you what I think, because I feel very strongly about young people in this nation today. L am involved in the steel industry and ship building. I associate with a lot of people that are big, big leaders. I am very fortunate that I am not a big leader but I get to associate with them. I get to know the major corporations in this country, the steel industry and the automobile industry, and I will sit and listen to them. We will talk about world affairs and what the United States is headed for, and God knows we have got enough problems out there, enough obstacles facing us today. I
will hear them say that we are always going to be a great nation and that the Soviet bloc will never overtake us because we have such great natural resources. We have iron ore ranges in the Mesabi, and up in Duluth, and allover the country. We have coal in West Virginia and out in the west. We have grade oil below
the ground in Texas and Oklahoma that hasn't even been tapped yet. We could go on for years, nothing to
worry about. Lumber is in the west coast. We are just filled with great natural resources that will always keep this nation strong. It's strange to me that guys that are as smart as this don't understand one basic thing. The greatest resource that this nation has today, the one resource that will mean whether we will stay a powerful and great nation, number one among nations, the greatest resource we have, are our young people. I can't stress that enough and I tell them that all of the time. Yet, how often we don't realize this.
I have gone to lunch at the'21 Club,I don't know how many time~ and sat with guys and they pick up a tab that ran 200 dollars for lunch and think nothing of it because they were entertaining a client. Then they would go home and go to the booth and vote down a school bond issue that would cost 15 dollars a year. Now, I don't understand that. I take a look at the world we are getting ready to leave these kids. I am in the twilight of my career, Ray and I. Sam, he's not. But I look at the world we have left these kids
coming up today, the p~ople who you work with every day in your colleges and universities. Let's thinl~
of a couple of things. We have created a world for them; a wonderful world where we have made it safe for
a man to walk on the moon, and not safe for our kids to walk to the corner drug store after dark. It doesn't sound very good. We have a nation where we license our dogs but we don't license our guns; where we can communicate by a satellite with a nation 2,000 miles away, but we can't communicate sometimes with our next door neighbor because he goes to a different church or his skin is a different color or his beliefs are different. Now I don't call that much of a world to be leaving these young kids.
I was in New York last night at a dinner where we honored Arnold Palmer. Very active. this group. It's the All American Golf Team. They came from some of the universities represented here; ohio State had a young man there; Mississippi. I don't want to leave anybody out; Houston; Oklahoma State. You had to see these ten kids. I would take them anywhere in the world and sell America. They were outstanding, the wa~ they presented themselves; the way they talked; the way they looked. They didn't just represent golf. They represented intercollegiate America. He was just as overwhelmed as I was. I would take those guys around
the world and I would unsell all of the communist nations; just those ten kids. It wouldn't be any problem. They are so great today. these young Americans.
Now that is one of the things I will admit. The media is very balanced where I am concerned. When I
am right they give me a little bit of credit. when I am wrong they blast me. But I will say this. one bone I have to pick with them. I can pick up a paper in New York City or anywhere else in this country every single day and read on the front page about the kid that is caught for stealing a car or holding up a gas station or for selling pot at the junior high school. But I'm damned if I can find enough about the kid
that is a straight A student or the captain of the varsity team. or the girl that is the head cheerleader or the guy that leads the band. We have got to start making these kids that are the good kids understand how much we care about them. How much we think about them. and the future of this country lies with them. Sometimes we should look at their side of it. It must be hard for them to understand when they see some of the things that are going around like I have just mentioned to you. Well if you are so darn smart. why haven't you taken care of it. and we haven't. So preparation of the young kids with wisdom and strength are the two most important things we can give these kids.
I went to a college called Williams in Massachusetts. I graduated from Williams. My dad gave a new chapel and a new chemistry building. and I graduated. But. I used to have a friend there named Charlie Keller. who is still a friend of mine. He is retired and I correspond regularly. I send him seven dozen baseball hats a week. I don't know what he does with them but he was a great professor. He used to yell at me. He used to admonish me, '~henever I was competing. When I was competing I didn't do good enough.
But, as a student I was a total loss. I must tell you. I was so far at the bottom of the senior class that there was a question whether I should graduate with the next year's class. He used to kid me about it all of the time. But before I left. I gave him one.I told him, "listen. Professor Keller. let me tell you something. Take good care of those A and B students. They are important because some day they will return to this university smart as they are and make new chemistry professors and new math professors for you and this great school. But don't forget the lowly C- guy. D+. C-. like Steinbrenner. because someday he may return to this school and give you a new math building and a new chemistry building. We used to kid back
and forth about that. But there is some truth to it. Athletics to me have been very much a part of my life. I think it was at'the library at Wilmington College in Wilmington. Ohio where they were dedicating it. I was close to that family at the time. He made them put a sign up there, "Don't believe everything you read in these books." before he would give them one million dollars for the library.
I am not anti-classroom at all. Believe me. just because I was a lousy student I am not against the classroom. But I am also for the lessons to be learned on the playing field. The field of endeavor. The opportunity to pursue excellence in that field. I think it was a great statement made that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. If I am not mi~taken it was made by Lord Nelson. There is some truth to that statement. There are many. many lessons to be learned in intercollegiate and interscholastic competition. I hope there are not too many academicians listening to me.they would disuade me anyway. I made cum laude at Culver when I went back 25 years after graduation. They gave me the pin.
My kids keep reminding me of that. I have got a couple of honorary degrees because some universities were very kind to me. Not because I was any great academician I have struggled through my life and have done fairly well. So, I think I can say to those people who would make everything academics. you are on the wrong track. Give me a balanced individual. Give me someone who has had to go out. who goes to his
classroom and does his work. but if he isn't an A student. that isn't going to be the end of the world. Most of the guys that I know that are heading major corporations that are pals of mine weren't A students. but they were guys that were well rounded and young ladies that have a well rounded background. Give me the fellow that has been knocked on his backside and has to stand back up. Or. give me the fellow that goes over to Ray Meyer with a minute remaining in the ballgame and he tells him now you are going to take the last shot. Don't miss it. You think that is not pressure? You think that doesn't build something in
a person; or. when you are on the starting line competing with sol11ebody and you know it's you against hil11, or. you are on the golf course or any sport that you may mention.
Those lessons taught and learned are every bit as i111portant to lIIe and to guys I know as the lessons
we learn in the classrool11. Not more i111portant. but every bit as important because you can learn an awful lot. I read where college programs are going to have to be curtailed or high school activities in the
city of New York two years ago. They had no money to pay the coaches so the Yankees gave them 150.000 dollars to pay the coaches in the spring so the kids could have an opportunity to pursue excellence.
Otherwise, they would have been denied. Nothing great for us, but how can that happen in this country? We can afford to give away 10 billion dollars to foreign nations every year; a hell of a lot of them who
burn our flag, shoot at our ambassadors, and could care less about Americans. We can't guarantee every kid in this country that wants an education and clothes on his back and a place to live in dignity. It is
not right. Somewhere we have got to reassess those priorities. We better start looking at some of the communist nations and What they are doing. I went to Cuba three years ago. You know what is number one down there, education of their young people. They know what it is all about. They know what is coming.
They are going to get their young people prepared and we better do that.
As athletic directors, I know what you are up against. You are up against that budget they keep throwing at you. I was on the Board of Regents at Ohio, so I know. It is a tough fight. Not everybody wants to be out there on Christmas Eve like Don selling Michigan pennants. I respect it. He is an
old friend and a dear friend; I don't even know if he is here. I wish Hugh Hindman from Ohio State was here. But these are important things. You folks pay a penalty. Being in teaching, where I wish I was today, and in coaching, and in administration of athletics, you are not doing as well. I am sure you hear about it sometimes when you come home. Whey can't we do this? Well, it's not in the budget. Some guy running a company over next door, a doctor down the street, or a dentist, he is doing a lot of stuff that I am sure many of you would want to do in your life time. I just wish I could speak to everyone of your wives and tell them, or your husbands as the case may be, how important you are to this nation. There is
no greater service that can be done to this nation than to shape the destiny of the nation by working with the young people of this country and by bringing them along like you are. While maybe all of the worldly goods don't come your way, there has to be,down dee~ a great satisfaction. Sitting next to Ray, you can tell, that the 40 some years he spent in coaching,the greatest satisfaction he got out of that was What
he was able to see into the development of the young people. There is only one thing that is going to mean the difference of this country continuing to be as great as it has been. I am not trying to be corny or self-solicitous or solicitous of you, it is the job that you will be sure is done with young people just
like those ten golfers last night. Athletes are something special and we are a nation of hero worshippers. So don't let anyone or anybody deter you, stand up and talk as long as you can so that those young people for one reason or another are not prevented from pursuing excellence on the athletic field, in your field house or your stadium. Don't let them deter you, don't get discouraged, don't stop battling for what you know is right. It is equally as important that they have the right to pursue excellence on the field of athletics as it is in the classroom, and I sincerely mean that. God bless you all for what you do. Thank
BOB KARNES :
George, I know from that response that I speak for the entire group when I say we like your principles,
we like your philosophy and we like your enthusiasm. That was truly inspirational. Would you step up
here please? We have a gift for you we want you to take with you in your American Ship Building Company. I know you have to keep time and here is a ship's clock for you to put on your desk to keep time and a reminder of your visit to the NACDA Convention. Thank you. Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen you are adjourned.