NACDA SALUTE TO COLLEGIATE OLYMPIANS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 5, -1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.)
I would like to welcome all of you to our NACDA Salute to the Collegiate Olympians Luncheon. I have a few announcements before we have lunch. We have two exciting door prizes which will be awarded at a random drawing at the Business Session on Wednesday. From Andy Mooradian of World Tec Travel and NACDA, we have tWI tickets to the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands, round trip airfare for two and three nights lodging at th, Loews Glenpointe Hotel. Our grand prize is a trip for two to Ireland from New York or Boston to the Emerald Isle Game. Rutgers and Pittsburgh will be competing. This prize will also include game tickets and three nights lodging.
At this time, I would like to call upon one of our past presidents and the athletic director at Georgi; Tech, Homer Rice, to give the invocation.
May we bow our heads please. Father, of all mankind, we thank you for the opportunity and the responsibility to serve young men and women through sports so they may become champions of life. We thank for what is good, for what is right; that together we may grow in constant awareness of the true purpose oJ all collegiate sports programs that benefit all young athletes across our land and to share with others th: high mission that will truly be a mighty fortress in this day. Now we ask you to bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies and, thus, to thy service, we pray in your name. Amen.
As you're finishing your dessert, we would like to start the program. I would like to introduce upper dais, starting on my right and on your left. Please hold your applause. First of all, our exec. director of NACDA, Mike Cleary; national accounts manager for National Car Rental and a co-sponsor of 1 luncheon, Bob Vecchione; our second vice-president of NACDA and director of athletics at West Virginia University, Fred Schaus; third vice-president of NACDA and director of athletics at the University of I Sam Jankovich; our secretary of NACDA and director of athletics at the Community College of Rhode Islal Cullen; past president of NACDA 1984-1985 and director of athletics at the United States Air Force Aca( John Clune; past president of NACDA 1987-1988 and now vice president at the U. S. Sports Academy, Carl past president 1985-1986 and former director of athletics at the University of New Hampshire, Andy MooJ first vice president and director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Jack Lengyel. I'm going to : Jay, because he'll be introduced by Jack later on.
On the other side of the dais is the past president of NACDA 1986-1987 and athletic director at Ge' Tech, Homer Rice; past president of NACDA 1983-1984 and retired athletic director from Drake University, Karnes; past president of NACDA 1982-1983 and athletic director at Purdue University, George King; past president of NACDA 1981-1982 and athletic director at the University of Washington, Mike Lude; past pres of NACDA 1979-1980 and retired athletic director from the College of William & Mary, Ben Carnevale; past president of NACDA 1978-1979 and athletic director from San Diego State University, Fred Miller; past president of NACDA 1977-1978 and athletic director at Boston College, Bill Flynn; past president of NACDJ 1967-1968 and former athletic director at San Jose State University, Bob Bronzan.
At this time, it's my pleasure to introduce Jack Lengyel, our first-vice president and athletic at the U.S. Naval Academy. Jack will introduce Jay Randolph.
Thank you, Gary. It gives me a great pleasure to introduce Jay Randolph. Jay has had a long association with NACDA in his close association with George King who was his camp counselor in 1950 at Minihaha Springs. Seriously, Jay Randolph is one of sports broadcasting's most versatile talents and t from a great bloodline. His father was the well-known Senator from West Virginia, Jennings Randolph, I retired in 1986 with a distinguished career in the Senate. He is the only man living today that sat it New Deal Congress in March, 1933 and served nine presidents. Jay is St. Louis based and has worked on events for NBC Sports since he joined it in 1968. His year-round schedule includes play-by-play covera the National Football League, Major League Baseball, regional college basketball, golf's PGA and Senior Tour, the Professional Bowler's Association Tour and horseracing's Breeders Cup. At the same time he b his association with NBC Sports, he also joined KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis as sports dire~ where he is currently the station's sports correspondent. Jay is now in his 18th year of calling Big E basketball games in the midwest and for 16 seasons, he has handled the play-by-play of the St. Louis
Cardinals' baseball telecasts. He was on hand at Seoul, Korea for the Olympic Games last year to cover the United State's victory in baseball. A versatile sports talent, a great friend of college athletics and just a great all-around guy, Jay Randolph.
Thank you very much, Jack. What a pleasure it is to be here and to see so many old friends. I think if I started naming names and telling stories about those of you who I have said hello to or those of you who I have seen or worked with on one occasion or another, we'd be here for days. It is true that George King was my camp counselor and there is such a place as Minihaha Springs, West Virginia. It has great healing waters there and that's why George and I look so good in our advanced years. George was an athletic director and basketball coach. He's done it all. I remember very well, the national scoring champion at Morris Harvey,
now the University of Charleston in West Virginia, what a great player he was. He was one of my idols, as was Fred Schaus, who coached Jerry West at West Virginia and came out here to California and made a little money. He and West perhaps owned the land we're standing on right now. I'm not sure.
I bring you greetings from all our folks at NBC Sports, especially our out-going president, Arthur Watson, who arranged with Jack for me to be here, and our new incoming president, Dick Ebersole, and our new executive sports director, Mr. TerryO'Neill. I must tell you that I'm grateful that I have a year and one-half to go on my contract at NBC, since I've never met Mr. Ebersole or Mr. O'Neill before. But, I'm looking forward to meeting them in the near future.
I am a survivor in the business. As George remembers, I started broadcasting in 1958 back in the hills of West Virginia, making a $1.25 per hour and $10 a game. I had an idea that West Virginia University wasn't making enough money on their football and basketball projects. So, I made a wild bid with the help of some folks from Pepsi-Cola and we got the rights to the West Virginia games for a couple of years. I was far from ready to broadcast the games at the time, but I gave it a shot. The first year we had a terrible year. The Mountaineers went 0-8-2. I can remember receiving hundreds of letters where people blamed me for the way the team was playing. I realized how tough it is to be in intercollegiate athletics at that time. You folks really have a tough job.
I am a survivor as well as George and Fred are survivors. There are a lot of us in this room. We came before television. We came before penicillin, polio shots, frozen food and Xerox. We came before contact lenses, the frisbee and the pill; before radar and credit cards, split Adams and lazar beams, ball point pens; before panty hose, believe it not, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air-conditioners, drip-dry clothes, and we came before man walked on the moon. You know, I used to think that fast food was something
you ate during Lent. That's just the way it was for me as a kid growing up. Made in Japan meant junk and the term "making out" referred to how you did on an exam. There were no pizzas, Big Macs, instant coffee. Those things were all unheard of. In our day, remember, cigarette smoking was fashionable. Grass was mowed, Coke was a cold drink. Pot was something you cooked in and, I could go on and on. We are survivors, many of us in this room.
Speaking of a survivor, I want to introduce someone here. Many of you, I'm sure have seen him; if not in person, on television. He's a great baseball player and now a fine broadcaster from Cleveland, Mr. Herb Score.
Let me say that I think you do a remarkable job. I was chatting with Jack Lengyel as he ate lunch and I didn't. I'm on a diet. I'm always on a diet. It's amazing, but with these new bosses, I know they're going to want me to lose weight, so I'm going to step in one step in front of them. You know there are about 1,400 institutions involved in NACDA. I really do mean you do a remarkable job. We hear a lot today about the problems in athletics. There are problems in everything, ladies and gentlemen, but less than one percent of the schools involved in this organization have what you would call real problems. Of course, they're the ones we hear about, aren't they? Some of that is because of the way we report today, not only in the television world, but in the media in general. The bad stories make headlines and the good stories are buried in the back pages, if in fact, they're lucky to get on television or be in the newspapers.
Even though we hear a great deal about cheating today, it's nothing new. You may not know that my father, who's been referred to in Jack's remarks, was also an athletic director at Davis & Elkins College. In 1929, he and his late head coach, Cam Henderson, would go up into the mountains. They would find two or three fellas who weighed about 260 and could run the 40 in about 4.5. They would bring them home to the campus and give them names. These fellas would do a heck of a job during football season. They would throw in a couple of Indians from Carlisle and have a good season. At the end of the season, they would magically disappear from the campus. So, cheating is nothing new.
Certainly, we hear more about it today because of the way media reports it. I know Dick Schultz is here at your Convention. I would hope that he might agree with me that perhaps there are too many rules and too much red tape today in the college athletic world. I'd like to hope that the NCAA will work to weed out some of that and I know they're trying to do an excellent job. I feel that you should be very proud of
intercollegiate athletics and what they provide for the betterment of all of your communities and for this nation today. It is not a time to panic. It seems to me that there are a lot of false prophets and lying tongues out there today who are screaming for all kinds of weird reforms.
I would like to see the academic leaders take stronger control. But, when they do, they're often criticized by coaches and athletic directors and politicians and fans. Back in West Virginia, my glorious home State, we have a saying, "you've got to go to the head of the stream to get a fresh drink of water." Now, I would like to suggest that it's not easy to find solutions, but very easy to blame. It's high time that college and university presidents take charge. They're the folks at the head of the stream. You need to strive, constantly, for a better working relationship with them. The boss must see to it that his or her school is abiding by the rules. That means that the employees abide by the rules. If they don't, you have I find someone who will.
It's my estimation, that to blame athletic directors and coaches and alumni, fans and players, people who are often blamed for these problems, is wrong. There's only one person to blame and that's the on-campus CEO, the head man or woman who is running the university or college. They've got to get a handle on the industry today. If they can't manage to understand the magnitude of athletics in America, they should not be running an institution. What happens to someone guilty of violations today? You know what happens. The coaches and athletic director are fired. Why don't we fire the presidents and chancellors who allow this kiru of thing to go on? I wonder.
There is so much more going on that is good in college athletics that I feel it is a shame that we constantly hear about the bad. You can't legislate integrity. You can find lots of people who have it. I know many of you in this room have that kind of integrity and are doing a marvelous job. It's a shame that you don't get more credit for it. There is so much more going on in that good side and NACDA is trying to ge that message out to the American people and to the media. I just hope you will continue in your efforts to
do that because it is really important that you tell you story and the good side of the story. I have a son who is a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina on a golf scholarship. I'm very proud of him, because he's a decent golfer and a decent kid, but he also made a 3.2 last semester. That's a big upset for usl
I want to also tell you that I do believe in the Olympic idea and we're here today to honor these Olympians who sit in front of you. What a great thrill it has been for me to cover two Olympics. It's marvelous to be there and see the young people of the nations come together in the village to visit and talk about love and politics and music; to see them perform at such remarkable levels, is truly a marvelous happening. All of the problems we have on the fringe with these things sometimes are tough. People will ask me about the riots in Seoul. I had been there for 15 days and I never saw a riot. It seemed as though the students would announce where they were going to riot every day so the media would show up to cover it. We really had no problems. We had a few problems with boxing and track and field, but we had fun. It was a marvelous event for those who came to watch and for those who came to compete. I truly believe the Olympic idea is something special and, of course, all of us at NBC are looking forward to Barcelona in '92. I hope I can get my contract renewed so I can be there, because the Olympics is a special time for those of us who hav the privilege of broadcasting events that involve such talented people.
I would like to start my introduction of the Olympians by saying that we had hoped to present to you today the man from Michigan, Jim Abbott. In just four short years, this young man has gone from being an all-star in high school to pitching in the major leagues for the Californians. In international play, he hurled the United States to one victory after another. Many of you will remember something that I shall neve forget and that is the picture of his teammates pyramiding him at the mound when the United States won the gold medal at Seoul. I had the privilege of spending some time with that team here in the United States before they went on an international tour before Seoul. A finer group of young men I've never been
associated with. We had a great time and they were tremendous representatives of our nation. Abbott, of course, is truly a remarkable gentleman. He is at a doctor's appointment and he's had to miss a pitching turn. He is not able to be here, but I can tell you he is, without a doubt, one of the finest youngsters I'v ever run into in the world of sports in my 35-years of it. It's a great privilege to indicate that the representative of the University of Michigan, Jack Weidenbach, the associate director of athletics, will take charge and receive Jim's award. Jack, congratulations to Jim and to the University of Michigan.
Next, we'd like to present some folks from the University of Southern California. Mike McGee, the director of athletics at USC, is the institutional representative today at the dais. First of all, for the past 10 years, Tonie Campbell has been one of the top high hurdlers in the world and his Olympic bronze medal is certainly testimony. Not only was last year's Olympics Tonie's third Games, he's also struggled back from a near career ending injury in 1985 when he was told he would never compete again. Determined to prove the experts wrong, he came back four months later to win the World Cup and has since gone on to post his personal best times in the 110-meter hurdles. Adversity has been said to bring out the very best in athletes and, obviously, Tonie has lived by this creed and has shown everyone the determination needed to become a world-class athlete. This afternoon I am pleased to present to you, three-time Olympian and Bronze Medal winner, Tonie Campbell.
Next, from the University of Southern California, Cynthia Cooper. Wherever she's gone, success on the basketball court seemed to follow. Not only has she been on the national championship USC team, she sparked the United States to a Pan American Games Gold Medal and helped the Olympic team to win the gold as well. During the Pan Am Games, she shot an impressive 55.6 percent from the field and a twine-tingling 62.5 percent from three-point range. That is awesome. While at USC, Cynthia was instrumental in the back-to-back national titles the Women of Troy won in 1983 and 1984. As a senior, she was called upon to lead the team to the promised land of the NCAA tournament once again. She responded by averaging more than 17 points per game and named to the 1986 Final Four AII-Tournament Team, please welcome college basketball star and Olympic gold medalist, Cynthia Cooper.
David Wharton is not with us today. We had hoped to have him here today. As a recruit out of Pennsylvania's Germantown Academy, Dave could only have dreamed of the success that he would encounter. 1988 included an Olympic Silver Medal and a record-smashing NCAA championship meet as a freshman. He added many honors, such as being named the NCAA Swimmer-of-the Year to his list of achievements for two years in a row. He cannot be with us because of family illness today, but Mike McGee will accept for David Wharton, and our congratulations to him.
Next, we're happy to honor Danny Everett from UCLA. 1988 was a year to remember for this young man. He began by racing to a Pac-lO victory in the 400 meters for the second year in a row. He dominated the NCAA championships winning the 400 meters and running on the NCAA record-breaking 1,600-meter relay team. To top the year off in blazing style, he won the Bronze Medal in the 400 meters at Seoul and he was a Gold-Medal sprinter on the world-record tying 1,600 meter-relay team. The '88 Games concluded an incredibly successful amateur career for Danny Everett that began at Fairfax High School and ended with him being one of the United States' premier runners. Please welcome as we salute Danny Everett.
Next, it's a real pleasure for me to introduce this lady because she and I have been friends for a long time. I've worked in St. Louis for the last 22 years and she came from a tough neighborhood in east St. Louis. I've been covering her for a lot of years. She's having trouble today with her asthma, but she's hanging tough, as she always does. Jackie Joyner-Kersee has defined what is meant to be the world's best all-around woman athlete. Not only did she run and jump to two Gold Medals in the Olympic heptathlon and long jump, she shattered records along the way. She's been the only woman ever to exceed the 7,000 point barrier in the heptathlon, which she has done an amazing five times. On top of that, she's the world record holder in the long-jump and has been named Female Athlete-of-the-Year, the nation's top amateur athlete of the year and the list goes on and on. As if this was not enough, Jackie was also an all-conference basketball
star at UCLA, finishing in the school's top-ten in scoring, rebounding and assists. Today, I'm very honored for you to say hello to double Gold Medalist and world-record holder, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Next, we had planned for you to meet a young man named Steve Lewis. He was injured this past weekend in competition and cannot be with us. Onlya sophomore this past year, and already a double Gold Medal
Olympic winner, Steve's future is looking very bright and we hope this injury is nothing debilitating for him. Prior to the 1989 season, he was rated as the number three 4OO-meter sprinter in the world and he's been named Track and Field News World Junior Athlete-of-the-Year. In Seoul, he helped the U.S. 1,6OO-meter relay team in that race to the Gold Medal and that world-record tying time. Accepting for him is Peter Dalis, as we congratulate Steve Lewis of UCLA.
Next is a fella who was on our baseball team in Seoul and his institutional representative today is John Easterbrook, the associate director of athletics at Fresno State. Tom Goodwin, as an olympic Gold Medalist, has risen to the top of the ranks of collegiate baseball. He's sitting there rather calmly while his stomach is jumping up and down because today is the draft day in Major League Baseball. We wish him the very best. He's been everybody's all-American, including Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Awards. In addition to those honors, he's been making the sports information department work overtime at Fresno State in just his third-year of play. He's already broken Fresno State's career hit mark of 276 which had previously been accomplished in a full four-year career. If that were not enough, he was also the first Bulldog to
record back-to-back 100-hit seasons and hit safely in 29 consecutive games. These outstanding accomplishments at FSU have been accompanied by the blistering olympics that saw him hit .318 and he can fly. He stole 20 bases for our olympic team and he got the first hit and the first run for the United States team in Seoul. Please say hello to Fresno State's olympian, Tom Goodwin.
Well, you have met all of our United States olympians and we had hoped to bring you now a talented young man from Brazil who really represents folks from other places of the world. Yet, in fact, this man went through our collegiate system here in the United States and he represents the rest of the world, yes, but, he represents what can happen here. He is not with us from the University of Oregon. Bill Byrne, the director of athletics from the University of Oregon and NACDA Executive Committee member is here representing the
school and will represent Joaquim. Joaquim Cruz came to Oregon from Brazil. Nobody could have predicted the international success that he would experience over the next eight years. While at Oregon, he didn't just win his races, he re-wrote the record books in the 800 and 1,500 meters. In fact, in 1984, a time of 1:41.77 in the 800 meters still stands as the collegiate record. Right now we say congratulations to two-time Olympic medalist, Joaquim Cruz, as Bill Byrne receives for him. Congratulations.
Thank you. Please bear with me. I would like to say to NACDA, thanks for having us here. On behalf ( all of the Olympians, we are deeply honored to be here today and to be able to be in your midst. Thank you, NACDA, for not forgetting about us and allowing us to come here and to spend time with all of you. My deepe: thoughts to the Olympians is that I hope we all know what we mean to the universities and I hope we will all continue to go out and encourage all of the young people in our society as well as in our community. I also hope we realize that what we stand for as human beings means a lot more than the accolades we receive in
athletics. I hope we continue to uplift our universities and continue to thank the directors of athletics, because without their support, there's no way athletics will continue on. Thanks for allowing us to be here and God bless you all.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee will respond for all of our athletes today.
Thank you so much, Jackie. Over the years in covering college athletics, I've often heard one common complaint from athletic directors and coaches. That is simply, we don't communicate. What a shame. Communication is the key to success. We have that trouble in the television business sometimes. Frankly, o~ people don't communicate very well either. I would suggest that you work hard on communicating because it really is the key to unlock every door and every problem. It's important that each of us knows ourself and with that in mind, I would like to read a little verse to you. "When you get what you want in your struggle for self and the world makes you king for a day; just go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say. For it isn't your father or mother or wife who's judgement upon you must pass. The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass. You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum and think you're a wonderful guy; but the man in the glass says you're only a bum if you can't look him straight in the eye. He's the fellow to please. Never mind all the rest. For, he's with you clear to the end when you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test, if the man in the glass is your friend. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years and get pats on the back as you pass; but yo~ final reward will be heartaches and tears if you've cheated the man in the glass."
It has been a distinct pleasure to be here with you this afternoon to help honor these Olympians. I hope you're going to have a very successful meeting and go away from it with a renewed dedication in helping the young people on the path to adulthood. God bless you all.
Thank you very much, Jay, for taking time from your schedule to be with us. Thank you too Olympians, for taking time from your schedules to be with us. We really appreciate it.
At this time, I'd like Carl Miller to come up. He's our immediate past president and he did an outstanding job as president of NACDA. He's a good friend. I would like to present you with this clock to show our appreciation for the job you've done.
With that, we appreciate your coming and we are adjourned.