Green Bay wins the NFL championship.
Lester Maddox inaugurated as Governor of Georgia.
“Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo sentenced to life.
“Happy new year, Coach. Another road loss.”
“Yes. 59-67 to Albany. May and Toll were in foul trouble from start to finish and they only played 16 minutes each. As a result we were -9 on the boards and that, as well as poor shot selection, did it.”
“Still sticking with the lineup?”
“We’re going to make Sam Fry our first big guy off the bench. He’s been working hard in practice, and he looked good when we put him in against Albany.”
“So you’re giving up on Jon Dark?”
“Not at all. I’m hoping this will challenge him to work harder and to earn minutes.”
“Let’s go to the phone. Fred from Hadley.”
“Coach, Port is a solid, experienced player who did a good job for ya last year. I don’t understand why he doesn’t start.”
“Good question, Fred. I’m giving him more minutes starting now. He’s not starting, but he may soon.”
“Grace from Cambridge.”
“Heading for conf. play, Coach. Your thoughts?”
“Well, I think all these tough teams we’ve played will make us really ready for conf. play. I’m not happy about having our first 2 and 3 of 4 on the road, but we’ll deal with it. I’d very much like to be at least 3-1 after these 1st 4.”
“Let’s talk about those 1st 2 opponents.”
“Northern KY is 3-8. Their strength is inside. South Dakota State is 4-7. They’re probably a little stringer inside than out as well.”
“Okay Coach. Good luck this week.”
“’Sportstalk’ here with the coach on the line. 1-1 start to conf. play, Coach.”
“Lost by 10 to No. KY. 19 TOs and poor shot selection did us in.
“Then we were much better against So. Dakota ST, 70-60. Tim May and Dee Port both had big games.”
“And speaking of Dee, I understand there’s news.”
“Dee Port is my starting Point from now on. Lan and Curt will split the rest of the guard minutes. I need Dee’s experience. We gave the other guys every chance, but it’s time to make this change.”
“Let’s hear from the fans. Bobby here on campus.”
“Good call, Coach. Hope about the 3 spot?”
“I think Web Monk has gotten better as the season’s gone along. I don’t anticipate any big changes up front. We need to give Sam Fry a little time. If he can get it done for us great. If not, we’ll try something else.”
“Jeff in Boston.”
“About time! I’m thinkin’ Dee will really turn it around for us.”
“That’s what we’re hoping, Jeff.”
“Finally a home game. Miss. Valley ST is 8-5, 2-0, one of the best teams in the conf. They’re good at all 5 spots. This would be a big win for us.
“Then we’re back on the road with 7-6, 1-1 Longwood. They’re better in than out, especially at Center.”
“Okay Coach, talk to you next week.”
“88.1 FM, WLOW, how LOW can you GO. Dick Hertz with Coach Clark. Great week, Coach!”
“Yes it was, Dick. We beat Miss. Valley ST at home, 72-64. Interestingly enough Dee didn’t have a very good game but Lan had 13, 3, and 4 from the bench. Tim had 23. We were +7 on TOs and +5 on boards.
“Then at Longwood we won 73-62. Dee and Curt each had 11 points and 4 assists, and Web Monk had 22 and 9 boards.”
“So you’re where you want to be?”
“Hardly! We still need to rebound better, and our shot selection isn’t what I want it to be. We’re at 12.8 TOs a game and I want that below 12. Lots of improvement still needed.”
“You’re 9-6, 3-1 in conf. Who’s up this week?”
“10-5, 3-1 Eastern Wash. here. They’ve looked good, especially inside. Then we travel to Southeast LA. They’ve struggled, 4-11, but they’re 2-2 in conf. play. Their shooting guard can really score points.”
“We’re out of time. Talk to you next week, Coach.”
“Dick Hertz here. We have coach on the line. Tell us about the week, Coach.”
“Well, we beat Eastern Wash. 62-41. Our D was terrific, our front court controlled the inside and we only had 8 TOs. Unfortunately Sam Fry went down with an ankle injury and he’s out for about 2 weeks. We’re giving Mark Witt a try as our first big off the bench.
“Then we went to SE LA. And got beat 67-74, and the D was as bad as it was good in the previous game. We got only 22 rebounds and had 16 TOs. I will say that Witt looked very good, as did Web Monk.”
“This is a tough team to figure out, Coach.”
“Yes, it is. There doesn’t seem to be any way to tell which team is going to show up. This is the most frustrating season I’ve encountered as a coach. I do still have hope that the team will find itself. I think we have plenty of talent.”
“Who’s up this week?”
“8-9, 5-1 Morgan ST comes to us. They’re a good inside team.
“Then we travel to South Fork. They’re 6-11, 2-4, and they’re a little stronger inside than out. We need a road win, badly, and of course we need to win at home, too.”
“Let’s hope we get that 2-0 week. We’re out of time.”
”’We’re back from break and we have the Coach on the line. Coach, it’s unusual to call a 2-0 week, which vaulted you to 2nd in the conf. disastrous but that term applies. Tell us about it.”
“Well Dick, you’re right. We had commitments from 3 recruits and all 3 failed to make our SAT score. So it’s back to square one. We’ve offered to a PG but we’re going to spend the week analyzing the situation before we make any other offers. There are still lots of good players available. I think we’ll be okay.”
“Tell us about the week.”
“We beat Morgan ST 74-58. Mark Witt had a great game, 14, 2 and great D. We actually got 31 from our bench. Our 2 starting bigs were in foul trouble from the start and we only got 18 rebounds, which is a nightmare, but 8 TOs and really good ball movement and shot selection made up for it.
“Then we beat South Fork, there, 58-50. Our guards dominated theirs, and that was the difference. Mark Witt had another good game. We had 33 boards and only 10 TOs, so except for poor shooting this was a well played game.”
“Let’s go to the phones. Mike in Leicester.”
“Coach, Witt is showin’ what givin’ kids a chance kin do. Ya need ta do more of that.”
“That’s a fair criticism, Mike. I probably waited too long to shake things up. I’m really pleased with the way Mark has played.”
“Jim in Hudson, New Hampshire.”
“Coach, any thought of starting Witt?”
“No, Web Monk is playing really well.”
“No, I mean for either Toll or the walk on.”
“Well, Tim May is our leading scorer and our leading rebounder so he’s safe. As to Clay Toll, I’m not ready to make that change yet. If Mark continues to play the way he’s been playing we will definitely increase his minutes.”
“Eddie in Southbridge.”
“Coach, I was on a while ago and I tole ya the team would do better with Port at the point. Glad you made the change.”
“I am too, Eddie. Thanks for the heads up.”
(Laughs) “Coach, who’s on tap this week?”
“We start off hosting 17-2, 8-0 MD Eastern Shore. Those guys can play. They do a lot of scoring inside and they take care of the ball. This will give us a good idea of whether we have a chance to win the conf.
“Then we travel to Samford. They’re 9-10, 2-6. They’re tough inside. This is an important game for us. If we beat MD we need this win to keep it going, and if we don’t, we need it to get back on track.”
“Halfway through conf. play and you’re 12-7, 6-2. Is that about where you expected to be?”
“Well, I thought we’d do better in the pre-conf. games. Given that we’ve moved up 2 conferences in 2 years I guess 6-2 is okay, but how we got there is more a concern that the record itself.”