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February 1968
 
Richard Nixon announces candidacy for Presidency
 
Famous photo of Saigon police chief shooting Viet Cong officer in the head
 
Battle of Khe Sanh begins
 
Worldwide demonstrations against the war in Vietnam
 
1st U. S. teachers strike in modern times
 
February 5
 
“Dick Hertz with the coach on the line. Another 2 win week.”
 
“Feels like we’ve got our groove back. 62-45 over MD Eastern Shore. +13 TOs. We’ve really been great with the ball lately- most of the season, really. Everyone played good D.
 
“Then 86-60 at Seattle. 11 TOs, +10 on the boards. Clay had 22 and 9, Curt had 23, Mark had 14, 6, and 6.”
 
“Only one team still 2 back.”
 
“Yep, only Pedestrian. Everyone else is 3 or more behind.”
 
“And this week?”
 
“2 home games. So Carolina ST is 11-10, 4-6. Bryant is 8-13, 4-6.”
 
“Should be a 2 win week.”
 
“If we stay focused and don’t take anything for granted there’s no reason for us to lose this week.”
 
“Talk to you in a week, Coach.”
 
February 12
 
“’Sportstalk’ here with the coach. What a week! 2-0, increased the lead to 3 with 4 to play, and for the 1st time in UML history we’re ranked! Coach, how does it feel to be #18 in the country?”
 
“It feels pretty good, Dick. I’ve been thinking it might happen but given that we’re only in conf. S I wasn’t sure.”
 
"Tell us about the games.”
 
“Great D in both. 68-53 against So. Car. ST. 10 TOs. All 5 starters plus Sam Fry in double figures.
 
“Then an amazing defensive performance against Bryant, 52-37. They played slow down and they were very pesky. Their press forced 15 TOs, our worst in a long time, but we turned them over 25 times. Clay and Mark Witt led the way on offense.”
 
“Coach, talk about the numbers. Back in December you were +16.2 in points, +8.5 on the boards, and +3.9 on TOs. Now?”
 
“Now we’re +13.9 on points, +4.2 on rebounds, and an amazing +7.4 on TOs.”
 
“Great numbers. Who’s up this week?”
 
“We go to 9-14, 5-7 Navy, then back home with 11-12, 7-5 Chicago ST. They beat us by 5 at their place and we haven’t lost since.”
 
“13 straight.”
 
“Talk to you next week.”
 
February 19
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk’ with Coach Clark. 2 more wins and the conf. is clinched with 2 left to play, and you’re #15. Coach?"
 
“Good times! We beat Navy by 12 there. 16 TOs, so that’s 2 games in a row when we’re less than great in that area. Still +6 though. Great D and Clay had an incredible 31 and 10.
 
“We crushed Chi. ST at home, 80-48. 22, 8, 3 for Web Monk, 19 for Clay, great bench play, great D, and 11 TOs.”
 
“You guys are really on a roll.”
 
“Yes, we’re playing excellent ball right now. After the last Chi. ST game I was a bit worried but since then we’re really playing well and playing together.”
 
“And let’s talk to the fans. Bob in Marblehead.”
 
“Coach, how do you keep a team focused and how do you keep them from getting too cocky when you’re doing this well?”
 
“We talk about the losses, especially the games we lost because we got cocky and lost focus. We drill and drill and drill on fundamentals- passing drills, working to get open drills, getting position for rebounding drills, fast break drills- you name it.”
 
“Jeff in Pittsfield.”
 
“Coach, who do you like for President?”
 
“Ha! It’s way too soon to say. I do like some of the things Gene McCarthy is saying, but ask me again in 7 or 8 months.”
 
“Lillian, here in Lowell.”
 
“Coach, everybody who gets significant minutes is going to graduate this year. What does that mean about next year?”
 
“Great question.”
 
“Well, we really like Chic Blue, who’s a transfer Small Forward. He has to sit out the year but he practices with us and he can play. Next year will be Jon Dark’s final chance and we hope he takes advantage. We have a few other guys, including 2 red shirt freshmen, and after that it’s who we can recruit. We’re working really hard on that. We will desperately need guards.”
 
“Time for one more. Hey, Grace from Lowell is on the line. Grace, good to hear from you, what’s up?”
 
“Hi Dick. Coach was supposed to make an announcement on your show today and I haven’t heard it yet.”
 
“Sounds like you have some inside information, Grace.”
 
“As a matter of fact, I do! Come on, Coach, make your announcement.”
 
“Happy to oblige, Grace. Dick, I need to announce to our listeners that as of two nights ago I am engaged to be married.”
 
‘”Wow! Tell us the rest.”
 
“Given our last phone call, you’ve probably figured out that my fiancée is named Grace.”
 
“Terrific news. We’re out of time, but congratulations to both of you. Gotta run!”
 
February 26
 
“And you close strong, Coach.”
 
“We lost our first conf. game and won the next 15. This week it was 77-52 over Campbell. Very strong guard play and Clay had a great night. 
 
“Then we closed the regular season at Stony Brook with a 10 point win. We weren’t great, but good enough to win. 22 for Clay, 16 for Curt, 8 TOs.”
 
“Let’s go to the phones. Mike in Haverhill.”
 
“Coach, how long can going up one conf. a year last?”
 
“I think next year might be a rebuilding year. I’m not so sure we’ll be able to move up. I’ll do all I can to try to make it happen, of course.”
 
“Emma in Oxford.”
 
“Coach, talk about coaching challenges.”
 
“That’s almost like a follow up to the previous question, Emma. Next year will be a big challenge because we will have very few experienced players. That’s one kind of challenge. Another is distributing playing time in a way that keeps guys relatively happy. Another is keeping players focused- that’s always a challenge.”
 
“Okay, we get to host the tournament so I’ll see you at Tsongas in a few days, Coach.”


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March 1968
Worldwide anti-war protests
My Lai massacre
Robert Kennedy announces for president
LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
 
March 2
 
“Dick Hertz here before the quarterfinal round of the conf. S tournament. UML plays Campbell. They met twice in the regular season with UML winning by 5 and then by 25.
 
 
“Dick Hertz here after the game with Coach Clark. 53-48 win over Campbell. Close call, Coach.”
 
“We weren’t at our best offensively tonight. Good rebounding and very good D got us through. Hopefully we learned a lesson about taking a game for granted. I’m hoping the poor shot selection was an isolated event.”
 
“All the favorites got through, Coach, so you’ll play #4 seed Miss. Valley State in the semis tomorrow. Tell us about them.”
 
“We only beat them by 10 at our place. We played great D that night, and like tonight, we didn’t shoot very well. They’re strong at 2 and 3. They’re Point is good but Dee all but erased him last time, so he’ll come in with something to prove. We need to stay focused. Thanks Coach, and good luck.”
 
March 3
 
“Dick Hertz here after the UML-Miss. Valley ST game. If you’re just joining us, UML won 52-50. Coach, that wasn’t a win, it was an escape.”
 
“Well put! At this time of year you just want to survive. We did, but barely.”
 
“Tell us about it.”
 
“We were flat. We didn’t shoot terribly, except long range, but we had 15 TOs. We forced 26 and that, along with very good D, might have been the difference. We were -4 on the boards.”
 
“And how about that finish.”
 
“Yes, we were up 6 with 40 seconds left. They came down and hit a 3. Then they fouled us and we made the front and missed the back. So now we’re up 4, and they hit another 3, and foul us again. And again we make the front only. We’re up 2 with 11 to play. They call their last time out to set a play. I change from the 3-2 we’ve been in for the entire 2nd half to a man and it just confuses them enough so that they can’t get an open look. They force up a 3 and it goes off the rim.”
 
“Whew! Tomorrow it’s #3 seed MD Eastern Shore, who upset #2 USC Upstate.”
 
“MD is 14-15. We beat them by 17 here in Lowell. They’re good outside, fair inside. We had no trouble with their starters but their bench gave us nightmares last time. We didn’t rebound very well either. So we know what we need to do.”
 
“And WLOW will be here to bring you the game, folks. Thanks Coach.”
 
March 4
“This is Dick Hertz here before the UML-MD Eastern Shore conf. S title game. I’m talking with Grace from Lowell. Hi Grace.”
 
“Hello Dick. Thanks for having me on.”
 
“My pleasure. For any of you who don’t know it, Grace is engaged to Coach Clark. Tell me Grace, when’s the big day?”
 
“The wedding will be on June 18.”
 
“So how did you and Coach go from call ins to the show to this point?”
 
“Well, you remember when I moved here and called in he said we should get together. We did, and we really hit it off. He asked me to dinner and then it just moved along. We have a lot in common, basketball of course, but also literature. I almost went the Ph. D. in Lit route but I thought my job prospects would be better going with Education Administration.”
 
“Sounds great. How’s the job?”
 
“I really like it. The atmosphere here at UML is terrific and the students are great.”
 
“You’re the vice provost. What does that mean?”
 
“There are actually three of us with that title. My job is vice provost of student affairs. I handle discipline issues, I’m the one students come to with problems that couldn’t be sol;ved at a lower level- really, if it’s student related it’s part of my job.”
“Sounds like it would keep you busy?”
 
“Oh yes.”
 
“Okay, so what are the keys to victory tonight?”
 
“Ha! Now I’m a color commentator. Well, we haven’t been scoring points the last two nights so we need to do that. We haven’t rebounded all that well either so that needs to improve. We need to keep playing great D and keep taking care of the ball, and we need to stop Rychart, their backup guard. He lit us up last time.”
 
“Thanks Grace, or seeing I’m a student I guess I should call you vice provost.”
 
“Well, not in this capacity.”
 
“Thanks again. We’ll be right back.”
 
Dick Hertz here after the game with Coach Clark. Congratulations, 76-65 and the title.”
 
“It’s great to win another one, Dick.”
 
“We were talking to Grace from Lowell before the game and she mentioned several keys to victory. What got you to the title, Coach?”
 
“Well, we didn’t play as much D as in the previous two games but we did play a lot more offense. We rebounded well, and we took care of the ball.  Oh, and we didn’t let Rychart go off on us.”
 
“Same keys she mentioned.”
 
“I need to mention the great job we did inside. Our guards played well but our bigs played very well.”
 
“So how high can you go in the dance?”
 
“I think we’ve earned a 3 or a 4 but I’m guessing we’ll get a 5 or a 6. We hope to get to at least the 2nd round this year and we think we have a shot at going further.”
 
“Thanks Coach, I’ll be with you and the team when the selection show is on.”
 
March 12
 
Dick Hertz here with Coach Clark and the team. The selection show has started. We’re waiting to see where and how high we’ll go. We’re ranked #9, RPI #13 in the latest poll, with a record of 27-3. Here goes:
 
“Not in the East.
 
“#6 in the Midwest. We face #11 Minnesota, 19-11. Coach.”
 
“I really thought we’d get a 4, or at the very least a 5. Oh well. We’ll deal with it and go out and show the committee we should have been seeded higher. That’s all we can do.”
 
“What do you know about Minnesota?”
 
“Not a lot. They have a good outside game and they play mostly 2-3. I’ll learn the rest over the next 12 hours or so, before practice tomorrow.”
 
“Thanks Coach. We’ll be traveling with the team for as long as you’re playing. So listen in, folks.”
 
March 16
 
Dick Hertz here after the UML- Minnesota game. Great win, Coach, 87-69.”
 
“Thanks Dick. +9 TOs, +6 rebounds. Their outside shooters scored some but we expected that. We kept it reasonable though. Our bigs dominated inside. Clay had 22 and 11, Web had 26, 5, 6, Mark had 8, 5, 5. Our guards scored some and simply did not turn it over, and we got good bench play.”
 
#7 Michigan ST, from A next.
 
“They’re a very good team but they’ve lost 5 of their last 8. But all 5 starters score, they rebound well and they take care of the ball. This won’t be easy.”
 
“What’s the plan?”
 
“The staff will be up most of the night figuring that out. They play man so lots of picks for one thing. We’ll give it our best.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
March 18
 
Dick Hertz here after the UML-Michigan ST game. Tough night, Coach. 69-81.”
 
“They were the better team. I thought our kids played well but they were overmatched. They turned us over 20 times with great D. We were -9 there. But we made it up by being +9 on the boards. I’m just so proud of all of my seniors. I truly hate to see them go.”
 
“We’ll be back with the coach at least a couple more times before the end of the season.”
 
April 1968
 
Martin Luther King is assassinated
 
LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act
 
April 4
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk’ with Coach Clark. Coach, awards were announced today.”
 
“Yes they were. Clay Toll got POY plus 1st team along with Curt Silk and Mark Witt. Dee Port got Defensive POY, plus 2nd team." 
 
“And you were conf. coach of the year. Any recruiting news?”
 
“Yes, we picked up a PF who looks really god, and we’re-”
 
Just a minute, Coach. What’s that, Kyle? You’re sure? It’s official? We’re going to NBC national news, ladies and gentlemen. I am terribly sorry to report that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has just been shot and killed in Memphis.
 
April 23
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk’ with the coach. Coach, we’re at the end of another season. Let’s talk about recruiting first.”
 
“Sure Dick, but I just wanted to say that we were cut off last time by the assassination of Dr. King. I want to say that I think this is a horrible tragedy for our country and for the world. My sympathies to his family.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
“We wound up doing great in recruiting. We filled all of our spots. We got 5 PGs, 2 PFs, and a C, and we think they all look like they’ll help us.”
 
“And the end of season numbers?”
 
Well we got a $2000 increase in the budget. Team Prestige is at 13, my record is 110-44, .714, Off- 16, Def- 26, Recruit- 72, Scout- 4, Player Development- 21, Reputation- 23. Pretty good, I’d say.”
“And next season it’s conf. R. Can you compete?”
 
“Impossible to say at this point. With 9 people coming into the program we’ll need to see what they look like and how well they play together.”
 
“Okay, Coach, congratulations on a great season.”


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May 1968
 
Vietnam peace talks begin.
 
Anti-war, race, and student protests in many locations around the U. S. and around the world.
 
June 1968
 
Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated
 
Poor People’s march on Washington
 
SCOTUS Chief Justice Earl Warren retires
 
Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers
 
June 16
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportscenter.’ We have UML hoops coach Kip Clark on the line. Coach, I hear there’s some news.”
 
“That’s right, Dick. We signed 2 transfers, a PG and a C. The Point looks like a can’t miss. The Center is a bit of a gamble but I think he’ll definitely help us.”
 
“Thanks Coach. Let’s take a call or two. Larry in Methuen.”
 
“Coach, ya got just about all new guys on the team. How do ya think you’ll do?”
 
“Well Larry, since we’re 3 ½ months away from our first practice that’s hard to say. I think we’ll find a way to be competitive though.”
 
“Jim in Bridgewater.”
 
“Coach, you’re getting’ married in 2 days. Nervous?”
 
(Laughs) “Not at all, Jim. I’ve been looking forward to it.”
 
“Congratulations in advance, Coach. We’re out of time.”
 
June 26
 
“Dick Hertz here with Coach Clark. First, congratulations on the wedding.”
 
“Thanks Dick.”
 
“Did you go away?”
 
“It’s a busy time but we managed a long weekend on the Cape.”
 
“Great. What’s the story on recruiting?”
 
“We have a couple of slots and we’re looking at about 20.”
 
“Looking more at bigs or at guards.”
 
“You know, we’ll take the two best players we can get. We don’t have more of a need for one than the other. Our transfers took a little pressure off.”
 
“Thanks Coach. Talk again soon.”
 
July 1968
 
Revolt in Iraq
 
Race riots in several U. S. cities
 
Hoyt Wilhelm breaks record for most appearances by a pitcher
 
August 1968
R. M. Nixon nominated for POTUS by GOP.
 
Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia begins
 
Rioting in Chicago outside Dem. Convention
 
H. H. Humphrey nominated for POTUS by Dems
 
August 21
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Dick Hertz. We have Coach Clark on the line. Coach, talk about recruiting.”
 
“We’ve offered to a PF we’re very high on and he seems very interested. We expect to offer our other scholarship to a guard but not for a couple of weeks.”
 
“Coach told us he only had a minute so we’ll take him at his word. Thanks Coach.”
 
September 1968
 
1st broadcast of 60 Minutes
 
“Hey Jude” goes to #1
 
September 4
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk.’ We’ve just learned that UML offered its 2nd scholarship to a Shooting Guard.”
 
September 18
 
Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk’ with the coach. Any commitments yet?”
 
“No, but we’re close with both of our guys.”
 
Tell us about the schedule.”
 
“We backed off just a bit from last year because our team is so untested.”
“Thanks Coach.”
 
October 1968
 
“’Sportstalk’ with a quick minute with Coach Clark. Coach, first day of practice.”
 
“Yes. I think we’ll be okay. I’ll know more in a few weeks but I like a lot of what I saw today. We don’t look like we’re very deep, but then that isn’t so unusual.”
 
Recruiting?”
 
“I am happy to report that we have commitments from Power Forward Russ Fill, and Point Guard Rick Hart. We are very high on both of them.”
 
“Great news! Oh, if you didn’t see the polls yet you’re picked to finish 2nd in conf. R, behind Northern Illinois. Talk to you again soon.”
 
November 1968
 
Richard Nixon elected POTUS
 
1st interracial TV kiss Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura
 
November 6
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Dick Hertz. The Coach is on the line. So Coach, is the lineup set?”
 
“Well Dick, it is still up in the air in lots of spots. I expect to go with an 8 man rotation but in most cases we’re going to be trying different combinations. We have lots of guys who are fighting hard for minutes. Only game time will decide who gets how many.”
 
“Interesting. Is it a question of too much talent or not enough?”
 
“Ha! I think we have some talent, but it seems very close in terms of talent, desire, hustle- all the factors that count. And frankly, some guys are better practice players and other guys are better game players. Of course we want the game players in there as much as possible. The first few games will tell us who they are.”
 
“That might lead to some early losses.”
 
“It might, but it will find us the right combination well before conference play begins, and that’s what it’s about.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
November 20
 
Dick Hertz with the coach on the line. Great start, Coach, 2 wins.”
 
“Yes, we went to North Florida and won by 7. Our guards led the way with 16 each. 11 TOs and +9 boards.
 
“Then we came home and beat the Fighting Icyballs of Nome 76-55. Jon Dark had 19 and 8. Chic Blue had  a great game from the bench, scoring 18. 12 TOs and +9 rebounds.”
 
“Let’s hear from the fans. George in Tewksbury.”
 
“Coach, looks like Dark is finally stepping up.”
 
“He’s had 2 very good games. I hope it continues.”
 
“Ralph in Dorchester.”
 
“Coach, what do you think about the election?”
 
“Well, I wasn’t thrilled with either candidate, McCarthy was my guy. I was determined not to vote at all for President, but when I got into the booth I had to vote against Nixon so I voted for Humphrey. I didn’t do it happily.”
 
“Fred in Fall River.”
 
“Coach, you’re playing pretty good D so far. Are you doing anything different?”
 
“No Fred, we’re still using the 2-3 about half the time, and splitting the other half between man and 3-2. I seem to have good defensive players though.”
 
“Who’s up this week?”
 
“2 teams from L, Fordham, then UNC Wilmington, both at home.”
 
“Thanks Coach. I just want to mention to the audience that we’re in the regular season so we’ll try to speak with the coach every week.”
 
November 27
 
“88.1 FM, WLOW. How LOW can you GO! Dick hertz and we have the coach on the line. Coach, a 2 win week, but just barely.”
 
“Hey, a win is a win. The Fordham win was a breeze, 66-43. Great D again, and really balanced scoring. Our bench was great, 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists. Jon Dark had his 3rd straight double digit game. 15 assists was more than I like but +3, and we were +13 on the boards.
 
“Then UNC Wilmington almost did us in, but we squeezed out a 79-78 win in OT. Dark had 27 and 7, and the bench had 19. Don Morr missed a bunny at the end of regulation to send it to OT. The overtime was strange. We got the first 10 and they got the last 9. They had the last shot- or at least tried to, our back up C, Del Bodd was in because Wild had fouled out. Bodd blocked an 8 footer and that was that. The only starter who didn’t get into serious foul trouble was Dark so the bench was a big factor, and they came through.”
 
“4-0, great start! Let’s here from the fans. Linda in Somerset.”
 
“Coach, Chic Blue and Del Bodd are playing some really good ball. I’m surprised they don’t get more minutes.”
 
“I love bringing those guys in from the bench. They give us a spark, and they usually get some points. BUT, they don’t play as much D as the starters, and they don’t rebound as well. Love having them on the bench though.”
 
“Roy in Brighton.”
 
“Coach, what music are you listening to?”
 
“The White Album, over and over again. The Supremes, the Kinks, the Stones.”
 
“Gee, sounds like you’re getting to be a druggy.”
 
“Easy does it, Roy. I like the music not the lifestyle. There’s nothing wrong with that, and millions of people all over the world are listening to this music and not getting high.”
 
‘Well that was interesting. Who are you playing this week, Coach?”
 
“We’re at Low Point in conf. P, then at La. Tech, all the way up in H.”
 
“Okay Coach. Hope the streak continues but it sounds like it could be tough.”


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December 1968
 
Henry Kissinger named national security adviser by Nixon
 
Northern Ireland conflict heats up
 
NLS, precursor to the computer mouse and hypertext, is introduced.
 
Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
 
White Album stays at #1 for 9 weeks
 
December 4
 
“Dick Hertz here with the coach. 1-1 this week, Coach.”
 
“Yes. Low Point beat us 65-56. Dave Brown got 22 and Deon Wild 11 and 7, but no one else could hit shots. We didn’t play that badly, 9 TOs, but you have to put it in the hoop.
 
“Then we beat La. Tech there, 68-60. We had 5 guys in double figures including Chic Blue from the bench. 19 TOs though, and that’s unacceptable.”
 
“Harry in Boston.”
 
“Coach, you’re playing 8 guys. Does it help to have your starters get a little more rest like they’re getting’ this year or does it mean you lose ground while they’re sittin’?”
 
“Harry, I don’t think we’re losing much ground when they sit, but to answer you, I’d much rather have my starters fresh for the last few minutes. My guys are in great shape and they could go the full 40 if necessary, but giving them a blow now and then makes them way better in crunch time.”
 
“George in Lexington.”
 
“Coach, did ya see “Night of the Living Dead?”
 
“Not my style, but Grace and I saw 'The Lion in Winter' and we loved it.”
 
“Who’s up next?”
 
“We go to Denver from S, and then we host Davidson from M."
 
“Talk to you next week, Coach.”
 
December 11
 
“’Sportstalk’ here with the coach. Another 1-1 week.”
 
Denver is 5-1, so they’re a good team, and they certainly were against us, 72-83. They really beat us up inside, we were -18 on the boards. We’ll work on that but they were that good inside. We won the outside battle, +10 in TOs, and our bench was terrific, Tony Lutz and Chic Blue had 17 each. 
 
“Then we came home and beat Davidson 65-52. We got scoring from 8 guys, all between 5 and 11 points, and we were +6 in turnovers, +2 on the boards.”
 
“Let’s give the fans a shot. Bobby from here on campus.”
 
“Coach, you don’t seem to have a go to guy this year.”
 
“We have pretty balanced scoring, Bobby. In many ways that’s good. It certainly makes us harder to defend. But it’s also true that in crunch time we don’t have that one guy we feel sure will get it done.”
 
“Rob from Dorchester.”
 
“Coach, the reboundin’ stinks!”
 
“Well, we’re +1.0, which isn’t all that bad, but we are working on it and I’d like to see a bigger margin.”
 
“One game this week, Coach.”
 
“Yes, we’re at Appalachian State from way up in J, and they’re undefeated, 8-0. We’ll need to be on our game.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
December 18
 
“Dick Hertz here with the coach. Great win, Coach.”
 
“Yes, Appalachian State was 8-0 and we went there and beat them 67-57. Our PG Rod Book, and SF Jon Dark got 17 each, and we were +5 TO, and +2 RB. Our front court held their own and our bench contributed again. It was a very satisfying win.”
 
“Coach is in a hurry tonight so no questions. Who’s next?”
 
“South Carolina, in H, comes to town. They’re having a tough season but they’re way above us in the level of competition they face.”
 
“Good luck, Coach. Talk to you next week, on Monday though, not Sunday.”
 
December 26
 
“’Sportstalk’ here with the coach. Great win this week.”
 
“Yes, we beat South Carolina 74-60. Dave Brown had 15 with 5 assists and Jon Dark had 14.”
 
“Seems like different guys do it for you on different nights.”
 
“As I’ve said before, that makes us difficult to defend against. We also got 24 from the bench which is enormously helpful. +3 TOs, +6 RBs.”
 
“Columbia, here at home to close out the preconference season.”
 
“That’s right. They’re only 3-6, but they play up in K conf.”
 
We’re here next on new year’s day. Coach won’t be available so we’ll be speaking with the former Grace from Lowell, now known as Grace Clark.”
 
“I’m not sure how I feel about that but you asked and she agreed, so I guess I don’t get a vote. Be kind.”
 
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January 1969
 
NY Jets become 1st AFC team to win the Super Bowl
 
U.S.- North Vietnam peace talks in Paris
 
Beatles perform their last live concert
 
January 1, 1969
 
“’Sportstalk’ and I’m Dick Hertz here with Grace Clark, wife of Coach Kip Clark, and vice provost here at UML. Maybe I got that backwards.”
 
(Laughs) “On campus, yes, on a radio sports talk show, no.”
 
“Let’s start with the game.”
 
We beat Columbia 76-63 here at home. Our guards, including our back up, Tony Lutz, had 35 points, Center Deon Wild had 13, 5, and 2, and we committed only 9 turnovers. Del Bodd, Jon Dark and Chic Blue all played well.”
 
“And you end the preconference season 9-2.”
 
“Yes. Kip is very pleased with that. You will recall that this team was unknown and untested. We played several teams from up in the midrange conferences. To compile this record bodes well for conf. play.”
 
“I agree. Do you get to see many games?”
 
“I see all of the home games. The staff films the away games so I eventually get to see those as well, usually about a week after they are played.”
 
“Do you watch them with the coach?”
 
“Yes, I usually do.”
 
“And do you get to have input?”
 
“Yes, my husband and I discuss the games as we watch. Of course he was there when they were played, but seeing them on tape, and for him, when he isn’t actively coaching, lends a very different perspective.”
 
“So he values your opinion?”
 
“He says he wants to hear what I have to say, and I will say that occasionally something I suggest finds its way into the game plan.”
 
“So you know your stuff about basketball?”
 
“Well, my dad was a high school science teacher and the head basketball coach all the while I was growing up. I loved the game and did stats for him starting at a very early age, and from the time I was 13 or so he and I discussed games, and discussed planning and strategy for upcoming games.”
 
“I think that’s really cool. Let’s take some calls. Joe from Medford.”
 
“I’m sorry but I don’t think a woman-”
 
“I’m going to stop you right there. Your first six words said it all. Jeff in Bridgewater.”
 
“How does coach like his chances in conf.?”
 
“He thinks we’ll do all right. At the beginning of the season we had no idea, really, but we’ve played well, and we play together, which is even more important.”
 
“Well enough to move up?”
 
“We aren’t making any predictions but if we stay healthy we should move up.”
 
“Mary in Concord.”
 
“So how’s married life?”
 
“After 6 and ½ months I can say that it’s going really, really well. We have many common interests, basketball of course, literature, we like the same kinds of movies and music, neither of us is much interested in television. Politically we’re very much in agreement. Neither of us is at all religious. We both respect each other’s need for alone time, but we really enjoy our time together.”
 
“This has been great. Thanks for being on Mrs. Clark. We’d really love to have you here again.”
 
“I think I’d like that as well.”
 
“Okay, we’ll see if we can make that happen. Next week we’ll be with the coach.”
 
January 8
 
“Dick Hertz here with the coach. 1-1 start, Coach, both in overtime. I guess this conf. is going to be a challenge.”
 
“It seems that way, Dick. We were lucky not to be 0-2. 76-75 at Lipscomb. We didn’t play outside D. They got 14 threes. We scored 10 of the last 13 points in regulation to force OT and then had to hit a three at the end for the win. 16 TOs. 
 
“Then we came home and gave one away. Texas-Arlington also hit 14 threes on us. We were up 7 with 3:33 to go and they came back and tied it by hitting threes while we missed too many free throws. Then they hammered us in OT to win 74-79. We were +13 in TOs but they beat us long range and at the line.”
 
“So are you re-evaluating things?”
 
“We’re always doing that. It’s not time to panic but it is time to work harder, especially with regard to defending against the three, and defending in general; we gave up way too many points this week.”
 
“And this week?”
 
“We host Cal ST Northridge. They’re 2-11, 0-2. But then we go to Western Illinois. They’re 7-6, 0-2 but they were picked to win the conf., so we expect a tough game.”
 
“Good luck Coach. Talk to you next week.”
 
January 15
 
“Dick Hertz here with Coach Clark. A whole different week.”
 
“Thankfully, yes. We beat Cal ST Northridge at home. It was too close, 67-59, but we were never in danger of losing. Dark had 20 and Brown 16. We had only 6 TOs, and we held them to 7 threes. We didn’t rebound very well though.
 
“Then we went to Western Illinois and won 63-48, easily our best conf. game so far. We held them to 31.4% shooting, 20% on threes. We threw it away 17 times but that’s all we did wrong.”
 
“And this week?”
 
“South Florida comes to us. They’re 8-7, 3-1. Then we go to MD Eastern Shore, 6-9, 3-1.”
 
“Talk to you next week.”
 
January 22
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Dick Hertz. We have the coach on the phone and the lines are open. 1-1 this week, Coach.”
 
We beat South Florida 58-48 at home. We played great D but our shot selection was awful. Fortunately they fouled us all night and we won it at the line.
 
“Then we lost at MD E. Shore, 63-67. 19 TOs really hurt. It gave them 12 more shots than we took and they made enough of them to beat us. I don’t like to give up 67 points but if we do we should be able to score enough to win. We weren’t that night.”
 
“So you’re 13-4, 4-2, in a 5 way tie for 2nd, 1 back of Sacramento ST.”
“Yes, we’re not in a terrible position. But we do have some things to fix.”
 
“Let’s go to the fans. Barney in Gloucester. “
 
“Coach, rebounding is a big problem. What are you gonna do about it?”
 
“Well Barney, we’re still outrebounding the opposition by 0.5 RBs a game. I’d like it to be a wider margin, and we’re working on it every day.”
 
“Louie in Malden.”
 
“Coach, Chic Blue’s playin’ some awful good basketball.”
 
“Yes he is. If we could get him to rebound a little better we’d be happy but he does a great job for us. Next year he will very likely start.”
 
“Thanks Coach. This week?”
 
“2 home games. First is 5-12, 3-3 Fairfield. Then 12-5, 4-2 Miss. Valley ST. They could be a real challenge but it’s important to win at home.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
January 29
 
“Great week, Coach!”
 
“Yes it was, Dick. 2-0, and we’re now in a 2 way tie for 1st place.”
“Dick Hertz here. Tell us about it, Coach Clark.”
 
“Well we beat Fairfield 72-52. Deon Wild had maybe his best game for us, 20 and 8. We got very good bench play, 10 TOs and 35 RBs. 
 
“Then we beat Miss. Valley ST 75-64. They’re a good team. Dave Brown had 30, our best scoring effort of the season. We were +7 on the boards and even in TOs. Jon Dark had a nice, steady game, and the bench did it’s usual fine work.”
 
“Hank in Oxford.”
 
“Coach, you don’t get many fouls called on you. Does that mean you aren’t aggressive enough?”
 
“It’s a fine line, Hank. We try to teach our guys to play good, hard D without fouling. Often we’re able to do that, and we’ve won a few at the line. Have we lost some because wqe weren’t aggressive enough? It’s possible.”
 
“Benny in South Attleboro.”
 
“Coach, have you moved up too far, too fast?”
 
“Not yet, Benny. We’re very competitive in R. At some point that will happen, probably soon. Our resources are limited and that is a huge factor. It will work against us when we get to the higher conferences.”
 
“Who’s next, Coach?”
 
“We’re at 7-12, 4-4 Northern Illinois. Then home against 4-15, 3-5 USC Upstate.”
 
“Okay. Next week the coach is away so it’s the coach’s wife, Grace Clark again. We’ll be sure to have time for questions.”
 
. We’ll be sure to have time for questions.”


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February 1969
 
Yasser Arafat appointed chairman of the PLO.
 
Last edition of the Saturday Evening Post.
 
Golda Meir sworn in as prime minister of Israel
 
February 5
 
“Dick Hertz on ‘Sportstalk’ with Grace Clark, vice provost at UML and wife of head basketball coach Kip Clark. Quite the week for the team.”
 
“Yes it was. 1-1 with an injury. Dan Morr strained a hamstring and he’ll miss at least the next game, possibly 2 games.
 
Northern Illinois beat us 50-59. As often happens when we lose the problem is making shots, and even more so, shot selection. Kip works very hard at practice to get kids to make good choices about when to shoot, and to work to get open for a shot, but it’s ongoing- probably for every coach. Anyway, we shot 33%, and we got out rebounded. Tomy Lutz scored 15 from the bench but no one else did much on offense.
 
“Then we came home and beat USC Upstate 77-67. We shot over 50% and had only 6 turnovers. It was a real team victory with 9 players scoring. The only thing we didn’t do was rebound and that’s another ongoing frustration. Oh, Rod Book had 22 at the Point and Chic Blue had 11, 3, 4.”
 
“Let’s go to the phones. Danny from Boston.”
 
“Do you share your husband’s liberal views?”
 
“We’re both against the war and for equal rights for everyone. We both support helping poor people. Yes, there may be minor differences but we generally agree.”
 
“Bill in Framingham.”
 
“Have you seen the recruits yet?”
 
“I have. I traveled with Kip to watch both of them play. I think they will both be able to help us.”
 
“Norm in Brockton.”
 
“You play Sacramento ST at their place next. Can you beat them there?”
 
“They are an enigma. They’re only 7-14 overall and they’re 4-5 at home. But, they’ve won all 7 of their games since conf. play started, and so they’re 4-3 at home in conf. We think we’re the better team but the road is never easy.”
 
“That brings us to the upcoming week. Your other game is at Elon.”
 
“Yes. They’re struggling, 8-13, 2-8. But again, the road is never easy.”
 
“We’re almost out of time, but I wanted to ask one more thing.”
 
“Sure.”
 
“Both you and your husband have high profile jobs, and jobs that require you to work lots of hours. How do you manage to find time together, and what do you do with it. Oh, and how do you divide up the household chores?”
 
(Laughs) “Great question! Yes, both of us spend a lot of time at work, too much sometimes. We find time together whenever and however we can. We often manage to have lunch together, either at the UML cafeteria, or at a restaurant close to campus. In the evening Kip is often on campus, sometimes very late. When that happens I do some of the work around the house but he does his share, laundry, outside work, things like that. On the rare occasions when we manage to have dinner at home together we usually cook together and we both enjoy that a great deal. I do most of the cleaning. As to how we spend our time together it is often just relaxing. We work hard and we need that relaxation time. On the rare occasions when there’s a good movie on TV we’ll watch but it isn’t unusual for one or both of us to fall asleep. If we get a day off there’s a lot to see within an hour or 90 minutes of Lowell, and we’ll do some of that.”
 
“Do you have a big house?”
 
“No, and that’s purposeful. When we became engaged we talked about that and decided we wanted a ranch, and not a really big one. We didn’t have the time for the maintenance, and we didn’t need the space. We found what we wanted and closed on it just before the wedding. We like the house very much.”
 
“It’s been a pleasure. We’re out of time.”
 
February 12
 
“’Sportstalk.’ Dick Hertz here. I have the coach on the line. Coach, a 1-1 week.”
 
“Yes, and it hurt us. We’re now in a 2 way tie for 3rd. Sacramento ST beat us 54-59. Once again, poor shooting did us in, along with horrible rebounding, -16! We made up for most of that by being +10 in TOs, and we actually took 13 more shots than they did but we couldn’t hit them. Dark, Book and Lutz shot well, but the rest of the team was 4-23, 1-12 from long range.
 
“Then we beat Elon, 73-60, there. We shot well, we took care of the ball and we were +4 on the boards.”
 
“Let’s take a call or two. Joe in Roxbury.”
 
“Coach, don’t ya think that the nights ya don’t shoot well, that’s caused by the other team playin’ good D?”
 
“That is certainly a factor, Joe, but it isn’t the whole story. We have lots of things in place for times when the D is taking things away from us. On a good night we go to those things and manage to get good shots. On bad nights we don’t. When I think the D has simply done us in and we did our best, I’ve said so. There are times when you’re in over your head. Most times though it’s poor execution.”
 
“Lenny in Westfield.”
 
“Coach, Del Bodd! Pretty good rebounder!”
 
“Yes, he is. Unfortunately, he needs to work harder on his defensive game. We’re trying to help with that and when it happens he’ll get more minutes. I’m hoping it happens soon.”
 
“This week?”
 
“Two at home. Grambling is 8-15, 6-6. Lipscomb is 6-17, 4-8. We can’t afford any slip ups because after this we close with 2 road games, one against Texas-Arlington, who are tied with us.”
 
“We’re out of time.”
 
February 19
 
Dick Hertz here with the coach. 2-0 week Coach.”
 
“Yes, and we’re in a 3 way tie for 1st with 2 to play.”
 
“Unfortunately your two are on the road.”
 
“We’ll have to find a way to deal with that, Dick.”
 
“tell us about the games.”
 
We beat Grambling 55-38 in as good a defensive effort as I’ve seen this year. Our scoring was balanced and we had only 7 TOs. Once again, we could have rebounded better.
 
“Then we beat Lipscomb 64-61 in a game I was afraid we might throw away. They were up 3 with 1:02 left. Fortunately we came down and got it to Chic who hit a 3. They ate as much clock as they could then missed an 8 footer. We rebounded, held for the last shot and Chic hit another 3 with less than a second left. Too close! We only gave up 61 but we didn’t play good outside D. They hit 12-22 from long range. We turned them over 23 times and had only 11 ourselves and that’s the key stat. We were +1 on the boards.”
 
“So 2 to play in the regular season.”
 
“Texas Arlington beat us in OT at our place. It certainly won’t be easier to win there. We gave up way too many threes that night and we can’t do it this time.
“We only beat Cal ST Northridge by 8 at our place. They’re having an awful season but they really challenged us. They beat us up on the boards so we need to improve there.”
 
“Okay, good luck Coach, we’re out of time.”
 
February 26
 
“Dick Hertz here with Coach Clark. Tough week Coach.”
 
“Very tough. We simply didn’t get it done. But we were lucky. A few other teams didn’t do any better than we did. We end up tied for 3rd, and with the #3 seed in the tourney.”
 
“So what happened?”
 
Texas Arlington smoked us, 78-51. It was the worst we’ve looked all season- in a few seasons, maybe. We were +5 on the boards and I can’t say much else that’s positive. 17 TOs, we allowed them to shoot 15-26 on threes, and 54% overall. Interestingly enough we were in it at halftime, down only 5. But it was like we didn’t show up at all for the 2nd.
 
“We tried to fix it before the game with last place Cal ST Northridge, but we got 51 points again, and that wasn’t enough. We gave up 59. We stopped the outside shot, but they beat us inside and on the line. 19 TOs sunk us and we were -4 on the boards. Dark had a good night, 15, 4, 2, Wild had 9 and 6, but that was it. My concern is fixing all of this before the tourney. We have 2 or 3 practices and there’s a lot to straighten out.”
 
“Coach has a plane to catch to Miss. Valley ST, who finished 1st, and so do I so we’ll sign off.”


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March 1969
 
Sgt. Pepper drops off the charts after 88 weeks.
 
Abe Fortas resigns from the SCOTUS
 
Chicago 8 (later 7) indicted
 
March 2
 
“Dick Hertz here before the UML-Elon game. #11 seed Elon upset the #6 seed to get here. We have Grace Clark doing color commentary for the tourney. Grace, tell us about Elon.”
 
“Well first, we beat them there by 13. We played well that night and led all the way. Outside shooting did the most damage. Elon plays man and they rarely press. On offense they like the high post and they shoot quickly. Their starting SF is hurt. He may play but I don’t think he’ll play many minutes.”
 
“Okay, Grace and I will be back with the coach after the game.
 
 
“Dick Hertz with Grace Clark and Coach Kip Clark here after the game. 78-59 win. Coach.”
 
“We really got it done tonight. We shot really well, made good decisions on offense, didn’t give them much when they had the ball, and made them foul us all night long. When my guys play smart they’re hard to beat. Six in double figures.”
 
“Grace?”
 
“Coach-”
 
“Do I know you?”
 
(Laughs) “Yes Coach, I think you do! Jon Dark had a really solid game. Talk about how he has gotten it together this year.”
 
“Jon was a kid we expected a lot from. It took him a LONG time to get it together. I’m thrilled for him that he finally did this year. He’s been a very important part of our success. Tonight he had 18, 8, and 2, and he played good D.”
 
You’re playing the upset special teams, Coach. #7 seed Western Illinois knocked off #2 Sacramento State. Tell us about your next opponent.”
 
“Well Dick, they’re a good team, 18-11, 9-7. We beat them by 15 at their place on really good D, but their Center had a very good night, and they turned us over too often. We’ll need to play well to beat them.”
 
“Grace?”
 
“They play man on D and they rarely press. On O they like to take their time to find a good shot, usually inside, and they work the triangle.”
 
“You’ve got yourself a pretty good color commentator, Dick!”
 
“We thought you might feel that way. Good luck tomorrow.”
 
March 3
 
“Dick Hertz here with Grace Clark and Coach Kip Clark after the UML-Western Illinois semi-final tournament game. Coach?”
 
68-60. It took awhile but about midway through the 2nd half we took charge. Just like last night, we got Western Ill. to foul us frequently. We hit enough free throws to make the difference. 16 TOs did not make me happy, and we let back up Point Tim Hines go crazy on us, but otherwise we did fine.”
 
“Grace?”
 
“Coach, you completely shut down their starters. Their subs got 39 of their 60 points.”
 
“That’s right. Sometimes I think there can be a psychological aspect to that. A sub comes in and the player on the other team unconsciously relaxes.”
 
“Hm. It would be interesting to have someone do some research on that. Coach, you play #1 seed Miss Valley ST for the title.” 
 
“That’s right Grace. We beat them by 11 at home. Dave Brown had 30 that night and their PG had 27. As much as I like Dave it’s not likely he’ll get 30 again so we need to make sure to shut down their Point.”
 
“Thanks Coach. Grace and I will be back before the title game tomorrow. See you then.”
 
March 4
 
“Dick Hertz here before the conf. R title game between Miss Valley ST and our own UML River Hawks. Here’s Grace Clark with a breakdown.”
 
“Thanks Dick. 22-7, 12-4MVS finished alone in 1st place. They like to run the 5 out on O. They can score inside and out and don’t really have a go to guy although their PG lit us up last time. On D they play the 1-3-1 so it’s important to get the ball down low, especially into the corners. That’s where the open shots come. The other place is on the wings. You want the front guy and the back guy on the 1-3-1 to get ping ponged. If you’re successful with that there will be lots of open shots. Then you need to knock them down. Their back up Point has a sore knee but he’ll play. The key for UML is, as always, to find the open man, and on D to mix it up. They score more points outside than in so we’ll probably see more of the 3-2 and the man than the 2-3.”
 
 
“Thanks Grace. We’ll be back after the game.”
“Dick Hertz here with Grace Clark and the coach. Coach, congratulations on a 67-57 win. Tell us about it.”
 
“Well Dick, we knew that we had to prevent their PG from getting open shots. We were able to take him completely out of the game. As a matter of fact their starters didn’t hurt us at all. But like last night it was the bench that gave us trouble.”
 
“Grace, give us the numbers on that.”
 
“The MVS bench had 37, 11, and 6.”
 
“Coach?”
 
“Wow! Anyway, we knew that the 1-3-1 meant either get the ball to the corner or make quick passes for open shots on the wings. Fortunately our passing was terrific tonight. I haven’t seen the stat sheet but I’m guessing we had less than 10 TOs.”
 
“You had 9.”
 
“Thanks Grace. We didn’t rebound all that well but we shot well.”
 
“24-51 for 47.1%, and 14-24 on threes.”
 
“So we shot better from three point range. Cool!”
 
“Okay coach. How high do you think you’ll go in the NCAA tourney?”
 
“Good question, Dick. The honest answer is, not that high. Last year and the year before, when we had better records than we have this year, we felt that we went way lower than we should have. This year? I’d be very happy with a #14 seed, but I think it’s more likely to be a #15 or 16.
 
“Grace and I will be with you and the team on selection Sunday. See you then.”
 
March 12
 
“Dick Hertz and Grace Clark here in the UML gym with Coach Clark and the team. The selection show is just beginning. Coach, there were an enormous number of upsets in the conf. tournaments. Do you think this will help you to get a higher seed?”
 
“Not really, even though there was a record setting number of upsets. Our RPI is at 70, and that’s not going to help us.”
 
“Okay, here we go… That was quick! #15 in the Est, facing #2 seed Oklahoma State, 23-9.”
 
“Ooh, tough draw, Coach., #5 in the country, #8 RPI.”
 
“Yes it is Grace, but it’s no surprise. If we hadn’t won our conf. we would have been either in the NIT or the CHI, so we didn’t expect to be shown a great deal of respect.”
 
“Can you beat this team?”
 
“It won’t be easy, Dick. I don’t know a whole lot about them yet but I do know that their SG, Kevin Wells, is in the top 5 on the Norton list.”
 
“Will you double him?”
 
“We very rarely do that Grace, but it’s a possibility. Again, I need to look at some film and learn more about the team. The only thing I can tell our listeners right now is that we’ll give it all we’ve got.”
 
“Okay, Coach, Grace, we’ll be there for the game. See you then.”
 
March 16
 
“Dick Hertz here with Grace Clark before the first round game between Ok. ST and our own UML River Hawks. Grace.”
 
“This is going to be an uphill battle against an extremely good team. One thing we should remember though. When Coach Clark got here we had never been to the NCAA tournament. This is our 4th straight trip. UML fans have a lot to be happy about.”
 
“What do we need to do to win.”
 
“Honestly, we have to play the very best ball we are capable of playing and we then need to hope that Ok. ST has an off night. One of those two things won’t be enough. The only thing working in our favopr is that they are very thin at guard. Their first two back up guards are banged up. They’ll play, but not at 100%. And another back up guard flunked off the team. If we can get one or both of the starting guards, preferably Wells, in foul trouble, we have a shot.”
 
“What do they play?”
 
“On D they go all man, and they press often. It’s been an effective press. On O they are very deliberate, never in a hurry. They play the Princeton and play it very well.”
 
“Okay. We’ll be back with the coach after the game.”
 
 
“Dick Hertz and Grace Clark here with the Coach. Coach, 82-83 in OT. I’m guessing that you’re frustrated, but very proud of your team.”
 
“That really says it, Dick.”
 
“Tell us about it, Kip, I mean Coach.”
 
“Okay, Grace. We did something that we’ve done all year long. We got them in early foul trouble and kept them there. Every one of their starters and one of their subs had either 4 or 5 fouls by the end. Admittedly the officials called a lot of fouls, both of our guards wound up with 4, but that was still a huge help to us. Second, we held Wells to 16. Unfortunately he had 9 boards and 7 assists to go with them but still, 16 for him is an off night. We took great care of the ball, 13 TOs and had the most rebounds we’ve had all year, 43 for a +11. 
 
“Okay, we got off to an early lead and really put the pressure on. About 14 minutes in we were up by 14. Unfortunately they cut it to 6 at the half which put them right back in it. Then in the 2nd they caught us, and it was back and forth for the last 15 minutes. At the end we had the ball. We wanted to get the ball inside but they didn’t let that happen. Jon Dark was forced to take a long three and it went off the front rim.”
 
“Coach, how are you feeling right now?”
 
“Grace, as we said, I’m proud of my guys and I’m frustrated. But I’m okay, really. We gave it absolutely everything we had and I don’t see that there’s any more we could have done. I’m good.”
 
“Glad to hear it.”
 
“Dick Hertz here. You didn’t see that but our color commentator and the coach just hugged. Ordinarily we’d frown on that sort of thing but under the circumstances…”
 
“Coach, Dave Brown got 18, 3, and 6, and 9 guys scored, 7 of them had 9 or more points.”
 
“As I said, we did everything we could.”
 
“It’s way too soon to be thinking about next year but the only guy you’re losing is Jon Dark, and you have 2 good looking transfers and three recruits coming in- oh, and you’ll be in conf. Q.”
 
“Yes, and all of our untested kids will now be experienced p[layers. I expect to have a good year.”
 
“Okay, we’re out of time.”
 
March 19
 
“Dick Hertz here on ‘Sportstalk.’ The year of the upset in college basketball continues. The #2, 3, and 4 ranked teams in the country are all out of the NCAA tournament in the round of 32.”
 
March 26
“Dick Hertz here. The final four is set. #1 ranked Michigan State will play #14 UCLA, and #21 Kansas will play unranked Maryland. So we have a 1 seed vs. a #4, and a #5 vs. a #9. Very unusual!”


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April 1969
 
Massive anti-war demonstrations world wide
 
Rioting in Northern Ireland
 
1st human eye transplant
 
April 4
 
“Dick Hertz and Grace Clark here with the coach. First, the string of upsets in the NCAA tournament ended with #1 seed Mich. ST winning it all. Grace.”
 
“Coach, today is awards announcement day. Tell us how you did.”
 
“Deon Wild got Freshman of the Year, Jon Dark got 1st team, which made me really happy, and Dave Brown made the 2nd team. Pretty good considering we finished tied for 3rd and the voting is based on the regular season only.”
 
“Any job offers?”
 
“Well, Grace, there were lots of calls but my beautiful, talented, brilliant wife and I decided that we’re not going anywhere for some time to come.”
 
(Laughs) “Well said, Coach. This is Dick Hertz. We’ll visit the coach, hopefully with Grace, at least once more before the end of the season.”
 
April 23
 
“Dick Hertz here with Coach Kip Clark. Grace Clark couldn’t be with us tonight. Coach, first, what did you ask for from A. D. Jack Lacy, and did you get it?”
 
“I asked for more budget money. I got  nothing.”
 
“You went 22-9, won the conf. tourney, lost in the NCAA to a #2 seed by 1 point in OT, and you’re moving up to conf. Q. Pretty good considering you had almost zero experience on your team.”
 
“A lot of people came through for us. It was a very satisfying season.”
 
“I’m sure it was. And now your 6 year record as a head coach is 132-53, .714. Your Off. rating is 19, Def.- 32, Recruit- 80, Scout- 4, Player Development- 25, Reputation- 25. Pretty impressive.”
 
“Thanks Dick. I’ve been a little lucky, I have great assistant coaches and a great A. D., and my kids are the best. I’m looking forward to another exciting season next year.”
 
“Okay. I want to say goodbye. I’m graduating. We’ve been training freshman Woody Johnson to take over and he’ll be the sports guy at WLOW starting this summer. This is Dick Hertz signing off.”


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May 1969
 
Monty Python troupe forms
 
Apollo 10 circles the moon
 
June 1969
 
Last episode of Star Trek
 
Warren Burger confirmed as Chief Justice of SCOTUS
 
Stonewall Gay Bar riots
 
1st Jewish worship service ever at White House
 
June 12
 
“Woody Johnson here on ‘Sportstalk,’ 88.1 FM, WLOW, how LOW can you GO! We have Coach Clark with us. Coach, I hear there’s some news about transfers.
 
“That’s right, Woody. We nabbed three, a Shooting Guard, a Power Forward, and a Center.
 
“So what do you think?”
 
“Well, the nice thing and the bad thing about transfers is they sit for a year. The bad is obvious. The nice thing is they can practice with the team for that year, learn the system, improve their skills, get used to our coaching style.”
 
“Thanks Coach. We’ll talk again soon.”
 
June 26
 
“Woody Johnson with Coach Clark. Coach, 3 scholarships. Tell us a little about who you’re looking at.”
 
“Sure. We’re taking a different approach this year. We’re only looking at 8 guys all guards. We will add new guys as needed, as the process moves along.”
 
“Very different approach. Interesting. The reasons?”
 
“Well, we wasted lots of resources on guys we never had a chance with. This way that shouldn’t happen, or at least not as much.”
 
“Makes sense.”
 
July 1969
 
U. S. troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
 
Serious rioting all over Northern Ireland
 
Two men set foot on the Moon
 
August 1969
 
Manson family commit the Tate-LaBianca murders
 
Rioting and bombings in Northern Ireland
 
Woodstock
 
August 21
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and we have Coach Clark on the line for a very quick update on recruiting. Coach.”
 
“Woody, we started with 8, we’re down to 7 , and all 7 are at least somewhat interested.”
 
“Have you offered any scholarships?”
 
“Not yet. We expect to do that during the first week in September.”
 
“Thanks coach. Just a heads up to our fans. We’ve made arrangements to have Grace Clark, the coach’s wife, and vice provost in charge of student affairs on with us from time to time.”
 
September 1969
 
First ATM in U. S.
 
“Abbey Road” released
 
September 18
 
“Woody Johnson here with Coach Clark. Coach, how’s recruiting going?”
 
“We feel we’re really close with all three Point Guards we offered to.”
 
“And you have a schedule.”
“Yes we do, Woody. Nobody who’s any good is willing to play us at home but we have one ranked team and a couple of others in high conferences in our road schedule.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
October 1969
 
Millions protest the war
 
Paul McCartney publicly announces that he is not dead
 
SCOTUS orders immediate end to all school segregation
 
Race riots in several cities
 
October 2
 
Woody Johnson here with Coach Clark. Coach, How’s recruiting going?”
 
“Great! We have commitments from 2 Point Guards.”
 
“Today was the first day of practice.”
 
“Yes it was. I liked what I saw but it’s early. We have 7 or 8 guys I’d be happy to put in at crunch time. We’ll see how I feel in 6 weeks when the season starts but a good first impression.”
 
“Did the guys come in in shape?”
 
“Every one of them.”
 
You’re picked first in conf. Q.”
 
“The upward climb has to slow at some point but I would be very happy if the pundits were right.”
 
“Talk again soon, Coach.”


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November 1969
 
Sesame Street premieres
 
250,000 protest war in Wash., D. C.
 
SALT talks open
 
Draft lottery begins
 
November 6
 
Woody Johnson here on ‘Sportstalk’ with Coach Clark. Coach, exhibition games showed you something I hear.”
 
“They showed me that Lee Seitz might be the best player I’ve ever coached.
 
“He’s your transfer Center from Pitt.”
 
“Yes. For whatever reason he wasn’t happy there and we were able to grab him. Believe me, he can play.”
 
“Great. What about the rest of the lineup?”
 
“Rod Book and Dave Brown are back at the guard slots. They did a great job last year and now they’re experienced. Chic Blue is back. He did a great job from the bench last year. We’re going to start him at Small Forward. Dan Morr was our Power Forward last year and he’s starting there again. Deon Wild is our first big guy off the bench, and Tony Lutz our first guard. They’re both experienced players and we won’t lose anything when they come in.”
“Sounds great. Did you get that last recruit yet?”
 
“Still working on it, Woody.”
 
“Okay, we’ll talk again soon.”
 
November 20
 
Woody Johnson here on ‘Sportstalk,’ 88.1 FM, WLOW, how LOW can you GO! This is the first of our weekly sessions with the coach, He’s on the line to tell us about the first week of the season. The lines are open. Coach?”
 
“Hi Woody. It was a great first week. We started with Milwaukee from conf. I at home, and we beat them 66-45. Seitz lived up to our expectations with 31 and 10, and Chic Blue added 14 and 7. Deon Wild had 6 and 5 from the bench and we were +14 on the boards. So our inside game was more than solid. Our guards didn’t score much  but we only had 11 TOs. I thought we played really good D.
 
“Then we traveled to Portland State from U, and played even better D in a 49-38 game. Lee had 13 and 11, and shut down the other Center. Dave Brown had 11, and Tony Lutz had 9 from the bench. It was a low scoring game so no one else did much in terms of points but Deon Wild had 5 and 6. We had only 9 TOs so we’re really taking care of the ball.”
 
“Let’s take a call or two. Kyle in Dudley.”
 
“Coach, Deon Wild is playing some terrific ball. He did last year, too. I’m surprised he’s not starting.”
 
“Well, Kyle, he’s not going to beat out Lee Seitz. He’s a true Center and he isn’t that good with the ball. He can play the 4 spot, but Dan Morr is a terrific defender. I’m not saying Deon won’t be a starter at some point but for now we like him coming in from the bench. He gives us a real boost.”
 
“Joe from Pittsfield.”
 
“Coach, Brown isn’t getting’ that many minutes.”
 
“That’s true Joe, but it’s because he’s gotten into some foul trouble in both games. I want him out there more but I have to sit him when he’s in foul trouble.”
 
“Mike from Roxbury.”
 
“Coach, I guess you’re happy now that we’re losin’ the war and takin’ our troops out.”
 
“I don’t want us to lose the war, I just want us to get out of there. We never should have gone in and I don’t want to see any more American boys killed or wounded in a fight we never should have made.”
 
“Bill from Fitchburg.”
 
“Coach, Seitz seems to be everything you said he was.”
 
“He’s a big time player, Bill. We’re very happy with him.”
 
“Some tough opponents this week, Coach.”
 
“Definitely, Woody. We have Seton Hall, from E, here, and then we travel to Ohio State, also from E.”
 
“Good luck. The coach will be away next Sunday so we’ll be here with vice provost and coach’s wife Grace Clark.”
 
November 27
 
“Sportstalk’ back from break. I’m Woody Johnson and Grace Clark is with me. Grace, twll us about UML’s week.”
 
“Okay, Woody. We hosted Seton Hall and played really well in a 75-50 win. Lee Seitz had 34 and 8, Chic Blue had 12, 9, and 5, Book andf Brown had 8 each, Wild and Morr each had 5 and 5. We only had 6 TOs, which is terrific, and we were +7 on the boards. There wasn’t much Coach Clark could complain about in this game.
 
“Then we traveled to Ohio State where we won 74-66.”
 
“Quite a week when you beat 2 teams from E!”
 
“Absolutely! eLee had 36 and 7. He’s all but impossible to stop whn he gets the ball inside and Coach spends a lot of time at practice finding ways to get the ball to him. Dave Brown had 12, 2 and 4, and Chic and Dan had good games. Rod Book was in foul trouble throughout but Tony Lutz did a great job filling in. Deon Wild had another good game from the bench. We were +6 on the boards. The only thing we didn’t like was 18 TOs.”
 
“Let’s go to the phones. Jimmy from Cambridge.”
 
“4-0, 3 against teams from high conferences. Looks like it could be a really good season.”
 
“Yes it does, Jimmy. If we can stay healthy we feel very optimistic.”
 
“Rob from Quincy.”
 
“You’re beating up on the other teams. Do you think you’ll be ranked soon?”
 
“Well Rob, we’re still in a low conference so it will probably take a lot of wins for that to happen. We’re at #20 Butler in 2 weeks. If we’re still unbeaten after that game it could happen.”
 
“Steve from Dorchester.”
 
“So you and your husband are against the war. Do you take part in the riots?”
 
“I don’t know of any riots connected with war protests. We have taken part in a few legal demonstrations in Boston and New York. These demonstrations all took place with legally obtained permits, and they were completely peaceful.”
 
“Yeah but you’re still a bunch of traitors and commun-”
 
“And that’s enough of that, thank you. Jenny here on campus.”
 
“Jeez! Anyways, I was going to ask if you think people in leadership positions, like you and your husband, should take part in demonstrations for peace, and for racial and gender equality, and things like that?”
 
“What do you think, Jenny?”
 
“Well, I think leaders should lead by showing that their on the side of the people.”
 
“That’s what Coach Clark and I think, too. Now, we won’t be a part of any violent demonstrations, but we intend to continue to participate in peaceful protest. That is our first amendment right and we both feel it is important, especially in these troubled times.”
 
“We got a little off track here, but yes, these are troubled times. We’re just about out of time but I want to remind our listeners that we only cut you off if you’re rude or offensive. You can say almost anything you want as long as you say it courteously and without making accusations. Thanks to Grace Clark. We’re here 5 nights a week, Sunday through Thursday, and we’ll have the coach with us next Sunday.”


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December 1969
 
Surprise attack by L. A. police on Black Panthers
 
British parliament abolishes the death penalty
 
Vince Lombardy coaches his last game
 
USAF ends Project Blue Book- no evidence of extraterrestrial contact of any kind
 
Curt Flood initiates suit against MLB to end reserve clause
 
December 4
 
“Woody Johnson here with the coach. Another great week, Coach.”
 
Ball State came here and we beat them 73-59. Lee Seitz had an incredible 52 points, with 10 boards and 2 assists. We had 7 TOs and +2 boards.”
 
“He almost outscored the opposition.”
 
“Yes he did. Once he gets the ball inside it’s all but automatic. Then we went to Colgate where we won 70-49. Lee had 26, 13, and 2, and Rod Book had 15, 3, and 6. Chic Blue had 10. I wasn’t happy with 16 TOS but I was very happy with +18 on the boards.”
 
“Coach, Lee Seitz is leading the nation in scoring.”
 
“By a wide margin. He’s also 3rd in rebounding.”
 
“But you’re more than a one man team.”
 
“Lee brings us to a whole other level but I think we’re a very good team. Book, Brown and Lutz are all really solid at guard. Wild, Morr, and Blue are all giving us a lot inside. This is a  good team that Lee just might make a great team.”
 
“Big game this week.”
 
“Yes, a big early season test at #22 Butler. They’re in C, and it will give us a good indication of how good we are. But before that we have San Diego ST from H at home. They’re no slouch either, they’re 5-0.”
 
“Thanks Coach.  We have Mrs. Clark next Sunday.”
 
November 11
 
“Woody Johnson and vice provost, coach’s wife Grace Clark here on ‘Sportstalk.’” Grace, tell us about the week.”
 
“Great week, Woody. We beat undefeated San Diego ST here, 78-60. Lee had 36, 5, 2, and 4 steals. Chic had 16, Dan Morr had 9 and 7. We totally dominated inside. We had 11 TOs so our guards did the job too.
 
“Then we traveled to #22, Butler, from conf. C, and beat them 85-71. They alternated between doubling Lee and playing a very ‘in the paint’ 2-3, but Lee got 25, 9, 2 despite that and Chic added 10. But our guards were the story. Butler let us have the outside shot and we nailed it all night long. Dave Brown had 25, 3, and 7, and Rod Book had 18, 5, and 6. Future opponents need to really be worried when we show that kind of versatility.”
 
8-0, and looking better every game.”
 
“As we play more together we get better and better, and remember, this is a veteran team. Of the 7 we play regularly only Seitz is new to the lineup, and as a transfer he practice with us all season last year.”
 
“Powerful. Andy in Concord.”
 
“Who can beat you?”
 
“I think it’s more what can beat us. There are a few things- serious foul trouble, injuries, a really poor shooting night, but above all, complacency.”
 
“Great answer. Rocky in Brockton- not that Rocky in Brockton, right?”
 
“HA! No I’m not. How do you keep a team ‘up’ when you really don’t have many quality teams left on the schedule?”
 
“Good question. We mix it up in practice. Keep them thinking, surprise them with things in order to keep them alert. Never let practice become predictable or routine. Set different goals for each game to keep focus.”
 
“That’s new. Tell us about it.”
 
“Well, it depends upon the opposition. If they’re really good with the ball one of the goals might be to be even on TOs and assists. If we’re not rebounding as well as we like a goal might be to get 30 boards. If they’re good at inside scoring it might be to not allow more than a certain number of points inside. We usually have 2 goals fro the guards, 2 for the inside guys, and 2 for the whole team. That way no player has more than 4 goals to focus on. The bench assistant, Dave Logan, addresses goals before the game- the guys know the goals all week, talks about them again at the half, reminds players during time outs, and does an analysis at the first practice after the game.”
 
“Interesting. Thanks Grace. This week only one game, Appalachian ST from I, at home. Next Sunday the coach is with us.”
 
December 18
 
“Woody Johnson here with the coach. Closer one this week, Coach!”
 
“Yes it was. Appalachian ST never really got that close after the first 5 minutes or so, but we couldn’t put them away. They kept it at 5-10 for most of the game, 61-52 at the end.”
 
“How did they manage that?”
 
“They mixed up the defenses very effectively, and on the fly. That made it difficult. I commend my guys for only having 10 TOs. Under the circumstances that was excellent. Lee had 24 and 10 and he had to work hard for all of it. Our guards had great games again, 11, 6, 7 for Rod, 10, 4, 6 for Dave. Chic had 9 and 6.”
 
“9-0. Why aren’t you ranked?”
 
“I’m not the guy to ask. I think we’re close. If we keep winning it will happen sooner or later.”
 
“San Jose ST comes to town this week.”
 
“Yes, they’re in N conf. and they’re struggling. If we play our game we should be fine.
 
“Okay, the coach has to run, so thanks Coach, and we’ll see you next week- on Monday, not Sunday.”
 
December 26
 
‘Woody Johnson on ‘Sportstalk’ with the coach on the line. Coach, another win.”
 
82-63 over San Jose ST. 23 and 8 for Lee, 16, 3, 4 for Dave, 15, 3, 3 for Rod, 13, 3, 3 for Chic, and good bench play. The more teams focus on Lee the more our other guys put up numbers.”
 
“I’d hate to try to stop your team, Coach.”
 
“Well, if you’re in A, B, or C you’d probably do just fine.”
 
One more before conf. play begins.”
 
“Yes, Hawaii, from conf. G is in. They’re 6-4, and they have a pretty good team. We’re taking nothing for granted.”
 
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January 1970
 
Beatles last recording session
 
NYC subway fare goes from 20 to 30 cents.
 
Angela Davis fired by UCLA for being a communist
 
M*A*S*H* premieres
 
Gaddafi leads a coup, takes over in Libya
 
January 1
 
“Happy 1970, Coach. You ran the table for the preseason, 11-0.”
 
“Yes we did. 81-53 over Hawaii. 36 and 9 for Lee, 23 for Chic Blue, 5 TOs, +12 on the boards. I was happy with the play of the 7 guys who get major minutes.”
 
“Things are going well.”
 
“Things are going very well.”
 
“Let’s go to the phones. Milly in Somerset.”
 
“Coach, you’re beating up on the opposition in every category. What are you worried about?”
 
“I’m not a worrier, Milly, but I’m concerned about us beating ourselves. We’re a really good team, and we should win the conf., if we stay healthy and stay focused, but a lot of things can happen. My wife talked here last week or the week before about complacency. That’s the thing we fight hardest against. We simply cannot allow it.”
 
“Frank from Southea.”
 
“Coach, I think coaches should stick ta coachin’ an’ stay outta politics.”
 
“Yes, Frank, I’m sure a lot of folks feel that way. But I feel it is my duty as a citizen to fight for what I think is important. I don’t intend to stop fighting against the war, or for racial, ethnic and gender equality, fair treatment of poor people, and things like that.”
 
“Archie in Worcester.”
 
“Coach, talk about bein’ undefeated.”
 
“Well Archie, it’s kind of strange. I don’t know how much it means. While we’ve beaten some decent teams we’ve played no one from A or B and only one team from C. We’re a good team, maybe a very good team, but we won’t know how good until March. Still, I’m pretty happy with how we’re doing.”
“Thanks Coach. We have Mrs. Clark next week.”
 
January 8
 
“Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark. The streak ended.”
 
“Yes it did. We had a 1-1 week which easily could have been either 0-2, or 2-0. Miss. Valley ST beat us by 3 there. It was a game that went back and forth all night. They had the last possession and they hit a 3 to win it.”
 
“How’d they beat us?”
 
“They played smart and they played well. They doubled the ball inside, managed to get inside position most of the night for rebounds, but still somehow managed to defe3nd against the outside shot to an extent. One of the things they did was to not guard Dan Morr unless he was in the paint. It worked. They were +4 on the boards, even on TOs, and they held Lee to 20. Their PG had a terrific night with 31.” 
 
“Everyone from Lowell has been saying that officiating was a factor.”
 
“The officiating crew simply wasn’t calling much on either team. MVS was pushing and grabbing all night and mostly getting away with it, but we weren’t be called for fouls either. Would a crew that called a normal game have made a difference? In a word, yes.”
 
“And then the team traveled to Cal.-Santa Barbara for another tight game.”
 
73-71. We got in a deep hole early. They were up 15 with about 8 minutes gone in the 1st half. Coach used three time outs. The 2rd seemed to begin to turn things around, but we were still down 11 at the half. I wasn’t at the game but I’m told there was smoke leaking out of the visiting locker room at halftime. When we came out we started playing our game, but it took a long time before we were able to get the lead, and it went back and forth until the end. This time we had the last possession and Rod got it into Lee who was fouled in the act with .3 seconds left. He sank both of them and that was that.”
 
“Quite the scare.”
 
“Maybe it’s good that we started conf. play this way. Our guys know they need to work hard.”
 
“Tell us who did the damage for us in the game.”
 
“Lee had 29 and 10, despite playing in foul trouble for the first time this year. The other 6 guys all had between 5 and 10 points. We had only 10 TOs, and we were +7 on the boards. If you look at the stat sheet it doesn’t seem like the game should have been this close, but it was.”
 
“Who’s up this week?”
 
“We’re home with 5-8, 1-1 Sacramento ST. Then we travel to Monmouth, also 5-8, 1-1.”
 
“Any changes to the lineup or the formations and strategies?”
 
“No, we’re sound. We just need to work harder. I’m confident that our guys will do that.”
 
“Okay Grace, you’re with us again next week when we’ll try to save time for calls.”
 
January 15
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and Grace Clark. Grace, tell us about the week.”
 
“Okay Woody. A fairly easy win at home and a real challenge on the road. We beat Sacramento ST 76-62 in a game that wasn’t that close. Teams are doubling Lee, sometimes tripling him, more and more so other guys need to step up, which they are. Lee had 19,6 despite foul trouble again. Rod Book only played 22 minutes before fouling out but he had 21 points.”
 
“Lots of foul trouble in that game.”
 
“Coach Clark got a T and that’s extremely rare. Besides Lee and Rod, Deon Wild fouled out and Dave Brown had 4. But we managed to overcome that. Everyone contributed on both ends. We were +9 with 11 TOs, and +2 on the boards. It was a very physical game, and our guys, all of them, were bruised, banged up, and exhausted.
 
“That was a factor in the game at Monmouth. That one was another 2 point win, 73-71.  There were an unbelievable 21 lead changes and 10 ties. We wound up scoring 7 of the last 10 points in the game to steal one. Lee had 22, 9, and 4, and the other six guys all had between 7 and 9 points. Coach tried to spread out the minutes evenly and give frequent breaks because the guys were still recovering from the previous game. It showed in that we didn’t defend as well as usual, and we threw it away 18 times. What saved us was rebounding, +19.”
 
“Talk about fatigue.”
 
“The guys are tired. They fly home tonight, play Southern Utah, and then fly out to Low Point. Coach is going very easy on the physical things in practice. Lots of blackboard stuff, some shooting practice, walkthroughs, and not much else. Young men who are in excellent shape recover quickly and Coach wants to give every opportunity for that to happen.”
 
“And the two teams we’re playing this week?”
 
“Southern Utah is 2-13. Coach hopes to be able to go deep into the bench and rest the starters. I said ‘hopes.’ He can only do that if things are going well. Low Point is tied for 1st with MVS. They’re 9-6, 4-0, and they can play. We’re hoping to have our guys rested and back at 100% for that game.”
 
“Okay, Norm in Framingham.”
 
“I don’t get it. You beat up on teams in conferences way up the line and now almost every game is close in this low conf.”
 
“I get what you’re saying, Norm. There are a lot of good teams in Q. I think it’s possible the guys thought just what you did, that after beating all of those teams early the conference would be a breeze. It hasn’t been and it won’t be. They know that now.”
 
“Will in Danvers.”
 
“So what movies are you guys watching?”
 
“We loved ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They.’ ‘The Arrangement’ was really good. ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ was delightful. Don’t waste your money on ‘Paint your Wagon.’ ‘Bob and Carl and Ted and Alice’ put us to sleep.”
 
“Okay, we’re out of time. We’ve got Grace again next week.”
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and Grace Clark. Let’s talk about the week in hoops. Grace?”
 
“It was a great week! We beat So. Utah by 20 here, 74-54. 32 for Lee, his best game in some time. Our other 6 all played well. 9 TOs for +11, and +3 on the boards. We looked really good.
 
“Then we went to Low Point, who lost their previous game. That made us a little nervous because we knew they would work really hard not to lose 2 in a row. We really got it done. We scored the first 7 and never looked back. The closest they ever got was 4, and we won 77-62. They doubled Lee all night and held him to 12 and 6, and fouled him out, but that left Chic open and he took full advantage with 23, 4, 3, and 5 steals.15, 3, and 6 for Rod, and 12 for Dave. Deon had a solid game, and we need that with Lee only able to play 25 minutes. 6 TOs. It was a great win and we’re now tied for 1st with MVS.”
 
“Great week indeed! Let’s go to Les in Marlboro.”
 
“I wonder why Deon Wild isn’t starting. His numbers are way better than Morr’s.”
 
“Yes, they are. But Dan is a much better defender and a mu8ch better ball handler. They actually play about the same number of minutes. Coach tries to have Deon in when we need offense and Dan in when we need to stop the other team. We think it’s working pretty well.”
 
“George in Marblehead.”
 
“Tony Lutz has been nearly perfect with the ball, he’s a better defender than Book, and he’s scoring almost exactly the same. Seems like an easy call.”
 
“Not quite so easy. We love what Tony’s giving us, and the Coach is looking to increase his minutes. That may happen before long.”
 
“Thanks Grace. We’ve got the Coach next week”
 
January 29
 
“Woody here with the coach. 1-1 this week, Coach.”
 
“Let’s start with the good news. We beat The Citadel at home, 61-43. 25 and 10 for Lee, +11 TOs, great D.
 
“Then we went to Oakland and played our first awful game of the season, 46-69. Didn’t make shots, didn’t rebound, Lee had his first single digit game. Rod had 18 but nobody else did much of anything. Fortunately we’re still in a 3 way tie for 1st. 
 
“And this week?”
 
“Home against 6-13, 4-4 Quinnipiac, then we travel to 8-11, 4-4 Portland.”
 
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February 1970
 
Chicago 7 found innocent
 
February 5
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and the coach is on the line. Give us a call. Coach, a good week.”
 
“Yes. We beat Quinnipiac here 75-49. 30, 7, 3, and 3 steals for Lee, 12 for Tony Lutz and good games all around. 9 TOs and we played good D.
 
“Then we went to Portland and won 73-57. Good D again, and 33 and 14 for Lee. Chic had 19 with 5 assists. We ended the week in a 2 way tie for 1st with South Fork. Only MVS is 1 back.”
“And you finally cracked the top 25!”
 
#22, Woody.”
 
“This week?”
 
“2 at home. Samuel Peters is 8-13, 3-7, and Coppin ST is 12-9, 6-4.”
 
“4 of the last 6 at home. Let’s go to the phones. John in Jamaica Plain.”
 
“Still don’t know why Lutz isn’t starting.”
 
“Well John, as a matter of fact we’ve increased his minutes. He’s not starting but he’s almost got starter’s minutes, and if he keeps playing the way he has been he’ll get even more time.”
 
“Marty in Webster.”
 
“Coach, Seitz is the only guy reboundin’ for ya. That ain’t good!”
 
“I respectfully disagree. Deon Wild and Da Morr are rebounding, and Chic and Rod are doing well. When someone gets as many as Lee does that doesn’t leave many for the rest of the guys. We’re fine in that category.”
 
“Sal in Milbury.”
 
“So what are you watching on TV?”
 
“Basketball games when I can. I watch ‘Meet the Press’ when I’m home on Sundays. The occasional made for TV movie and more often, an old movie. Now and then I watch Bugs Bunny. ’60 Minutes.’ My favorite is ‘Mission Impossible.’”
 
“Okay, talk to you next week, Coach.”
 
February 12
 
“Woody Johnson here with the coach. 2 wins alone in first, and #16 in the polls.”
“And loving it! 69-42 over Samuel Peters. D was awesome. Lee had 31, 13, and 2. Chic had 15, 4, and 3. 6 TOs, 38 RBs. Not much wrong.
 
“Then Coppin ST came in and we had a battle on our hands. We didn’t really take control until the last 5 minutes or so, but we won 69-58. 21, 7 for Lee, 16 for Dave Brown, 11 for Chic, and good bench play. But Coppin ST was tough, especially at guard.”
 
Lee is still first in the nation in scoring.”
 
“By 2.9 points per game. And he’s #4 in rebounding. He’s having quite a year!”
 
“This week?”
 
“We travel to 11-12, 5-7 Lehigh, and then we host one of the two teams that beat us, 16-7, 9-3, MVS. That should be a good one.”
 
“Can’t wait. Henry in Taunton.”
 
“Coach, do you think Seitz will go pro?”
 
“Good question. We hope not but it’s certainly a possibility. I always encourage my kids to do what’s best for them and I try to help with the decision with that in mind- not what’s best for us, what’s best for them.”
 
“Danny in Fall River.”
 
“Coach, how are the transfers looking in practice?”
 
“Actually all 3 are looking good. If I had them available this year they’d get minutes.”
 
“Roger in East Hampton.”
 
“What music do you and your wife listen to?”
 
“The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, a guy you never heard of named Dave Van Ronk, and some classical.”
 
“Okay. Good luck this week, Coach."
 
February 19
 
“’Sportscenter’ and I’m Woody Johnson. The coach is on the line. 1-1 this week, Coach, but alone in 1st, only 1 team a game back, 2 to play and #15.”
 
“I’m not happy about the loss. We went to Lehigh just couldn’t get anything going offensively. 47-61. They fronted Lee and we weren’t able to get the ball to him. When we did they doubled down. He had a season low 6, and only 5 boards. Normally other guys step up but we kept trying to get it inside. At every opportunity I tried to tell the guys to find the open man, when there’s a double team someone HAS to be open. But we just, for whatever reason, didn’t do it. Believe me, we’ve been working on that in practice ever since. Anyway, -2 TOs, -5 RBs, and only Book and Wild did any scoring.
 
“Then we played MVS at home in a battle for 1st place and we were a whole different team, 65-46. We were in charge all the way. They scored the 1st 2, we got the next 9, and we never looked back. Lee had 18, 1`3, and 2, Brown had 13, 3, and 2. +3 TOs, +11 RBs. Sometimes it’s hard to figure. Maybe we were looking ahead to MVS and that’s why we lost to Lehigh. Anyway, 2 to play and we really need to win them both.”
 
“And they are?”
 
“12-13, 7-7 Cal-Santa Barbara at home. We won by only 2 at their place. Then we go to 10-15, 6-8 Sacramento ST. We beat them by 14 at our place.”
 
“Okay, time’s up. We’ll have Grace with us next week, and as she was last year, she’ll be our color commentator for all of the post season games.” 
 
February 26
 
“Woody Johnson and Grace Clark here on ‘Sportstalk.’ Grace, tell us about the week.”
 
The River Hawks ended the regular season with two wins to clinch 1st place in conf. Q, which means we’ll host the tournament. We beat Cal-Santa Barbara 62-54 here. They never led by more than 2, but they never went away either. 22 and 8 for Lee Seitz, 15, 7 foe Chic Blue, only 8 TOs, 37 rebounds. We didn’t shoot well, especially outside.
 
“Then we went to Sacramento ST and won another close game, 54-47. Once again good D got us through. Lee had 22, 11, 3, Chic 12 and 3. 17 TOs hurt us.”
 
“Let’s take a couple of calls. Bernie, here on campus.”
 
“I’m surprised Lutz isn’t playing more. His stats are better than either Book or Brown’s.”
 
“In some ways that’s true. Brown is the best defender of the three and he probably isn’t going anywhere, but sometimes coach agonizes regarding minutes for Book and Lutz. Both Brown and Book are graduating so Tony will have his chance next year.”
 
“Jake in Foxboro.”
 
“Same thing with Wild and Morr. I just don ‘t get that one.”
 
“We’ve addressed that before. Dan Morr is a very good defender and he’s great with the ball. Deon is a better scorer and a better rebounder. It’s situational as to which is in the game. Here again, Dan is graduating so Deon will get his chance.”
 
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March 1970
 
Rhodesia becomes independent from Great Britain
 
U. S. lowers voting age from 21 to 18
 
March 2
 
“Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark. #8 seed SE MO ST won the play in so UML will face them in the round of 8. Grace?”
 
“11-17, 8-8. We didn’t play them this year. This is a game we should win.”
 
“More after these messages.”
 
 
“Woody and Grace here after the game with the Coach. Coach?”
 
60-49, but it wasn’t that close. We never trailed. 25 and 8 for Lee, 17, 3, 5 for Dave Brown. +5 TOs. The only down side was rebounding.”
 
“We’ll play #5 South Fork tomorrow. “
 
“That’s right, Grace. We didn’t play them this season. They’re 20-9, 10-6, not a bad team. We need to stop their Shooting Guard.
 
March 3
 
“Woody and Grace here with the coach after the semifinal game with South Fork. 79-64 win, Coach.”
 
“Just like last night we never trailed. 28 and 6 for Lee, 11, 4, 3 for Dan Morr, 12, 3, 2 for Deon Wild. We really dominated inside. +14 TOs.”
 
Tomorrow it’s #2 seed Mississippi Valley ST for the title, as expected.”
 
“That’s right, Grace. They beat us by 3 there, then we won by 19 here. We need to stop their outside game, we’re stronger inside. We were able to do that last time and we had no trouble.”
 
“Coach, you’ll be moving up a conference for the 5th straight year. Talk about that.”
 
“Well Grace, we’ve handled it really well, either winning or finishing 2nd in the new conf. every time. At some point we’ll be over matched, but not yet.”
 
“Good luck tomorrow.”
 
March 4
 
“Woody and Grace here after the game with Coach Clark. Coach?”
 
65-58 and the title. 25, 12 for Lee, 18, 7, 3 for Rod Book, 10, 5, 2 for Tony Lutz. They took an early lead, got it up to 11. We got it back to 6 by the half, and then we took over in the 2nd. Foul trouble by Dave Brown hurt but Tony filled in beautifully. 7 TOs, 40 rebounds.”
 
And 2 pieces of great news.”
 
“That’s right Grace. First, we’re now ranked #10, RPI #10, and best of all, Lee Seitz has decided not to go pro.”
“Fantastic news! Grace and I will be with Coach and the team on Selection Sunday.”
 
March 12
 
“Woody Johnson and Grace Clark here with the coach and the team. Coach, how high can you go?”
 
“Well, Woody, we seem to be undervalued by the committee every year. This year we’re ranked #10, RPI #10. That equates to a #3 seed. I’m guessing we’ll go at about #5.”
 
“Here goes. Grace?”
 
“We start in the East. #6. We’ll face #11 Georgetown, 16-13. Coach?”
 
“Georgetown is a good team. They play in C, and they’ve beaten some good teams. That’s about all I know right now but I’ll know a lot more by morning.”
 
“Okay, Grace and I will be at the game.”
 
March 16
 
“Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark before the UML-Georgetown game. Grace?”
 
“GAtown has a very good Point, and they’re strong at 3 and 4. We need Chic, Dan, and Deon to play well, and our guards need to make life tough for their Point. Lee should dominate inside and he needs to. They lost their starting Shooting Guard to grades, and that hurt. They’re only 3-3 in their last 6.”
 
“So this is a winnable game?”
 
“Definitely, if we do the things we know how to do.”
 
 
“Woody and Grace here with the Coach after the Georgetown game. 85-75. Coach?”
 
This was the Lee Seitz show. 50, 12, 2, 3 steals and total domination inside. Chic had 10, 5, 3, Dave Brown had 10 and Rod Book 8, but it was Lee’s show. He was on a national stage since the network made this their featured game, and he sure showed the country what he can do.”
 
“+14 on the boards.”
 
“That was Lee as well.”
 
#3 seed, #8 ranked Michigan next. They’re 24-7.”
 
“Very good team, especially inside. We did our homework since we knew we’d likely face them if we won. 2 very good guards. Their back up Center is out with a broken nose and we’re stronger inside so it will be our inside vs. their outside. Where the game is played will likely determine the outcome.”
 
“Good luck, Coach.”
 
March 18
 
“Woody and Grace here after the game with the coach. End of the line, Coach. 59-69.”
 
“That’s right, Woody. We won the inside game but they were way too much for us outside and that made the difference. On the plus side Lee had 33 and 11, and we were +9 on the boards. Unfortunately he couldn’t do it alone.”
 
“Coach, I know UML was hoping this would be the year we’d get to the Sweet Sixteen.”
 
“Yes Grace, we were, but it didn’t happen. That doesn’t negate the great year we had. We seem to get a little stronger every year so we’re hoping next year will get us there.”
 
“Okay, Grace and I will be with the coach when awards are announced.”


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April 1970
 
Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertising
 
Much violence in No. Ireland
 
Paul McCartney announces the official break up of the Beatles
 
Apollo 13
 
1st Earth Day
 
U. S. invades Cambodia
 
April 4
 
“Woody Johnson here with Grace and Kip Clark. Coach I’ll let you announce it.”
 
“Thanks Woody: WS Player of the Year: Lee Seitz! Weirdly enough he didn’t make either 1st or 2nd team All American. Makes no sense. In conf.: Lee got POY, and Defensive POY, as well as 1st team. Rod Book and Chic Blue made 2nd team.”
And you got Coach of the year.
 
“That’s right Grace, he did. Coach, are you expecting any job offers.”
 
“I’m sure there will be phone calls but we aren’t going anywhere.”
 
“Let’s take some calls. Hugh from Boxboro.”
 
“So how’s the marriage going?”
 
”I’ll take it, Grace. It’s been great. I have never been happier in my life. My wife is beautiful, brilliant, fun to be around- delightful in every way.”
 
“Grace?”
 
“It’s been wonderful. We really are a good match. I’ll echo what Kip said, I’ve never been happier.”
 
“I don’t know how we can top that. We’ll have Mr. and Mrs. back on the 23rd.”
 
April 23
 
“Woody here with Coach Clark and Grace. Coach, what did you ask for?”
 
The budget simply is not adequate to keep up as we move to higher conferences.”
 
“And?’
 
We got $2,000. We’re up to $139,000. We’ll be the lowest in conf. P, but no one has more than $177,000 so it’s not bad.”
 
“Coach, a 28-4 season. Not much to complain about.”
 
“It was a really good season, Grace. It’s never all that you want it to be because that’s the way coaches are built, but I’m really happy with it.”
 
“Grace, go through the numbers for us.”
 
“Okay, Woody. Team prestige is now 15. Coach’s record is 160-57, .737 for 7 years as a head coach, all here at UML. His Off- rating is 23, Def.-37, Recruit- 80, Scout- 4, Player Development- 30, Reputation- 29.”
"And Coach, who are we losing?”
 
We’re losing 3 starters, Woody, our 2 starting guards, Brown and Book, and PF Dan Morr. We have Tony Lutz and Deon Wild ready to step in, and we have 3 transfers and 3 recruits also coming in, 4 of them guards and 2 bigs. I think we’ll be fine.”
 
“As long as you have Lee Seitz I’m sure you will be. See you next season, Coach, Grace.”


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May 1970
 
1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby.
 
“Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming, we’re finally on our own…” 4 murdered by National Guard at Kent State.
 
Hundreds of thousands worldwide demonstrate against the war
 
Race riots in many cities
 
2 killed by Mississippi Highway Patrol at Jackson State
 
Beatles’ last LP, “Let It Be” released in U. S.
 
June 1970
 
1st artificial gene synthesized
 
SCOTUS rules juries of less than 12 are constitutional
 
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution repealed overwhelmingly
 
Bob Dylan receives honorary doctorate from Princeton
 
June 16 
 
“Woody Johnson here with UML hoops coach Kip Clark. Coach, I hear there’s some news about transfers.”
 
“There is, Woody. We got 2 Point Guards, Cob Abby and Sal Dock. We feel good about both of them.”
 
“That leaves you with one scholarship, right Coach?
 
“That’s right, Woody, at least for now.
 
June 26
 
“’Sportstalk,’ Woody here. Coach Clark is on the line for one quick question. Coach, how many recruits are you looking at to fill the on open spot?”
 
“Looking at 8 right now, Woody.”
 
“Thanks Coach.”
 
July 1970
 
Rioting in No. Ireland
 
Race riots in many U. S. locations
 
Aswan Dam opens in Egypt
 
August 1970
 
Huey Newton freed from jail
 
Curt Flood loses antitrust suit
 
September 1970
 
Salvador Allende wins Presidential election is Chile
 
PLO hijacks 4 planes
 
Timothy Leary escapes from jail
 
Monday Night Football premieres
 
Nixon requests 1000 new FBI agents for college campuses
 
September 18
 
“Woody Johnson here on ‘Sportstalk’ with Coach Clark. Coach, what’s the recruiting news?”
 
“We feel like we’re really close to our guy and we’re considering making another scholarship available.”
 
“And the schedule?”
 
We wanted a challenging schedule. It wasn’t easy to put one together. Having 8 of our 11 pre-conf. games on the road was not great.
 
We wound up with lots of good teams, 3 of them ranked.
 
“Talk to you again soon, Coach.”
 
October 1970
 
‘Woody here with the coach. You got your man.”
 
“We did. And we’re after one more.”
 
“How was the first day of practice?”
 
“Lots of talent, Woody. I expect that as many as ten guys may be fighting for starting spots.”
 
“You’re at #1 in conf. in the preseason polls. Can you do it again?”
 
“I think there’s a good chance of it.”
 
“Okay, we’ll be speaking with you again soon.”


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October 23
 
“Woody Johnson here on ‘Sportstalk’ with Grace Clark, wife of Coach Kip Clark, and vice provost here at UML. We’re here with Grace for an unusual reason. Coach Clark was arrested yesterday afternoon. Fill us in, Grace.”
 
“Well, as anyone who’s read the papers or watched the news already knows, Coach Clark was arrested along with 27 other people yesterday at a protest on the Boston Common.”
 
“Tell us more.”
 
“The protest was against the murders of unarmed college students at Kent State and Jackson State last in the spring.”
 
“Did the protesters have the proper permits and other paperwork?”
 
“Yes we did- I was there as well.”
 
“So not everyone was arrested?”
 
“There were at least 20,000 of us. The police were looking to make high profile arrests and they did. They only missed me because a little girl had gotten slightly injured, completely by accident, and I had taken her and  her mom off to the sides, away from the front lines, in order to see how we might help her. Almost as soon as we got where we were going I could tell by the crowd noise that something was going on. I couldn’t leave the girl but I was able to see the Boston police attack and arrest the 28 people, including my husband.”
 
“Now what?”
 
“Those who were arrested are refusing to post bond. The arrests were illegal and we want to maximize the news coverage in order to show how improperly the Boston police acted- completely against the written orders of Mayor Kevin White, incidentally. Our lawyers are posting the proper documents to have all of the arrest records expunged from the record. When that happens we’ll post bond, and then sue the Boston Police Department, on a large number of counts.”
 
“Wow! We’re a long way from basketball.”
 
“These are troubled times, Woody. The players know that the three assistants are in charge for now, and that everything will be fine.”
“Thanks Grace. We’ll have you on again soon. Hopefully all of this will be resolved within a day or two."
 
October 31
 
“’Sportstalk.’ I’m Woody Johnson and I’m here with Grace Clark. Grace, your husband is still in jail.
 
“Yes he is. The court system is purposely dragging its heels and making it as difficult as possible for us. We expect, or at least hope, that my husband and the others will be released either tomorrow or the day after.”
 
“Are they being treated properly?”
 
“They are. They know that a lot of eyes are on them, and the treatment is fine. It’s jail, so it’s no picnic, but it’s not unreasonable.”
“We’re hearing that almost all of those arrested were charged with possession of marijuana.”
 
“Those charges were dropped. Dozens of people came forward to state that they saw policemen sticking little bags into the pockets of people they were arresting. The testimony was from very reputable citizens so the charges were dropped to avoid further embarrassing the Boston police.”
 
“So no one had pot?”
 
“It’s impossible to say if anyone did, and if so, who did and who didn’t.”
 
“Okay, we’ll talk again soon, possibly tomorrow.”


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October 1970
 
Anwar Sadat becomes President of Egypt
 
“Doonesbury” debuts
 
November 1970
 
1st computer mouse is patented
 
George Harrison releases “All Things Must Pass”
 
November 2
 
Woody Johnson reporting that Coach Kip Clark was released from jail about an hour ago. We’ll have him on within a day or two, or as soon as possible, anyway.”
 
“November 6
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and we have Coach Clark on the line. Coach, I’m sure it feels good to be free, and to be getting back to normal.”
 
“It does, Woody.”
 
“You told our producer that you would make a statement about the recent events but that you would take questions only related to UML basketball. Go ahead please.”
 
“Thanks Woody. On Saturday, October 22, approximately 22,000 gathered peacefully in the Boston Common to protest the murders of the students at Kent State and Jackson State. All of the permits necessary to hold this event were acquired in advance and were on file with the Boston City Clerk’s office, as well as with the Boston Police Department. Despite this fact, which has now been proven conclusively, and admitted by the Boston Police Department, 28 people, including myself, were arrested for inciting to riot, possession of marijuana, holding an illegal assembly, and several other charges. Since we were clearly innocent of all charges we decided that we would not post bond, but instead would remain in jail until the City of Boston admitted its error and publicly apologized, and dropped all charges, completely erasing them from the record. Since many witnesses testified to seeing policemen planting bags of marijuana on those being arrested, and since at least three people had film of this occurring, those charges were dropped first. Finally, after 11 days in jail, the Chief of the Boston Police Department issued a formal, public apology, stating that none of the arrests should have happened, and agreeing that all charges would be erased from the arrestees’ records. At that point we were all released. The organizers of the march, along with the 28 people arrested are in the process of filing suit against the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston for wrongful arrest, illegal harassment, illegally placing evidence on the person of a suspect, and a host of other charges. People should expect that all of this will take years to reach a conclusion.”
 
“Thank you, Coach. We will, of course, comply with your request, and will ask no questions. Again, I’m glad life is getting back to normal for you. May I ask how things went for the River Hawks during your absence?”
 
“Good question. My #1 assistant, Ned Bain, took control of the team. He did a great job. When I returned to practice on Nov. 3 the team was right where I wanted it to be.”
 
“So do you have a lineup in place?”
 
“Yes we do, at least mostly. We were awful in both exhibition games. That’s partly because I even out the minutes as much as possible since I want to get a good look at everyone; hopefully that was all of it. 
 
“Anyway. Ted Mill and Kurt Sims will start at the guard spots. Ted is a transfer from Oklahoma who didn’t play much last year. He looks a lot better this year. Kurt is a transfer from Arizona who has looked extremely good, right from the first practice.
 
Chic Blue will start at the 3 spot as he did last year. Up front it’s Ted Seitz in the middle, which is no surprise, and Cal Jones, another transfer. He came to us from Akron and looks like he’s the real thing.
 
“The first guard off the bench will be Tony Lutz, and the first big will be Deon Wild. I sort of thought both of them would start but at this point that’s not the way it is.”
 
“You start right in with a contender, #25 Gonzaga.”
 
“Yes we do. We’ll learn a lot about how good we are right off the bat.”
 
“Okay Coach, we’ll be speaking with either you or Grace every week throughout the season.”
 
November 20
 
“We’re here on ‘Sportstalk’ with the coach. Coach, if the first week is any indication, scoring points is not going to be a problem.”
 
“86.5 average. I’ll take that! We went to #25 Gonzaga and beat them 90-79. Lee was in foul trouble all night but still managed 18 and 6. The guards had a good night, 16 points, 7 assists for Ted Mill, and 17, 6, 2 for Kurt Sims. Chick had 13 and 7, Cal had 5 and 8, and Deon Wild had 10, 4, 1 from the bench. It was a great team effort, 35 boards and 13 TOs.
 
“Then Hawaii came here and we saw the Lee Seitz we’re used to seeing, 41 and 11. 6 other guys played significant minutes and all of them did a nice job. Deon had another good night from the bench. 83-60
 
“Any thought of starting Deon?”
 
“Nope. I love the boost he gives us when he comes in.”
 
“Who’s up this week?”
 
“We’re on the road for 4 straight. We go to #21 Arkansas, all the way up in B, then to Clemson from D.”
 
“You’re not ducking the contenders, Coach.”
 
“No we’re not.”
 
“We’re here with Grace next Sunday.”
 
November 27
 
“Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark. 1-1 this week, Grace.”
 
“That’s right. The air is pretty thin in B conf., and we got suffocated, 59-78 by Arkansas. Those guys can play. We did great on the boards, +7, but we were -9 in TOs, and that really hurt. Their guards beat us up. Lee had 22.
 
“Then we went to Clemson. They’re no slouch either, playing in D, but we beat them 73-63. 17, 14 for Lee, 17, 4 for Kurt Sims. Deon had 12, 4, 2, Cal Jones had his best game so far, 12 and 9. We were +15 on the boards, and +5 in TOs. Ted Mill fouled out but Tony Lutz did a nice job of filling in. We played well.”
 
“This week?”
 
“We start in Providence from G conf., then we go to Arizona ST from E. No picnic in either game.”
 
“Probably not. Let’s go to the phones. Sally in Methuen.”
 
“Did your husband’s arrest lessen your commitment to progressive causes?”
 
“Not at all. We’re doing as much as we ever did. We’ve always tried to choose carefully. If we don’t like the way an event is organized, or if there appear to be violent elements, we stay away. We want our participation to be in positive events. We want to build a better society, not knock this one down.”
 
“Don in Swampscot.”
 
“Deon’s lookin’ awful good!”
 
“Yes he is. He gives us a tremendous boost when he comes in. Coach has discussed it with him and Deon is actually happy with his role. He feels he does better when he gets a few minutes to look at the other team, to see what they do, and to evaluate the man he’ll be guarding. He’d like more minutes, and he will probably start to get them.”
 
“Okay, Grace will be with us again next week.”


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December 1970
 
EPA begins operation
 
World Trade Center completed
 
December 4
 
“Woody Johnson and Grace Clark here on ‘Sportstalk.” A good week for UML.”
 
“Yes it was. We beat Providence 75-65. Lee had one of his monster games, 42 and 13. We were +15 on the boards. The game wasn’t as close as the final score and we played everybody.
 
“Then we went to Arizona State and had a good time, 79-55. Lee had 30 and 14, Kurt Sims 20, 5, and 3, and Tony Lutz 11. +11 boards, +5 TOs.”
 
“Who’s up this week?”
 
“Thankfully we’re home for a game before it’s back on the road for 3. Two teams from B this week. Tennessee here at Tsongas. They can play. They’re 4-1 against good teams. Then we travel to Texas Tech. They’re 4-2, also against tough competition.”
 
“UML is 5-1 right now and you haven’t played any easy teams.”
 
“That’s true. We’ve played well. Some nights Lee Seitz has carried us but often it’s been a team effort.”
 
“Lee is leading the nation in scoring and he’s #2 in rebounding.”
 
“He is an enormous presence. The opposition simply can’t ever ignore him. He is often double teamed and that doesn’t usually slow him down a lot.”
 
“Okay, we won’t see Coach Clark for at least 2-3 more weeks, but we’re happy to have Grace with us.”
 
December 11
 
“Great week, Grace. UML beat 2 teams from conf. B.”
 
“We’re really playing well right now. We beat Tennessee here 83-64. Lee was unstoppable with 51 and 10. We were +13 on the boards.
 
We went to Texas Tech and won 83-71. Lee had 23 and 10, Kurt Sims had 22, Chic had 14.”
 
“8-1 vs. some high flyers.”
 
“Yes, only Arkansas has beaten us. We have #13 Texas, there, in a couple of weeks. That will be a toughie.”
 
“How about this week?”
 
“Only one game. We’re at Appalachian State. They’re in H, and they’re 7-1 so this is not one to be nonchalant about.”
 
“All these road games must be putting a strain on your marriage.”
 
(Laughs) “Not at all. I miss Kip, though. He’s been away an awful lot.”
 
“Okay, talk to you next week.”
 
December 18
 
“We’re back. Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark.”
 
We beat Appalachian ST there, 70-56. They doubled Lee all night and he didn’t score much but he had a terrific all around game, 15, 12, 6, 5 steals, 2 blocks, and he held the opposing Center to no points and 3 rebounds.”
 
“Wow!”
 
“Kurt Sims had 29, 2, and 4, with 7 threes. Cal Jones had 7 and 13. Deon had 8 and 6. We were +15 on the boards.”
 
“#13 Texas this week.”
 
“Tough team, especially outside. They may be the strongest opponent on our entire schedule. They play a tough man to man and they can score.”
 
“UML is 8-1 against some strong opposition. Why aren’t we ranked?”
 
“Probably because of the low conf. If we beat Texas we will very likely be ranked, but that’s a tall order.”
 
“Good luck. We’ll have the coach a week from tomorrow.”
 
December 26
 
“Woody Johnson here with the coach. Tough game this week, Coach.”
 
“We lost to a very good Texas team, 63-79. 21, 16 for Lee, 10, 9, 5 for Ted Mill, 10 for Chic, 9 for Kurt Sims, +8 on the boards. But -11 on TOs hurt. We were a little over matched.”
 
“One more pre-conf. game.”
 
“Rice, from conf. L, is here. They’re 4-5 and they’ve been very inconsistent. We’d like to close this portion of the schedule with a win.”
 
“Let’s hope we do.”
 
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January 1971
 
Cigarette advertising is banned on U. S. TV.
 
“All in the Family” premieres
 
Military coup in Uganda under Idi Amin
 
UCLA basketball team begins  88 game win streak
 
January 1
 
‘’Sportstalk.” I’m Woody Johnson and we have the coach on the line. 80-65 over Rice to end the pre-conf., season 9-2.”
 
“That’s right. We led by as many as 28. Lee had 40 and 7, Kurt Sims 13, 3, 6, Cal Jones 9, 6, 2. +13 TO.”
 
“Lee Seitz leads the country in scoring by 7.8 PPG, and he leads in rebounding by 1.1. Talk about what he means to the team.”
 
“I’m not sure I can even define it. Having him in the lineup changes everything. The other team has to focus so heavily on him that other things open up. We work constantly in practice on how to take advantage of that. Having Kurt Sims consistently knocking down outside shots makes it even tougher for the other team to stop us, but Lee makes it easier for Kurt to find open shots. The next 5 guys on the roster average almost the same number of points so the opponents can’t lay off of one guy. We’re tough to stop. And being such a good rebounding team also helps.”
 
“So you have a lot of weapons. I think we do, yes.”
 
“Let’s take a call or two. Larry in Quincy.”
 
“Coach, Deon Wild needs to start.”
 
“No. He gives us a tremendous boost when he comes in, and he likes that role.”
 
“Well then he needs more minutes.”
 
“You may have a point there. We’re definitely trying to make that happen.”
 
“Ronnie from Northhampton.”
 
“Coach, Ted Mill seems to get lost in the shuffle. He does a great job at PG and SG.”
 
“I appreciate you bringing that up. Ted doesn’t get a lot of media recognition. Believe me the staff knows what he does for us. He’s great with the ball, he hits the shot when he’s open and he is easily our best outside defender, which may be his greatest asset.”
 
“Victor in Dudley.”
 
“Coach, when are you gonna leave the socialist politics and concentrate on coaching?”
 
“When the war ends and when women and minorities are treated as they should be.”
 
“Okay, we open conference play this week. Who do you see as your toughest opponents?”
 
“Oakland is 9-2. They were picked 2nd in conf., and they’ll challenge us. Pacific, Wash. St, a couple of others. This is a good conf.”
 
“Good luck, Coach.”
 
January 8
 
“Woody here. 2-0 start to conf. play, Coach.”
 
We beat Maine, here, 71-52. Great D, balanced scoring, +5 RB, +7 TO. Lee had 19, 7, 2, 2. Kurt had 17, 2, 2 with 3 steals. 10, 7, 2 for Deon, 9 each for Ted and Cal.
 
“Then we went to Youngstown ST and won 59-46. Another night of great D. 14, 10, 3, 4 for Lee, 16, 5, 2 for Kurt, 12, 4, 3, 4 for Chic. +6, +3.”
“Not much scoring for Lee this week.”
 
“No, both teams doubled him. So we found other ways to win. When there’s a double someone has to be free. We found the free guy.”
 
“This week?
“7-6, 1-1 Troy comes here. 
 
“We travel to 8-5, 2-0 Coppin ST.”
 
“Let’s go to the phones. Gary here in Lowell.”
 
“Coach, I have season tickets. I wondered why it’s so warm in Tsongas.”
 
“Good question. First, we feel like kids get fewer pulled and strained muscles when the building is warm. Second, it’s an old building. The heat seems to have 2 settings, too warm, and too cold.”
 
“Ha! Mickey in Danvers.”
 
“Coach, your assistants are all old guys, what’s with that?”
 
“All three have lots of experience. They give me ideas, suggestions, and advice and I listen. I really respect all three of them.”
 
“We have Grace with us next week.”
 
January 15
 
“’Sportstalk’ with Woody Johnson and Grace Clark. First I understand you received a promotion. Congratulations, and tell us about it.”
 
“Thank you, Woody. My job title is the same but I am now the first vice provost.”
 
“Which makes you the third most powerful person on campus.”
 
“Well… let’s talk about basketball.”
 
“1-1 this week.”
 
“Yes. We beat Troy here, 76-61. Lee had 22, 9, 2, 3, 2, Chic had 18, 8, 3, Ted had 16, 1, 4. +13  TOs. We played well.
 
“Then we traveled to Coppin ST and lost 53-65. We didn’t play all that badly but we shot really badly, 19-50, 4-16 from long range, 13-25 from the line. That and committing 20 TOs did us in. Lee had 14 and 17, Kurt had 16, but it wasn’t enough. They were very good outside, but it boiled down to the fact that you don’t win when you score 53 points.”
 
“But everyone else lost pretty much so you’re in a 4 way tie for 1st.”
 
“5 way, and 7 teams are 1 game back. Quite a log jam, but it’s early.”
 
“This week?”
 
“Fairleigh Dickinson, 9-6, 2-2, is here. They’re good, especially outside. Then we go to Pacific, also 9-6, 2-2. They’re probably better inside.”
 
“Let’s take a call or two. Marie in Waltham.”
 
“Grace, I know this has been talked about but I still don’t understand why Deon Wild isn’t starting.”
 
“Well Marie, the reason is that he and we feel he plays better coming in from the bench, and he gives us a real boost when he comes in. I will say that he is now getting starter’s minutes.”
 
“Bill from Worcester.”
 
“Is this the year you moved up too far?”
 
“Not so far, Bill. We’ve been very competitive.”
 
“Okay. Grace is back with us next Sunday, but tune in tomorrow at the same time. We have BU hockey coach Red Flynn with us.”
 
January 22
 
“88.1 FM, WLOW, how LOW can you GO! Woody Johnson here with Grace Clark. 2-0, and in a 2 way tie for 1st.”
 
“Yes, another good week. We beat FDU 71-57 here. We played good D and we were +10 in rebounding and +8 in turnovers. Lee had 28, 11, 3, Kurt was 13, 5, 5, but everyone played good D.
 
“The we went to Pacific and it was a really tight game, 58-54. It was back and forth all night. We didn’t take very good care of the ball, 19 TOs, 13 combined for Kurt and Ted. 23 and 6 for Lee, 11 for Chic, 10 for Deon. Still, a win is a win, especially on the road.”
 
“This week?”
 
“We’re at home for two. Robert Morris is 8-9, 3-3, and Longshore-Chicago is 5-12, 2-4.”
 
“Well talk with the coach next week.”
 
January 29
 
“We’re back, and we have the coach on the line. Quite a week!”
 
“Mostly good news but one of our recruits didn’t hit the SAT score. We are looking at about a half dozen and we’ll make an offer next week. The good news is we’re alone in 1st place after a 2 win week.
 
We beat Robert Morris 63-39 in a tremendous defensive effort. +14 rebounds and +6 TOs. Lee had 25 and 10, and everyone else played well.
 
“Then Longshore-Chicago came in and gave us a battle, 69-61. +13 on the boards and +12 TOs made the difference for us. Our scoring was balanced. Lee had 19 and 5, Kurt had 13, 12, 9, 3 for Chic, and 10, 4, 2 for Cal. We’re 16-3, 7-1, 1 up on MVS, and 2 or more on the rest.”
 
“This week?”
 
“We travel to 6-13, 2-6, last place VMI; we think they’re better than their record. Then we host Oakland who have slid to 4-4, 13-6 overall.”
 
“Talk to you next week, Coach.”





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