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Lady Bulldogs bow oul to Clemson in final seconds, 83-81
By JULIE WALLACE
Tonight's games: Georgia
Tech is. l ad' Bulldogs, 5 p.m..
Troy Stale v*. Bulldogs. 7:30
The Lad> Bulldogs lost a
hear!breaker lo Clemson. 83-81.
Wednesday night ai the
Coliseum "hen senior Bobbie
Mims made mo free throws to
clinch the victory lor the Tigers
with eight seconds left.
Ironically, it "as Mims "ho
scored Clcmson’s final points in
the first hall—a long shot from
liallcouri with one second left.
The lady Bulldogs out shot
the Tigers in the first half "hen
they made 18 of 29 field goal
attempts lor t»2.1 percent to
Clcmson’s 23 of 43 for 53.3
percent. Both teams shot 50
percent from the foul line in the
The game was very physical
and both teams applied tremen
dous pressure while on defense.
I lie quick pace the teams set
began to take its toll in the final
four minutes when errant
passes and sloppy defense hurt
both teams, especially the Dogs.
Barbara Kennedy , sophomore
from Rome. Ga.. led the Tigers
wiili 32 points. Kennedv con
sistently burned the Bulldogs'
forwards, particularly in the
second half when most of her
shots came uncontcstcd.
Kennedy was named ACC
Rookie of the Year in 1978.
“Our forwards were caught
taking naps." Women’s Basket
ball Coach Andy Landers said.
"They didn’t hit the boards well
at all. Our inside game goes in
spurts. We got killed on the
boards. It's as simple as that.
“Clemson has been in and out
of the Top 20 for the last three
years and they arc a very
physieal team. Both of the
teams were tired. We played
most of the kids for 40 minutes,
but this is something the girls
are going it) have to get up for."
Denise Dunlap led the Lady
Bulldogs with 23 points, lb of
them coming in the last half.
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The teams both scored 39
points in the second half, but
the Dogs lost the game under
the boards and at the foul line.
"I'm not happy with the way
we played, but wc need to get
up for our next game." Landers
said. “We’ll go light tomorrow.
We won’t work on correcting all
of our problems. Georgia Tech
will be tough since this is
basically the same leant wc
faced iast year. That leant
ended up winning 21 games.”
The loss to Clemson evens the
Dogs’ record at 2-2.
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Once iifmmi a time there was a series of football games
played at the conclusion of each college football season
These games pitted the nation's top teams against one
another, and served as a reward for those schools who
had proved to In* a notch or two ahead of the rest of the
Bowl games were the names bestowed upon these
post-season clashes which were usually held in
picturesque sites such as Pasadena. Miami. New Orleans.
Competition for bowl games was fierce, and frequently
many top-flite colleges found themselves sitting at home
watching the games on television.
But that was all in years past before big city mayors
began deciding that their fair metropolises deserved lo
serve as hosts for bowl games And so the number of bowl
games grew and grew and grew until this year when we
will be bombarded by no fewer than 16 post-season
Included among this plethora of games are such
notables as the Gold Bowl, the Garden State Bowl, the
Independence Bowl, and the Hall of Fame Bowl
And as the number of bowl games has risen, the quality
of the teams being invited to these games has plummeted
sharply to the point of absurdity.
Not only are teams with three and four losses gaining
admittance, but schools with five marks in the loss
column are finding themselves on the receiving end of
No fewer than four teams sporting mediocre 6-5 logs
are already in post-season games and the possibility
exists that six clubs with a 6-5 win loss mark could
eventually end up in the bowl picture
Included among this "elite" group are such teams as
Syracuse which celebrated its bowl invitation by losing to
a mediocre Boston College club 27-10, LSU which was
soundly trounced by Tulane 24-13 over the Thanksgiving
holidays. Missouri which lists a 19-3 defeat against
"powerful" Kansas among its losses, and Tennessee, a
14-7 loser against Rutgers at home no less.
Even Georgia is still in the running for the Sugar Bowl
although the Dogs managed to win only one more game
than they lost in the 1979 season.
But it's not the teams that are at fault. After all, how
can a group of college kids be expected to turn down an
offer to play a football game in San Diego. Pasadena, or
Miami in the middle of winter?
The school Is csrtlinly not about to turn down a bowl
bid and the substantial paycheck that accompanies such a
bid along wi'h the national exposure the school receives
in the press and on television.
It is up to the NCAA and the bowl moguls themselves to
start cleaning house. Sixteen bowls means 32 teams
participating and there are not 32 good college football
teams to be found in this day and age In fact, one would
be hard pressed to find even 10 legitimate college football
powers in 1979.
Four or five bowls is certainly enough to insure that the
elite in college football have a place to display their
wares over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
And if the powers to be refuse to slice the number of
bowl games, the l*»ast they can do is abolish those absurd
bowl tie ups whereby the winners of certain conferences
are automatically committed to playing in a certain
designated bowl game.
As it now stands, not only are we inundated by 16
post-season games, but the chances of the two top teams
in the nation squaring off in a bowl game are almost nil.
It’s time that bowl games begin regaining some of their
lost prestige and the only way to do this is by limiting
them to the best teams in the country.
Hopefully, in this manner, bowl games can once again
stand as a tribute to greatness instead of the monument
to mediocrity they now are.
Andy Long resigns
as gymnastics coach
Georgia women's gymnastics coach Andy Long resigned her
position this week, ending a three-year tenure as Bulldog mentor
which saw the women's program reach national prominence.
Long resigned her post to devote full time to her family.
"Andy is a very unique individual, who. in her first experience
as a collegiate coach, enhanced her reputation as one of the
finest teachers of the sport," said women's assistant athletic
director Liz Murphey. "We are going to miss her and her
leadership in gymnastics and in our total program "
As head coach for the women, Long led the team to three state
titles and two Region III championships The lady gymnasts
finished eleventh in the country under Long last season
laxig currently serves as the Southeastern Region Chairperson
ni Gymnastics for the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for
Women Whether or not she will remain on that post is unknown
The women's coach was on leave of absence prior to her
resignation because of the birth of her first child.
Replacing Iaong will be former Georgia gymnastics team
captain Terri Parsons Richie Richie graduated from the
University in June, 1979, after lettering on the Bulldog
gymnastics team two years Richie will immediately assume the
head coaching duties
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