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FOOTBALL A Year of Hope and Despair Cordaro, Conslanzoand McBath. Randy McEachern, a junior, was soon out of the picture, suffering a knee injury in August. Ted Constanzo and Mike Cordaro both sophomores, opened the season, and while both of these men easily showed their abilities on the field, neither was consistent in his performance. A new tal- ent, Mark McBath, made his start for UT in the TCU game and continued as quarterback for the remainder of the season. Some sportswriters believed that while this shuffling of the helmsmen on the Longhorn machine was good experience for these young quarter- backs, it may have hindered the overall performance of the team. A fair-at-best record, combined with numer- ous injuries, no bowl bid and the resignation of Royal, made the season rather dissatisfying for both the Long- horns and their fans. Royal ' s resignation was both a surprise and a disap- pointment to most UT fans. Coach Royal refused to concede to the rumors until his resignation was made public on Dec. 4, 1976, the day of the game against Arkansas. Royal ended his 20-year UT career with a win, a win characteristic of his record at the University. Board of Regents Chairman Allan Shivers appointed a committee the following day to find a replacement for Royal, selecting University President Lorene Rogers as chairman. Other committee members included Chair- man of the Athletics Council J. Neils Thompson, Athlet- ics Council members Wales Madden and Robert Jef- frey, Student Bar Association President Jim Boone and University System Chancellor Charles LeMaistre. While committee members considered several men for the position, the field soon narrowed to three contenders: UT defensive coordinator Mike Campbell; Jerry Clai- borne who had served as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins for five years; and Fred Akers, two-year head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys. Although Royal was unauthorized to make a recommendation, his obvious choice for the job was Mike Campbell. Campbell had coached with Royal for one year at the University of Washington and twenty years at UT. A Daily Texan arti- cle reported that Campbell said he would have loved the job, but the position went to Fred Akers. Akers spent nine years under Royal as an assistant coach and led his ' 76 Wyoming team to an 8-3 season and the Fiesta Bowl. A tough job awaits Akers and hopes are high that along with the new coaching staff will arrive a winning season for the Texas Longhorns. Workers clear snow from the playing field at the UT-TCU game. Football 169
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Coach Darrell Royal began to surface. Royal never denied the rumors but instead answered that he had made no final decision. The official announcement of Royal ' s resignation was made on the day of the Arkan- sas game. Not only would this be the last game for Royal, but it would also be the last game for Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Broyles had announced his resignation earlier in the week. This game, dubbed the " Retirement Bowl, " was the first meeting of UT and Arkansas ' in which there was nothing at stake except pride. The UT team carried a little added momentum into the game, momentum caused by a desire to win for Royal. McBath ' s passing, combined with Erxleben ' s kicking and the running games of Clayborn and Camp- bell, resulted in a 29-1 2 Texas victory. Sports commentators attributed the ' Horns ' disap- pointing performance this season to the numerous inju- ries which plagued the team, coupled with the absence of an experienced quarterback. Injuries to the Long- hqrns began in the summer and continued throughout the season with Gralyn Wyatt, Alfred Jackson and Earl Campbell to name a few. A total of 14 starters were injured at one time or another during the year. The quarterback situation was one of continuous uncer- tainty. With Marty Akins gone, the ' Horns were left with four virtually inexperienced quarterbacks: McEachern, FIRST ROW: Glenn Thomas Swenson Sr, Sammy Avert, Jack C. Burns, Frank E Medina Jr., Billy M. Ellington, Darrell K. Royal, Prenis Williams, Mike Camp- bell, Don Breoux, Spike Dikes, R. M. Patterson, Timothy M. Doerr, David McWilliams, Kenneth D. Dabbs. SECOND ROW: William P. Hamilton, Lionell Johnson, William Patrick Gordon, Rick Hillard Fenlaw, James C. Gresham Jr., Bradford S. Shearer, Richard Lynn Burleson, Raymond D. Clayborn, Earl Chris- tian Campbell, Alfred Jackson, Timothy Bob Campbell, Ivey Lee Suber Jr., James Ralph Walker, Charles Walter Wilcox. Paul Eldridge Jette. THIRD ROW: Richard Cecil Churchman, Stephen Ferguson Collier, Stephen Michael Straty, Glenn Allen Blackwood, James Mark McBath, John Wesley Jones, Joe Van Samford, Michael L. Hartinger, Alfred George Allen, Johnnie Johnson, Richard Ray Ingraham, Michael Anthony Lockett, Ernest Alonzo Lee, Dwight Eugene Jefferson FOURTH ROW: Alan Stephen Lenz, Randall Lee Miksch, Kevin V. G. Henry. Charles M. Crosswhite, Morgan L. Copeland Jr., Lance Blaine Taylor, Jon Carson Aune, James Lee Thompson, Wilson Joseph Weber, John Scott Huntington. Donald Wayne Thurman, Henry Lee Williams, Derrick K. Hatchett, Jimmy Dale Johnson. FIFTH ROW: Ted Louis Constanzo, Derek Layne Page, Alvin Cartwright, Johnny Al Slagle, Ben Jeffrey Blitch, Larry Doby Wilson, Edgar Lynn Miles, Robert Roy Butler, John Lee Jones, Kenneth Vern Thurman, Glenn Thomas Swenson Jr., Michael Edward Cordaro, Albert Calvin Axtell Jr., Ste- phen Rob Campbell, Weldon Mark Martignoni, Clyde Eugene Hearron, James Intercollegiate Athletics Earl Yates Jr., Ronald Bones. SIXTH ROW: Marn evil W. Wilkerson, Philip Louis Burleson Jr., Stephen Joseph Potell, James Madden Cleckler, Richard Coke Hopping III, Glenn Karl Neurohr, Gary Kurt Husmann, Fredrick T. Bradshaw, Richard Travis Slaydon, Mark Allen Roberts, Guy Robert Sellers Jr., Samuel Wayne Smith, Stephen Ray Timmons, James Daniel Yarbrough, Michael Donald Vogel, Mark Lynn Covey, Ronald James Miksch, Randall L. McEachern, John Ed McReynolds. SEVENTH ROW: William Berry Acker Jr.. Stan Singleton. Wil- liam Rudy Izzard, Craig Douglas Rider, Charles Lee Vaclavik, Russell Allen Erx- leben, Michael Randall Perkins, Jack Wallace Jr., David Wayne Jameson, Gil Dean Harris, Gary Don Sayre, Randy John Gerdes, Christopher L. McDaniel, Andrew Collins Allen, Stephen D. McMichael, Ivan Lynn Johnson, Llayron L. Clarkson Jr., Mark Joseph Hamilton, Steven Patrick Massey. EIGHTH ROW: Randal Roger Kinsel, Terrance G. Tschatshyla, Richard Morris James, Danny Leon Gill, Martin Michael Madro, John Wesley Hubert, Robert Eugene Rickman, Allen Mathew Rickman, Travis Marc Couch, David Derald Studdard. NINTH ROW: Juan Richardo Conde, Harold Simpson, Mark Gregory Lord, Robert Michael Skopinski, Jeff Crowser. Michael Neil Powers, Gary Pinkney Pearson, James Craig Hess, David Arthur Riskind, John Moore Fenlay III, Allen Demaret David, Robert Lane Fisher, Eduardo T. Cruz, Bruce Eugene Dumler, Joey R, ers, Jessie David Nowlin, Mark Wayne Brooks, Michael Celli, Robert Edgar Pi John Randal Stipes, Michael Stephens. 168 Football
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Cheerleaders Promote Spirit 1 . James Lee Tucker 2. Patricia Sue Munir 3. Marsha Ann Pavletich 4. Kenneth C. McLeland 5. Scott Sutton Campbell 6. Teresa Lynn Penrod 7. Deborah Lynn Morris 8. Daryl Lynn Stowe 9. Lynne Ann Culler 1 70 Cheerleaders
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