University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

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i Building for the Future Mike Bond and Bill Wendlandt tie-up a SMU player. n 1981, after a 14-0 start, Texas took a nosedive which saw only two wins in the next 13 games and the termination of then coach, Abe Lemons. One month later, Bob Weltlich, head basketball coach from the University of Mississippi, became the 24th Longhorn basketball coach. " I think Bob Weltlich is one of the best coaches in the country, " said Athletic Direc- tor DeLoss Dodds upon hiring Weltlich. " I haven ' t even thought about this program failing. Before Bob was hired, I personally talked to many, many basketball people across the country. There ' s no doubt in my- mind that he ' ll produce a winner, " he said. Weltlich brought to the University his discipline, a team-orientated system which relied on a strong man-to-man defense and a patient offense. He learned this system from Indiana coach Bobby Knight when he was an assistant there from 1971-1976. The next six years, Weltlich spent at Mississippi where he built a winning program. Upon his arrival in Austin, Weltlich encountered a Texas program that had experienced the departure of several lettermen. Numerous injuries plagued the program and several walk-ons in the fall had to be trained to accommodate for the small number of scholarship players that remained. Weltlich ' s program consisted of an off- season training program, a curfew and a no- interview policy which forbade players from interviewing with the media without his permission. Weltlich knew what it took to produce a winner at Texas and it was going to be done his way, or the player had to go. He made his point when Robert Hughes was released from the team in the middle of the season. But other players knew that Weltlich ' s system could produce a winning j program at The University. " I think that learning Coach Weltlich ' s system h as made me a lot better player, " said I junior forward Bill Wendlandt. " I have a i mental discipline now that I don ' t think 1 1 had before. " A major concern of Weltlich ' s was the I recruiting of players onto a team-oriented program. " Our program is going to center around good people, good athletes, good workers, and it ' s going to be in that order, " Coach Bob Weltlich (far right) and his coaching staff watch the Longhorns suffer another loss, this one at the hands of SMU. The ' Horns lost 22 games, setting a new school rec 246 Texas Basketball

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' --:- h rfp - MM] obtain K StR In|o :,- wlldi t During the 13-game losing streak, the _ orns lost to Texas Tech, Rice, Houston and TCU; twice to Baylor, Arkansas and Texas A M and three times to SMU. Texas headed into the SWC Basketball tournament as the cellar team March 7, to face the Mustangs of SMU. It was the sec- ond meeting in three days between the two teams. SMU beat Texas 95-67 in Dallas March 5, ending conference play and send- ing the two teams into tournament play. SMU was projected to repeat its 28-point victory of two nights earlier over Texas and advance in the tournament. But the Longhorns showed the Mustangs what to expect in years to come by taking SMU to a last second tip-in play by Texas ' Cooper. The basket was ruled invalid and SMU squeezed by with a 49-48 win. " I heard the buzzer when I was on the [ground, " said Cooper. " I saw two refs under i the basket say it was good, but the other one I was waving his hands. " The Longhorns finished their 77th year of basketball with only six wins. But the die- hard play of the squad members on the court showed the crowd that they would not lose without putting up a fight. " When two guys start out even, our guy falls a step behind, he ' d better dive for it, because that ' s the only way he ' s going to get it, " said Weltlich. " It ' s (the season) been wearing on the team for some time, " said freshman David Seitz. " We ' ve kept a decent attitude. We ' re not going to quit. " by Reuben Galceran ' Mitch Parrish dribbles by a Rice defender to lead the Longhorns to their only SWC win. Mitch Parrish (34) guards the Texas A M ball handler as Doug Moe (22) tries to regain his stance. The Aggies went on to win the game, defeating Texas 64-52. ball 245



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said Weltlich. " We only recruit those players that we think can adapt to our program. " But recruiting would take time to yield prac- tical results toward a successful program. Recruiting is very important, even then you ' re talking about dealing with freshmen that are inexperienced, " Weltlich said. Weltlich ' s 1983 high school recruiting ef- forts netted what he believed would be four team-oriented players: Raynard Davis, Mar- cus Bolden, Jerry Holmes and George Davis. In spite of the Longhorns ' dismal showing in 1982, all four of these high school blue chip- pers had elected to play their college basket- ball at The University in 1983. Weltlich ' s first season at UT ended with a 6-22 record. The 22 losses broke the school record of 20 games lost in a season in 1955 and 1959. " I think it ' s to the team ' s credit that they play like they play. That ' s what the tragedy is. You ' re not always rewarded by the efforts, " Weltlich said. " When I was at Ole Miss, they averaged only about 2,000 (fans) a game, " said Weltlich. " I guess it is the American way of life to be intolerable of losers. And what ' s wrong with that? That ' s just the nature of the beast, " he said. " We ' ve made a lot of progress, " said sophomore center Carleton Cooper. Next I year we ' ll turn it around. If we work hard, we, can have a great season. " " We ' ll have our injured players back and maybe (Mike) Wacker will be back, " said Wendlandt. " I think things are already look- ing up. We ' ve just got to keep learning and our attitude is already improving, " he added. But how long would it take Weltlich to revive a program that had taken a beating worse than death 22 times over? " It could be next year, it could be three or four years, I don ' t know. But we ' re striving to be competitive. And I feel confident we ' ll get there, " said Weltlich. Persius, a Greek philosopher, said, " He conquers who endures. " Weltlich had more than endured the 1982-83 season. He was waiting to conquer and bring a winning pride to the Drum. by Reuben Galceran 1 Wendlandt gets an elbow from a Tech player. Texas ' Carlton Cooper goes airborn to block a North Carolina Wesleyan player ' s view. Texas won the game 53-42. Texas Basketball 247

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