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Thursday December 7, 1972
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AP All-Americans



The Associated Press All-American football team was announced Thursday. Nebraska dominated the AP team with three first-stringers -- wide receiver Johnny Rodgers, middle guard Rich Glover and defensive end Willie Harper. The three Cornhuskers also were on the No. 1 UPI team. Repeaters from the 1971 AP team included Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma running back; Jerry Sisemore, Texas offensive tackle; Tom Brahaney, Oklahoma center, and Glover.

Offense

TE: Charles Young (USC); WR: Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska); T: John Hicks (Ohio St.), Jerry Sisemore (Texas); G: John Hannah (Alabama), Ron Rusnak (North Carolina); C: Tom Brahaney (Oklahoma); QB: John Hufnagel (Penn St.); RB: Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Woodrow Green (Arizona St.), Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma).

Defense

E: Roger Goree (Baylor), Willie Harper (Nebraska); T: Greg Marx (Notre Dame), Derland Moore (Oklahoma); MG: Rich Glover (Nebraska); LB: Randy Gradishar (Ohio St.), John Skorupan (Penn St.), Richard Wood (USC); DB: Calvin Jones (Washington), Robert Popelka (SMU), Brad VanPelt (Michigan St.).

SECOND TEAM

Offense

TE: Gary Butler (Rice); WR: Barry Smith (Florida St.); T: Pete Adams (USC), Paul Seymour (Michigan); G: Joe DeLamielleure (Michigan St.), Skip Singletary (Temple); C: Orderia Mitchell (Air Force); QB: Tony Adams (Utah St.); RB: Dick Jauron (Yale), Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), Howard Stevens (Louisville).

Defense

E: Bruce Bannon (Penn St.), Danny Sanspree (Auburn); T: John Grant (USC), George Hasenohrl (Ohio St.); MG: Donald Rives (Texas Tech); LB: Glen Gaspard (Texas), Tom Jackson (Louisville), Jamie Rotella (Tennessee); DB: Joe Blahak (Nebraska), Randy Logan (Michigan), Randy Rhino (Georgia Tech).

THIRD TEAM

Offense

TE: Mike Creaney (Notre Dame); WR: Steve Sweeney (California); T: Bruce Walton (UCLA), Daryl White (Nebraska); G: Ken Jones (Oklahoma), Larry Ulmer (Western Michigan); C: Gerald Schultze (West Virginia); QB: Don Strock (Virginia Tech); RB: Bob Hitchens (Miami, O.), Steve Jones (Duke), Pete Van Valkenburg (BYU).

Defense

E: Steve Bogosian (Army), Merv Krakau (Iowa St.); T: Charlie Davis (TCU), John Matuszak (Tampa); MG: Tony Cristiani (Miami, Fla.); LB: Steve Brown (Oregon St.), Jim Merlo (Stanford), Eddie Sheets (Kansas); DB: Cullen Bryant (Colorado), John Provost (Holy Cross), Jackie Wallace (Arizona).

[source: ap]


Miller Strikes Back At Kuhn, Says 'Gentleman's Agreement' Broken



NEW YORK -- Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., Thursday struck back at commissioner Bowie Kuhn and accused him of acting in bad faith by breaking "a gentlemen's agreement" not to make public facts of the current owner-player negotiations. Miller called Kuhn's revelation of the owners' position during the recent baseball meetings in Hawaii the "act of a rank amateur." He said Kuhn's statement on Nov. 29 was "disruptive and designed to psych the public." Kuhn said at the time he was merely acting as a "coordinator" in relaying the owners' compromise position on the reserve clause.

The owners had proposed that a player could become a free agent if he was not offered a $30,000 contract after five years in the major leagues and $40,000 in his ninth year. "We are striving to avoid a repetition of the strike that hit baseball last season and inferences that players would be mistaken in not accepting the owners' proposal is fraudulent," Miller said. "Only about five of the 960 players on major league rosters would actually be affected by this measure. When you consider that the average career of a major league player is about 4¾ years, very few players will last long enough to achieve that salary scale."

"When negotiations began two months ago, we agreed to conduct ourselves in a professional manner, with the understanding that our discussions would not be made public," Miller said. Then Miller, for the first time, made known these association demands:

  • If a player completes 5 years of professional baseball -- 3 in the major leagues -- and he is not offered an average salary of $32,000, he could negotiate with another club.
  • If a player has been in baseball 7 years -- 5 in the big leagues -- and is not offered 1½ times the average rate, he can bargain with another team.
  • If a player has 9 years of service (7 in the majors) he should be entitled to double the average wage, or else be allowed to negotiate with another club.

[source: upi]


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