Luzinski To Coach High School Football

Posted: January 13, 1987

Former Phillie Greg Luzinski last night was appointed head football coach at Holy Cross High in Delran, N.J.

Luzinski has been the head baseball coach at Holy Cross since last spring and will continue in that job.

"He's a class individual and a fine role model for students," said Holy Cross' principal, the Rev. James Dubell. "And another big thing with us is that he has the time to spend on the program, and football takes a lot of time.

"Greg will be able to be around the school, see the students, and spend time on the sport on a fulltime basis. Plus, from his baseball coaching, he's familiar with the school and the way we operate."

Luzinski was all-city at Chicago's Notre Dame High School in the late 1960s as a fullback and linebacker. He replaces Frank Paris, who won two South Jersey Parochial A titles and went 69-44-2 in 12 years at Holy Cross. The Lancers were 3-5 last fall.


Former Villanova coach Jack Kraft and three former players yesterday were named to the Big 5 Hall of Fame.

Kraft, who had a record of 238-95 in 12 seasons at Villanova; Villanova's Alex Bradley; the late Tim Claxton of Temple, and Marcellus "Boo" Williams of St. Joseph's will be inducted at halftime of the Penn-Villanova game at the Palestra on Feb. 10.

Kraft guided the Wildcats to 11 consecutive postseason tournaments from 1962 through 1972, including the runner-up spot in the 1971 NCAA tournament. He then became head coach at Rhode Island, where he posted a 123-96 record before retiring in 1985.

Bradley, currently playing pro basketball in Belgium, played at Villanova

from 1977 through 1981, and his 1,634 career points, good for a 14.7 average, ranks eighth in the school's history. He also grabbed 797 rebounds, ninth- best in team history.

Claxton, who played at Temple from 1974 through 1978, scored 1,418 career points, a 12.9 average and 10th on the Owls' all-time list, and had 745 career rebounds for the Owls. He died in December 1980 at age 24 of a heart disease.

Williams, who played at St. Joseph's from 1977 to 1981, led the Hawks in scoring for three seasons and his 1,554 points are good for seventh on the team's all-time list. His 838 rebounds are 10th best in team history. He is an administrator in the Hampton, Va., school system.


Penn freshman guard Jerry Simon was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Simon, a 6-foot-5, 170-pounder from Los Angeles, had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes in Penn's 94-74 win over Dartmouth on Saturday.

A federal judge in Memphis postponed indefinitely the tax-evasion and obstruction-of-justice trial of former Memphis State University basketball coach Dana Kirk. Judge Odell Horton of U.S. District Court scheduled a hearing for Thursday, however, to discuss a new trial date.

Kirk, who was fired by the university in September, was scheduled to go to trial Jan. 26. Kirk's attorneys have asked for a trial delay of at least 45 days, saying they will be involved in another, unrelated case this month.

Kirk, who was Memphis State's head basketball coach for seven years, was indicted late last year on charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Among other things, he is accused of soliciting payoffs to schedule the Memphis State team in tournaments and understating his income to the Internal Revenue Service. He also is accused of trying to intimidate grand jury witnesses.

Former Atlanta Hawks forward John Drew, a two-time NBA all-star scheduled to go on trial yesterday on drug charges, instead entered a guilty plea.

Under a negotiated plea, Drew was sentenced to six months in the Fulton (Ga.) County jail. He already has served three months since his arrest Oct. 3, 1986, on two counts of selling cocaine and one count of cocaine possession.

Drew, 32, also was sentenced to five years' probation, under which it will be necessary for him to get a minimum of eight months of rehabilitation therapy. If Drew violates the probation, Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer said he could impose up to a 60-year prison term.


The Hillsborough County state attorney filed two third-degree felony charges of resisting arrest against New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, involved in a Dec. 13 scuffle with police that the prosecutor pledged would be dealt with in "a very stern fashion."

Gooden, 22, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Each third-degree felony could carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine with conviction.

Three other adults were arrested with the 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner, who was stopped by police in what they called a routine traffic case. State attorney Bill James said each was charged with resisting an officer with violence, and a fourth companion of Gooden was referred to juvenile authorities.

Facing trial Jan. 22 with Gooden will be his nephew, Milwaukee Brewers prospect Gary Sheffield, 18; Vance Lovelace, 23, of the California Angels organization, and Phillip Walker Jr., 23.

Gooden's attorney, Charles Ehrlich, has contended that officers used excessive force, hitting Gooden with nightsticks and flashlights. He also suggested that the arrest had racial overtones. Police have denied that race was a factor, saying Gooden's behavior forced them to respond to subdue him.

Toronto outfielder Rick Leach has signed a two-year contract with the Blue Jays. Leach, 29, hit .309 with five home runs and 39 runs batted in in 110 games.

Details of the pact were not revealed, but a Blue Jays spokesman said the first year of the contract was guaranteed, while the second was at the club's option. Leach had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Former Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning, a strong candidate to be named to baseball's Hall of Fame when this year's voting results are revealed tomorrow, has been named the winner of this year's Living Legend of Sports Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Bunning, who pitched a perfect game for the Phillies in 1964 and won more than 100 games in both the National and American Leagues, will be honored at the association's banquet Jan. 26 at the Hyatt Cherry Hill.


American Scott Davis needed almost four hours to defeat Australia's Peter McNamara, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, on the opening day of the Australian Open.

None of the tournament's top players - men or women - played yesterday. Seeded players are scheduled to make their first appearances tomorrow, the third day of matches.

Three other American men advanced to second-round action. Dan Saltz of Newport Beach, Calif., downed West German Patrick Kuhnen, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; Todd Nelson of San Diego topped Canada's Gary Connell, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; and Marty Davis of San Jose, Calif., edged Australian Charlton Eagle, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

On the women's side, six Americans won first-round matches. Hu Na of Los Angeles and formerly of China, struggled past Michelle Jaggard of Australia, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-0, and Ann Henricksson of Mahtomedi, Minn., beat Czechoslovakia's Regina Marsikova, 6-4, 6-4.

Camille Benjamin of Fort Worth, Texas, rallied past Australia's Elizabeth Minter, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4; Alycia Moulton of Sacramento, Calif., surged past West Germany's Claudia Porwick, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Marianne Werdel downed fellow American Pilar Vasquez, 6-4, 6-2; and Tina Mochizuki dumped Molly Van Nostrand, 6-1, 6-3 in another battle of Americans.

Laurie Warder, a little-known Australian, pushed Yugoslavia's Slobodan Zivojinovic, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, to the fifth set before losing, 6-7 (6-8), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, in the men's competition.


The NCAA restored Fairleigh Dickinson and Duquesne to Division I status, clearing the way for the schools' teams to compete in championship competition this year.

The NCAA had dropped the universities' sports programs into an unclassified status last year for not having the required number of women's sports.

Under NCAA rules, a school must field teams in six sports. However, that ruled was modified last week at the NCAA meetings in San Diego and schools that had their athletic programs unclassified were given one year to get their programs in order. Under the old rule, the schools would not have been eligible for NCAA championship activity this season.

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