April 10, 2003
This is another "B" Line column, a periodic collection of news items of particular interest to members of the Baylor "B" Association. Contribute news about you or your teammates via e-mail to Lee Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dutch Schroeder (Dutch_Schroeder@baylor.edu), Reba Cooper (Reba_Cooper@baylor.edu) or Jack Loftis (Jack.Loftis@chron.com). The mailing address is Baylor "B" Association, P. O. Box 8120, Waco, TX 76714
WISE WORDS - John Lucas Jr., a standout player at Maryland before performing and coaching in the National Basketball Association and going on to a lucrative business career, told several hundred students, coaches, faculty and assorted BU supporters attending the annual Student Achievements Banquet in Waco on Wednesday night that succeeding in the classroom should rank ahead of any heroics on the fields and courts of play. Lucas, who most recently coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, also is the father of current Baylor guard John Lucas III. The elder Lucas was keynote speaker for the evening and witnessed team academic awards going to both the men's and women's tennis units. As a major sponsor and financial contributor to the Ferrell Center event, the Baylor "B" Association was represented by current president Ronnie Goodwin and wife Sharon, assistant director Lee Harrington and wife Elaine, board member Clarence Dierking and wife Betty, executive director emeritus Dutch Schroeder and wife Betty and administrative assistant Reba Cooper and husband A.J. The evening's humor was prompted by various award recipients appearing on stage in unfamiliar uniforms, i. e., track participants wearing football gear, basketball players decked out in tennis whites, etc. Someone suggested the show was vying for the fashion spotlight, a la Oscar Night, while not encouraging "cross dressing" in any way, shape or form . . .
RACK 'EM FOR EDUCATION - Academic opportunity is the theme of the Santana Dotson Foundation, started in 1995 by All-American defensive tackle Santana Dotson. Now a member of the NFL's Washington Redskins, Dotson lettered four years at Baylor (1988-91), was an all-conference player three years and as a senior was a finalist in he Houston Rotary Club's Lombardi Award competition. His foundation is committed to helping economically disadvantaged students from Houston's inner-city neighborhoods find the means to attend college. One of this year's fund-raising events is the Celebrity Pool Tournament and Auction scheduled for Friday night (7 p.m., April 11) at the Slick Willie's Family Pool Hall. 3895 Southwest Freeway in Houston. The auction begins at 6:30 p. m. and personalities scheduled to participate include Ahman Green, Antonio Freeman, Gilbert Brown, Darren Sharper, Vonnie Holiday, William Henderson, Rodney Hampton, Sean Jones, Keith Jackson, Rod Walker, Nate Wayne, Russell Maryland and Broderick Thomas . . . And so far, a total of 97 former BU football lettermen have signed up for the Green & Gold spring practice football scrimmage weekend (April 11-12) that also will include golf, fishing and get-acquainted sessions with players and coaches . . .
SOME SAD NEWS - Condolences are in order for the family of S. L. Witcher, who was one of Baylor's oldest living lettermen. He passed away in Clifton last week and will be remembered as a football player from 1928-29-30. Witcher was the uncle of Al Witcher, the Waco attorney who also played football for Baylor before becoming one of the original Houston Oilers of the old American Football League . . .. Death also has claimed Frank Shannon of Wharton. He lettered in football in 1950 . . . For your inspection: While on this Website, check out the revised Baylor "B" Association Constitution and the fresh listings of the organization's officers, directors and staff. Click on "Contact Information" and "Constitution/By-Laws" in the "B" Association Information box. Thanks go out - as they should each week - to Jeff Brown, the Baylor Athletic Department's assistant media relations director and Internet coordinator . . . Former Baylor pitcher Matt Miller joined about a dozen other Houstonians for a delightfully informal lunch with Baseball Hall of Fame member Nolan Ryan this week. The event, at Joe's Barbecue in Alvin, was the payoff from a charity auction associated with Leadership Houston roasting Astros owner Drayton McLane. Righthanders Ryan and Miller also have something else in common. Both wish the aluminum bat had never been invented . . .