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The `B' Line . . . August 8, 2002




Aug. 8, 2002

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 Dutch Schroeder (Dutch_Schroeder@baylor.edu), Reba Cooper (Reba_Cooper@baylor.edu), Kyle Penney,(Kyle_Penney@baylor.edu) or Jack Loftis (Jack.Loftis@chron.com). The mailing address is Baylor "B" Association, P. O. Box 8120, Waco, TX 76714

THE ISSUE IS FOOTBALL - Even after his All-American days at Baylor, a 12-year career as a Chicago Bears linebacker and induction in 1998 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mike Singletary continues to get great press. He is featured in a terrific photo spread in the August ("Are You Ready for Some Football?") issue of Texas Monthly. About Singletary the magazine says: "It all started with the eyes. The most dominating middle linebacker of his era, Singletary terrorized opponents with a ferocity that was matched only by the intimidation of his stare." But the Singletary photo belies all that. Attired in a Baylor T-shirt and seated on a bench at Hunter College, near his present hometown of Chicago, he looks like a guy who is at peace with the world; a guy who could never get riled. But try and convince any of the old Southwest Conference or National Football League running backs of that. As is generally known, today Singletary is one of the most popular motivational speakers in America . . . There also is a nice article on Arch W. (Bill) Hunt, a mid-1950s baseball player, in the Summer issue of the Baylor Line, the Baylor Alumni Association magazine. Hunt operates Texas Ragtime, Inc., a textile recycling facility in Athens . . .

THERE, THERE AND THERE - Dutch Schroeder, the "B" Association's version of the "Strongest Link," has done another nice job scanning various publications and converting items into "B" Association-related news. For instance, we've learned that Sam Preston Hancock, who played football from 1973 to 1976, is the high school principal for the Junction Independent School District. He and his wife Mary have two children, Nathan, 6, and Haley. 2 . His address is HC 87, Box 74, Junction, TX 76849 . . . Kirk Battles, who was a 1986-89 football trainer-manager, is district sales manager for Advantage Rent-A-Car in Tyler. He and his wife Lesley have three children, Reid, 6; Blake, 5; and Melody, 1.His address is 6809 South Place Drive, Tyler, TX 75703 . . . Cynthia Borden, who was an athletic trainer in a number of sports during the early 1990s, will be employed by Cy-Ridge High School this fall. The Houston area school opens its doors for the first time later this month . . . John Simpson is still coaching at Corsicana High School. While at Baylor he was a wide receiver in football and an All-American in track, having run on a number of Clyde Hart's championship relay teams . . .

THE TAPATIO HOST - Gordon Hollon, who played football at Baylor before and after World War II, has been a successful lawyer in Boerne for more than 50 years. While he currently has some medical problems, he is still involved in his profession and owns a condominium at Tapatio Springs, located between Boerne and Bandera. It is one of Texas' newest and finest conference and golf facilities and Hollon has been host to a number of Baylorites in the past few months, including BU President and Mrs. Robert Sloan, Dr. and Mrs. Milton Cunningham and former football letterman and coach Cotton Davidson and wife Carolyn. Many will recall that when Hollon was president of the Baylor Alumni Association, he launched a project to have Baylor's Medal of Honor recipients, lettermen Jack Lummus and John Robert Kane, recognized on campus in some appropriate manner. His vision was culminated several months ago when Baylor dedicated the Ring of Honor in front of Pat Neff Hall. All should be grateful for Hollon's splendid idea and hard work . . . Howard Lee, a 1958-61 baseball player, graciously e-mailed the "B" Line to inform us that Lou RYMKUS was Al Witcher's Houston Oilers coach in 1960, not someone called Lou LYMKUS, as we typo-ed in last week's column. However, since Oiler owner Bud Adams went through so many coaches, perhaps one at some other time was Mr. L. If so, he probably came to the team under the Federal Witness Protection program as several others seemed to have done. . .

JACK LOFTIS
CO-CHAIRMAN
COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE