ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 09, 1985
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(Studio) OK-Iowa State, Memphis State-Florida State basketball games reported; films shown courtesy CBS Sports. Other college basketball game results listed on screen. Performances of individual players (named) mentioned.
REPORTER: Kathleen Sullivan
(NYC) Controversy surrounding Clemson Univ. athletic department 's embroilment in illegal drug use and school's internal battle of academics vs. athletics examined; Bill McLellan's control of athletic department since 1971 reviewed. NCAA's probations of Clemson reviewed; dispute between bd. of trustees and president Dr. William Atchley over issue noted. Recent death of Olympic runner Augustinus Jaspers noted leading to discovery of illegal drug use among Clemson athletes and drug distribution by some coaches. Atchley's recent resignation over board 's refusal to endorse academics as priority recalled. Student support of Atchley's push for academics noted. ["Clemson Tiger" editor Pam SHEPPARD, faculty senate president prof. David SENN - discuss controversy.] Apparent role of internal pols in board's lack of support for Atchley thought illustrated by board chairperson and state senate James Waddell's perception of school's president as outsider. [ATCHLEY - considers athletic department secondary to any university 's academic program.] [New athletic director Bobby ROBINSON - responds.] Clemson's academic tradition outlined; board of trustees mentioned only body not wanting academics to take priority.
REPORTER: Jack Whitaker