Darrel Royal’s mascots come to town
Back before cable TV, the Internet, and the 24-
hour news cycle, sports fans had to wait for the
“College Scoreboard” broadcast on network
television to hear details of football games each
Saturday. Sportscasters rolled out scores and re-
caps on the Irish, Trojans, Wolverines, Spartans,
Buckeyes, and other major powers, and always
ended the program with results of the Slippery
Rock game.
Slippery Rock?
Many viewers thought it was a comic in-
vention. But there really was a Slippery Rock
College, and it captured the fancy of not only
sportscasters but Darrel Royal, coach of the
Texas Longhorns, who proclaimed the Slippery
Rock Rockets as his team’s honorary mascots.
Athletics Director Doug McArthur, too, knew
there really was a Slippery Rock, and he invited
the team to Tacoma in 1973 for the Loggers’
football season opener. Sure enough, the team
fromWestern Pennsylvania, a small-college
football powerhouse, accepted the invitation.
The game was a publicist’s dream; a contest
between two schools with such unique names
could make the national wire services—and it
did. Locally
The News Tribune
about the game, including a piece featuring
the story of Freeland L. McMullen, a Slippery
Rock alumnus living in Mossyrock, Wash.
Commenting about which rock he preferred,
McMullen quipped: “I’ll take Mossy. Nothing
against Slippery, but the Western style of living
is more my style.”
To cover expenses, McArthur had to
boost attendance, so he added seats to Baker
Stadium—ringing the field with bleachers. Fans
packed the place, with Rocket supporters and
alumni flying in from all over the country. The
game was storied coach Paul Wallrof ’s (P’80)
first at Puget Sound, and it certainly was an
artistic success, if not a financial one. Mark
Conrad’s (’75) booming 40-yard punts and
his two long field goals sealed a victory for the
Loggers. So on that Saturday afternoon in 1973,
sportscasters on national network television
completed their scoreboard program by solemn-
ly intoning: Slippery Rock 6, Puget Sound 13.
Puget Sound?
The world record holder who couldn’t
win one for the team
In the past I’ve enjoyed asking students the fol-
lowing question: “Which former UPS swimmer
set a world record and won two Olympic gold
medals but couldn’t win a single race for the
Logger swim team—and why?”
The answer is: Kaye Hall-Greff ’73. And
the reason she didn’t win one for the team is
because when she was a Puget Sound student
there were no women’s collegiate swim teams.
But Kaye did represent the school in 1970 at
the World University Games in Torino, Italy,
where she won three gold medals. At age 17,
in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the na-
tive Tacoman took the gold in the 100-meter
backstroke, the gold in the 400 medley relay,
and a bronze in the 200 backstroke.
Evalyn Goldberg Schultz ’76 followed
Kaye to UPS and became one of only two
female athletes to win varsity letters as a
starter in basketball, volleyball, and softball.
She was also the first winner of the Alice Bond
Award, which recognizes the school’s top
female athlete.
Wendy Hunt Higley ’80 was a member of
the inaugural women’s swim team (1978–80),
which was affiliated with the Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
She became Puget Sound’s first female nation-
al college champion in swimming by winning
and setting national standards in the 100- and
50-yard freestyle. She also set a Puget Sound
track-and-field record in the javelin event.
The 1976 NCAA Division II championship team
Quarterback Bob Botley ’71