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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24726.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24726

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed August 28, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24726.

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Title Houstonian 1987
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Title The Playing Fields
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript indicated that Yeoman's retirement might have been encouraged by the NCAA. Such a "personnel change", the paper reported, might thwart a full scale NCAA investigation of the program. School officials denied the report the next day. At the most recent meeting of the NCAA in San Diego, Van Horn presented the NCAA with the conclusions of UH's internal probe. With the changes of department personnel, many high-level school officials doubt that an NCAA investigation will result. Promises that the department's budget would be trimmed were kept by Johnson. In all, five athletic department officials left or were fired by January 1987. Nearly $500,000 of the department's $6.5 million budget was expected to be cut. The most notable dismissal was that of Pat Younger, who for seven years had worked in fundraising. Younger was in an unenviable position: in 1986, more than $125,000 in pledged contributions failed to be collected for a variety of reasons. Clearly the Old Regime was in trouble. By January 1987, there was reason to be optimistic: a string of good moves ended nearly a year of bad luck and dumb moves. Johnson had hired former Houston Gamblers coach Jack Pardee to replace Yeoman. The move was well-received, both on campus and in the community. An inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Pardee played and coached in the pros (Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins), leading the Redskins to a Super Bowl. As a player at Texas A&M, Pardee was an academic all-American, a strong suit in the eyes of UH officials. The exciting run-and- shoot offense was promised for the next season, replacing more than 20 years of Yeoman's veer offense. Huge Task: Not all of Johnson's tenure as interim athletic director consisted of difficult if not unpopular decisions. Rudy Davalos, once an associate AD under Ford, returned to Houston to take on a huge task: guiding Cougar athletics through some difficult years. A popular, accomplished figure in Texas athletics, Davalos led Southwest Texas State Univer- ity to a national championship as a basketball player, created the UT-San Antonio athletic program from scratch, and has done pro color commentary for several years. He pledged a renewed commitment to alienated students, faculty members and citizens of Houston. Almost immediately, he and associate AD Bobby Risinger began offering discount student and faculty tickets to see first- year basketball coach Pat Fos ter's basketball team. A variety of projects have been undertaken to correct the problems — and lure UH and the city back to the program. And never before has the department's administration been so accessible. The Board of Re- gents and Van Horn have given the program five years to get back on track financially. Now, only time and a little luck will tell. — February 1987, Erin Powers. 98