We all know how well Marylanders Walter White and Bob Avellini and Larry Marshall and Tim Wilson and Randy White are doing in the NFL, but whatever happened to Joe Campbell, last year's All-America defensive tackle at College Park?
Bob Pollard of the New Orleans Saints can tell you.
First round draft choice Campbell started Sunday against Atlanta, taking the defensive-end spot Pollard has held for six pro seasons. "I was in total shock," said Pollard. "I was moments away from tears. It was something that had never happened to me before, somthing I felt was unjustified. I would never go into Hank Stram's office and say, 'Play me or trade me,' but if I end the season in a backup role and he worked out a deal with another club, O.K. - as a last resort, trade me."
So, mild-mannered Joe Campbell - who will be head-tabled for honors at the M Club's 27th annual Terrapin banquet on campus Friday, Dec. 2 - is ruffling feathers, and not only teammate Pollard's.
Actually Pollard didn't miss much on the Saints' 21-20 upset of the Falcons - Campbell got into a fist fight and was tossed out of the game.
But chances are Campbell will get the nod again Sunday at San Francisco. "There wasn't the opportunity (for Stram) to judge us both," Pollard noted of the Atlanta tilt. "Especially him" . . .
Maryland's Hall of Fame bowl appearance, 8 p.m. Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota in Birmingham, Ala., will be carried here by WDCA-TV-20. Channel 20 also plans to relay the Tangerine Bowl Dec. 23 (Florida State-Texas Tech, 8 p.m.) and Peach Bowl Dec. 31 (noon) . . . The Peach Bowl pits N.C. State against Iowa State - running backs (Ted Brown vs. Dexter Green). And Big Eight offensive player of the week for his 176-yard rushing, two TDs, scored, one passed for in the 21-13 conquest of Oklahoma State that sent the Cyclones bowlward is Green. The former Gar-Field High All-Met outgained his old scholastic rival, Woodbridge High's All-Met Russell Davis of Michigan, 1,240 yards to 1,013 in this junior season for them as collegians . . .
North Carolina State - that's another ACC school with little basketball problems. Arrested at a Raleigh department store and charged with larceny: Wolfpack players Tony Warren, holdover starting guard, and junior-college transfer Kendal Pinder, a likely starter at forward. Court date on Feb. 3 set on misdemeanor charges; meanwhile coach Norm Sloan will "look into" the case - in which the booty was a $1.98 pair of underwear. Something about switching price tags.
What, us making a lot out of a little? Guilty, your honor . . . but misdemeanors are misdemeanors in Carolina as well as Maryland . . .
Back on Channel 20: That series of regionally telecast high school basketball games that Washingtonian Dan Snyder, d.b.a. Main Events Sports Inc., has been organizing has materialized. And, yep, De Matha is in there as metropolitan Washington's representative in the seven-week, four-team round robin; games at noon Saturdays Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. Long Island Lutheran of New York, Roman Catholic of Philadelphia and Dunbar of Baltimore are the other schools; the TV outlets besides WDCA here are WJZ-TV-13 Baltimore, WNEW New York, KYW Philly. Play-by-play by Mike Patrick (WJLA-TV's own), color by that famous underwear model and baseball tosser from Ballmer - Jim Palmer! . . .
Snyder also is promoting another highs basketball Tournament of Champions in Baltimore Civic Center, single elimination, Dec. 21-23. St. John's (D. C.) plus Power Memorial and Nazareth of New York, Dunbar and Lake Clifton of Baltimore, Schenley of Pittsburgh and San Lazaro, Dominican Republic . . . Meanwhile in the Civic Center: Wednesday, Nov. 30, boxing, featuring Roonie McGarvey of Adelphi vs. Shig (Lion) Furuyama of Japan for the North American Boxing Federation featherweight "title" . . .
Meanwhile, back at N.C. State: Soph guard Clyde Austin must sit out the first two games of the hoop season; he played two Easter vacation games sponsored by his hometown Richmond recreation department, and that's an NCAA, and ACC, no-no. Same thing happened to several college stars, one who comes to mind with a two game ineligibility penalty in UCLA guard Brad Holland, for extracurricular organized basketball play. The opponents who glide past Austin are Appalachian State and Georgia Southern . . .
At Virginia Tech, mourning, Bob Vorhies, 18, a freshman running back from Irvington, N.J., spent the season working his way from the Gobbler specialty teams to spot backfield duty the last three games. Saturday, in the 28-10 win over Wake Forest, Vorhies made his first and only varsity carry a 12-yard gainer. Monday, a few hours after what coach Jimmy Sharpe termed "a light but very fine practice (for upcoming VMI), and Bob seemed among the happiest on the squad," the 6-foot, 230-pound Vorhies was dead. Heart attack. "He seemed to be in excellent condition," said a state medical examiner after an autopsy, and investigation will continue . . . Died in Memphis, at 34: Ron Willis, relief pitcher on the St. Louis Cardinals' 1967 and '68 pennant winners; his big year, '67, he was 6-5 with 10 saves, 2.67 ERA. In recent years he was predecessor to Denny McLain as general manager of the late Memphis Blues in the minors. In January, he was stricken by a malignant brain tumor, coming back to work as a part-time Card scout before a fatal seizure . . .
Now that Calvin Griffith has made sure Gene Mauch can't get away to manage the California Angels, Mauch - a Palm Springs, Calif., resident - has assured Griffith over the phone to Minnesota he won't exercise his threat to sit out the last year of his contract to pilot the Twins. Griffith reported, "He was happy as a bluebird, singing and talking about the winter meetings and spring training"