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Hazzard Is Whistled for Pouring-It-On Foul

December 28, 1985

Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coach, was castigated by Walt Hazzard for having buried his UCLA "kids" by 37 points. Hazzard was hurt and disillusioned by Smith's lack of sportsmanship and feeling for what Hazzard seemed to have considered an unnecessary, insensitive display of wanton overkill.

So, to show his idea of compassion and good will toward men and fellow coaches, he had his "kids" pour it on poor Miami (a first-year program) to humiliate those poor boys by 45 points, mostly in the second half with the game locked up.

Then, after the game, the sensitive, caring, gentle Hazzard gnashed his teeth and snarled to the press: "Get somebody down and bury them, I tell them (his 'kids'), 'Step on their throats and cut their air off.' "

Seems like a neat guy, Hazzard. If I had a tall son who could dribble, I'd sure like Good Walt to mold his character.

ARTHUR LEWIS

Laguna Niguel

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