Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Lost' Football Wins May Revise Records

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Lost' Football Wins May Revise Records

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SPORTS history, like all history, occasionally must be revised. And so Glenn (Pop) Warner's name could replace Paul (Bear) Bryant's in the pantheon of college football's coaching greats. With 323, Bryant has the most wins among Division I (major-college) coaches. He compiled his record at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Alabama. But Warner could jump from third - behind Bryant and Amos Alonzo Stagg (314) - to first if 22 "lost" victories are added to Warner's 313.

The missing wins, found by a researcher preparing a soon-to-be-published biography of Warner, were recorded at Iowa State University from 1895 to 1900. Before anyone revises the record, though, the findings will be reviewed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's statistics staff this week.

In Warner's case, it could be a subjective call, since he is credited with coaching several institutions at once. It is unlikely he could have coached in Iowa one day, then in Ithaca, N.Y. (at Cornell University), the next. Nominally, however, he was the coach at these institutions, as well as at the University of Georgia and Carlisle College in Pennsylvania.

Research shows that Warner coached various teams in the preseason, then moved on to handle in-season coaching elsewhere, leaving assistants to carry on, sometimes with the help of letters or telegrams from Warner. Jordan's transcendent popularity

Rick Telander, writing in Sports Illustrated, penned the best description I've seen of Michael Jordan's popularity in Chicago. In the wake of Jordan's recent retirement after nine pro seasons, Telander opined that "if the Jordan posters were taken down from kids' bedrooms throughout Chicagoland all at once, whole buildings would collapse."

Phil Knight, chairman of Nike, the company that reportedly generates about $200 million annually from the sale of Air Jordan sneakers, says that Michael's appeal far transcends a particular geographic region: "He sells to Japanese kids, to Chinese kids, absolutely across every racial barrier, more than any other spokesman, maybe."

The ninth edition of Air Jordans are due out this month, and its sales figures will be a source of intense industry interest. …

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