Page 26-Wednesday, May 2, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Cousineau looms as
first NFL choice
NEW YORK (AP) - There's just one
day left for 28 National Football League
clubs to complete their planning and
strategies before dividing up the 1979
crop of college football talent.
The 44th annual NFL draft will be
held tomorrow and Friday at the
Waldorf Astoria with the 28 NFL teams
selecting 330 players in 12 rounds.
"It seems like the day before Christ-
mas," cracked Cleveland Coach Sam
Rutigliano as the Browns' staff studied
the draft rotation and possibilities one
more time. "I hope a big defensive end
comes down the chimney for us."
Cleveland is about halfway down the
draft list's first round with the No. 13
selection and must await the moves of
teams like Buffalo, Cincinnati and
Chicago, all with multiple high picks.
Buffalo will draft No. 1 as a result of
last year's trade of running back 0. J.
Simpson to San Francisco, then pick
again as the No. 5 team with its own
choice. Cincinnati has its own pick, No.
3, and No. 12 from its trade of defensive
end Coy Bacon and defensive back
Lemar Parrish to Washington last
year. Chicago owns the No. 4 choice
from Tampa Bay as payment for its
trade of defensive lineman Wally
Chambers to the Bucs last year, and its
own pick, No. 9.
Buffalo also owns San Francisco's
fourth round choice from the Simpson
trade which supplied the Bills with the
49ers' No. 2 and No. 3 picks last year-:
defensive end Scott Hutchinson and
wide receiver Danny Fulton - and will
deliver San Francisco's No.2 next year.
Oakland also is without a first round
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selection, that pick having gone to Los
Angeles in the deal that sentecorner-
back Monte Jackson to the Raiders.
NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle will
announce the Bills' opening pick, and
Buffalo, searching for linebacking help,
is expected to select Ohio State All-
America Tom Cousineau as the No. 1
Two-trades were completed this week
involving draft choices. Tampa Bay
picked up Oakland's second and third-
round picks in exchange for defensive
tackle Dave Pear and Baltimore
acquired veteran quarterback Greg
Landry from Detroit for three picks, a
No. 3 this year and the Colts' fourth and
fifth-round selections in 1980.
HOUSTON (AP) - At a recent,
closed-door meeting of golf's touring
pros, a proposal was made which would
drastically change the shape and make-
up of the PGA Tour.
The proposal - at the moment
nothing more than that - would set up
two tours, an A and B circuit, or a
major and minor tour, each with about
This proposal, however, still is in a
formative stage and many details
remain to be solved. To receive any
positive action, it must be presented to
the PGA Tour's Policy Board. It is not
known whether thatwill happen.
A GREAT number of problems are
involved. But a certain number of
problems would be solved.
Many players approve of the plan on
the basis that it would: 1) eliminate the
need for Monday qualifying rounds and
2) provide more players with the oppor-
tunity of making a living. The total pur-
se for the season would remain about
the same, approximately $12 million,
but would be spread among more
The general provisions of the
proposal have the 100 top players com-
peting on the major tour, the next 150
competing on a minor tour.
The major tour events, under the
proposal, would carry a purse of about
$250,000, the. minor tour $100,000 to
$150,000. Major and minor events would
be held simultaneously in different
At the end of the year, the 15 top
money-winners from the minor tour
would advance to the majors, and the 15
men at the bottom of the major-tour
money-winning list would drop back to
the minor circuit.
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