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Page 14-Wednesday, August 11, 1982-The Michigan Daily
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Muncie faces more. rehabilitati on,

LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) - San Diego
Chargers' running back Chuck Muncie,
reportedly headed for further drug
treatment, has "a choice" that will
required 'some soul searching,' accor-
ding to his business adviser.
Muncie, the Chargers' leading rusher
the past two seasons, left camp Monday
after missing a Sunday night curfew
and a morning practice.
COACH DON Coryell told reporters
that Muncie will udnergo "a second
phase" of rehabilitation.
"The only thing that's important is
that he come out completely cured of

his problem," said Coryell, declining to
"guess how many days Muncie may be
gone.
Muncie, at a camp-opening press con-
ference Aug. 1, admitted undergoing
treatment for "a small problem" with
cocaine, marijuana and alcohol, but
promised never to use drugs again.
AT THAT TIME, he said tests had
cleared him of dependency on drugs.
His adviser, Alan Weiner of New
Orleans, said he received a telephone
call from Muncie late on Sunday.
Muncie's absence from camp in-
volves "something they want him to

do," Weiner said. "He has a choice.
It's something he has to sit down and
think about. He has to do some soul
searching."
IN ANNOUNCING the development,
Coryell said, "we've been advised by
the people counseling him (Muncie),
that he should go through a second
phase of rehabilitation and that's wht
he's doing."
It is "not important" how many days
it takes, Coryell said. The Chargers
open their National Football League
preseason schedule at home against the
Chciago Bears next Monday and the
regular season Sept.12 at Denver.
Muncie tied at NFL record last year
with 19 touchdowns rushing and was the
second leading rusher in the NFL's
American Conference

ASKED IF there was any indication
that Muncie was having problems
during the first week of camp, Coryell
snapped, 'Absolutely not. He's been
perfect in practice. He's never been
late. He's been tremendous, and he's a
man that everyone on this coaching
staff and team loves."
Refusing further comment, he said
the matter will remain confidential
between the club's team physicians and
Muncie.
The Chargers annonced Aug. 1 the
team had begun mandatory drug tests
on players on a random basis.
Muncie has declined to discuss the
matter publicly, saying he is a witness
in a federal drug case in New Orleans
and under court orders not to discuss
the case with anyone.

4

Arguello signs to fight
for fourth world ti tle
NEW YORK (AP)- Alexis Arguello saying, "It's hard to say anything
will be trying to become the first man in negative about this guy because he does
boxing history to win titles in four everything right."
weight classifications when he But Pryor later said, "Normally I'm
challenges champion Aaron Pryor for like I am now-full of love. But when it
the World Boxing Association's junior comes time to fight, I'm full of
welterweight title on Nov. 12. business."
The date of the bout, billed the "Bat- Pryor, a relentless puncher, said the
tle of the Champions," was announced key to the fight will be how well
yesterday at a news conference by Arguello is able to handle the on-
boxing promoter 'Bob Arum of Top slaught.
Rank, Inc. The site has not been deter. "THE KEY will be Arguello trying to
mined, but Arum said it will be it keepa bumble bee off of him when he's
Miami, Las Vegas or Reno, Nev. swelling all over," he said. "Can
PRYOR IS guaranteed $1.6 million Arguello keep me off of him?"
for the defense, the challenger $1.5 Arguello was uncertain how he would
million. Both men signed contracts last prepare for Pryor.
week. "Every fighter has a different style
Arguello, the current World Boxing and you have to approach the fight that
Council's lightweight champion, also way."
fhas won the WBA's featherweight and Pryor also said that world welter-
WBC's junior lightweight titles in his 14- weight champion Sugar Ray Leonard,
ear professional career. The King's who hasn't fought since undergoing
ay, Fla., resident, originally from surgery for a detached retina in June,
icaragua, has a 76-4 record, 61 by has told him he may return to boxing.
ockouts. "Arguello has taken the place of the
Arguello, 5-foot-9% and 135 pounds, agony and stress within me (of not
said he was' dedicating the fight to fighting Leonard)," he said.
Ienry Armstrong, who failed in a bid
for four titles. Stram to USFL?
ARMSTRONG, who took the world PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix
featherweight, welterweight and light- franchise of the United States Football
weight titles, who drew with Ceferino League has offered network commen-
Garcia in 10 rounds for the mid- tator and former NFL coach Hank
dleweight championship in 1940. Stram a job as head coach and general
"I want to make myself the best con- manager, it was reported yesterday.
dition of my career," said Arguello, 30, Stram was offered the position by
who has won 17 straight fights since franchise majority owner Jim Joseph,
losing a 10-round decision to Vilomar the Phoenix Gazette said.
Fernandez on July 26, 1978. "I'm going Reached at his home in Covington,
to give 100 percent of myself to you and La., Stram neither confirmed nor
the people who pay for this." denied the reported offer but did say he
Pryor, 5-7, 140, is unbeaten in 31 had met with Joseph, "and we had
bouts, 29 of those coming by knockouts. some excellent visits."
He won his title when he knocked out Stram last coached the New Orleans
Antonio Cervantes in four rounds on Saints in 1976 and 1977. He previously
Aug. 2, 1980 in his hometown of Cincin- coached the Kansas City Chiefs for 15
nati. seasons. He currently works for the
THE 26-YEAR-OLD Pryor was CBS radio and television network.
unuualv renectful of his onnonent.

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