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Oregon sports history

Feb. 22, 1965: 'TRAINING VIOLATIONS' COST PORTLAND STATE 11 of 12 PLAYERS


The Portland State College basketball team disciplines 11 of its 12 players — everyone except John Nelson, son of coach Sharkey Nelson — for "violation of training regimens" three nights ago — a Saturday — while the team was playing at Southern Oregon.

The coaches discovered a problem when they returned to the team motel — the Bard's Inn in Ashland — early Sunday morning. A light left on in one of the players' rooms indicated that the 1:30 p.m. curfew had been violated.

Eleven players report that John Nelson was not involved.

Coach Nelson calls up assorted junior varsity players for the Vikings' three remaining games — and the new-look Viks close with back-to-back victories over Eastern Oregon after losing to Oregon College of Education.

That gives the Vikings varsity a season record of 8-18 (7-9 in the Oregon Collegiate Conference -- good for a tie for third in the five-team league won by Eastern Oregon).

John Nelson scores a game-high 37 points to win the OCC scoring title, as his dad's team ends with a 100-94 overtime win at Wilson High — in what will be Sharkey Nelson's final game of a 12-year run as PSC coach.