Trailblazers decide to build for future
Sept. 12-13, 1971
The Trailblazers (one word in those days) and general manager Stu Inman, going on a youth movement and with a five-year building program, trade veteran center LeRoy Ellis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 1972 second-round draft choice (Ollie Johnson) and cash.
Rookies set to begin camp next week with Portland include Sidney Wicks, Larry Steele, Charlie Yelverton, Jim Marsha and Bill Smith. Among the top returnees: Dale Schlueter, Gary Gregor, Walt Gilmore, Ron Knight and Ed Manning.
• Oregon State football coach Dee Andros blames a lack of disciplined play against the option and team unity for a 56-25 loss to Georgia on the road in the Beavers' opener. "Just a bunch of guys freelancing," Andros growls.
• Oregon football coach Jerry Frei says his Ducks liked a lot of what they saw in themselves in a 34-7 loss to No. 1-ranked Nebraska.
• Lane County says it would lease land just east of Autzen Stadium to the Pacific Coast League Eugene Emeralds for the construction of a 7,500-seat baseball facility.