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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1972: GM/COACH NOT SATISFIED AS TEAM PREPARES FOR DOUBLEHEADER/JEFF-BENSON 1-2 IN STATE/PORTLAND MEADOWS SEASON ENDS

Feb. 6-7, 1972INMAN

Stu Inman, the general manager who is serving as coach of the Trailblazers (one word in those days), orders day-of-game practices for his young team. They'll work out at Memorial Coliseum in the morning, then play the Nate Archibald-led Cincinnati Royals of coach Bob Cousy at night. It's a doubleheader — the Seattle SuperSonics and Houston Rockets will face each other in the MC opener. Geoff Petrie (18.5 points per game), Sidney Wicks (24.2) and Stan McKenzie (14.7) lead the Blazers. Gary Gregor, Dale Schleuter, Rick Adelman, Charlie Yelverton, Larry Steele, Jim Marsh and Darrall Imhoff are among the other key Portland players.

• Jefferson and Benson are 1-2 in the state boys basketball poll. They will meet next week at Memorial Coliseum. Benson's only loss was 73-71 to the Democrats.

• Portland Meadows has opened its 70-day spring meet with $916,197 wagered on two days of live horse races.

• Don Read, the 38-year-old head football coach at Portland State, accepts a job at the University of Oregon under head coach Dick Enright. Read will coach quarterbacks and receivers.

Also in college football, Willamette promotes Joe Schaffeld, 36, from assistant to head coach.

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