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March 14, 1991

MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) _ Bill McArthur, who coached football at Western Oregon State College for 35 years, is returning to his old job at age 72.

″Why am I back in coaching? Well, my golf game is lousy, my wife won’t let me fly planes any more and all the handball players have died, so why not?″ he said from his winter home in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

McArthur, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, was named head coach on Wednesday.

McArthur retired in 1982 with 180 career wins, third among active NAIA Division II coaches. Frosty Weathering of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., tops the list with 193.

McArthur succeeds John Vogt, who resigned after the 1990 season.

″Sometimes you need to get back to the grassroots of a program when things are in trouble,″ WOSC athletic director Dick Kaiser said. ″Bill provides a proven foundation from which to rebuild the Western Oregon football program.″

After retiring from WOSC, McArthur coached at Regis High School in Stayton and has worked as a consultant with other teams.

″This may be one of the stupidest things I’ve done,″ McArthur said, ″but I say: ’Why not?‴

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Mel Rosen, the head track coach for the United States in the 1992 Olympics, will retire after 27 years as coach at Auburn at the end of this season.

The university’s Sports Information Office said Rosen, 62, would continue to teach parttime in Auburn’s physical education department and also coach on the club level.

″I wanted to be fair to Auburn and to the Auburn track program,″ Rosen said. ″Being the head Olympic coach will take up most of my time, and I don’t want student-athletes who are dedicating their all to Auburn to go to practice and wonder if their coach will be with them or in Colorado Springs for an Olympic meeting.″

Under Rosen, the Tigers won four straight SEC indoor titles from 1977 through 1980. His start pupils included Harvey Glance, Willie Smith, James Walker and Tony Easley. That group, known as ″The Fabulous Four,″ set more school, and conference records than any other foursome in SEC history.

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BOSTON (AP) - Bill Demby is still playing basketball on artificial limbs made famous in the DuPont commercial.

The disabled Vietnam veteran brought his reliable jump-shot to Boston’s Museum of Science Wednesday to promote an exhibit on artificial limbs and organs.

As visiting school children and museum staff watched, Demby and several media figures played four-on-four on a makeshift court in the museum’s spacious exhibition hall.

″I was real off, probably because I haven’t played in a while,″ said Demby as he adjusted one of the socks that cover the connection between his thighs and the artificial limbs.

The lack of practice didn’t prevent the 40-year-old from burying six shots and grabbing rebounds in a physical, though friendly game.

Once an alcohol and drug abuser, Demby has made sports and the overcoming of his handicap an overriding passion of his life. In his home state of Maryland he works with the disabled and participates in a variety of sporting events from track and field to basketball. In his spare time, he tours the country lecturing to colleges and corporations on the issues of the disabled.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Joe Dimaggio is all for players signing those multimillion-dollar contracts.

DiMaggio, 76, who lives in Miami Beach, Fla., said today’s salaries are ″fantastic″ but he doesn’t wish he came along in a different era.

″I’m fine. I don’t mind things that are happening today,″ he said Thursday. I don’t mind them getting all that money. I find no fault with that. If the owners want to pay them that and the fans are there, why not?″

DiMaggio, who had a 13-year career with the New York Yankees, said he made $100,000 a year for three consecutive years.

″It was the highest price at the time,″ he said.

He said players then signed one-year contracts and were lucky to get five- digit salaries.

His first contract for $8,500 in 1932 with San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. He admits he sent the contract back eight times for salary increases. ″I got a $500 raise each time,″ he said.

His strategy was guided by an old friend.

″Ty Cobb was helping me write letters,″ DiMaggio said. ″I used to go down to his place in Palo Alto and have dinner and talk about these things.″

DiMaggio appeared as a character witness in the trial of a New Jersey businessman accused of extortion and lying to a grand jury.

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