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defeated not only its three rivals in the Big Four but also Virginia,
Virginia Tech, and Clemson.
Senior Charlie Davis of the basketball team was named ACC
Player of the Year, the first black ACC basketball player ever to re-
ceive this award. Earlier, at halftime during the game with Mary-
land, his jersey (Number 12) had been retired. From the past only
Dickie Hemric (Number 24), from the Class of 1955, and Len
Chappell (Number 50), from the Class of 1962, had been so honored.
Under Coach Jesse Haddock the golf team won its fifth straight
ACC championship, and Lanny Wadkins, a junior from Richmond,
Virginia, became the U.S. Amateur Golf Champion. All other
sports except baseball and cross country had winning seasons.
At the October 17 Homecoming game against Clemson, the
first four members of the newly created Wake Forest Sports Hall of
Fame were honored: Murray Greason, basketball coach from 1934
until 1957; Brian Piccolo, All-American football player from the
Class of 1964 whose story was memorably told in the motion pic-
ture Brian’s Song; Douglas “Peahead” Walker, football coach from
1937 to 1951; and James “Jim” Weaver, Director of Athletics from
1937 to 1953 and subsequently the first Commissioner of the Atlantic
Coast Conference. All four men were deceased and were represented
at the ceremonies by their widows.
The various athletic events, with their promise for the future,
matched in their own way the academic successes the University had
experienced in 1970–71: a series of valuable gifts for the Z. Smith
Reynolds Library; grants from two national foundations for the
strengthening of the College faculty; increased support from within
Winston-Salem for the School of Law and the Babcock School; and
a house in Venice where students could soon go for exploration and
study. President Scales seemed justified in using the word “optimism”
in putting together his annual report.
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