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scholarships. There were other reasons not to continue swimming:
facilities were inadequate, and the gymnasium pool was not good
enough to attract competitive swimmers to Wake Forest.
Hooks also had the unpleasant responsibility of coping with
the decision by Winston-Salem voters not to approve the building
of a new coliseum. Memorial Coliseum, in Hooks’s words, was “a
patched-up, oversized Quonset hut” and was simply not a satisfac-
tory setting for basketball games. So, he said, for the next three
seasons (1981-1984) all Conference games would be played at the
Coliseum in Greensboro. Non-conference contests would still be
scheduled for Winston-Salem. It was estimated that Memorial Col-
iseum would lose up to thirty percent of its annual revenue.
The suit by former golf coach Ron Roberts, based on the charge
that he had been improperly removed from his position so that
Coach Jesse Haddock could return, was dismissed by Forsyth
County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Collier Jr., who said that
he had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the Director of Athlet-
ics or the University.
After three seasons as head football coach John Mackovic resigned
to accept a position as quarterback coach with the Dallas Cowboys.
Defensive coordinator Al Groh was named to take his place.
In the midst of the campus events that made headlines, Presi-
dent Scales observed, Wake Forest men and women should continue
to “debate all the issues of our common life. What kind of education
is best for the survival of civilization? What kind of government is
best for the participants in the learning process? What must we do
now to express the great values of our heritage in the context of
chaos, world starvation, political anarchy? How can we make the
humanities vital against the miraculous technology of our age?
The great intangibles that are always present in the search for Truth
have always been present in the minds and hearts of Wake Forest
men and women.”
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