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It was the first group of its kind in the ACC and an immediate hit in the Winston-
Salem community. Members visited youth centers and schools to talk about the dan-
gers of drugs and alcohol. Mike Elkins, senior quarterback, was given top honors at
the twenty-sixth Men’s All-Sports Banquet. He received the Arnold Palmer Award,
the highest honor given to a male athlete at Wake Forest. Three Deacons were drafted
into the National Football League: Elkins, linebacker David Braxton, and defensive
back A.J. Greene.
At their spring meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to phase out the practice
of housing student-athletes exclusively in Palmer and Piccolo residence halls over a
two-year period. The move was in line with reforms to intercollegiate athletics being
considered by the ACC, the Knight Commission, and the NCAA. President Hearn
supported another reform, Proposition 42, which required high school athletes to
have a 2.0 average in eleven academic courses and an overall SAT score of 700 to
qualify for a college athletic scholarship. It also eliminated the concept of partial
qualifiers, or those who had one but not both of these qualifications. Hearn wrote
to basketball commentator Dick Vitale at ESPN on January 20 to tell him that his
stand on Proposition 42 was “most lamentable.” Vitale felt that this proposed change
would disadvantage student-athletes who had potential but had not achieved aca-
demically. Proposition 42, Hearn stated, aimed to “improve academic performance
and motivation.”
In the midst of the debate, Hearn was selected by the ACC to represent the con-
ference on the NCAA Presidents’ Commission. Almost simultaneously, Provost Ed
Wilson was appointed to succeed Jack Sawyer as Wake Forest’s faculty representative
to the ACC in August 1988. Sawyer had served for twenty-eight years. In another
athletic personnel matter, Gilbert McGregor (’71), Academic and Placement Director
for the Athletic Department since 1984, left Wake Forest at the beginning of the fall
semester to take a position as a color commentator for the 34-radio network of the
Charlotte Hornets. Under McGregror, the academic success and graduation rates of
student-athletes had increased.
Outside of basketball, the Varsity Tennis
Courts were renamed the James H. Leighton
Tennis Stadium on April 9. Leighton coached
from 1962–1984.
Head Coach Walter S. Chyzowych’s soc-
cer team was invited to its first NCAA tour-
nament. It received one of eight at-large bids
in the twenty-four team field. The team was
ranked in the top twenty for the first time in
the program’s history and finished the season
with an overall record of 11–5–4 and an ACC
record of 4–2–2. Unfortunately, it lost in the
opening round to North Carolina, 2–0.
Wake Forest qualified for the NCAA
Men’s Cross Country Championship for the
first time in school history by placing fourth at
the District III Championships on November
Steve Brown
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