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work construction the summer before his freshman year. The construction job aside, the MU coaches were primarily motivated by the need to keep Bud Wilkinson's clutches off of Roland, because, as you wrote, this was prior to the implementation of the National Letter of Intent program. [Note: Wilkinson was OU's legendary coach at the time.] Nevertheless, that didn't stop ol' Bud. Around 5:30 one afternoon in late July, 1961, a freshman football player interrupted a meeting of the Mizzou coaches as they planned for the start of fall practice a few weeks later. The kid says (I'm paraphrasing how my Dad described it), "Hey, some guy from OU is trying to kidnap Roland!" The coaches ran out of the meeting room in the basement of old Rothwell Gymnasium and over to the dorms where Roland was temporarily housed. The dorms were just south of Rothwell and the old tennis courts. The OU guy is talking to Roland next to his car. Coach Harry Smith, who was a bear of a man and a former All-American at USC, pins the guy against his car. The guy (some grad assistant, as I recall) stammers that he was just doing what Wilkinson ordered him to do. Harry says, "You can tell Bud that Roland isn't going anywhere and if you show back up here again, you'll end up in the trunk of your car!" Needless to say, there were no more "kidnapping" attempts of Johnny Roland by OU.

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Johnny Roland: Db & RB - tigersailor MU - 2/11 17:53:27
     '66 NFL rookie of he year with Cards, see link..nm, - tigertix MU - 2/12 13:06:26
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               Very cool; thanks for posting(nm) - tigersailor MU - 2/12 18:12:13
     I can't remember, but did Gus Otto play both O and D? - Deputy Dawg MU - 2/12 06:54:07
          RE: I can't remember, but did Gus Otto play both O and D? - MNTIGER MU - 2/12 09:41:28
          Sorry, didn't see the post below about Russell. nm - Deputy Dawg MU - 2/12 06:54:56
     Johnny Roland - mgtiger MU - 2/11 21:13:11
          RE: Johnny Roland - CPA MU - 2/11 21:23:02
               That's 100% correct. Johnny Roland came to Columbia to... - Tigerborn MU - 2/11 22:37:25
                    I wonder if Dave Matter put that in 100 things - mattieo86 MU - 2/12 06:46:57
                    Harry was the intramural director in the 70's (nm) - Fourth and Long KC - 2/12 06:26:22
                         RE: Harry was the intramural director in the 70's (nm) - MOKE MU - 2/12 18:29:37
                         RE: Harry was the intramural director in the 70's (nm) - CPA MU - 2/12 08:20:49
                    Harry “Snuffy” Smith - SSN 780 MU - 2/11 23:18:00
                    Great story!*. - MNTIGER MU - 2/11 23:06:33
     He was the "Swiss Army Knife" of MU football players. . - Tigerborn MU - 2/11 19:50:52
          a few good players can still make all the difference, but - Gamagrass MU - 2/12 10:41:08
          Earl Denny won the last standing broad jump competition - SSN 780 MU - 2/11 20:45:54
          My dad loved Earl Denny. He only told me 100 times that - Fred G. Sanford MSU - 2/11 20:25:35
               I thought that was Roger Wehrli. Maybe both. Who knows? - Deputy Dawg MU - 2/11 20:54:25
                    Earl Denny for sure. Roger, I don't recall, but it's . . . - Tigerborn MU - 2/11 22:44:47
                    Tigerborn knows(nm) - SSN 780 MU - 2/11 21:23:17
               Your Dad was "spot on." Earl won the Class A (small... - Tigerborn MU - 2/11 20:32:09
                    You know who else did? - MUTGR MU - 2/11 21:47:54
                         RE: Almost correct - missinglink MU - 2/12 11:05:06
                    Didn’t Roger Wehrli do the same thing? (nm) - SSN 780 MU - 2/11 20:47:46
          That’s awesome! - tigersailor MU - 2/11 20:21:59
     RE: Johnny Roland: Db & RB - MOCO SON MU - 2/11 19:03:43
          Andy Russel FB and LB - hoosierdaddy MU - 2/11 19:17:46
               I was a Steelers fan because of Andy - mgtiger MU - 2/12 13:24:31
               Sometime between Russell & Roland, 2 platoon FB - tigersailor MU - 2/12 06:49:42
               Pride of Ladue HS! (nm) - SSN 780 MU - 2/11 23:19:16




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