Big West is not pressing the issue

Dad sent me to UCSB’s Summer Sports Camp during the mid-1960s, wishing to get me out of his increasingly thinning hair. And that was all right by me. I sized it up as a great, new venue for my mischief. And then I ran into Sam Adams – the strong, silent-type coach of the Gauchos’ track and field team. He was Gary Cooper with a whistle, and he quickly stared me down with his High Noon eyes. … He retired from UCSB in 1992, but Westmont coach Russell Smelley coaxed him over to the Montecito campus to assist the Warriors’ program. “To have Sam say to an athlete, ‘That wasn’t so bad,’ he would have fired them up for a week of training,” Smelley said. more

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