Sport: Out & In

At the University of Minnesota, where taciturn Bernard W. ("Bernie") Bierman, 59, had coached his alma mater's football team for 14 years, winning six Western Conference titles along the way, the situation was strained. With six losses and a tie, Minnesota was having its worst season in memory. One day last week Bernie tossed in the towel. Said he, in a characteristically formal Bierman statement: "I have requested that I be relieved of the football coaching duties at the end of the year." Minnesota's fangless Gophers were sorry to see Bernie go. At week's end they wrought an upset by beating...

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