Sport: Running Wild

Clarence Franklin Francis is 6 ft. 9 in. tall, and he was rated such a natural basketball prospect on Ohio's high-school circuit that he was offered athletic scholarships by some 60 colleges. Now 20, married and the father of a five-months-old son, gangling "Bevo"* Francis chose southern Ohio's obscure little (enrollment: about 125) Rio Grande College because 1) it was willing to overlook the fact that Bevo had not graduated from high school, and 2) he wanted to follow his high-school coach. Newt Oliver, to college.

A fortnight ago in the "Hog Pen,"...

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