Nation: Off the Sideline

Oklahoma happens to be football-happy, and for 17 years the state's No. 1 hero has been Bud Wilkinson, now 48, coach of the always dangerous Oklahoma University Sooners.

Tall, slim, clean-living Bud Wilkinson has for some time shown signs of political ambition. Both parties vied energetically for his allegiance. Thus it was to vast Democratic dismay and great Republican rejoicing that Wilkinson last February announced his candidacy for the G.O.P. nomination for U.S. Senator.

On the campaign field, Wilkinson was disappointing, proving himself mostly a master of the end run around issues and of the long-bomb cliche. "I believe with all my heart...

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