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Marcum joins college Hall

By JOHN C. COTEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2001


Coach Tim Marcum already has made the Arena Football Hall of Fame. On Saturday, he made McMurry College's Hall of Honor.

With his team off with a bye, Marcum flew to Texas over the weekend to be inducted with two others.

After transferring from Texas A&M, where he was little used, Marcum won the starting quarterback job in the 1965 and '66 seasons (and also played on the golf team). He jokes that he had one good game at McMurry when he had 328 yards of total offense, a school record for many years.

"I really had one game that was worth a crap," Marcum said. "I think of the 328 yards, 288 of that was passing. I failed to mention that the longest pass in the whole thing was an 8-yard pass to a teammate that was very fast. He'd run 90 yards with it."

Featured prominently in Marcum's biography at the school Web site is a plane crash he was involved in. In 1963, though he was redshirted, coach Grant Teaff took him to a game at Northeast Louisiana to chart plays, and upon returning the plane crashed in Shreveport, La.

Marcum said the plane's landing gear failed to operate properly, and the plane made an abrupt turnaround after taking off, re-approached and skidded to a frightening stop on the runway.

As a result, Teaff started the B.I.B.L.E. Club, or Brotherhood of Indian Belly Landing Experts. Marcum gladly shows off the tattered and faded membership card he still keeps in his wallet.

"You only have an airplane crash every once in a while," he said.

NOT-SO-HOT PURSUIT: Andre Bowden's pursuit of close friend and former teammate Les Barley's league rushing mark will be delayed when he misses Friday's game against Barley's Mustangs.

Bowden injured his foot on his only carry in the win against Nashville on April 21 and had a soft cast removed Monday, the first day of practice after the bye week. But it hasn't healed enough to allow him to play against 0-2 Milwaukee.

Marcum said the Storm will sign 31-year-old Devon McDonald to start. McDonald, a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, has looked good, and Marcum thinks he can be a starter in the league.

McDonald was a linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-95) and Arizona Cardinals (1996). His twin brother Ricardo also played in the NFL with Cincinnati, Chicago and Denver.

"I'm anxious to see him play," Marcum said. "He's got a little talent."

THUMBS DOWN?: Asked about quarterback John Kaleo's thumb, Marcum responded, "Ehhhhh."

Though Kaleo is expected to start against Milwaukee, Marcum indicated the thumb still is bothering him.

GOLDEN DREAM: A superstitious sort, Marcum was planning to unveil new gold pants for the Storm this week. But in light of the team's 2-0 start, he's leaning against making any changes.

PERFECT: After three weeks, just three teams remain unbeaten: the Storm, Grand Rapids (2-0) and San Jose (3-0).

SUNSHINE HIGHLIGHT: The Tampa Bay Storm Report, which airs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the Sunshine Network, will feature an interview with kicker Mike Black this week, along with a segment in which one of the show's camera operators practices with the team.

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