Oregon sports history
Feb. 22, 1965: 'TRAINING VIOLATIONS' COST PORTLAND STATE 11 of 12 PLAYERS
The Portland State College basketball team disciplines 11 of its 12 players everyone except John Nelson, son of coach Sharkey Nelson for "violation of training regimens" three nights ago a Saturday while the team was playing at Southern Oregon.
The coaches discovered a problem when they returned to the team motel the Bard's Inn in Ashland early Sunday morning. A light left on in one of the players' rooms indicated that the 1:30 p.m. curfew had been violated.
Eleven players report that John Nelson was not involved.
Coach Nelson calls up assorted junior varsity players for the Vikings' three remaining games and the new-look Viks close with back-to-back victories over Eastern Oregon after losing to Oregon College of Education.
That gives the Vikings varsity a season record of 8-18 (7-9 in the Oregon Collegiate Conference -- good for a tie for third in the five-team league won by Eastern Oregon).
John Nelson scores a game-high 37 points to win the OCC scoring title, as his dad's team ends with a 100-94 overtime win at Wilson High in what will be Sharkey Nelson's final game of a 12-year run as PSC coach.