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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19,1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE NINE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1968 TUE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE NIN~

Behind Closed Doors>

FRAUMANN AT FORWARD:
Strack Strengthens Soph Spot

Put Your Car On A Salt-Free Diet
You know it's clean because you do it yourself

BOB McFARLAND

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CLEVELAND-Michigan took on the nation's football powers
Wednesday night at an expensive restaurant located on the top story
of one of Ohio's tallest buildings. Competing against colleges that the
Wolverines have never met on football Saturdays and will never meet,
and with conference foes owning rivalries that date back to the begin-
ning of the Big Ten, Michigan was scrapping for April autographs
from some of the top high school gridders in the Cleveland area.
These little publicized duels decide the future football fortunes
of a university, a coach, a player. Will it be Michigan, Minnesota,
or Ohio State that takes the Western Conference Championship in
1970? Will this year's coaching genius become next year's Terry
Brennan because three high school athletes turned toward Mecca
instead of Jerusalem?
Will the high school senior spend his collegiate career in the
atmosphere of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a Fayetteville, Arkansas, a
Manhattan, Kansas, or an Ann Arbor, Michigan? All in an in-
nocuously named document called a letter of intent.
The coaches know the significance of these dinners, these hand-
shakes, these smiles, both for themselves and the recruits. And the
alumni who devote gracious amounts of their time and money to
searching for football prospects on every high school field that has a1
pair of goal posts realize the meaning of this prolonged fraternity
rush.
Even the prized recruits themselves, the eye of this hurricane
rush of faces and attention catch the ramifications of the hectic
choice that can lead to stardom or boredom. Unfortunately though,
the average fan in the stands never realizes that last fall's games were
won or lost in some living room in some suburb some three years
before.'f
But the difficult decision has to be made by the boy. As I looked
at the anxious faces of the eight subjects of this week's banquets, I
couldn't help but ask myself what it was like for them. A lot of the
appeals, the publicity, the promises, must be the same.
How do you perceive whether the pitch is sincere or insincere?
Is that man actually interested in you, or the fact that you can run
the 100-yard dash in :09.0 and Elmer's Glue is trying to take out a
patent- on your hands? I don't know if I could make a choice like
that? Like trying to pick between a rose and cactus, when all you
can see is the thorn an, the needle
CLEVELAND-Michigan alumni from the Cleveland area held
their annual football recruiting dinner Tuesday night, at the
Clevelander Club, 100 Erieview Plaza.
Included among the guests were Mr. Chalmers (Bump) El-
liott, head football coach at Michigan and his wife; Mr. Don
James, defensive backfield coach for the Wolverines and his wife;
Dick Kimball, Michigan diving coach; Mr. Ernest Johnson, former
vice-president of Republic Steel Corp., and his wife. The master
of ceremonies was John Fitzgerald, a sportscaster for WJW-TV
in Cleveland and a Michigan graduate.
Others present were several former Cleveland athletes who are
now students at Michigan. Sophomores Bob Ritley, Al Francis,
Tom Curtis, and Frank Titas of the 1967 Wolverine football squad
attended. Thanks to the efforts of the Cleveland University of
Michigan Club, the area has become one of the most profitable in
the recruiting realm. Other Wolverine athletes who hail from
Cleveland but were unabletoattend include freshman Nat Betts,
sophomore Jim Mandich, and junior Tom Stincie.
Honored at the banquet were eight outstanding high school
football players, and prospective Michigan students, a list heavily
sprinkled with All-State players. Their parents and high school
coaches were also present.
Elliott was the featured speaker. Referring to next year's
Michigan football chances, he said, "I'll make no bones about it.
We're going to have a winning football team, a fine football team
next season." He emphasized that he was interested in football
players who wanted an education, who had the desire to be All-
Americans, and who were top rated individuals.
* * * *
Or so the story will run in local newspapers. Yet, this public side
Is tantamount to running a one paragraph squib about a 90-yard run
and forgetting the rest of the football game. The monotonous, behind-
the-scenes, before-the-banquet work is done by businessmen, doctors,
and lawyers who deem it worthy of their time to recruit football
players for their alma mater.
And I must say I like the Michigan'recruiters I've met. They know
that they have something of value to offer high school athletes-an
excellent education-and from my contact with them, this is what
they emphasize most. It's a good trade at that.
But I wonder about those recruiters from Cleatsville, U.S.A. Do
they believe the hallow promises they hold out, or better what are
the hallow promises filled with?
For the referees aren't always around in the Recruiting Bowl.

By HOWARD KOUN
Bill Fraumann will be one of _
three sophomores starting for
Michigan tomorrow against Ohio ce
State at Columbus.
Hung up on strategic defensive B IN OVACU
lapses, Dave Strack has decided By DIANA ROMANCHUK
to mainline more brute force into Two national anthems will pre-
the lineup. cede the action this weekend in the
Fraumann, 6'4" graduate of Coliseum as the Wolverine icemen
Ann Arbor High who once be- entertain the men in purple from
came so involved he bit a player Western Ontario.
during one of last year's game, The last time these two teams
reI think its a change for the faced each other was the opening
better," admitted Stewart. "I've series of the 1965-66 hockey sea-
never bragged about my play son. After dropping the first game
on the boards. I like playing out- 3 M h a bacto split
side more than inside." the series with a 4-2 victory.
"We may have hampered him Now a year and a half later,
by playing him in the pivot," eight members of that '65 Mus-
agreed Strack. "He's going to be tangs team will arrive here to find
our man in the corner now." the faces of Bill Lord, Lee Mart-
Stewart will alternate with Frau- tila, Ron Ullyot, and Bruce Koviak
mann up front, where soph Rudy vaguely familiar.
Tomjanovich (the team's leading One of those eight, goalie Gary
scorer) and recently-appointed Bonney will alternate with Al
captain Jim Pitts also roam. Patterson in the net, Bonney start-
When playing, Fraumann will ing today, Paterson tomorrow.
be in the low post and Tomjano- g d Same Team
vich in the high post. Brant Imlach (14), son of the
Guard Rick Bloodworth start- Toronto Maple Leaf's 'Punch' Im-
ing his first game because Bob lach, will center the first line,
Sullivan still hasn't recovered winged by Paul Courneya (15) and
from a sprained ankle, will be Len Doyle (17). Captain John
the other sophomore. Ken Maxey, Haslop (21), John Hospodar (8),
the only starting junior, will be and Warren Sweeny (11) form the
the other guard. second line.
Defensive DemiseI
Fraumann's rise to the starting Defensively, Coach Watson will
five was precipitated by the de- 'o with combations of Bill
mise of Michigan's defense. "We (2) and Dave Field
can't let the other team control (3), Bob Blackburn (5) and Rich
the ball as much. We score, but Lauson (6). With the exception of
they score more," explained Doyle and Field, this is the same
Strack. team from two years ago.
Ohio State will also have two The Wolverine icers who scored
6' 7", 220-pounders in Bill Hosket two one-point victories over Min-
and Dave Sorenson on the front nesota last weekend are healthy
line. with the exception of Don Deeks,
"Fraumann's a hard and aggres- whose separated shoulder will keep
sive worker," said Strack, "And him from action.
we think he'll be able to hold his Western Ontario now stands 4-5
own in the post." this season in its home league, the
Fraumann has six points this Ontario-Quebec Athletic Union.
season, during which Michigan As coach Ron Watson puts it, "The
has managed a 4-7 overall and
0-2 Big Ten record. He has a
perfect free throw percentage, hit-
ting four of four.
Tomjanovich and Bloodworth,
the other first year men startingC
3.8 points respectively in the 11
games played so far. Besides being f
the Wolverines' top scorer, Tom-
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Watson expresses hope that
"playing three games in a row
doesn't hurt us. I don't think I
will schedule exhibition games in
midseason again."
This is also the first time that
Michigan has played an exhibition
;ame after the league season has
started, at least as far as senior
forward Lee Marttila can remem-
ber.
Schedule Break
As he explains, "we had a break
in the league schedule, which is
bad, so we filled the open date.
It's betterto play, even if it's an
xhibition game.
"But, that doesn't mean you
can take these easy," he con-
tinues. "You have to keep up the
winning momentum, and we have
been winning some games lately.
if we lose one of these, it will tear
down everything we have been
building this season."
After two surprising victories
>ver Minnesota, Michigan may fi-
nally have found the winning trail.
Two wins this weekend could
secure that position even more.
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their individual abilities so far this
season.
"For example," he continues,
'we played Queens and McGill
last weekend, eighth and ninth in
a 19-team league, and lost to both
of them. We just haven't been
playing well."
In the first two games of the
season, against Michigan Tech,
Western Ontario fell 9-3 and 7-3.
However, in the Great Lakes Tour-
nament over Christmas, they gave
WCHA leader North Dakota a run
for its money before being edged
3-2.
One significant victory was an
8-4 drubbing of McMaster, the
only team both Western Ontario
and Michigan have met. The two
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