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Black Athletes



BERKELEY, Calif. (P)-Negro
athletes at the University of Cal-
ifornia at. Berkeley demanded
yesterday the replacement of
three major sports coaches and
improved conditions for them-
selves under threat of boycotting

About 25 of the 40 Negro ath-
letes called a news conference and
presented eight complaints and
their boycott threat.
Their protest was labeled "Res-
olution of Black Athletes of the
University of California."
Coaches they demanded "be re-

the kitchen cynic

Cazzie Russell scored 42 points Sunday afternoon, 35 in the
second half leading his New York Knicks to an easy win over
the Detroit Pistons in Cobo Hall.
It was less than a tactful thing for Cazzie to do to Detroit area
fans, less than 24 hours after the local college team, Dave Strack's
Michigan Wolverines suffered their worst loss in six years and
reached a new low - 11 straight Big Ten losses. Since Cazzie de-
parted, Michigan has won two Big Ten games and lost 15. During
his three year career here, the Wolverines won 35 and lost seven.
So really the Detroit fans have no bones to pick with Cazzie.
In fact just over three years ago, in the same Cobo arena, Wolverine
Cazzie provided what was probably the biggest moment in Detroit
basketball history. First-ranked Michigan was dueling third-ranked
Wichita St., led by superstar Dave Stallworth, and Russell hit the
single most dramatic shot of his career - a 35-foot jumper at the
buzzer - to win the game 87-85.
And just two weeks later he did it again, though from only
about 15 feet out, to beat Princeton and Bill Bradley for the
championship of the Eastern Classic in New York City. The
Wolverines had trailed by 14 with under four minutes left to go.
I can remember listening to that game in Chicago with several
friends, one of them a Princetonian. We made a bet on the game.
When Princeton pulled ahead late in the game, he decided to leave,
haughtily demanding his money. He and my other friends laughed at
me when I gave them the line about waiting til the last man is out.
6 He offered to give me five to one odds if I would double the bet. I
should have done it but I didn't. (Sort of like the guy who was going
to invest five hundred dollars in Zenith radio after World War II,
then thought better of it and bought savings bonds instead),
Cazzie pulled the Princeton game out (with a not unimportant
boost from unheralded John Thompson, an underrated player if there
ever was one) and he pulled many others out during all of his
seasons. Just from memory, I can point to two Illinois games, two
Minnesota games, a historic overtime win over Indiana, and a win
over Iowa, as examples of games where Michigan trailed with less
than five minutes to go before eeking out a Cazzie-inspired victory.
Cazzie was simply a basketball phenomeno. No other mod-
ern-day athlete has captured the fickle fancy of the intellectual
Michigan campus as Russell did, nor is anyone likely to in the
future. Everyone knew who Cazzie was. Everyone said "Hello
Caz" when they passed him on the diag. Every male quaddie
discussed him for hours and people waited in lines to get tickets
for his Yost performances.
Surprisingly enough, though they gave him all the glory on Sat-
urday afternoons, and even in his classrooms, the student body here
was original "in that they refused to follow the "Jim Lonborg for
Mayor" line of thinking that characterizes reactions tosports heroes.
Quite literally, in fact.
After Cazzie's sophomore year, when experts were predicting that
he would be the greatest college star since Jerry Lucas, he ran for
the student representative position on the Board in Control of Inter-
collegiate Athletics - and lost. He was actually the first athlete ever
to lose for the board position. The Daily supported his opponent Tom
Weinberg, a future Daily Sports Editor, urging Cazzie to concentrate
on what he was best at and leave others to what they were best at.
His defeat was written up in Sports Illustrated.
But it might be said that though Michigan students wouldn't
give Cazzie their votes, they did give him their hearts.
I know of a senior girl here at Michigan who was so aroused
by Cazzie's inimitable dunk shot that she would arrive two hours
early for every game to get a front row seat. Unbelievable as it may
sound, this girl pasted pictures of Cazzie all over her room in Oxford
Coop and brought her mother 50 miles semi-weekly to see the Caz in
action. Her mother soon became a Cazzie fan also, not to mention
her sister, her fiance, and all of her friends. Once she sent Dave
Strack a piece of paper with lyrics and caricatures immortalizing
Cazzie that she had cajoled a friend-of hers in art school into doing.
She received a reply and a letter from Cazzie and was ecstatic for
Whereas most people didn't get quite this involved in the
Russell-era, a surprising large number did reach fairly aston-
ishing levels in their degree of hero worship. A friend of mine
in south squad dashed into my room one September afternoon
with his heart pounding, and tbld me that he had had a shot
blocked by Cazzie in an I-M pick-up game that day. Another
spent a semester giving minute-by-minute descriptions of Cazzie's
actions and reactions in a speech class that they happened to
I myself was not immune to this Cazzie-mania either. I was
a basketball manager in Cazzie's day, spending quite a bit of time
down in Yost Field House, during Russell's junior and senior years,
chasing basketballs for Mr. Strack and company.
I got to know Cazzie a little bit, not much, but enough to have
some interesting experiences with him that do shed some light on
his shrouded, little understood, but oft guessed about personality.
Tritely but accurately, "The Real Cazzie Russell," tomorrow.

placed for reasons of their inabil-
ity or unwillingness to relate to
black athletes and their general
incompetence" are Rene Her-
rerias, head basketball coach;
William Dutton, defensive foot-
ball line coach, and Joe Marvin,
offensive backfield coach.
They did not propose any new
Their action was a quick fol-
low-up to a resolution of 12 white
California basketball players, who
declared Monday night they
would not play again until ad-3
ministrative pressures were re-
moved from Herrerias.
The Negro athletes' resolution
said they were "sick and tired of
giving of our talents without ap-
preciation and due recognition
from the athletic department and
mass media."
It listed these eight grievances:
! Replace Herrerias, Dutton
and Marvin.
0 Remove Pat Farran, busi-
ness manager, because "black
athletes receive worse scholarship
and summer jobs in terms of
working conditions and pay."
4 "On numerous occasions our
personal and physical appearance!
have been the object of deroga-
tory comments and ridicule by
members of the athletic depart-
* "Frequently, black athletesa
have been forced to play when
injured. Trainers have written
off our injuries as hypochondria
or gold bricking."
* "Eliminate black quotas"
among athletic scholarships.
0 "Hire coaches of minority
0 "Black athletes have beenI
left to fend for themselves in
finding housing without appro-
priate support from the athletic
" "The assumption is made
that black athletes are lacking in
intelligence, the result being that;
we receive inferior academic ad-
vice and counseling."
The resolution concluded with
a resolve to discourage Negro ath-
letes from attending California
and to boycott future athleticI


East Stars Trip West;
NEW YORK () - Hal Greer straight, seven in one minute,
scored a record 19 points for one while the West was being held
period, 14 in a row, sparking the scoreless and the East opened up
East to a 144-124 drubbing of the an 87-79 lead. The winners led
West in the 18th annual Nation- 101-91 at the end of the quarter
al Basketball Association's All- and turned the game into a rout
Star game last night. in the finale.
The West never led until Bob Boston's John Havlicek, with 26
Boozer of Chicago put them points and Greer with 21 were
ahead 71-69 with 8:53 left in the the big scorers for the East which
third period. The East then tied won for the fifth time in six years
it twice before Elgin Baylor of and built its series margin to
Los Angeles put the West out 12-6.
front for the last time, 75-73 with The East shot 58.6 from the
7:36 remaining in the quarter, floor compared to the West's 42.7.
Greer then exploded for his 14 Detroit's Dave Bing scored 9
T points while Dave DeBusschere
Iowa Drops MSU went scoreless
Greer was named the game's
EAST LANSING, Mich. () -- Most Valuable Player.
Michigan State used three differ- ,................ . . .
ent players to defend against .. :::::j :::::
Iowa's Sam Williams but the for- ORGAN A ON
mer Letroit high school player
warded off each to score 33 points NO I ES
and lead the Hawkeyes to a 76-71
Big Ten basketball victory last .. ..
Williams, averaging 25 points NOUNCEMENTS is available to officially
per game, brought the Hawkeyes recognized and registered student orga-
from a 38-32 halftime deficit with sA. Forms are avaIlable In
19 points in the second half. He * *
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But Iowa iced the game with Union, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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