THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Special To The Daily
JACKSON-Pride and joy of Michigan's penal system, Jackson
State Prison has a parking lot filled with as many cars as any
It takes a lot of men to guard Michigan's most sordid
One of the uniformed men frisks all visitors, confiscating
even their car keys as they enter the celblock visiting room.
Inside the block is Jesse Phillips.
A young Negro in his early twenties, Phillips is typical of
Jackson's inmates. He is serving five to 14 years for forgery.
But Phillips is also a football player. He was the fourth
round draft choice of Paul Brown's Cincinnati Bengals, the
newest AFL expansion team. A 205-pound dynamo, Phillips was a
highly-heralded defensive halfback at Michigan State.
Behind the Maarati-Ghibli-green -bars (Masarati-Ghibli is
a $19,500 car which comes in only light green), Phillips waits
for parole. His lawyer, Fred Abood of East Lansing, "a close friend
of Duffy Daugherty's," hopes Phillips will be paroled in time for
summer football camp.
Phillips was Bubba Smith's neighbor in Beaumont, Tex., and
came to Michigan State "because Bubba filled my head with
Michigan State did live up to some expectations. "As a football
player, I was treated very'well. I had no beef against the coaches,"
Phillips admits. Although he had to sit out his senior year last
fall with an injured knee, he played on the first team in both
his sophomore and junior years. His name was linked with those
of George Webster and Bubba Smith as part of the Spartans'
Gibralteran defense of 1965-66.
But Phillips, as a Southern Negro, had other visions. "You
hear a lot about the North, that nobody's fighting the Civil War
His pasteurized smile does little to hide cynicism and bitter-'
ness. "I found out there's a new civil war here. Nobody likes to
think about it, that's all."
Phillips did not buy the soft-sell acceptance of the ''good
"There is just so much you can take," he explains. Pent-up
frustration combined dangerously with his own personal reckless-
ness. The law, 'power base of white America, was the most easily
Twice he was arrested: once for turning in a false fire
alarm and once for "joyriding" in a stolen car. "A lot of the time,
I just didn't give a damn,'" he says. Because neither charge was
that serious, he was only fined.
East Lansing police remember an attitude of disrespect.
"Phillips was very arrogant . . . a loudmouth," recalls Lieut.
Steve Naert. "You couldn't tell him anything."
Last April Phillips got into a financial jam and tried to
forge a check. He was caught and arrested by the Kalamazoo
police. In September he was tried and found guilty. In November
he was given an extremely stiff sentence.
But now Phillips has a chance to beat the white man's
system. A pro football salary means big money and a nice home.
It is Jesse Phillip's personal chance to correct a: 300-year-old
Or is it?
"You can't really beat the system. You think you can evade
it for awhile. But you have to join it sooner or later," he explains,
the smile fading on his tired face.
"I'm part of the system right now and I'll be part of it when
I get out," he adds.
Propogated by and prostituted to white middle-class America,
"The System" is today's Jehovah, proclaiming from on high what
our social values should be.
And what are they?
Well, they are public officials in a Long Island town re-
zoning land, rigging prices and making illicit fortunes at the
expense of low-income people.
They are three large pharmaceutical firms lobbying Congress
to wiggle out of prosecution for conspiring to inflate the price of
a medical drug to a thousand times its cost. -
They are the nation's police forces lusting for power instead
of worrying about the people they're supposed to protect. They
are the nation's president putting personal pride ahead of the
lives of a half-million young men.
What is "lawlessness"?
Doesn't it sift down from the top to the bottom, not vice
Exactly where do you draw the line between marking-up
drug and food prices and forging a check? Where do you draw the
line between pillaging a country and looting a store?
It isn't the same thing, you say. Maybe you're right.
Certainly, if you believe in degrees of wrongdoing, then
cheating countless semi-illiterates out of their already depress-
ingly low paychecks wins hands down over depriving a bank of
a few bucks. Bombing out a countryside and killing its people
wins over burning down a store.
It is strong stuff to swallow.
The Kerner commission report on riots has taken the first
sip. "Young people in the ghetto are acutely conscious of a
system which appears to ffer rewards to those who illegally ex-
ploit others and failure to those who struggle under traditional
responsibilities. Many adopt exploitation, as a way of life .. .
and this pattern reinforces itself from generation to generation,"
the report says.
But lagree with you. One form of exploitation doesn't excuse
Anyway, it's pretty foolish to think we're all living in one
big ghetto. So why don't you sit down and relax. It'll be summer
in just three months.
By PHIL BROWN
Special To The Daily
DETROIT - The final day of
competition in the National Col-
legiate indoor track champion-
ships started like those days us-
ually do-the air ringing with
celebrated names and speculation
abounding as to which of the
many stars would, in fact, claim
But, when it was all over, there
was only one story worth telling
about the two-day meet, and that
was the one about how Villanova
ran away with the team title.
The Wildcats (from the City of
Brotherly Love) won two relays
and finished second in a third;
one of them set a world record
on the way to a quarter-mile win:,
they took first and 'second in the
half mile; a Wildcat finished third
in a brilliant high hurdles final;
and still another took a point in
the pole vault.
And if that wasn't enough, a
Villanova freshman won the In-
The Trojans of USC, favored by
many to grab the team trophy
by virtue of their sprint strength
and the two best pole vaulters in
the world, garnered a fine total
of 25, good only for a long second.
The Southern Cal dash duo of
Lennox Miller and O. J. Simpson
had to settle for third and fifth,
respectively, in the finals of the
60-yard dash, behind a surprising
pair of Kentucky flashes.
Seagren Stopped at 16'4"
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And the highly-touted (and igan, Yale, 4; 28. tie, Army, Califor-
highly deserving) USC vaulting nia, Furman, Fordham, NYU, South-
stable slipped up, as indoor world ern Illinois, St. John's (NY), W~il-
recod hlderBobSea rencoud Lam And Mary, 3; 36. Miami (0),
er g 21 37. tie. Iowa and New Mexico,
only clear 16'4" and finished 2; 39. tie, Colby, Indiana, Missouri,
fourth. Teammate Paul Wilson, Princeton, Virginia, 1.
the world outdoor record holder, (Kentucky State)-that did in
won, but at a disappointing 16'8" . USC's speedsters:
Everyone (except for Villanova) Michigan also fell victim to the
succumbed to the dreaded upset bug. Given a good chance of win-
fever. Unheralded youths from the ning despite the loss of Tom Kear-
length and breadth of the country ney, the Wolverine two-mile relay
rampaged in the events where the backs
Wildcats had no entries, of the Harvard quartet. The Bos-
Michigan State's Roland Carter ton-based foursome turned in a
and Peter Chen from American 7:26.8 performance for a new
University both edged Seagren in NCAA 11-lap indoor record.
the pole vault. And it was the pair But while the Michigan relay
of southern sprinters-Jim Green squad didn't manage the win they
(Kentucky) and Craig Wallace had hoped for, other Wolverines
were coming through in fine style.
Ira Russell, a third-placer in the
-S Big Ten championship, leaped1
24'53%' for a similar spot in the
nationals on Friday night.
; And Larry Midlam got the final
AWolverine point with his fifth in
asearfinal of the 60-yard high
" U hurdles. The field for that heat
included both Earl McCullough!
u nes (world record-holder for most
high hurdle distances) and Ten-
as the Houston fans in the crowd nessee's flashy Richmond Flowers.
of 11,004 chanted "We want a Flowers upset McCullough for
shutout." the title, while Villanova's Erv
The first TCU points came with Hall took third and Charles Pol-
almost four minutes gone, on a lard, from Michigan State, edged
corner shot by James Cash, first Midlam for fourth. Pollard, Mid-
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FINAL TEAM STANDINGS: 1.
Villanova, 35%; 2. USC 25; 3. Okla-
homa, 17; 4. Kansas, 15%; 5. Texas-
El Paso, 15; 6. Tennessee, 12%; 7.
Harvard, 11; 8. Washington St., 10;
9. tie Michigan St. and Nebraska,
8;:11. tie, MICHIGAN and Oregon
St., 7; 13. tie, Colgate, Kentucky,
Rhode Island, Wisconsin, 6; 17.
Notre Dame, 41.; 18. tie, American
University, Boston College, Drake,
Georgetown, Kentucky St., Kent St.,-
Murray St. Utah St. Western Mich-
By The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ohio
State, all but out of the tourna-
ment picture ten days ago, knock-
ed off fifth-ranked Kentucky 82-
81 yesterday night for a trip to
the NCAA finals at Los Angeles
TENNESSE'S RICHMOND FLOWERS (center) edges out Earl McCullouch (left) of Southern Cali-
fornia and Villanova's Erv Hall in the finals of the 60-yard high hurdles at the NCAA track cham-
pionship in Detroit last night. Flower's time of :07.0 tied the NCAA indoor record set last year by
McCullouch. Larry Midlam of Michigan was fifth with :07.2
lam, and Big Ten titlist Mike But-
ler, sixth, of Wisconsin were all
timed in :07.2.
The loss was a major defeat for
Butler, who has won both the con-
ference highs and lows indoors for
the last two years'. But the Badgers
did get one title they wanted very
Ray Arrington, defending champ
in the national meet, took the
1000-yard run with relative ease.
The major disappointment of
the meet, ironically, was Ryun's
performance in the mile run.
Holder of word records for the
mile, half mile and numerous
other distances, both indoors and
outdoors, the popular junior won
the title in Detroit in a turtle-
Ryun was suffering from foot
trouble, but he refused to blame it
for his poor time. Unexplained
was the inability of any of his op-
pents to better the clocking.
The win went to the Kansas
ace, however-his second in as
many days. He turned in an 8:38.9
two-mile Friday night to beat
WashingtonrState star Gerry
It was widely rumored
next week. ference history.
Dave Sorenson, who topped the It was 27-8 befo
the Buckeyes with 24 points, than Cash hadE
scored the winning basket with Texas Christian.
three seconds left on a five foot * *
jump shot. Uclans Blast
Sorenson's shot came after ALBUQUERQ
Kentucky's Dan Issel had put and Lew Alcindo
the Wildcats in front 81-80 with Clara in the fir
26 seconds left. and won the NCA
Ohio State, champions of the gional basketball
Big Ten, was a forgotten team gn baskt.l
when Iowa seemingly had the 66 last night.
conference title wrapped up with ed down 18 rebou
one game to go. ' five shots in sei
Iowa, however, fell before Mich- into next week's I
igan to tie the league, and State against Houston -
whipped Iowa in a playoff for agbeat the seon
a berth in the Mid-East region. thibeason,
Behind Sorenson in the scoring Lucius Allen ai
were Bill Hosket with 21 points provide the Pac
and Howell with 18. and defending
* * an*eedn
Houston Cleans Up side firepower.
WICHITA, Kan.-All-American In congratulati
Elvin Hayes and his Houston play- John Wooden, Sa
mates on the nation's No. 1 basket- Dick Garibaldi s
ball team whipped outclassed we weren't toughe
Texas Christian 103-68 last night *
for another NCAA Midwest region- N
al crown. It was Houston's 32nd North Carolina'
straight victory. RALEIGH, N.C.
The fabulous 6-91/2 Hayes bomb- lina's Tar Heels,
ed TCU from long and short range points at the hal
for 39 points, to dfeeat Davidsor
TCU never had a chance. Hous- the NCAA Easter
ton ran up a 15-0 lead at the start ketball Eastern Re
re someone other
a field goal for
r rattled Santa
rst five minutes
AA Far West re-
22 points, pull-
ands and blocked
nding his team
- the only team
nd Mike Warren
plenty of out-
ng UCLA Coach
nta Clara Coach
said, "I'm sorry
- North Caro-
behind by six
f, stormed back
in 70-66 and win
n Regional bas-
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North Carolina 70, Davidson 66
Columbia 95, St. Bon aventure 75
Ohio State 82, Kentucky 81
Marquette 69, East Tennessee 57
Houston 103, Texas Christian 68
Louisville 93, Kansas State 63
UCLA 87, Santa Clara 66
New Mexico St. 62, New Mexico 58
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Cornell 6, Boston College 1
Notre Dame 62, Army 58
Long Island University 80, Brad-
Fordham 69, Duquesne 60
Dayton 87, West Virginia 68
Montreal 6, Pittsburgh 4
Toronto 3, Boston 0
Los Angeles 2, Minnesota 1
Detroit 6, St. Louis 4
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Boston 136, Baltimore 111
St. Louis 124, Seattle 106
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