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Thursday, March 28, 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Thursday, March 28, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

read this all together...
by Dave, Weir
AL. see what happens
of cabba eheads
and kings

Six Favored in NCAA Swim

In a few weeks, a series of elimination bouts will deter-
mine the alleged "heavyweight boxing champion of the world."
A look at the list of participants in the playoff is dis-
couraging: the only man deserving the crown is not included.
Nevertheless, the bouts will be fought and the winner
will be crowned . .. and officially recognized by the majority
of the boxing world.
This is an extremely unfortunate situation.}
For the real world champion, Muhammad Ali, doesn't
wear a crown and doesn't hold a title. In fact he doesn't even
fight.
Due to the World Boxing Association's decision on April
28, 1967 to strip him of his championship, Muhammed Ali
is wasting away the greatest years of his boxing career outside
of the ring.
Due to the dictates of a rigid selective service system within
a militarily-oriented government, Muhammed Ali faces up to
five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
This is the reward he gets for=
refusing to violate his religion
and _his conscience. This is his
future after a career of unparal-
leled success in the ring.
Enough has been written about
Muhammed Ali's humanitarian
beliefs and religious convictions.
That need not be repeated here.
It Is apparent that he is sincere:
in his pacifism, and in his prac-
tice of the Muslim religion. r"<:.
The point to be made here is
that the boxing commission's cur-
rent playoffs are meaningless. .
The new heavyweight crown«
will be totally without signifi-:
cance.
The true crown was retired the
day it was illegally taken off "THE GREATEST"
Muhammed Ali's head. For the
boxing commission's decision to remove his title served in ac-
tuality to entrench the name of Muhammed Ali interminably
and inextricably as the eternal heavyweight champ.
The long list of former champs-Louis, Dempsey, Marciano,
Liston-is not the heritage of the new crown.
The new heavyweight championship, born in a lie, will
remain a meaningless paper title.
The real champ was never defeated - not even by his
draft board.
The only crown that counts - the one that rested on
the heads of Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey - will stay where
it belongs : with Muhammed Ali.
He remains, in his own words, "the greatest" fighter alive.
The boxing world will never miss him so much as on the night
when they crown a new "champion".

By DOUG HELLER
Associate Sports Editor
Six perennial swimming powers
are expected to lead the pack as
the NCAA Swimming and Diving
Championships get underway to-
day in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The squads-Indiana, USC, Yale,
Stanford, UCLA, and Michigan-
comprised the top six without ex-
ception a year ago.
Wolverine coach Gus Stager
hopes the above order won't come
true after the meet ends Satur-
day. However, he acknowledges
that it's all too likely to be the
end result.
"This is the first time in a long
while that we're worried about
finishing higher than sixth," says
the coach. "Usually we are more
formidable. Now, we even have to
worry about a school like Southern
Methodist, which has enough
depth to threaten us.''
Last Time
The last time Michigan finished
sixth or lower was in 1956, when
they were an unbelievably hor-
rible eleventh, but they made up
for it by taking the National
Championship the very next year.
Actually, the Wolverines have
finished lower than fifth only
three times since they began swim-
ming in 1926.
They were fourth last year.
Michigan's problems can be
seen by naming a few of the
contestants in a sampling of
events. In the 500-yard free-style,
Gary Kinkead and Mike O'Con-
nor, second and third in the Big
Ten meet, will both have trouble
qualifying for the finals in the
NCAA's.
First of all, Indiana's Charles
Southward, the Big Ten winner,
will be there. Then, little old Don
Schollander of Yale who won four
gold medals in the 1964 Olympics,
should show up. And he has a
teammate named John Nelson,
who finished second in 1964 to
Schollander in this event.
Out West
Meanwhile, from out West comes
sophomore Greg Charlton of
USC. In addition, UCLA has Mike
SBurton, possibly the school's best
swimmer ever. Stanford will be
stuck with Mike Wall, who could
take it all.
The 50-yard freestyle was won
by Zac Zorn of UCLA last year.
But this season, competition -is so
close he could end up anywhere
between first and twenty-third.
One-meter diving will be totally

meet Indiana qualified four men
and Michigan two.
The 400-yard medley relay, will
be a major scramble with any of
the top teams likely to win it.
From these few events, it can
be seen that predicting the win-
ner of any event is nearly impos-
sible, with very few exceptions.
The unreal thing about this
sample is that the events described
were not selected because they
will be extremely close; they are
just the five events that will be
held the first day. Six are sched-
uled for Friday and seven for
Saturday.
Competition like this could be
a disheartening fact to Michigan
fans, who may find that some of
the team's top swimmers will get
lost in the crowd. It is quite true
that this will happen to the other
top teams also, to a degree, but
Coach Stager notes that the other
squads have more depth than the
Wolverines.
Stager's-own view, in advance
of the NCAA's is, "Sometimes it's
best not to know what you may
run up against."

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dominated by the Big Ten, just
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