THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 1967
PAGE EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAIlY THURSDAY. OCTOBER 12.. 1967
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By FRED LaBOUR
You are the head coach of the
University of Michigan football
You have what is probably the
most difficult task of your coach-
ing career before you.
You have to come up with the
"winning combination," and you
have to do it in six days.
You have to beat State. And no
matter what all those people say
about college football ("It's big
business. It's not that important.")
you know that it is that impor-
So how do you do it? How do you
build the team up to a supreme
mental and physical pitch? How
do you make your players realize
that they can win? How do you
make them just tense enough to
perform to the utmost of their
ability but not so keyed up that
they make mistakes?
Remember now. You've only got
six days, not counting the year
that's past since the last time you
played them-and were beaten.
You begin early on Sunday of
the week of the game. You review
themselves. They hear your crit-
icism and your praise.
Films play a large part in your
practice program. You have set up
a projector and screen just off
the locker room so the players
can come in at any time during
the week and watch your opponent
in action. They look for tip-offs
that will help you key your de-
fense, and weaknesses that, if ex-
ploited properly, could mean an
extra six points.
On Monday you hold a light'
practice. The team gets a chance
to mentally warm-up for Satur-
day's game as they see actual for-
mations and bits of strategy they
are likely to encounter. You and
your staff decide what to concen-
trate on and what to overlook.'
You obviously cannot cover every-
thing in the short time before the
game so you must plan practice
Each of the assistant coaches
knows what his particular segment
of the team must do if the out-
come of the impending game is to
be a Wolverine victory. It is up
to you to coordinate the,-effort, to
eliminate conflict, and to make
certain that the little time you
have left is used efficiently and
Tuesday afternoon harbors the i
toughest practice of the week. It
lasts several hours and the play-
ers are expected to hit hard. Not
as hard as a scrimmage, but hard
enough to make you worry about
injuries. The details of your of-
fensive and defensive plans are
worked out and you begin to fit
all of the pieces together.
Wednesday is similar to Tues-
day, but practice is shorter. It
The "Old Brass Spittoon"
goes to the winner each year of
the Michigan State-Indiana
football game. According to the
1967 Michigan State football
press guide, "the trophy was
initiated in 1950 by the junior
and senior classes and the stu-
dent council at Michigan State.
It was the students' thought
that the spittoon was around
whenboth institutions were
founded and mellowed along
with the schools."
lasts roughly an hour and 40
minutes. Again, they hit hard.
On Thursday, just 48 hours be-
fore what most of the team has
always termed the Big One, you
begin to taper off. Practice lasts
for an hour or so, and seems
snappier than early in the week.
There is not much hitting. Now
they have got to save it for'
Friday's session is very short,
probably not much longer than
20 minutes, You want them to
loosen up, work off a little ten-
sion, relax a little bit.
Then, on the day of the game,
the team meets at 9:00 am. for
the pre-game meal. At 10:30 you
break up into small meetings and
go over last minute changes in
your game plan.
Soon after, they are suited up,
They look at you for the signal
and then run down the tunnel
into the Stadium, bursting with
100,000 screaming partisans.
You will have to make a thou-
sand decisions in the next two
hours and you know that no
matter what you decide in any
given situation, a solid third of
the interested alumni will yell for
Perhaps, when you are walking
alone across the field prior to
the game, you think of the psy-
chological preparation you've tried
to give the team. The notes on
the 'locker room wall; the news-
paper clippings predicting an op-
ponent's victory placed where
they can easily be seen; the hel-
mets you painted green and white
for practice so the team would
always remember this was no or-
dinary Big Ten game; the wadV
the preceding day's game films
with your assistant coaches and
grade each player's performance.
You lost that game, and, with a
few notable exceptions, you don't
have too much to cheer about.
Sunday afternoon the team
comes in to watch the films for
they yelled '1-2-Beat-State" in
practice; the blue Volkswagen
somebody covered with "Beat
State" in yellow letters.
Then, the terrible waiting is
"Of course I have complete
confidence in my coaches," said
coach Bump Elliott yesterday.
"But when there is a final deci-
sion to be made, I make it."
Rich Volk, stalwart of Michi-
gan's defensive backfield last year,
was named the Defensive Player of
the Week in the NFL yesterday by
the Associated Press.
The ex-All American, now start-
ing in the Baltimore Colt sec-
ondary, earned this honor for his
performance in last Sunday's game
against the Chicago'Bears.
With the Colts holding a slim
10-3 lead, Volk intercepted a Chi-
cago pass and raced 94 yards for
a touchdown. This score spurred
the Colts on to a 24-3 victory and
was cited by Chicago coach George
Halas as the turning point of the
Volk, having played in only four
National Football League contests,
is already establishing himself as
a defensive standout. The ex-
baron of the Wolverine defensive
backfield has certainly lived up to
the expectations of Baltimore
Coach Don Shula who tagged Volk
as a "Big Play Guy" early in the
"It was a big thrill for a couple
of reasons," commented Volk after
"First of all, my whole family-
except for one sister-plus a lot of
friends came from Wauseon, Ohio
to see the game.
"Another reason it gave me such
a kick was that it was the first
time I'd ever scored on. an inter-
ception in a regular game."
Although Volk picked off 11
enemy aerials during his outstand-
ing career at Michigan, he never
returned one for a touchdown.
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By DIANA ROMANCHUK downs, two of them on pass plays,
The road to Pasadena. against the Wildcats who now
th the onfesrdenceop s stand 1-2 overall.
behind six of the Big Ten essPurdue, now ranked second in
and the remaining four ready to the nation, has a chance to move
embark this Saturday, dreams of into the number one position
embrk hisSatrda, deam ofshould Southern Cal fall to the
roses once again enter the minds Irish next Saturday in South
of Big Ten football coaches, play-
ers, and fans. Beu the Rose Bowl ticket is up
Purdue is heading toward a Big B tfor grabs e
Ten championship, but because of Indiana is the only other un-
last year's trip to California, will defeated team in the Big Ten, but
have to forego the Rose Bowl must face Michigan, Michigan
honor if they do take the title. mstaeMchigan, Mican
Following its 26-21 upset of State, and Purdue before it can
the Fighting Irish the previous claim a chance at the trip.
week in South Bend, Purdue ex- The Hoosiers overpowered Illi-
ploded for three touchdowns in the nois 20-7 in Big Ten competition
fourth quarter last Saturday to last Saturday, after squeaker vic-
bury Northwestern 25-16. tories over Kentucky (12-10) and
Leroy Keyes, a major factor Kansas (8-15).
the Boilermaker debacle of Notre Te Illini, 1-2 for the season,
Dame, scored all three touch- watched a fumble and an inter-
ception turned into Indiana
WT 1 L st Michigan State is not to be
l7ed e Lost discounted in the Rose Bowl race,
even though humbled by upsets
Michigan linebacker Bob Wedge at the hands of Houston and
will not play against Michigae Southern California. It got back
State this week. He suffered a oingmo er isconsin,whohSat s
minor injury on his foot on Sun-on gwoyer tisssn, wh -7.a
not won yet this season, 35-7.
day. Dwight Lee and LeMarr Thomas
Sophomore Barry Pierson will led the attack that finally put
replace safety Tom Curtiss in the the Spartans in the winning
clash with MSU. column.
Garvie Craw may start at left Michigan, with a sparkplug
halfback, replacing senior Ernie named Ron Johnson, also bares
Sharpe. Craw played most of the watching. Fullback Johnson tor-
game against Navy, and was used pedoed the Navy line for 270
mainly for blocking. yards, a school record, and AP
There is also a possibility that Back of the Week honors, despite
Warren Sipp might not start the fact that Michigan lost on
against the Spartans. The junior a last-minute touchdown drive by
fullback carried the ball 6 times the Middies. The other defeat in
for 16 yards in the Wolverines' Michigan's 1-2 record also came
26-21 loss to Navy. on a last-minute touchdown pass
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bhe Minnesota Gophers own a
2-1 record following a surprisingly
easy 23-3 defeat of Southern
Methodist University in Minneap-
olis last weekend.
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VEN TUR E
In the remaining non-confer-
ence game, Ohio Staten evened its
record at 1-1 by shattering the
Oregon defensive line and crush-
ing the Ducks 30-0.
The road to Pasadena lies open.
The team that finally enters the
Rose Bowl New Year's Day has
a battle ahead to get there.
Games like the traditional
Michigan-Michigan State rivalry,
to be aired once again this Sat-
urday, may push the Rose Bowl
into the background for the mo-
ment, but thoughts of rose petals
will linger in every partisan's
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Will the first girl cheerleaders in Michigan history reappear
at this year's State 'game? This is obviously the most significant
prognostication which must be considered for this week.
Also of interest:
Wilcy Moore came off a farm to aid the 1927 Yankees to the
pennant as the game's first modern relief pitcher.
The Pistons must trade one of their guards or Terry Dischinger
for a real forward who can rebound and play defense, an interesting
thought: Dave Bing or Jimmy Walker for Lucious Jackson.
Henry IV slugged it out with Pope Gregory VII in the Investiture
Contest. Owing to the lack of a referee, both suffered irreparable
If you've been wondering about the picture below this worthless
article, you must admit that it is extremely interesting and pleasing
to look at. Can you deny that your eyes were not at least momentarily
subverted when you first opened this page? Also, it is suggestive of
man's favorite sport, and aren't the Grid Selections a part of sports?
If you happen to be a football genius, intrinsically lucky, or a
reader of Harry Devold in the Football News and pick the largest
numbers of winning teams, you will receive two free pizzas from
Cottage Inn and two tickets to the Michigan Theatre, now showing
"To Sir, With Love."
1. Michigan State at MICHIGAN
Ic wa at Indiana
Minnesota at Illinois
Northwestern at Rice
Pittsburgh at Wisconsin v
Purdue at Ohio State
Clemson at Auburn
Toledo at Bowling Green
Brigham Young at Oregon St,
Missouri at Colorado
Massachusetts at Connecticut
South Carolina at Florida St.
Georgia Tech at Tennessee
Kansas St. at Iowa St.
Syracuse at Navy
Southern California at Notre
There will be a meeting for all
those interested in trying out for
the freshman basketball team,
Monday, October 16, at 4 p.m.
in the Athletic Administration
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