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November 11, 1967 - Image 7

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A year ago Illinois finally won
the battle of the Elliott brothers,
28-21, on its seventh try.
The bitterly contested game, in
a series often called a rivalry,
was played in a snowstorm, a fit-
ting end to a week of the white
stuff that made the Stadium a
bowl of snow around a field of
It was a natural for the sports-
writers, with the leading passer
in the Big Ten, Dick Vidmer, up
against the third best, Bob Na-
ponic. They even came from the
same high school in western
Illinois won it in the fourth
quarter on a record-setting 98-
yard pass interception return.
New Story
A year, a scandal, and most of
a new football season later, only
the weather may be the same, 1f
it snows.
The Illini have a new coach,
Jim Valek.
The dramatic Vidmer-Naponic
rematch has busted. Vidmer now
occupies the spot on the bench
formerly warmed by Dennis
Brown. And Naponic was injured
early in the season. He finally
resumed practice this week, but
according to Valek he still limps
and will be used only as a backup
to the backup quarterback.
The game, in fact, hardly gen-
erates any national interest at all.

Missing in
45,000 fans are expected to'
watch the contest to be played in+
what offensive line coach Tonyj
Mason calls "the wind tunnel."
Illini coach Valek claims his
team's "morale is very high at'
this point in the season. We really
believe that we can win our next'
three football games. But we

' '-tIllini


Tate and Doug Whitman will han-
dle the ends. Guard Fritz Harms
has healed and will return to the
Linebacker Terry Miller, Valek's
candidate for the Blue Cross
award, received a broken finger,
dislocated thumb and injured
ankle from the Boilermakers. He
hasn't practiced all week, but
Valek expects him to be ready to
go today. If the bandages don't
hold up, Jeff Trigger will replace
The Illini offense has sputtered
with the loss of Naponic. In re-
cent weeks, the highest point to-
tal Illinois managed was 17
against Ohio State.
Total rushing offense for the

The Michigan-Illinois game
at Champaign begins at 2:30
and will be carried over ra-
dio stations WWJ, 950 AM;
WPAG, 1050 AM; WAAM,
1600 AM; and WUOM, 91.7

total put together by WolverineE
halfback Johnson.2
Illinois' breakaway threat re-t
mains end John Wright, who won'
the Big Ten receiving title two
years ago as a sophomore. t
Wright, described by defensiveI
backfield coach Don James as
"the best receiver we'll face allc
season,' will cause James to sort
of play the game by ear.I
"If Illinois gets up tight and
has to throw to Wright we'll prob-
ably go with Hoey for his speed.
If we get backed up against theT
goal line, we'll go with Nelson for1
his strength," explains James. -
Other than that the Wolverine
defense will look much the same.
Dave Porter has healed com-
pletely and will start at tackle.
Valek has inserted Willis Fields

at right guard in order to "beef
up against Michigan's interior"
defensive line in his only offensive
In a game the experts rate a
tossup, breaks will play an im-
portant part in the final outcome.
That's where the "wind tunnel"
comes in.
Mason apprehensively views the
possibilities for an errant pass or
a botched punt. "We just have to
hope we don't make mistakes
when they can hurt us the most.
That wind can be terrible," adds;

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Both teams head into the con-
test with 2-5 records, making the
game a fight to see who has a
chance to end up the season with
a .500 record. Both teams face
second-division clubs the re-
mainder of the Big Ten season.
In Champaign they still attach
some importance to the game.
The Illini admit in their press
releases that they are hoping to
become "The class of the second
division," and "extract respect-
ability from the dust of the sea-

know that we are going to have seas(
to put out one of our better ef- yard
forts to beat Michigan."
Down in Ann Arbor things are
a little more low key. "We are
going to have to put forth agood
effort," says Michigan coach
Bump Elliott. "We've got a win
behind us but Illinois is capable (45)
of some fine football." (51)
Though fine football eluded (69)
them in last week's 42-9 loss to (55)
Purdue, the Illini have showed (72)
some bright spots this year. With (90)
only light losses to graduation, (84)
they were expected to be among (15)
the elite of the Big Ten. But off- (49)
season difficulties, including tha (25)
departure of potential superstar, (32)
Cyril Pinder, and the injury to
Naponic have left them in a

on has netted the Illini 833
s, only 18 more than the

The Lineups


John Wright (190
Bob Robertson (22)
Doug Redmann (213)
Bruce Erb (219)
Willis Fields (253)
Jerry Line (229)
Craig Timko (201)
Dean Volman (176)
Carson Brooks (209)
Dave Jackson (170)
Rich Johnson (207)




Jim Mandich
Bob Penska
Ray Phillips
Joe Dayton
Bob Baumgartner
Pete Mair
Jim Berline
Dennis Brown
John Gabler
Ron Johnson
Garvie Craw




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Grayle Howlett


three-way tie for sixth place in
the conference race.
The Illini defense held Minne-
sota to 10 points in a losing
cause, but the blitzkrieg by Pur-
due was too much for Valek. He
has renovated his defensive line-
up in preparation for the Wol-
verines' Ron (Flipper, alias Iron
Man) Johnson.
Defensive end Ken Kmiec will
play defensive halfback. Dick


Dick Ttate (201)
Tony Pleviak (237)
Mike Hogan (205)
Doug Whitman (206)
Herschel Johnson (224)
Jeff Trigger (201)
Larry Jordan (225)
Ken Kmiec (192)
Fred Wolf (170)
Charlie Bareither (182)
Ron Bess (193)



Phil Seymour
Dick Williamson
Dave Porter
Ron Kramer,
Tom Stincic
Dennis Morgan
Rocky Rosema
George Hoey
Brian Healy
Tom Curtis
Jerry Hartman


Fgliht 853:
Entering 'Twig gy-Land'
Champaign is located too far from Chicago to be considered
a suburb, and too close to the east-central part of Illinois to say
"It's a great place to visit."
As Ozark's flight 853 ("Coffee, coke, or chewing gum") delicately
dropped out of a cloudy sky, Champaign refused to come into view
even though the stewardess kept insisting that we were going to land
there any minute. It only took five minutes on the ground to con-
vince me that there was in fact nothing to see and that I should have
continued on flight 853 to Decatur.
To say that the topography of Champaign is flat would be like
saying -that Dean Martin drinks or that O. J. Simpson runs. Cham-
paign is so flat that anybody who plays golf uses the same strategy:
cut the fairways close and use a putter. They tried to put some bunkers
in but were too afraid the natives couldn't navigate them. If Jackie
Gleason laid down here in Twiggy land, he would immediately be
But don't worry about Gleason coming to Champaign-it's
rumored that "the Great One" occasionally likes to step out after
sun sets.
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un ,uCampaign is ablaze at night witu the proverbial neon
jungle, but the signs are mostly of the "Walk, Don't Walk" variety.
The students looking for action go down to McDonald's to see
what the latest hamburger count is. The guy getting off the plane
behind me surveyed the wet stuff pouring from the Illinois sky,
and commented "At least there will be something to do tonight-
I can watch the rain."
Champaign does have many distinctions. It's a great place to study
or to go church. It's probably the only place on the face of the earth
where somebody hasn't scrawled on the back of a postcard, "Wish you
were here." Being accepted at the University of Illinois is analogous
to renting a room at the UGLI.
As one surveys the city of Champaign, certain things become
clear--like the slush fund. Somebody was probably paying the athletes
just to stay around. It's rumored that Joe Namath thanks the great
football god every night for not sending him to Illinois. It's also pretty
safe to say that the University of Illinois didn't teach Alex Karras
his gambling habits.
On the "official map" of the University of Illinois it's written
"Although the resources of the University are extensive, the individual
student need not feel lost."
And H. L. Hunt needn't feel rich nor Lou Alcindor feel tall. Who-
ever founded the town of Champaign must have taken a wrong turn
at Chicago. Howard Hughes is thinking of buying Champaign because,
in his words, "It's the only challenge left."
One good thing about Champaign is that it provides no dis-
stractions for the Michigan team. The usual custom is to see a
movie the night before the game. The biggest first run theater,
however, is showing Shirley Temple in "Good Ship Lollipop."
Another one is showing the manager's home movies. The best one
is showing a Flash Gordon flick, but they're all booked up. I hope
Bump brought his own.
The Michigan Band also came along and they played at a high
school game last night. Leave it to the Band to find out where the
fun is.
Now, about Urbana....
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Two young, fast-rising soccer
powers collide today when the
Michigan Soccer club entertains
the Wildcats from the University
of Kentucky on Wines Field.
Michigan, making only its
fourth start of the season, has
claimed a pair of wins while
dropping a single loss to Buffalo
State, one of the East's strongest
teams. Both victories were at the
expense of the University of To-
ledo, always a tough opponent for
the Wolverines.
Kentucky boasts a fine 4-1-1
record, having scored 34 goals
against only nine for their op-
ponents in the six contests. Wild-
cat wins include a 12-0 stomping
of Mainrad College, and a 7-0
drubbing of the University of
The Kentucky club is led by
Robert Floro, a New York product
who serves as team captain. Floro
never playedsoccer before taking
a course in the game taught by
A. Rizk, the club's coach.
Rizk, from Cairo, Egypt, found


a budding star in Floro and per-
suaded him to join the team-
much to the dismay of teams that
have faced the Wildcats this year.
The Michigan club features ex-
perienced performers at almost
every position. A strong defense,
anchored by goalie and co-cap-
tain Dave Noshay and fullback
Graham Wilkes, has proved itsef

repeatedly against high-scoring
Junior co-captain Bruce Gerd-
ing, playing left wing, leads a fine
forward line, playing with swift
inside forwards Kuaku Doh and
Deiter Stefankovic.
Horatio Williams, T o m m y
Smith, and Carlos Flores strength-
en the halfback and fullback
lines, while Ted Cohen, Les Feld-
man and Charlie Patamapongs
bolster the forward contingent.
Fullback Wiley Livingston and
freshman halfback Alan Reuther
round out the Michigan defense.
The game, scheduled to begin
at 10 a.m. should give soccer fans
an opportunity to see a pair of
fine college teams in action. It
will be the first meeting ever be-
tween Kentucky and Michigan,
preluding a basketball clash be-
tween the schools on Dec. 2.
The Intramural Building will
be open today from 8 a.m. until
6 p.m. The swimming pool will
also be open for use from 2-
5:30 p.m.

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