THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1967
PAGE EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1967
Williamson Buys Starting Role
By PATRICIA ATKINS
Richard Williamson would make
a good salesman.
When University of Michigan
scouts bought talent to restock
their football larders, Williamson
was left on the shelf.
But, being an intelligent sales-
man, he simply followed the first
law of salesmanship. When "the"
potential buyer started to shut
him out, he stuckhis foot in the
door by gaining admission to the
He had been offered scholar-
ships from other colleges, but as
he says, "I wanted to play Big
Ten football. Some of the small
colleges offered me scholarships
and, you know, they always tell
you that you'll be great. But if
you accept you'll always wonder
if you could have made it at a
bigger college. I though I could,
so I came to Michigan."
Why Michigan? An older brother
who attended the University in
his senior year, brought Dick to
see some of the Wolverine foot-,
while giving you the chance to
After admission, his real sales
pitch began. Starting out as a
tight end on the freshman team,
he was moved to defense in his
sophomore year. Williason's speed
fast enough for the end position
at East Detroit High School,
could not match what was needed
for Big Ten football. Thus his
switch to defensive tackle.
In his junior year his efforts'
sion. "I just had a good spring
practice," he explains, "and went
over the top."
He displayed his wares well.
enough that year in the gridiron!
showcase to sell his talents to the
"purchasing" powers that be in
Michigan athletics. During his
final season this year, Williamson
played on a scholarship.
The University's money was not
their way to a 21-14 win and their
200th conference victory.
The last game, November 25,
against Ohio State, had a special
significance also. "Every year,"
according to Williamson, "we say
that we have to win this one for
the seniors. You don't realize
what it means until you're a
ball games. He liked their type of 'began to pay off. Still playing
football, but adds, "Michigan of- without a scholarship, he fought
fers you an excellent education his way to a varsity starting po-
spent unwisely. Williamson addedisappoint ent rchigan,h t a
depth and experience to thediapntetfrhm htte
Michigan defense nt team didn't beat Michigan State,
The most personal satisfaction even more so than not winning
for mWitliamsonae ictIi the last game against the Buck-j
for. Williamson camne in the Illi- Iye
nois game, November 11. He start- eyes.
ed the game at defensive tackle Although the team didn't have
but before it was half over, the such a great season, Williamson
Wolverines were behind 14-0. feels Coach Bump Elliott shouldn't
In the second half, with the be blamed. He has some words
help of a tenacious defense and for those who knock Elliott. "It's'
a 60-yard punt return by George easy to second guess the coach.
Hoey, the Wolverines pounded But Coach Elliott is one of the
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After their final appearance in
the Ohio State game, Williamson's
football talents will probably be
suppressed in favor of another
career. An economics major, Wil-
liamson plans to go through the
Michigan placement program, and
if he doesn't find a favorable
position, to go on to graduate
Football has left little time for
other interests. After a hard
practice, it'sdifficult for William-
son to do even the required school
It hasn't been all work and no
enjoyment, however. The defen-
sive tackle feels satisfaction that
he was able to be "out there repre-
senting the University of Mich-
igan. Most people don't get that
chance." There have been other
gains, like getting to know the
"In a way I'm glad its over," he
concludes, "but I kind of wish
there was one more game."
ST. LOUIS UP) - The National
Collegiate Athletic Association
soccer tournament moves into the
semifinals Thursday in St. Louis
with unbeaten Michigan State
looking for its first champion-
The Spartans will be matched
against Long Island University in
the 2 p.m. EST contest. St. Louis
University, a five-time national
champion, will meet Navy in a
4 p.m. EST match.
The Michigan State-Long Is-
land game will be a rematch of
a semifinal last year when Long
Island won on the basis of corner
kicks as the score was tied 2-2
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THE season starts tomorrow
And Big Ten basketball coaches met last Sunday in Chicago
to usher it in. They came enmasse to inform the sports world about
their "vastly improved teams" and "the best crop of sophomores to
hit the Big Ten" since the invasion of Cazzie and Company five years
The conference mentors were so lavish in their praise that
they made the Big Ten sound like the NBA, ABA and NCAA
champs UCLA all wrapped up into one. According to Big Ten
public relations men, if the conference was to field a team in
the Olympics with only this year's sophomores, the only thing
that could win for the Russians would be stealing the game ball.
Take Purdue for example. The Boilermakers will unveil the
most sought-after high school player of 1965-66 against UCLA
Saturday when super-soph Rick Mount plays in Purdue's new
The Boilermaker coaches are so high on Mount that they won't
even talk abouit their two sophomore centers who are both as tall as
most of the centers in the proes.
Purdue coach George King saves all his praise for Mount. And
well he should. Super-Mount, who averaged 35 points as a freshman,
is expected to lead the Boilermakers to their first Big Ten title since
before the flood.
Rumors around Lafayette have it that Purdue built its ne
14,500 seat arena particularly to lure Mount away from all the
other schools in the nation. Among other things, he is the only
high school basketball player over to rate a cover picture on
King did bring "Tales of Mount" down to earth, though, when
he noted that the 6-4 forward had an ankle operation last spring.
King even feels he has the answer for stopping the Bruins'
seven-foot wonder, but is not talking. He has said little about
his own seven-foot giant but in private the Boilermaker coach
is comparing him to none other, than super-Lew himself. And if
Chuck Bavis doesn't live up to his confidential billings, King
has another sophomore giant in the wings in (6-10) Jerry John-
Purdue isn't the only team with top-rated sophomores. Mich-
igan, after all has Rudy Tomjanovich. However, coach Dave Strack
spends most of his time harping about the new University Events
Building, which WILL be ready for Saturday's opener against Ken-
tucky. And only two years late.
Professor Strack's dissertation was so long that the Chicago
American's Jim Enright compared his address to some of Leo Dur-
ocher's mumblings after the Cubs finished in 10th place in 1966.
"T'16more they lose, the longer they talk," said Enright.
Next to take the speaker's rostrum was "articulate" Minn-
esota coach John Kundla, who makes Rock Graziano sound
good. Kundla threw more double negatives into his speech than
Joe Vallachi used when he testified during the 1963 Cosa Nostra
Kundla displayed such optimism about his newcomers that he
brought a film along to familarize the press with their strong points.
Too bad he didn't look at it before he showed it.
While the film was displaying the proficiency of most of the
Gophers, junior college transfer Al Nuness showed off his number
one weakness when he dropped his hands way behind his head
on a jump shot.
Kundla in his broken English then discussed defending Big Ten
scoring champ Tom Kondla. The Gophers figure he is an All-
American prospect and feature the 6-7 center in his own press release
and on the cover of the Minnesota press book. They even give the
press a choice of four different action shots to run with his story.
The Gophers do have one particularly interesting sophomore in
Larry Mikan, still growing at 6-7. He's the son of George Mikan,
basketball's first big man, who started a revolution in the game.
Not all the coaches were entirely optimistic, though.
Northwestern's Larry Glass bemoaned the fact that he will
probably start four sophomores this year. But the other coaches
weren't sympathetic, pointing out that the Wildcats had a super-
lative freshmen team last year,
And Illinois' new coach Harv Schmidt, who replaced slusL
fund loser Harry Combes, broke into tears, noting the Illini have no
However, the coaches did agree on the usual trivia about the
approaching season. Sounding like a series of tape recorders, they all
said the Big Ten should have one of its best races in history.
Big Ten Commissioner Bill Reed was even more optimistic. "We
had an excellent football season, ending up with a three-way tie.
The only way to top that is to have a ten-way tie in basketball to
insure a perfect season."
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