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'Page Eight


Thursday, February 5, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAiLY Thursday. Februarv5 1970

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Jesse Rawls: travelling the long road

By AL KAUFMAN experiences in Georgia. "D o w n "All of a sudden, she became real
Jess Rawls, Michigan's 1 6 ?7 south, even though I had ability, interested in me," which showed
pound Big Ten wrestling champion I never had an opportunity," is him that "she really hadn't cared
and acting team co-captain, pro- the way he summarizes the situa- about me until I did something to
bably would not have been able tion in the segregated Georgia help the school's reputation. She
to attend school here had it not schools. used me," he adds bitterly.
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been for a long bus ride and an H-e is particularly upset by his
understanding coach, experience in the first grade. "The

are out!

Born in Springfield, Georgia,
Jess "started cutting pugwood and
pitching hay at the age of 13.
However, by the time he finished
tenth grade, he decided that there
was no opportunity for him in,
Using money he had saved while
working, he took a bus to his
uncle's home in Harrisburg, Penn-
sylvania. The move was a turn-.
ing point in his life, because "I
never planned to go to college
down south - but it was differ-
ent in Pennsylvania. There were
more opportunities, because it was
more populous, and there. were
more ideas.'
One of the first people Jess met
at the John °Harris High w a s
football .coach ., George Chump.
Even though he had never before
competed in organized sports, Jess
went out for the football team.
Looking back, he realizes that the
coach might not have wanted to
spend the time to teach funda-
mentals to a player who would
only be able to play for two
"I'll never forget my high school
coach," says the physical educa-
tion major, who adds that "he
didn't have to take me, but he
Jess is sensitive to opportunities
which people have because of his

'teacher quickly divided the class
into good readers and bad read-
ers," Jess notes, "And she put
me in the slow section. After she
divided the class she paid v e r y,
little attention to the slow'. kids,
and I was handicapped by
Wolverine football c a c h
Bo Schembechler is officially
on the mend. "Everything looks
real good," reported one of his
doctors. "I'm really proud of his
progress. There is no doubt that
he will be able tp resume his
duties for next year." Schem-
beehler has already begun to
take on some of the lighter
duties of the head coaching job.
good readingauntil I had a good
tutor last year."
In addition to .his bad exper-
iences in Georgia, one incident
from John Harris High upsets him.
During his junior and senior
years, he developed what he
thought was a friendship with his
high school' principal. He mowed
I her lawn in order to make pock-
et money, and occasionally talked
to her. When he won the state
165 pound championship as a sen-
ior however, he found out that the
relationship was phony.

Jess feared that the same kind
of thing might happen when he
came to Michigan after winning
the National Junior College cham-
pionship ir} his second year at
Trinidad Junior College in Color-
"I talked to Coach Keen, and
explained to him that I didn't
want him to answer all my ques-
tions and help me out during the
two years I was on tender, but
then ignore me my third year
here, while I finished my degree."
Jess adds that he does not think
this will happen, because "I re-
spect Coach a lot."
Respect is important to Jess'
career plans. "Even though I'm
a phys ed major, I don't want to
teach gym. I'd rather be a coach
and counsel, if I work at a high
school." His reason isksimply that
"you can't really earn the respect
of kids as a gym teacher."
Jess' desire to counsel stems
from the same thing that moti-
vates him to coach-he wants to
work in a "place where I can
talk to kids." He feels that he will
be an effective counselor because
"If you've had the hard road--
you can tell someone else about it,
but if life's been easy for you, you
don't know what's going on out-
Although Jess seems to be lean-
ing towards a high school coach-


ing position, he would also like
to coach college. "I would like to
be an assistant coach here, if
that's possible," he says, but adds
that "I would also like to start a
wrestling program at some school
like Grambling."
Jess likes to think about what
he will do in the future, but his
major present concern is wrestling.
"It's been harder for , me this
year than last, because people
know my reputation, and have
been staying away from me."
Most wrestlers that don't stay
away from hin quickly learn why
the others do. Assistant Coach
Rick Bay explains that "with the
exception of one or two wrestlers,
we believe that Jesse can beat any
177 pounder every time."
Jess' ability has caused s o m e
shuffling of the Michigan lineup
when things are close. Therlon
Harris usually wrestlers at 190, but
he also weighs 177. This causes
the coaching staff to put Jess in
at 190 when the teanrl needs two.
wins to sew up a win, because, as
Bay explains, "Harris is a pretty
good 177 pounder, and Jess is bet-
ter able to handle strong oppon-
ents. On the other hand, when we
need only one win, we wrestle
Rawls at 177, and this usually sews
things up.";
He helps the team in o t h e r
ways besides his performance on
the mat. Acting co-captain J'i m
Sanger explains that "Jesse helps
me when I'm wrestling in a meet


Rawls rides to easy victory'

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by talking to me and helping me
keep cool. I hear him real well,
and he helps me a 16t."
Jess is glad that he's able to help
his teammates, but he is afraid
that their inability to beat him
might damage their confidence. He
particularly worries about Ther-
lon Harris,.who is his roommate,
and Pushman.
Harris admits that it sometimes
bothers him that he can't take

Jess down, but adds that "he
doesn't brag about it, so we get
along fine at home." Pushman
doesn't worry much about losing
to Jess, because "he's so much
better than I am, that I don't
really expect, to beat him. I learn
a lot from wrestling with h i m,
So will the athletes and s t u-
dents he'll coach and counsel af-
ter graduating.

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N>W YORK (A') - Bill Russell,
who revolutionized modern pro
basketball with h i s defensive
wizardry and who was an inspir-
ing winner in college, the Olymp-
ics and pro ranks, was named
basketball's player of the Decade
The long-time star of the Bos-
ton Celtics won the honor by a
landslide in a special Associated
Press poll. It was Big Bill, as a
player, and later as a player-
coach, who led the Celtics to nine
National Basketball Association
championships during the 10
years of the Sixties.
Russell, retired a year ago af-
ter his greatest triumph. He poll-
ed 375 votes in the balloting by

635 sports writers and broadcast-
ers. Far behind in second place
with 122 votes was Wilt Cham-
berlain of the Los Angeles Lakers,
Russell's keen rival during t h e
It was after Russell and t h e
Celtics beat Chamberlain and the
Lakers for the 1969 NBA title last
May 5, when most everyone
thought the Lakers would win,'
that the 6-foot-9 Russell decided
to retire as player-coach. He will
celebrate his 36th birthday next
week, Feb. 12.
Lew Alcindor, famed rookie
with the Milwaukee Bucks after
leading UCLA to three straight
national collegiate crowns, w a s

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third with 31% votes. Jerry West
of Los Angeles and Oscar 'Robert-
son of Cincinnati Royals rounded
out the first five with 30 and 25
votes, respectively.
Bob Cousy, now coach of the
Royals who retired in 1963 as a
teammate w i t h Russell on the
Celtics, garnered 23 votes for six-
th place.
Elgin Baylor of Los Angeles was ~
seventh with 10 votes followed by
B i l lBradley, a 1965 Princeton
All-American now with the New
York Knicks. Bradley, who still
holds the NCAA championship
tourney single game scoring rec-
ord of 58 points, got five votes.
Pistol Pete Maravich of Louis-
iana State, the No. 1 scorer in
the college game and the only
current collegian to be mentioned,
was next with four.
Russell, sometimes called t h e
Big Six because of his uniform
number, had a fabulous career
that brought him fame and for-
An unselfish player, the lean,
6-f oot-9 center concentrated on
rebounding, blocking and setting
off a fast break. His presence near
the basket intimidated shooters
and forced them to change their
A graduate of McClymonds
h ig h school in Oakland, Calif.
Russell became an All-American
at the University of San Francis-
co .He helped the Dons win 60
consecutive games, an all-time
collegiate record that still stands.
He kept his winning tradition
going by playing on the United
States team that won the basket-
ball gold medal at the 1965 Olym-
pic Games in Melbourne, Austra-
lia, with an unbeaten record.
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Exams in other courses
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