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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, February 19, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, February 19, 1969

Sasich grooves on competition

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By DAVE BEEMON
The crowd in the Events Build-
ing is utterly silent. People head-
ing for the exits turn around and
gape. Dogs cease barking, andt
babies stop crying. Mike Sasich is'
doing his thing on the highbar. a
Sasich not only mesmerizes the3
crowds, as a member of the gym-
nastics team, but claims the presi-
dency of the M Club as well. A
senior, he has taken third and
fourth places in the Big Ten the
past two years and feels, "There
are four guys capable of taking the
title this year. I think that I'm
one of them."
He admits that the high bar1
can be dangerous. "Every time
you go up there you risk your life.
I mean really, I've fallen from
the apparatus four times and was
knocked cold every time. You
can't let it bother you, though. I1
just say every time before the
event, okay God, it's just you and
I up there on the high bar."
Coach Newt Loken describes
Sasich as being "a real showman."
"Mike loves a tight, pressured
meet. He has to be one of the
most exciting high bar men that
we've ever had at Michigan."
Sasich attributes his success to
the Sasich philosophy. "The most
important thing is having con-
fidence in yourself. No matter what
I do, I want to do my best."
Mike is also the cat who combs
his hair with a distinct European
flair. Some people call it grease.
Sasich just smiles and defends

Actually, I sometimes feel sorry
for the spectators. They worry1
more than the gymnasts do."
Mike has a history in sports that
could fill several large volumes.
Coming from an all boys school in}
Milwaukee, he holds the school'
record in pole vaulting, lettered
three times in golf, was the most
valuable member of the track
team, and captioned the gym-
nastics team.
He explains his athletic abilities
as being part of his childhood en-
vironment. "I grew up in a Puerto
Rican, Mexican. Texan neighbor-
hood. It was in the tough part of
town and I had to keep in pretty
good shape."
"By the way," whispers Sasich,
I've been married four weeks but
I can say that I'n probably in the

Sasich's prowess in gymnastics Loken as "the best gymnastics
is no attribute to his childhood coach in the nation." "He is one
experience. "A friend of mine got great man. He can really fire you
me interested in the sport and we up for a meet. The coach has
just practiced by ourselves on a helped me in every way possible."
l~av-rnd

.aiyg'i VLf.A
"I didn't join the high school
team until my sophomore year,
and then the coaching was the
worst you could imagine. Youl
could say that my friend and I
developed on our own through
high school."
Sasich had yet another honor!
bestowed upon him by being se-
lected on the Junior All-Star Soc-
cer Team of North America while
in high school. "It was a great
experience. We traveled to Central
America and played teams from
Columbia and Brazil."
Mike was eventually lured to
Michigan because of its reputation

Mike wasn't offered a scholar-
ship (gymnasts just don't get
many) but feels that, "In order to
make it in life I had to concen-
trate in athletics. I would like to
teach at the high school level for
a few years and then go traveling
around the world.
"I've always been interested in
traveling. I'm very restless and
need a change every now and
then."
Sasich still plays a little soccer
and reveals with a glint in his eye
that he would like to play profes-
sional football as a placekicker.
His wife Judy just nods in

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best shape of my life." in gymnastics. He rates Coachl amazement.
'BOOM BOOM' FIZZLES:
at to remain as Ranger Coach

Mike Sasich

Y, FEBRUARY 20

12 NOON

Luncheon Discussion at the

NEW YORK (A)-Emile "Cat" ' would remain as field boss for the
Francis, the dynamic little execu- season when he said, "It would
tive who has steered the New be rough throwing someone who
York Rangers from last place to hasn't coached for a month back
third in a month, will continue to into coaching during the stretch
coach the club for the remainder run."
of the National Hockey League Francis had held the dual role
season. of general manager and coach last
In making the announcement year but turned over the coaching
at a press conference Tuesday, job to Geoffrion, his own choice,
the Rangers said Bernie "Boom this season.
Boom" Geoffrion, the recuper- "Boom Boom will continue to
ating coach, will handle special work with me very closely and I
scouting assignments and other have several special scouting as-
tasks for the club. signments and other important
Francis, the 42-year-old gen- tasks for him to perform," said
eral manager and former coach' Francis.
took over the reins of a fading ---- ----
team a month ago when the high-

Ecumenical CampusCenter 921 Church himself.
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that my mother likes it. But real-
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"THE ROOTS OF PREJUDICE" his hair. When I came to Michi-
gan, as a Freshman, a lot people
probably thought I was a hood or
something. But it wouldn't be me
any other way. I'd be lying to my.
own personality if I combed it
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strung Geoffrion collapsed in Oak-
land during a game with the Seals.
Geoffrion, who suffers from
ulcers, was Francis' personal
choice to succeed him as coach
.this season. Francis, a former
goalie, doubled as general manager,
and coach for 21/ seasons. He led
the Rangers into the Stanley Cup
playoffs for the last two seasons.
Since Francis took over as coach
Jan.. '18. the Rangers have won+
eight games, tied two and lost
four. This drive moved them from+
last place to third in the Eastern
Division.
But the Rangers are only one
point ahead of Detroit and tour
ahead of Toronto in the battle
for fourth, the last playoff spot.
Geoffrion, 38-year-old former,
star of the Montreal Canadiens,

Santa Clara r
as rankings a
By The Associated Press
The quickest way to move up in
the weekly college basketball
rankings is to knock off the pow-
ers on top.
South Carolina, Louisville and
Ohio State all made big jumps
in The Associated Press' rank-
ings by whipping the favorites,
last week.
The Gamecocks of South Caro-
lina weren't even in the T o p
Twenty when they bowled over
second-ranked North Carolina 68-
66 and earned a No. 12 spot yes-
terday.
South Carolina had an impres-
sive 17-3 record through games
of last Saturday on which t h e
rankings are based.
The defeat dropped North:
Carolina, 19-2, from second to
third place as unbeaten S a n t a
Clara, 21-0, moved into second
behind UCLA, 19-0, the No. 1
team all year.
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NHL keeps. Oakland
NEW YORK () - The Na- Board of Goiternors.
tional Hockey League squashed Campbell admitted, however,
speculation yesterday that the that the league had received three
Oakland Seals franchise w ill or four possible bidders for t h e
move out of the Bay area. Oakland franchise, including a
"I'm distinctly bullish a b o u t Buffalo, N.Y., group headed by
the success of hockey in the banker Seymour Knox III.
Oakland rink," NHL President Campbell emphasized t h a t
Clarence Campbell said after a Knox would have to operate in
day-long meeting of the NHL's Oakland if he were to take over
the franchise.
"The transfer of Oakland 'to
to Buffalo was never considered to-
ises L s'1seeon day," Campbell said. However,
Campbell did not rule out a pos-
sible move to San Francisco
e. reshuf11e across the Bay.
Campbell said final approval
on the sale of the Oakland fran-
Ohio State, 14-4, leaped from chise would be made on March
16th to 10th by beating Purdue, 25 in Miami Beach, Fla.
which had been ranked eighth, A spokesman for the Vancou-
88-85. The Boilermakers, 14-4, ver group, Edward Goodman, has
slipped a notch to ninth, predicted that pro hockey will
Louisville, 16-3, upset Tulsa, never succeed under any manage-
then seventh-ranked, 83-81 in ment in the Oakland-Alameda
overtime, and then edged Wichita County area.
State, 65-62, and advanced from, Goodman and his Vancouver
20th to 13th. Tulsa 18-4, plum- associates said after. the league
meted to 14th. had announced its decision that
In addition to Tulsa, Illinois, She governors had not fully dis-
14-4, fell out of the Top Ten. The cussed the points raised by the
Illini, beaterf by Michigan and Vancouver syndicate before t h e
Michigan State, faded all the way vote.
from 10th to 19th.-
Duquesne, 15-2, trounced Holyd
Cross 98-80 and zoomed up from
13th to eighth.
TndownEastern
Top Twenty
1. UCLA 40 19-0 80 The Michigan Paddleball Club
. SatUCLAra0 1-0 8 defeated Eastern Michigan, 11-3
3. nt Caolina 1-0 9last Sunday, in the first intercol-
4. ot LaSalle 20-1 Caoin '5756 legiate paddleball match ever
5. Davidson 20-2 470 staged in this country. Michigan
6. Kentucky 17-3 395 took eight out of the ten singles
7. St. John's, N.Y. 18--3 340 matches and went 3-1 in doubles
8. Duquesne 15-2 247'competition on the IM Building
9. Purdue 14-4 226 courts.
10. Ohio State 14-4 179 Paul Lawrence, a former Na-
ll. Vlllanova 17-3 174 tional Opens Champion, got the
12. South Carolina 17-3 156 1 Wolverines started in the opening
13. Louisville 16-3 143 singles match, defeating his East-
14. Tulsa 18--4 110 ern opponent straight sets of the
15. New Mexico State 21-2 101 2-bf-3 match, and Michigan was
16. Kansas 18-4 64 never headed thereafter.
17. Tennessee 15-3 41 Lawrence is currently fifth-
18. Colorado 17-4 39 seeded in this year's 'Open Tour-
19. Illinois 14-4 34#nament, which will be held at

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has just returned from a three ,
weeks vacation in Florida.
The Rangers said Geoffrion
Ewas advised by his doctors "to,
remain away from the pressures
and rigors of coaching at present
O Sin order to prevent recurrence of i
the ailment. He has progressed
thpsiBusbtyseKaschengHespdveryeksfavorably in the past three
s and Playground Directors Last week Francis indicated he
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