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Thursday, March 'I 3, 1969



Thursday, March 13, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY


lcers prepare for NCAA's





Jim Forrester

Hey, Abraham Lincoln,
you forgot a few people
John Maclnnes, hockey coach at Michigan Tech, may be the
most unusual man in sports-he's not colorful.
He doesn't smoke big black phallic symbols and wave them
under your nose. He doesn't yell and jump around during games.
Any anger he may feel is kept away from the public. He just watches
his men play and will occasionally tell them about something they
could be doing better.
And he doesn't fool himself about the purpose and direction
of intercollegiate athletics.
"Let's not'kid ourselves, we're professionals."
This, of course, is nothing new. There is nothing wrong with
professionalism, but it is an uncommon occurance that anyone in
the amateur sports world will admit the hypocrisy of modern ama-
The Michigan Tech squad plays like professionals. They, prac-
tice hard and practice to be exact. Almost every one of them
is from ,Canada and many are on some kind of scholarship.
Believe it or not, fans, when an athlete signs that letter of
intent he is :really becoming a professional. An athletic scholarship
Is nothing more than payment for services rendered.
The difference, though, between college professionals and pro-
fessional professionals is that the collegian works cheap. One basket-
ball player called his remuneration, "Coolie wages."
NCAA scholarships (of the legal kind) provide only for the
necessities of life-room, board, tuition and fees, books and about
$15 per month "laundry money". For a Michigan athlete, an in-
stater, the Grand Total is less than .$1700. On a per hour basis
this is about 60 cents.
But beyond his services on the field or the court, the collegian
! gives up more of his freedom than any professional. His coach can
tell him where to eat and live, what to eat and pretty much what to
do: off the field as well as on it. At many schools athletes live in
slecial dorms and eat special food.
Now most people may think steak every night ain't bad.
Special treatment, plenty of help with school work (honest as well
as dishonest), and a nice place to live.
Yup, real nice . . . if a person, likes being dumped on all the
LOCAL FOOTBALL' FANATIC and new grid coach Glenn "Bo"
Schembechler has been honest about what he wants to do with
football at Michigan. He wants to win.
There are many philosophies of the attitude with which a sport
should be played. All of them boil down to "I wanna win real bad".
Schembechler works his players hard and has informed them
that freshmen and sophomores will live in the dormitories next year.
Eventually he hopes to have all his players living in South Quad.
Next fall the football training table will be served in one of the
dining rooms in South Quad.
This, of couse has offended a few people in the athletic depart-
ment and quite a few more outsiders.
But the players are withholding judgement. "We'll just have to
wait and see if all this bullshit pays off," said one athlete.
This is insightful into the players. It shows what they care
about is winning also. And it shows that they will put up with most
of the crap thrown at'them.,
MANY ARE LOOKING toward the pros. A good collegiate per-
formance means money. No college competition, unless the athlete
plays baseball or has developed his abilities at an abnormally rapid
rate, means none of that sweet professional green.
A Wolverine junior, after . his last game of the season, said,
"Well, I've got one more year to do something around this place."
This kind of thinking is nice if the athlete has plenty of ability
and has been producing at a consistent rate. But for many players
next year may never come.
At. its recent rules conclave, in reaction to black athlete pro-
tests around the country, the NCAA passed what can be described
as an insubordination rule. It was enacted to keep players playing.
But its effects could be something else.
The extreme example Is the athlete with long hair being forced
into a barbershop as the ax of losing his grant-in-aid looms over
his neck. There are a lot of safe-guards in the rule so that a coach
disgusted with the performance, attitute or color 'of one of his
players cannot pull the green rug.
But at an institution where an athlete is a thing that either wins
or does not, loop holes will be found and "student athletes" unfairly
bounced. It is inevitable.
Giving what are commonly called "athletic scholarships" has
turned the student athlete into a piece of property. Rules made to
protect the athlete actually put him in indentured servitude with
a four year sentence to serve.
THE ATHLETE CAN get out by quitting the team, but as said
before, no college, no 'pros. The other hook holding the athlete is the
chance for an education.
But this too is a sham. At many schools, athletic academic coun-
selors funnel players into Physical Education. There they can be
easily kept eligible and on the field. There is nothing wrong with
P.E., if that's the player's bag. Unfortunately, many athletes never
get to look into any other.
Michigan is not as bad as other schools in this respect. Though
many players are slid into P.E., they are required to take a certain
number of hours in the Literary College. If a player is lucky, he'll
get a course he has to expend some of his brain power in. But he
could get a Doc Losh.
An athlete goes to school, then, so he can compete in intercol-
legiate athletics. Though the reverse, the athlete competing so that
he can go to school, is still professionalism, the player would at least

get something in returnfor the work he does.
And even with curriculum often geared to the professional ath-
lete, many never get their degrees. In the National Football League
50.4 per cent of the players do not hold a college degree.
Knowing collegians are professionals makes the pseudo-righteous
throw up their hands. But that the athlete is exploited makes the
fairminded throw up. The collegian is a professional, allright. Negroes
were professional slaves, too.
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Pioneers out
to retain title
The top two WCHA teams,
Michigan Tech and Denver, will
be put to the final test this week-
end in the NCAA finals at Colo-
rado Springs.,
Denver, defending n a t i o n a 1
champions, will open tonight
against Harvard. The Pioneers
should have the upper hand, being
used to the high altitude and hav-
ing the 'home" rink advantage,
being 60 miles from Denver.
Denver proved to be very strong
throughout the season, finishing:
one half game behind Tech with a
14-6-0 record. Their tough sched-
ule included games against the!
American, Canadian, and Czecho-
slovakian Nationals.
Their offense is sparked by wing
George Morrison, Sophomore of
the Year in the WCHA as well as
leading scorer, finishing with 39
Michigan Tech will be playing
tomorrow night against Cornell,
the pride of the East. Although the
eastern teams are considered in-
ferior to western competition, Cor-
nell's 27-1 record cannot be over-
Michigan Tech is known for the
size and effectiveness of their de-
fense. Gordon McRae, junior
goalie, yielded an average of 2.87
goals per game in league competi-
tion. Defenseman John Grisdale
tied a Tech record by scoring
seven goals during the regular sea-
The Huskies, riding a six-game
Winning streak, will continue their
usual game plan, looking for a
defensive battle. This strategy en-
abled Tech play outstanding
hockey for the last half of the
season, and surge late in the sea-
son from third place to the title.
Senior Al Karlander, All-Star
forward, paced his team to their
playoff victories, including two
EMU jarred
from NAJA
KANSAS CITY (MP) - Eastern
New Mexico ousted fifth-seeded
Eastern Michigan 77-69 yesterday
to move into theN quarter-finals of
the NAIA basketball tournament.
Larry Vanzant's 25-foot jump
shot at the first half buzzer gave
Eastern New Mexico a 27-26 lead
at intermission. Except for a 35-
all tie, Eastern New Mexico led
the rest of the way.
John Irwin, the tournament's
second leading scorer in the first
round with 37 points, led the win-
ners with 20. Earl Higgins had 18
for the Hurons.
In other games, Monmouth, N.J..
college ran up the highest score
of the tournament in defeating
Asheville-Biltmnore, N.C., 115-81.
Elizabeth City, N.C., tate defeated
Southwestern Oklahoma State 88-
81, and Central Washington
shocked second-seeded Howard
Payne of Brownwood, Tex., 96-74.
Eastern New Mexico 77, Eastern
Michigan 69
Central Washington 96, Howard
Payne 74
Southwest Missouri 92, Montclair
State 76
American 80, San Francisco75
Monmouth, N.J., 115, Asheville-
Biltmore, N.C., 81
Elizabeth City, N.C., 88, Southwestern
Oklahoma 81
Washburn, Kan., 74, Fairmont
State W.Va., 72
Maryland State 85, Stout, Wis,
State 83 o.t.

Boston 126, Philadelphia 117
Baltimore 111, 'New York 110
Atlanta 109, Chicago 99

goals Saturday night. He finisned
third in the league in scoring.
The format of the playoffs does
have one big problem. History nas
proven that anything can.happen
in a one-game series. Friday night
was evidence to this as Colorado
College, who finished with a .222
percentage (seventh place), up-
ended third-ranked North Dakota,
Cornell, the 1967 national cham-
pions, is the only eastern team to
take the national honors since
1964. when Rensalare Polytechnic
Institute won.
Last year Cornell entered the
national with only one loss all
season, just like this year. How-
ever, many were surprised to find
that it was Denver versus North
Dakota in the championship game.
Unless Cornell and Harvard can
muster up something extra special,
it looks like there may be another
western play-off Saturday night.

'Harvard, Cornell highlight
battle for NCAA Ice honors

After destroying the E a s t e r n
Seaboard competition with a
blazing flurry of hockey strength,
the Big Red of Cornell and Har-
vard's Crimson are going to meet
so me resistance in Colorado
'Springs. In the Hockey semi-.
finals tonight, powerful Denver
could well extinguish Harvard's,
title aspirations, while Michigan
Tech and Cornell battle on Fri-
day for a championship berth.
The Big Red, winner of t h e
NCAA crown in 1967, approach
the contest with 27 season killings
against one setback, while Har-
vard knocked off 24 opponents in
28 outings. However, a number of
factors could check the progress
of both Ivy League ice squads de-{
spite their strength.
Cornell's effectiveness will in-
deed be impaired, by the loss of
star forward John Hughes, who
has a broken arm. Concerning the
condition of the veteran stand-
out, Big Red coach Ned Lard-
ner commented, "Hughes' injury
puts a kink in our sail. He was
our key player."
The different styles of hockey
employed by Western squads

'could also act as a deterrent.
"Tech and the other Western
Teams," remarked Yale mentor
Dick Gagliardi "are big and
strong, tend to hit a lot and are
generally faster than the Eastern
teams. The Eastern conference is
more conservative."
Lardner, too, is unsure about his
team's fortunes. "I don't know
how we'll do" he stated. "Tech
has been skating tremendously
and Denver has talent to burn."
However, Cornell's excellent of-
fensive and defensive strength
need not be degraded. An imperm-
eable defense is synonymous with
Big Red goalee, Ken Dryden.
Harvard, Cornell's season long
rival, felt the sting of the two
time All American goal tender.
"We could have beaten Cornell,
but we couldn't get it (puck) by
Dryden," commented Harvard
coach Cooney Weiland. "'d like
to see a better goalie in Color-
ado." The presence of All Amer-
ican defenseman Bruce' Pattison,
also insures a quick clearance of
the puck from the Big Red zone.
Unlike Cornell, Harvard's path
of advance will be riddled with a
few more obstacles, the most in-
surmountable of which is the
Denver squad. Denver Coach
Murray Armstrong feels that his
team is just as strong as last
year's NCAA champs.
"In fact", he commented, "this
may be our strongest tournament
in years."
Concerning Harvard, coach
Cooney Weiland said: "Our team
has a lot of depth, we're in real
good shape, and we won't give up.
We had some difficulties early in
the year because of our five soph-
omores, but we've come along real
Joe Cavanagh, one of the scor-
ing leaders in the Eastern circuit,
along with Dan DeMichele ard
Steve Owen spearhead Harvard's
most potent line.
Harvard's main problem, how-
ever, over the. course of the sea-
son, was defense.
Therefore, the Crimson's fledg-
ing defense will have to check the
hot hand of WCHA's leading scor-
er George Montgomery and Den-
ver's powerful offensive unit, if
Harvard's dim hopes can even be


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Doug Galbraith (7) in Saturday night's clash at the Coliseum.
The 7-4 victory over the Wolverines enabled Tech to advance to
the NCAA finals in Colorado Springs, which start tonight. Tech'
is counting on McRae and their strong defense to carry them past
Cornell tomorrow night.


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