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Wednesday, August 27, 1969


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A student wanting football tickets must purchase an Exchange
Card. This will be exchanged for a season football ticket. For
those students who did not purchase by mail during the summer
and now wish to purchase, the Exchange Cards will be on sale
during Registration at the Cashier's offices in Barbour Gym-
nasium or the LS&A Building.
The seating preferences for students are determined by the
Number of Years in Attendance at the University. Your proper
priority group will be indicated by your I.D. Card as follows:
Group No. 4--I.D. Shows a No. 6 or less to the right of your
Group No. 3- I.D. shows five letters imprinted on the bot-
Group No. 2--I.. shows three letters imprinted on the
Group No. 1I D. shows one letter imprinted on the bottom.
If the ID. does not indicate proper group please bring tran-
script at time of correct distribution day.
Priority No. 4 tickets begin at the fifty yard line.
Priority No. 3 begins at the end of No. 4.
Priority No. 2 begins at the end of No. 3, etc.
Exchange or distribution will be at the I.M. (Sports) Building
as follows from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Group No. 4, Friday, September 5
Group No. 3, Monday, September 8
Group No. 2, Tuesday, September 9
Group No. 1, Wednesday, September 10
The following rules will be strictly adhered to:
1. Students in all four priorities should pick up their tickets
on the day of their priority distribution, if not, they will be
issued tickets in the area being distributed on the day of pick-up.
After September 10, tickets will be distributed at the Football
Ticket Office, corner of Hoover and South St., thru noon of
September 20. No student tickets will be handed out after this
date. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. A student may present his football coupon with Exchange
Card and three other Football coupons with exchange cards to
receive tickets at the regular distribution windows. No more
than four tickets may be picked up at the regular distribution
windows .
3. Grouping of more than four will be permitted. A student
may bring as many football Coupons and Exchange cards as he
wishes. He should take them to a special group window and
the seats will be assigned in the estimated middle of their
Priority Area. Priority No. 4 groups will be issued in Sections
25 and 26. The priority assigned to a group will be determined
by the lowest priority of the group. All students should pick up
on their regular day of priority distribution to obtain proper
seating. The Athletic Department will not be responsible for lost
coupons, tickets, or Exchange Cards.
4. Athletic Cards for Student's Spouse may be purchased at
designated windows in the Sports Building. Students purchasing
tickets for their spouse will receive both tickets in the next lower
priority area. He should, however, pick up the tickets on the
regular distribution day of his priority. The price is $18.00 and
please make checks payable to the. Michigan Ticket Department.

The Michigan tennis team,
perhaps the finest ever, swept
through nine Big Ten meets and
compiled a record point total
in the Big Ten Championships
to retain the conference crown
they had captured last year.
At the end of the season,
Coach Bill Murphy said, "This
Michigan team is possibly t h e
best I have ever had. Although
it has no one superstar, it has
great balanibe and a lot of
The team began the season in
top form. With no outdoor prac-
tice the netters ventured west
on their annual spring trip
coming back with satisfying vic-
tories over California, Stanford,
and Arizona State. Their o n 1 y
setback was a narrow 4-2 de-
feat by a strong, well-seasoned
Arizona squad.
During the Big Ten season,
the power of the team was ever
more convincing as they down-
ed every opponent, never los-
ing more than one match in
each meet. In seven out of the
nine meets they went unblem-
ished by winning every match.
Their strongest challenger,
Michigan State, turned out to
be one of those seven victims.
The Wolverines further dis-
played their supremacy o v e r

three spot with no problems,
while Dell and Mark Conti
combined to win the number
two position. The number o n e
doubles co'mbination of P e t e
Fishbach and Brian Marcus had
trouble putting their g a m e
together and fell to N o r t h-
western's top team of Don Lutz
and Tom Rice.

ing to migrate to the greener
courts of private tennis clubs.
In 21 years of coaching at
Michigan, Murphy had com-
piled a fantastic 199-45 dual
meet record with 11 Big Ten
titles in his last 14 years. Mur-
phy also had the distinction of
coaching the only Big Ten
team to ever capture the Na-

There were subtle hints from sources on the
learn that the most success ful tennis coach in Big
Ten history might not return for another season.
After a brief investigation the Daily discovered
th at Iurphy, without informing (Jan Ihairt, as go-
ing 10 migrate to the greener courts of private ten-
hiis clibs.

Losing only that one match
the team compiled an over-
whelming total of 162 points,
only three shy of a perfect score.
With the conference crown
tightly tucked away the team
prepared for the National Col-
legiate Tennis Tournament at
Princeton. There was some ap-
prehension as to whether or not
the squad would be able to make
the trip because of a deficiency

tional Championship. In 1957
he coached the national titlists
and the only individual winner
in Big Ten history. Barry Mc-
Although his reasons for leav-
ing were supposed to be strictly
financial, there were also ru-
mors of conflict between Mur-
phy and Canham.
Toward the end of Fritz Chris-
ler's term of athletic director-
ship, there seemed to be a good
chance of securing a completely
enclosed building for tennis. In
addition to serving the needs of
tennis enthusiasts during t h e
year. the building would signifi-
cantly aid Murphy's recruiting
When Canham took charge,
money was not in abundance, so
the prospects for any enclos-
ed facilities looked dim, T h e
proposed structure was never
stai'ted and an idea concerning
the conversion of the old hock-
ey coliseum into tennis courts
also fell through.
With Murphy definitely leav-
ing, the morale of the team
quickly began to fade.
Michigan's chances in t h e
national tournament rested on
Dell, with Fishbach, Marcus,
and Conti filling the other slots.
Dell, a senior, was the 26th
ranking amateur in the coun-
try, and seventh in men's doub-
les. He is also the younger
brother of Don Dell, coach of
the United States Davis C u p
team. Dell had also been a
three-time member of the Jun-
ior Davis Cup team and three-
time winner of the National In-
terscholastic Doublas Cham-
With his college days behind
him and a depleting spirit, t h e
Wolverine ace decided to look
ahead and took off for Europe
and a chance to play at Wim-
With the departure of Dell,
and the future absence of Mu''-
phy in the minds of the team
members, the chances for a high
placement in the NCAA cham-
pionship appeared slim. But the
netters still had enough depth
for a respectable finish.
Fishbach and Marcus entered
the tournament fresh from a
doubles victory in the New York
State Championship and Fish-
bach had also placed in the
singles finals.
John Hainline was to fill in
for Dell to complete the four-
man squad.

With the tournament about
to begin, another problem
arose. Junior Mark Conti could
not be found. Conti, who plays
his best game on hard surfaces,
had ventured South for practice
on the southern clay courts. In
the process he sprained his
ankle and was forced to be elim-
inated from the national cham-
Conti has had more trouble
than anyone else on the team
with injuries. Over the years he
has piled up knee injuries, after
which there was speculation
concerning his tennis career,
a recurring back injury, severe
stomach cramps, and uncount-
able ankle injuries. Ranked
number one in the state for'
three years, the loss of Conti
was a severe blow.
Freshman Joe Ross, who liv-
ed nearby, was able to substitu-
te for Conti in the doubles but
no substitution was allowed in
the singles.
After the first day of compe-
tition Michigan was already in
a dismal position. Ross and
Hainline lost in the first round
of doubles competition a n d
Hainline was defeated by event-
ual champion Joaquin Layo-
Mayo of Southern California in
singles action.
Fishbach had difficulty in the
singles, losing a tough match to
Rice's Mike Estep. Marcus was
able to defeat Minnesota's Bill
Drake in two quick sets, but had
his hopes falter the next day as
he lost to UCLA's Jeff Borowiak,
6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
The Wolverines last surviving
competitor, the doubles com-
bination of Fishbach and Mar-
cus were then cushed by Trin-
ity's duo of Richard Stockton
and Bob McKinley, the top
junior player in the country.
So USC and their cross-town
rival UCLA racked up the
points whide Michigan finished
with a meager 8 markers, good
enough, or bad enough, for a
two-way tie for 16th and a long
way from where hey could have
Michigan's hope for the com-
ing season and the quest for a
new coach are both in limbo.
Fishbach, who finished out his
last year of eligibility this sea-
son, plans to compete in na-
tional tours unless his draft
board decides differently, in
which case he will come back to
Michigan to graduate.
Marcus, a Lansing convert
graduated this year and plans to
continue his education at
Wayne State while heading De-
troit's tennis program.
Conti will probably hold the
number one spot for the Wol-
verines next year, and Hain-
line should take the second.
Other prospects are junior Ro-
man Almomte and senior Dan
McLaughlin who won the num-
ber six singles in the Big Ten.
Joe Ross will also be back and
there are some top freshmen
coming in. John Lamerado,
Michigan's top junior perform-
er, and John Ack, a highly-rat-
ed player from California
should provide the team with
some depth.
As for a coach, the o nly
name mentioned so far has been
Dick Dell, but the athletic de-
partment has not made public
any choices they are consider-

Jim Forrester

1s the' world really
shaped like a football, 13o?
In a normal week the stock market might drop ten points.
President Nixon (and I use the term sparingly) will worry about
the national economy. Stock brokers will contemplate jumping
out of windows.
But Bo Schembechler will wonder how all this will affect
the Michigan football team. This may be extreme but I think
accurately makes the point.
As one Wolverine gridder mildly put it, "Bo is all football."
Michigan's new head coach is extremely dedicated, and con-
siders his job a seven day a week project. One can easily imagine
him sitting up in bed in the middle of the night shrieking, "By
George, I think I've got it."
The dedication, the many hours of work, is the only way Bo
can see as the successful way to build a winning football team.
For Bo football isn't quite the same unless you win.
Therefore the dedication he demands of himself he also ex-
pects of his players. Their total focus must be football, to all but
the exclusion of studies.
This requires living in a controlled atmosphere, preferably
a dormatory. "How much will they sleep," Bo analyzes, "living
in an apartment? How well will they eat?"
IN A DORM HE can make sure they are properly fed and
get them to study. For it is painfully obvious that unless you
get the grades you don't play football.
But the field is where Bo puts on the pressure. "All this
stuff about Bo off the field simply is not an accurate picture,"
comments one player. "He expects certain things of you but
none are unreasonable. But on the field he is tough."
Any lack of freedom players may think about is quickly
forgotten on the practice gridiron. Bo is tough and feels he has
to be. "I grew up under a tough program and its the only one I
know. I feel its been sucessful, also."
But the toughness has caused a reaction among the play-
ers. Bo has a ban on long hair, mustaches and beards. "A boy
with his hair cut long is not thinking football but of himself.
To win he must be thinking of the team."
It is well known that Jim Mandich's hair is a little longer
than Bo appreciates and that his moustache is not favored. But
Mandich is stubborn and seems to groom himself to his own
Bo, though a little flustered, takes Mandich in stride, "Jim
is a funny guy. I enjoy him - he's refreshing. He's one of the
finest athletes I have seen and is a fine football player."
THE IDEA, THOUGH, that Bo allows Mandich his way be-
cause he is good doesn't quite hold up. He is more the excep-
tion that proves the rule.
The rest of the players, when asked how "tough" Bo is,
usually answer with e, somewhat pained grin, "Oh, he can be
rough," is a typical response, "but he knows his football."
A few of the players, thinking of themselves, no doubt,
have taken advantage of the summer to grow some foliage on
the upper lip a-la-Joe Namath, but when pressed about whether
it will be there its the fall, the answer is "Are you kidding?"
It is inescapable to conclude that Bo is tough and demand-
ing. His players tend to describe him as "disciplined." He him-
self proclaims it.
But in spite of his feelings toward his job and the inevitable
conclusion that winning is and means keeping his job, Bo real-
izes exactly who the game is for.
"The game is mostly for the players," Bo states. "Its what
happens to them that is most important. If they don't enjoy
the game its really not worth playing."
And it it with these eyes Michigan's grid mentor most in-
tently looks at the world. He was elated upon hearing Tartan
Turf was to go into the stadium. It would cut down on injuries.


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the Big Ten in the champion-
ship meet. In the past only two
teams had ever swept the tour-
nament, and Coach Murphy had
been a part of both of them.
He was a member of the 1939
University of Chicago team that
wvon all nine events, and coach-
ed the 1957 Michigan netters
that repeated the feat.
This' year's squad was in a
position to do the same. The en-
tire team advanced to the finals
by completely crushing their op-
In the finals Dick Dell was
the only one to encounter any
difficulties in the singles com-
petition. It took him three sets
to oust Tom Grey, an impressive
Michigan State sophomore.
In the doubles competition,
Jon Hainline and Dan Mc-
Laughlin captured the numb(r

in funds, but the strength of the
team convinced Athletic Direc-
tor Don Canham that they
should make the trip.
Michigan was one of eight
teams that were given a chance
to knock off UCLA for the num-
ber two spot. The seemingly in-
vincible Southern California
team was virtually granted the
national title with no question.
But with the team at t o p
strength and with what appear-
ed to be solid team spirit, quak-
es were felt in the structure of a
not so solid base.
There were subtle hints from
sources on the team that the
most successful tennis coach in
Big Ten history might not re-
'turn for another season. After
a brief investigation the Daily
discovered that Murphy, with-
out informing Canham, was go-



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And his disgust was paramount upon viewing Michigan's
. training areas for the first time. "Is this the freshman training
room?" he querried. Upon realizing it was meant for the varsity
he commenced to pressure Athletic Director Don Canham for
better facilities.
BUT BEFORE YOU get carried away with compassion for
Bo, realize the extent to which football fills his mind.
Poor school work,thoughdestressing, is not the end of the
world. "Football players can't, for the most part, compete with
most of the rest of the students on a campus, especially at one
with the generally high calibre of student Michigan has.
"This isn't to say these boys are stupid. On the contrary,
most are above average, but with an outside interest like foot-
ball it is all but impossible for them to keep up. But some can
make It in the Literary College. Pete Newell is enrolled there,
and is doing fine."
Bo seems to hold the Lit School as some kind of formadible
bastion and it seems Pete Newell does too. I met Pete last spring
as he was in the process of running for a student seat on the
Board of Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Pete's campaign was successful, but when I talked with him
during the election he made it clear his campaign for grades in
the Lit School was going more at a reduced rate of success than
he might wish.
"I'm a philosophy major and it is tough for me, but that rs
what I'm interested in," Pete commented. He went on to say
his average was not exactly flying high over the crucial two
point marker.
IT IS CLEAR BOTH Pete Newell and Bo Schembechler were
sincere in what they have told me. Neither may realize the oth-
er's ends may be contrary to his own. Indeed, this may not be
the case. Pete worked hard in spring practice and gained a
starting defensive tackle position. I hope he attained the results
he wants in the class room, also.
But whatever the case, Bo will be tough. He will lay on the
discipline to make sure his men are ready to go on the field,
more for their sake than his. Bo is as compassionate as a man
can be with his focus, his way of looking at things from but one
center - and that center being football.

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