THE MICUTGAN DATLI
FRIDAY, AYRM 45, 1966'
THE MICHIGAN DAILI FRIDAY. APRIL15. 19S6
JORGENSEN, SKALA TALK ON COACHING
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out
0 . .
By RICK STERN
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last
of a two-part series looking at the
coaching profession through the
eyes of Tom Jorgensen and reporter
"If you can't stand the heat, get
out of the kitchen."
Jim Skala was talking about the
hazards of his trade and he was(
Coaching is a profession with
plenty of "heat." If you don't think
so, ask Sharm Scheuerman or
Murray Warmath's wife, or even
Skala and fellow Michigan as-
sistant coach Tom Jorgensen
haven't been subjected to much
pressure during their careers, but
eventually, both will probably run
It goes hand in hand with suc-
cess. A winning team, a champion-
ship, the public eye, the fans want
more of the same and the coach part of the family unit, will often
is the scapegoat. run into problems. Jorgensen's
Jorgensen explained the nature wife Freddie recognizes this, but
of the problem. "In sports every- merely regards it as an "occupa-
body is an expert. The guy on the tional hazard."
street thinks he knows everything. Says she, "You just have to try
"If people would realize that and condition yourself. Still, when
coaching is an occupation, it would you read or hear something nasty
help. Just like insurance or any or critical about your husband, it's
other field you are making per- going to hurt no matter what.
centage decisions which may or "Here at M i c h i g a n, Dave
may not work out. But in the other (Strack) has borne the brunt of
fields nobody gets too upset about it, and its hurt his wife too, at
a wrong decision. In coaching you times. But I do think the majority
may get hung. Nobody seems to of the people are understanding
realize that if two teams play, one and realize that you can't win a
will lose. championship every year."
"In my ten years of coaching Criticism'Pointless'
I've been lucky not to run into too Another significant p r o b 1 e m
much malcontent. But I have seen concerns the relationship of, the
it, and I've seen the harm it, can fans and the coaches to the play-
do." ers themselves. Skala feels that
A coach may not be the only one nobody has any business criticizing
involved. Children and wives, as a player who is giving everything
he's got-"there's no point in cri-
ticism for its own sake, and cri-
ticizing a boy who's doing his best
is not going to help anybody.
"I would defy anyone to find
one statement of criticism by Dave
Strack of any one of his players
since he has been here. It takes a
strong man to refrain from pass-
ing the buck. It's very easy for
coach to 'blame it on the players,'
but this isn't Dave's way."
The Other 'Press'
What about a coach's relation-
ship with the press? Skala feels
that there are two ways of re-
sponding diametrically opposed.
"You can feed a lot of balony to
the reporters and probably keep
everybody happy. Or you can deal
honestly and with an interest as
"Another Big Ten coach this
season continually made the point
that he was so pleased that a team
with as little talent as his own,
could do so well. This praises only
one person - the coach himself.
"You can build an image by your
interviews. And if you build a false
one, the people who are working
with you will know it."
The press, the TV cameras, and
the games themselves make the
coach a veritable celerity. What
about the effect of this on raising
Perspective on Publicity
"Obviously, it's especially nice
for the kids, when we have sea-
sons like we have had the last
three years," says Skala. "But it's
important to keep things in their
"Sure, I hope my sons play bas-
ketball. I suppose growing up, in
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the environment that they have,
they can't help but be interested.
My oldest, Tommy, a third grader,
plays two hours a day in the
basement, and is awfully good for
his age. But sports will never in-
terfere with him from an academic
standpoint. Right now he reads
at a sixth grade level, and both
my wife (a special education
teacher) and I recognize that there
is more to a life than sports.
"Basketball is the greatest sport
in the world. Without it, I would
never have had a chance to go to
college because I couldn't have
afforded it. But even if you're not
a Big Ten player, or a big star,
there is still an awful lot to get
from the sport."
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Major League Standings
711 N. UNIVERSITY
W L Pet.
Detroit 3 0 1.000
Minnesota 3 0 1.000
Baltimore 2 0 1.000
Cleveland 1 0 1.000
Chicago 1 1 .500
California 1 1 .500
Washington 0 1 .000
Boston 0 2 .000
New York 0 3 .000
Kansas City 0 3 .000
Detroit 3-5, New York 2-2
California 2, Chicago 1
Minnesota 4, Kansas City 2
Only games scheduled
W L Pct.
Pittsburgh 2 0 1.000
Philadelphia 2 0 1.000
San Francisco 2 1 .667
x-Los Angeles 1 1 .500
x-Houston 1 1 .500
Chicago 1 2 .333
New York 0 0 .000
Cincinnati 0 0 .000
St. Louis 0 2 .000
Atlanta 0 2 .000
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Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 4
Houston at Los Angeles (inc)
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