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Bill Buntin, as assistant coach
Jim Skala puts it, is "a diamond
in the rough".
Coach Dave Strack, Skala, and
freshman coach Tom Jorgenson
won't take any credit for any ex-
traordinary program that caused
the 6'7" center to develop into one
of the outstanding players in the
As everyone knows by now,



Buntin had broken his leg while
a senior in high school. Thus he
surprised many casual observers
of basketball when in his sopho-
more season he set a Michigan
season scoring record and became
an All-Big Ten selection.
Had Natural Talent
"Coach Jorgenson did spend a
lot of time with Bill during his
freshman year but he spent a lot
of time with the other freshmen

too," Strack said. "Bill just had a
lot of natural talent which by
playing and practicing all the time
here was bound to be shown."
The only change in Buntin's
play that can be pointed out since
he came to Ann Arbor is the addi-
tion of a hook shot to his shooting
arsenal. Buntin himself says that
his main offensive weapon in high
school was a jump shot.
Played Cornerman
"This was because I was mostly
a cornerman in high school,"
Buntin continued. "Our center
was about my size so I shot jump-
ers from outside and didn't get a
chance to try any hook shots."
Buntin said that besides learn-
ing a nook shot his jumper has
become more accurate. He is cur-
rently shooting .545 from the
"Bill is hitting over 50 per cent
of his shots," Strack said. "I don't
know how many he's making from
outside or how many near the
boards but I do know that no
team can afford to leave him alone
with the ball. He can kill you with
that 15 or 20-foot outside shot of
The Best Rebounder
Strack praised Buntin as just
"a very talented center" in all
facets of play, particularly men-
tioning rebounding. "When Bill
really wants to go up and get that
ball there's nobody in the country
who can get it away from him.
There's no one that can touch him
in this area.
"Buntin is a better rebounder
than Ohio State's Gary Bradds
because he s more powerfut"
Strack also said that Buntin was
better than Creighton's Paul
Silas, statistically the nation's

leading rebounder two season's
One of the things about Bun-
tin's sophomore year that is not
usually remembered now is that
he played the last half of the
campaign with his leg heavily
taped. If Buntin appears to be in
better shape now than a year ago
Strack attributes this to the fact
that Buntin had to carry the
brunt of the Wolverines offense
last season when his leg was not
100 per cent okay.
Golf Film
"Keep It on the Fairway," an
instructional golf film featuring
professional golfers, will be
shown Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 10, 11, 1, 2 and 3 o'clock.
The film is open to all interest-
ed students and will be shown
in Room 22 of Waterman Gym.
Buntin said that, "The heavy
taping limited me, especially in
the Michigan State game which
was the first one after I hurt my
leg. Mostly my lateral movements
were hindered and I didn't feel
right about my leg again until the
Minnesota game at the end of the
The first time that any of the
Michigan coaches saw Buntin he
had his leg in a cast. Skala, then
head coach at Eastern Michigan,
went to Detroit to see Northern
High play.
"I had never heard of Buntin
when I went to see that game,"
Skala relates. "But I told Eddie
Powers (Northern's coach) after
the game that I liked the size of
his manager. Powers told me that
if that kid were able to play he

could win the city championship."
The "manager", of course, was
Buntin who was sitting on the
end of the bench in street clothes,
leg in a cast and all.
Played at Brewster Center
"Frankly I forgot all about
Buntin," Skala continued. "Then
a Detroit school teacher told me
that there was a kid playing down
at Brewster Center in Detroit that
we ought to look at. This kid
turned out to be Buntin."
Buntin told about the breaking
of his leg and how he began play-
ing at Brewster "for fun" after
he graduated from high school. "I
played less than half a game my
senior year in high school. We
were playing Northeastern when I
came down from a shot. I felt it
right then. My leg was broken. I
even split the tape on my leg.
"So wlen my leg was okay the
next summer I decided to play a
little basketball for fun. A guy
saw me play and asked me to play
on his team after the summer. I
heard that a Michigan coach was
coming to watch me play in De-
cember or January and I talked
to Coach Jorgenson. I didn't de-
cide to come to Michigan until
I visited some other schools like
Iowa and Drake."

"Where'd he go?" might have
been the remark of one Loyola of
Montreal defender.
"He was right here just a sec-
ond ago," a Colorado defenseman
may have said.
Neither man had much of a'
chance to find out until the puck
was in the net, however. The an-
nouncer wasn't too happy either,
in trying to announce another
goal by the Wolverines' newest
and smallest skater, Mel Wakabay-
Scores Quickly
Standing only 5'5%" and weigh-
ing almost 150 pounds, Wakabaya-
shi doesn't look like much of a
threat to rival teams. However,
Loyola was the first to find out
the horrible truth that the dim-
inutive center was really a hock-
ey player, as he put himself in the
scoring columns for the first time
with two goals and four assists
against the Warriors.
Michigan Tech was next to find
out the news with Wakabayashi's
one goal and one assist against
All-America goalie Gary Bauman.
Turning on a little more steam in
his third series of the year, Waka-
bayashi shelled the Colorado nets

for four goals and two assists, get-
ting his first hat trick that Sat-
urday night.
The Ohio announcers couldn't1
pronounce his name correctly any
of the six times he scored, with a
hat trick each of the two evenings.
Their frustrations seemed com-
plete when he added. four assists
to bring his season scoring total
to 13 goals, 11 assists in eight
Newly Eligible
"I didn't think I'd get as many
points as I did," was Wakabaya-
shi's reaction. Having only become
eligible this semester, he was be-
hind the other players in game
"I had to adjust to the school,"
said the Chatham, Ontario sopho-
more. "It was a big change to
come here. I enjoy American hock-
ey more than Canadian, though. It
is more wide open. It's better for
players like me."
Long Hockey Career
The 20-year-old physical edu-
cation major went the route in lo-
cal hockey leagues-Peewee, Ban-
tam, Midget, Juvenile, Chatham
Collegiate Institute, and Junior
"B." He also played several other
sports, football included, while in
high school.
Much of his success at center
is due to his hustle and control.
"He never gives the puck away,"
explained Coach Renfrew. "He's
learned to play well with his small
size. He's the 'perfect college type',
not big enough for the pro's,

Having only played in one tough
series (against Michigan Tech), it
will be up to the small center to
prove himself again against Mich-
igan State this weekend.
So up at East Lansing this Fri-
day, another Spartan defenseman
might say, "Where'd he go," the
MHER -$.

Long, Wet Season to Follow
Swimmers' Win Over Spartans

... 'Chatham charger'

goalie adds, "Where'd HE come
from?" and the announcer gulps
and asks someone, "How do you
pronounce this Waka-something-
or-another?" as the little red light
goes on.

Blanton Lost for Season;
Lascari May Miss Big Ten's

-Daily-Jim Lines
B U N T I N T E R R I'T O R Y-Bill Buntin again finds =himself
struggling to score against Ohio State's Gary Bradds total de-
fense last Jan. 18. On his way to 27 points at Yost Field House,
which is eligible for Medical Care for the Aged, Michigan fans
saw him control both ends of the court.
Elltt Searches for New Aide
As Fonts Gets Head Grid Job

Don't blame Newt Loken if he
isn't looking too happy nowadays.
Iowa and Illinois may have
snapped his gymnasts' win string
at 22 Saturday, but that's small
stuff compared to his real trou-
Not only is sophomore star Rich
Blanton out for the season, but
NCAA champ Arno Lascari is still
having his injury problems.
A muscle tear last week forced
Blanton out of the line-up for
the remainder of the year. This
week he faces an operation on his
arm at the hospital and, according
to Loken, it will be quite a while
before he is able to regain full use
of it.
It now appears that Lascari will
be absent from Saturday's meet
at Wisconsin, and that he may not
be ready for next month's Big Ten
Said Loken of his two top per-
formers, "If they could just get
well it would be very nice."
Meanwhile, he is looking for
added support from Ned Duke,
John Cashman, Paul Levy, and

Alex Frecska to carry his team
in the Big Ten finals.
Saturday, at Champaign, the
Michigan gymnasts lost twice in
a triangular meet. As expected,
Iowa staged a stiff battle, finally
upending the Wolverines, 64%-
47%. Illinois surprised Michigan,
57-55, using depth to its advan-
Of the Hawkeyes performance
in the meet, Loken predicted "Iowa
is the team to beat in the Big
Ten. They have a fine, all-round
performer in Glenn Gailus, who
had four firsts and a second
against us. They also have good
men in George Hery and Elliott
Pearl. They will be a tough team
to beat."

There is nothing quite so satis-
fying to a Wolverine team as the
sardonic pleasure derived on the
part of its members when they
are able to lay claim to having
achieved a victory over the most
hated of foes-Michigan State.
Such is not the case with the
swimming team.
Their victory over State Satur-$
day does not automatically make
this a successful year as it might
with past football teams. Nor does
it in any way enable the tankers
to heave a sigh of relief.
Wolverine Coach Gus Stager ad-
mitted that it always felt good to
beat State. "However, now is no
time to stop and look back on our
season," he added. "When we win
a meet, it's won, and there's no
sense dwelling on the subject. We
really won't be able to tell how
far we've come this season until
next week."
The "next week" which Stager
is referring to is going to be a
tough one. Friday the tankmen fly
to Minnesota for a dual meet with
the Gophers.
Before they even have time to
drip-dry, they _zip to Madison,
where they takeion the Badgers,
Undoubtedly the best performer
thus far has been Bill Farley. The
sophomore freestyler nas not lost
a race yet in the 200-, 500-, 1000-,
or 1650-yard events. The only time
he was in a losing race was last
Saturday, when he swain in the
Wolverine 400-yard freestyl 3c-
lay team. Michigan State won that
event in pool-record titre.
At the beginning of this season

in the Michigan Colleges Open,1
Farley set a new varsity renord
in the 200-1:48.63. He had al-
ready held the pool record as a
freshman at 1:48.0. Since teat
time he has been-steadily improv-
ing and rebreaking the records.
In Saturday's MSU meet, he
reached the time of 1:46.49, less
than :00.2 off the NCAA record.
At that rate he 'san be considered
the prime Michigan candidate for
the Tokyo Olypmics.
Michigan's N C A A champion
backstroker, Ed Bartsch, is getting
a slow start this year, just as he
did last year. Princeton's Jed
Graef, who was defeated by
Bartsch in the nationals, defeated
him here on Feb. 1.
Other Wolverine prospects for
national and international recog-
nition are Canadian champion
breaststroker Steve Rabinovitch
and diver Ed Boothman, who fin-
ished second in last year's NCAA.


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No successor has been found as
yet for football offensive line
coach Tack Fouts, who resigned
last Saturday to take the head
coaching assignment at Ohio Wes-
leyan, Coach Bump Elliott re-
vealed last night.
Elliott said that he would like
to fill the vacancy in his staff be-
fore spring practice started. How-
ever, he said that no definite de-
cisions have been made as yet.
"We certainly are not worried
about completing our staff," El-
liott commented. "We are just
considering making an addition to
our staff at this point. We have
nothing specific in mind to an-
nounce now.
"We're very sorry that Jack is
leaving the University. But on the
other hand we're pleased that he
will have the chance to be head
coach at his alma mater. We're
sure he's going to do a great job
"Jack has made a great contri-
bution to the University. From a
technical point of view, as offen-
sive 1ine coach great strides have
been made under his coaching.
Also from the recruiting and pub-
lic relations standpoint he has
been a big help."
Leaves This Week
Fouts said that he would be
leaving Ann Arbor Friday morning

to take up his new duties in Dela-
ware, Ohio. The job was vacated
about a month ago and Fouts saidI
he thought about taking the post
for quite some time before ac-I
cepting it a week ago.
"It's a good opportunity to get
out on my own as a head coach,"
Fouts said. "That's been my ambi-
tion all along.
"I have mixed feelings about
taking the job. I've enjoyed it in
Ann Arbor. But I'm real happy for
the new opportunity. Eventually
all things in life come to an end.
This will be the end of close asso-
ciations that I've had here for
the past five years, but not of close
Fouts will take over at the Ohio
school after three losing seasons.
Wesleyan won two of nine games
last season.
Five Years Here
'The 38-year-old Fouts came to
Ann Arbor five seasons ago when
Elliott was appointed head coach.
He had just finished his first year
as a Bowling Green assistant
Before that he spent 10 years
as head coach at Dayton Fairmont
High School where his teams won
38 games, lost 13, and tied three.
He also coached track two years
and won the league title both




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