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Page 10-Saturday; September 9, 1978-The Michigan Daily

UCLA FAVORED INi TONIGHT'S GAME:
Washington still
By RICK MADDOCK James, last year's Coach of the Year,
How can it be that Washington with knows different as his team is ranked
8 returning starters from its victorious 11th. UCLA just happens to be only one
Rose Bowl team can go into its opening notch below them, the same position
same Bowltem agoint UCLAs opening that the Bruins were in at the end of last
game at home against UCLA as a seven year's Pacific Eight race. But when the
point underdog? two teams met in 1977, it was the Bruins
"It's fair enough," said Husky coach who came out on top, 20-12, handing
)on James. "UCLA has a lot of talent Washington its only conference loss.
seturning." The Bruins have 13 retur- Things have changed somewhat on
ring starters. Then he added with a the Pacific Coast this year with the ad-
augh, "I guess we're still not respec- dition of two teams to form the Pacific
Ten. However, UCLA's attractiveness
to ABC has not changed, since this is
the third year in a row that its opener
will be nationally televised (channel 7,6
p.m.).
Offensively, UCLA is led by junior
Rick Bashore, who completed 74 of 149
passes in 1977 for 1,015 yards, including
nine TD passes. Bruin coach Terry
Donahue thinks so much of Bashore's
ability that the entire offense has been
changed. The Bruins have dumped
their veer offense in favor of the
multiple I.
The change in offense poses some
TM problems for Washington. "We think
dpoces o s initally we have to be conservative,",
James said, "because they're putting in
a - TYPING - PRINTING a new offense. Firstwe're going to havea
to find out what their plan is. We're not,
allowed to scout in spring games, so we
don't know what -it's going to be like.
We'll just have to wait and see, but we'll
save some plays and defense for the
C RUNT CARDsecond half."
The Bruins also have two super backs
returning in Theotis Brown and James
Owens. Brown, a junior fullback,
missed three and a half games last year;
the regular price of due to a dislocated elbow injured in1

gets no
UCLA's opener. He still managed to
rush for 539 yards, giving him a total of
1,631 yards in his career which places
him seventh in UCLA career rushing.
Owens, a senior tailback; rushed for
938 yards last season. In 1976, he
finished sixth in Olympic high hurdle
competition. Owens flies to the outside
for the Bruins, while Brown churns the
yards out on the inside.
"The major difference is that we will
have more diversification than we had
a year ago," Donahue said in summing
up his offense.
The main Husky in charge of stopping
the Bruin attack is inside linebacker
Mike Jackson. The 220-pound senior, a
third team All-American last year, led
the team with 210 tackles including 111
solos. Cornerback Nesby Glasgow will
also be counted on heavily.
Although Washington has all those
returnees, it has two newcomers in key
areas on offense. Both the center and
the quarterback are newcomers, and
their performances could determine
the Huskies' success. Tom Porras has
beat out two other candidates for the
quarterback role. He transferred from
Ventura, California Community
College. Competing against him are
senior Duane Akina and sophomore
Tom Flick.
"All three are pretty equal, and we
plan on giving them all playing time
throughout the year. Porras has a little
more quickness, along with a good
arm," said James.
Akina has been injured, and missed
one and a half weeks of practice with a
sprained knee. He's better now, but the
time off gave Porras the edge.

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Porras has a fine receiver in split end
Spider Gaines, a junior, who snagged 30
passes last year for 660 yards including
six touchdowns. Gaines starred in the
Rose Bowl with seven catches and a
touchdown.
Tom Turnure has a tough job ahead
of him, as he's the new center. His first
assignment is against nose guard Manu
Tuiasosopo, a 250 pound senior who
was second team All-America last
year. "I'd say our main weakness is our
center against one of the top linemen in
the country in Tuiasosopo," James
said.
UCLA also has another standout on
its defensive squad with inside
linebacker Jerry Robinson, a two-time
consensus All-American. The 209-pound
senior is a Heisman candidate, and his
1977 stats included 147 tackles with 87 of
those being solos.
There are less than 2000 seats left for
the game in Seattle. James is hoping
that the home field advantage turns in-
to just that for his squad.
"It's somewhat of an advantage in
the fact that the team isn't traveling. I
hope it's good for seven points, but it
isn't up on the scoreboard yet," James
said.
As far as the television coverage and
the ,added dimension that it adds,
James tries to play it down. "The check
is good. Most coaches would love to
have this, but you don't think about the
cameras once you're on the field," he
said.

New tennis coach
is no stranger to 'U'

By BOB WARREN
The Shepherd family is pleased to
announce some good news. Theodora
Shepherd, wife of Michigan economics
professor William Shepherd, has been
named the new women's tennis coach
for Michigan.

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Women's Athletic Director Phyllis
Ocker selected the second Shepherd on
staff at Michigan after a four month
search following the resignation of John
Atwood as coach of the women.
"WE'RE VERY PLEASED to get a
woman of her tennis background and
relationship to the Ann Arbor com-
munity to coach here," commented
Ocker. "Theo brings maturity and ex-
pertise to the team." '
Shepherd's previous experience as a
coach is her stint as coach of Ann Arbor
Huron High School's junior varsity
girls' tennis team since 1977 and as
assistant professional at Huron Valley
Tennis Club in Ann Arbor since 1975.
"She's not a registered pro like John
Atwood and she's brand new to
coaching in terms of college, so Theo
will have to feel her way around at the
beginning," Ocker pointed out.
SHEPHERD'S APPOINTMENT

comes on the heels of a very controver-
sial situation involving Atwood's
resignation midway through .the
women's season last May. Atwood was
asked to resign after breaking a rule
that establishes decorum on athletic
teams at Michigan.
Atwood ordered a beer at a Columbus
restaurant while on a road trip in which
the women were competing at the
Ohio State Invitational. Consumption of
alcoholic beverages by a Michigan
athletic coach while in the capacity aq
a coach is prohibited.
At the time many members of the
team and interested persons around the
school believed there were extenuating
'circumstances surrounding Atwood's
resignation, but these allegations have
never been supported with documented
proof.
Shepherd's task as coach is to im-
prove a team that finished the 1978
season with an 11-2 record in dual mat-
ch play, including the state champion-
ship. However, Michigan was
eliminated by Northwestern in the
midwest qualifier for the national
championships.
EVERY STARTER from last year's
team is returning as well as two star-
ters from the 1977 team who sat out the
past season and Eastern Michigan's
number one player, Barb Fischley, a
transfer student this fall.
"We're going to have to give Theo a
lot of support this year," Ocker added.
"She'll be a good coach for the team;
Ann Arbor is her home and she has a lot
of loyalty due to her husband's
position."
BILLBOARD
All those wishing to try out for the
men's tennis team are to attend a
meeting Wednesday, September 13 at 4
p.m. The meeting will be held at the
Athletic Administration Building at
State and Hoover. Bring your academic
schedules.

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