'GREATEST HONOR EVER '-LEACH:
eam votes Leach Most Valuable
By The Associated Press
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Rick Leach
didn't win the Heisman Trophy yester-
day, but his University of Michigan
teammates offered consolation, selec-
ting him by a wide margin as their Most
Valuable Player for the 1978 season.
IAt last night's annual football awards
banquet, the senior quarterback and
four-year starter from Flint said his
teammates gave him "the greatest
honor I have ever received."
IT WAS THE first time the team had
voted the award to Leach, a senior who
broke national touchdown and scoring
records this year.
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler
said the team voted as the MVP "the
best player not only on our team, but
the one who could be the best player on
kany team in the nation."
"We have one more 'game to play,"
Leach said, referring to U-M's New
Year's Day date with Southern Califor-
nia in the Rose Bowl, "and in that game
I hope to do my best 'and win the Rose
Bowl for Michigan."
MICHIGAN has lost bowl games
three years in a row, once in the Orange
and twice in the Rose.
Leach finished third in the Heisman
voting, behind Oklahoma running back
Billy Sims and Penn State quarterback
Senior linebacker Jerry Meter and
Tom Melita, a senior offensive lineman,
were votedathe Wolverines' Hustler of
the year and Champion of the Year,
Michigan finished its season Satur-
day with a 14-3 victory over arch-rival
Ohio State, earning a share of their Big
Ten title, and a third straight Rose '
UPI ALL BIG TEN TEAM
TE-Mark Brammer, MSU
SE-Eugene Byrd, MSU'
T-Jim Hinesly, MSU
T-JON GIESLER, MICH
G-Ken Fritz, OSU
G-JOHN ARBEZNIK, MICH
C-Mark Heidel, Ind
FB-RUSSELL DAVIS, MICH
TB-Marion Barber, Minn.
WB-Kirk Gibson, MSU
P-Ray Stachowicz, MSU
PK-Paul Rogind, Minn
E-Stan Sytsma, Minn
E-Keena Turner, Pur
T-CURT GREER, MICH
T-Melvin Land, MSU
G-Ken Loushin, Pur
LB-Tom Cousineau, OSU
LB-Joe Norman, Ind
DB-Mike Guess, OSU
DB-MIKE JOLLY, MICH
DB-Keith Brown, Minn
DB-MIKE HARDEN, MICH
TE-Jimmy Moore, OSU
SE-David Charles, Wisc
T-Keith Ferguson, OSU
T-Steve McKenzie, Pur
G-John LeFeber, Pur
G-GREG BARTNIK, MICH
C-STEVE NAUTA, MICH
QB-Ed Smith, MSU
FB-John Macon, Pur
WB-RALPH CLAYTON, MICH
P-Tom Orosz, OSU
PK-GREG WILLNER, MICH
E-Kelton Dansler, OSU
E-JERRY METER, MICH
T-Marcus Jackson, Pur
T-Byron Cato, OSU
G-Doug Friberg, Minn
LB-RON SIMPKINS, MICH
LB-Tom Rusk, Iowa,
DB-Lawrence Johnson, Wisc
DB-Tom Graves, MSU
DB-Vincent Skillings, OSU
DB-Mark Anderson, MSU
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 29, 1978-Page 11
Stager to retire
Michigan swimming coach Gus Stager has announced that he will
retire at the end of his 25th season as coach of the Wolverines.
The 56-year-old Stager said, "I just would like to have more free time to
do things like travel. I haven't made any definite plans, but I may try to in-
crease my teaching load. If not, I would either go into private business or ac-
cept temporary coaching of national swimming teams.
"I wanted to announce my retirement plans early so adequate time is
available to hire a replacement," he said. "We have a. lot of potential with
our present team and I plan to devote all my energies to developing it."
Stager suepeeded the legendary Matt Mann in 1954 and since then, his
teams have compiled an impressive record of 157-38-1, with three Big Ten
titles and four NCAA Championships. He served as head coach of the 1960
U.S. Olympic swimming team in Rome, was head coach of the men's Pan-
American team in 1967 and was head coach of the men and women's swim-
ming team for the first World Aquatic Championships in 1963.
Stager has been an innovator in college swimming and helped develop
rule changes that unproved competitive swimming. During his coaching
tenure, the automatic timing device was initiated at Michigan.
National champions who swam under Stager include Carl Robie, Juan
Bello, Tony Tashnick, Carl Woolley, Dick Hanley, Jack Wardrop, Bumpy
Jones and Ron Clark.
Before coming to the University of Michigan, Stager had coached Dear-
born Fordson High to three state titles. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, he
was an All-American swimmer and leading scorer in 1948 at Michigan under
Matt Mann. * * * * -Mark Mihanovic
MILWAUKEE-Pitcher Jim Slaton returned to the Milwaukee Brewers
Tuesday, signing a multi-year contract with the American League baseball
Slaton pitched for the Brewers from 1971 through 1977 before being
traded to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Ben Oglivie in December, 1977.
The Brewers were among 13 teams, including Detroit, which drafted
Slaton in the re-entry draft Nov. 3.
Slaton leads the Brewers in games started with 206, completed games
with 56, victories with 72, innings pitched with 1,449, strikeouts with 701 and
shutouts with 16.
He has a career record of 89 wins and 103 losses and a career earned run
average of 3.89. He logged 17 victories, a career high, against 11 losses in 34
starts with Detroit in 1978 and had a 4.12 ERA.
Terms of the contract and its duration were not disclosed.
"Going into last season we had no winners when the season started,"
said Brewers Manager George Bamberger.
"Now we have Jim Slaton who won 17 games, Mike Caldwell who won 22,
Lary Sorensen who won 18 games, Jerry Augustine who won 13 and Bill
Travers who won 12. Add to that Moose Hass, who was supposed to be our
best pitcher and hardly pitched because of an injury, and I think we have
some flexibility in our starters."
Slaton is the fourth free agent signed by the Brewers in the past three
years. The other three are third baseman Sal Bando, outfielder Larry Hisle
and catcher Ray Fosse. -A*
NEW YORK-Elvin Hayes scored 35 points to lead the Washington
Bullets to their eighth consecutive National Basketball Association victory
last night, a 133-106 rout of the New York Knicks.
The eight-game winning streak is the Bullets' longest of the past decade
and is just one game short of the team record. The loss was only New York's
second in eight games since Red Holzman replaced Willis Reed as coach.
Reserve forward Greg Ballard hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to
start a 15-4 Washington burst that gave the Bullets a 60-31 halftime lead.
Hayes had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the half for the Bullets, who
outrebounded New York 32-20. -AP
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'Mia Axon works on perfecting her style on the balance beam as the women's
gymnastic season gets underway this weekend. The tumblers will travel to
Ypsilanti Priday where they will face Eastern Michigan and Kent State.
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