By BILLY SAU N
Second in a two-part series
'he lack of an effective kicking game
nght have been a breaking point for ,
1979 Michigan football team, accor- t
ding to head coach Bo Schembechler.
"The weakness in the kicking game," "IT WAS ti
S mbechler remarked, "might have we could get,
n thestarch out of us. didn't win a c
SCHEMBECHLER WENT on to say Big Ten conf
that his team could have had an 11-0 good team,"
record instead of 8-3, but that too many deserves to be
thttigs happened. He cited four blocked "It's our u
puns, a center snap through the legs of post-season
the. punter, missed field goals and a went on. "Ba
punt return for a touchdown, all of we had thos
which were key to the outcome of the would have r
fhtee losses, in the Gator B
FAt the final count, only three out of 18 of
eld goal attempts by Bryan Virgil and ofaMichiga
AgiHaji-Sheikh were successful, which che BE
s enough to make any coach squirm. in gEge
Sever' a Schembechler does not pin igetting the
thp blame on any one player. otsesnr
#,There were no loafers, nodissenters
on this team," the Michigan mentor
Yet Schembechler contends that the
to never quite reached the level of
pefrmance that had been hoped for. N A B
H tever, Schembechler was not about j not be
to-complain about those losses, cursing B
"THERE WERE no weeks where you on The L
knew a blow-out would occur," com- his Last G
merited Schembechler. "Maybe we Again an
could have been right up in there with m wo
just, a little better kicking game. But the Tar o
I' not disappointed," he added. that stomn
Jevertheless, Schembechler is well into the g
a' re of the task to recruit kickers.
's difficult to go out and recruit a Da
ki er because it's hard to study a He p
gi's ability on film," Schembechler and t
xplained. "I just don't know how he doew
l31 perform with 100,000 screaming nten
fahr breathing down his back." Inte
°SChembechler's preference is to have bab
. ~as I r
aipnter and a field goal kicker, not just at
one player who can do both. Giving that
.irgil both jobs this year was too
much, he feels.
.Regarding the season from a coach's
standpoint, Schembechler feels that it
was a challenging year.
"Coaching this season was a
challenge," the Wolverine coach com-
mented. He then clarified the challenge
by saying, "Look at the schedule. We -
played a lot of good teams and the
games were very close.
SCHEMBECHLER referred to the
fact that the point spread in each of the
three losses was not more than three
points, and how Michigan rallied back
to win in the second half against
dclifornia, Illinois and Indiana:
Despite the problems that Michigan
experienced on the field-this season, they
are going to a bowl game, one that
Schembechler is enthusiastic about.
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 12, 1979-Page 21-g
kicking game Blue
INDIANA STILL FIRST
AP's top 20
Imbechler looks back
exciting '79 season
he best major bowl game
"the coach declared. We
hampionship (third in the
erence). But we have a
he continued, "one that
in a bowl.
ltimate goal to play in a
ck in the early '70s, when
e powerhouse teams, we
un to Jacksonville to play
Bowl. It was only because
n that the rule was
CHLER was instrumental
Big Ten to change their
ule, which allowed for no
other team but the conference cham-
pion to play in a bowl game - the Rose
In short, Schembechler is confident
that the Wolverines will perform well
against North Carolina. "We're going
down there to win a ball game," he
IF MICHIGAN does win, it will be the
first post-season game that the
Wolverines have won under the direc-
tion of Schembechler. But the Michigan
coach would like to win this one for the
The 1979 season, which signaled the
start of Schembechler's eleventh year
as head coach at Michigan, leaves him
AR in Chapel Hill
ing a poet and drunk to boot
Bo for another loss
ast Day of what must be (by now)
Game. Again another loss,
other Margarita, salt
unds that are covered with
f a Heel
nn him;he blew it again.
assed alright, but everybody
their withered up grandmother
w when he would do it-
n by seven in the fourth.
rcepteg, another drink, salt
ling out my mouth like a hailstorm
rant and rave and curse the scum
is here and all around the Hill.
Ali I missed twice from somewhere,
zero for a million.
Virgil was blocked, a lineman the size
of a thunderstorm turning the football
into his mouthguard, leather
tastes like salt. Bo called the option
and I called Canham in a stupefying rage,
incoherent babble and eyes as red as
scarlet roses on a coast west of my fury.
the wound opens deeper, stinging my wallet
as the Hillers collect. The angst settles
in heavy, fist pounding on the bar
pounding pounding pounding ...
"Wake up, man wake up, you're losing it"
Whaa, what the hell... A dream? A God damn nightmare?
As the blur from eyes recedes I see,
by the one boot I managed to pull off
before stumbling into a spinning sleep, a salt shaker.
It is empty. -Bob Emory.
at a sort of crossroads, the end of one
decade and the start of another.
This season, Michigan fans were
granted a sneak preview of Michigan
football for the '80s. And what the fans
saw was certainly impressive. Names
like Butch Woolfolk, Anthony Carter,
Rich Hewlett, Lawrence Ricks and
Mike Cade among others will highlight
the early '80s.
As to how far into the '80s Schem-
bechler will remain at his present
position remains to be seen. Rumors of
him coaching in the pros have been
See more sports on pages 22 and 23.
pretty much nullified. When he does
decide to step down, Schembechler
concedes it will not be easy, especially
for a man who loves sports and football
as much as he does.
"BEING A head coach at a big school
is a big thing," Schembechler
remarked candidly. "You just cannot
believe the attraction coaching has.
Still, there comes a time to leave," he
When? "I don't know, I just don't
know," he concluded.
Schembechler respects men like
Frank Broyles and Ara Parseghian who
were able to walk away from the game.
Both are currently college football an-
nouncers for ABC Sports.
Schembechler remarked that the
idea of being a sports commentator
"WHEN I was a kid, I used to imitate
those guys (announcers such as Mel
Allen) It's hard to picture me out of
sports," he added. "I love sports, not
just football." Sports is Schembech
ler's life, in particular, college sports.
He feels that the crowd is unique in
college athletics, citing the mix of
students and alumni. "Tradition," he
His love for sports and for the players
he coaches is probably unmatched by
many a coach. During his ten years at
Michigan; he has built the Wolverines
into one of the largest and finest foot-
ball programs in the nation.
There's one thing about a Bo Schem-
bechler coached football team. Every
year, you know he will field an enor-
mously competitive club, one gifted
with many fine athletes. And even when
the skill is absent at certain positions as
it was this year, Schembechler still
manages to produce a winner - a team
with an 8-3 record that will play in a
bowl before -a.national-television
It's this consistency which marks the
success of both Bo Schembechler and
the Michigan football program.
1. Indiana (29) ........... 3-0
2. Duke (20) ............. 5-0
3. Ohio State (7)..........3-0
4. Notre Dame (2) ....... 4-0
5. Kentucky (2) ........5-1
6. Louisana State.........3-0
7. UCLA ............... 3-0
8. North Carolina.........3-1
9. Purdue.......... 4-0
11. DePaul............. 2-0
12. Louisville ............. 3-0
13. Virginia............ 4-0
14. Oregon State:......... 5-0
15. St. John's ............. 3-1
16. Georgetown, DC ...... 2-0
17. Iowa ................ 4-0
18. Brigham Young........3-1
19. Missouri .............. 6-0
20. Arkansas ............. 4-0
Old Dominion (39).
Stephen F. Autsin..
Louisiana Tech(1) .
N. Carolina St.....
Long Beach St......
Cheyney St...... ...
Nevada-Las Vegas ....
(tie) Queens .........5-0'
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