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Page 12-Friday, September 28, 1979-The Michigan Daily
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SHIPPENSBURG BATTLES FAN'S FAVORITE
gets a piece o the Rock

By DAN PERRIN
"Slippery Rock No. 1 in our hearts."
So says a banner being carried over
Michigan Stadium by Woodstock (of
Peanuts fame) on the cover of the 1979
Slippery Rock press guide. That
statement may be valid since football
fans cheer wildly when Slippery Rock
scores are announced at stadiums
across the country. The question at
hand is: are they No. 1 on the field as
well?
Believers and non-believers alike can
find out for themselves when The Rock
and the Shippensburg State Red
Raiders invade Michigan Stadium this
weekend for an unprecedented
event-small college football in a major
college setting. According to the
Michigan athletic department, ap-
proximately 60,000 spectators are ex-
pected to be on hand when the two Pen-
nsylvania Conference (Western
Division) rivals square off in the 1 p.m.
contest, which also features aBand
Day lineup of 12,000 high school
musicians, the Slippery Rock and Ship-
pensburg bands and of course, the
Michigan Marching Band.
SLIPPERY ROCK rolls into Ann Ar-
bor as the main attraction in another of
Michigan athletic director Don
Canham's brilliant, money-making
schemes. The Rockets have become fan
favorites across the nation strictly
becaue of their unusual school name.
Canham has capitalized on this fact and
taken the opportunity to put the
Division II school in the limelight of a
vast arena. At the same time, Canham
has reinstated Band Day to round out a
day of fun and frolic in the Michigan

bowl while the Wolverines are on the
road at California.
Slippery Rock officials are calling the
game "the biggest thing that has ever
happened" to their school. As would be
expected, the players and coaches of
both squads are excited and nervous
about playing in a big time environ-

players) are going to react," added Di
Spirto. "They're probably going to be
nervous and apprehensive. We just
hope we can settle 'em down as soon as
possible."
The Rockets, currently 1-1 on the
season, are used to playing in front of
crowds averaging 8,000 at home. The

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ment. biggest crowd to ever view a Slippery
"The kids are extremely excited," Rock game was28,000 at Texas A & I
said Slippery Rock coach Bob Di Spirto. two years ago. So the adjustment
"The whole campus is excited. There process won't be easy. But Di Spirto
are all kinds of people going out there believes the importance of the game
(Ann Arbor). will take precedent over the strange
"IT'S HARD TQ know how they (the surroundings.

"The game is important for a couple
of reasons," said Di Spirto. "First of
all, it's our league opener. Secondly,
going to the 'arena' is exciting."
MORE IMPORTANT than both of
those reasons is the pressure Slippery'
Rock is under to prove they have a
decent football team to go along with
their famous name. The average fan
outside Pennsylvania knows little or
nothing about the Rocket football team.
But the Rock has a lot to be proud of.
Slippery Rock won the Pennsylvania"
Conference title for three consecutive
years, 1972-74. After an off year in 1975;
the Rockets roared back to finish in a
tie for first in 1976. In 1978, The Rock
wound up in second place in the
Western Division behind co-champions.
Shippensburg State and Clarion State.
Among Slippery Rock's victims in,
last year's 6-3 season was Shippensburg
State (2-1 this year). The Rock topped
the Red Raiders 22-15 on a 60-yard:
bomb with just six seconds left to cap
off a thrilling game on the Rockets
home field. Di Spirto is convinced the'
two teams must produce a game equal,
to our more exciting than last year's
contest to prove that small college foot-
ball is for real.
"SLIPPERY ROCK exemplifiet
what small college football is all'
about," said Pi Spirto. "Small college.
football can be just as exciting as major,
college football if in the proper setting.
We're trying very hard to prepare our
team to prove that fact. Hopefully,
major colleges will expand one
Canham's idea and give small colleges,
an opportunity to be exposed to media
coverage.
"If we do the job, it will open the door
for other small colleges," predicted Di
Spirito.
Several activities are planned to help
promote this weekend's game. There-
will be two pep- rallies today, one at
noon at Hart Plaza in Detroit and the
other at 7:15 at Ferry Field. CKLW's
Dick Purtan and Tom Ryan' are the
featured speakers at the Detroit
gathering, while the world famous
Budweiser Clydesdale Horses will be on
display at Ferry Field tonight and out-
side the stadium before the game
tomorrow.

SPOR TS OF THE DAILY
NIT hikes field from 24 to 32

By the Associated Press
NEW YORK-The National Invitation
Tournament, college baseketball's
oldest post-season event, will expand its
field from 24 teams to 32 for the 1979-80
season.
The eight-team increase matches
that of the more prestigious NCAA,

which previously announced it would
hike its field from 40 to 48 in the up-
coming season.
The semifinals and the final of the
NIT will be played March 17 and 19 at
;Madison Square Garden ii New York
City.
The tourney, staged at campus sites

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through the quarter-final round, will
beging March 5-6.
No rite'r ball
NEW YORK-Commissioner Bowie
Kuhn has prohibited major league
baseball players from participating in
the Caribbean- winter leagues during
this coming off-season.
Bob Wirz, a spokesman for the com-
missioner, confirmed yesterday that
Kuhn had issued such a directive to all
major league teams because of the ab-
sence of a working agreement with the
Caribbean leagues.
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broadcasting lineup for its American
and National League baseball playoffs,
the network announced yesterday.
Anderson, in his first year managing
the Detroit Tigers after a long career
piloting Cincinnati, will join play-by-
play announce Dick Enberg and com-
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pionship series between Baltimore and
California, which gets under way Oct. 3.

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