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Page 10-Tuesday, October 9, 1979-The Michigan Daily

"Ann Arbor is a tough place to get an education."
For Michigan students, Minnesota football coach
;Joe Salem's statement may or may not be on target,
depending on one's approach to the yearly academic
grind. For Salem and his Gopher squad, however, it
'rings all too true.
THE PAST FEW years the Gophers have had a
tough time learning how to win on the road. Four of
their six losses last year came away from home, and
ghat lone road win came in friendly Northwestern's
byche Stadium.
"Over the last four years, the lack of success Min-
,iesota has had on the road has not been good," Salem
paid yesterday in a phone interview at Michigan's
Aweekly football luncheon. "It's one thing we've talked
about trying to change. We can't go into Michigan
end be intimidated."
Indeed, Ann Arbor of late has been a Minnesota
graveyard. Michigan crushed the Gophers last year,
42-10, while three years ago Minnesota fell 45-0 in Ann
YET, FOR THAT matter, Memorial Stadium in
;Minneapolis is no Wolverine haven. Two years ago
'Michigan sustained the stunner of the season in
;bowing to Minnesota 16-0, while in 1975, Michigan had
to eke out a 28-21 win in the late going in Minneapolis.
The '77 shutout win by the Gophers, coupled with
last week's 31-14 humiliation of Purdue by Salem's
,rejuvenated squad has Schembechler worried, and

r battles road trip jinx



this time you get the feeling he's not simply blowing
cautious smoke.
"Minnesota has played the best football in the con-
ference these past two weeks," Schembechler said
yesterday. "I tell you, they're a tough team."
SCHEMBECHLER ALSO based his assessment on
Minnesota's 21-17 loss to Ohio State the second week
of the seasson. The Bucks barely won that one, with
quarterback Art Schlichter rallying his squad in the
closing moments.
"I bet you they (OSU) ran for that airplane after
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'Minnesota has plaved

the best

football in the conference these
past two weeks . . . they're a toughI
-Bo Schemibechter
the game," said Schembechler. "Schlichter did what
a great quarterback has to do, he won it all by him-
Following the Ohio State heartbreaker, the
Gophers ran into a west coast buzzsaw known as
Southern Cal, with a 48-14 rout the sad result. Schem-
bechler, who obviously understood, just shock his
head when that game was brought up. "I told JOe
when I met him, you're not gonna out-personnel
USC," he said.

SIN REFERENCE to his own crew, Schembechler
said he plans to run injured wide receiver Rodnery
Feaster at full speed in practice this week in hopes of
his quick return to the lineup, while the future of in-
jured offensive lineman John Powers remains
clouded. Powers has been attempting to recover
frokm the knee surgery he had last spring, but the
road back has thus far been quite bumpy.
"He's a question mark," Schembechler said. "His
knee still bothers him. I don't know what I'm going to
do. I've got to sit him down and talk with him.
"I don't think it's fair," Schembechler added."He
comes out to practice and ices his knee. Then he plays
three of four plays and it puffs up on him.'
MEANWHILE BUBBA Paris, also recovering from
knee problems, made his first start of the season'
against Michigan State Saturday. His performance
was "adequate" according to Schembechler, who felt
the offensive line as a whole played its best game of
the year.I
"It was a heavy hitting game," he said of the
crucial 21-7 win. "Muransky (offensive tackle Ed)
was particularly dominant."
Returning to action along with Feaster will be mid-
dle guard Mike Trgovac, who should be ready after
sitting out the MSU contest.
Yet one question that still remained was: would the
Gophers themselves be ready? Salem asked Schem-
bechler if Saturday's game was going to start at one,
to which the Blue coach joked over the phone, "Oh,
we'll wait for you."
No, Bo's probably got something else already plan-
ned, right?

At.Michigan State, Oct. 9
,Northwestern Invitational, Oct. 12-13
.At Indiana, Oct. 12-13
At E. Lansing, Oct.13,
Western Michigan Invitational, Oct. 13
First meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 10
7:30 pm
2003 Angell Hall
*Cross Country Skiers Welcome'

AP honors Edwards

CHICAGO (AP)-Tailback Stanley
Edwards of Michigan has been
named Big Ten Player of the Week
on offense by the Associated Press
for his outstanding performance in
Saturday's 21-7 victory over
Michigan State.
Edwards, a 6-0, 203-pound junior
from Detroit, had his greatest game
in a Wolverine uniform when he
gained 139 yards in 24 carries, ac-
counting for more than half of
Michigan's 219 rushing yards.
crucial 25-yard sweep which pulled
the Wolverines out of a hole when the
Spartans had them in a third-and-
five situation on their own five-yard
line. The run led the Wolverines to
their first touchdown.
Five other players were

nominated for the award, including
Mark! Carlson of Minnesota, Paul
Campbell of Ohio State, Dennis
Mosl y of Iowa, Mike Harkrader of
Indi na and Lawrence McCullough
of Illinois.
Carlson completed 14 passes for
113jyards in Minnesota's 31-14 upset
of Purdue; Campbell, who had
played tight end for two games and
switched to fullback, gained 113 yar-
ds in 14 carries in a 16-7 victory over
Northwestern; Mosley rushed 29
timeg for 125 yards in Iowa's 13-7
triudiph over Illinois; Harkrader
rushed 30 times for 123 yards in In-
diana's 3-0 victory of Wisconsin; and
McCullough completed 20 of 39
passes for 169 yards in Illinois' loss
to Iowa.

Bo apologize?...
... not on your life
LOT HAS happened to me and even more has been said about me since
the 'Bo Schembechler shoving incident' last Monday at Weber's Inn.
Media types from all over the state and a few from outside Michigan
have contacted me and kept me busy answering questions and making
statements about it. By the time the final interview was completed late last
Wednesday afternoon, I estinated upwards of two dozen newspaper, radio
and television reporters had called me in a 48-hour period.
One caller who was not among the aforementioned was the other par-
ticipant in the incident-Schembechler. Not that I expected him to phone
Yesterday was the first direct contact I have had with Schembechler
since the incident. I approached him in his office shortly after the luncheon
and told him I had been informed he had been trying to contact me.
He responded that he had never tried to call me. He also said, "I have
nothing to say to you, nothing at all."
Many, in fact most of the media personnel, as well.as nearly everyone
else I talked to last week, felt Schembechler owed me some sort of an
apology. Some even suggested it wouldn't be farfetched for Big Ten com-
missioner Wayne Duke to reprimand Schembechler for his actions.
But the Michigan mentor refused to comment at all until late in the week
when Detroit Free Press columnist Joe Lapointe convinced him to break the
silence. Not surprisingly, the quotes printed in an article in Saturday's Free
Press were far from favorable.
Instead, Schembechler accused me, or rather the newspaper I work for,
The Michigan Daily, of downgrading the Wolverine football team.
"I'm not going to allow a student newspaper or any newspaper or
anybody to take potshots at us," Schembechler is quoted as saying Friday.
"I'm just not going to take that."
Now that's about as far as you can get from an apology. By the same
token, my question was certainly not intended to be a 'potshot.'
To refresh your memory, I asked the Wolverine coach if he planned to
emphasize recruiting kickers more after what's happened so far this season.
As so many know by now, Schembechler then became angry, poked me
and shoved me, accusing me of making him look bad. In other words, he felt
it necessary to defend his verbally abused kickers from any further
criticism, to protect his players from contact with the press when at all
Apparently, this respect is mutual between
Schembechler and his players. This became
evident after a mini-incident in the Michigan
lockerroom last Saturday. Following the game
at East Lansing, Schembechler fielded questions
as usual from the media. The -reporters were
then permitted to enter the dressing room and in-
terview player at their leisure.
As I moved about interrogating players, a few
select Wolverines took the liberty of airing their
schembchler opinions regarding the incident.
As I walked by a pair of players, I was informed I was "bad publicity for
Michigan football, bad PR," one of them said.
His cohort laughed and agreed while the first player continued talking.
Finally, a third Wolverine turned around and demanded that the pair "Cool
I left a bit upset, but not surprised by their actions. After leaving the
lockerroom, I headed out towards the team bus looking for Bryan Virgil, who
I hadn't had the chance to talk to. I never found him, but I did run into one
more member pf the team who caught sight of me and told me to "Go
Obviously, I didn't expect to be kissed and hugged by Schembechler or
the players after all the ink the shoving incident received, but enough is
enough. I think the perturbed players showed a lack of maturity. But then,
it's not hard to figure out where some learned to behave tha$ way. Schem-
bechler is a powerful influence on his players both on and off the field.
As if he hasn't already done enough harm, Schembechier came close to
repeating the incident after yesterday's weekly luncheon.
Don Howe, a newsman from WCXI in Detroit, who witnessed the in
cident last Monday, decided to question Bo about it yesterday. With
microphone in hand, Howe asked Schembechler, "Do you have any com-
ment on the incident last week here at Weber's?"
Bo replied, "I think enough has been said about something that doesn't
mean anything."
Howe then inquired, "Do you feel an apology is due?"
The question apparently hit the spot. According to Howe, Schembechler
glared at him, knocked his mike away, mumbled "typical" and walked
Just how far does Schembechler want to take this? And just how much
does he think he can get away with?
The brunt of the problem seems to lie with Schembechler's dislike of the
media. As he puts it: "There isn't any question I'm a victim of what the media
has made me."
Jim Brandstatter, an offensive lineman on Schembechler's first
Michigan team (1969) and now a sportscaster for Channel 4 in Detroit, ob-
served, "Bo views the media as a necessary evil."
O.K., so he doesn't like us. That's certainly his privilege. But, As a
college coach, part of his job is to communicate with the press. If he doesn't
talk to us, how are we going to inform an interested public of what's hap-
pening in his football world?
We shouldn't have to beg Bo to talk to us. Rather, Schembechler should
make an attempt to relate to what the media is trying to accomplish. That
might keep Brandstatter from comparing Schembechler to the most ex-
treme media-hater, Woody Hayes.
As Brandstatter said, "What happened to that college reporter is so
Woody-like it disturbs me."
It disturbs me, too, along with a lot of others.

Start Edunrds

Golfers frustrated, finish seventh

Tom Simon didn't know what to say.
His team had done it again. Just as they
had done in the three tournaments prior
to this weekend's competition at Pur-
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recorded an excellent opening round
only to respond with high scores later in
the competition.
On Saturday, the Blue linksters com-
pleted Purdue's North course with a'
startling 310, their best score ever. This
unexpected performance left the squad
in fifth place after 18 holes, just five
shots out of first.
The next day, they faced the
challenge of the South course, which is,
according to Simon, more difficult than
its counterpart. For their effort, the
women carded an inflated 341.fThey en-
ded the tournament with a total of 651,
in a tie with Stephens College for seven-
th place.
Marshall claimed tournament honors
with a total of 633 for 36 holes. Michigan
State finished three strokes back in
second place, followed by Missouri with
a score of 640. Southern Illinois and In-
diana each tallied 641 to tie for fourth
place. Tournament host Purdue clin-
ched sixth with a total of 645..
"They played exceptionally well ...
the first day," said Simon. "I just don't
know how to explain it.
"I'm convinced it's not a question of
choking," continued Simon. "When it
happens four times in a row, you just
can't explain it that way."
They couldn't place the blame on the
more difficult South course. Had it been
the difficultyof the layout that caused

the scores to skyrocket, the difference
would have been reflected in the totals
of the other teams as well as Michigan.
"It's frustrating," said team captain
Alison Smith. "I wish I knew what hap-
pened so it wouldn't happen again.
There's got to be something wrong, but
I don't know what it is."
Simon attributed part of the problem
to pressure.
"They're trying so hard to play well,
that they could be trying too hard," said
Despite last weekend's disappoin-
tment, Simon expressed optimism
about next week's competition, when
the Wolverines travel to Bloomington to
golf in the Indiana Invitational.
"They'll pull themselves out of this,"
assured Simon. "It's just a slump.
They'll do better."
(lubbers split
The women's field hockey spent the
weekend in Ohio, breaking even on a
pair of games. They ventured to Kent
St. on Friday, where they shut out the
opponents, 2-0. Sophomore Betsy Coke
and freshman Marti Maugh each tallied,
in the second half of the win. Mary Hib-
bard assisted on Maugh's goal.
On Saturday, the, clubbers did not
fare as well. At Ohio Wesleyan,
Michigan was shut out, 1-0. The 1-1
weekend road trip left the field hockey
team with a 4-2-1 record on the season.



Faster than a tall building, more
powerful than a speeding bullet, and
able to leap a locomotive in a single
bound; It's a bird, no; It's a plane, no;
It's . . . it's . . . it's GRIDDEMAN.
By day we find GRIDDEMAN in the
form of the mild-mannered Frank
Schmid, 923 S. Forest. But last week.

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when the evil Dr. Strangepick
threatened the security of all
Americans by almost winning the
Gridde contest, Schmid ran to the
nearest phone booth thinking of the first
prize of a small one-item pizza from
Pizza Bob's and turned into GRID-
DEMAN. The country can now rest safe
since GRIDDEMAN came to the rescue
as he scored 16 of 20 picks correctly.
Yes, you too could be GRIDDEMAN
this week if you just follow two simple
rules; Get those picks into the Daily of-
fices at 420 Maynard by midnight
Friday anti.... the Libels never lose.
Good luck. crime fighters.
1. Minnesota at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
2. Michigan St. at Wisconsin
3. Indiana at Ohio State
4. Illinois at Purdue
5. Iowa at Northwestern
6. Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)
7. Arkansas at Texas Tech
8. Tennessee at Georgia Tech



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