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Page 8--Thursday, October 11, 1979-The Michigan Daily


Hawks to soar in NBA Central

Daily Sports Analysis
When the pressure's on, the Atlanta
*Hawks have proven time and again that
they are the class of the NBA's Central
Division. Despite last year's third place
finish behind San Antonio and Houston,
they quickly disposed of the Rockets in
the first round of the play-offs and went
on to give Washington all they could
handle in the Eastern Conference semi-

finals before falling in seven games."
The Hawks took every inter-
divisional series except that with In-
diana, who join the Central this year.
Atlanta should win the division with a
balanced attack that includes a strong
again depend upon his front-line to lead
the Hawks both offensively and defen-
sively. Forwards John Drew (22.7
p.p.g.) and top rebounder (865) Dan

Roundfield are the men to watch as the
Hawks soar this season.
SAN ANTONIO - Judging the Spurs'
fortunes this year sounds distinctly like
an NBA soap opera. How much will the'
Spurs miss forward Toby Dietrik? Will
Larry Kenon play with less intensity
and leave at the end of the season? And
what about George Gervin's try for his
third consecutive NBA scoring title?
Alas, the bad news is that Coach Doug
Moe's run-and-gun attack will miss
Dietrik, but the good news is that the
Iceman and clutch James Silas will be
an awesome backcourt duo once again.
Nevertheless, watch for the Spurs to
slip to second in the Central.
HOUSTON- As the new season
opens, Rocket fans mustnbe asking
themselves: What has center Moses




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Pomz' Picks
1. Atlanta
2. San Antonio
3. Hous toi
4. Indiana
5. Detroit
6. Cleveland

The Michigan Union Swimming Pool was built in
1924 after six years of appeals for funds. Until it
was built, the Michigan Swim team had to practice
in the YMCA, sharing it with grammar school kids.
The pool was remodeled for the Assembly Hall and
the Alumni Assoc. in 1967.


Malone left himself to accomplish this
season? His MVP campaign a year ago
ircluded a record-shattering 587 offen-
sive rebounds, and a team-leading 24.8
p.p.g. average.
LED BY Malone, Houston is nearly
everyone's pick for a Central Division
championship. Undoubtedly they will
score lots and lots of points, with Rick
Barry, former U. of M. star Rudy Tom-
janovich and Calvin Murphy leading
the offensive surge. Furthermore, they
acquired playmaker Tom Henderson
from the Washington Bullets to
stabilize the backcourt.
Nevertheless, the Rocket defense
may be suspect, and the older players
such as Barry and Murphy will need to
be spelled often by a questionable ben-
INDIANA - Indiana's 79-80 cam-
paign may best be remembered for the
brief NBA career of Ann Meyers, the
first woman signed to a pro basketball
career. On the other hand, Pacers'
Coach Bobby Leonard expects big
things out of his teamafter their recent
shift from the Midwest to the weaker
Central Division.
YOUNG 7'1" center James Edwards
is the catalyst of the Pacer attack. He is
surprisingly quick and agile, as are
double figure scorers Johnny Davis and
Alex English.
Since they've moved out of the ABA
four years ago, the Pacers have yet to

reach the play-offs.,If one of the top
three in the Central fold, this could be
the Pacers' year.
DETROIT - Yes, Dick, there is a
Santa Claus, and your belated Christ-
mas present is strong forward Bob
McAdoo. But Piston Coach Dick itale
has lost more than he's received this
year. McAdoo came as compensation
for M.L. Carr, who defected as a free
agent, as did Kevin Porter and Ben
BECAUSE OF his great loss of talent,
Vitale has secured the services of
freshmen Greg Kelser, Roy Hamilton
and ex-Wolverine Phil Hubbard. Also
part of Detroit's youth movement is
1978-79 All-Rookie first teamer Terry
Finally, Bob Lanier, the ageless one,
must come off his injury riddled '78
season for the Pistons to outlast the
Cavaliers for fifth place. But Detroit
has enough youth and raw talent to
make the season interesting no matter
what the outcome.
CLEVELAND - Bill Fitch, the only
coach the Cav's have ever had, is gone,
and Stan Albeck faces a tough
rejuvenation job. Add to his burden the
absence of Notre Dame draft picks
Bruce Flowers and Bill Laimbeer, who
plan on playing in Italy.
Former Wolverine Campy Russell is
the team's high scorer (21.9 p.p.g.) and
top assist man (348). Strongman Jim.
Chones is also tough up-front, but Al-
beck has little else in the forecourt.
Austin Carr leads a deep corps of guar-
ds that include playmaker Foots
Walker, recent acquisition Randy
Smith and promising ButchLee.
Albeck may be contemplating a
patented Cleveland trade in the near
future involving a guard for a big man.
Even with an astute trade, the Cavs will
have a tough time improving upon their
uninspired 30-52 record of a year ago.
the Pacific Division preview)
Students interested in purchasing
Michigan season basketball tickets
should do so at the Track and Tennis
Building on Friday and Saturday, Oc-
tober 19th and 20th, from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Students will receive a stub,
redeemable for tickets at Crisler Arena
from November 5-7. Cost will be $28 and
priority will be determined on the basis
of credit hours earned. Each student
must apply in person.
The Department of Recreation needs
touch football officials. No experience
is necessary, and anyone interested
should contact Moby Benedict at the In-
tramural Building on Hoover Street or
call 763-1313.

By Billy Neff
Media perspective..
... clouded controversy
HAD VISIONS of being a journalist! After the press' handling of the
recent shoving incident involving fellow senior sports editor Dan Perrin
and Bo Schembechler, these visions became very clouded.
The situation was handled both in an inaccurate and biased fashion by
many newspapers in this. area. The word 'fact' became archaic, as writers
rushed to grab the story. My name and a story I had investigated were
tossed around-inaccurately. The label 'responsible journalist' became
taboo. Let me explain.
It had come to my attention prior to the season's opening of a kicker who
had attempted, and failed, to secure a tryout with the Michigan football
team. As a responsbile journalist, I questioned both sides.
I asked the recruiting coach, Fritz Seyfreth, about this particular
kicker. Seyferth was the coach who this kid claimed had spun a great deal of
red tape in the way of him securing a tryout. He claimed this kid was a
"hook" and that it took a long time for any kicker to have a tryout.
An hour later, I went to see kicking coach Jerry Hanlon, who had a run-
in with this kicker. Hanlon said this kid "had taken things into his own han
ds." In a desperate attempt at a tryout, this kicker had taken a ball from the
equipment manager and was booting field goals while the football team was
taking the field for practice. He hoped to catch Bo's eye. Instead, he caught
Hanlon's ire and was chased from the playing field.
As I expected, Hanlon already knew of my conversation with Seyfreth
and he proceededito scream at me. An audience developed around Hanlon's
office. Despite his attempts at bullying me, I had received the answers I
wanted-the tryout to became a kicker does take a long time and this par-
ticular kid was probably an isolated case since other kids were given
Sufficiently satisfied that no wrongdoing had been committed, I never
wrote a story and dropped the issue. In my mind, there was no issue, or
maybe at the most, one unintentional mistake.
After reading the papers last week, you would have thought I had writ-
ten the story. Tuesday, October 2nd's Detroit Free Press said, "Apparently
a different Michigan Daily sports writer has been writing about students
wishing to kick for the Wolverines. The paper has been trying to get a tryout
for one particular student."
This is a paper that a college newspaper tries to model itself after. All it
would have taken to ,insure accuracy was one phone call to the Daily and this
writer could have verified his story. Some model!
Fasten your seat belts
The Free Press received this inaccurate piece of information from Mich-
igan Sports Information Director Will Perry. Always the company man,
Perry alleged that the Daily has been "campaigning" to get this kicker a
tryout. Perry knew damn well that such a story was never written by the
Daily and obviously, this was his way of attempting to clear Bo of
If you thought the Free Press handled the situation poorly, look at its
competitor, the Detroit News, for equally weak coverage. The headline in
Tuesday's News reads, "Reporter gets to Bo." I ask you this question: Who
is at fault for the shoving incident, Perrin or Bo? Any responsible journalist
knows that the issue was not whether a reporter got to Bo but instead that the
reporter was shoved.
Now, fasten your seat belts and prepare yourself for the worst case of
irresponsible journalism yet--the Ann Arbor News.
How about this headline in Oct. 2nd's A2 News, "Kicking queries get
Bo's goat." If that is not enough, how about this piece of objective journalism
in the story's lead, "Bo Schembechler apparently is getting tired of an-
swering questions from Michigan Daily reporters about Michigan's
struggling kicking game."
This is not the issue at all. It doesn't matter how tired Bo is of answering
these questions; he still shouldn't shove a reporter. But I guess all I can
deduce from the Ann Arbor News' handling of the incident is that it condoned
Bo's shoving.
The Ann Arbor News was not done with its brand of yellow journalism.
Later in the same story, when reporting on Bo's response to the incident, it
said, "he (Bo) reportedly shrugged it off saying 'you know those damn Daily
kids." The funny thing is that no other paper covering the story heard the
word 'Daily' in Bo's words. But the Ann Arbor News did-do you detect a
snipe at its main competition?
It is ironic that the Ann Arbor News would take a snipe at the Daily.
Earlier in the year, when it needed someone to cover high school football,
signs were posted in the Daily Sports Department asking if anyone was in-
terested. Or better yet, in the past, when Michigan seniors have graduated,
the Ann Arbor News has welcomed them with open arms. Thus, former
Daily writers have dotted their pages. What is that called-biting the hand
that feeds you?
The last mishandling of the situation was done by Perrin himself. In Oc-
tober 3rd's Free Press, Perrin denied reports that the Daily had started a
campaign to give a kicker a tryout. "We have another writer on the beat,

Billy Neff. Billy knew a guy who attempted to get a tryout. Billy claims the
guy can kick 60 yards."
Then he continued, "But Neff is the only one who ever touted this guy.
The paper never started a campaign and whoever said that is way off the
wall. That makes us (the Daily) look bad and I don't like it. We never canm-
paigned as a paper," he concluded.
That kind of points the finger at you know who. But Dan knew very well
that I didn't write a story, nor start a campaign for this kicker. Everyone
knows this, but we also know that it is much easier to point the finger at
someone else.
As one can plainly see, there are definitely competing interests here-all
competing for the words emanating from Bo's lips. Maybe another Free
Press story said it best, "in fact, Schembechler gets treated mildly by a
fawning press corps he sometimes bans from his dressing room whether his
team wins or loses.
If my colleagues along press row would catch on, they'd realize that
fawning does not help. No earth-shatteirng news will be wrought, since Bo's
vision is clouded too, when it comes to dealing with the press. For once,
maybe Iknow why.

The FirsMove'
to an NSA reer
Is Yours.

The National Security Agency is seeking
top graduating students in Liberal Arts,
Business and Mathematics to meet the
challenges of exciting, demanding careers.
The first move is yours! To qualify
for consideration, you must compete
successfully on the. Professional
Qualification Test (PQT). The PQT will be
given on campuses throughout the nation .
on November 17, 1979. You must, however,
register for the test by November 3, 1979.
By scoring well on the PQT, you will
be contacted regarding an interview
with an NSA representative. We will
discuss the specific role you will play in
furthering this country's communications
security or producing vital foreign
intelligence information.
The PQT helps to measure your
potential forcareer opportunities in
such diverse fields as:

computer hardware/software.
Languages - Foreign languages are
valuable, vital tools used at NSA for
research and analysis. Advanced training
can be anticipated as well as the possibility
of learning another language.
Information Science - A field, drawing
upon a multiplicity of disciplines, involving
the collection, storage, retrieval,
interpretation and dissemination of
Communications - Scientifically devised,
tested and managed cryptographic systems
ensure the maximum degree of security in
transmitting sensitive information
around the globe. Since cryptography is
a rather unique pursuit, the training of
new employees is extensive and
Other Opportunities - A limited

Register Now For The PQT
Pick up a PQT bulletin at your college
placement office. Fill out the registration
forn and mail it before November 3 in
order to take the test on November 17.
There is no registration fee.
Those individuals graduating with a
Bachelors or Masters degree in Electronic
Engineering, Computer Science or Slavic,
Near Eastern or Far Eastern languages
may interview without taking the PQT.
Mathematicians, at the Masters degree
level, are also exempt from having to
qualify on the PQT and may sign up for
an interview.
For NSA career positions, U.S.
citizenship, a thorough background
investigation, and a medical examination
are required.





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