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Page 8-Thursday, October 18, 1979-

-The Michigan Daily
By ERIC

C LUTTINEN

Redshirt
rule adds'
o athlete s
playing day

Four years ago, Curtis Greer was not the
starting defensive tackle on the Michigan foot-
ball team. As a matter of fact, Curtis Greer
never appeared in a Wolverine game during the
1975 season.
Now he's grateful that the NCAA "redshirt"
rule gave him a fifth year to display his defen-
sive talents to hundreds of thousands of fans and,
more importantly, pro scouts.
And year after year, thousands of collegiate
athletes jump at the opportunity to make up for
lost time in their respective sport. This pleases
their coaches, who count on competitive ex-
perience to build winning teams.
EVERY ATHLETE has four years of
eligibility which can be used up over a five year
span. Most of the players redshirted are those
who have played three years and want to play as
"fifth-year seniors." The head coach discusses
the redshirt possibility with the athlete before
the beginning of their fourth year of eligibility,
and the players decide whether or not they want
to play as fifth-year seniors.

The fifth-year seniors on this year's Michigan
squad include middle guard Dale Keitz, defen-
sive tackle Curtis Greer, defensive halfback
Mark Braman, and offensive guard John Arbez-
nik. Keitz and Arbeznik were redshirted as a
result of injuries, while Greer and Braman didn't
play in any games as a freshman.
Not all of the redshirted players are fifth-year
seniors. Some are injured while others are red-.
shirted because there are too many good players
at his particilar position, and he may not get
enough playing time.
PLAYERS WHO have been injured in the first
or second game of any season or have played in
less than twenty percent of the total games may
be redshirted. If an injured player is redshirted,
he may not be redshirted again.
Senior guard John Powers has been
aggravated by a knee injury all season; he only
played in the California and Michigan State
games. Recruiting coordinator Fritz Seyferth
said, "John is a possible redshirt candidate,
although if he is needed, he will play."
Seyferth went on to say, "If he wants to play,

he can. His knee is such, however, that it would
be better for him to sit out."
THE WOLVERINES' offensive line has been
plagued by injuries all season long, but with the
return of Arbeznik, Bubba Paris, and Kurt
Becker, Powers is not needed this season.
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ar yorel. At this point in th' seasor,
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Fritz S11 forth
The rule against redshirting freshmen was
revoked prior to this year so even if a freshman
didn't play in any varsity games, the year would
still be counted as a season of eligibility used.
The freshmen generally play in junior varsity

games as well as practicing with the varsity
squad. Some- freshmen see duty in varsity
games, althoaugh they usually play sparingly.
Exceptions this year are split end-kick returner
Anthony Carter, tailback Lawrence Ricks and
kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh.
"WE DON'T intentionally redshirt anyone,
said Seyferth. "At this point in the season, past
the halfway mark, someone who hasn't played
yet is a good choice for a redshirt if he's a
sophomore."
As is usual for Michigan, the fifth-year seniors
are playing a big role in the Wolverines' success,
along with another ex-redshirt. Greer is third-in
total tackles with 51, and he has intercepted a
pass and recovered a-fumble. Keitz and Braman
have 24 and 17 tackles, respectively. And Arbez-
nik has done a fine job, opening some big holes
for the backs.
Stanley Edwards, an ex-redshirt, missed all of
last season with an ankle injury. Edwards is the
team's leading rusher this year, with 532 yards
on 107 carries, and is only a sophomore in
eligibility.

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BILLBOARD
Michigan students may apply and
pay for their season tickets to men's
basketball on October 19 and 20 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Track and Tennis
Kuiilding. Each student must apply in
person. Student tickets are $28 for the 14
homue games. Spouse tickets are
available, with proof of marriage, for
$42. Upon payment, you will receive a
numbered stub which must be ex-
changed for the. book of tickets.
Distribution of tickets will be held at
Crisler Arena November 5-7 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating priority will be
determined by the number of credits
earned at Michigan. Within a prioity
group, all seat assignments will be
based on a random selection.
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SPOR TS OF THE DAILY

Cuban amateur boxers suspended

By the Associated Press
NEW YORK-The Amateur Inter-
national Boxing Association voted
yesterday to suspend Cuba from inter-
national boxing competition for an in-
definite period.
The action stemmed from the
Cubans' refusal to compete in the
current World Cup Tournament here.
According to association officials, the
Cubans demanded to participate as a
separate team rather than as part of
the North American squad.R

Even though they finished second at
the Pan American Games, the Cubans
are billing themselves as "World
Champions."
It was not immediately known how
the action would affet the Cuban team's
status at the 1980 Summer Olympics in
Moscow.
United States Amateur Athletaic
Union boxing chairman Bob Surkin said
the United States "will not entertain the
Cuan team" in this country, thus can-
celling a USA-Cuba national team mat-

More Kush capers:

Miller def
TEMPE, Ariz: (AP) - Athletic
Director Fred Miller produced sworn
statements from five players and five
assistant coaches yesterday to back up
the firing of Arizona State University
football Coach Frank Kush.

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"At my last press conference... I
stated that Frank Kush lied and attem-
pted to cover up that lie," Miller said as
he read from the transcripts.
AMONG THOSE who gave sworn
statements was interim head Coach
Bob' Owens. He recalled a recent
meeting of Kush's staff.
"Coach Kush indicated that we were
having problems ... and he indicated
at the time, that if we didn't stick
together and all stay together as a
group, even if it meant lying or per-
juring ourselves, that we would
probably all go down, meaning that we
all would lose our, jobs," Owens'-
statement said.
Kush, one of the winningest coaches
iin the nation during his 22 years as head
man at Arizona State, said Monday that
he had told his staff, "We as a coaching,
staff must stick together." But he told a
news conference, "I never would ask
anybody to lie for me."
Kush and the school have been sued
for $1.1 million by former punter Kevin
Rutledge, who claims Kush punched
him after a poor kick in the Washington
game a year ago. Kush also denies this.
Most of the statements released by
Miller counter Kush's denial of hitting
Rutledge, who has since transferred to
Nevada-Las Vegas.
Miller, in scheduling his latest news
conference, said a booster
organization's call for his own suspen-
sion is "hasty and based on emotion,
not fact."

ch that had been slated for Dec. 8.
(argi siilou reterart
ST. LOUIS-The St. Louis Cardinals
moed to strengthen their bullpen for
1980 by trading veteran second
baseman Mike Tylson to the Chicago
Cubs in exchange for right-handed
reliever Donnie Moore yesterday.
Tylson, 29, had played out is option
during the 1979 campaign,.his seventh
in the majors. The 25-year-old Moore,
who appeared in 39 games for the Cubs,
had a 1-4 record and 5.18 earned run
average.
"Fred McAlister, our super scout,
had seen him and recommended him as
a desirable acquisition long before
Tyson's status evolved," Cards General
Manager John Claiborne said of
Moore, who in 1978 had a 9-7 record.
Tyson, who throughout his career has
been prone to injury, lost his job as a
regular last summer to Ken Oberkfell
a rapidly improving newcomer.
The 5-foot-9 Tyson played in only 73
games, hitting .222 with five home runs.
He was out of the lineup for nearly all of
the season's final eight weeks with a
knee injury.
PONTIAC-The Detroit Lions, in an
effort to shore up their sagging defen-
ses, have picked up cornerback Eddie
Lewis on waivers from the San Fran-
cisco 49ers and released defensive back
Ken Eillis.
Lewis, who was the 49ers' second
draft choice when Lions' Coach Monte
Clark coached at San Francisco in 1976,
started the first game this season but
was replaced in the 49ers' lineup and
subsequently released this week.
Earlier in the week, Jerry Golestyn
was tabbed by Clark to be the Lions'
starting quarterback -in New Orleans
this Sunday. Golestyn, who was
acquired fron' the New York Giants,
has been playing behind signal-callers
Jeft Komlo and Scott Hunter.

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A standout on defense, Mike Jolly (16) breaks up a play just as the Spartans
approach the goal line in the recent 21-7 Wolverine victory.
AJolly. good era.
for Blue defense
By GEOFF LARCOM
"I always wanted to go to Michigan," the tall, moustachioed athlete
reflected. "I remember when I was in the eighth grade, a kid said to get him
season tickets when I played for Michigan. I said, 'yeah, right!'
If Mike Jolly's incredulous eighth-grade reply is any indication, a Jim-
my the Greek he's not. For here it's now his senior year at Michigan, and for
four seasons he's been firmly entrenched in Bo Schembechler's football
scheme.
The Wolverine defensive halfback plays on a Michigan defense which
this year has bordered on the impregnable. Only Minnesota could make any
appreciable dent in the Wolverine unit and talking to Jolly, those 21 Gopher
points seem only a momentary fall.
"Minnesota was sort of a setback," Jolly said. "We had improved every
game through Michigan State.
"It was just some individual breakdowns," he added. "They (the
Gophers) would do something different and we'd adjust, but one guy would
do the old thing. Looking at the films, it was weird."
Jolly got into a little "weirdness" himself against Minnesota, getting
called for pass interference in the end zone, which led to one Minnesota
score, and was also victimized by Gopher quarterback Mark Carlson, who
lofted a toss over Jolly to Gopher receiver Elmer Bailey in the end zone for
anothersix.
In Jolly's defense however, the 6-3, 180-pound defender came up with two
key interceptions, while the interference call was at best, debatable.
"I didn't think it was a penalty, apparently the ref did," Jolly said.
Jolly has had his share of odd plays this season already. Against
Michigan State, "Stickman," as he's called by his mates, stole the ball on a
kickoff from Spartan whippet Steve Smith. Jolly knew the ball was his,
trouble is, nobody else did.
"I couldn't believe they wouldn't give me the ball," Jolly mourned.
'They (the referees) were trying to get the ball from Smith. I had it, but they
said he was already down."
So, the football takes odd bounces, and likewise, you sometimes can't
tell which way the refs will go either. Jolly can live with that. What's most
important is the caliber of play we can expect from the Wolverine defense
and this is where Jolly's optimistic.
"I honestly thin4 this is one of the best defenses we've had," he said.
"We've got experience, so we can do a lot more. We put in the flex defense,
and we're-calling up to five plays in the huddle. When I was a sophomore,
we'd call one, maybe two plays in there."
Now, Jolly explains, the Blue defense can better adjust to whatever of-
fensive setup is thrown its way. The better to tackle you with ... eh, Mike?
It's Jolly's ambition to play pro ball next year and he makes no bones
about it. He told newly-appointed baseball coach Bud Middaugh not to in-
clude him in his plans this year, despite his making the varsity squad during
Moby Benedict's final season.
"I'm going to concentrate on football. I told Coach Middaugh I didn't
want to scare football coaches off," Jolly said.
But what about his size? Despite his height, Jolly is hardly a walking
gridiron behemoth. Butterknife (another pet nickname) says that is no
problem.
"I talked to Tom Seabron (drafted ley the San Francisco 49ers) and he
said most of the defensive backs are around 5-11, 175-pounds," he said. "I
run 4.6 in the forty, which is average. Being 6-3 would help covering a Harold
Carmichael (6-8 Philadelphia Eagle receiver)."
But for now, Jolly's goal remains a return trip to the Rose Bowl and the
chance for his coach and. the Wolverines to vindicate themselves. Jolly en-
joys playing for Schembechler, although he sees relatively little of the 11th
year coach in practice.
"He's always down with the offense," Jolly said. "He's a good guy to
talk to off the field; once the whistle blows, though, he's all football."
Jolly may not be such an expert at predicting his own future, but it
seems he's got his coach figured out pretty well, doesn't it?
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