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Page 10-Friday, October 19, 1979-The Michigan Daily
De ensive backfield paces Illini

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Come Saturday we'll all know - is
Illinois really as bad as it's 1-5 record?
Some may think so - because of its
lowly reputation, but Bo Schembechler
feels otherwise.
"Give them something like nine more
yards and they'd have two or three
more wins," noted Schembechler.
"They've been playing real good foot-
ball. It's kind of a shame they haven't
won more.
A gift of six yards could have changed
Illinois' record from 1-5 to a respectable
3-2-1. Two yards were needed in the
Missouri game, but the Illini couldn't
punch it in from the two-yard line with
less than two minutes togo - down only
In the Navy game, the Illini scored
with three-and-a-half minutes left, but
couldn't make the two-point conver-
sion. Given that final three yards,
Illinois would have won 14-13.
Against Iowa, the Illini were stopped
on the one-yard line as the clock ran out
- leaving the victorious Hawkeyes up
by six as the gun sounded.
The Illini are led on offense by senior

quarterback Lawrence McCullough
and junior signal caller Tim McAvoy. If
McCullough has healed from his
sprained knee of two weeks ago, he
should be the number one man.
But Illinois doesn't lose any diversity
with MacAvoy at the reins. Last week
against Purdue, he threw 21 times and
hit on 12 for 141 yards and no intercep-
tions. At one point he completed eight
tosses in a row.
Meanwhile, the Illinois backfield is
loaded with talent. Fullback Calvin
Thomas, a 5-11 225-pound sophomore,
has rushed for 336 yards while halfback
Wayne Strader, at 6-3, 214 pounds, has
caught 22 passes.
Greg Foster, last year's tailback, is
doing an excellent job at flankerback,
but most of the Illini aerials go to split
end Larry Powell's side of the field.
Michigan defensive coach Jack Har-
baugh commented on the Illini offense.
"Their offense has been executing very
well," he said "The offensive line is
disciplined and blocks well."
But it's on defense where the Illini
most hope to match Michigan's play.
And they'll seek to do that with a
traditional Wolverine ingredient -
"The Illini's greatest defensive
characteristic is their team speed.
They have seven players with 4.7
speed," Harbaugh said. "This outstan-
ding defensive speed is much like
"Earnest Adams and Calvin Atkins
characterize that speed," he added.
The defensive secondary is quick and
they move towthe ball well. Not many
teams have scored points on them and
we look for a good contest this
Moeller was asked by an unknowing
interviewer how he would handle a
"weak" Michigan secondary. "There's

no weakness in the Michigan secondary
but if our kids get open, we'll throw,"
he replied.
How does Moeller feel about coaching
against his old boss? "It certainly adds
excitement," Moeller said. "We'd just
like to sneak up on them a little."
That's exactly what Schembechler
hopes to guard against in Champaign.
The Illini contest begins a three-game

skein in which the Wolverines also duel
Indiana and Wisconsin, opponents
billed as also-rans in the pre-season.
"We have to go down there in the
proper frame of mind," said Schem-
bechler. "Most of the upsets in the Big
Ten come when you are playing on the
road. The scores are much closer and
you can't have a letdown."


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ohnson will return;
ligaments not damaged
By the Associated Press
LOS ANGELES-Earvin "Magic" Johnson wasn't hurt as badly as
had been feared and the rookie star of the Los Angeles Lakers could be back
in action in a week or 10 days, doctors said Thursday.
Dr. Robert Kerlan, the Lakers' physician, said the All-American from
Michigan State University sustained a mild sprain of the inner part of his
right knee and examinations showed no ligament damage as was first
IT HAD BEEN thought that Johnson would be out at least six weeks. The
accident occurred Wednesday night during a National Basketball
Association game between the Lakers and the Seattle SuperSonics at Seat-
Johnson flew back to Los Angeles yesterday and underwent X-rays on
his knee.
Johnson will wear a sleeve on the knee and already has begun physical
therapy, with team trainer Jack Curran, the club announced.
SO THE LAKERS' No. 1 draft choice will be back much earlier than ex-
pected, an announcement that was good news to a club which has been coun-
ting heavily on him.
With 90 seconds left in the third period Wednesday night, Johnson went
up for a rebound and came down writhing in pain from what was first
thought to be a partial tear of a knee ligament.
He was carried from the floor on a stretcher and the original diagnosis
was that he would need neither an operation or a cast on his knee for several
IN HIS FIRST two pro games, the 6-foot-8 guard collected 45 points, 12
assists and 17 rebounds.
In the 31 minutes he played Wednesday night, he hit four of eight shots
from the field and seven of eight from the foul line. The Lakers lost to Seattle


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Viewers demand program change

By The Associated Press
TEXARKANA, Ark. - Irate
television viewers in southwest Arkan-
sas and northeast Texas are signing
petitions and making telephone calls
about Saturday's football program-
The viewers, spurred by the city of
Texarkana, Ark., want the Arkansas-
Texas football game televised in their
area instead of the Grambling-
Jackson State game.
The city was passing out petitions and
urging residents to telephone ABC-TV,
the National Collegiate Athletic
Association and the Federal Com-
munications Commission.
A Shreveport, La., ABC affiliate is
scheduled to carry the Grambling-
Jackson State football game Saturday
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The city filed a petition seeking an in-
junction on Wednesday to block the
broadcast. The action was filed in
Federal. District Court for Western
Arkansas in Texarkana.
A hearing on the petition is scheduled
for 8:30 a.m. today in Little Rock before
U.S. District Judge Richard Arnold.
Texas Athletic Director Darrell
Royal said Wednesday he had contac-

ted ABC about the programming plan
and said he understood that no final
decision had been made about what
game KTBS would carry.
But ABC officials said Wednesday
KTBS would be carrying the Gram-
bling-Jackson State game.
The protest, which began with a
special city board meeting Tuesday,
grew Wednesday. The Wake Village,

Texas, city council met Wednesday and
endorsed the endeavor. The
Texarkana, Texas, city council met
yesterday at noon over the issue.
Texarkana, Texas officials repor-
tedly have asked Rep. Sam Hall, (D-
Texas), to ask the FCC to waive
regulations so the game can be shown
on cable television.

Blue hosts Big Ten tournament

If you happen to be in the neigh-
borhood of Ferry Field sometime today
or tomorrow and see a bunch of women
wearing bright colored skirts and

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waving thick sticks all around, don't be
alarmed. It's just the Big Ten field
hockey championships, which are being
held for the first time ever at Michigan.
Seven teams from the league -
Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Pur-
due, Minnesota, Indiana and, of course,
Michigan - will compete for the league
crown that Purdue won last year with a
2-0 victory over Indiana.
THE TEAMS were seeded on the
basis of their won-lost percentage, not
on their estimated quality in relation to
the rest of the field. All of which means
Wisconsin, with a 9-2-1 record is seeded
number one and will get the only bye of
the first round
The Badgers, however, are not
necessarily the tournament favorite. If
one uses inter-league games played this
year and last year as a measuring
device, then no more than four teams
emerge as tourney favorites.
The Wolverines, with a slew of
seniors back from a team that was run-
ner-up in the state tournament last
year, are a definite favorite. Iowa,
seeded second with a record of 14-4 beat

the Wolverines last week 2-0, so the
Hawkeyes are also a favorite. Michigan
State, which beat Michigan in the state
finals last year, are strong again so the
Spartans are also favorites. And defen-
ding champ Purdue rounds out the list
of top teams as they have several
players back from last year's squad.
FIVE GAMES are slated for today
beginning at 9:00 a.m. when Indiana
and Iowa square off. That game is
followed by the Purdue=Minnesota
match at 10:15 and the two winners will
go at it at 3:15 to determine who goes to
the finals, which will be played at 11:00
a.m. tomorrow.
The Wolverines play arch-rival
Michigan State at 11:30 and this should
be interesting because when the two
teams met two weeks ago, the
Wolverines came back from a two-goal
deficit to win 3-2 on a rain-soaked field
in East Lansing.
The winner of the Michigan-MSU
game plays Wisconsin at 4:30 this af-
ternoon to determine the other team
that goes to the finals.


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It took a petition drive which collected
hundreds of signatures, scores of phone
calls, a plea from a very important
University official and a pound of
cashews, but we did it. We brought the
squirrel back-for a day.
While the reported story was this lit-
tle fellow needed a little rest, we
thought you would like to know the real
scoop. A very prestigious daily in New
York City has had its eye on him for
quite some time. And when his contract
expired here-he jumped.
But he's in town today to turn in his
Gridde picks to win that small one item
pizza from Pizza Bob's and he agreed to
grace our pages for old times sake. Get
your picks into the Daily by midnight!
1. MICHIGAN at Illinois (pick score)
2. Purdue at Michigan St.


Wisconsin at Ohio St.
Minnesota at Iowa
Northwestern at Indiana
Southern Cal at Notre Dame
Texas atArkansas-
Stanford at Arizona
California at UCLA.
Arizona St. at Washington St.
Missouri at Colorado
Kent St. at E Michigan
Auburn at.Georgia Tech
Dartmouth at Harvard
Maryland at Wake Forest
N. Carolina at N. Carolina St.
Tennessee at Alabama
Pittsburgh at Washington
Grambling at Jackson St.
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