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Page 8-Tuesday, November 20, 1979-The Michigan Daily

NC BRINGS BALANCED A TTACK

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By MARK FISCHER
The North Carolina football team is
not ranked nationally, and their record
is a less than dazzling 6-3-1. But the
Wolverines had better not be overcon-
fident when they travel to Jacksonville
to face the Tar Heels in the Gator Bowl
next month.
Although the Tar Heels have lacked
the season-long consistency essential to
any national powerhouse, they are a
strong team capable of powerful per-
forgmantes.
IN THEIR SECOND game, the Heels
handed Pittsburgh its only loss of the
season, 17-7. A week later they
destroyed Army, 41-3, and in their sixth

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game, they defeated archrival N.C.
State, the Atlantic Coast Conference
champion, 35-21. -
At that point the Heels stood on firm
ground at 5-1, and were ranked in the
very same spot as Michigan was just a
week ago: 13th. Then, much like the
way bad luck came calling on the
Wolverines in the Ohio State game,
disaster struck for North Carolina, as
they went winless in their next three
games.
Last week, backed by what UNC
sports information director Rick
Brewer called their "best defensive ef-
fort of the year," the Tar Heels finally
snapped out of their losing streak, stop-
ping Virginia, 13-7.

BREWER RELATED the 0-2-1 slump
to an inconsistent offense, which sorely
missed the talents of injured tailback
Amos Lawrence, a 5-10" 180 lb. junior.
Lawrence, who plays an integral part
in North Carolina's I-formation offense,
was second in the nation in rushing
when he was injured in the Heels' fifth
game, a loss to Wake Forest.
Unfortunately for Michigan, the
speedy Lawrence is on his way back.
"Amos started last week (against
Virginia), and ended up with 123 yar-
ds," said Brewer. "He's getting closer
to 100 percent."
Lawrence, of course, is not a one-man
team. In fact, noted Brewer, one of
second-year head coach Dick Crum's
main assets is his balanced offense.
Besides watching Lawrence, opposing
teams must also be wary of the passing
arm of Matt Kupec.
KUPEC, AN EXPERIENCED fifth
year senior, is not much of a runner, but
with 1,496 yards and a .54 completion

o easy
average is one of the ACC's top passers
this season. With one ACC game left to
play, against Duke, Kupec is an odds-on
favorite to break the conference record
for touchdown passes in a season,
which he has already tied at 17.
Coach Crum also boasts a solid 5-2
defense,,spearheaded by linebackers
Buddy Curry and Darrell Nicholson.
Curry, a senior and fourth year starter,
leads the team with 106 tackles and 48
assists. Curry was all-conference last
year and has 'a good shot at All-
American status this year.
Nicholson, a sophomore, had added
90 tackles and 43 assists of his own. Ac-
cording to Brewer, Nicholson, who was
ACC Rookie of the Year last year,
"does not have the speed or range of
Curry, but is the hardest hitter on the
team."
THE HEELS ARE second in the ACC
in rushing defense, giving up only 142
yards on the ground. But they have had
problems against the pass, which

Brewer attributed to lack of experience
in the secondary.
One standout in that area, however, is
senior strong safety Ricky Barden.
Barden, a mere 5'9" 180 lbs., leads the
team in tackles for losses with eleven.
Three of those tackles were sacks
coming off the safety blitz.
It is questionable whether North
Carolina has the edge over Michigan
when it comes to either offense or
defense. It is certain, however, that the
Heels have a well-defined edge in the
kicking department.
"Our kicking game started out well,"
said Brewer. "It was the key to our early
success, and is still one of the most con-

sistent parts of our game.
TAR HEEL PUNTER Steve Streater
keys the kicking game with an average
of 41.2 yards a punt, while the Tar Heels
special teams held opposing teams to
an average of only 3.3 yards. in punt
returns.
Although North Carolina has suffered
three losses this season, they are
beginning to put things back together}
again. They have just turned in their
best defensive effort of the year, their
star tailback is almost healthy again,,,
and their kicking game is still on target.-
So the Wolverines, who also have three,
losses, may well have their hands full.

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McKee to be a star:
He s got the heighth

Notice To students Interested
In Romance Languges
Because of a sequence-key error
in the printing of the
WINTER TIME SCHEDULE
four Spanish courses have been
printed under the heading
SERBO-CROATION on page 77.
They are:
484-421 Spanish Mind, 18th Century to Present
484-425 Romanticism
484-470 The Cornedia .
484-482 Picaresque Novel
Please consult page 77 for the
correct meeting times.
Camnus Hits fromA

BY LEE KATTERMAN
It's natural for sports fans to get ex-
cited about an athlete who turns in
stellar performances. If he or she- is a
freshperson, like that fireball receiver
who has pulled in so many Wangler
bombs on the gridiron this season, the
excitement quickly becomes hero wor-
ship.
One lesser known athlete - a fresh-
man - deserves closer attention.
Gymnast Kevin McKee has already
turned in performances that excite
even the most casual spectator of gym-
nastics. He stands out because of
something called "heighth". No, he's
not especially tall. But when he tumbles
or vaults, his "heighth" above the floor
or vaulting horse makes people take
note.
"He's an explosive tumbler," ex-
claims Michigan Coach Newt Loken. In
the opening of McKee's floor exercise,
he throws a double back somersault
that Loken describes as "high enough
to walk under".
This past weekend, the Wolverine

gymnasts finished a .rather ordinary
ninth place in the Windy City In-
vitational in Chicago, due in part to flu
which plagued sophomores Al Berger
and Marshall Garfield.
The bright spot of the weekend was
McKee's "heighth" on floor exercise
and vaulting which allowed him to
finish third and tenth, respectively, inta
field Loken said was "a mini NCAA
meet"
The story behind McKee's success
strains the imagination a bit. Starting
tumbling at private dance school in
Toledo, he had learned his 'double
back' by age eleven. He didn't stop
there, though. Today his routine in-
cludes the double back, a double
twisting back layout and a one and a
half twisting layout, a move he "walks
out of" and continues on tumbling. Any
one of these tricks would satisfy many
19-year-old tumblers. The appearance
of all three is rare in the routine of an
accomplished collegiate gymnast.
But then, impressing people is a
regular feature of gymnastics.

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Michigan's Dan Heikkenen earned
All-American honors yesterday when
he finished 18th overall in the NCAA
cross country championships in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The
Wolverine harriers finished 13 out of a
field of 28 teams in the event which
marks the end of the cross country
season.
FRESHMAN BRIAN Diemer con-
tinued to amaze harriers everywhere
as he placed 60th in the field of the top
runners from across the country.
Diemer's finish was the second best for
an American freshman while
Heikkenen's placing put him seventh
among Americans entered in the 41st
annual event.
Texas-El Paso, behind a strong
foreign influence, captured the team
title, successfully defending last year's
championship they won at Madison.
Oregon, who finished second last year,
was again the bridesmaid as Oregon
repeated last year's second place
showing behind UTEP.
Wrestler pin ned third
Wolverine football wasn't the only
Michigan sport to lose to Ohio State this
past weekend. While maize and blue
fans were feeling the sting in Ann Arbor
Saturday, Michigan's wrestling team
was battling the competition in the Ohio
Open at Dayton, in which Ohio State
took first place and Michigan placed
third.
THE TWO DAY open, taking place
Saturday and Sunday, was the grap-
plers' first collegiate event of the
season. Coach -Dale Bahr said, "The
purpose of going was to get a lot of mat-
ches in." And so they did. The twenty-
ohe wrestlers that went down, ex-
cluding Steve Bennett, who has been
having ankle problems, saw 93 mat-

ches. Steve Fraser took first at 190 lbs.
and Lou Joseph received second in the
150 lb. class. John Beljan and Nemir
Nadhir both wrestled in the 158 lb. class
and took third and fifth, respectively.
Also, Larry Haughn took fourth at 126
lbs.
Michigan's walk-ons, Lou Milani and
Dean Rehberger, both had good
showings. Milani came home with a 5-2
record for the weekend and Rehberger
was 4-2 overall.
Henderson retires
DALLAS (AP) - Controversial
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas
"Hollywood" Henderson said he
"always wanted to be remembered as a
Cowboy," and that's why he decided to
retire yesterday when Coach Tom Lan-
dry told him the former No. 1 draft
choice was going to be placed on
waivers.
"COACH LANDRY went over some
things and made a decision that I
couldn't start," said Henderson.
"That's when I decided to involuntarily
retire and make beer commercials."
Asked if the retirement was
irrevocable, Henderson said, "No, but I
don't want to be passed around the
leagues.'
He said he was not bitter, but added,
"The Cowboys have the tradition in this
sort of thing. . . ask Duane Thomas or
Bob Hayes or Jean Fugett."
Dodgers sign Stan house
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Free-
spirited Don Stanhouse officially
became a member of the Los Angeles
Dodgers yesterday, signing a five-year
contract for an estimated $2 million,
and immediately predicted that his new
team will return to the World Series
soon.
"I don't think you're looking at a
third-place club," said Stanhouse, a
right-handed relief pitcher who signed
with the Dodgers after playing out his
option with the American League
champion Baltimore Orioles. "I think
with the recent acquisitions we'll be in
first place soon, where we belong."

of boos, brew and bills..
.. a road trip and the WCHA
NOTES ON: By BOB EMORY
THE ROAD: Wisconsin fans are the best around, just ask Michigan
goalie Paul Fricker. Fricker played in Friday's game and let in eight goals,
some of which he probably couldhave stopped. The fans only let out the
"sieve!, sieve!" cheer once. On Saturday, Dan Farrell started Rudy Varvari
in the nets and he was shutting down the Badgers cold. In the second period,
he had to come off the ice for a minute to fix his equipment. In came Fricker
to replace him temporarily and the Badger fans let him know with a rousing
ovation that they appreciated his performance of the night before. They
promptly unleashed a deep-sounding, echo-making "sieve!" chant that
lasted for three minutes and almost brought the ceiling down...
Thought I would quench my thirst at the hockey games this weekend in
Madison only to find out that they stopped serving beer at Dane County
Coliseum-a crushing blow. The Coliseum isn't owned by the university so
the NCAA rule prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at sporting events
doesn't hold foam at Badger hockey games. But a bunch of people raised a
fuss over the beer thing last year and now they don't sell it at the games. All
of which means that the good people of Wisconsin, the Beer State of the
Union, go dry during one of the more popular winter events in the area.
I talked with one of the stadium managers about this atrocity, and he
was properly fumed too. He said they're doing everything they can to start
selling beer again, but he didn't think it would go into effect until next year.
No matter what, you can't drink the beer in your seats, you have to go into
one of the lobbies, which are huge and have beer dispensers (unattended
now) all over the place. Fans would run to the lobby either between periods
or after a whistle, slug down a beer or two at the lobby entrance, pull up their
pants, burp, and head back to their seats ready to roar.
The stadium manager, who wished to remain anonymous in case I
quoted his reaction to the new rule, said that many fans, including himself,
were unhappy about it. He said he has found a temporary solution to the
problem, but there will be no comment on that because, well, ah.. . burp.
THE GAMES: Two tough road trips in a row at Notre Dame and Wis-
consin have taken a toll on the Wolverines. They've now lost three in a row
and their hold on first place is gone as North Dakota, everybody's preseason
favorite, has taken over on the basis of percentage points (.667 to Michigan's
625).
Still, the Wolverines 5-3 record (7-3 overall) is a tribute to Farrell and his
players, considering last year's debacle. They've worked hrcd, and their
rewards so far have been earned.
Farrell did an interestingthing in Saturday's game. He put his three top
centers-Dan .erg, Murray Eaves and Bruno Baseotto-on the same line.
"We wanted to see if we could generate some offense," he said. "One of the
things we're concerned about right now is that we're not scoring well in even
situations. Almost half of our goals (27 of-61) have come on power plays, and
that's too many-its out of proportion to our total output."
But that move didn't work, simply because on Saturday both teams hap-
pened to play one of the best defensive games this league will ever see.
"They had their chances," said Farrell, referring to the all-center line. "The
checking by both teams in that game was incredible, there was tremendous
concentration on defense-tough for anyone to score.".. .
THE WCHA: There is tremendous balance in the league this year, par-
tially because its an Olympic year and partially because some of the weaker
teams have improved noticeably. Bill Brophy, a sportswriter for the
Wisconsin State Joural, casually mentioned that "anybody who tries to pick
the finish is crazy." The general consensus is that North Dakota will finish in
first again, and after that it's up for grabs. Right now, three teams are tied
for second at 5-3, three teams are tied for fifth at 4-4, and one game separates
the bottom three teams from each other.
Anyway, I guess I'm crazy, but here are my picks:
1. North Dakota
2. Wisconsin 4. Minnesota
3. Notre Dame 5. Michigan
THE BILL: The big, bad, botch-up-the-college-hockey-teams-in-
Michian Bill that is right now being debated on in the House Committee, and
may soon go up for a vote to become law, will make a mockery of college
hockey in this state.
Have you heard about this thing yet? Its House Bill No. 5056, and
basically it says that the amount of financial aid a college gives non U.S.
citizens who play on its hockey team can be no more than 25 per cent of its
total financial aid for hockey.
In other words, what the public interest groups who are pushing this
thing want is more Michian residents playing on the hockey teams in this
state. If this bill gets passed, it will cause numerous problems.
There are seven Divison I hockey schools in this state, and about five or
six blue chip prospects from the Michigan junior leagues are good enough to
play at this level each year. Trying to compete with six other coaches for the
same players every year will get discouraging. Also, many talented
Canadian players will opt to go to the schools that can give them the scholar-
ships.
In short, Michigan schools will no longer be able to compete on the
national level because most of them are having a hard enough time as it is
right now with no scholarship provisions.
Here's the real kicker. This bill will only be in effect for the sport of
hockey and nothing else. Obviously, this bill raises some serious legal
questions, like discrimination against origin of birth, for instance. If it does,
get passed, the lawyers could have a field day with it.
At this point, however, it is not a law, but it is still very much alive. The
whole thing has been kept fairly well quiet so far, but if it does go up for vote,
you can bet we'll be hearing much more about it.

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