The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 21, 1979-Page 7
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - University of
Illinois football Coach Gary Moeller
Was fired yesterday, ending a three-
year career marked by losing teams
and declining attendance.
' The Athletic Association's Board of
Directors accepted the recommen-
dation of new Athletic Director Neale
Stoner and voted to dismiss Moeller,
ho had a record of 6-24-3 at Illinois.
oeller had two years left on his five-
'"The best interests of the football
program and the overall progress
toward the Athletic Association's goals
are the primary considerations in
arriving at this decision," said board
Chairman John Hummel. "The search
for a new head football coach will begin
THE ACTION came despite an angry
plea by Moeller and threats from some
of his players that they would refuse to
play next year without him.
Illini head coachdumped
Moeller, players, Bo
blast board decision
Six players, led by quarterback Rich
Weiss, said they would quit the team if
Moeller was fired. The other players
are Tim Norman, Dennis Flynn, Wayne
Strader, John Gillen and Lopez.
Moeller and some of his players at-
tended the meeting, asking the board to
give Moeller the two years remaining
on his contract to build up the football
"It's a crying shame to take a guy
who's dedicated three years of his life
to this program and jerk the rug out
from under him," said junior tackle
Tim Norman as he stood in front of
Hummel's yellow frame house waiting
for the decision.
"I JUST couldn't play for a university
with no integrity," said junior fullback
Earler, Moeller said it took time to
build a successful program and
challenged the integrity of a school that
heart.., and not have it pulled out
from underneath me."
BO SCHEMIIECHLER, Michigan
football coach, in a telephone interview
with Chicago football writers and in
reference to the unstable situation of
Illinois Coach Gary Moeller, said, "A
university should be responsible for
whatever its representative decided on
the length of a contract. It's the univer-
sity's obligation no matter if the
president or athletic director are
Moeller had been Schembechler's top
assistant before taking the head job at
"I told Gary there was no way he
could turn things around at Illinois in
less than five years and if he were to
take the job to demand a five-year con-
tract," said Schembechler. "He was
aware and assured of five years.
"THERE WASN'T any question and
it was obvious that he couldn't do the
job at Illinois in three years because
Illinois had very few football players,"
said Schembechler, who intends to ask
the American Football Coaches
Association to advise and help its
members on contract matters.
"I think it is a little unfair in the
respect that people are trying to
evaluate the program who I don't think
have any idea where it was, or the tools
necessary to make a program go in the
Big Ten," Moeller said.
Since then, Illinois' record has gotten
worse and home ticket sales, a major
source of income for the entire athletic
progrim, have fallen off sharply. This
year, average attendance was the wor-
st since 1970.
Greer, Simpkins on.
All-Big Ten team
The United Press International has announced their selections for the 1979
All-Big Ten football team. Six, Wolverines were on UPI's first team, including
the unanimous selection of Michigan lineman Curtis Greer and linebacker Ron
Simpkins, both seniors.
First Team Second Team
Mark Brammer, MSU...... - ..---.
Elmer Bailey, Minnesota..........
Ray Snell, Wisconsin............
Steve McKenzie, Purdue..........
Tom Waugh, OSU ...................
Ken Fritz, OSU ......................
JOHN ARBENZNIK, MICHIGAN ...
Art Schlichter, OSU .................
Dennis Mosley, Iowa ................
BUTCH WOOLFOLK, MICHIGAN..,
Dave Mohapp, Wisconsin..........
Vlade Janakievski, OSU...........
...DOUG MARSH, MICHIGAN
............ ...Doug Donnely, OSU
................ Angelo Fields, MSU
...............Mark Stein, Minnesota
..................Pete Quinn, Purdue
....................Ernie Anria. OSU
................Dale Schwan, Purdue
.................Tim Clifford, Indiana
............Mark Harkrader, Indiana
...........Marion Barber, Minnesota
..............Garry White, Minnesota
..............Morten Andersen, MSU
Coaches ralIly Blue
.taners toward title
By KENT WALLEY
Projectile like bodies plummet out of the sky into the deep green waters
below, and constant splashes from swimmers who cut through the water at
lightning fast speeds. A man known as Kimball watches with keen eyes and
gives constant pointers to divers across the pool, as another known as Farly
barks out instructions to the swimmers. That is Matt Mann Pool during
But there is more there than meets the eye. For example, Bill Farly is
not just another instructor by the side of the pool. As a member of the U.S..
Olymic team, he was a medal winner in the 1964 games at Tokyo in the 1500
meter freestyle. Since then he has coached nine years at Princeton Univer-
sity, amassing a total daul meet record of 79-21. Princeton won six straight
Eastern Seaboard Swimming and Diving Championships under him. In 1972,
Farly was named district two coach of the year by the Collegiate Swimming
Coaches Association of America. Now in his first year at Michian, Farly is
enthusiastic. He is hoping to get people excited about swimming at Michian
"People should be excited about swimming at Michigan," said Dick
Kimball, the man beside the pool. He is also the diving coach for the 1980
Olympic team as'well as for the University of Michigan, and is known, Farly
said, "as the best diving coach in the country."
As for the swimmers themselves, they are loaded with potential winners
and Olympic hopefuls. The name that heads the list is Fernando Canales, a
junior who should more than likely be representing Puerto Rico in the 1980
Olympics. Canales holds a record in the Big Ten for the 200 meter freestyle.
Another speed demon is Bob Murray who finished first in the Big Ten last
year. in the 50 meter freestyle. Along with Canales and Murray there are
many swimmers who have qualified for the pre-Olympic trials. They are
Tom Ernsting, Bruce Gemmell, John Spaid, and, in diving, Kevin
Although the team carries a good bit of talent, Farly. says that im-
provement is needed in many swimmers if the team is going to beat the
perennial powerhouse of Indiana. Indiana beat out Michigan for the Big Ten
championship last year and is favored to win the conference again this year.
Butfthere is some, ent Farly thinks Michigan can take the con-.
fore c bmpionsi tbm Indiana:
Tie *ai'n should .strong in the freestyle and diving this year. It
lacks depth in the stroking races, and it is fairly weak in distance swimming.
Some outstanding swimmers who are returning this year are Scott Crowder,
Paul Griffith, and Tom Perdeson. Coach Farly sums it up best when he says,,
"We can accomplish a lot this year."
Farly is taking a slightly new approach to coaching this year. He hopes
to generate a team atmosphere as opposed to the individual atmosphere of
the past. He hopes that the team feeling along with some good efforts by
some of the non-Olympic swimmers will make Michigan's 1979-80 swim
team another big success.
would give a man five years to do the
job, then back out of the agreement.
"This university promised me
something and it would be very
dishonest to take it away after just
three years," said Moeller.
"I've earned the right to stay and I
want to continue with all my
CURTIS GREER, MICHIGAN.....
Ken Loushin, Purdue ................
Luther Henson, OSU.............
MIKE TRGOVAC, MICHIGAN ......
RON SIMPKINS, MICHIGAN.....
Dan Bass, MSU .....................
Jim Laughlin, OSU ...............
Mike Guess, OSU ....................
MIKE JOLLY, MICHIGAN........
Vince Skillings, OSU ................
Todd Bell, OSU ....................
Ray Stachowicz, MSU ...............
............. Kenna Turner, Purdue
...............Dave Ja'ckson, Purdue
...................Bernard Hay, MSU
..............Dave Ahrens, Wisconsin
................Leven Weiss, Iowa
.......MEL OWENS, MICHIGAN
...............Alvin Washington, OSU
......................Ray Ellis OSU
.................Tim Wilbur, Indiana
................Wayne Smith, Purdue
.......MIKE HARDEN, MICHIGAN
.................Reggie Robey, Iowa
MICHIGAN HONORABLE MENTION: Anthony Carter, Ralph Clayton; Law-
rence Reid, Andy Cannavino.
.. . the last picks
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3. Clemson at South Carolina
4. Virginia at Maryland
5. Pittsburgh at Penn State
6. East Carolina at William & Mary
7. Rutgers at Louisville
8. Connecticut at Holy Cross
9. Tennessee at Kentucky
10. Mississippi vs. Mississippi St.
11. LSU at Tulane
12 Ohio U. at Northern Illinois
13. Cincinnati at Memphis St.
14. Nebraska at Oklahoma
15. Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.
16. Missouri at Kansas
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18. Baylor at Texas
19. Brigham Young at San Diego St.
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21. Arizona at Arizona St.
22. USC vs. UCLA (Los Angeles)
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24. Utah St. at Fresno St.
26. North Carolina at Duke
27. Temple at Villanova
28. Oregon St. at Oregon
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31. Boston College at Holy Cross
32. Army vs. Navy (Philadelphia)
33. Alabama vs. Auburn (Bir-
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SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
By the Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-Quarterback
Matt Kupec stood up publicly yesterday
arid saved his position on the Gator
Bowl-bound North Carolina football
team by apologizing for his biting
criticism Saturday of Coach Dick
."I feel like a real small person," said
IUpec, who has been instrumental in
leading the Tar Heels to a 6-3-1 record.
' regret the things I said.'f
KUPEC, FOLLOWING North
Carolina's 13-7 victory over Virginia
sh~iarply criticized Crum for replacing
him after just two offensive series and
said he was happy he had only two
games left under Crum's leadership.
"He spit in my face," Kupec said. "I
really don't understand him, but I only
have two more games to play."
Crum, made aware of the remarks
shortly after Kupec's tirade, said he
took no action until Monday. By that
time he said Kupec realized he had
overstepped his bounds and was
prepared to apologize to the team and
make a public explanation.
"IT WAS UNWISE of me, it was scorers, put the Hawks in front with,
stupid," Kupec said after Crum 18-foot jump shot, but a pair of fr
brought him to the microphone during throws by Tyler tied it again at 105-1
his weekly press conference. "I'll use with 1:17 left to play.
this experience as a growing AFTER IIILL'S layup gave Atlan
mechanism, a tool for learning." another two-point lead, Detroit'sa
Later, Crum said Kupec handled the tempt to knot the score once more w
situation well. He said he did not want thwarted when John Long committ
his quarterback to throw away a an offensive foul.
possibly bright 'future by criticizing Steve Hawes finished the scoring I
coaches sinking two free throws with one secor
"When a player has a criticism the on the clock.
door is open, and he can discuss it Bob McAdoo led the Pistons with
that's a policy we have around here, points, while Long added 17, Edd
he said. "As far as I'm concerned it's Johnson scored 22 points for t
over and done with." Hawks.
Hawks 109, Pistons 105 lagers losing rotes
ATLANTA - Armond Hill's driving MADISON - A state legislator calli
layup with 39 seconds remaining gave yesterday for the firing of University
the Atlanta Hawks a 109-105 National Wisconsin Athletic Director Elroy Hi
Basketball Association victory last sch, saying he has not been able4
night over the Detroit Pistons. provide winners in football and bask
Down by 12 points early in the fourth ball.
quarter, the Pistons charged back to tie State Rep. Richard Pabst,
the game 103-103 on Terry Tyler's Milwaukee Democrat, said the maj
three-point play. coaches recruited by Hirsch are
John Drew, whose 24 points led all "losing lot". Hirsch brought in Joh
Jardine and then Dave McClain as the
Wisconsin football coaches, and hired
John Powless and then Bill Cofield to
coach the basketball teams.
"HIRSCh SEEMS unable to recruit
or work with coaches and players to
produce winning teams in football and
basketball," Pabst said in 'a letter to
Prof. David Tarr, chairman of 'the
Wisconsin Athletic Board.
"Of the major UW-Madison sports,
only hockey shows a winning 220-113-20
record from 1970 through 1978," Pabst
said. "As you might expect, Elroy Hir-
sch did not recruit hockey c6ach Bob
,Johnson," who came to Wisconsin in
Pabst said that while Hirsch does not
coach, "ultimately the ball stops boun-
cing" at the director's desk.
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