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B DISPUTE CITED:
Wilkinson oustedc
ST LOUIS (AP)-St. Louis Cardinals' three games.
wner Bill Bidwill, admitting he made a "The Pisarkiewicz thing was the
istake in hiring Bud Wilkinson last catalyst. That's why we made the
ear, fired him yesterday as coach of decision today," Bidwill said. "I wasn't
e National Football League team. going to make any final decision until
"I made the decisions," said Bidwill, after the season."
ho, after meeting with Wilkinson, To replace Wilkinson, Bidwill named
dmitted he erred in hiring the 63-year- director of personnel Larry Wilson, a
ld one-time collegiate coaching great Hall of Famer, as coach of the team on
March 1978; an interim basis.
"I prefer not to get into particulars," "The first thing I'd like to say is that I
idwill said of a rift which reportedly had great respect for Bud. I was very
ad been building between him and surprised," said Wilson, 41. "On Dec.
ilkinson during St. Louis' 3-10 season. 17, I'm going to get back into the front
I still have a great deal of respect for office."
ud." iWILKINSON, A surprise choice by
WHILE NOT entering into specifics, St. Louis to succeed Don Coryell,
idwill said the firing of Wilkinson, the guided St. Louis to a 6-10 record in 1978
rmer coaching legend at Oklahoma, and a 3-10 mark this year. Wilson will
volved refusal of the coach to use direct the team through the final three
ackup quarterback Steve games.
isarkiewicz during the season's final Wilson said he had met briefly with
ENEFF
z is
.. apotpourri
HE SPORTS WORLD is a strange and interesting one. I guess there
T lies its attraction for me. It is always loaded with inconsistencies and
emotional elements. Let's bring to the surface a few examples that occurred
in just the last week,
UNJUST. Philadelphia Phillies slick-fielding shortstop Larry Bowa,
who holds both the single season and career records for least errors, was
slighted badly last week. Despite being the all-time leader in fielding percen-
tage for a shortstop, he has only won two Golden Gloves, annually awarded
to the best fielder at each position.
Last week the Golden Glove selections for 1979 were made and Bowas
was curiously not among them. Despite the fact that Bowa had the finest
season in baseball history with a .991 fielding percentage, Dave Concepcion
of the Cincinnati Reds grabbed the honors.
Concepcion had an average year with a .967 fielding percentage and 27
errors. Bowa, meanwhile, only booted six.
The managers and coaches award the players this distinction, but
somehow they took the popular Red over the obviously more deserving
Bowa. Conclusion: Never trust an All-Star selection; it's a popularity con-
test. * * * *
UNNECESSARY. Charles White, the dazzling USC tailback, just lost my
Heisman Trophy vote. Not because he doesn't deserve it-he does. But in-
stead, because USC has gone out of character to secure'White this distin-
ction.
In Saturday's game, the Trojans led UCLA 35-0 at halftime. White had
posted 4 TDs and 90 yards in 17 carries by that time. He was spectacular, as
usual.
But to pile on the statistics, which the USC boosters feel is necessary for
his selection, White was left in during the second half. To add insult to injury,
he lugged the ball 18.more times for 104 yards in the second half adding the
finishing touches to a 49-14 route.
Not only have the Trojans padded White's statistics, but USC also sent
out a 'hype for Heisman' type brochure about White. This is going too
far-he will win it anyway. Conclusion: let the man ride on his own statistics.
* * * *
MONEY. That's what Michigan's main reason for selecting the Gator
Bowl was. No matter how you look at it, Michigan could not go to one of the
'major four' because their record didn't metit an invitation. Thus, it chose
the fifth richest bowl, Gator.
Instead of traveling to San Diego and attempting to topple unbeaten
Brigham Young in the Holiday Bowl, the only consideration was money.
Therefore, Indiana is left with the task of trying to throttle Marc Wilson and
his BYU Cougars.
So it's the Gator Bowl and over a $400,000 take for Don Canham and his
money-oriented program here at Michigan. Conclusion: Money determines
his thinking. Always.
* * *
UNFAIR. Speaking of bowls, the Central Michigan Chippewas have
sailed through another successful season. This time around, Central was un-
defeated, going 10-0-1 on the year.
The obvious question, then, is to which bowls were the Chippewas in-
vited? None-not a single bowl felt Central was up to their standards. Or bet-
ter yet, bowl officials didn't feel a team like Central Michigan could sell ,/
enough tickets and thus earn money for their bowl.
Teams like Syracuse, Missouri, California, and LSU all finished with

uninspiring 6-5 marks and deserved an invitation to a bowl about as much as >
Bryan Virgil deserved a kicker of the year award. Syracuse, especially, is
surprising since it was selected to the Independence Bowl opposite unbeaten
and unknown McNeese State. If Central was selected, this would have been a
great matchup-two unbeaten unknowns.
But Syracuse has a bigger name and therefore, the selection. Con-
clusion: Bowls aren't interested in the best teams, just money.
* * '* *
HEARTBREAK. NBA all-star guard Doug Collins of the Philadelphia
76ers found out last week that his career as a basketball player will have to
be curtailed considerably due to inflammations of the tendons in his ankle.
Collins, who knows only one speed-full, is a prolific scorer and
maximized the expression, "he moves well without the ball." But he will now
be able to move about only half of each game because the insteps of his
ankles become too inflamed.
It's a sad thought to know that a person who lives his sport so dearly has
to cut down in order to avoid being crippled the rest of his life. Conclusion:
Basketball is losing a lot of talent and, more than that, enthusiasm, which it
needs dearly.
DISCIPLINE. The Dallas Cowboys made headlines again last week as
they released one of last year's Super Bowl stars, Thomas "Hollywood"
Henderson, from their roster.
It seems that this famous Cowboy linebacker was pointing an index
finger before TV cameras in order to tell fans that his Cowboys were No. 1.
At the time, the Washington Redskins were crushing his Cowbosy. Many
Cowboys were very upset by the move and justifiably so.
Obviously, it is silly to be mugging for the cameras when your team is
being ripped apart, but once again, the Cowboys stuck to tradition. Instead
of merely suspending him, they released him.
The Cowboys have always gotten very perturbed when someone didn't
stick to their regimented style. Dallas released running backs Calvin Hill
and Duane Thoma┬ž. when they were outspoken. Tex Schramm and his boys'
want everyone to be like Roger Staubach with his automation-like ways.
Conclusion: The Cowboys want people who think "Cowboys" all the time.

Iby
the team preceeding
announcement. "I f
been taken by surpri
"The only thing th
required is that we pl
last three games. I
football team that h
has just been a break
the way."
The falling out t
and Bidwill involi
coach's refusal to u
25-year-old backup
season, in place o
Hart, the club's re
decade.
PISARKIEWICZN
draft choice in 1977
that Pisarkiewicz ca
in this league," sai
going to take a wh
show that he can do i
Wilson, however,
use Pisarkiewicz d
end of Hart's tenure
"We have a draft
we get to next year
Wilson said. "I thin

C ardinals
yesterday's hasty we have to find out about some people
feel that they had on our team."
se," he said. Wilkinson, in the second year of a
iat Bill Bidwill has four-year contrat, was not at the news
lay Pisarkiewicz the conference and was not immediately
think we have a available for comment.
ias played hard. It DEFENSIVE LINE chief Rudy
k or two short along Feldman said he was shocked.
"In fact, I was talking to Bud this
between Wilkinson morning and he was talking about the
ved the outgoing future," said Feldman.
se Pisarkiewicz, a At Oklahoma, Wilkinson compiled a
in his third pro 145-29-5 record in 17 years, guiding the
f 35-year-old Jim Sooners to 14 titles in the Big Sx, Big
gular for the past Seven and Big Eight conferences before
bowing out to become director of the
was the team's top President's Council on Physical Fitness
. "I have no doubt in 1963. In 1964, he ran unsuccessfully
an play quarterback for a U.S. Senate seat from Oklahoma.
d. Wilson. "It's just UNDER WILKINSON, the Cards lost
ile now for him to their first eight games in 1978.
t." The entire Wilkinson staff will be
said the decision to retained, at least through the end of the
oes. n signal the current year, Bidwill said.
with the club. "He's a fine gentleman, a fine man
coming up before and I still respect him," Bidwill said of
's training camp," Wilkinson. "Basically we justthad to do
k before that draft what wasbest for the football team."

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 29, 1979-Page 9
RUMORS FLY
Bo a Bengal?
By DAN PERRIN
The football season is all but over for the Michigan Wolverines, but head coach
Bo Schembechler is still making the headlines. Rumor has it that Schembechler,
along with at least three others, is being considered for the head coaching job of the
Cincinnati Bengals.
The three others supposedly being considered include Tennessee coach Johnny
Majors, former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian and ex-NFL coach George
Allen.
The rumors started even before any speculation that current Bengal coach
Homer Rice is on the way out. But Cincinnati is 3-10 so far this season with three
games to go, leaving the future of Rice with the Bengals in doubt.
Mike Brown, assistant general manager of the Bengals, refused to talk about
Rice's current status and blamed the media for starting the rumors about a
possible replacement.
"There is nothing to comment on," said Brown in a phone interview late last
night. "The name (Schembechler) was brought up by a newspaper man. It's
purely speculation. In fact, all the names were brought up by the media."
"This (the rumor) shouldn't be used to embarrass Schembechler or anyone
else or our club," Brown added.
According to a recent UPI report, Ohio Governor James A Rhodes was talking
football in Columbus recently when he speculated that Schembechler might be
considered for the job.
Schembechler was in Jacksonville, Fla., yesterday preparing for Michigan's
forthcoming trip to the Gator Bowl and was unavailable for comment.

OSU PLACES SIX, PURDUE FIVE
Blue lands four All-Big Ten spots

Offense
Wide receiver-Elmer Bailey,
Minnesota.
Tight end-Dave Young, Pur-.
due.
Tackles-Steve McKenzie,
Purdue; Ray Snell, Wisconsin.
Guards-Ken Fritz, Ohio State;
Dale Schwan, Purdue.
Center-Jay Hilgenberg, Iowa.
Flanker-Doug Donley, Ohio
State.
Quarterback-Art Schlichter,
Ohio State.
Running backs-BUTCH
WOOLFOLK, MICHIGAN;
Dennis Mosley, Iowa.
Kicker-Vlade Janakievski,

Ohio State.
Defense
Front five-CURTIS GREER,
MICHIGAN; Ken Loushin, Pur-
due; Kenna Turner, Purdue;
Jim Laughlin, Ohio State;
Calvin Clark, Purdue.
Linebackers-RON SIM-
PKINS, MICHIGAN; Dan
Bass, Michigan State; Leven
Weiss, Iowa.
Defensive backs-Tim Wilbur,
Indiana; Mike Guess, Ohio
State; MIKE JOLLY, MICHI-
GAN.
Punter'-Ray Stachowicz,
Michigan State.

By the Associated Press
Four Michigan players gained berths
on the Associated Press' All-Big Ten
team, with tailback Butch Woolfolk and
linebacker Ron Simpkins just missing
unanimous selections. Defensive tackle
Curtis Greer and defensive back Mike
Jolly were also named to the first team.
Big Ten champion Ohio State placed
six players on the first squad, while
second place Purdue landed five of its

players on the first team. The
Buckeyes' brilliant sophomore Art
Schlichter easily outdistanced Purdue's
Mark Herrmann for the quarterbck
slot. Ohio State also placed Mike Guess,
Jim Laughlin, Doug Donley, Ken Fritz,
and Vlade Janakievski on the first
team. Purdue's defensive strength in
-conference play is evidenced by the
selection of linemen Kenna Turner, Ken
Loushin, and Calvin Clark.
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Saban wants changes
in Army football

WEST POINT (AP)-Lou Saban, in
his first year as Army's football coach,
said yesterday the West Point gridiron.
program is in a crisis situation, and he
threatened to quit if the situation is not
remedied.
"The promises made and the
agreements entered into when I signed
my contract have not been fulfilled,"
Saban declared as he called for im-
mediate action by West Point officials.
"I TOLD THEM (apparently Lt.
General Andrew J. Goodpaster, the
Academy superintendent, and Major
General Ray Murphy, the athletic
director) that if I am not given the
tools, then the football program won't
work and there will be no further need
for my services."
Recruiting was the major problem
Saban spoke about, but he also com-
plained about lack of practice time.
Saban said he was not blaming the
crisis for this year's losing season, 2-7-1
before Saturday's game with Navy.
"WE DID BETTER than I expec-
ted," he said. "We had very little
material and no depth to fall back on
when the injuries came."
Saban cited as recruiting problems
the five-year military service commit-
ment awaiting each West Point
graduate and high academic
requirements. He also said he and his
recruiting staff could not go into certain
areas because no congressional appoin-
tments were available there, among
them Chicago, Pittsburgh and Long.
Island in New York.
Saban said he told academy officials:
"If we can't upgrade our talent, then we

can't be competitive with the Penn
States, the Pittsburghs, the Baylors and
the Notre Dames."
THE COACH SAID that not all the
practice and meeting time he under-
stood would be made availble was allot-
ted in the busy schedule the cadets
maintain.
Murphy agreed that most of Saban's
complaints were valid and said, "We
will have to work out the problems of
the nominations and other matters. It
has top priority in our admissions
program."
He also promised extra time for
Saban and his coaches to spend with the
players.
Saban said that while he feels
academy officials are beginning to
realize the seriousness of the problem,
it will take a total commitment to solve
it.
"Right now, I'm very dissatisfied.
There will have to be drastic changes
and soon."

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