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Last of the Ninth
Goodbye Woody...
... and none too soon
D EAR WOODY HAYES, ex-coach of Ohio State:
You coached football at Ohio State for 28 years in which you won
many more football games than you lost, filled Ohio Stadium nearly every
Saturday afternoon, slugged anyone you damned well pleased and berated
sportswriters who did not write public relation stories.
You admit you have a temper. Gee, thanks Woody, we were all begin-
ning to wonder just what you have. It's too bad, though, that you're too big a
person to apologize to Clemson's Charlie Bauman. Just because he intercep-
ted a pass in the closing minutes of the Gator Bowl to seal a 17-15 Clemson
victory does not give you the right to smoke him.
As a matter of fact, Woody, you've done a lot of things in your career
that you did not have the right to do. Take 1977 in Ann Arbor when you
decided to smoke ABC cameraman Mike Freedman. He was just doing what
his bosses at ABC told him to do, but your team was losing and you were get-
ting mad and all of a sudden you spot a camera on you. Oh, how that camera
ticked you off. So why didn't you just destroy the camera and leave poor
Mike Freedman alone?
At least you wouldn't have done bodily harm to anyone. Sure, the
camera costs money, but what's money after you brought in all those
millions of dollars into the Ohio State athletic program for so many years.
That's what life's all about-keeping the money coming into Ohio State spor-
ts and winning football games-right, Woody?
Wrong, wrong, and wrong some more. That's where you're all screwed
up. Winning football games is nice, but Woody you made it a mandatory part
of your thinking. As a coach you have to promote a winning attitude, but you
can't let it become your primary need.in life. And I'm afraid, sir, this is
what happened to you.
Winning addiction
You needed to win like a junkie needs a fix. If your team failed to get
that win for you then your brain sufered from withdrawal. You just couldn't
handle it. Admit it, Woody, you would have never hit Charlie Bauman or
Mike Freeman had your beloved Buckeyes been winning.
All of the blame cannot be put on you. Too many people for too long put
up with your antics: the Big Ten, the NCAA, the Columbus press, and the
Ohio State administrators. These people or associations let you become too
big. They allowed you to be an uncontrollable monster, one that everyone
was afraid of.
I couldn't believe the post-game press conference after this year's Ohio
State-Michigan game. As we waited an hour for you to lower yourself to talk
to the media, all the reporters were looking around, guessing as to who you
would pick to explode upora. Then when you finally showed up, nobody wan-
ted to ask anything that might even remotely tick you off.
Finally, you picked your target and when he asked a question you gave it
to him good. Then you stormed out of the press room. Did that make you feel ,
good, Woody? Did it really help you forget the 14-3 loss? Is getting mad the
same remedy for you as methadone is for ex-heroin addicts?
The problem is that losing is not quite as bad as shooting up heroin,
Woody. You don't really need to win even if that's what coaching has done to
your brain. And if this is the case-if you've become so obsessed with win-
ning that it's become a primary need-then that doesn't say much'for the
virtues oftillegiate athletics.
Caught on film
What says even less for college athletics are your antics. How could
you be allowed to get to such a point, to become so big as a college football
coach, where it takes hitting an opposing'college's player to get you fired as
a coach. What's worse is that it took the entire country to see the stage that
you developed to thanks to television coverage and local sports shows'
replays. Had it not been for television you'd probably still be coaching today.
So why don't you destroy your television set? Or have you done that already?
And finally, what says the least for college athletics is that you refuse to
apologize for swinging at Charlie Bauman. For God's sake man, if you don't
want people's respect, fine, you've lost that a long time ago anyway. But for
the sake of college athletics you should apologize, no matter who or what you
think you are.

Gymnasts nipped by
7th ranked Spartans

Michigan State's women gymnasts
should look over their shoulders come
March, because they might find them-
selves in a horse race with Michigan for
state tumbling supremacy.
The 7th-ranked Spartans were given
quite a scare by the unranked but feisty
Wolverines Sunday, and though they
pulled out a 127.35 to 126.10 victory, the
portents of a dogfight for the state
championship were laid out on the
Crisler Arena mats.
foiled when each of its four all-
arounders fell off the balance beam.
"That cost us two points ( point for
each fall) and the meet," said Coach
Scott Ponto. "But overall, I'm very
pleased with our performance."
Otherwise, the Wolverines kept pace
with the experienced Spartans, winning
the floor exercises by 'lz point, and
losing the vaulting and uneven parallel
bars by only .7 points total.
"No doubt about it, they're im-
proved," commented State coach Mike
Kasavana. "And I was disappointed in
our performance, especially on the
floor exercises."
TIlE SPARTANS were handicapped
by the loss of Jennifer Britt, an all-
arounder, who injured an ankle during
the pre-meet warmup. "That hurt us
considerably," said Kasavana. "When
you lose a good all-arounder like that,
you end up losing points. I think things
would have gone much better for us had
she been in there."
Michigan's highest individual all-
arounder was Sara Flom, who placed
third behind State's Mary Beth Eigel
(33.7) and Kit Bunker (32.1). Co-captain
Mia Axon claimed fourth (31.55), while
Wolverine Teresa Bertoncin and MSU's
Colleeen Smith shared fifth-place
honors with 31.2 points.
Although members of both squads,
New Hours at
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TUESDAY: 9:30-6
THURSDAY: 9:30-8:30
FRIDAY: 9:30-8:30
SATURDAY: 9:30:6
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were quick to criticize the stringent
judging of events, Ponto spoke in their
defense. "Every deduction they made
was legitimate. They can justify the
scores they gave the performers," he
commented. "If you can't trust
nationally rated judges, then who can
you trust?"
THE NARROW defeat seemed to
have little, if any, psychological effect
on the team. "We are psyched," said
sophomore Colleen Forrestel. "Sure,
we had a few slipups, but there won't be
any problem correcting them. They
were 7th-ranked and we nearly beat
them, and that gives us a lot to be proud
"We were better today," said Axon,
winner of the beam event. "I think we
felt the pressure out on the beam. Ifve
can just get rid of those falls, then we
can beat them in the state meet."
Meanwhile, the tumblers face several
challenges prior to their March remat-
ch with the Spartans. They return to ac-
tion Friday at the Windy City In-
vitational in Chicago, a meet featuring
teams from all over the Midwest, then
the team returns for its final home meet
of the season February 4th against
Illinois State and Eastern Michigan.

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 23, 1979-Page 11
fiPTop Twenty I UPIlTop Twenty
1. Notre Dame {49) 11--1 1,150 i.Nream(3 lI 9:
2.NothCroin () 142 ,99 2. North Carilina (4) 14-2 55I)
3. Indiana St. (2) 16-0 };; :. Idin St. ( 2) 16-0 452'
4. Michigan St. 11-3 892 ..IdaaS.()1- 5
. . 4. Michigan St. 11-3 403:
5. Louisville 12-3 795 5. Louisville 15-3 358
6. UCLA 1-3 9 6. Duke 12-3 316:
7. Duke 12-3 74: 7. UCLA 12-3 313
8. Illinois1-2 743 l8. linois 16-2 289"
9. Louisana St. 13-2 709 9. Ohio St. (1) 11-4 253«
10.Ohio St. 11-4 5 10. Louisiana St. 13-2 228
I1. Georgetown 14-2 542 11. Marquette 13-2 187
12. Syracuse 14-2 508 12. Georgetown 14,, 158
13. Marquette 13-2 50 13. Syracuse 14-2 144't
14. Texas A&M 15-3 459 14.Texas A&M 15-3 9
15. Arkansas 11-3 282 15 Temple 13-1 83;
16. Temple 13-1 201 16. Texas 11-4 59:
17. Texas 11-4 136 17. Vanderbilt 12-2 55'
18. Alabama 11-4 132 18. Arkansas 11-3 49'
19. Vanderbilt 12-2 116 19. N. Carolina St. 11-6 43
20. N. Carolina St. 11-6 110 20. Alabama 11-4 39.
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