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Page 10-Wednesday, February 7, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Canham critical of

McPHEE, VALENTINE AMONG THE BEST
Rookie icersplaying like veterans

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HOUSTON (AP) - Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham said
yesterday that proposed federal guidelines for equal funding for all men's
and women's intercollegiate athletics could mean the end of competition in
some sports for both men and women athletes.
"Track and field would be one of the first to go, because you're dealing
with numbers," said Canham, here to address an alumni meeting. "You're
dealing with a non-revenue producing sport. What they're talking about now
would end a lot of things for both men andwomen athletes."
Canham is one of the more vocal critics of proposed guidelines outlined
under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, which says men's and women's
intercollegiate athletic programs must be matched dollar for dollar.
Canham suggested that revenue-producing sports like football be
removed from the guidelines and let all non-revenue sports be treated
equally.
"We spent $1.5 million on football last year, but we netted $5 million."
Canham said the plan means that if a university has 300 men athletes
and only 100 women athletes, the next 200 women to join a team
automatically would get a scholarship.
"As affluent as we are in Ann Arbor, we couldn't spend another $1.5
million on women's athletics," Canham said. "If it would cause us trouble,
what about some of the other institutions."

This is the second part of a two-part series
on freshmen in college hockey. Today: the
CCHA.
By DAN PERRIN
While freshmen have become
important factors in the WCHA this
year, they have been vital to teams in
the smaller Central Collegiate Hockey
Association (CCHA), a league boasting
top-notch rookies from top to bottom.
Bowling Green, the CCHA's annual
powerhouse,hcurrently rules the con-
ference with an impressive 28-4-1
overall record and not coincidentally,
features the league's top scorer in
George McPhee, a 20-year-old fresh-
man who has tallied 67 points (overall)
on 30 goals and 37 assists.
McPHEE, A former teammate of
Michigan's Terry Cullen on the Junior
A Holiday Platters in Guelph, Ontario,
is just one of four first-year players who
have contributed immensely to the
Falcons this season.
"In our situation, freshmen had to
help out a lot," explained Bowling
Green coach Ron Mason. "We lost six
excellent hockey players last year.
"With us, it depended on how the
freshmen blended with everyone else,"
continued Mason. "They have filled key
positions and given us depth needed to
win consistently."
FROM SECOND place Ohio State
down to last place Western Michigan,
each team in the CCHA sports at least.

one freshman who has played a key role
on his respective team.
Buckeye Larry Marson 115-32-47) is
second -on the team and eighth in the
league and Jim Baker of Ferris State

A few of the league's coaches offered
their thoughts as to why the rookies are
running rampant.
"NORMALLY FRESHMEN don't
have the pressure on them that the

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Normally

freshmen

don't have the pressure on
them that older players
do; they're able to free

wheel on

the ice more.

Other teams don't watch
them as much.'
-Bowling Green
coach Ron Mason

and was in debt a total of $675,000 when
the Board of Trustees held their annual
meeting in January, 1978.
Consequently, the board proposed
that hockey, being the newest sport, be
dropped in order to get down to the
original deficit. After the official an-
nouncement, a committee headed by
stockbroker Bob Pauli raised enough
money to reinstate the program.
In the meantime, many of the players
had transferred to other schools,
asssuming there was no longer a team
at St. Louis.
SELMAN WAS left with no alter-
native but to put together a team from
scratch. He managed to retain six let-
ternen, brought back five non-
lettermen, pick up a trio of transfers
and recruit 15 freshmen.
Despite the youth of the' team,
Selman's squad has maintained its
composure and skated to a 13-12-3 slate
thus far this season. Much of the credit
for the team's success has to go to
Selman, who put a devastated squad
back together again, and to Chris
Valentine, a 6-0, 195-pound freshman
who has been phenomenal in his initial
year of college hockey.
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(19-22-41) isn't having a bad year him-
self. Northern Michigan's Jeff Pyle,
John Wilson of Lake Superior State and
Western Michigan's Ross Fitzpatrick
also are playing extremely well.
As in the WCHA, first-year players in
the CCHA seem to be dominating play
this seaon, an infrequent occurrence
in college sports.

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older players do," suggested Falcon
coach Mason. "They're able to free-
wheel on the ice."
"Other teams don't really watch
them as much," he added. "They can
go 10, 12 or 14 games unnoticed, score
some points and build their confiden-
ce."
"A lot of the Canadian youngsters are
staying in Junior A Division II or Junior
B so they can remain eligible for
college hockey," said St. Louis coach
Bill Selman. "They know they'll
sacrifice their education if they go into
Major Junior A. (Those playing on this
level are ineligible to play collegiate
hockey and are subsequently often
drafted by professional teams.)
"THE (CANADIAN) youngsters look
at NHL rosters and see more college
players on them," continued Selman.
"They're saying, 'Hey, I can combine
hockey with a good education.' So
naturally, we're getting a better
product."
"Our young Americans join these
(college) rosters and pick up im-
mediately," Selman added. "They im-
prove because, of the type of talent
they're playing with."
Perhaps the best example of the
abundance of freshmen in the CCHA is
the situation at St. Louis where 20 of the
28 team members are non-lettermen.
Of course, this is extremely unusual
and there is an explanation for it.
IN APRIL, 1978, the St. Louis Univer-
sity Board of Trustees voted to drop the
hockey program because of budget
problems. The athletic department was
allowed a maximum $500,000 deficit
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Valentine, who just turned 17 in
December, was recruited, out of the
Midget Triple A League in Quebec
where he tallied an impressive 85 points
in just 33 games. After choosing college
over a bonus contract and a quick route
to the pros through the Major Junior A
league, Valentine entered St. Louis out
of 11th grade at the tender age of 16. He
currently leads the team in scoring and
ranks second in the conference with 65
points overall (24 goals and 41 assists.)
"HE HAS as good hockey sense as
anyone I've seen in my 15 years in
college hockey," said Selman. "He's
real confident even at that age; t'here's
nothing shy about him. He has that ad-
ded quality of quickness needed to stay
in college hockey."
"There's only been one game where
he hasn't scored a point," continued
Selman, "and we lost it, 6-2. The next
night, he picked up four assists and we
won 5-4 in overtime."
"What really makes him unusual is
his young age," added the Billiken's
coach. "To come in that strong at that
age is really something special."
UNFORTiJNAVELYV'f6r Selman,
Valentine and the rest of the Billikens,
the hockey program has once again
been terminated. Low attendance (only
five crowds over 3,000 in 18 games in the
18,000 seat Checkerdome) and budget
problems have done them in again.
"Our biggest concerns now are to
finish the season and to place all our
guys," said Selman.
Selman, who has seep three athletic
directors and four basketball coaches
at St. Louis in his nine years there; ek-
plains the refolding in simple terms. "It
depends on how bad you want a
program. We just didn't have a lot of
support."

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