Pag4 10-Thursday, February 15, 1979-The Michigan'Daily
Band Day spotlight
By GEOFF LARCOM
Few things fire up the Michigan Stadium football crowd like a Slippery
Rock victory. Groans or cheers always greet the announcement of the fate of
the little state college in Western Pennsylvania.
And next year, the fans will see the real thing. On Saturday, September
29, Slippery Rock will pla'y Pennsylvania Conference rival Shippensburg
State at Michigan Stadium. Game time will probably be 2:00 p.m., although
Michigan assistant athletic director Charles Harris indicated an exact time
had not been set as yet.
According to Harris, no contracts have been signed, the project is in its
latter development stages however. "It's pretty much set," Harris said.
The game will be part of a band day program resembling those held at
Michigan prior to last year, where high schools from across the state perfor-
med. This year high school band day had to be held while the Wolverines
were on the road, due to the increasing demand for football tickets.
"We're trying to accomplish two things," said Harris. "We want to keep
the band day concept, and also give the fans a chance to see a football game
and have a fun Saturday afternoon."
A the same time, the Wolverines will be in California, going against
California at Berkeley in their first away game of the 1979 season.
The idea to stage the game originally came from Michigan Athletic
Director Don Canham. Canham, who could not be reached for comment
yesterday, came upon the idea as a result of the strong response the Slippery
Rock announcements get at football games.
The situation regarding tickets for the game has not been finalized,
although Harris said it will not be part of a season ticket package.
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By STAN BRADBURY
America - The land of freedom, the
birthplace of equal opportunity and, oh
yeah, the launching pad of foreign track
athletes like Henry Rono, Hasley
Crawford, Wilson Waigwa and friends.
This year's edition of the Michigan
tracksters features three such com-
petitors, all of whom are in their first
season running for the Wolverines.
FROM THE country of Trinidad and
Tobago Michigan has netted two of the
nation's top stars: Andrew Bruce and
Ronald Affoon. And from Jamaica,
Michigan Coach Jack Harvey has walk-
on Neil Fairclough.
Foreigners running for American
universities is a growing trend around
the NCAA. Many coaches are envious of
Texas-E1 Paso's Ted Banks and
Washington State's John Chaplin, who
have built track powerhouses using
predominantly foreign athletes.
Michigan's Harvey maintains that he
still prefers recruiting the Americans
in most cases.
"We don't make a concerted effort to
go outand recruit foreign athletes, but
it's not something that is unnatural to
us." Michigan has had a long history of
occasional foreign runners, including
current assistant coach Kent Bernard
As the balance of collegiate track
powers moves to those schools which
recruit top foreign athletes, Bruce and
Affoon don't feel foreigners are really
detrimental to NCAA track com-
"IT'S GOOD for the Americans
because it gives them more competition
to run better," said Affoon. "When they
get beat they are inspired to go out and
work harder and improve."
Bruce commented, "Track is inter-
national. It's just competing with other
people no matter where you're from.
The end result is just to see who is the
best without regard to where you are
Bruce said the reason foreign
athletes come to the States is "because
it's easier to make a name for yourself
because of the tough competition."
Currently in his second year with the
team, Bernard was in charge of
recruiting Bruce and Affoon. He con-
tacted his old high school track coach in
Trinidad and asked for the best 190 and
quarter-mile men in the country. Bruce
and Affoon, who grew up together and
lived only two blocks apart, filled the
"IT WAS HARD to compare all the
schools and make a decision," said
Bruce. "It came down to two colleges,
one from New Jersey (Seton Hall) and
Michigan. I decided to come to
Michigan because they have a coach
they will receive at Michigan will be
most beneficial in gaining spots on the
Affoon, who was Trinidad and
Tobago's topj quarter miler under 20,
said, "I intend to be the best, to make it
to the top. This is a good place for me to
get my foundation."
BRUCE, THE fastest 100 and 200
meter man under 20, remarked,
"Everybody who reaches this stage in
athletics looks to the Olympics. That is
one reason I came here, because the
in all this snow," said Fairclough: "I
guess I came here because of the
reputation and my father lives close by
Fairclough, a triple jumper, long
jumper and quarter miler, remarked
that the track programs in America are
very similar to those of Jamaica, "The
main difference is the. training
programs here are much harder."
Bruce and Affoon, who had full-time
jobs in Trinidad for one year before en-
tering Michigan, said that without
'Track is international.
It's just competing wit
other people, no matter
where you come from.'
-Andrew Bruce (left)
'Every weekend you run
with the same guys in
meets in Trinidad. I came
here because I wanted the ;
education and the addi r
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(Bernard) who would be more familiar
with my types of problems."
Affoon said, "Every weekend you run
with the same guys in meets in
Trinidad. I came here because I wanted
the education and the additional com-
petition offered. We didn't have all the
facilities either. Before I had to lift
weights in the back of somebody's
Both men are entertaining Olympic
hopes for Moscow in 1980 and both
believe the training and experience
competition would be tougher and help
me reach this goal"
Fairclough,'unlike Bruce and Affoon,
is a non-scholarship sophomore athlete.
"I've profitted more from being here,
both academically and athletically,"
said Fairclough. "It will help me ad=
vance past what I could have done back
in Jamaica. I have a big advantage
here because of all the extra com-
petition, My aim is running in the
"I didn't really want to come up here
track scholarships they would still be
back on the Caribbean island working.
"I guess I made the right decision to
come here," said Affoon. "I haven't
had any regrets coming here thus far."
Neither has Harvey who has been
getting good performances from both
athletes. Bruce has run a 6.1 60-yard
dash, tops on the Wolverines, and was a
member of the world record-setting
sprint medley relay team. Affoon is one
of the top 440 men- at Michigan with a
top clocking of 49.1 so far in the season
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (UPI)-The Big Ten is enjoying its
most successful basketball season in years, but league
Commissioner Wayne Duke said yesterday there is virtually
no chance the conference will move toward a post-season
The Big Ten had four teams in the'top 20 and three teams
tied for the league lead entering today's competition. The
NCAA will take the league champion-and most likely a
second team-but that would leave out two clubs.
However, Duke said athletic directors at member in-
stitutions are staunchly opposed to a post-season tourney to
determine the league's representative. And, despite the
strong showing of teams this year, he doesn't see any
"groundswell" of support to change the stand.
"I don't see this league adopting one now, despite our
great success this year," Duke said in an interview. "It's
been discussed in the past and I don't see any change by the
athletic directors at this time."
The athletic directors will meet today to discuss playoff
plans should teams tie for the title. There are plans for a two-
way and three-way tie but not for a four-way tie.
"The athletic directors feel that an 18-game round-robin
schedule is enough to determine a league champion," Duke
said. "The committee said the only way they could see
having a tourney would be to cut down on the schedule to 14
games. But with attendance so high this year-it's still No. 1
in the nation-I don't think you'll see the schools getting
away from the present setup."
not for Big Ten
$at. 'til 5:30.
Numerous conferences have gone to a post-season tourney
to select the NCAA respresentative and also to draw ad-
ditional revenue into the league's coffers. The Big Ten an
Pacific 10 are the two major conferences which have bucke
the trend and let the regular season champion be the league'
Duke heads the NCAA basketball selection committee
which will meet next month to determine which Big Ten, team
will get another berth. It is possible that five 'teams in th
league will win 20 games and only two can go to the NCAA.
"This is going to happen some years," Duke admitted
"but having a league tournament at the end of the seaso
really isn't going to solve the situation."
He said that in some cases, it could worsen the situation. I
a 10-team tourney was held, it would be possible for a secon
division team to'get hot and win the tournament, leaving
more deserving team "out in the cold," Duke said.
"That happened last year with some of the conferences,'
he said. "We had some teams that were not deserving tha
made it in, and we don't like to see that happen."
* * *
Earvin honored again
CHICAGO-Michigan State's Earvin "Magic" Johnsor
was named Big Ten basketball player of the week yesterday
after leading his team to road victories over conference co
leaders Iowa and Ohio State.
Johnson was the first repeat winner this year. He won thE
weekly award after the third week in January.
In MSU's 60-57 victory over Iowa last week, the 6-foot-
sophomore scored 12 points, hauled down 13 rebounds and
earned four assists.
Against Ohio State, Johnson scored a team-high 26 points!
pulled down 10 rebounds and had seven assists. The Spartant
won the game 73-57.
In the'two games Johnson was 20 for 24 from the fred
throw line. * * * -Al
Badger rejoins team
MADION-Freshman reserve forward James "Snuffy"
Smith, suspended from the University of Wisconsin basket
ball team after a reported shouting match with Coach Bill
Cofield a week earlier, was reinstated Tuesday.
Smith is to travel with the Badgers to Champaign, Ill., for
their game with Illinois tonight. He missed two games during
his supension, which Cofield had said would be indefinit'e.
"Coach Cofied and James Smith had a meeting and talked
things over. James Smith was back practicing with the team
and will make the trip," said Jim Mott, UW sports infor.
mation director. -AP
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