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ND clash special for Staton

March 4 in the Pontiac Silverdome -
a date that's been on Wolverine basket-
ball captain Tom Staton's mind for
some time.
Second-ranked Notre Dame is the op-
ponent, and a victory over the Irish in
the season finale would sound at least
one positive note in what has been an
otherwise dismal season for the
graduating guard.
BUT BEYOND the pride an upset vic-
tory over the Irish would bring Staton,
the game offers a chance to get back at
an old and friendly rival, Notre Dame's
senior pivotman Bruce Flowers.
Fohowers, who like Staton, is playing
his last regular season college game, is
pretty darn familiar with the defensive

Twice a year the two schools would
face each other in league play, once
early on in the year and the other at the
tail end of the season. After the first
game, there was always a great
buildup, as the state high school playof-
fs approached and speculation'on who
the eventual champion would be began
to mount.
Staton remembers well the matchups
during his senior year against
Flowers, who averaged 28 points and
20 rebounds during his senior year at
"Even though he played center, I
guarded him on defense since I was the
biggest player on the Ferndale team,"
said Staton. "In the last game we
played against each other, we both
scored over thirty points."
THE TWO all-staters' next meeting

Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky.
In that game, Staton snatched for
himself a share of the limelight that
came from the Wolverines' 80-76 upset
of the Irish, coming off the bench in the
final minutes to spark Michigan.
"I came in and had to guard Adrian
Dantley after Waymann Britt fouled
out," Staton recalled. "I guarded him
the last eight minutes and one free
throw was all he got."
Staton scored seven . points during
that stretch, and his steal from Dantley
with three minutes to go helped seal the
Irish's doom. -1
PLAYING BEHIND a starting lineup
of Rickey Green, Steve Grote,
Waymann Britt, Johnny Robinson and
Phil Hubbard, the last Notre Dame con-
frontation was naturally a career
highlight for Staton.

Johnny Orr, whose Wolverine teams
have knocked off the Irish four straight
times since Phelps took over the
coaching reins in 1971.
Ticket sales for .the game have
swelled to 37,000 with more expected
from the $12.00 and $14.00 ticket sales at
the gate at the Silverdome. Of the 37,000
seats allotted the two schools to sell,
Michigan received 25,000 and Notre
Dame 12,000.
DESPITE THE enormity of the ex-
pected crowd, don't make any bets on it
being the largest ever for a college
basketball game. A record 52,693
showed up in the Astrodome on January
20, 1968 to witness the classic matchup
between Elvin Hayes of Houston and
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (then Lew
Alcindor) of UCLA.


1. Indiana St. (29)
2. Notre Dame (3)
3. UCLA (2)
4. Michigan St. (1)
5. Syracuse
6. Duke,
7. No. Carolina
8. LSU
9. Arkansas
10. Iowa
11. DePaul
12. Marquette
13. Temple
14. Texas
15. Georgetown
16. Louisville
17. Ohio State
18. Purdue
19. USF
20. Detroit

26-0 511
21-3 462
21-4 413
24-0 413
20-5 372
24-2 350
204 288
21-5 269
22-4 262
21-4 184
19-6 179
20-4 177
19-5 154
22-3 105
20-6 101
22-4 73
23-6 68
17-8 53
21-7 40
21-5 31
21-5 24

1. Indiana St. (51)
2. Notre Dame (7)
3. UCLA2 )
4. Michigan St. (1)
5. Duke
7. North Carolina
8. Louisiana St.
9. Arkansas
10. Marquette
10. Iowa
12. Temple
13. Louisville
14. Texas
15. DePaul
16. Georgetown
17. Ohio St.
18. Detroit
19. Purdue
20. San Francisco

204 '


AP Top Twenty',


Indiana St., the only major college team to remain undefeated this
season, captured the number one spot in both college basketball polls today.
The Sycamores, 26-0 and ranked second last week, combined a nationally
televised victory over Wichita State, 109-84, plus a UCLA loss to Washington,
69-68, to become the nation's top ranked team. Notre Dame, third last week,
moved up to second. Four Big Ten teams, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State,
and Purdue, were also in the top twenty in both polls.





wasn't to occur until the next year's Now, three years later, it looks as if In that game, the upstart Cougars
NCAA tournament, when the Irish met Irish Coach Digger Phelps may finally toppled the number-one ranked Bruins
the Wolverines in the semifinal of the break into the win column against 71-69.
Women tracksters upset

tull court

Tom Staton

whirlwind from Ferndale High School.
The two were rivals throughout their
high school basketball careers, waging
on-the-court battles that left.the state
roundball scene continually buzzing
with excitement.
It was the perfect matchup. Flowers,
the domineering big man, facing
Staton, the veritable Tasmanian Devil
on the basketball floor, as Berkeley and
Ferndale met to determine bragging
rights in the Southeastern Michigan
"IT WAS A great three-year rivalry,"
said Staton. "Berkley was always the
champ in the league, and we were
always runners-up."

There is a storm brewi
Athletic Department, but it m
a tempest in a teapot. Two m
the women's track team, d
with the lot of their team, ar
the Athletic Department of
In a letter published in
Daily, Sheila Mayberry ai
Supler presented two probl
felt to be based on
discrimination: the problen
ning the scheduling of the1
field facilities, and the I
women's cross country team.
The problem of facilities, th
lay in the fact that the track
not getting scheduling prio
should during its, indoor se
stead, the baseball team wm
allowed to practice during tim
for men's and women's track.
Because three members of
Janice Downer, Supler and R
needed to work out with a
coach at a separate time frog

of the team, they were alloted 2-3 in the
ng in the afternoon for practice. Some members
ay be only of the baseball team were practicing
iembers of during that time, however, and
issatisfied harassed the women.
e accusing "We couldn't finish a workout or
sex-based anything," said Downer. "They came
in and they wouldn't compromise."
Saturday's Most people involved feel that the
nd Blaise scheduling problem is largely one of a
em they lak of facilities.
imseyal 'Facilities are the only real problem
sexual we have,"said women's coach Red
n concer- S"h h'
track and Simmons. 'The bigger the women's
ack of a prograjn gets, the more ofca problem
that will be. It all takes space," he ad-
ey stated, ADded.
team was Asssociate Athletic Director Don
rity as it Lund insisted that scheduling was not a
eason. In- problem. "Everything is resolved," he
was being said. "The schedule is set."
nes alloted As for as the overcrowding went, he
admitted, "There's nothing you can do
the team, about it."
Mayberry In addition, football practice has
idistance thrown a monkeywrench into the
the rest scheduling. "The real root of the
problem is the football team," said
Supler. "They are always given first
Because the football team pushes the
baseball team out of its regular prac-
tice time, the baseball team pushes
track out. Overlapping with the men's
Srtrack team, however, does not seem to
.bea real issue.
"If anything, the men are working
with them (the Ngomen)," said Sim-
's job has mons.
:e 1975. "I Men's coach Jack Harvey concurred.
recruiting "The men's and women's teams are
coach ad- compatible," he said. "It (overlapping
practice) hasn't bothered us and I don't
ired, I've think it's bothered many of them."
ion myself Although practice times were strictly
critical of defined at the beginning of the season,
ntensity. I the teams have started to overlap in
the water. their scheduling.
oo hard. "It gets hectic at times," admitted
hers' work Julie Clifford, another member of the
e have to women's team. "Baseball is definitely
t for each dangerous," she added.
Clifford, however, did not seem to
ac stated, think that the scheduling jumble is
ts here to aimed at the women in particular. "I

don't think it's sexist," she commented.
"The guys' team put up with the same
-Downer seemed more dissatisfied
with the situation. "Earlier I was fed up
with the whole thing, but I gave up
thinking something could be done," she
Downer also felt that the men's team
was a problem at first. "In December it
seemed like we were always running in-
to each other."
The cross country issue will not be
resolved until at least 1980. The Board
in Control of Athletics at the University
met two years ago to vote on the status
of several potential varsity sports and
approved softball and basketball as
varsity sports for women.
The board put a moratorium on con-
sidering cross country until 1980. "I am
almost certain that the decision was not
related to men's or women's sports,"
stated Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Henry Johnson, a member of the
board. "The only reason I can think Qf
(for the moratorium) was that the
Board in Control voted not to promote
any new sport, men's or women's, to
Johnson added that the delay was "to
expand and increase support to
(women's) basketball and swimming."
Supler and Mayberry were not
satisfied with that response. "Mr
Harris (Charles Harris, Assistant
Athletic Director) told us that cross
country was an entirely different
situation than those considered by the
board," said Supler.
Haris was not available for comment
on the situation.
Supler's and Mayberry's complaint
about facilities is an urgent one; both
men's and women's track need to have
proper facilities during their indoor
The question of sexism, however, is
one that has yet to be resolved. Regar-
dless of whether or not they have a
legitimate complaint in this area, they
have been having trouble getting
results from the Athletic Department
since December when they first started

Isaac key.to
tanker suee'es

The troops are in line
but iseverythingine
A NOTHER CHAPTER in the continuing saga of Michigan basketball
was written yesterday.
While attendance at Michigan's first practice since Johnny Orr's tongue-
lashing on Saturday was 100 percent, the question remains open to debate
whether the players are as equally behind their coach.
Orr had stated after the Purdue game that "if they don't want to play as
a team then don't show up for practice on Tuesday." But everyone was
there, including the players dealt the sharpest criticism-seniors Tom
Staton, Alan Hardy and Phil Hubbard. In fact, Staton and Hubbard were the
first ones out on the floor for warm-ups.
After a brief warm-up period, Orr called his troops down to one end of
the Crisler Arena floor and sat down in the blue cushioned seats. He then in-
structed a team manager to politely request the working press to depart the
And so the crowd of one departed.
Afterward, it was difficult to determine just what transpired at this
meeting. Coming on the heels of Orr's 'individualistic play' attack, it was
logical to assume that something heavy went down. But no one would say
later that all the problems had been resolved.
"We went over what we feel the problems were," said assistant coach
Bill Frieder. "What we have to do is play hard and play-together." But
Frieder also said that the discussion centered on player performance, and
didn't deal at all with Orr's criticisms of individual players.
It would seem that this is the real problem which needs addressing, as
one has to wonder what the team's reaction to Orr's Saturday Evening
Massacre was.
If you were a player, and your coach suddenly launched into an un-
characteristic attack on your most experienced teammtsates, what would - y
your reaction be? Can you still have complete respect for a man who-;
publicly criticizes individual players, especially when there is some question
as to the validity of the remarks?{
The motivation behind Orr's remarks is also open to discussion. Some-of
the players say that Orr was just trying to wake them up. "I think the
coaches are just doing everything they can to keep us motivated," said Paul
But I'm not sure Orr went about it int.the best possible way. A public at-
tack on Staton, who not only is the co-captain but very much respected in the
eyes of his teammates, would seem to do team morale more harm than good.
Still, no one will admit there is a morale problem. "I'd say it's pretty
good under the circumstances," Frieder said. "It's as good or better as any
team in the second division in the league."
The players, at least verbally, say things are fine. Even Staton says,
"I'd say our general attitude is pretty decent." But he says it in a hushed
voice, and isn't very convincing.
The players are equally hesitant to voice a reaction regarding Orr's
remarks. Some say they don't read the papers. Other say, "Coach is free to
say anything he wants." No one will come out and defend the criticized
players, and Heuerman said, "No one's really talking about it,"
But it seems evident in their actions that all is not well. The fun seems to
have gone out of the game. There is little of the frolicking and joking around
that accompanied practices earlier in the year.
You can't fault a player for being reluctant to criticize the coach.
Nobody wants to take a controversial stand, because that would hurt your
standing with the coaching staff and ultimately your playing time.
A lot of the problems with the team's mental outlook can be attributed to
the fact that Michigan has had a losing season, and nobody can have fun on a
loser. But Orr's latest action seems to have only accentuated the problems
instead of alleviating them.

With the continued success of the
women's swimming program at
Michigan, credit must be given to the
force behind the team, Coach Stu Isaac.
In five years of coaching the
Wolverine tankers, Coach Isaac has
captured the Big Ten title the last four
years. This year, the women claimed
the title by finishing over 300 points
ahead of their closest competitor in the
Big Ten championship meet.
ISAAC WAS NOT a newcomer to the
sport of swimming when he took over
the reins of the women tankers in 1975.
He has been actively involved in the
sport for a large portion of his life. -
Isaac has held national age-group
records along with being an NCAA and
AAU finalist in the breaststroke events.
He has also represented the United
States at several major competitions
throughout the world.
"The sport had been good to me,"
said Isaac, giving his reason for wan-
ting to coach. "I wanted to see if I could
be successful in making a contribution
to swimming."
The women's swimming program has
come a long way since Isaac first ap-
peared on the scene. "When I first
came here, coaching was a real leisure
time hobby. I don't remember much of
the first season," Isaac noted. "There
were no national stars, the rest of the
Big Ten wasn't too good. We started
winning because we were working har-
der than anyone else, not because we
were that much better."
"WHEN YOU start to get better
teams, you get more talent. We were
working harder than anyone else and
getting more talent. Good swimmers go
to a better program."
Isaac won his first Big Ten title in
1976 (the last time it was held in Ann
Arbor before this year). After he won
his second, swimmers began to give
Michigan a good long look.
"I think it was the Rutgers meet in
1977 that turned the program around.
By knocking off one of the major
Eastern powers, it made us realize that
we could be a national power," Coach
Isaac reflected. "Then, last year at
nationals we finished ninth. It made a
lot of people realize how good our
program is."
0% AV 1%.r

The women's swim coach
increased tremendously sinc
do much more coaching and
than I ever did before," the
"As the program's matu
tried different-things. I questi
more than ever. I tend to be
myself. It's hard to keep the i
demand a lot of discipline in t
Often I worry if I'm pushing-t
"MY WORK and the swimn
has paid off. Ultimately, w
have a lot of mutual respect
On the team's future, Isa
"There are all the ingredien
make Michigan a national p
many schools have the same
not many at all. There is noi
couldn't become a national p
of the top few schools in the co
One of the big issues hangi
future for women's swimn
women's athletics in gener
Title IX dispute. "Our travel
is fine, we have no complain
noted. "With regard to sc
money, the basic problem has
fusion. Our hands have been
by difficulties with the polic
women's athletic departm
budget is increasing, and v
tually approach the men's."
Coach Isaac stated he woul
stay and see the program tf
what it could be. Right now, I
enjoyment, for thelove of it. T
better place to be coach. But
single with little responsibilit3
have a family I'm going to ha
for a more secure job. I do
where the University is goir
women are concerned. I'm
staying here next year. Two yf
now is just a cloud on the horiz

ower. Not
reason we
ower, one
ring in the
ping, and
al, is the
ts," Isaac
been con-
tied more
ies of the
ent. The
will even-
d "like to
hrough to
coach for
here is no
tnow I'm
y. When I
ve to look
)n't know
ng where
ears from'

Matme n await NCAA


Despite losing his conference crown
during last weekend's Big Ten
wrestling tournament, senior Mark
Churella and Wolverine teammates Bill
Petoskey and Steve Fraser secured
berths for the NCAA tournament in
Ames, Iowa March 8-10.
Ipwa, in the process, won their sixth
straight Big Ten title finishing with
1061/2 team points (including six in-
dividual titles), 16 points ahead of
second place Wisconsin. Trailing far
behind were Minnesota 64/2, Michigan
State 301/2, Michigan 261/2, Illinois 21,
Indiana 13, Ohio State 121/2, North-
western 7 and Purdue 3 . The top four
teams will represent the Big Ten in the
NCAA tournament next week.
Churella, who had a 39-1 mark, two
Big Ten crowns, two NCAA titles and
the No. 1 seed going into the match was

outpointed 6-4
Mike DeAnna.

in overtime by Iowa's

DeAnna had lost twice previously to
Churella during the regular season. Af-
ter defeating Churella, DeAnna became
a unanimous choice for the tour-
nament's outstanding wrestler award.
According to Michigan coach Dale
Bahr, "Mark wrestled his worst match
of the year and his opponent (DeAnna)
wrestled his best."
But in defense of the Olypic candidate
Bahr added. "He (Churella) wasn't
feeling well all weekend. He woke up
the other morning with swollen glands.
He feels a little better today (Tuesday).
And knowing Mark, he'll be practicing
twice a day soon in preparation for the
Like Churella, junior Steve Fraser
also placed second in the tournament.
Wrestling at 190 pounds, Fraser too was
outpointed, 7-3 by Wisconsin's Mitch
A major disappointment for the
Michigan squad was the performance
of heavyweight Steve Bennett. "After
the top-seeded grappler lost in the early
going, I thought Steve had a chance to
win it all," said Bahr. "But it didn't

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Sycamores roll on,
By The Associated Press
TERRE HAUTE, ind.-Larry Bird scored 29 points and pulled down
15 rebounds last night as top-ranked unbeaten Indiana State defeated West
Texas State 94-84 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference
basketball tournament.
THE BUFFALOES, sparked by the shooting of freshman guard Eddie
Harris, who finished with 27 points, led for most of the first half and trailed


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