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Page 10-Thursday, March 22, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Boyce rumored for
E1VIU coaching job
By DAVE RENBARGER
Michigan assistant basketball coach Jim Boyce is reportedly under
consideration for the vacant head coaching position at Eastern Michigan.
Although Boyce is currently out of town recruiting and EMU Athletic
Director Alex Agase would not confirm the report, a Michigan Athletic
Department spokesman yesterday made the information known.
Eastern Michigan fired coach Ray Scott two weeks ago after the former
NBA Coach of the Year led the Hurons to a 29-52 won-loss mark in three.
years.
AGASE DECLINED to name anyone under consideration for the vacan-
cy, adding that a selection committee will continue reviewing potential can-
didates until March 29 and make its recommendation sometime after that
date.
"We're past the embryonic stage," said Agase of the search. "We
always keep all information regarding those under consideration confiden-
tial."
Boyce has been with the Wolverines for four years, and is regarded as
one of the finest recruiters in the midwest. Currently the third man in the
Michigaricoaching hierarchy, Boyce spent three years as an assistant at the
Univorsit of Detroit before arriving in Ann Arbor. Prior to that, the 41-year
old coach w s head man at Detroit Northwestern High School for nine years.
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LOOKING TO FILL OUT PITCHING STAFF
Benedict shufling diamondmen

By DIANE SILVER
After surviving some crowded practices amidst
the racket of the Track and Tennis Building, the
Michigan baseball team moved outdoors to Fisher
Stadium this week for two final weeks of preparation
before the season begins April 3 at Toledo.
The Wolverines will sport a new facade this year
since eight regular members of last year's NCAA fif-
th place team graduated. And Moby Benedict, in his
17th year as coach, is still uncertain as to who will fill
the empty positions.
"Of course we know that George Foussianes can
play infield and Ricky Leach and Vic Ray can play
outfield," said Benedict. "Jim Capoferi is an ex-
perienced hitter, and we have a fine pitching staff
with (Steve) Howe, (Steve) Perry and (Mark) Clin-
ton. But beyond that, there's a lot of questions."
Although Benedict will have a lot of new positions
to cast, he pointed out, "You're always hurting when
you lose experienced players, but that's all part of the
college game."
Pitching is probably the most important area that
needs rebuilding, according to Benedict. The bat-
smen lost three starting pitchers last year-Craig
McGinnis, Bill Stennet, and Tom Owens.
"We have four games a weekend and three ex-
perienced pitchers. We have to come up with a fourth
pitcher and some relievers. That's a problem," said
Benedict.
The lefthanded Howe will return to key the
Wolverine pitching. He went 11-3 last year, setting a
new Michigan record for most wins in one season.
Perry (3-1 last year) and Clinton (2-0) will also be
back to form the base of the mound staff.
"Pitching is the name," said Benedict. "You can
have a super ball club, but if you don't have good pit-
ching, you're going to lose games."
The pitchers, as well as the rest of the squad, got a
chance to audition for their mentor earlier this month
at Tigertown in Lakeland, Florida, where the

"It could have been much better," said Benedict.
"We got three games rained out. That's not good."
Notable batting performances were turned in by
Foussianes and Dale Mason. Foussianes batted .364
including a double, a triple, and two home runs, while
Mason turned out a .357 with a double and a triple.
Senior catcher Capoferi, returning with the best
fielding percentage on the team (.992 last year),
strengthened the catching chores in Lakeland, along
with sophomore Gerry Hool. Freshman John Young
also lent muscle to the catching corps with 11 put outs
in 11 attempts.
Other faces new to the team, but not to Michigan
athletics, include Wolverine gridders Mike Jolly and
Jim Paciorek. Although both posted solid performan-
ces in Florida, spring football practice may interfere

with their improvement and progress on the baseball
field.
"Baseball is a very technical sport, a very skilled
sport. You don't learn the fundamentals in a day,"
said Benedict.
"Paciorek's got some talent," he added. "The only
problem is he isn't around for practice. The same is
true for Jolly. Both have a lot of learning to do."
The Wolverines will have their work cut out for
them in trying to successfully defend their Big Ten
title. Ohio State, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan State
should all provide some challenging competition for
Michigan, according to Benedict.
"We have a lot of work to do this season if we are
going to be a contender."

1.

0

Wolverine baseball
success depends on con-
tinued excellence from
battery matesSteve
How (right) and :Jim
Capoferi. After winning
a record eleven games
in twelve starts last
season, pitcher Howe
will be expected to an-
chor the pitching staff.
As a pitcher for the An-
chorage Glacier Pilots
in Alaska last summer,
Howe was voted the
team's most valuable
player.
Everyone's favorite
catcher, 'Cap' returns
as the team leader for
fielding accuracy. A
strong man with the
bat, Capoferi finished
last season as
Michigan's second
leading hitter at .306.

Wolverines went 4-4 during ten days
training.

of spring

Jim Capoferi

Steve Howe

BILLBOARD
The department of physical educa-
tion is sponsoring an open house this
weekend at the newly-opened fitness
and sportsaresearch laboratory located
in the CCRB. The public is welcome on
Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Sunday from
2-6 p.m. to come and learn about the
lab's facilities and services.

DEADLINE FOR ORDERS JUNE 1:

Grid ticket money due up front

By LEE KATTERMAN
Start saving those pennies if you
want to witness the battle between the
Wolverine football machine and Notre
Dame's Fighting Irish in person next
fall.
According to a new ticket policy, all
students must turn in a ticket ap-
plication and $31.50 to the Athletic
Ticket Office at the corner of Hoover
and State Streets by June 1. Students
who fail to do this will lose their right to
purchase a book of student tickets.
PREVIOUSLY, students were
allowed to include the cost of football
tickets in their September tuition
payment.
Seat locations will be assigned by the
same lottery system used last year, A
random list of students.ineach of the
four ticket priority groups will be used
by the Ticket Office to distribute seats.
The changes in ticket policy are a
result of the skyrocketing interest in
Michigan football, according to Ticket
Manager Al Renfrew. Students have an
automatic option to purchase tickets,

but this led to some problems for the
Athletic Ticket Office last fall.
"MANY STUDENTS reserved tickets
last year and didn't pick them up," said
Renfew. "By having the students pay in
advance, we hope to prevent that."
About 32,000 tickets have been set
aside for students. The object of advan-
ce payment and the June 1 deadline for
orders is to get an accurate count of the
tickets that will go to students.
Since there already is a waiting list
for alumni tickets, any of the 32,000
tickets not ordered by students will go
to meet this demand.
"THERE ARE graduating seniors
who have been going to games for four
years and now need a hand in getting
tickets as new alumni," said Renfrew.
"This is the group we hope to help with
the new procedures."
Any alumni-to-be, new faculty and
staff who want tickets should contact
the Athletic Ticket Office. If tickets
become available after June 1, these
people will be notified.
For those students who pay for their
tickets this spring but change plans and
do not enroll in Michigan for the fall,
refunds are available. However, the
deadline for a refund application is
August 31.
TICKETS CAN be picked up from
August 16 to August 31 at the Athletic
Ticket Office, 1000 South State Street.

During the week preceding the first
home football game, September 4-8,
tickets will be distributed from the
Track-Tennis Building, located behind
Yost Ice Arena on State Street.
Ticket applications are available at
the Athletic Ticket Office and will also
be mailed to each student, twice this
spring. In April, a first mailing will go
to the student's local address. The same
information will go to students again in
mid-May, but to the permanent address
on file with the University.
BULLETIN
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Gary
Cunningham is definitely
resigning as coach of the UCLA
basketball team and former
Denver Nuggets Coach Larry
Brown is the top candidate to
replace him, it was reported
yesterday.
UCLA officials have refused com-
ment on Cunningham's possible
resignation, but havf scheduled a
"major news conference" concerning
the issue.
Jim Healy, sports director of KLAC
radio, said UCLA Athletic Director J.
D. Morgan had met with Brown recen-
tly and that Brown was coming to Los
Angeles tomorrow for further talks.

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