WedneWay, March 22,E 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, March 22, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine'
Arizona names Snowden
From Wire Service Reports
University" of Myichigan assist-
ant basketball coach Pred Snow-
den was named head coach at the
University of Arizona yesterday.I
Arizona Athletic Director Dave
Strack announced Snowden's ap-
pointment; saying Snowden will
take over immediately, replacing
Brute Larson, who resigned after
11 years as head coach.
Strack said Snowden was a
"yoithg manwho has great knowl-
edge of basketball and possesses
the qualities to become a very suc-
cessful collegiate head coach."
After four years as assistant to
Johnny Orr at Michigan, Snow-
den, 35, will become the first black
to move into a head coaching spot
with a big league collegiate team.
"I think it's a great opportunity
and a great job," said Snowden
before leaving for Tucson. "The
people who interviewed me were
some of the finest people I've met
and I am impressed with the uni-
versity and its athletic operations."
Snowden will be under the gun
from the start to put a winning
team together as the Wildcats
have never won a Western Athletic
Association championship and
were a weak 6-20 overall this
season. From the start, Snowden
will face local recruiting problems
since in the past Arizona high
school basketball has not provided
the college ranks with a wealth
Snowden will spend ten days in
Tucson during which he will
"form some guidelines and do
some work in connection with
players whom other members of
the staff have been trying to re-
Arizona assistant coach Bob
Hanson has been keeping Snow-
den abreast of his new staffs' re-
cruiting efforts and all indica-
tions are he will be retained by
Strack indicated that it was
difficult to select between Snow-
den and Tom Jorgensen, who was
freshman coach at Michigan un-
der Strack before taking the head
coaching job at Northern Illinois,
a teamwhich appears on Arizona's
schedule next season.
Snowden was an outstanding
athlete at Wayne State Univer-
sity where he captained both the
basketball and baseball teams his
senior year. He started his coach-
ing career at Detroit Northwestern
High School, where he established
an 87-8 record before joining Orr
at Michigan in 1968.
Orr announced yesterday that a
new assistant would probably not
be named for several weeks.
The fox .. .
By The Associated Press I;
Niagara makes semis
E fox is gone. With a little imagination and some friendly
caricature, Fred Snowden even looks like a fox. A hungry
predator, preying on talent and funneling it into Michigan's
Snowden, with his cocky manner and habitual "Hey, babe,"
has turned the page on an amiable chapter of Wolverine bas-
ketball history by departing Ann Arbor for the head coaching
post at the University of Arizona. The press had a field day
during Snowden's four-year tenure, lauding his coaching team-
work with headman Johnny Orr as a new frontier in black-
white cooperation. Such articles always included a picture of
the two smiling coaches and comments letting you know that
they were Mr. Black and Mr. White.
And Snowden's blackness was just as valuable an as-
set as his coaching expertise, enabling him to act as a
liaison man between Michigan and the black players it
Tent fishing for. Black players, talking about Snowden the
man, often characterized him as "smooth, real smooth."
but that's no cut, because Snowden usually had the inter-
ests of the players at heart, as much as any coach can.
A great deal of the credit for Michigan's increased recruit-
ing muscle in the past few years can be laid at Snowden's door.
He's a glib tallier, a hip man, and he's been around: these
qualities weren't lost on talented schoolboys who were leaning
to Michigan. While I never doubted Snowden's competence for
a minute, I often wondered how much of his rap was genuine
and how much was pure public relations. And I'm sure that
some players lost faith in Snowden's words once the honey-
moon of recruitment was over.
Snowden came to Ann Arbor after the Cazzie years, his
reputation as a basketball coach glowing from a phenomenal
stint at Detroit Northwestern. There Snowden had coached
Northwestern's junior varsity teams to an 80-0 mark over five
years, then taken the varsity heins and galloped his teams to
an 87-8 mark and five city titles.
His players included former Michigan State ace Stan
Washington and Wolverines Jim Pitts and Bird Carter. Only
Loften Greene at River Rouge rivaled Fred's coaching record,
and Rouge's competition has always been a cut below that of
Detroit's rugged Public School League.
Not content to confine his prep coaching to the hard-
court, Snowden also guided Northwestern's baseball team.
A few of his diamondmen have since attracted the public
ear, and itre, such as colorful and talented players Willie
Norton and Alex Johnson.
That his coaching career at Michigan would be less suc-
cessful, then, was preordained; how successful it has been de-
pends on who's doing the talking. First Snowden and Orr had
the Tomjanovich teams, nothing to build championship dreams
on, and then the Wilmore et al teams, bursting with talent but
plagued by inconsistency. Talk to the fans who raised a"Dump
Orr" banner at this year's Michigan-Wisconsin game and I'm
sure you would be told that his inconsistency was partly Snow-
den's fault. But, whatever the reason, 1971-72 was a year most
Michigan basketball fans would like to forget, and it has taken
a little of the luster off Snowden's coaching credentials.
Some people will be saddened at Snowden's loss because
they thought he was being groomed for Michigan's head
coaching job of the future, after Orr had stepped upstairs or
called it quits. But this thinking is unrealistic because, had
Orr been replaced, Snowden would probably have been in-
cluded in the purge. Perhaps he took this into considera-
tion when he decided to pull up stakes and head for sunny
Snowden will have a big job ahead of him, because Ari-
zona hasn't been eating anyone up on the court lately. The
Wildcats floundered to a 6-20 record this season and finished
4-10 in the tough Western Athletic Conference. That's plenty
of room for improvement, but Fred's high-powered recruiting
and basketball intellect should lift Arizona into the national
limelight within a few years. At least Snowden will get a
chance to try his head-coaching wings in the college game, as
the first black major college mentor.
And if he's ever had trouble with his sinuses, well, that dry
Arizona climate will be icing on the cake.
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ORAL ROBERTS' ELDON LAWYER, a lightning-quick 6-1 guard,
starts to whirl upcourt after pulling off a bit of thievery from
St. John's Mel Davis (33). Action occurred in the first half of
the NIT quarter-final clash. Rev. Oral Roberts saw his prayers
go unanswered, 94-78.
NEW YORK-St. John's of New
York, behind the 27-point scoring,
effort of Greg Cluess, held Oral
Roberts, the number one scoring
team in the nation, to 29 points
in the first half,' going on to win
94-78 in last night's NIT quarter-
Despite losing star Mel Davis
to an injury in the first half, the
Redmen jumped to a 46-29 -lead
at the half. Davis was carried
from the court and taken to a hos-
pital for what was diagnosed as a
pulled tendon in the right knee.
The Titans made a belated]
charge at the Redmen in the sec-
ond half behind Richie Fuqua.
They trimmed a 19-point deficit to
just six points as the high-scoring
guard flipped in a jump shot to
reduce the score 65-59 with eight
minutes to play.
The Redmen ripped off three
straight baskets, the last by Bill
Schaeffer with six minutes left to
put them ahead for good at 71-60.
Greg Cluess scored 27 points, 16
in the second half to help stem
Oral Roberts' rally. He' also led
all rebounders with 21 before sit-
ting down with two minutes left.
12Davis scored 12 points and had
12 rebounds before his injury af-
ter 15 minutes of play.
Fuqua,the nation's second lead-
ing scorer with a 36.1 average,
managed 30 points. The Titans'
offense, tops in the nation with a
106-point per game average, scored
well below average.
St. John's boosted its record to
19-9 while it was just the second
loss for Oral Roberts in 28 games
NEW YORK - Niagara pressed
Princeton from start to finish and
Marshall Wingate threw in 20,
points as the Purple Eagles upset
the Tigers 65-60 last night, gain-
ing a semi-final berth in the 35th
National Invitation Basketball
Niagara notched a berth in,
Putters, prep for Miami meet
Thursday night's round against
the winner of last night's second
game between St. John's, N.Y.,
and Oral Roberts.
Jacksonville meets Maryland in
the other semifinal match at Mad-
ison Square Garden.
Little Niagara overcame Prince-
ton's brawny front line with a
tenacious defense that forced sev-
eral key turnovers.
The PurpleEagles made the Ivy
Leaguers turn the ball over 13
times in the first half while tak-
ing a 30-28 lead at intermission.
Wingate's leadership on defense
at thegstart of the second half
helped the underdogs score eight
straight points in the first five
minutes as Niagara held Prince-
ton without a field goal during
WEST 2ND AGAIN:
Jabbar grabs MVP
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Kareem Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks has
been named the Most Valuable Player in the National Basketball
A sociation for the 1971-72 season.
It was the Milwaukee center's second award in three professional
years. As Lew Alcindor, he won the honor last year as he led the
Bucks to the NBA championship. The Bucks already have clinched
the Midwest Division this season.
The 7-foot-2 former UCLA All-American received 81 first-place
votes, 52 seconds and 20 thirds in the balloting of NBA players.
Jerry West of Los Angeles finished second in the votingtfor tote
third straight year. Wilt Chamberlain of Los Angeles was third, John
Havlicek of Boston fourth, and Spencer Haywood of Seattle fifth.
Jabbar received 581 total points to West's 393 and Chamberlain's
By BOB HEUER
The Michigan golf team
prepped ,for today's start of the
Miami Invitational by finishing
second in a four-way warm-up
match yesterday at Coral
The linkers grabbed the run-
nerup spot behind Miami with
a four-man team total of 301.
The1Hurricanes won the meet
by 10 strokes finishing at 291.
Michigan finished ahead of both
Bucknell (308) and Western Il-
Yesterday's meet marked the
conclusion of the four-round
preliminaries, held to determine
who will play in the Invitation-
al. Neil Spitalny fired a 72, giv-
ing him a 72-hole total of 306,
good enough for the number
one spot on the team for the
Spitalny and Dan Hunter had
gone into the final round tied
for the team lead at 234. Hunt-
er shot a 73 yesterday and will
play in the second slot.
The rest of the individual
scores ranged from mediocre to
horrendous, the biggest disap-
pointment being the absence of
Captain Gary Balliet and Chuck
Burnham from the six players
eligible for the Invitational.
Burnham skied to an 82 yes-
terday to finish seventh overall
among the team, and Balliet
shot an equally poor 78 to fin-
ish eighth and last in the pre-
Burnham and Balliet are thus
ineligible for team competition
in the tournament. They are
still able to compete, as indi-
Sophomore Craig Ghio cap-
tured the third spot on the
team, despite shooting an 82
yesterday. Rounding out the top
six for Michigan will be Rene
Desmarais, Pete Clark, and Paul
McIntosh, who shot 77, 86, and
79 respectively in the quadrang-
ular meet. Once tournament
play begins, each school takes
the best four scores from its
Coach Bill Newcomb was sat-
isfied with the team's perform-
ance in the preliminaries over-
all. "Our' 301 total of yesterday
was less than a stroke off our
average in last year's tourna-
ment," sid Newcombe, "and we
finished third in that one."
Michigan is the only Big Ten
team playing in the event and
probably the north's strongest
entry. Defending champion Flo-
rida will once again be the team
to beat with the University of
Miami joining the Wolverines
as top challengers for the title.
C. L. R. James
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Milwaukee 111, Houston 94
Los Angeles 109, Chicago 104
Atlanta 117, Philadelphia 111
Detroit 120, Cincinnati 117
Buffalo 114, Baltimore 100
Niagara 65, Princeton 60
St. John's 94, Oral Roberts 78
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