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Thursday, January 7, 1971


Page Seven

Thursday, January 7, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY



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By ELLIOT LEGOW The game was close and fast
moving through the first 12 min-
utes as Michigan held a narrow
returned from its vacation in 27-26 lead. But then the Wolver-
Hawaii last night to register a ines stopped hitting and looked
95-78 victory over the touring Aus- like Fielding Yost's famed point
tralian National team and send a minute team as they scored just
the Australians back home with a seven points in the last eight min-
1-9 record against the Big Ten. utes of the half.
The Wolverines didn't really end
their vacation until f the second Only John Lockard hit from the
half when they rushed back from floor during the cold streak as the
a 41-34 halftime deficit to register Aussie defense held the Wolver.
the victory. ines in check.
Very little of the polish the Wol- By the half the sparse crowd of
verines were supposed to have 931 was beginning to think their
acquired in Hawaii along with favorite team was back to its pre-
their suntans was evident as they vacation depths. But the second
played with little spirit and less half brightened hopes again and
effectiveness in the first 20 mm- Michigan should now be ready for
utes. Michigan shot only 36 per the tough Big Ten schedule ahead,
cent in the half and outrebounded opening this Saturday in Madison
the smaller Aussies only 25-23. against Wisconsin.
No Wolverine hit in double fig- With their win over the Aussies
ures in the half, partially because the Wolverines n6w sport a 7-4
Coach Johnny Orr substituted record overall including seven of
S$ freely. The fast break which was their last eight. The cagers open
so effective during the vacation up the home part of the Big Ten
tournaments was seldom employed season on January 16 against In-
and only yielded one score. diana, the pre-season pick in the
- !v In the second half Michigan conference.
exhibited more determination, es- If they continue ato show the
Henry Wilmore (25) umps for another two pecially center Ken Brady. The consistency they picked up in
6-9 center grabbed 10 rebounds
-_~_-~- ----~_~ ~in the half and intimidated the Hawaii, perhaps they will live up
Aussies from moving into the to their role of championship con-
middle. tender.
The Wolverines also got their
fast break working again and took'
over the lead 48-45 on two consec- MICHIGAN
utive breaks led by Wayne Gra- fg It r tp
biec and Rodney Ford. Fordo6-14 2-2 7 14
The Aussies took the lead for Brady 6-9 4-10 16 16
J I the last time at 53-52 but Mich- Fife 4-6 2-2 4 10
;' sfGrabitec 7-10 1-2 6 15
igan then ran a streak of 18-6 to Lockard 2-4 1-3 3 5
A. LEE KIRK take an 11 point lead and coasted Johnson 0-i 0-1 1 0
the rest of the way. Hart 0-1 0-0 1 0
Brady led the Michigan scoring Hayward 4-12 3-3 1 11
Unearthing an attack with 16 points and was Bussis 0-3 0-1 0 07
assisted by Henry Wilmore and Nicksic 0-0 0-0 1 0
o ,t cof in Grabiec who scored 15 points each. Bazion 1-4 0-0 2 2
Dave Lindstrom led Australia Rea 0-Team 50
Teaam0 0-
with 31 points and center Rocky Totals 37-76 21-33 59 95
A MONG THE interesting stories obfuscated in the New Year' S Crosswhite added 20 before foul-
festivities was Spencer Haywood's sudden jump from ing out. TomUSTRALIAN -5 TEAM6 3
Denver to Seattle. At first glance, Haywood's shift would appear Michigan seemed to be unnerved Koltuiewicz 2-7 0-2 7 4
to be nothing more than a part of the continuing skirmishes in toe first half by a sneaky ma- Crosswhite 7-11 6-8 7 20
between the National Basketball Association and the upstart nuever by Australian Coach Lind- Linasom 10-23 11-11 6 31
American Basketball Association, but there is more to it than say Gaze. Gaze, handed Orr a Kerle 1-3 1-2 2 3
that. - stuffed koala bear right before the Simon 1-3 1-1 2 3
anttisinnuve Johnstone 0-2 2-2 0 1
Denver will presumably go to court to get Haywood back, but opening tipoff and this manuever Maddock 2-3 0-0 1 4
seemed to unsettle the Michigan Team 7
some NBA teams also have tried to get Haywood banned on the team. Totals 26-67 26-32 39 78
grounds that lea ue rules p1rohibit the signing of anyone before ----- -------- -'

Abel resig
tiff with H
DETROIT (R) - Sid Abel, who
has been associated witht the De-
troit Red Wings for nearly all of
his 32 years as a National Hock-
ey League player. coach and exe-
cutive, resigned yesterday as gen-
eral manager of the slumping
Abel's decision to quit the Wings
came in the wake of a dispute
between himself and Head Coach
Ned Harkness, a freshman NHL
"This decision was made by Sid
Abel and by Sid Abel alone." the
52-year-old former Red Wings
captain and coach said.
"I cannot accept this hockey
club and the way it is run. I can-;
not accept the coach who is run-
ning it."
Abel appeared upset and his
voice quivered as he spoke.
When asked to assess the coach-
ing ability of Harkness, who com-.
piled a 163-27-2 record in seven
seasons as coach at Cornell Uni-
versity, Abel replied, "I can't be-,
cause I don't think he is one.
"I might as well be blunt. He
can't coach."
Red Wings owner Bruce A. Nor-.
ris said in a statement he accepted1
Abel's resignation "with the deep-;
est regret and reluctance.
"Because there has recent arisent
certain differences and philoso-
phies as to the hockey club, Sidl
has indicated that he deems it in1
the best interest of all that het
take this step."
Abel has been general managerĀ°
of the Red Wings since April.1962.
Abel had a record of 340 victor-1
ies, 339 losses and 132 ties during1

ns after

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his years as coach of the Red
Wings from 1957 through I as t
The Wings finished first in
1965. made the Stanley Cup play-
of fs eight of lq seasons and were
finalists four times.
The split between Abel and
Harkness came to a head within
the past few days.
Harkness said in a newspaper
interview published Sunday that
Norris had told him, "you are the
victim of our not doing our home-
work for the last 10 years."
In this, Harkness's first season
as a professional coach, the Red
Wings have compiled a 12-21-4
record. They suffered their worst
loss in history last Saturday when
Toronto pounded them 13-0.
"In that time, we've gone
through two expansion drafts,"
Abel replied sharply. "I suppose
he (Harkness) thinks this league
has been sitting around waiting
for him to arrive."
Abel said at his press confer-
'ence that at various times during
the season Harkness had asked
him to trade every player on the
Red Wings team except veteran
superstar Gordie Howe.
Abel said the Red Wings "are
capable of making the playoffs.
They are a fine bunch of fellows
and with proper coaching they can
be in the playoffs."
Harkness gave this reaction af-
ter arriving in Buffalo for a game
"Mr. Abel has a fine record in
the NHL, and I cooperated fully
with him from the time I came to
Detroit. I came to do a job, and
that is what I intend to do.
"I am very sorry that Mr. Abel
has seen fit to demean me per-
sonally. I don't think anyone
benefits by remarks of this kind.
and I am more than willing t)
stand on my record as a coach."

Rodney Ford (43) grabs rebound

Battle set for Big 10 cage title


his college class graduates.
To say that the whole thing is a little 'peculiar is an
understatement. The Denver club signed Haywood as a
hardship case after, he had completed his :sophomore sea-
4 son at the University 'of Detroit. Any hardship Haywood
and his family may have :ever experienced was quickly
eliminated when he signed for a little under two million
dollars on a multi-year contract.
Haywood, was both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable
Player in the ABA last year as Denver won their division after
being last the previous season. Things looked even better for
this season until. Haywood noticed some irregularities in his
contract. It was voided in court and Haywood then signed with
The thought of going up against a player of Haywood's cali-
ber intimidated some NBA owners, and they sought to have
Haywood barred from the league because his college class had
not graduated, but -a judge issued a restraining order preventing
the NBA from invoking this clause.
The whole issue of signing collegiate stars before they
graduate, aggravated by the signing of Haywood and later
Ralph Simpson by the Denver Rockets, could prove to be a
Pandora's box for pro basketball.
When the Rockets signed SimpsonĀ°last summer, the NCAA
brought such pressure on the ABA Commissioner that he de-
clared he would not validate the contract the former Michigan
State star had signed with Derver. The courts, however, ruled
that Simpson could play. This decision, 'coupled with the ruling
in the Haywood case, could alter the, shape of both professional
and college basketball. The ban against premature signings of
collegians has been undermined by the courts, and a run on
college stars by the pros is now a distinct possibility.
IT WOULD BE a disaster for all concerned if this caine
to pass, and although both the colleges and pros presumably
would like to prevent this, the pros are currently torn with in-
ternal bickering. If there is no consensus from the pros against/
the campus forays, there will presumably be more of them.
Conceivably, basketball could end up just like baseball, with
players being signed while they are still in high school.1
This could be very costly for the pros and the quality of the
college game would suffer as well. Admittedly, there is little
evidence to substantiate these fears just now; but the potential
is frightening.
There are those who question whether a college player
should be barred from signing a pro contract just because
he is in college. Although this rule has served both college
and pro teams very well, some allowance must be made
for hardship cases and other exceptions that arise. I
The delicate balance that has existed for years may well
have been toppled by the signings and resignings of Simpson
and Haywood. It is high time that the NBA and ABA put their
inter- and intra-league feuds aside long enough to formulate
some sane clear-cut policy to resolve this problem before it
gets out of hand.

Tankers set for Big Tens,
fae possible Saluki ambush

The Big Ten swings into its
conference basketball schedule
this weekend with the bulk of
its teams sporting winning re-
At this stage of the season
Indiana must be rated the fa-
vorite with a 7-2 mark while
holding down the 13th spot in
the UPI poll. Leading the Hoos-
iers has been sophomore sen-
sation George McGinnis, 6-7,
who is averaging 29.7 points per
Board strength and an out-
standing shooting percentage
has carried the young Indiana
squad thus far this season. The
Hoosiers have taken about 14
caroms per game more than
their opponents.
But five or six teams will be
breathing down the necks of
Indiana this season. Purdue (6-
3), crashed into the list of rank-
ed teams at 20th on the basis of
their upset win over Kentucky
in the Kentucky Invitational

The Michigan swim teams plunge
into two tough meets within a
three day period beginning with
today's frolic at Southern Illinois.
The Salukis pose a threat to the
Wolverines unbeaten status this
season; the Carbondale squad ap-
pears to be improving after plac-
ing eighteenth in' the NCAA cham-
If the mermen are concerned
about the Salukis, they can't help
looking past them to Saturday's
Big Ten Relays to be held in Iowa
City. The Wolverines, with a good
performance, will hold onto their
bridesmaid spot in the competi-
tion. The tremendously favored
Indiana Hoosiers with their col-
lection of past and future Olymp-
ians should carry off the honors
with little trouble.
Going into the Saturday m e e t
the mermen will be riding the crest
of a 2-0 i'ecord in conference com-
petition. Using only half the squad,
the tankers dunked the Purdue
natators in West Lafayette in the
first Big Ten encounter, and fol-
lowed with a 73-50 quashing of
Especially pleasing to c o a c h
Gus Stager was the showing of
two highly touted freshmen, Stu
Isaac and Chris Hansen. Hansen
paddled away with 200 yard back-
stroke event with an impressive
clocking of 2.00.65. Isaac, a breast-
stroker, cruised through the 200,
yard race in two minutes and fif-
teen seconds.
The Wolverines blitzed the wa-
terlogged Badgers in the butterfly

event, taking first and second. By-
ron MacDonald won the event
with a time of 1:55.07 over the 200
yards. Teammate Larry Day
touched second, only 2/l00ths of
a second behind MacDonald.
The Big Ten Relays at I o w a
Saturday is the first of the three
big meets of the season for t h e
tankers. Following later will be
the Big Ten championships at#
Ohio State and the NCAA champ-I
ionships at Iowa State.

Redskins fire Austin, hire
Allen; Cards d mp Winner

By The Associated Press
George Allen, one of pro foot-
ball's most successful coaches, was
hired as head coach of the Na-
tional Football League Washing-
ton Redskins yesterday, a week
after he was fired from a similar
job with the Los Angeles Rams.
Meanwhile. Charley Winner,;
who, survived a 4-9-1 season in
1969 and returned to mold the St.
Louis Cardinals into a 1970 title
contender, was fired as head coach
of the National Football League
Allen's appointment came only
hours after the Redskins fired Bill
Austin, who led Washington to an I
unsuccessful season after being
hand-picked for the head coach-:
ing job by the late Vince Lom-
bardi. 1

after compiling a record of 49-17-1
4, building a loser to a winner in
five years and almost doubling
attendance in Los Angeles.
The dismissal of Winner, whose
continuous tenure of five seasons
was the longest in club history,
was announced by Cardinals Pres-
ident Charles W. "Stormy" Bid-:
will after thetwo met at noon inr
Bidwill's office.
Winner, 46. reorganized the
Cardinals between the 1969 and
1970 seasons and steered them to
a 7-2 record at inidseason last
fall before the club faltered and
finished 8-5-1.I
"We felt that this action had to
be taken in the best interest of the
team." said Bidwill. "It didn't
come as something that was spur
of the moment. We've been dis-
cussing it since the end of the*

Illinois, pre-season pick to take
the Big Ten crown, has played
inconsistently. The Illini started
off to a fast 4-1 mark but play-
ed poorly in the loss to Okla-
homa, 74-72, while shooting a
mediocre 38 percent. In the next
game leading scorer Greg Jack-
son handled Vanderbilt's 7-4
center Steve Turner for an easy
96-79 win. Illinois ran into pre-
viously 10th ranked Villanova
to open the Rainbow Basketball
Classic at Honolulul and suffer-
ed its second defeat of the young
season to give the Illini a 5-2 re-
Michigan competes with In-
diana for the honor of the most
sophomore laden team. A slow
start due doubly to the inexper-
ience of the young players and
the rough opening portion of the
schedule has now been overcome
with six victories in its last sev-
en starts including a 103-87
rout of Villanova.
Minnesota should prove to be
a tough contender for the Big
Ten Title as they enter the con-
ference season with a 6-4 record
with three of their four losses
coming at the hands of highly
ranked Notre Dame, Drake, and
Iowa and Ohio State both en-
ter the Big Ten campaign with
5-4 marks. The Hawkeyes, last
year's conference champs, lost
most of the starters from i t s
hot shooting 1969-70 contingent
and were not given much chance
for a repeat performance. After
a slow start the Hawks began to
gain experience and took four
out of its next six games. Sen-
ior Fred Brown stabilizes t h e
club with a 25 point average.
The Buckeyes have not been



Thursday, Jan. 7th



very '4mpressive thus far but do
have the potential to win it all
as they are led by forward
Jim Cleamons.
Only two conference squads
have losing records to date -
Northwestern and Michigan
State. But even these squads
could scramble the standings
more with a few upsets. The
Wildcats proved they have the
ability as they were impressive
in losses to Notre Dame, 94-88,
and Kentucky, 115-100. The
Spartans upset favored Ne w
Mexico and went on to win the
1970 Lobo Invitational despite
the defection of high scoring
guard RalphrSimpson to the
professional ranks.
Although it's too early in the
season to tell there is a good
chance that no one will .come
out of the conference battle as
the clear-cut best team in the
Big Ten.

The Dekers Club still has a
limited supply of bus tickets
available for tomorrow's hockey
game at Michigan State. In-
quiries should be directed to
Glen Williams at 764-0384. The
cost is five dollars.


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people who count
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Allen. 48 was fired by Ramrs

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President Dan Reeves last week season.


MICHIGAN 95, Australia Nationals 78
Detroit 75. St. Bonaven ure 73
South Carolina 84, Temple 71
Georgia Tech 72, Clemson 55
Virgi:ia Tech 93, Virginia 74
Pittsburgh 82. Geo. Washington 76
N.C. State 83, Maryland 81
Morgan St. 93, Virginia St. 83
King's Point 73, Queens College 58
Wash. & Lee 90, Emory & Henry 58
Rice 77, William & Mary 74
Duquesne 84, Xavier. Ohio 77
Duke 68. Wake Forest 67
Toledo 74, San Diego 70

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