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Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, January 8, 1971


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Basketball's top ranked teams
have become a target range this
season for upset minded upstarts.
The result has been confusion as:
to how good these top teams really
Bearing the brunt of the pot-
shots have been Duke and Jack-
sonville. Only powerful and well
balanced UCLA, Marquette, South-!
ern California and Pennsylvania'
Cage bosses
trade threats
By The Associated Press
Basketball commissioners Walter
Kennedy and Jack Dolph both is-
sued warnings that the profes-
sional sports scene may be in for
more battles and controversies in
statements made yesterday.
Dolph, commissioner of t h e
American Basketball Association
said that ABA teams will take re-
taliatory measures against Na-
tional Basketball Association
teams because of the Spencer
Haywood case.
"I predict retaliatory measures
will be taken by ABA clubs against
NBA teams whenever possible,"
Dolph warned. "And I predict it
will greatly increase the ABA's
intensity as far as this year's col-
lege graduating class is concern-




remain with unblemished records
among the pre-season's top picks.
Duke (8-4), ranked high in the
top ten before the season, prompt-
ly lost four out of its first seven
starts. They recovered well, rally-
ing to a five game win streak. All-
American candidate Randy Den-
ton leads the Blue Devils with 22.9
points and 13.2 rebounds per con-
The first to stun Duke was Vir-
ginia which t o o k advantage of
numerous miscues for a 75-70 vic-
tory. The other losses w e r e to
tough South Carolina, Wake For-
est, and North Carolina.
With towering 7-2 Artis Gil-
more sweeping the boards clean
and peppering the nets for 29.3
points a game, and with four of
five starters returning from -last
year's NCAA runner-up squad one
has to believe that Jacksonville
(7-2) is pointing towards a re-
match with those mighty Bruins.
But perhaps the Dolphins were
-caught looking too far ahead as a
good Western Kentucky (9-1)
team rolled over the giants from
Jacksonville by 13 points with a
giant of their own, 7-0 Jim Mc-
Daniels, doing most of the dam-
Coach Adorph Rupp has been
winning ball games at Kentucky
for quite a few years and appears
to have the material to possibly
stop UCLA's bid for an unprece-
dented fifth national title despite
two early season snags - losses
to Purdue 89-83 and Austin Carr
led Notre Dame 99-92 - and the
graduation of All-American Dan
Mike Casey. All-Southeast Con-
ference guard two years ago is
hitting at a 21.3 clip while two
fine forwards, Larry Steele and
Tom Parker add both offense and
Notre Dame and South Carolina

are prime examples of top ranked
teams knocking each other off.
The Irish led by Austin Carr's 39.1
average have won six of their first
eight contests with b o t h losses
coming to ranked teams, South
Carolina and Indiana. Notre Dame
then turned around and nipped
favored Kentucky.
The Gamecocks from South
Carolina were breezing along with
a 9-0 record and a second place
ranking when they ran into strong
North Carolina. The T a r Heels
stopped the Gamecocks and super
guard John Roche with a 15 point
win. B u t earlier in the season
South Carolina gained h a r d
fought victories over both West-
ern Kentucky and Notre D am e
But despite all the goings on in
the rest of the top ten, UCLA con-
tinues to r o 11 right along with
their awesome front line of Sid-
ney Wicks, Curtis Rowe. and
Steve Patterson. The Bruins take
on ranked and undefeated South-
ern California next month, and,
the question is: will the pattern of
upsets continue?

--vaily-Denny Gainer
AUSTIN CARR, Notre Dame's All-American guard lays up a
shot against Michigan in an Irish victory earlier this season.
The Irish, 6-2 on the season, have slipped out of the top ten
after losses to Indiana and South Carolina.







Kennedy, the NBA commissior
said an adverse ruling in toda
court hearing of the Haywood c
could cause chaos in professio:
sports. Judge Warren Fergus
holds a hearing on a bid to ma
permanent the injunction ch,
lenging the NBA rule that no plf
er can be signed whose coll(
class has not graduated.

Brown named top pro coachi
By The Associated Press Brown's Bengals beat out his yesterday he is retaining J e r r y
Paul Brown, the 62-year-old former club, the C 1 e v e 1 a n d I Williams as head coach of the Na-
taskmaster who guided'Cincin- Browns, for the American Football tional Football League team.
nati's three-year-old Bengals to a Conference's Central Division title The announcement at a news
startling divisional conquest, was by winning their last seven regu- conference in the Eagles' office
selected yesterday by The Assoc- lar season games. confirmed the Associated P r e s s
iated Press as the National Foot- The Cleveland Browns n a m e d report Wednesday that Tose had
ball League's 1970 Coach of the offensive coach Nick Skorich. 49, decided to let Williams complete4
Year. to succeed Blanton Collier, who the final year of a 3-year con-
retired at the end of the 1970 sea- tract.
Brown, who captured American son, as Cleveland's head coach. In college football, Kansas head
Football League coaching honors Skorich, who was head coach of coach Franklin "Pepper" Rodgers,
in 1969, won the NFL award with the Philadelphia Eagles for three a former star quarterback who has
a 2-to-i margin over runner-up years, has been offensive coach for had great success developing other
Don Shula of the young Miami Cleveland for the past three years star quarterbacks, was named
Dolphins in the balloting, which and was defensive coach for four mentor yesterday of UCLA's foot-
for the first time encompassed all years before that. ball team.
of major league pro football. Collier, head coach of the club Rodgers. 39, an assistant UCLA
He received 39 of the 78 votes since 1963, said his retirement was coach in the 1960s, succeeds his old
cast by a panel of sportswriters not related to the Browns' 7-7 re- boss, Tommy Prothro, who re-
and broadcasters who covered the cord this season, second worst in signed Saturday to guide the pro-
26 NFL clubs. Shula, who directed its 25-year history. fessional Los Angeles Rams.
the Dolphins to a playoff berth in Owner Leonard Tose of the Don Fambrough, an assistant
their fifth season, picked up 19 Philadelphia Eagles, after several coach for the last 23 years, was,
votes. weeks of meditation, announced elevated to the head coaching job
- ----- at the University of Kansas yes-
terday, succeeding Rodgers who
resigned earlier in the day.
Fambrough has been at Kansas
BO W LING for 19 years. He is 48.
Fambrough was a star guard at
Kansas and co-captained the Jay-
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