Tuesday, October 8. 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, October 8, 1974 THE MICHiGAN DAILY
By JOHN KAHLER Elliot Uzelac, put together a top
Jerry Hanlon is Michigan's notch unit that keeps opening
offensive line coach. If you did holes for the running game.
not know that, don't be sur- An unusual set of circum-
prised; offensive line coaches stances made Hanlon an offen-
generally get even less pub- sive line coach. "I coached
licity than offensive linemen. mostly offensive and defensive
The offensive lineman per- backs under Bo at Miami," he
forms an unglamorous, but relates. "Then one year, we,
necessary job. Even when they lost a lot of people off our
are good, reporters tend to ig- staff. I was one of the few
nore them in lockerroom inter- people left who had any ex-
views. They don't get photo- perience with our offense, so
graphed much, since during the Bo asked me to become line
game, they are usually found coach."
buried in a mass of humanity. Hanlon followed Schembechler
Nor is the job high on campus to Michigan after Bo took over
prestige. People either don't as head coach. As . such, he
recognize them or, if they do, knows Bo's system almost as
seem amazed that they speak well as Bo himself.
the mother tongue. "Bo gives his assistants al-
Combine these factors with most complete control over their
the anonymity that is the com- special areas. We work in close
mon trait of all assistant unison, but in our individual
coaches, and you have good areas, we're on our own."
reason for not knowing the Hanlon does not mind the
identity of Jerry Hanlon. But annual rebuilding job. "By the
his recent accomplishments de- nature of the position, we're
serve better treatment. going to lose a lot of people
I each year. Since it takes time
EVERY YEAR, the Michigan for people to develop, there's
offensive line loses key people always going to be a lot of new
to graduation, and must be re- people each years"
built. And every year Hanlon "
V and center-guard line coach "EXPERIENCE is extremely
important for a lineman. The;
Michigan system, both offensive-
ly and defensively, is one in
which each man has a specific.
assignment that he must exe-
cute right. This is not to say
that a freshman couldn't do the
job. But if you've got a good
program, you can afford to
bring guys along more slowly."
Most linemen come to Michi-
gan after having starred on both
offense and defense in high
school. The coaches must make
a decision on all incoming
freshmen as to what position
they are best suited.
"We decide mostly on the
basic needs of the team," ex-I
plains Hanlon. "We try to have
a kid play where he wants to
play. But as for physical at-
IS END NEAR?
tributes, we tend to put our
quicker linemen on defense, and
the steadier types on offense."
"A lot of very good people
can't play offensive line because
it takes a special kind of per-
son to play there. I guess the
best word to describe it is 'un-
selfish.' You have to develop a
physical and mental toughness
to play the position."
requires a long apprenticeship.
Two promising reserve tackles,
Greg Boik and Gary Zolciak,
quit the team this fall.
"They lost the desire to play,"
says Hanlon with a touch of dis-
appointment in his voice. "Most
kids who come here are willing
to accept the challenge and I
work to achieve something."
"FRESHMEN come in here,
HANLON IS resigned ,to the find they can't play right away,
lack of public recognition his and become impatient. I'd be
charges receive. "You get used discouraged if they didn't be-
to it, and the kids do, too. But come impatient. But that doesn't
they get recognition from others necessarily mean that you quit.
on the team. You just keep on working to
"The guys this year have get better."
great spirit, both the first and "As a coach, you've got to
second teams. ' They pick each s point ot that long range goals
other up when things go wrong,I are more important than short
and there are always three range goals. Reggie McKenzie,
people patting someone on the Don Warner, and Rick Koschalk
shoulder when he does a good all spent time in the trenches
job." learning ybut they seized their
"There's a lot of cohesiveness
with this unit. They realize that
they are a special group, and
their recognition comes from
But even special groups have
problems, particularly if the
group is underpublicized and
chance and did a good job."
So next time Chuck Heater
rips into the end zone, remem-
ber the blockers that allowed
him to get there. A cheer for
an offensive lineman might
sound strange, but it would cer-
tainly be appreciated.
heads or tales'
____ Marc-Feldman - I-"
No extra incentve? .
... come onBo
B0 SCHEMBECHLER may not be the most mild-mannered
fellow in the world on the Michigan Stadium sidelines but
when it comes time to chow down for a leisurely lunch with
the reporters on Monday afternoon, Bo weighs his words very:
One exception to that rule was a couple of days after the
10-10 deadlock with Ohio State last November when Bo lashed
at Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke and "Our sister school's"
Athletic Director Burt Smith for their alleged roles in sending
the Buckeyes to Pasadena.
Bo, who has been criticized long and hard by certain writers
for winning 90 per cent of his games anonymously, was finally
thrust upon the national scene, and his Hughes and Hatcher sports
coat and angry scowls made the newspapers from Coast to Coast.
But that's really not Bo's style, and naturally when the con-
versation turned to the Spartan. invasion Saturday and Bo's
favorite athletic director, Schembechler said hands off.
Larry Paladino, a soft-spoken Associated Press writer from
Detroit, got things rolling by asking Bo if there was any special
motivation for the Michigan State game. Bo was ready for that3
inevitable query and shot back.
"I don't want to hear that stuff. This game is not a grudge
match.' It will be the same great battle we always have,"
asserted the Blue boss. "Michigan versus Michigan State doesn't
need any additional motivation."
But the scribes weren't through yet. UPI writer, Rich Shook,
long the devil's advocate at these affairs, posed a variation on
the same theme. "Does that mean that you will discourage your
players from discussing that topic?"
Again Bo slithered around' like a politician and offered "I
can't tell these guys what to think or talk about."
"All I know," Bo went on, "is that the four top teams in
the League are playing this weekend in Ann Arbor and Columbus
(Wisconsin at OSU) and we're all tied for first place-that's
Sensing the gloominess of the writers after his slippery eel
routine, Bo got back on a few folk's good side by asking if they
had a good time in Palo Alto, before pointing out that he didn't.
"It's always so tough for us to play out there. We were
really tired but we gutted it out," smiled Schembechler. "It was
a great day to play football if you're used to the warm weather,
but we weren't."
"Brown (Dave), Heater (Chuck) and Chapman (Gil) all got
muscle cramps and everybody lost between eight and fifteen.
pounds. It's hard to replace all that salt and water."
Despite the unusually high yield of 16 points by the defense,
Bo singled out his defenders for citation.
"Jilek (Dan), "Mo" Morton, Harry Banks and Don Dufek
played outstanding games for us.. Morton had 14 tackles and
Jilek had a few tackles for losses," pointed out Bo.
"You may catch the ball against us but there will always be
guys right there to make the hit." The statistics verify Bo's
statement. Jerry Waldvogel, the Stanford quarterback, may have
completed 21 passes in 40 attempts for 229 yards, but when the
sacks behind the line are substracted in, Waldvogel's 4.6 yards
per, pass play is not all that impressive.
Well, Michigan State will be here Saturday and 104,000
vengeful fans and a few fellows with funny yellow stripes on their
helmet won't care about last week's game or Bo' protestations
about not needing more incentive. These people will be thinking
about a Sunday late last November.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (A")
The World Football League an- I
nounced yesterday that Detroit
Wheels and Jacksonville Sharks ; Sports
games this week are postponed.
They also said the financial- of thIne
ly troubled teams will fold
without new investors within
two or three days., il
The opponents for Detroit and
Jacksonville this week, the Flo-
rida Blazers and Chicago Fire,
will play Wednesday night at
Chicago under the revised
schedule released by Gary L.
Davidson, WFL president.
* * *
Steve Strinko, injured in last;
week's game with Stanford, is
being closely observed by the
Wolverine coaches and trainers,
for signs of improvement. He
suffered a hyper-extension of,
the right knee in the first half.
His status for the Michigan
State game is still uncertain
and on a day-to-day basis.
Pistons won't talk
DETROIT A) - Dave Bing
was told the Detroit Pistons will
not renegotiate his contract, and
traded, a Detroit sportcaster re-
Bing, who claims former
owner Fred Zollner promised
to renegotiate his contract,
told the Pistons yesterday to}
go ahead with their threat and
trade him, the sportscaster
Last week the Pistons renego-
tiated coach Ray Scott's con-
tract, lauding him for the job
he did last season in taking the
Pistons to the NBA playoffs for
the first time since 1968.
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Darn it to heck!
BO SCHEMBECHLER has never been one to restrain himself when he feels he has been
wronged. The blurred object in the circle is Bo's hat as it hurtles groundward. The hat toss-
ing was part of an exercise of First Amendment rights by Bo following a play in the second
quarter of the Stanford game in which an apparent Michigan fumble recovery was disallowed
by the officials.
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