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Friday, November 22, 1974


Page Nine

heads or tales
Marc Feldman
Blue and Maize .. .
will make a purple Hayes
EVERY YEAR the adjectives get a little flashier, the emo-
tions a little more volatile and THE GAME with the Ohio
State Buckeyes approaches supernatural proportions.
We all have heard the reasons why Ohio State is going to
win tomorrow. The Wolverines have been lousy on the road,
even against lightweights like Indiana, they don't have the
bone-crunching fullback or a healthy quarterback. Of course,
beating Ohio State in The Armpit of America is about as easy
as winnnig a land war with China.
Everyone will agree that Michigan has the edge de-
fensively and Ohio State has been the more consistant
offensive machine, but the theoreticians ignore one fact
that doesn't show up on the stat sheet-incentive.
Bo Schembechler, in the rare occasions when he unzipped
his lip this week, cited such banalities as mistakes and field
position, but incentive has played a big role before and will
likely play it again.
In 1969, Michigan shocked the world by upsetting Ohio
State here, 24-12. Those Buckeyes, who were national cham-
pions with the "supersophs" in 1968, had a big winning streak-
Michigan ended it.
1970 arrived and the Rex Kern, Jack Tatum, Leo Hayden,
and John Brockington Bucks were nearing the end of their
Buckeye playing days. Ohio State, clearly the more inspired
team that day, won 20-9.
This edition of Michigan's Wolverines reminds one of
that 1970 Ohio State bunch. This is the last chance for these
Wolverine seniors to go to the Rose Bowl and more im-.
portantly, erase the nightmarish thoughts about the tie,
that was a loss, last year, and those "valiant goal line
stands" in the 1972 defeat.
No one knows better than Michigan's seniors that the only
blemishes on a 30-1-1 record over the past three years have .
been that tie and loss to Ohio State.
Maybe Los Angeles has a lot of smog and Disneyland
excites seven-year-olds more than college students, but the
Rose Bowl doesn't look bad to three-year starters like Dave.
Brown, Dennis Franklin, Chuck Heater and Steve Strinko. It
sure beats Ohio for the holidays.
All the television commentators on last Saturday's Purdue-
Michigan telecast thought they were very clever by calling
Michigan's defense, a "no-name" defense a la the Miami;
Unlike Woody Hayes, Bo doesn't build up the egos ofI
his players with outlandish praise and ready-made quotes
like "best since Jim Parker" for lazy sportswriters. No-
body can tell me that Neal Colzie would be an All-American +
safety if he didn't return so many punts last year and
Woody didn't yapabout it.
Both teams will be able to move the ball, but as the old
cliche reads, the team with the best defense will come out on
top. Bo says "You guys (his standard generalization for
sportswriters) look at how much yardage they give up, but
I look at the points. That's all that counts."
Somehow I don't believe that. He saw Michigan State set
up the inside game with the option stuff and burn that vauntedf
secondary many times.
But such reasons are empirical, cold hard facts, and
tomorrow's game will be decided by no such factors.
Michigan will win because those seniors want to win more
than anything else in the world.


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DalyPhtobyKEN FNK
OHIO STATE MIDDLE LINEBACKER Arnie Jones (42) makes a grab for Michigan State tailback Rich Ba (23), Fwhile
an unidentiifed Buckeye actually brings him down. Should Michigan decide to run up the middle this Saturday down in
Columbus, fullback Chuck Heater may find the going tough. Starting time for the televised clash is 12:55 p.m. EST.


Orr- er gen



Tom. Bergen will not playt
basketball for Michigan this
year. The Big Ten Committee
on Eligibility yesterday voted
against waiving the conference
rule that requires transfers to,
sit out a year before becoming
eligible, although the NCAA had
previously ruled that Bergen
could play this year.
Though the move came as no
surprise to the Michigan coach-
es, it was nonetheless a bitter
"I can't believe this is any-
thing but a vote against Mich-
igan," said a shocked coach
Johnny Orr after hearing the


ABC goswl
By MARCIA MERKER alyst" to add insight into the gridiron
Behind the polished smile of Chris Schenkel strategy.
and the play-by-play baritone of Keith Jack- Down on the field, University of North
son, ABC Sports is an antfarm of swarm- Carolina grad student Jim Lampley is
ing humanity on football Saturdays. To- scouting the crowd and benches for per-
morrow is no exception with ABC promising sonal interest stories. This is a new for-
"the largest and broadest (coverage) in mat to the NCAA coverage. McGuire com-
history." mented on the advent of the college age
Last year the Michigan-OSU game was announcer, "A nation-wide search was
turned on by more television sets than any conducted through the spring and summer
other NCAA football game during the regu- for someone to 'get into' the campuses of
lar season. ABC's press information direc- the games and bring the game on and off
tor, Don McGuire, predicts an even larger the field more directly into the viewer's
percentage in 1974. living room.
Since last Wednesday, the television There are eight cameras set up for the
crew has been buzzing about Columbus game. Four units are at the press level-
dispersing t h e i r expensive equipment one at eaah 20 yard line and two at the 50.
around Ohio Stadium. ' These latter cameras shoot wide angle and
Keith Jackson, ABC's first announcer for slow motion instant replay shots. Remain-
Monday Night Football, will be in the booth ing units are located in the end zone and
covering the play-by-play. Penn State's coach along the sidelines for field goals, foxy
Joe Paterno is the designated "expert an- ladies, cheerleaders and Lampley.
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verdict. "What right did they
have to go against a ruling
of the NCAA?"
h"e was not eligible under
the rules of the conference,"
claimed Robert Ray, the facul-
tv representative from IowaI
and one of the members of the
Eligibility Committee.
"The Big Ten rules govern
the conference," he continued.
"NCAA rules apply only if they
are more demanding than con-
ference rules."
John Fuzak of Michigan
State and Roy Larmee of
Ohio State were the other two
faculty reps on the Eligibility
Committ--. Since the pro-
ceedings were confidential, no
vote total is available.
The committee gav e two rea-
sons for not granting Bergen
eligibility. For one, Bergen will:
not lose any eligibility by sit-
ting out this year.
Also, the committee ruled that;
if Bergen had not been a non-
qualifier, the chain of events
that resulted in his transfer
from the University of Utah
would never have occurred. In
effect,nthe committee said,
Michigan was asking the B~ig
Ten to do for a non-qualifier
what it has never done for
anybody else-waive the trans-
fer rule. -
The whole affair began
when the NCAA ruled that
Utah had tamnered with Ber-
gen's high school transcript,
making him eligible to play
as a freshman. As punish-
ment, the NCAA ruled that
Bergen could not play for
Utah this year, but could play
for any other school in the
Orr was dismayed and an-
gered by the decision. "If I
had ever dreamed that they
would declare the kid ineligible,
1 wouldn't have brought him'
here," he said.

"What I would like to know
is why nothing has been done
to Utah and the coaches therre.
They were the guilty parties.
As it stands now, only the kidr
has been punished.
I can't believe that this vote
wasn't directed against ustat
Michigan. If it wasn't, then
they have punished the kid for
something he didn't do."
Both Fuzak and Ray denied
that the vote was in any way
a personal vendetta against
Michigan. "There are pre-
cedents for similar deciisons,"
Fuzak claimed.

r Despite all official denials,
the feeling persists that ler-
gen lost the votebecause hie
decided to enroll at Michigan.
"I would like to know how
that vote would have ;one if
Bergen had decided to go to
any other Big Ten school,"
mused Orr.
"If I hadn't gone to a s.:hool
with such a reputation for win-!
ning - Iowa, for example - I
would be eligible," stated Ber-
gen. He plans to appeal, but
all he can do in the meantime
is practice with the team and
wait until next year.

"The vote had nothing to do "He's a fine offensive player
with the young man or the in- and a ince kid, who works hard
stitution. If it had been any and is very coachable," claim-
other way, I would resign." ed Orr of Bergen. But Tom Ber-
"Of course, the vote had noth- gen and Johnny Orr will both
ing to do with individual pre- have to wait until next year.
judices," added Ray. "The case-- --
was well presented by Marcus
Plant (the Michigan faculty
rep), but the committee de-
termined he was not eligible
under the rules of the confar-a
The 6-10 Bergen took the de-
cision in stride. "It wasn't mvch
of a surprise," he said. "I had y o u r
yhoped the vote would be dif
ferent, but you have to con-
sider who was voting."

AM FULLY willing to admit that Michigan has the best college
football team in the civilized world. Unfortunately, that defi-
nition doesn't include Columbus, Ohio, the home of the best col-
lege football team in the Big Ten.
Ohio State will win this Saturday. 80,000 undomesticated bar-
barians will hoot gleefully from the stands, and millions of others
(including me) will be totally disgusted, but it's going to happen
The key to stopping Ohio State, shown by the football
club from East Lansing, is in shutting down Cornelius
Greene's passing. Archie Griffin, Champ Henson, Pete John-
son, Brian Baschnagel and Greene are tough enough to stop
when the ground game is all the defense worries about. When
the defense also has to worry from time to time about the
pass, these Buckeyes are unstoppable.
Michigan State was peculiarly equipped to give Greene
trouble through the air. Its secondary had previously faced four
of the nation's top quarterbacks - Mitch Anderson (Northwest-
ern), John Sciarra (UCLA), Tom Clements (Notre Dame) and
Dennis Franklin - managing to contain all but Sciarra with rea-
sonable elan.
Michigan's pass defenders, touted as they are, have no such
credentials to offer. Even Stanford's second-string quarterback
moved the ball well against them. They simply react too slowly
when the ball is in the air - a fatal defect in a zone defense-
and have not shown the ability to cover pass receivers closely,
as the Spartans did in their upset triumph.
Greene has destroyed mediocre pass defenses in the Rose
Bowl, and ever since. Chances are, he'll do the same to
Compared with this fatal shortcoming, the Wolverines other
problems become almost trivial. Except for some delays and
draws with Gordie Bell, Michigan's interior ground game has
gasped and wheezed throughout the season. A powerful fullback,
Scott Corbin, is in reserve whenever needed, but he and Chuck
Heater can't do very much unless the guards and tackles start
knocking some people down. So far, that hasn't happened nearly
often enough.
The Buckeyes, it should be remembered, stopped almost
everything Michigan State threw at them. Neil Colzie, their out-
standing free safety, sat on the bench while Mike Jones caught
the 44-yard touchdown pass, and Levi Jackson would never have
made his 88-yard run if OSU linebacker Bruce Elia hadn't turned
the wrong way. Both are easily correctible defects.
Team depth might prove another decisive Buckeye advan-
tage. With the one exception of Archie Griffin, Ohio State
has no position at which the substitutes are radically less
talented than the regulars. Michigan, by contrast, has very
little available behind the first string, particularly at defen-
sive end. If either Larry Banks or Dan Jilek is. injured, the
Maize and Blue will be in even worse trouble than if Frank-
lin gets hurt.
If the game evolves into a punting duel, Ohio's State's Tom
Skladany is much superior to John Anderson. He kuocks the
ball deep, and high enough to let his coverage move downfield.
Finally, the Buckeyes must be conceded a powerful psycho-
logical edge. Those 80,000 maniacs have frequently been noted
to influence referee's decisions - especially when th2 locals, are
making a rare goal line stand. Harry Banks isn't the only Michi-
gan halfback in history who scored a touchdown in Columbus
the officials didn't allow.
. And then, Howard Cosell had to broadcast a five-minute blast
at Woody Hayes. Cosell was right, of course, but he made a lot
of people mad. And as Atilla the Hun so clearly demonstrated,
an enraged barbarian is the hardest of all to stop.
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The Master Buckeye carefully took off his crumpled, soggy



hat. Tears streaming down his face, he closed his eyes, clinched
his fist, and swung vainly at imaginary photographers and
sideline markers.
His tantrum completed, the Master Buckeye dried his
eyes and picked up his scarlet and gray princess telephone.
A few moments later the phone rang in the Michigan Daily
office. As the staff member accepted the collect call from
Columbus, Ohio he heard a voice mutter, "I correctly pre-
dicted the score of the Ohio State game on my Gridde Picks
as 50-0 Michigan. How do I pick up my free Pizza Bob's pizza?"
1. MICHIGAN at Ohio State 11. Tulane at LSU
(pick score) 12. S. Carolina at Clemson
2. Indiana at Purdue 13. Stanford at California
3. Northwestern at Illinois 14. Baylor at SMU
4. Iowa at Mich. State 15. La. Tech at N.E. Louisiana
5. Minnesota at Wisconsin 16. Oklahoma at Nebraska
6. Mississippi at Mississippi St. 17. Kentucky at Tennessee
7. Oregon at Oregon St. 18. Yale at Harvard
8. Wash. at Wash. St. 19. Furman at Wake Forest
9. USC at UCLA 20. DAILY LIBELS at Ohio
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