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Friday;; . Optemberr 6, 1974


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Friday, September 6, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven-B

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likely to crush
est opponents

LOS ANGELES - Tongue in this time of year.
cheek, Coach John McKay ruled In 14 seasons, McKay has
out perhaps the only way his coached three Trojan teams to
Southern California Trojans can national championships, the lat-
be dethroned as the best col- est in 1972.
lege football team on the West "We've got as good material
Coast. as we've had in a long time,
"We're not going on strike," including 1972," said McKay.
the 51-year-old McKay quipped Since that team went 12-0,
to a gathering of writers before thrashing Ohio State 42-17 in the
his Trojans opened fall prac- Rose Bowl, and was applauded
tice. "There's no freedom on by many as one of the best,
our team." if not the best, in college foot-
The coach continued his paro- ball history, the race in the
dy of the pro football strike: Pac-8 this year probably is for
"All our players are free to second place.
leave any time they want. McKay, whose Trojans collide
Some do at various times." Nov. 30 with defending national
champion Notre Dame, didn't
HOWEVER, enough players rule out, however, the chance
- 34 lettermen including quar- "we could get beat on any Sat-
terback Pat Haden, tailback An- urday."
thony Davis and All-American UCLA and Stanford have the
linebacker Richard Wood - are best shots at USC in the Pac-8.
back at University Park to D I C K Vermeil, the new
make the always optimistic UCLA coach who served his
McKay unusually radiant. apprenticeship under John Ral-
"Wel a shooting for the na- ston at Stanford, Tommy Pro-
tional championship," he has thro at UCLA and with the Los
said over and over to booster Angeles Rams under George
groups. Usually he merely guns Allen and Chuck Knox, said, "I
for the Pacific-S championship feel we have a chance to win
and trip to the Rose Bowl at every game we play. If we had


to play a great team every
week, we'd probably get beat a
few times, but we'll definitely
be competitive."
Vermeil shucked Pepper Rod-
gers' high4coring wishbone for-
mation in favor of the Veer-T.
Rod Dowhower, who went with
Don Coryell from pass-minded
San Diego State to the St. Louis
Cardinals, is Vermeil's top of-
fensive assistant.
The Bruins went 9-2 last sea-
son, losing to the Trojans, 23-13,
for the Pac-8 title. Thirty-five
lettermen return, headed by
j u n i o r quarterback John
Sciarra, a dangerous option
Top priority at Westwood,
however, is improving the de-
fense, and Vermeil has a highly
rated linebacker, Fulton Kuy-
kendall, and a promising jay-
cee transfer, 6-7, 261-pound,
tackle Cliff Frazier.
JACK Christiansen at Stan-
ford already has a tough de-
fense with returning starters
Roger Stillwell and Pat Dono-
van at defensive end and Gor-
don Riegel among four veteran
The Cardinals, who lost to
USC 27-26 on a last-gasp Tro-
jan field goal last November,
have to come up with a quar-
terback to replace Mike Bory-
Ia. Sophomore Mike Cordova is
the leading candidate, a 6-4,
215-pounder reminiscent in
looks and mannerisms to 1970
Heisman Trophy winner Jim

and Gary Larsen at linebacker,
but they must replace eightn-
starters on defense.
California, Oregon, U C L A,
USC and Washington State all
scored more than 40 points
against Jim Owens' Washington
Huskies, who were 0-7 in the J
Pac-8 and 2-9 overall. The
Huskies demand a lot of im-
provement from 10 returning
defensive starters.
OREGON, 2-9, has offensive
punch in quarterback Herb Sin-
gleton and diminutive running
back Don Reynolds. The Ducks
list 14 returning starters but
they'll need help and it could
come from a dozen junior col-
lege transfers.
Reynolds a n d sophomore
Rick Kane give Oregon the best
one-two running punch they've
had since Mel Renfro and Lar-
ry Hill, say the Ducks.
Dee Andros at Oregon State
has suffered back-to-back 2-9#}
seasons. Alvin White is back at
quarterback, along with some
linemen and running backs. But Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
the schedule, including USC and LAST YEAR, Stanford's defense was nothing to write home about as they were crushed by UCLA 59-13 and by Michigan 47-10.
Ohio State, appears an uphill If the Cards are to challenge Southern Cal for Far West supremacy, they will need improvement from defensive backs like
battle. John "Doc" Blanchard (29) and Jim Kaffen (22), shown here stopping Michigan's Chuck Heater last year at Michigan Stadium.


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AJOR League baseball executives and owners are presentlyf
onsidering proposals for expanding the current roster of 24
teams to 28, starting in the 1976 season.
This would be a fatal error for the grand old national past-
time for various reasons, some old and others new.
Many of the traditional anti-etpansion arguments such
as ;fttther dilution of the quality of play, lengthening the
schedule to accommodate the new teams, and the still more
infrequent visits of some of the game's great stars to each
town, are every bit as valid as they ever were.
We've all heard the old-time sportswriters tell us of base-
bAll's glory years when there were 16 teams in two time zones
and the ease with which the astute fan could know the lineups
and batting orders of all the major league teams.
Since my recollection of baseball goes back to just the early
60's I'm too young to remember the Boston Braves and Brooklyn
Dodgers but there is no denying that the traditional setup would
have trickled my fancy also.
In spite of the outcry, the American and National League
each added two teams in the early Sixties and another quartet
of clubs were created in 1969 bringing the total to 24, where
it has remained since.
In the intervening years, almost every other professional
sport has experienced a bulky expansionary trend either in the
form of a new league or the addition of new franchises to
the existing league.
While World Hockey, Tennis and Football Leagues have
sprung up like crabgrass, baseball has had but one franchise
shift and the same number of teams for almost six years.
A players' strike may have hurt its image two years ago
but right now, with three tight pennant races brewing and a 35-1
year old man approaching the all-time stolen base record, base-1
ball looks very much alive and healthy.
By remaining stable for a mere six years, baseball is getting
its old conservative, established reputation back while newj
leagues and lawsuits seem to be dominating the other pro sports.
Fans seem to have grown accustomed the divisional
alignments and now can settle back on Labor Day and watch
each division settle its own outcome without any interference
from teams in the other three divisions. Although the play-
offs pollute the purity of the World Series, the Idea of four
six-team races every year is every bit as appealing as the
old League format.
No baseball official in his right mind would say that another
four baseball teams sharing the limited supply of quality ball-
players will help the game. However, they might say that they
don't want to get shut out of the New Orleans Superdome when
it finally opens or be saddled with the lawsuit brought by the
city of Seattle after its Pilots were whirled out of town in 1970.
Toronto and Washington, D.C. are also clamoring for teams
as soon as possible, but if the owners care about anything except
turnstile counts, they won't add another four teams.
First of all, if each division were to have seven teams, the
scheduling difficulties would be immense. For instance, no di-
vision could have games just among itself with an odd number
of teams. Say the Tigers, Orioles and Red Sox were battling for
the pennant and while two of them were playing each other, one
might be on the West Coast battling the Cal Angels. Not very
appealing, is it.
I am not suggesting that baseball's present alignment is
perfect, becausei t is far from it. The rationale for having
Cincinnati and Atlanta in the Western Division and St. Louis
aud the Chicago Cubs in the East is beyond me.
Even though the best American League teams of the past
decade have called Baltimore and Oakland home, both the Orioles
and A's have trouble drawing fans to the ballpark. Thus, switch-
ing these strong teams to better baseball towns might help the
AL gate.
Having a few prime cities like New Orleans and Toronto in
the closet when a troubled franchise is looking for a new home
doesn't hurt, but more teams have no redeeming virtues.


Stanford's loss at USC was NEW YORK (IP -- The last
its only setback in its last six time Joe Paterno sang the'
games of a 7-4 season. blues to any appreciable extentl
"We hope we can pick up was just before the 1972 CottonM
where we left off," said Chris- Bowl . . . and Penn State went"
tiansen. "I haven't seen the out and whomped Texas 30-6.
Trojans this year. Our barome- With his ninth season as head
ter is pro scouts in the spring football coach of the Nittany
and they say the Trojans look Lions just around the corner,
awful good, the best team per- Paterno is performing a sum-
sonnel-wise. Every year they mer rerun of that refrain as he
aliggriandtiloeratn u-tries to duplicate last year's
alfonia, stil erating un- best-ever 12-0 record and fifth-
der NCAA sanctions that prohi- place finish in The Associated record and six Eastern titles in
bit a post-season bowl trip, lost Press rankings. the last eight years.
quarterback Vince Ferragamo, A mere one game separated
who departed for Nebraska We are not going to be the first four teams in the 1973
where he'll sit out a year be- anywhere closerto beingras ir fur teas n te
fore becoming eligible. good as we were last year, Ivy League race and no fewer
Still, the Bears of Coach Mike says Paterno. "We aren't go- etoushan six eyes atthe 1974casting crown-
White have quarterback Steve ing to dominate or overpower
Bartkowski, decided to stay in- anybody. We are going to vDartmouth, Yale, Penn, Ha-
stead of going into professional have to work hard to be com- yard, Cornell and - honestin-
baseballexcellent receivers petitive."- "unk rown k.y r
led by Steve Rivera, and a top- Those guffaws you hear are yotike, st yarwas
flight running back in Chuckprblycmn fom sh competitive, just wait until
flihtrunin bak Chckprobably coming from such' this fall," predicts Harvard's
Muncie. way stations as Pittsburgh, Joe Resti , whose team fin-
Morgantown, W. Va., Chestnut ished in a three-way tie for
CAL, however, surrendered Hill, Mass., and Philadelphia. sed i n ae tie
more than 40 points on five oc- Those are the respective lairs second with Penn and Yale,
casions last season when they of Pitt, West Virginia, Boston one game behind Dartmouth.
went 4-7. College and Temple, all of Defending champion Connecti-
Washington State won the Pa- whom are ready to claim Penn cut and Massachusetts are fa-
cific-Northwest championship State's annual mantle of East- vored in the Yankee Confer-
of the Pac-8 last season, beat- er supremacy should the Lions ence.
ing. Washington, Oregon and stumble. Penn State and Paterno are
Oregon State in a 5-6 season. s bnot without problems. The
Jim Sweeney's Cougars have The reason for the chuckles Lions must replace 13 starters,
Andrew Jones back at fullback are Paterno's brilliant 75-13-1 including Heisman Trophy win-



three victories in the last four
games of 1973 as an untried
"He has unlimited potential,
but is not as polished as he
must become," says Bowden.
Also back are 16 other start-
ers, including explosive wide
receiver Danny Buggs, who
keeps defensive coaches awake
"We've got potential and ex-
perience," says Bowden, "but
ner John Capelletti and nine like a bomb, we can't explode
others who went in the pro without an igniter."
draft. The areas of concern at Bos-
The only returning starters ton College are quarterback
on offense are strong-armed and the middle of the offensive
quarterback Tom Shuman, her- line. Mike Kruczek, last year'sf
alded tight end Dan Natale, backup,, gets the nod at quar-
guard John Nessel and center terback. The number he'll call
Jack Baiorunos. The defense most often belongs to star tail-
wasn't hit quite as hard, re- back Mike Esposito.
turning halfback , Jim Bradley, The Eagles have a wealth
linebacker Chris Devlin, tackle of talent returning on de-
Mike Hartenstine, two solid fense, topped by Alex MacLel-
ends in Dave Graf and Greg lan and Bill Smith, a pair of
Murphy and some reserves nifty outside linebackers.
with plenty of experience. Temple, undergoing a resur-
Walt Addie, a 200-pound sen- gence with four consecutive
ior, inherits the chore of replac- winning seasons under Coach
ing Cappelletti. Wayne Hardin, has a golden op-I
Pitt turned things around portunity to challenge PennI
last fall with its first winning State-provided the Owls can
season in a decade 6-5-1 and beat Pitt, West Virginia and,
first bowl trip in 17 years. Boston College head-to-head.
"You know it's always tough- Hardin says Steve Joachim
er to reach that second pla- "may be the best quarterback
teau," warns Coach Johnny Ma- in the United States" and there
jors, warily eyeing a sched- are plenty of talented runners
ule that includes Notre Dame, and receivers to go with him.
Southern Cal and Penn Stt.-
"We surprised some people last
year, but they'll be ready for
Sus this season. I'm confident gRA DE1S1
we'll have a better team than BRANDEIS
last year, but this doesn't mean
we'll have a better record."
with Tony Dorsett, the fabulous H
freshman who's now a super
sophomore. The All-American Year Program or F
tailback, who exploded for 1,586
yards, is joined by 14 other re- open to qualified
turning regulars, including Spring Term only.
starters at all the skill posi-
tions. The offensive line and the
receiving corps need work, but Juniors and Seni
255-pound middle guard Gary Earn 16 credits
Burley heads eight returning P
defensive veterans. Financial Aid Av
Not far down the road from
Pitt, in the hills of West Vir-
ginia, Coach Bobby Bowden's Application Deadlines: M
feels that "if our quarter- N
backing comes through, we j o
could be a pretty good coun-
try football team." For information write: The
That puts the pressure' Bra
squarely on the shoulders-and Wa
passing arm-of Ben Williams,
who led the Mountaineers to

The defense, which yielded only
33 points in its last five 1973
games, is experienced.
Elsewhere among the inde-
pendents, Syracuse seeks to re-
turn to its glory days under a
new coach, Frank Maloney.
The former Michigan aide says
he's been "associated with suc-
cess all my life."
Better he should be associ-
ated with more standouts than
quarterback J i m Donoghue,
center Mike McNeely, tight end
Bob Petchel and linebacker
Ray Preston.
The Waterpolo Program at
Michigan is currently being ex-
panded. Starting this year all
persons affiliated with the Uni-
versity will be able to partici-
pate on an inter-collegiate level.
Previously inter-collegiate play
had been limited solely to var-
sity swimmers. The new team
will compete in the Midwest
Waterpolo Conference. Current-
ly the fall schedule consists of
10 games plus the League
New members are welcome.
The first meeting of the Club
will be held on Wednesday, Sep-
tember 11th at 9:00 PM at
Matt Mann Pool. For further
information contact Jere John-
ston, at 764-8963.
all Term only. Also
J students for the
ors elegible
'er semester
arch 1st for Fall and Year
ovember Ist for Spring
e Jacob Hiatt Institute
ndeis University
ltham, Massachusetts 02154

ND battles
NEW YORK (A) - Numero uno, nummer eins, loss to Hou
numero un; no matter what the language, Notre Syracuse
Dame is No. 1 in college football, in this fore- brings the
caster's opinion. look is goo(
The Fighting Irish were No. 1 when they left North Car
the Sugar Bowl last January, with a coun- Buckley, P
try limp from excitement following their spine- Wolfpacka
tingling victory over Alabama, and they are the State's def
defending national champions - as they plunge Houston
into a new season before a national audience Cougars co
Monday night against Georgia Tech. swing, flus
Pepper Rodgers returns to his alma mater victory. Ari
at Tech intent on installing the kind of power ing, is rebu
attack that made UCLA one of the best rushing Memphis
teams in the country. But it's tough trying out quarterbac]
new wrinkles against the heavyweight cham- plus an exj
pion. The Irish by two TDs. pounders g
UCLA and Oregon State cross the continent to The othe
test the mettle of the South and East. One will Richmond
win, the other lose. 10; Tampa
A sparse program - just an appetizer. 30, Canta C
Tomorrow New Mexic
UCLA 22, Tennessee 15: An exciting battle 28; Eastern
between two scrambling quarterbacks, John William &
Sciarra of UCLA and the Vols' Condredge Hol-
loway. But everywhere else, the Bruins are Notre Da
bigger and older if not faster. machine sh
Tulane 21, Mississippia14: The Green Wave ments and
must remember its last game victory over Pepper bac
Louisiana State and forget that 57-7 nightmare the salt.


uston in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
20, Oregon State 13: Frank Maloneyj
Michigan look to Syracuse and the!
rolina State 25, Wake Forest 13: Dave
ete Cordelli and Stan Fritts give the
a solid running punch, and N. C.
ense should be better.
22, Arizona State 18: The Houston
me into the new season on the up-
hed with their big Bluebonnet Bowl
izona State, always high in the rank-
State 34, Louisville 25: Two solid
ks, Dave Fowler and Joe Bruner,
perienced supporting cast of 200-plus
ive the Tennesseans a lot of clout.
d 20, Villanova 7; Dayton 28, Drake
25, Chattanooga 12; San Jose State
Clara 26; Pacific 32, Sacramento 15;
co State 18, Wichita 7; Miami, Ohio,
m Michigan 14; Mississippi State 19,
Mary 14.
Monday Night
me 33, Georgia Tech 19: The Irish
ould be in full swing with Tom Cle-
[Art Best romping again. Tech has
Ek but Ara Parseghian will provide

-it VICTOR PARK, Milan, Michigan
Friday, Sept. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.1-8 p.m.
TT Scrambles Semi Professional Short Track
professional and amateur riders compete
for cash and trophies
l' Soectator Admissio~n $2.50


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