Thursday, October 25, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thurday Ocobe 25 193 TE-M-H-AN-AIL
Sk Sieamboat, Colorado!
Barahal's chant ..
... "Orr must
By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - Yvon Cour-
noyer scored two goals. and
assisted on another as the Mon-
treal Canadiens edged the iPtts-
burgh Penguins 3-2 in a National
Hockey League game last night.
Cournoyer's winning goal came
Iin the 18th minute of the final
period after a face-off to the
right of the Penguins' goal.
Jacques Lemaire got the draw
and slipped the puck between the
legs of Penguin center Ron
Schock and onto the stick of
Cournoyer in front of the goal.
Jean Pronovost gave Pitts-
burgh a 1-0 edge at 1:50 of the
first period, but 41 seconds later
Cournoyer tied the score on a
Chuck Lefley put Montreal
ahead in the second period with
help from Cournoyer before Syl
Apps tied the score for Pitts-
burgh at 11:36 of the last period.
The Penguins fell to 3-3 while
the win left Montreal 4-2.
BUFFALO - Gil Perreault's
NIGHT EDITORS: BRIAN DEMING AND ROGER ROSSITER
By JIM ECKER -
TEN DAYS AGO Johnny Orr began his- sixth season as Michi-
gan's head basketball coach with the start of preseason drills.
Two days later, the Student Government Council (SGC) announc-
ed the election of Jim Barahal to an undergraduate seat on that
controversial political body. There is a connection.
Barahal campaigned for office under the "Dump Orr" ban-
ner, working with an organization preoccupied with one object:
Deposing John Orr as Michigan's basketball coach. Although few
people view Barahal's success as a clear mandate to oust Orr (a
mere 3 per cent of the student body participated in the election),
he does represent a definite feeling at this university.
Barahal, a Michigan basketball fan from way back, ada-
mantly maintains that Orr must go. "We don't want to hurt
Johnny Orr" claims Barahal. "Let me make it clear that this
isn't a personal vendetta against him. I'm sure he's a nice
guy. But he chose to live his life as a basketball coach. If
the guy doesn't produce, he shouldn't stay around. What we're
interested in is winning basketball, and as long as Orr is here
we don't think we'll get it."
Orr is aware of Barahal's existence, although they've never
met. "My daughters first brought it (Barahal's campaign) to my
attention" remembers Orr. Does it bother him? "No. Not at all"
maintained the former ? college cage star. "He's entitled to his
opinion. Sure it's embarrassing. But it hasn't changed things
around here" continued Orr. "It would be different if my players
didn't want me any more. But there isn't a player on the team
who doesn't like me as coach. He (Barahal) is going about it all
wrong. Those kinds of activities aren't going to affect (Athletic
Director Dion) Canham."
Just what are Barahal's main complaints? What would he like
to gee done?
His chief rub centers on the absence of a Wolverine cham-
pionship. Barahal explains that "Orr's had five years now to
build his program, and he hasn't produced a winner. And
by a winner we don't mean 16-10, 17-9. We mean winning the
Big Ten, and he hasn't done it."
Orr, an extremely likeable, soft-spoken man, proudly defends
his record at Michigan. "We have a better than .500 percentage
against everyone in the Big Ten, I think, except Ohio State"
revealed the Wolverines' mentor. "We're proud of that record."
Barahal's campaign literature pinpointed the frustrations he
and his supporters have felt at the hands of Michigan basketball.
"For five years Crisler Arena, a palace built solely for one
purpose, has been the sight of sacrilege, in the form of utterly
anemic basketball" blasts the handout. "For five years the tal-
ents of All-Americas like Henry Wilmore and Campy Russell,
highly touted stars like Ken Brady, Ernie Johnson and John
Lockard, have been tragically squandered. For five years Johnny
Orr has been synonymous with a nightmarish brand of losing bas-
ketball: the perpetual choke."
Sight of Sacrilege . . . Anemic Basketball . . . Tragically
squandered talent ... Perpetualchoke .. n Hardly an invitation
to a tea party. But for Barahal, anything less than strong, in-
flammatory language would not suffice. He is a man with a
deep conviction: Bring winning basketball to Michigan.
Barahal cites the recognized talent Michigan has fielded
the past few years. He recalls the promise of 1970 when sopho-
mores Wilmore, Brady, Johnson and Lockard teamed with
veterans Dan Fife and Wayne Grabec in an exciting 12-2,
second-place Big Ten campaign. What happened to the pro-
mise of yesteryear?
Orr, the man who should know, thinks maybe some of his
talent was overrated. He also claims that both Wilmore and
Brady never played the same after their knee injuries. Wilmore
ruined his knee running into the backboard support at Crisler
Arena two Michigan Invitational Tournaments ago. And Brady
hurt his removing himself from an automobile after his sopho-.
"Wilmore was. just fantastic as a sophomore" recalls Orr
fondly. "He did some amazing things. But he was never as good
after that. Junior year he wrecked his knee. Last year he came
back convinced he had to play guard."
"Well, I think Henry made a big mistake there. If he
had stayedat forward and had another strong year, the pros
would have drafted him high thinking he could make the
move to guard. But after he played there, they knew he
couldn't play the position. He made a big mistake" repeated
Barahal remembers the injuries, but doesn't buy Orr's "ov-
errated" theory. "Either way, he's responsible" charges the guy
who endured three agonizing days waiting in line for last year's
season basketball tickets. "If they had the talent and didn't win,
it's his fault. And if they didn't have the talent, it's still his fault.
This isn't like a pro team where the general manager signs the
players and the coach works with whatever he has" compared
Barahal. "Orr is in charge of the whole program."
Arguing over the talent 'or lack thereof) of former Michigan
basketball players will not improve Michigan's round ball pro-
gram this year. It's too early for speculation on what Johnny
Orr has in store for his cagers. But what does Barahal have?
"I'm not sure SGC is the place to start our campaign"
evaluates its newly-elected member. "Admittedly the whole
election was a little shaky. But we were elected without com-
menting on any other issue but this one.
I don't think we'll boycott the Athletic Department because
that probably won't work" prophesized Barahal. "But we have
a base to work from. Now it's a question of determining what our
most effective methods will be."
Johnny Orr is genuinely concerned about what people think
of him. Above all, Orr is a man who wants to be liked. Last
year he was quoted as saying he didn't get a good night's sleep
in the last two months of the season. There were reports he had
high-blood pressure. What happens this year if Barahal gets
things moving? What happens if ticket sales plummet from last
year's record mark? What happens if 10,000 people come to Cris-
ler Arena and boo the hell out of Johnny Orr game after game?
Won't that make him wonder?'
"Well naturally itwould bother me. It would bother any-
body," admitted Orr.
Would that kind of pressure make Johnny Orr want to leave?
"No, I don't think so" says Johnny. "But you never know
... Things change."
Orr has another year remaining on the three-year contract
he a nd Ath leticDirector Don ,C ,,1, rrnP..d two cnmPr,', nun.
second period goal proved the
winner as the Buffalo Sabres
defeated the C h i c a g o Black
Hawks 3-1 in a National Hockey
League game last night.
The victory, Buffalo's fourth
straight, moved the Sabres into
first place in the NHL's East
Division, one point ahead of idle
The Black Hawks went ahead
in the opening period on Darcy
Rota's goal after a pass from
Chico Maki. But the Sabres came
back and took the lead for good
with two goals in the second
Rota was off for slashing and
Buffalo's Pit Martin had just
stepped back on the ice after a
tripping penalty when Sabre de-
fenseman Larry Carriere scored
on a 40-footer that beat goalie
Later in the period, Perreault,
all alone near the Chicago goal,
took a pass from Rick Martin,
pulled Esposito and slipped the
puck behind him.
Rene Robert scored an insur-
ance goal in the final three min-
utes, backhanding in a pass from
HOUSTON-Center Larry Lund
scored his first two goals of the
season and his Houston Aeros
mates addedhthree goals in a
4:30 span of the third period to
defeat Los Angeles 6-2 in a World
Hockey Association game last'
Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2
Buffalo 3, Chicago 1
Detroit at California, inc.
Atlanta at Los Angeles, inc.
Houston 132, Boston 117
Philadelphia 132, Boston 117
:Milwaukee 130, Buffalo 113
Los Angeles 92, KC-Omaha 91.
Detroit at Phoenix, inc.
Atlanta at Seattle, inc.
HE PROUD AND CONFIDENT Woody Hayes strutted, into the
scarlet and gray, neo-Columbus office. "I've put a new team on
our schedule for this fall," announced the athletic director.
I "Good. I hope their tough," quothe mighty Woody. "We'll take
on anyone. Southern Cal, Alabama, the Miami Dolphins, Madame
Ericka's Girls. Anyone!"
"Then you'll be happy to know that we'll be playing the Daily
Woody collapsed. "No. No! Not them; anyone but them. Throw
me in the briar patch but don't make us play the Libels."
A broken man.
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Basketball in Arbor town
maybe you'll win a Mr. Pizza pizza.
1. MICHIGAN at Minnesota (pick
2. Northwestern at Ohio State
For those of you who remember it, it was last
February. The Michigan basketball team was los-
ing another one, this time on television to Illinois.
At the half came a film of another Michigan bas-
ketball team, this one a ragtag unit practicing in
Crisler Arena. Michigan Athletic Director Don Can-
ham was saying, "This team is a new concept
which, hopefully, will open intercollegiate athletics
to the average student."
That team was the Michigan Freshman team,
composed solely of non-scholarship players.
THERE WILL BE no Freshman team this
year. It goes, a victim of the wear and tear of
reality. Primary to the Frosh downfall is the
collapse of another basketball team, the Varsity
Reserve. Designed for scholarship players not yet
ready for the varsity limelight, the V-R folded
at midseason for lack of people to man the team.
The Western Michigan game was typical of
the V-R's problems of last year. Taking tie court
with only seven players, the V-R's, as a result of
foul problems were reduced to four players at
the end of the game. Says Don Canham of that
situation, "We just didn't have enough players to
field two teams. Some of the people on the
Varsity Reserve team complained to me about
the lack of playing time they were getting."
FORMER MICHIGAN standout Richard "Bird"
Carter was hired last year to coach the Freshman
team. With the folding 'of his squad, Carter now
acts as basketball academic advisor and assistant
coach for the revamped V-R's.
Concerning the team he coached last year,
Carter says "We did prove that we were capable
of fielding a representative team from our fresh-
man class. We went 6-4 and played some good
ball against some tough opposition."
"We (of the basketball staff) just couldn't
field three teams last year. Our top non-scholar-
ship players had to play two schedules, theirs and
ours, and that was too much. After all, these
people are students first."
"THE CONCEPT, in itself, is good, but this
was a pilot program. We had hoped to get a lot
of participation, but the turnout was disappoint-
ing. And we got no spectators."
The student support for the freshman team bor-
dered on the ridiculous last year, with "crowds"
of 63, 85, and 71 the normal attendance. This
reached its most absurd point during the Albion
home game, r where the attendance was almost
totally Albion rooters. This was certainly used as
an excuse to discontinue the program.
"We listened for student demands for a pro-
gram where the average student could partici-
pate, but when we instituted one, the students
weren't interested," says Carter with some bit-
ALL THE FORMER freshman players asked
about the team seemed to feel that it was a
worthwhile experience. Two former freshman
players are currently struggling to make the
varsity squad this year. They are Scott Mason,. a
6-3 forward, and Don Johnston, a 6-6 center.
Says Don Johnston of the team, "I feel it was
a worthwhile experience. It gave me the oppor-
tunity to play a lot." Johnston is currently the
number two center on the Varsity.
So, as things are set up now, the Varsity Re-
serve is the only basketball team below the varsity
level. It will be composed of a nucleus of scholar-
ship players with walk-ons filling out the roster.
"ACTUALLY, THE new setup is fairer to the
student athlete. Now, upperclassmen can try out
for the Varsity Reserve squad while before, they
couldn't," defends Canham. Only 15 people tried
out this year for the V-R's, so it was probably
just as well the Freshman team was dropped.
Though it may have hurt the development of
some scholarship players, the Freshman team
benefitted Don Canham, who received an image
as a friend to student athletics from it, and the
players, most of whom got playing time that they
normally would not have received if they had
to compete with scholarship athletes. It could be
that the idea of intercollegiate athletics for the
average student was ahead of its time. If so, the
Freshman team may some day reappear on the.
court-of Crisler Arena. And hopefully, some fans
will be there.
Michigan State at Purdue
Indiana at Wisconsin
Iowa at Illinois
Southern California at Notre
Missouri at Colorado
Southern Methodist at Texas
Utah at Arizona
Houston at Auburn
Navy at Pittsburgh
Louisiana State at South Caro-
Kentucky at Georgia
Dartmouth at Harvard
Temple at Delaware
Connecticut at Massachusetts
Kent State at Utah State
Grambling at Texas Southern
Slippery Rock at Indiana State
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