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By MARCIA MERKER
It's not a major sport. It doesn't pack in the
fas on Saturday afternoons and few people read
the stories in the local papers. But to the runners
who toil on the cross country team, the sport is
So it was particularly disconcerting the other
day when Athletic Director Don Canham decidedl
that this year's squad didn't have what it takes to
make the trip to the nationals in Spokane, Washing-
ton, despite the fact that they qualified on the basis
of their tie for a fifth place finish in East Lansing.
Canham felt the harriers' performances didn't war-
*rant the excursion to the West Coast, a trip mentor
Dixon Farmer calculates would cost the Athletic
Farmer claims that his squad would have finished
15th in the country, maybe even higher now that
top contender Manhattan College will not go and
Villanova will not send its best harrier who is out
due to injury.
"Of the top three teams in our region, Eastern
could reckon with Oregon for the championshiip
while Indiana and Wisconsin will be in the top six
or seven. Even Minnesota will send its pack to
Washington and they finished behind us at the
Big Ten," said Farmer.
But the issue is not how wvell Michigan can
perform in Washington. Nor is it finances. The
crux 'of the matter is whether the Athletic De-
partment reneges on a promise it made to the
runners. They were told when recruited that
If they qualified they would go to the nationals.
This is unlike Michigan State, whose policy is
that If the Spartans are in the top three in the
regionals, then they go.
As one team spokesman pointed out, "Canham's
decision is grossly unfair-especially to Bill Bol-
ster." Bolster qualified individually for a spot at
the nationals. He has consistently worked toward
Lheast spring, Bolstersqualified for the NCAA out-
door mile championships. Canham denied him his
chance then, although four other thinclads did
Keith Brown, who has had difficulties on and
off the course, is also hurt by this decision. In
September, short six credits of eligibility, he earned
journalism and English credits by examination-
after suffering far more than the normal red tape
Big Ten protests have brought Brown's eligibility
into question many times since he became a
junior. For all this, he still doesn't get the NCAA
berth he earned.
Four years ago, Dixon Farmer began building
a cross country team from scratch at Michi-
gan. The Maize and Blue haven't won the Big
Ten title since 1954. A year ago, the Wolverines
finished second in the conference. This season,
they qualified for the NCAA's but Canham said
it was not good enough to represent Michigan,
considering the expense.
What can Farmer base his recruitment pro-
gram upon now? Sure, he can guarantee Big Ten
competition and a meet versus Eastern, but to any
high school cross country superstar, the nationals
represent everything important.
Before Canham's decision last Monday, Farmer
observed that "so few rewards come to cross
country runners that the team should be able to go
to the nationals." It's unfortunate that the Athletic
Director at Michigan does not have faith in a
coach and a team that has brought Michigan from
zippo to national recognition.
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AMONG THE HARRIERS hurt by Don Canham's recent ruling on their trip to Spokane are Greg Myer
(left) and Bill Bolster (right). The Blue cross-country men had qualified for the NCAA championship
meet by tying for fifth in the recent NCAA regional meet. Bolster qualified on an individual basis, and
could have gone even if the rest of the team stayed home. Apparently Canham felt sending Bolster
wouldn't help 1M'ichigan as Bolster is a senior and can't compete next year. Bolster took 45th in last
year's championship. But the holding back of the entire team hurt Myer, who is a talented freshman
and almost certainly wvill have other chances in the Nationals. The experience he could have gained
this year might have helped in the future. This is the first time in years the Michigan runners have
qualified as a team, and Canham's ruling comes as a severe blow to the morale of the squad.
The Texas Wedge
. .. from Arizona
By RICH STUCK
JIM YOUNG HAS revolutionized the University of Arizona's foot-
ball fortunes this season. Bo Schembechler's former defen-
sive coordinator has taken a club that was 4-7 last year to a
surprising 8-1 record for the 1973 campaign.
With their victory over Brigham Young last week the Wild-
cats are assured of at least a share of the Western Athletic
Conference title. Attendance is at an all-time high, and with two
games remaining Young has a chance to break Arizona's re-
cord for most wins in a season (nine).
Recently, I spoke with Young about his exciting first year.
Q-You were an assistant coach for four years in the Big
Ten here at Michigan and now you're coaching in the WAC.
How do the two leagues compare?
A-Well, the Big Ten is a much more physical conference.
They rely more on size and power football. In the WAC the em-
phasis is on speed. We probably have faster people in the skilled
positions than the Big Ten./ The offenses are more wide open
and there's more scoring.
Q-What is the reason for your Arizona club being so
good all of a sudden?
A-I said last spring I thought Coach (Dave) Weber left us
withi some good football players, and I haven't changed my posi-
tion. That and the fact that kids have just a great attitude. After
we won a couple of games they started to believe in themselves,
and now we have some momentum going for us.
Q-What has been the hardest adjustment you have had
A-Well, I'm handling the offense this year as opposed to
the defense. Basically coaching on the practice field hasn't been
much different. It was during the first few games which were
the most difficult. The reason for this is play-calling. I wasn't
used to calling offensive plays in a game and for a while it was
pretty tough. Larry Smith, who came with me from Michigan,
had the same problem only in reverse. At Michigan he was the
offensive interior line' coach and here he's made the switch to
defensive co-ordinator. But both of us have sort of overcome
Q-Everyone at Michigan sort of expects the cold, rainy
elements that come to be part of football in the late fall. How
has the weather been in Tuscon?
A-Right now (noon) it's 820. It hasn't rainesl here in songie-
thing like 87 consecutive days. We haven't had one bad weather
practice yet. I watch the college highlight show and I don't think
I'd like all that weather the Midwest has been having.
Q-You can win the title next week if you beat Arizona
A-Yes but we've got a tough one this week. Air Force has
Q-gWdat babout Arizona State?
A-You'd have to say it is THE game for us. It's kind of like
Michigan-Ohio State. Everyone will be fired up and ready to
play. It's a great rivalry. Arizona hasn't beaten them in eight
yr.Q-One last question Coach-and I think you know what
it is going to be . . . What do you think about the Michigan-
Ohio State game next week?
A-They are all two great football teams. We play ASU that
night so I'll get a chance to see the game in the afternoon. Like
I said I see the highlight show and I've seen some of their film.
Knowing the struggles we had in the past I'd say it'll be a tough
low-scoring game. I think if you check the scores of the last four
games you'll see it's something like 53-53 (Note: it's 54-53 M).
It'll be another great battle.
I can't really predict a winner but I'll say this for sure: num-
ber one-they're playing at Michigan and they don't lose at
home; and number two-as we found out, it's awful tough for
one team to win two in a row.
By CARY FOTIAS I-_ _ _
"Never solve a problem before
you have one" is one of Purdue i~
football coach Alex Agase's pet
However, the Boilermakers'
new mentor will have to wrestle
again this week with the problem 'NIGHT
that's had him checking the an- JEFF
swer book all season-injuries. THERE
The Riveters, 4-S on the year _ ____-
fourth-ranke atnd undeeate Schavietello.
Michigan tomorrow at 1:30 in plagued by n
Ross-Ade Stadium. season. Gefert
The old Gold and Black have demTOnI agains
been riddled by injuries through- year, capturinl
out the 1973 campaign. Just last sive player of
week, assorted hurts forced seven
Boilermakers to the sidelines in
P racticallyall theesnjuries have
been to defensive players. Pur-
due uses the 5-2 Oklahoma align- 1. Ohio State a
ment, so those injuries are un- score)
usually important. 2. Michigan St
Senior tackle Steve Nurren- 3. Purdue at II
bern, the Boilermakers' most ex- 4. Illinois at N
perienced big man, was lost s. Wisconsin ai
early in the season. Junior Stan 6. UCLA at So'
Parker has proved to be an 7. Nebraska at
adequate replacement. 8. LSU vs. Ala
Middle guard Mark Gorgal suf- Birminghanm
fers from a shoulder injury in- 9. Arizona at A
curred against the Gophers. H~e 10. Pittsburgh a
had replaced junior Tim Arm-
strong, sidelined for the year
with bac troubles.ply ako
Chuck Keever will get the nod.
The two leading tacklers on the(
Purdue squad are senior line-
backers Mark Gefert and Rick
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services of Alex DiMarzio, their
premier kickoff returner. He will
miss the remainder of the season
with a knee injury.
The Riveters have turned the
timlesoagame. "It's obvious w e
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itable against Michigan and hope
to win.'' understated Agase after
re'iewing the Wolverines' game
The Boilermakers don't have an
Otis Armstrong or Leroy Keyes
in their backfield this year, but
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Senior quarterback Bo Bobrow-
ski directs the Purdue offensive
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Misoui at Kansas
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ball team travels north to East
Lansing today in hopes of bring-
ing home its first state champion-
Tohe Wolverines carry ap5-3tre-
but two of those three losses have
been by close margins to Calvin
and Grand Valley State College.
Michigan mets MSU and Kel-
This wil be the fis eeting b-
tween the Maize and Blue and the
Spartans, but Michigan trounced
Kellogg in a previous meeting.
Ten teams will battle each other
for the chance to move on to the'
midwest regional competition of
the Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women (AIAW).
The Wolverines play EMU and
WMU on Saturday. The four teams.
with the best record during t h e
tournament will enter playuff Sa-
turday evening for the champion-
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