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Sunday, December 2, 1973

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PERSPECTIVE

Memories of a

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By DAVE GALLAGHER
(Ed Note: Dave Gallagher, Al-Amer-
ican defensive tackle and co-captain of
the Michigan football team, was chosen
Most Valuable Defensive Player in this
year's Ohio State game.)
Last May, following my ex-
cursion to Chicago courtesy of
Hugh Hefner, I met with Jed
Hughes, a graduate assistant at
Michigan, and we planned a
summer conditioning program. It
consisted of intense weight
lifting, distance running and agil-
ity exercises. Starting on a
gloomy May 14 in Yost Field
House, I was involved with
some sort of physical activity,
either intense conditioning or
playing basketball, nearly every
day of my summer in Ann Ar-
bor.
I turned down better paying
jobs and took a job "with the
grounds crew at Michigan be-
cause I worked around my con-
ditioning schedule. I felt my
physical condition was more im-
portant than spending money
for the coming school year. I
had dedicated myself to being in
top physical shape for my senior
year of Michigan football.
I was only one of many who
realized the Vast talent and po-
tential of a team with the likes
of Ed Shuttlesworth, Paul Seal,
Dennis Franklin, Chuck Heater,
Gil Chapman, Jim Coode, Mike
Hoban, Dave Brown, Don Cole-
man and a solid nucleus of 30
seniors to provide unlimited
leadership. I was not going to let
this opportunity pass by, and my
summer of 1973 was dedicated to
the team's and my own success
in the fall of 1973.
When the team reported in
August, I was pleasantly sur-
prised by the spirit and enthu-
siasm of everyone, players and
coaches alike. We knew what
kind of team we had and what
it would take to be champions.
We set the most challenging
goals a major college football
team could set. The dreams of a
national championship and a trip
to the Rose Bowl were well with-
in our capabilities. But the most

r the
important goal we set an
one on which all the(
hinged was to beat Ohio St
It was a gloomy day it
lumbus in November of
when we fought our heart
and completely dominate
Buckeyes, only to lose 14-11
er that, every Michigan p
dreamed of revenge in wh
has come to call the "big h
in Ann Arbor on Novemb
1973. The goals were set
players were ready, and or
tember 15 in Iowa City, w
gan what was to become c
the most successful football
paigns in Michigan's long hi
When Paul Seal and I Ie
team down the tunnel to the
and saw Hicks and con
burying the M Club banner
mass of humanity, I knew
Buckeyes were in fora
with some of the most irate
verines they'd met in a
time. My prediction was
We completely dominated
the first quarter, not even
ing so much as a first dow:
chie Griffin began to run
tle in the second period, ai
went in at the half on the
end of a 10-0 score.
I have since been asked
magic Bo performed on
half-time, and I answer b)
ing he simply restored our
fidence and assured us o
tory. This reassurance l
what has to be called one
most spectacular perform
ofa Michigan football team
Our offense punched the
right at the strength of the
fense, with Shuttlesworth
ming up the gut of thei:

roses
d the time and time again. Our de-
others fense held Griffin and company
ate. scoreless, to end the game in a
n Co- 10-10 deadlock. There were mix-
1972 ed emotions in the post-game
:s out locker room, but nearly every-
. the one was sure of spending Christ-
. Aft- mas and New Year's in Califor-
layer nia. We were still on schedule
at Bo for achieving our goals.
ouse" Just prior to receiving the
er 24, news of the tragedy at 2 PM the
, the following Sunday, I had come
Sep- from eating lunch with my par-
e be- ents and several of their friends.
)ne of They were as confident as I was,
cam- and continually assured me that
[story. the Rose Bowl was in the bag.
d the When Isheard the news of what
field I thought was a mere formality,
npany I was shocked into tears. My
r in a roommate Larry Johnson and my
the girlfriend Carole Chill were simi-
battle larly stunned..
e Wol- When Bo came to talk to us on
long the following Monday, he was re-
right. ceived with a standing ovation.
them His courage andconviction in
yield- slamming the decision of the
n. Ar- athletic directors, a n d h i s
a lit- staunch determination to reveal
nd we the truth behind the vote won

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Dave Gallagher, No. 71, at the Ohio State game.

the hearts of all Michigan play-
ers.
Mv personal feelings are mix-
ed. I believe the Michigan foot-
ball team, especially the seniors,
and the students of -Michigan
have been severely wronged. I
also believe that we're just go-
ing to have to live with it. I'm
not going to hold my breath
while waiting for the athletic
direcetors to reverse their de-
cision. I am in strong favor of
a representative group of ath-
letes from Big Ten schools hav-
ing a voice in major decisions
like this one. This will help to

eliminate some of the politics
and petty jealousies in .Big Ten
athletic administration.
I also believe Bo is right in
challenging Wayne Duke to come
before the Michigan players with
a full explanation as to why our
trip to California was cancelled.
After all the blood, sweat and
tears, we deserved a better fate.
SEA T BALL&
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