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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, December 1, 1972

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, December 1, 1972 a

~1'varsity
By GEORGE HASTINGS which year in school a player is,
If you are one of those loyal but on his current ability and
few who go down to Crisler Are- value to the team.
na early on Saturdays and Mon. So, if a freshman is good
days to watch the freshman enough to play varsity, he can
game, get ready for a change. do so. But, if a sophomore or
This year, prior to most var- junior still doesn't fit into the
sity games, instead of the old- immediate plans of the varsity
type freshman game, there will coach, or needs more playing
occur for the first time a new time, he can play for the varsity.
phenomenon in basketball at reserves.
Michigan: the varsity reserve At Michigan, though, the new
game. system is creating a very con-
With the new freshman eligi- fusing situation: no one, includ-
bility rule, the old system of one ing the coaches, is really going
varsity and one freshman team to know who's going to play for
is being discarded in favor of a the varsity reserve until the
new one in which there are still day of the game.
two different squads dressing According to assistant varsity
every game day, but in which coach Dick Honig, who along
the determination is made not by with the other varsity assistant,

resert
Jim Dutcher, is going to handle
the reserves on game days, the
current situation as far as the
number of players in each year
at Michigan is an unusual one.
First, the basketball team this
year has merely two juniors re-
turning. Second, the current
crop of sophomores is so out-
standing that most of them fit
very highly into varsity coach
Johnny Orr's plans for the big
team. Thirdly, there are only
four freshmen recruited and on
basketball scholarship at Michi-
gan.
As of now, it appears that only
six or seven players will dress
for the reserve contest each
game. The best of them will be
one of the freshmen, 6-2 guard

es: Up
Wayman Britt. Britt, leader of
last year's state champion Flint
Northern team, has impressed in i
practice so far, and undoubtedly c
will see varsity action soon. j
But the Wolverine coaches
feel that extensive playing time
in a few reserve games will be
better for Britt and the others
than watching the varsity games c
from the bench.c
Honig feels this to"be the most t
important aspect of the reserve c
contests. "The playing time gain-
ed by these players in the re- f
serve contests will be invalu-
able," he says. "There's no sub- I
stitute for experience, and it can
be better gained by playing a I
full game for the reserves than
by benchwarming for the var-
sity."
The other three freshmen in-
clude a forward and two more
guards, in a year when the Wol-
verines recruited for ballhand- 1
ling, not height. The forward is i
Chuck Rogers, a 6-6 youngster N
from Findlay, Ohio. The guards c
are Lloyd Schinnerer, 6-2, from
Bad Axe, Michigan, and Tim t
Kuzma, who at 6-4 is from Mun-
cie, Indiana.
The only upperclassmen who
may be playing often with the t
reserves is 6-4 forward Billy Ay-
ler, who last year was sixth manE
on Michigan's successful fresh-1
man team.1
Two others who, according to
Honig, may play in one or two 1
early games for the reserves, are
6-4 Bill Mayer, a junior transfer1

of-

intl/l
student who could use some
game experience under the Mich-
igan system, and sophomore
center - forward C. J. Kupec,
who has had only a week of
practice since he ended his sea-
son as a tight end on the grid-
iron.
Honig is unsure how coordinat-
ed his group will be in its first
contest. "We haven't ever prac-
ticed as a team," he says, "Ev-
erything's pretty much up in the
air now as to who'll be playing
from game to game."
One problem is the four-day
rule on players switching from
varsity to reserve teams. This
rule, which is carried over from
football, means that a player
who plays on the varsity in one
game cannot play in a reserve
game until four days later, and
vice-versa.
The rule, Honig feels, may
have been suited for football, but
is not for basketball, a sport in
which games occur more than
once a week. A movement is un-
derway to changethe rule, and
the Michigan coaches hopes it
succeeds.
To fill up the reserve squad,
some players may be brought
up from a new freshman squad,
coached by "Bird" Carter. Play-
ers on this squad must not only
be freshmen, but they must not
be on basketball scholarship.
But the freshmen will also be
playing a schedule of their own
-11 or 12 games against main-
ly junior colleges, with a few

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contests against the reserve
teams of other four-year schools.
The idea of such a team is
unique -- as far as Carter
knows, no other school has a
program like it. "Hopefully,"
he says, "if the idea works here
it will catch on at other schools."
While the success of the fresh-
man program will not be meas-
ured on whether any unknown
prospects are discovered who go
on to play varsity, the possibili-
ty is always there. Carter men-
tions two of his players, 6-8 Jim
Williams and 6-6 Don Johnston,
as perhaps having a chance if
they develop.
Others freshman turnouts who
have impressed are forwards
Scott Mason a n d Cameron
Cheeks, and guard Roger Wimp-
frey.
Carter admits that he doesn't
have the largest amount of tal-
ent in the world to work with.
But he feels he can still win
some games. "We're going to
have to play better as a team,"
he emphasizes, "Our success
will depend on whether we play
together."
While the varsity reserves will
be playing the preliminary game
before most of the varsity con-
tests, the freshmen will get a few
chances to do so. Their first
opportunity will be Saturday,
when they perform against Shaw
College prior to the Notre Dame
varsity game. The reserves open
open their season Monday night
against Western Michigan, be-
fore the varsity clash with Ore-
gon State.
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ERNIE JOHNSON flys and twists on Minnesota's Jim Brewer last
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Ten title.
VS. CIRCLE
Tumblers in Chicago
By RICH STUCK
Following last week's encouraging performance at the Midwest
Open at Chicago the Michigan gymnasts return to the city ny the
shore tomorrow to compete in the Windy City Invitational.
A total of fourteen teams will compete in the meet to be held
at Chicago Circle. Coach Newt Loken's Wolverine contingent is 'ready
to go' and with the exception of the injured Rupert Hansen the squad
will be at full shape.
The competition will differ greatly from last weekend's since
instead of 150 competitors in each event this one will have no
more than 150 athletes in the entire arena. Loken is planning on
using eleven men, headed by captain Ray Gura, one of the
three all-around men in the field.
The others joining Gura in the all-around are Bruce Medd, and
Jean Gagnon. The three will be in every event along with two others
from the Wolverine contingent. Joining them on the side-horse are
Jerry Poynton and Hansen's replacement Pierre LeClerc.
The.competition tomorrow will be held in a fashion similar to the
way is went in Munich at the Olympic games. There will be six
events going at the same time. Two teams will be stationed at each
area of competition and all of the performers in that event will
perform there. When one event has been completed the whistle will
blow to change events.
At this juncture all of the teams will pick up their gear and
move to the next event. This will eliminate the confusion
thpt occurs at many invitationals and opens where the individuals
have to wait for hours to perform.
The meet will also focus on the optional routines rather
than the compulsories, giving it a little more flair. The fourteen
teams will compete in the afternoon for team points and an evening
session will feature the top ten individuals in head to head com-
petition.
"What we are really after is a respectable showing", Loken re-
marks, "because there are so many good teams there.
The two strongest squads he refers to are the defending NCAA
champion Southern Illinois and the team that beat Michigan last
year in the Big Ten Championships, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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