The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 18,1978-Page 9
CONSIS TENCY KEYS SUCCESS:
New cagers meshing..,
.as Orr's team develops
One of the main elements which has distinguished the successful
basketball coaches from their cellar dwelling counterparts is the ability
to interject new, inexperienced ballplayers into an established system and
come out with a winning product year after year.
John-Wooden's record of 19 conference championships and 10 NCAA cham-
pionships in 27 years of coaching comes to mind first. Others such as Al
McGuire, formerly of Marquette, Dean Smith of North Carolina and Johnny
Orr of Michigan have all been able to take the raw freshman or sophomore
and make him flow into their system of basketball.
And it's Orr's current challenge to do that once again. Taking a team with
six new players and a starting five which has only one returning starter, and
still winning the Big Ten championship is a monumental task. But that's
what Michigan fans expect.
Forget that All-American center Phil Hubbard is almost definitely gone
for the season. Forget that of the twelve players who travel on the road, five
are freshmen and two are sophomores. And don't even consider that
Michigan's only starting senior has been a substitute off the bench his past
three seasons with the varsity. None of these factors can be considered if you
are the average Michigan fan.
Despite all of the inexperience this team possesses, Michigan followers
demand victory, regardless. Well they'll still get it this season, but they'll
have to swallow a couple of losses in the Big Ten along with the slam dunks
and fast breaks.
Given time, this Michian team is probably going to surprise many people.
I know it's surprised me already; Inever thought Orr would be able to
put a winning team on the court given the circumstances he's been asked
to work under this year. But it's a big credit to Orr that the Wolverines are 3-
1 in the conference instead of 1-3. Yet there's still a long way to go.
"We still haven't got used to everything," said junior forward Alan Hardy.
"I don't know what people from last year can do. But I don't know what the
new guys can do and they don't know what I can do. I think that's everyone's
biggest problem," continued Michigan's fourth leading scorer with an 11.4
And the man who should be the authority on this subject is the Wolverines'
only returning starter, Tom Staton. "The biggest problem is getting used to
playing with four or five new players," said Staton, who's averaging 9.1
points per contest. "Everybody is learning how to play with everyone else.
We just try to keep on thinking about keeping it (the ball) moving instead
of realizing why you're out there and that's to take it to the opponent."
Co-Captain Dlave Baxter, who's taken the role of floor leader and the
player whoruns the offense agrees that the Michigan team still has some
improving to do. "We're still making adjustments," Baxter commented.
"It's difficult enough learning the old plays, let alone the new things this
year. It's a whole new learning process. In the past I'd come back to practice
and know what's going on .Now things are different."
The inexperience of the starting five has caused a few- changes in styles of
play for Hardy and Baxter."You have to adjust mentally. That's the biggest
adjustment," said Hardy. "Mentally, my eating, and my rest. Those are
- the main changes I've had to make," added Hardy, who prior to starting this
year was one of Orr's talented players off the bench. "When I wasn't
playing it was a whole different story."
For Baxter, the changes are about to happen in the next few Big Ten
games. "I'll be changing and looking to score more," said Baxter. "If I'm
not scoring then that hurts the team so I'm looking to score. I'm also going to
quit trying to pace myself and just play as hard as I can for as long as I can."
The other member of the starting five who is a returnee from past
seasons is center Joel Thompson. Used as a forward prior to this season, Joel
has probably undergone the biggest adjustment of anyone. "I have to do a lot
more rebounding than in the past," Thompson said earlier in the season.
"This year3I have to be a lot more consistent. Last year I, would rebound
strong some times, butnot always. This year that can't happen;'Apparently
it hasn't as Joel leads the team in rebounds and is tied for the scoring lead
with freshman Mike McGee.
So the improvement must now come game after game, each player
hopefully learning something from the previous game which will be of
benefit for future encounters. What would be ideal for the Wolverines is to
have this process hit its peak at just the right time so that the biggest games
- the two Michigan State and Purdue contests and the final meeting with
Minnesota - will have Michigan playing its best possible basketball.
All Orr can hope for is that each Michigan basketball player realizes the
situation and plays each game with as much intensity as he's capable. "We
just have to go out and play our best and do the things which got us here,"
said an optimistic Staton. "If you do that, what more can you ask."
By BILLY SAHN
Imagine possessing qualities such
as strength, endurance, style, deter-
mination, and athletic ability and
putting them altogether in a consist-
ent fashion on a diving board. Thatis,
the task for Michigan's men's varsity
diver Matt Chelich.
Chelich, in his third year of diving
for Michigan, was last year's NCAA
diving champion on the one-meter
board as well as taking second and
third place honors in last year's Big
"He's one of the best in the
country," commented diving coach
CHELICH, A zoology major, near-
ly ended up attending Big Ten rival
Indiana. "I was originally planning
to go to Indiana until I mete Dick
Kimball. After looking closely at both
schools, I decided that Michigan was
the place for me. It has what I want,"
"Consistency is what counts in
diving," said Coach Kimball. "It
takes a lot of desire and dedication to
be good in this sport; you're under
constant pressure," continued the '59
Michigan alumnus diving coach.
Consistency, dedication, and desire
are all very important in the art of
diving. These are the qualities that
Chelich had to offer. Michigan on the
other hand had to offer to Chelich the
coaching of one of the top coaches in
"WHAT I WANTED was personal
attention. I knew I could get it here.
That's why I'm at Michigan instead
of Indiana," remarked Chelich.
Chelich, a two-time All-American,
practices a minimum of three hours
a day. In addition, he attends
Kimball's diving camp in Florida for
a good part of the summer.
"I guess diving is a big part of my
life. It always has been. I've been
diving since the age of six when I was
coached by my dad," said the junior.
(Chelich's father was a collegiate
diver at Northwestern.)
Thus far this season, Chelich has
been a consistent victor in his events.
Yet, his two toughest dual meets are
"THE BIG TEN is highly competi-
tive and well balanced in diving.
However, two teams (aside from
Michigan) stand out, Ohio State and
Michigan State," said Kimball.
One of those meets, Ohio State, is
an away meet. Usually, divers would
rather dive at home than on the road.
"Each diver acquires a feel for the
diving board. And, even though they
all look alike, all boards are differ-
ent. It's a big advantage to be in your
pool for diving," remarked the
one-time Olympic coach Kimball.
Yet, whether at home or away,
Chelich appreciates fans.
"I LIKE TO SEE a lot of people
come and watch the meets. When I
know people are watching, I get more
intense. Before and during my dive,
it's total concentration. But after the
dive, I can hear the crowd. It's a big
psyche up," said Chelich:
Chelich's present plans are to
continue diving, even after he grad-
uates next year.
"One goal for me is 1980. It would
be great to be in the Olympics," re-
The Olympics is a definite goal for
Chelich. However, he has a long way : medalists: Phil Boggs (1976), M:
to go. Right now, Chelich must King (1972) and Bob Webster (19
contend with the Big Ten's and then Fortunately, if you want to w
the NCAA's. After that, comes the Chelich and the rest of the Mich
AAU (the Amateur Athletic Union) diving and swimming team in ac
meet and the Olympic tryouts. you won't have to wait until 1980
"ONLY A SELECT group make. - travel to Moscow. This week
the Olympic team. It's not easy at Michigan hosts Purdue, Friday e
all," commented Kimball. (Kimball ing at 7:30, and Illinois, Satur
has previously coached three gold afternoon at 2:00, at Matt Mann P
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Play it again, Pete?
By The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - National
Football League Commissioner Pete
Rozelle's revelation that the league
may implement instant replays of
controversial calls sparked mem-
ories of an earlier experiment that
put O. J. Simpson, his Buffalo Bills
teammates and the Dallas Cowboys
on candid camera.
In a 1976 Monday night football
game pitting Dallas against the Bills,
cameras were set up at the field's
four corners. Art McNally, NFL
supervisor of referees, watched the
game with a stopwatch to gauge how
long it would take to review plays
from the video tape camera in front
"We asked the camera technicians
to give us different angles. The first
thing found was the time factor in-
volved was a low of 26 or 27 sec-
onds, up to two minutes," McNally
"Two of the plays involved O. J.
Simpson. On one play, he complained
to an official that a Cowboy line-
backer had grabbed his jersey on a
pass pattern. We looked at the film
and sure enough, O. J. was grabbed.
"A few plays later, we saw O. J. go
down. How did he go down? We re-
played it and the very same line-
backer had tripped 0. J. The officials
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had missed it," he said.
"Suppose in the first instance O. J.
went back to Coach Jim Ringo and
said, 'Hey, Coach, that linebacker
grabbed me on that pass pattern' and
Ringo called for a challenge to the
"If Ringo is right, the officials
would then penalize the Cowboys. If
he is wrong, it's 15 yards against the
Bills for challenging and being
wrong," McNally said.
"Now do we call interference on
that linebacker for grabbing O.J.,
which technically is a foul?
"Or do we decide as we normally
would that no harm was done. We
would then penalize Ringo 15 yards
for challenging and being wrong.
"If things got that technical, what
would prevent Cowboy Coach Tom
Landry from then saying: 'Wait a
minute. Run that replay again.
Wasn't that center holding? Wasn't
his arm outside his body when, he
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Daily Photo by CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER
JUNIOR MARK CHELICH executes a back-dive off of the three-meter diving
board at Matt Mann pool earlier this year. Chelich is shooting towards a repeat of
last year's first place finish in the NCAA one-meter diving.
Villanova 76, Rider 60
Michigan Tech 2, saginaw Vly 0, forfeit
Portland 96, Buffalo 94
Milwaukee 119, New Jersey 109
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