Page 10-Thursday, January 12, 1978-The Michigan Daily
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OPPOSE FIRED-UP HAWKEYES
By DAVE RENBARGER
With a pair of victories safely tucked
away after the first week of the un-
predictable Big Ten season, the
Michigan Wolverines must now pack
their bags and brave the perils of
playing basketball on the road.
Foreign arenas, packed with hostile
fans who often influence referees, await
the Blue cagers in both Iowa City, site
of tonight's contest with the Hawkeyes,
and in Champaign, where Illinois hosts
Michigan on Saturday.
COACH JOHNNY ORR and his
assistant Bill Frieder are all too
familiar with these pitfalls. Since they
wouldn't mind remaining on top of the
Big Ten standings, both have expressed
concern about taking their 7-3 squad on
"It'll be a new experience for our new
people," continued Frieder. "They've
never seen the type of crowd we'll see
at Iowa.. They're basketball crazy out
there, noisy and rude."
Orr hopes that his team learned a few
things earlier in the season playing at
Western Kentucky, Fordham (Madison
Square Garden) and Alabama.
"They know they've gotta be at their
very best to beat Iowa," Orr said.
THE HAWKEYES (8-3), seems to be
at their very best right now, despite the
fact that three of their top four for-
wards are out of action. Last Saturday
Lute Olson's club toppled a young but
talented Ohio State team (9-2) in
The Hawkeyes' triumph came as
even more of a surprise since top
rebounder William Mayfield and top
reserve Vince Brookins both broke
their hands in a loss earlier in the week
to Indiana. Mayfield, who prepped at
Detroit Cass Tech, and Brookins will be
jdining senior forward Terry Drake on
the sidelines for the Michigan game.
Drake has missed six games with a bad
SPEAKING OF injuries, Michigan
swingman Johnny Johnson has a
twisted left' knee and may be idled.
Johnson sustained the injury in a freak
accident late in Tuesday's practice af-
ter running headlong into Mike McGee
during a sprint drill.
The players who are healthy enough to
play today should make for an exciting,
fast-paced game. Hawkeye point guard
and leading scorer Ronnie Lester leads
Iowa's fast breaking offense. The
sophomore averages 20.6 points a game
and hit for a career-high 31 against
"Lester's as quick a guard as there is
and an explosive shooter," said
Frieder. "They like to set him up so he
can go one on one."
"WE'LL HAVE to contain Lester and
stop their fast break," said Orr. "Iowa
is a very quick team overall-probably
quicker than we are."
Senior co-captain David Baxter will
drw the defensive assignment on
Lester and the match-up should prove
interesting. The job will be Baxter's
alone, because if the Wolverines try
ganging up on Lester, then his smooth-
shooting backcourt partner Dick Peth
will be left unattended.
Going against Michigan's front line of
Joel Thompson, Alan Hardy and McGee
will be Hawkeye center Larry
Olsthoorn, freshman Steve Waite and
quick forward Clay Hargrave.
Olsthoorn does a good job initiating the
fast break out to Lester and Hargrave
and scores 11.6 per game, while Waite
played his best game against Ohio
"WAITE PLAYED with the poise of a
veteran," said coach Olson of his young
forward's 13 point effort. "But he does
need to be, more aggressive under the
boards to get the rebounds he should be
The Wolverine front-court trio will
again be giving away a bit in the height
department, but if the Minnesota game
is any indication, it should not bother
them too much.
On the season, Iowa has suffered two
one-point losses (to Iowa State and Las
Vegas) among its three setbacks. But
the Hawks haven't exactly played the
toughest schedule around and home
victories over the likes of Mankato
State, Northridge State and Denver
(that's the Pioneers, not the Nuggets)
added some padding to their 813 slate.
NONETHELESS, Orr figures that the
Hawkeyes will have plenty of incentive
to knock off the Wolverines. Aside from
their surprising OSU triumph and the
home court advantage, Iowa has lost,
seven straight games to Michigan and
Olson has never defeated Orr.
"They're all fired-up and they've got
plenty of reasons to be," said Orr.
"Plus, anybody who is playing the
defending champions is going to be
David Baxter (6-3). . . . G. . . . . . . . (6-1) Ronnie Lester
Tom Staton (6-3). . . . . . G. . . . . . . . . . . (6-2) Dick Peth
Joel Thompson (6-8). . .C..... (6-10) Larry Olsthoorn
Alan Hardy (6-6). . . . . .F. . . . . . . . . (6-9) Steve Waite
Mike McGee (6-5)...... F.. .,.... (6-4) Clay Hargrave
COACHES MERR Y-GO-ROUND:
ilkMonte makes Lion deal
By Daily Wire Services
Yesterday was juggling day in the
National Football League as two new
coaches were hired and one other was
given permission to negotiate with a
The Detroit Lions named Monte
Clark, former pilot of the San Francisco
49ers, as head coach to replace the fired
At San Francisco, Clark reportedly
was disenchanted with the power Gen-
eral Manager Joe Thomas had over the
operation of the team.
Clark said the responsibility Ford has
given him with the Lions is similar to
the deal he had worked out with the
49ers, "but when I Went there, changes
came about which precluded that."
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Clark promised a "new approach" to
the lackluster Lions. He told the news
conference he believed in discipline, in
being firm, "but not harsh, as a rule."
"Everybody is going to have a fresh
new start. I'm not concerned with what
they've done in the past."
"New coach, new approach. I'm
having bumper stickers made to that
effect," he said at another point.
Refusing to promise results, Clark of-
fered hope: "I hope at some point down
the line Broncomania will be shamed
Clark becomes the team's fifth coach
in seven years and 15th in their 45-year
history. The Lions finished with their
second consecutive 6-8 record this past
season and missed the playoffs for the
18th time in the last 19 years.
Clark, who did*6ot coach in 1977, beat
out a frequently mentioned candidate
for head coach of the Lions in Chhck
Knox. Knox, the highly successful
coach of the Los Angeles Rams, was
hired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills,
Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson announ-
Knox moves from a consistent winner
to a consistent loser. Yet he was frus-
trated with the Rams, who have won
five straight titles in the NFC West
Division but never made it to the Super
Bowl. Their latest disappointment was
a 14-7 upset loss to Minnesota in the first
round of this season's playoffs.
Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom had
become disenchanted with the Rams
playoff failures and was talking in Los
Angeles with Don Coryell, the St. Louis
Cardinal coach who had become
unhappy with his situation.
"As soon as it became evident Coach
Knox might be available, we sought and
received permission from Rosenbloom
to speak with him," said Wilson. "We
are positively delighted to land a man
of Chuck Knox' stature asthe new head
coach of the Bills.
"Chuck has experienced nothing but
success with the Los Angeles franchise
and we know he is just the man to re-
store the Bills to a position of promi-
nence in professional football."
Coach Knox left Los Angeles to head
up the Buffalo Bills' staff by mutual
agreement and now the Rams seek a
coach to motivate a team to attack both i
on offense and defense.
Los Angeles owner Carroll Rosen-,*
bloom said he had no objection to the
departure of Knox.
"I think Chuck thought I didn't want
him to stay and that was pretty true,"r
said the owner who hired Knox from an
assistant's job at Detroit.
Knox said, "I leave with no bitter-
ness, and then, asked about rebuilding
the Bills' program, he remarked:
"It was no bed of roses when I cane
to Los Angeles. The Rams hadn't won'a
division championship in three years.
I'm happy with the players' record
here, happy in my heart that I gave Jt
The search for a successor started
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Clark was given full authority over
almost all personnel decisions, some-
thing no Detroit coach has had in the
last 10 years.
But William C. Ford, owner for the
past 14 years, said he would retain a
veto over trades.
"His job will include the college
draft, waivers and trades. His trades,
howeyer, are subject to my personal
approval," Ford said.
Clark got the title of Director of Foot-
ball Operations, something the Lions
have not had before, and a five-year
His mandate was a lessening of the
authority of Russ Thomas, the general
manager. Ford told a news conference
Thomas would be responsible for
even before it was formally announced-
that Knox would go to Buffalo on a si)
year contract believed to call for
The apparent successor, Don Coryell
talked with the Rams on Tuesday and
the Cardinals let it be known yesterday
that they would let Coryell out of his
contract, effective through 1980, in ex
change for a first-round draft choice.
Cardinal owner, Bill Bidwill said he
decided to let Los Angeles talk with
Coryell because he realized Coryell was
unhappy in St. Louis because of his
desire "to take his family to a warmer
Other coaching changes since the
season ended include:
Mary Levy replacing Tom Bettis in
Kansas City; Sam Rutigliano following
Forrest Gregg at Cleveland and San
Francisco firing Ken Meyer and
replacing him with Pete McCulley.
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