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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 22, 1977-Page 11

By BRIAN MILLER 147 yards
This Saturday, more than 87,000 "Isn't
people will jam themselves into Ray's ve
ancient Ohio Stadium to witness the "How m
first meeting ever between the Ohio starting s
State Buckeyes and the Oklahoma one week
Buckeye coach Woody Hayes re- As for
alizes how tough the Sooners will be, pretty sur
noting that "they've got the best week," pi
record of any team we've ever point, I d
played. will stay
"T o b e a t Oklahoma," states
Hayes, "we must be in great shape Wayne
- which we will be." cerned, t
well his d
Hayes could make such a state- Oklahoma
ment only after reviewing the physi- "The So
cal condition of running backs Jeff offense,"
Logan and Ricky Johnson. Both quick and
Logan [ankle sprain] and Johnson
[knee sprain] were injured in Ohio
State's opening game. The score
reflected the depletion in the offen-
sive ranks as the Buckeyes won 10-0. '
Ohio State was forced to employ
safety Ray Griffin on offense against
Minnesota last Saturday, -where he -
did a commendable job (58 yards in
14 carries), in complementing the
performance of backfield teammate
Ron Springs. Springs, 'who gained the By
top running spot in the Buckeye In day
backfield through attrition, gained Michigan

from 27 rushes.
it a tremendous tribute to
ersatility," asked Hayes.
any players could go, from
afety to starting tailback in
Logan and Johnson, "I'm
re we'll have them back this
redicted Hayes. "But at this
o not know if Ray [Griffin]
at tailback."
Woodrow is slightly con-
o say the least, about how
efense will perform against
a's wishbone.
ooners niove the ball well on
explained Hayes. "They're

"You know," he adde
i ed tha t:ihl~n n.e

tangle with Sooners

wn "they've make a minimum of mistakes."

uses Ee wis bone for several years
now, and used it better over the years
than any other team."
Big Ten teams don't often see the
wishbone and Hayes foresees some
"It's very difficult to stop the
quarterback inside, or if he pitches
the ball, the running back outside.
"I don't think we'll ever play a
team with a faster backfield. They
don't have two or three good backs,
they have four!
"But remember, they can pass
when they have to. They proved that
against Nebraska last year. In order
to win," Hayes ended, "we'll have to

The Oklahoma Sooners aren't ex-
actly in top physical condition them-
Starting quarterback Thomas Lott
has an injured nerve below his knee.
The Sooners felt his absence against
Vanderbilt, having to come from
behind to win, 25-23.
"The wishbone quarterback is 70
per cent of our offense," commented
coach Barry Switzer.
"Lott is still not 100 per cent, but
he's been practicing better," he
claimed. "We're going with Lott
against Ohio State."
If Lott doesn't work out, Switzer


clue Spikers Promising

s of yore, only the men of
were eligible for athletic

Ticket situation ... f
... still a farce
T HIS PAST WEEKEND was a real pleasure.
Naturally, like any other true blooded Michigan senior, I revelled in the be-
ginning of my last football season here at the big U. Chills ran down my neck
when the words, "Band take the field," boomed over the loudspeakers.
The Victors, the cheerleaders and the team lifted me into my typical Sat.
urday afternoon frenzy. The atmosphere was once again fantastic.
And best of all, I was enjoying the whole show from the 45-yard line. Indeed, af-
ter three long years of viewing the greatest of all sports from the endzone, I have
finally arrived in the promised land.
But happy as I am with my fabulous tickets, I was just lucky.
The unlucky multitudes are still in the endzone and unhappy.
Much of the displeasure stems from this year's ticket distribution policy. In-
stead of starting to wait whenever, as was previously done, the ticket office a la
Al Renfrew, decided to allow waiting only from September first on. A lottery at
that time determined the starting position of the groups in line.
This new policy was adopted in response to the protests following last year's
basketball ticket fiasco. A month and a half before tickets went on sale, group one
established its claim to the beginning of the line and set up one daily check-in for
the duration.
The new policy did accomplish at least part of what it set out to do. The time
spent waiting in line was cut down. There will be no more month and a half vigils.
For that, I commend the system.
But from there, the waiting was reduced to a farce. Group one through ten
immediately established three check-ins a day, a slight nuisance but certainly
no supreme sacrifice for the privilege of sitting on the fifty.
The supply of choice tickets to Michigan basketball and football contests
is limited and the demand astronomical. As any mediocre economics student
knows, when demand exceeds supply the price goes up. In this case, the price
for a~good ticket is sitting in line.
The check-in system is nothing but a token for waiting in line. The ticket office
might as well hold their lottery the day that the tickets go on sale, checking in
is so easy.
That would be near sacrilege. Everyone would certainly stand an equal
chance of ending up with a good ticket. But, the people that really want to see
the game from the best seats and are willing to sacrifice to do it might end up
behind the band, while the guy who goes to the game to party down would sit
on the fifty in a drunken stupor.
The dilemma could be easily resolved if the ticket office simply required the
first group to institute random checks. The token check would rest in peace and
those that wanted to see the play in the opposite end zone would pay the price.
That point only accounts for some of the irritation. In addition to the lottery,
group size was limited to twelve. Interpretation: If you have more than eleven
friends, tough luck.
Al Renfrew's rationalization for this point was that it "gave more people
a chance for the good tickets." Sorry Al, but if I remember right from fourth
grade math, 2,400 tickets in sections 23 and 24 is 2,400 people in sections 23 and,
24 no matter how you divide them.
Not only that, but with one person
going in and negotiating for his twelve Maybe come basketball season some
tickets instead of his fifty tickets for the of these problems will be worked out
group, it slows the distribution con- and we can all get back to the business
siderably. Those people representing of waiting in line.
groups in the three hundreds had to sit
for hours just to collect their tickets.
They would have had their tickets hours
sooner with fewer people running up to
the ticket window.
Finally, the new distribution policy A
was one of the best kept secrets since
k.Pearl Harbor. Most of the real "sen-
iors" never heard about the lottery un-
til they came to town on Labor Day
weekend expecting to get in line for Appointments are NOW
tickets a week before the sale and have
reasonable seats. Instead they were Portrait Sittings for the 9
greeted with hundreds of groups, Yearbook).
largely composed of graduate students,
already enrolled in the "waiting-made- Please stop by the Ensia
easy plan.," (next to SAB) or call 764-05

scholarships. Not so anymore. Col-
lege football may still get most of'the
attention in Ann Arbor, but the
women athletes - yes, some on
scholarship - are holding their own.
Volleyball, rapidly growing around
the country, is but one of the sports in
which Michigan women compete at
the varsity level.
The squad is coached by Sandy
Vong, who played volleyball 30 years
ago in China, but did not compete for
a team until 1966. Vong has a number
of goals with regard to the Michigan
program (not the least of which is to
improve- upon last season's ninth
place finish in the Big Ten):
" to win the state and regional title
this year
* to encourage more women to try
out for the team
" to offer a number of full-tuition
scholarships in the future
" to teach volleyball once the
season is over.

Vong is running the team through
three-hour practices in preparation
for, the season opener next Tuesday
(against Eastern and Western Michi-
gan, starting at 5:00).
The team also has a scrimmage
Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Central
Campus Recreation Building. The
women's opponents will be Lake
Michigan, Henry Ford, Schoolcraft,
Kellogg and Mott. Spectators are
Although Vong expects an im-
proved team, thegBig Tenrace looks
no easier. He tabbed Michigan State
and Ohio State as the early favorites
largely due to good recruiting.
Illinois and Purdue should also
provide some tough competition.
The team's ten veterans are Carol
Cocuzza, Jane, Doty, Lisa Holmes,
Julie Madison, Karel Pennington,
Roberta Salary, Jeanne Sellman,
Jamie Spohn, Michelle Weipert and
Ginny Witter. The roster is filled out
by freshwomen Sue Cramer, Tammy
Hermans and Marianne Thomas and
transfer students Beth Majors and
Carol Ralzee.

expessed no qualms in replacing him
with senior quarterback Dean Blev-
ins. Although he played badly against
Vanderbilt, Blevins rebounded with a
fine game last Saturday against
Utah. He ran for two touchdowns and
passed for another as Oklahoma
trounced Utah, 62-24.
Running backs Billy Sims, Kenny
King and Elvis Peacock have been
moving the ball well - when they've
managed to hang onto it. The Sooners
set a school record when they lost
seven of 11 fumbles to Vanderbilt.
Last week Oklahoma showed no sign
of improvement as Utah recovered
five of six loose balls.
"We lead the world in fumbles," la-
mented, Switzer. "If we put the ball
on the ground (fumble) against Ohio
State, they could embarrass us."
. Oklahoma doesn't like to be em-
barrassed and rest assured its de-
fense will be ready for Ohio State.
The key to the Sooner defense is
injured middle guard Reggie Kinlaw,
a pre-season All-American,
"Reggie's leg is taped, but he's
tedoubtful now," explained Switzer.
"The best way to stop Ohio State's
offense is to stunt and move more on
the line. But we can only do that if
Reggie plays."
Regardless of who plays where,.
Switzer feels the key to stopping Ohio
State is to stop "the key to their
offense - Rod Gerald."
"Gerald has a lot of speed around
the corner," said Switzer. "We must
stop him to win. He gets so much help
from his. offensive line (led by
-All-AmericantChris Ward).,They're
big and quick."

Rod Gerald


All in all, this Saturday's game has
all the ingredients of a classic
struggle, where, to quote a well
known Big Ten coach, a yard means
a yard.
"Playing away isn't as good as
playing at home,", noted Switzer,
"But there isn't a home field advan-
tage for either team. Both teams
have played before in big games and
the players aren't afraid of the
"Yousknow," he said, "many
players choose Oklahoma just so
they can play in games like this."

M ichigan soccer club
downs stubborn EMU

The Michigan soccer club scored
two goals early in the contest, and
held off a tough Eastern Michigan
squad to win, 2-1, yesterday.
The Wolverines' first goal was
scored by right wing Dave Sutton, on
an assist from Bulgarian Stephan
Mitcov. The goal came about ten
minutes into the game.
FIVE MINUTES later, Mitcov
blasted a penalty kick past the
Eastern goalie. The penalty came as
a result of a tripping call against an
Eastern player in the goal area.
"We didn't have a good lineup in
the beginning, allowing them to score
during the confusion," noted Eastern
coach John Cowing.
The Hurons' lone goal came with
less than one minute remaining in the
game. "You've got to credit the win
with the defense," commented Mich-
igan coach Fred Grunewald.
Michigan's goalie, Richard Mat-
thews, was not really tested until late
in the game. It seemed the Eastern
team was too determined to get in for
close shots.
THE EASTERN squad possessed a
number of talented individuals, but
failed to work together as well as the
Michigan club. The Wolverines relied
on controlled play to keep the Hurons
shut down.
Michigan, much improved from
last year, is now 2-0, while Eastern
Michigan falls to 0-1-1.
The Michigan club will next take on

the Michigan graduate club at 7:30
this Saturday on the Tartan Turf
field. In its six year series, the
graduate team has yet to lose. This
year there is a good chance the tide
will turn.

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