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)-Friday, September 23, 197,7-The Michigan Daily
of onn orbor .Inc.
2055 W. Stadium Blvd. MON.-FRI.
(next to Stadium Post Office, M7N-FR0. 663-4156
entrance off Federal) 7:30-6:00

Once a QB, still a QB

the four-team Midwest Football League
with five to chdowns in four outings.
His completion percentage hovers
around 50%. Elzinga does not earn any
money tossing the pigskin for Lansing's
one professional team but instead,
plays "as a favor to the coach," a per-
sonal friend of his..
The owner of the Capitals, Russ
Kelly, spoke freely about his starting
quarterback. "He is headstrong," said
Kelly. "We had a blowup with him on
the field and he didn't show up to prac-
tice for a couple of days but he made
"Our offensive coordinator, former
Michigan quarterback Tom Slade,
changed his attitude. He is hard to han-
dIe, but we like his work." Kelly called
him the "best quarterback in the
Elzinga works for a Lansing furniture
firm as ansalesman and bill collector.
ELZINGA RECALLED his days as a
Wolverine saying, "They're passed and
gone and .I hold no grudges." Elzinga
has "aspirations of graduating" but fir-
st he needs to earn enough money to
come to school again.

Of his relationship with coach Bo
Schembechler, the signal caller com-
mented, "I really respect the man. I
think I should have played more but
everyone feels that. It's all based on
what one person thinks."
Meanwhile Schembechler said, "I
don't have any comments on him what-
soever. I'm only upset because he
didn't get his degree; he didn't apply
himself academically."
Michigan football announcer Bob
Ufer felt that Elzinga "wasn't used too
much (at Michigan), possibly because
of his attitude." But, Ufer continued,
"Bo puts the eleven best men on the
field - black, purple, or white. He
never plays favorites."
UFER FELT THAT once highly tout-
ed Elzinga, "had all the God-given

talent in the world." The Michigan an-
nouncer also related a story that Bob
Devaney, 'former coach of the then
national champion Nebraska Cornhusk-i
ers, said he would stay another year if
Elzinga had signed with the Huskers.
About Michigan's present squad,
Elzinga wished them his best. "I hope
they win the national title," he said.
When asked whether he agreed with
critics who complain that Michigan
can't win the big one, he interjected, "I
know the team won't choke, but I don't
know about the play calling."
Elzinga believes Leach, the person
who edged him out two years ago, is "a
great quarterback and a super per-
son." Elzinga felt that Leach was not
handed the job two years ago but woukt
not comment as to whether he earned

Athletes also contend
with off-field rules

freshmen, sophorores
"Army Officer"
look on yof
job appliCation?
Employers can afford to
be choosy these days. There
are a lot more coilege grads
around than jobs available
for them
So; when you go ito those
job interviews in a few years,
you're going to be tested and
rated. On your ability to ac-
cept responsibility. On your"
leadership potential. On your
management experiences.
Many comp an ies find
young people with the quali-
ties they want among Army
ROTC graduates.
Army ROTC st dents
learn how to lead,, lhw to
manage people and- equip-
ment. Then, as active Army
or Reserve officers, they take
on more instnt. responsibil-
ity tha is aVailable in most
other jobs right out of tollege
* A college graduate who's
been .n Army officer has
nrne to offer;. And most em-
ployers knowit.
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In interviewing Jim Betts, academic
advisor for athletes at Michigan, it soon
became apparent that the athlete's role
as a student is as major concern of the
Each athlete has his own counselor,
who handles most probllems that may
arise. "I act as a supplementary coun-
selor," said Betts.
Betts employs the open door policy,
where athletes can come to him
whenever they need. The most common
and probably, biggest problem Betts
handles is closed out courses.
Betts began his job as advisor in July
of 1974. "My basic responsibility is to
make sure that tie athlete remains
eligible and works towards a degree."
For an athlete to remasin eligible,
certain standards must be met.
"Athletes have to maintain a certain
progression and work to get a degree,
alsq making sure they stay in limits to
keep with the rules of the Conference,"
said Betts.
Some of these rules set by the Con-
ference are: to maintain at least a two
point grade average, and fulfill what is
called the quantitative progression
This scale requires that the athlete

possess at least 24 credits Sophomore
year, 51 Junior, 78 Senior and 105 in
their fifth year.
If an athlete fails to meet any of these
standards, he/she is then subject to
ineligibility. The athlete is unable to
compete until the problem is alleviated.
If the athlete's grade point or credit
hours are brought back up to an accep-
table level, he/she becomes eligible to
compete again,.
Sometimes an athlete is out of town
for a number of days thus missing some
classes or even a test. "We advert the
situation by having the athletes let their
instructors know their schedule, and
get the work before they leave. They
can take a test before or after the trip,"
commented Betts.
A tutorial system has also been set uji
to help the athletes in their studies.
"We try to work pretty closely with
Admissions," said Betts. The athlete
transcripts are sent to the Admissions
Office to see whether they check out
with the standards of the University.
"Michigan is probably in the top ten
in the country for graduating athletes.
About 75 per cent graduate," added
Betts. This reflects the University's"
concern of the academic level of its

Time's a'wasting! You only have until midnight tonight to get your GRIDDE
PICKS into 420 Maynard and be eligible for the grand prize: a small, two-item piz-
za from Pizza Bob's. So, let's move it.


1. Navy at MICHIGAN (pick score)
2. Illinois at Stanford
3. Miami (0) at Indiana
4. Arizona at Iowa
5. Wyoming at MSU
6. UCLA at Minnesota
7. N. Carolina at Northwestern
8. Oklahoma at Ohio State
9. Notre Dame at Purdue
10. Wisconsin at Oregon

11. Georgia at South Carolina
12. West Virginia at Kentucky
13. Auburn at Tennessee
14. Tulane at SMU
15. California at Missouri
16. Texas A&M at Texas Tech
17. Maryland at Penn State
18. Clemson at Georgia Tech
19. Baylor at Nebraska
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