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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 27, 1977--Page 1,

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By Don MacLachlan
BO SCHEMBECHLER is hiding something.
For the past two weeks Schembechler has been a very patient man.
He watched his highly touted football team slide past Duke and Navy-con-
tent that the Wolverines were still unbeaten.
The mental errors and small margins of victory didn't phase him a bit.
Schembechler knows darn well his squad has the potential to be a fine foot-
ball team. They just haven't played up to their capabilities.
Schembecher admits he struggled in an attempt to get the Wolverines
revved up for the likes of Duke and Navy. But this week's opponent, Texas
A&M, is a completely different story.
"Texas A&M might be the best team in the country," Schembechler said
yesterday at his weekly press luncheon. "If I were voting right now, I'd vote
them number one. I will not have a problem getting my team motivated for
What makes the Aggies worthy of such praise is a place-kicker who
wears no shoe and a fullback who weighs 275 pounds.
The barefoot kicking specialist is Tony Franklin. One time in practice
this year, he kicked a 75-yard field goal. The Aggies only have to reach mid-
field to get into scoring position. Franklin's long attempts are as effective as
punts-and sometimes they result in three points.
The fullback's name is George Woodard, and his mass actually fluc-
tuates between 260 and 290. In high school, he ran the 100 in 9.9 secon-
ds-when he weighed only 230. Currently he has 30 inch thighs and a pulled
groin muscle, which bothered him slightly on Saturday.
If his injury slows him down, A&M loses nothing by handing the ball to
tailback Curtis Dickey, who averaged eight yards a carry in his first two
games running out of the Aggie wishbone.
But, though the defense must be stubborn, Schembechler thinks the real
challenge comes in concocting an offense to battle the Aggie defense.
"They play defense contradictory to what we play up here," Schem-
bechler said. "It's a swarming defense. Their strategy is to force the offen-
se to do things differently than they ordinarily would.
"This is a great football team coming in here, not just a good one,"
Schembechler added. "There is no question in my mind that we will be the
underdog on basis of their three games and our three."
The role of the underdog is an unfamiliar one for Schembechler. He
knows he has just one week to iron out the untimely errors and snafus that
have plagued Michigan thus far. The Aggies reached an emotional peak in
their battle with Texas Tech last Saturday and could be sky high again for
But the Texans have never played before a crowd as large as the one
that will pack Michigan Stadium Saturday. Bo's teams have only lost twice
on home turf in his nine year regime.
So despite all the criticism he's been hearing about his team, Schem-
bechler remains calm waiting for the talent bubble to burst.
"I'm not as down on my team as you people are," Schembechler said.
"Sure I would like to be functioning a little better. I guess it is a combination
of things bothering us. We have struggled through some injuries and haven't
played a team the caliber of Texas A&M.
"But I'm not discouraged with the effort," he added. "We will play hard
on Saturday-I know that. We can't play Texas A&M even and win-because
of their kicker. We've got to be superior." Bo realizes Texas A&M will be a
tough intersectional battle-but he acts like he knows something else, too.
He hopes his team shows it Saturday.
Lacking e xperience,
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Although some would argue that In order to corral some of the top for alumni to see you play and, of
the ,Michigan football team doesn't teams, football schedules are made course, today you have to take into
need any more competition than it's up to 15 years in advance. This consideration the gate receipts,"
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had, many people ask why the Maize
and Blue play the Wake Forests and
the Navys and not the Oklahomas
and Penn States.
At times, compiling a competitive
major college football schedule is
akin to putting a round peg into a
square hole.
"You have three non-conference
games at the top of the season. There
are 400 schools all trying to schedule
the first three weekends. There are
only a handful of teams you reallyn
want to schedule," lamented Michi-
gan Athletic DirectorDon Canham.
"Nebraska's been trying to sched-
ule us for 15 years, we just can't get
together on a date," said Canham.

JpI 1L LWAIyJ u r n s oo anL Lund commented.
There are 400 schools all trying to schedule the first three weekends.
Nebraska's been trying to schedule us for 15 years, we just can't get together
on a date.
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scheduling into prognostication.
Besides prognostication, there are
other components that go into mak-
ing Michigan's schedule: pleasing
alumni and making money. In foot-
ball, gate receipts are split evenly on
most occasions.
Associate AD Don Lund explained
that teams are approached based on
out-statetalumni requests and a
team's stature.
"You look for exposure, a chance

Both Canham and Lund mentioned
Navy's previous stature as the
reason for its place on the schedule.
Navy was scheduled 10 years ago and
from 1952-63 it was a powerhouse.
But, the Middies' only winning
season since '63 was 1967 when the
Seamen beat the Blue, 26-21.
As for Duke and Wake Forest, (M
played the Demon Deacons last sea-
son) the only excuse can be alumni

Club. sports boast variety

Duke, a .500 football club for the
last 14 years, surely is no fortress of
strength. In the last 23 seasons the
best Wake Forest could muster was a
6-4 record in 1959.
How satisfying was it to out-state.
alumni to play these teams in Mich-
igan Stadium? 'Financially there was.:
no other choice. Neither Wake Foreit
or Duke could hope to equal thye
100,000 plus crowds of Ann Arbot.
Actually, Canham and Lund can :
only hope that when the year rolfs
around to play a team like Duke or
Navy, the team happens to be on i
hot streak, as Navy was coming into
last Saturday's game. If not, the
people in charge just use the old "on
any given day.. .."'warning.
The scheduling contracts a r e
signed when the teams are sched-
uled and changes are very rare.,
"We sign a contract and we don't:
try to get out of it;" said Lund. "The :
limit of only 95 scholarships per team
will bring things a lot closer togeth-:-
In 1981 the Big 10 moves to a nine
game schedule, cutting the non-
conference games to two.
Washington State is on tap for 1987 <
and they are having a good season
this year.-In 10 years, who knows?
How about the University of Miami
(Florida) in 1988?
Michigan is currently scheduled
through 1990. Notre Dame and UCLA
are slated as the non conference
games for that year. Will they still be
respected schools then?

Twenty-six individual sports clubs
have established themselves for the fall
of 1977. Most of them have begun prac-
tice and will launch into a full schedule
in the next few weeks. (Rugby football,
the undergraduate soccer team and the
sailing crew are the only teams who
have started regular season play).
The sports clubs are divided into five
general categories: extramural, in-
tramural, social, martial and aquatic.
Lacrosse, rugby, undergraduate and
graduate soccer, men's and women's
volleyball and the ski club are all in
the extramural competition group.
These teams play mostly midwestern
schools and are highly competitive in
nature. A special team of graduate
students will compete in men's
The intramural sports include fen-
cing, bicycling, frisbee, handball,
raquetball, squash, paddleball and
table tennis.
AT THE MOMENT there are two
social clubs, the folk dancers and the
square dancers.
The Martial Arts' teams are aikido,
boxing, ki-aikido, shotokan karate and
tae kwon do. None of the i'tramural,
social or martial arts clubs have star-
Ted 6nscheduled play.
The Aquatics teams are kayak,"
Michifish (synchronized swimming),
sailing, rowing and water polo. The

,Michifish water show later in the
semester is one of the bigger highlights
of club sports.
Some sports include non-University
personnel and in a few there are
eligibility requirements.
Anyone interested in playing any club
sport may contact Fred Grunwald at
For more sports
seepage 12
764-1580 for more information.
THE 35-MEMBER sailing team
features All-American junior Peter
Smith. A sailing member has eight
semesters of eligiblity and must not
hold a bachelor's degree. The team has
many members from the east coast and
most are attracted to the Naval ar-
chitecture programs at the University.
The Michigan team is a power in in-
tercollegiate sailing. In national
rankings, Michigan has not fallen from
the top 20 since 1972 and in the past two
years has never been ranked below
seventh. Last year at the North
American Championships in Chicago,
the club was fourth in the Dinghy
In action last week host Notre Dame
edged Michigan by one point in taking
the Intersection meet Sept. 17-18.
Miami (O) was third while Ohio
Wesleyan, Illinois, Michigan State,
Florida State, Tufts and Western
Michigan also took part. The crew of
skipper Tom Kinney and Linda Lavi-

staida was first in overall points in the
B division.
At the Western Michigan Fall meet
Sept. 24-25, Purdue came away a win-
ner, Michigan was second and Western
Michigan third in the nine-team meet.
* Undergraduate soccer club plays at Notre
Dame, 7:30 p.m.
" Michigan rugby football at the, Great Lakes
Tourney in Detroit, noon.
. Classic Carry-Price memorial event for sailing,
at Michigan.
" Undergraduate soccer at Indiana University at
Purdue, 2 p.m.

9 A.M.-1II P.M. - SUNDAY 11A.M.-7 P.M.
NO 2-1313

The subject is golf, the teacher is
Michigan women's golf coach Tom
imon and this is one lecture which
the students won't sleep through.
Simon, a former PGA touring pro,
is taking this week off from his
business schedule to practice with
the team on the difficult Michigan
Golf Course.
"We're just going to work on some
fundamentals," said Simon. "In
playing with the girls every day I'll
see what kind of mental errors We're
making and, hopefully, c o r r e c t
THIS WAS said in the wake of
Michigan's disappointing f o u r t h
place finish in last weekend's CMU
The Blue linksters compiled a 557
otal over Mount Pleasant's River-
iewGolf Course, placing 60 shots
ehind pacesetting Michigan State.
Captain Betsy Richart led the Wol-
erines in the rain-abbreviated com-
etition with an 83-45 for 27 holes..
econd was Alison Smith with 87-49,
followed by Mary Jane Anderson
with 96-45 and Debbie Posner at
Simon believes the Wolverines
have more talent than they showed
last weekend and his goal in this
week's practice is eliminating the
mistakes Which are holding them
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Michigan's next competition is the
Indiana Invitational, in Bloomington
on October seventh and eighth.
"WE HAVE players with fine
swings who hit the ball real well,"
emphasized Simon. What we lack is
the experience, which veteran teams
like Michigan State possess."
Experience meaning the mental
side of the game, such as what club to
hit in a wind and which side of the
green to hit to, on close-in shots.
"We shall work on when and how to
use certain types of shots," said
Simon. "Our captain, Betsy Richart,
has a good knowledge of this side of
the game and she will help the
younger players."
In emphasizing improvement in
chipping and putting, Simon hopes to
eliminate extra strokes, particularly
on par-three holes.

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