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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 1, 1977-Page 9

Will 12
By SCOTT LEWIS
In ti'e mid-sixties, when the Michi-
gan schedule-makers placed Texas
A&M on tee 1977 Wolverine schedule,
they most likely figured on a nedi-
ocre game, between two mediocre
teams in front of a mediocre-sized
crowd.,
After all, the Aggies had been
wallowing near the bottom of the
Southwest Conference standings for
many years, and "dynasty" was a
foreign word to the Bump Elliott-
led Wolverines.
BUT AS THE stormy sixties turned
into the sober seventies, football's
Top Ten welcomed Texas A&M and
Michigan to its prestigious ranks,
and as a result, Michigan fans can
finally get excited about a non-Ohio
State game.
In what Michigan defensive coor-
dinator Bill McCartney calls "the

lue

Top-ranked tangle
aggravate Aggie

Wishbone?

biggest non-league game Michigan's
played since 1950," the Wolverines
will try to carve up some choice
Texas beef, before over 100,000
hungry spectators today at Michigan
Stadium.
"Texas A&M will come into Ann
Arbor with an outstanding football
team,' said Michigan Coach Bo
Schembechler earlier this week.
"Before the season started, I said
Texas A&M was one of the top five
teams in the country, fully capable of
winning the national championship,
and I still believe that's true."
BOTH TEAMS have enough indi-
vidual attention-getters to monopo-
lize magazine covers throughout the
country.
Michigan quarterback Rick Leach
and 280-pound Aggie fullback George
Woodard both have received much

prominence via the cover-boyroute,
while speedsters Harlan Huckleby of
Michigan and Texas A&M's Curtis
Dickey have many personal disciples
Radio- TV
The Michigan-Texas A & M
game will be televised today by
WXYZ channel 7 in Detroit.
Coverage begins at 1:30 with
the kickoff at 1:50.
The game will also be broad-
cast on radio stations WRCN
[650 AMi] and WAAM [1600 AM]
with coverage starting at 1:00.
in their respective regions of the
country.
Aggie partisans are hoping for a
healthy Woodard today, but he's a
doubtful starter due to an inflamma-
tion in his digestive tract.-Hegis
expected to see action, though.
The Aggies will also present Michi-
gan's defense with a rare peek at the
highly-successful wishbone offense,
which Texas A&M coach Emory
Bellard created. The last time the
Wolverines faced a wishbone was in
the 1976 Orange Bowl, where Okla-
homa dropped Michigan, 14-6.

"Emory Bellard is the architect of
the wishbone," commented McCart-
ney. "He conceived it, designed it,
and probably understands it better
than anyone. With that in mind, they
probably execute it better than
anyone."
Eddie Hardin, Woodard's backup,
and a fine running back in his own
right; completes one of the top-notch
backfields in the country. And it's not
just Hardin and Dickey that Michi-
gan fears.
"WHEN YOU consider the abilities
of (David) Walker at quarterback,
and this (David) Brothers guy, who
is a great player and scares us to
death, we really have a challenge in
front of us, and we really have to be
at our best to slow them down," said
McCartney.
Besides Woodard, Texas A&M is at
full strength, and chances are they
haven't let down from their emotion-
al high after last week's victory over
Texas Tech.
Barefooted field goal kicker Tony
Franklin, a prime factor in that
victory, won't force Michigan into a
goal-line defense at the 50-yard line
though.
"We can't be intimidated by
Franklin's abilities," said McCart-

ney. "We just have to work harder at
our kicking game, and try to be a
little better at it so we can offset
some of his talent."
PLAN ON seeing very few passes,
as Texas A&M could make even
Michigan look like a passing team,
due to the success they've had with

the wishbone. Walker, a lefty just,'
like Leach, has thrown thirty passesO
in three games this year.
Game time has been moved back to
1:50 p.m. to facilitate ABC-TV and;.-
the Goodyear Blimp, as Michigaw-,6
makes one of its two regular-seaso-
appearances on the tube.

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

TEXAS A & M

OFFENSE

(83) Gene Johnson (227).....
(67) John Powers (261)......
(69) Gerry Szara (240)......
(72) Walt Downing (254).....
(60) Mark Donahue (254)....
(78) Mike Kenn (244)........
(84) Rick White (200)....... .
(43) Max Richardson (187)..
(33) Russell Davis (220).
(25) Harlan Huckleby (199)..
(7) Rick Leach (192).......

TE
ST
RG
C
LG
QT
WR
WB
FB
TB
QB

.. (81) Russell Mikeska (221)
....... (70) Cody Risien (253)
.......(75) Kenny Kirk (237)
.... (68) Mark Dennard (246)
... (79) Ed Pustejovsky (239)

-'I

David Walker Curtis Dickey

.....(60) Frank Myers
....(20) Darrell.Smith
... (32) David Brothers
.....(43) Eddie Hardin
..... (22) Curtis Dickey
...... (8) David Walker

DEFENSE

(99)
(86)
(90)
(95)
(54)
(40)
(46)
(17)
(16)
(to)

Dom Tedesco (212)..... OLB
John Anderson (219).... OLB
Chris Godfrey (239)..... T
Curtis Greer (237)...... T
Steve Graves (218)..... MG
Ron Simpkins (221)..... ILB
Jerry Meter (206)...... ILB
Dwight Hicks (180)..... Wolf
Mike Jolly (178)........ WHB
Derek Howard (193)... SHB
Jim Pickens (182)...... S

.°.....(58) Eddie Heath
...... (89) Phil Bennett
.(73) Johnnie Donahue
. (91) S. Spitzenberger
.....(31) Dick Frazee
....... (45) Kevin Monk
(7) Jimmy Kocurek
...(16) Kenneth Taylor,
....(10) Mike Williams
.. (44) Jimmy Hamilton
...(19) Carl Grulich

(250)
(170)
(205)
(228)
(202)
(184)
(237)
(235)
(254)
(234)
(211)
(212)
(215)
(171)
(184)
(191)
(185)

By BRIAN MILLER
Texas A&M and the Goodyear
Blimp. That's all anyone seems to be
thinking of around here. But while
ABC-TV nationally televises t h e
Michigan-A&M match up this after-
noon, the rest of the Big Ten won't be
sitting idly by. The remaining confer-
ence teams are scheduled for one
league and seven non-league con-
tests.
Possibly the second most interest-
ing Big Ten game. today (for Wolver-
ine fans, that is) pits the Michigan
State Spartans against the Fighting
Irish of Notre Dame in South Bend.

SPORTS OF THE DAILY
M' elubbers clubbed, 3-0

A weekend of women's field hockey in Bloomington, In-
diana began yesterday with the Michigan clubbers falling to
St. Louis, 3-4.
"They scored early and we didn't play very well,"' com-
mented Phyllis Ocker, head coach of the v-omen's field
hockey team. Two quick goals scored in the first half by Hof-
fman and Suiyematsu provided St. Louis with the momentum
to stay ahead of the Blue.
In other action, Ohio State and the formidable Hoosiers of
Indiana deadlocked at 1-1. Michigan will face both those
teams today in the round-robin tournament, playing Indiana
in the morning and Ohio State later in the afternoon.
Riockets get C.J.
HOUSTON (AP)-Center C. J. Kupec, waived Thursday
by the Los Angeles Lakers, was claimed yesterday by the
Houston Rockets of the NBA.
Kupec was expected to be available tonight for a
preseason game at Sad Antonio.
A 1975 fourth-round draft choice from Michigan, Kupec
was injured most of his first season with the Lakers but
played in all regular season games last season, primarily as
a backup to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Tigers stall Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) - Rusty Staub drove in three runs,
leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over New York last
night and preventing the Yankees from clinching the East
Division title for the second straight night.
Left-handed John Hiller, 8-14, weaved out of repeated
jams to earn the victory. He left 10 Yankees stranded and
struck out sluggers Reggie Jackson and Dave Kingman three
times apiece.

MSU HUNGRY FOR IRISH STEW:
Big Ten Q s put arms in motion

* * *

* * *

The Irish, 2-1, return to their home
'field for the first time all year,
prompting Head Coach Dan Devine
to comment, "whoever made our
schedule must have been a nomad."
Not only will the Irish have to get
used to being home again, they'll
have to get used to playing solid
football as well. Notre Dame has yet
to score in the first and third quarters
this year.
Michigan State, also 2-1, is led by
the arm of "Slingin" Eddie Smith.
Smith and his right arm own the
second best statistics in the confer-
ence' for passes attempted (92),
completed (44), yards gained (626),
and yards per game (2081? average}~.
Purdue's Boilermakers host Wake
Forest (remember them?) and all
eyes will be on the Boilermakers'
freshman quarterback, Mark Herr-
mann.
Herrmann has been just short of
amazing, passing like no one else in
the conference has in years. He leads
the league in every passing statistic
including an incredible 348.7 yards a
game average.
It doesn't hurt that the men Herr-
mann throws to, Reggie Arnold, Ray
Smith and John $kibinski, catch the
ball very well. These three receivers
rank 1,2, and 3 in the conference in
pass receiving.
It is interesting to note that Wake
Forest also likes to throw and Purdue
has the second worst defense against
the pass allowing an average of 181.7
yards per game in the Big Ten.
Indiana, 1-2, plays Nebraska, 2-1,
before the 91st consecutive sellout in
Lincoln. The Hoosiersare the Big
Ten's best defensive team against
the pass and the worst against the
run.
Ironically, Indiana's Derrick Bru-
nett leads the conference in rushing
and he could give the heavily favored
Cornhuskers some problems.
Iowa, 2-1, hoping to rebound from a
crushing 41-7 defeat to Arizona, plays
UCLA on the west coast.
The Bruins play their second
straight Big Ten opponent, having
lost last week to Minnesota.
Iowa's hopes rest heavily on fresh-
BILLBOARD
There will be an organizational
meeting for the Michigan women's
basketball team, Tuesday, October 4,
at 4:00 downstairs in the Athletic
Department located at the corner of
State and Hoover.
The meeting is open to all women
interested in playing basketball for
Michigan. Head Coack Gloria Soluk
will discuss the tryout schedule for
the 1977-78 squad.

man quarterback Bob Commings,
Jr., who has performed admirably
since the Hawkeyes' first two quar-
terbacks were-lost to injuries.
Commings has completed 17 of 32
passes this year, but he and his team
Sr. describedas a "snfu pte
and stinking team effort."'
o eSta t 2-seeks lrevenge osn
week's loss to Oklahoma. The Buck-
eyes should be at full strength with
Jeff Logan and Ricky Johnson re-
turning to the lineup. Rod Gerald's
inuylast week is lited as "lklyt
start."
Speaking of Gerald, he must have
caught the "passing bug" because
even the Buckeyes have been passing
more often this year.Gerald has hit
on 11 of 20 passes so far, and his
replacement, Greg Castignola (a
graduate of Trenton High School) is 3
for 3 with two touchdowns.
At Champaign, Illinois, 1-2, meets
Syracuse, 1-2, as both teams hope to
return to the .500 level. Illinois has
been an on-again, off-again team,
defeating a decent Missouri squad
for its lone victory.
The Orangemen are coming off a
22-20 upset over Washington last
week, but lost six starters in the
process. This might prove to be too
much for Syracuse to overcome as
Illinois' versatile James Coleman (#3
all-purpose runner in the conference)
and quardsback Kur Steger(10o 0f
for 30 yrds arebettr tanayhn
1'SCRE

the New Yorkers have to offer.
Minnesota, 2-1, faces its second
straight Pac-8 foe in Washington, 1-2.
If Minnesota is to continue its modest
one-game winning streak, it must
come up with the same kind of
defensive effort it produced against
UCLA. Last week, the Gophers
recovered six of seven fumbles and
picked off two Bruin passes.
The Gopher running game is
working well now, but they are the
worst passing team in the Big Ten.
Quarterback Wendell Avery is no
Tony Dungy, but he and fullback Jeff
Thompson, who has rushed for
almost 200 yards. and two 'touch-
downs, are turning in above average,
jobs. "
The only conference game of the
day provides a study In. extremes.:
Wisconsin, 3-0, is the only team in the
Big Ten, other than Michigan, .to
remain undefeated so far. On the
other hand, Northwestern, 0-3, is the
only team left in the conference that
has yet to win.
The Badgers are the top confer-
ence team in rushing, rushing de-
fense, and' total defense. They also
place second in total offense, scoring
defense and third in passing.
The Wildcats, however, are the
most inept league team in total
offense, total defense, scoring, scor-
ing defense, ninth in rushing and
rushing defense, eighth in passing
defense and seventh in passing (but
last in passing completion percent-
age.
CORRECTION
In yesterday's M alumni
story we mistakenly ran that
Greg [Mo] Morton was cut by
the Buffalo Bills. Morton is
listed on the Bill's roster and
plays on the special teams.
We're sorry.
K

Lakers get Hudson
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have
acquired forward-guard Lou Hudson from the Atlanta Hawks
for forward Ollie Johnson in the straight player deal, the
Lakers announced yesterday.
Hudson, 33, is a veteran of 11 years in the National
Basketball Association, all with the Hawks.
Johnson, 28, came to the Lakers from Kansas City in a
trade last June. The 6-foot-6 forward will be beginning his
sixth NBA season.

T
arkanian suspension unlawful;
Nevada judge issues injunction

By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Clark County District Court
judge issued a permanent injunction yesterday pro-
hibiting the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from sus-
pending basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian, as recom-
mended in a two-year-probation slapped on the Rebels'
basketball program by the NCAA.
Judge James Brennan said the NCAA's action against
the coach could be reduced to one word: "Incredible."
"AS FAR AS THE CASE is concerned, I think the judge
said it all," said Tarkanian, 47, the winningest active
coach'in major college basketball.
"I'm real pleased that I got a chance to vindicate my-
self. I felt all along that I would be vindicated," the happy
Tarkanian added. "The only thing I can say is thank God
for our judicial system."
Brennan ruled that there was no doubt that Tarkan-
ian's claim of irreparable harm was substantiated by evi-
dence that he would lose many sources of outside income
if he were to be suspended.

BRENNAN SAID TARKANIAN was denied the right to
present evidence and call witnesses on behalf, but more
importantly, that he was denied the right to confront his
accusers before the Infractions Committee.,
The suspension recommendation came as part of a
two-year probation slapped on the school's basketball
program for a long list of NCAA bylaw violations. The
university has admitted to some of the transgressions, but
the charges against Tarkanian have been denied.
AFTER THE DECISION, Tarkanian said he will "defi-
nitely testify" if a House subcommittee headed by Rep.
John Moss, D-Calif., decides to investigate the NCAA.
Tarkanian said the lengthy investigation of his conduct
at the school was one of the major reasons he turned down
a lucrative opportunity to become the coach of the Los
Angeles Lakers of the NBA last year. Tarkanian said he
decided to stay and defend himself against the charges.
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American League
DETROIT 5, New York 2
Boston 11, Baltimore 10
Texas 4, Oakland i
* * *
National League
St. Louis 7, New York 2
Cincinnati 7, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 1

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