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November 01, 1977 - Image 9

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Michigan Daily, 1977-11-01

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full court
Major hurdle ...
to replace Hub
PJIIL HUBBARD WAS RELEASED from the hospital yesterday. Although
he has a cast on his leg, he is attending classes today.
So much for the good news.
"We're not planning on having him (Hubbard) this year at all. If he
comes back it will be a bonus," Michigan basketball coach Johnny Orr said.
"He will have the cast on until the middle of December. You just can't
rehabilitate a knee in less than a month."
Hub's cast will be on his knee for four to six weeks. The general feeling
around the Michigan basketball camp is that there is no reason to rush Hub-
bard into shape. Instead, he will be red shirted forthe season, providied he
doesn't make a miraculous recovery. That way, the 6-7 center would still
have two years of eligibility remaining.
Hubbard was on nearly everybody's pre-season All America list. He is
the co-captain of the Michigan basketball team along with David Baxter. On
the court, Hub did it all last year-rebounding, scoring, defending.
"I think the big thing we'll miss with Hubbard is his rebounding. I don't
think we have any one main rebounder. I haven't seen one, anyhow," Orr
said. "I haven't seen any of them dominate the boards, but we have several
capable of it."
Thus, the major hurdle for the Wolverines is to find a replacement for
the best player on the team. Most teams would be devastated with the loss of
a star player, but Michigan may have enough depth to adequately offset its
"We have to find someone to replace Hubbard. The people we've been
trying are: Mike Robinson, Paul Heuerman, Tom Bergen and Joel Thom-
pson. We're using all of them (in practice), and we don't know which one or
ones are going to be playing," Orr said.
Robinson, John Rob's brother, played junior college basketball for the
College of DuPage in Illinois. He is an awesome figure at 6-10, 253 pounds
(and losing steadily). One may wonder, however, if Robinson could fit in
Michigan's speed-oriented style of play.
"My job would be getting the rebound and getting the ball out to the
quicker players," Robinson said.
Thompson was a part-time starter at forward last year. His strength is
in his jumping ability and offense. Defensively and on the boards Thompson
admits there is room for improvement, but the 6-8 senior also feels he could
do a better job from the center position.
"If I play center and get the ball, I don't think that were are any big men
around that could guard me close," Thompson said.
"Last year I would sometimes rebound strong, but not always. This year
I have to be more consistent. I'm really going to have to hit the boards,"
Thompson added. t
Bergen has been the backup center for two years, and at times he has
played well against strong centers. He is not as good offensively as Thom-
pson, and at this stage of the season he does not appear to be able to take
over as the starting center.
Heuerman, a freshman from Akron Firestone High School, does not ap-
pear to be ready to fill the spot either. He has the least experience of all the
;possible centers.
Orr also mentioned another possibility. "We may even put a smaller
person in the pivot-(Mike) MeGee or (Tom) Staton," he said. Of course it is
highly unlikely that this type of lineup would be used often due to the size
Michigan will have to turn to the other positions to help out the novice
center. Unlike the pivot position, these spots have been claimed, so far.
"There isn't any question that McGee, Baxter, Alan Hardy, and Staton
are certainly the prime candidates for four of the starting positions over the
first two weeks of practice. Joel has played well, too," Orr said.
MeGee (6-4), who was publicized in Nebraska like Earvin Johnson was
in Michigan, has played extremely well in practice, especially for jst,
coming out of high school. He's quick, super quick. He'll be at one forward
spot, teamed up with Hardy.
Hardy appears to be ready to break loose. He was a part-time forward
last year, but now he's full time.
"The two most consistently good players have been McGee and Hardy,"
Orr said.
Ironically, last year's problem area was the forward spot. However
Hardy and McGee seem to have solved the problem. Also, if Thompson isn't
plasying center, he could more than adequately play back-up.
Michigan lost two excellent guards in Rickey Green and Steve Grote, but
there are two experienced players ready to take over. Co-captain Baxter,
who was the often used sixth man last year, has been placed in the leader
spotlight. He's a good all-around player who knows that everyone will have
to make up for Hubbard's loss.
Tom Statorif, who played mostly forward last year, has been moved to the
guard slot. He's in outstanding condition, and is happy at his new position.
"Playing that guard spot, some of the scoring has to fall on me," Staton
said.. He added that he will get a better view of the rebounding situation. "I
can do so much more at the guard spot," Staton concluded.

As for competing with the other teams, conference-wise and nationally,
Michigan personnel aren't ready to concede anything.
"We're going to have to outscrap them and outhustle them. If we don't
do that, you'll have to count us out," Staton said.
"Without Hub now, we'll have to rely on each other a lot more. We'll be
'forced to rebound harder and play more as a team," Baxter added.
Purdue and Minnesota (provided Mike Thompson is around) are the
consensus teams to beat, according to the Michigan people. The league will
be well balanced, as Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State all have im-
proved teams.
"I think we're going to be in the battle," Orr said. "We've certainly been
weakened. I thought with Hubbard that this was going to be my greatest
j Considering the teams Orr has had, that's quite a compliment. That also
fers that there is quite a lot of talent on this team, even without Hub. Is
there enough to replace Hubbard's loss? That question can only be answered
'on the court.

The Michigan Daily--Tuesday, November 1, 1977--Poge 9

Quick! Name the current or fairly inr a21-
recent Big Ten athletes who have let- White su
tered in both basketball and football. tually 1e
Well, there's Quinn Buckner, who season or
played for both Lee Corso and. Bobby
Knight and now starts at guard for
the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.
And there's Edgar Wilson, who
played basketball for four years at
Michigan State and is now a receiver
on the Spartan football team.
C. J. KUPEC was both a tight end
and a pivot man at Michigan. Cut
from the Los Angeles Lakers this
season, he was picked up by Houstonf
but suffered a broken leg.
A little further back there is Brad
Van Pelt (Michigan State and New
York Giants) Bob Griese (Purdue
and Miami Dolphins) and a host of
But the grid/cage athlete who >
should have been first on your list is
Rick White, in his fifthand final year x
at Michigan.
WHITE SPENT two years with the
basketball team before deciding to
concentrate on football, only to be
redshirted as a junior because of a
knee injury. Last year he backed up "I PLA
Curt Stephenson at split end, but beatlike my k
the latter out this season. bad," he
As a starter, he is credited with couple of
threetreceptions for 59 yards, includ- the pain g
ing touchdowns against Michigan was wroi
State and Iowa. White was named around.
Offensive Hustler of the Week by the "Thatv
football coaches for his performance tation wa
against Iowa. weightlift
"Rick has beenvery good for us the to go a ye,
past two weeks," said Bo Schem- Schemb
bechler. "His blocking downfield and shirting is
ability to catch a few passes have unless th
been valuable assets." ability to
White is enjoying football now, but played b
his starting role represents a lot of time, so ti

n th

change for
stration. Two years ago termed a vote of confidence. White
in against Wisconsin, thinks that things have worked out
ned the injury that even- for the best.
o surgery and an entire "I guess I was kind of lucky," said
ie sidelines. White. "In a way, I needed that fifth
year. I needed a few credits in school,
and now I don't have to worry about
graduation. Bo has been as fair as he
can be."
WHITE HAS NO regrets about his
athletic career at Michigan, although
he does admit that he occasionally
misses basketball.
"When I watch the games, I know
what is going through the players'
minds. I sometimes wish I could be
out there too - I just feel like
something is missing," he said.
"But football has been good to me,
and the football players are the
friends I have here. Playing two
sports is really tough," White said.
"Something had to give. A lot of
people wonder and second guess my
decision, though."
Coming out of high school in Cin
cinnati, White did not know which
sport he preferred.
ick White "NEITHER OF my parents had
gone to college, and I didn't know
TED my foot and it felt what we were dealing with," White
e popped, but it wasn't too said. "My parents and I insisted that
plained. "In fact, I ran a my athletic tender stipulate that I
ays in the next half. Then could choose one sport or the other. I
so bad I knew something didn't want to be left out in the cold."
It never really came White went to the NCAA tourney
with the basketball team as a fresh-
s a long season. Rehabili- man and saw considerable playing
omething else - a lot of time as a sophomore. He started at
g and jogging, then I had forward until John Robinson recov-
with my knee taped up." ered from an ankle injury, but gave
2h1ler's position on red- basketball up after his second year.
hat he will simply not do it "I started to think. that football


would take me further than basket-
ball," said White. "With my size;
(6-4, 200) I was more adapted to
football. I was running a 4.6 at the
time. A 6-4 basketball player is pretty
ordinary, but you don't catch those
big wide receivers every day."
AT ONE POINT, White had aspira-
tions to play pro football, but those
have since been shelved.
White plans to get a teaching cer-
tificate "just because it's something
to have," but he is not really set on
teaching, and has no definite plans as
of yet for next year.
"I was a sports nut when'I was a
kid, probably because I was bigger
than everybody at the time and could
just power over them," he said. "At
one time pro ball was all I thought
about. Now I have other things.
After all, I've been playing football
since the sixth grade."
Just four more games, Rick, and
you can call it quits.

s s
s th
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s ta

tiete in question has the
irt upon his return. White
ind Stephenson at the
coach's decision could be

Cery little change in
college football polls

1. Texas (57-) .............. 7-0
2. Alabama (1) ............7-1
3.,Oklahoma ................ 7-1
(tie) DAILY LIBELS ..... 8-0
4. Ohio State ................ 7-1
5. Notre Dame............6-1
6. MICHIGAN..............7-1
7. Kentucky (1) ............7-1
8. Arkansas ................ 6-1
9. Penn State ............... 7-1
l14 Texas A&M.,..... 6.. -,
11.Nebraska.......... .. 6-2
12. Pittsburgh ............6-1-1
13. Clemson ................. 7-1
14. Brigham Young.........6-1
15. Florida State ...........46-1
16. Southern Cal............ 5-3
17. California ................ 6-2
18. Louisiana State........... 5-2
19. Arizona State ............. 6-1
19. (tie) Iowa State........6-2


UPI Poll
1. Texas (36) ............... 7-0
2. Alabama (1) ............. 7-1
3. (tie) Oklahoma ........... 7-1
3. (tie) DAILY LIBELS ..... 8-0
4. Ohio State ................ 7-1
5. Notre Dame (l) .......... 6-1
6. MICHIGAN .. . ........... 7-1'
7. Penn State.............7-1
8. Arkansas............. 6-1
9. Pittsburgh .............. 6-1-1
10. Nebraska ................ 6-2
11. Texas A&M .............. 6-1
12. Iowa State ............... 6-2
13. (tie) Brigham Young......6-1
13. (tie) Clemson ...........7-1
15. Florida State ............ 6-1
16. (tie) Arizona State.......61
16. (tie) California.........6-2
18. Stanford..............6-2
19. No. Carolina ............. 6-2
20. No. Texas St.............. 6-2


4' Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well
and Living In Paris
7:30 p.m.-Pendleton Room, t
2nd Floor, Michigan Union
" Please come prepared with a song from Jacques Brel or
" another song.
" Director: Scott Lazurus 1
j Produced by Canterbury House
Opening in December on Campus
An Admissions Representative from
Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
will be on campus
Tuesday, November 8, 1977
to meet with students interested in
the two-year MBA Program
Contact the
Career Planning and Placement Center
for more details and to sign up for
an information session.
Harvard Business School is committed to
the principle of equal educational opportunity
and evaluates candidates without regard to
race, sex, creed or national origin.


Matt Royston was last week's
winner, so he gets a small two-item:
Pizza Bob's pizza. Get your picks to'
420 Maynard before midnight Friday
and you too might win.
1. Northwestern at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
2. Michigan State at Minnesota
3. Ohio State at Illinois
4. Indiana at Iowa
5. Purdue at Wisconsin
6. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
7. Texas at Houston
8. UCLA at Oregon
9. Pitt at West Virginia
10. Southern Cal at Stanford
11. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
12. Nebraska at Missouri
13. Bucknell at Colgate
14. Colorado at Iowa State
15. Alabama at LSU

16. Army at Air Force
17. Central Michigan at Kent State
18. Clemson at North Carolina
19. Duke at Wake Forest,
20. DAILY LIBELS at Joe Falls
Fan Club
The undergraduate soccer club has a
game with John Wesley College, 7:30
p.m., Nov. 1, at the tartan turf.
The water polo club has a home meet
with Western Michigan, Wayne State
and Michigan State from 1:30 to 5:30
p.m., Nov. 4, in the IM pool.
There will be a rugby game at Elbel
Wines) field, 12 noon, against Miami
The sailing club will compete Sat. and
Sun., Nov. 5 and 6.

If you missed last year's spectacu-
lar- Soviet gymnast's show, you'll
have another chance to see it. Such
stars' as Olga Korbut and Nelli Kim
will lead the talent on Monday,
November 28 in Crisler Arena.
Tickets [$7 and $101 are on sale now
at the Michigan Ticket Department.



All New for Lunch
Now, in addition to our great luncheon deal of sand-
wich, soup, salad and relish bar (which now has also
been expanded), we're serving new specials.
Especially for the Weight-Watcher:
Unlimited trips to our $1.95
with over 25 items, 6 dressings
including Blue Cheese at no extra charge

114 E. Washington
All New for Dinner
Pick your day and plan ahead. All you can eat!
Under 9
SUNDAY: Italian Buffet...... $3.49, 1.99
MONDAY: Spaghetti.........2.49, 1.99
TUESDAY: Bar-B-Q Chicken or Beef Ribs. . .
. . . . 3.25, 1.99
WEDNESDAY: Seafood Buffet . . 3.95, 2.50
THURSDAY: Smoruasboard...3...49,1 .99

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