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NU sports:
Northwestern University has con- underdog,
tinually fought to uphold its tradition are going
of academia. However, a new tradi- your progr
tion has arisen at Northwestern now- rather be
adays, and that is the losing tradir fence than
tion. Northwestern has dropped 23 Many ha
out of its last 24 football games and lack of su
sports an overall 0-8 record for this agrees ho
year. size of the
Northwestern was one of the the studen
schools that, in the 1890's, founded with the c
what later became the Big Ten. It is students d
also the only privately funded institu- "We hav
tion in the Big Ten. The Wildcats' scholarshi
poor showing in league play has ball as the
created a number of questions- about
their place in the conference. ALTHOI
"Northwestern offers some philo- play, footb
sophical perspectives," said Wildcat Part of th
football coach John Pont. "I think we one's hon
may be a little different in so far as support. N
our attitude of what athletics is all gram seen
about." Dyche S
54,000 spe
NORTHWESTERN'S record has averaged
always put it at a disadvantage. It a game. "
continually enters a football game as more fru:
the underdog. "I don't particularly Pont sighe

'A different attitude'

going into a game as an
" said Pont. "When you
in as a favorite it shows
ram is sound. I would much
on the other, side of the
where we are now."
ve blamed Northwestern's
ccess on its size. Pont dis-
wever. "I don't think the
school or the enrollment of
nt body has anything to do
competitiveness of it. The
don't play," quipped Pont.
e the same number of
ps in football and basket-
other schools."
UGH the students don't
ball is a game of emotions.
e advantage of playing on
me field "is having fan
4orthwestern's athletic pro-
ms to lack this support.,
tadium has a capacity for
ctators and last year they
only 24,000 to 25,000 people
I think the student body is
strated than apathetic,"

Although Northwestern had a poor
showing last year, the rest of the
'Little Eight' did not do much better.
Iowa had a 3-5 season and Indiana
was 4-4. Yet Northwestern seems to
be taking all the flack.
"Why us?" complained P o n t.
"They (the other Big Ten football
teams) haven't done anything. Why
not all of them? Everyone seems to
be saying Northwestern's shit. It is
interesting! I don't think we're that
shitty, frankly."
Northwestern's problems appear
to lie in its recruiting. Unlike other
Big Ten schools, Northwestern's
entrance requirements are as rigor-
ous for the athlete as for any other
student. "Forty per cent of the
athletes that we were recruiting
could not be accepted and they
played against us in Big Ten play,"
said Pont. "I think it is difficult to
compete in recruiting because of the
academic requirements."

SOME OF Michigan's finest were
sought by Northwestern. "We tried to
get (John) Anderson. We tried to get
(Dom) Tedesco. They decided to go,
to Michigan. We went after (John)
Powers," Pont said. "I thought we
were in the ball game with him. You
win some and lose some."
Back in the days when Northwest-
ern football was coached by Ara
Parsighian, Bo Schembechler was an
assistant coach for two years. Bo has
fond memories of his days at North-
western. "It's a beautiful place to
coach and live, but the biggest
problem is cost (high tuition) and
tradition (poor record). But it is a
nice school."
This Saturday, Northwestern will
face sixth ranked Michigan in Ann
Arbor. Once again it will be the
underdog. But the Wildcats will go
into the game hoping for an upset. "I
always think there is a chance to
win," Coach Pont said. "If there is no
chance, then why play?"

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 2, 1977-Page 11
Bo has old ties to
Northwestern 'Cats
Can you imagine Bo Schembechler as the Northwestern coach? At one
point in time it was true. The Michigan mentor coached under Ara Par-
sighian at Northwestern for two years.
In 1956 the Wildcats were 5-3-1 and the following year they failed to win a
game. Schembechler left after the 1957 season to accept the offensive line
coaching job at Ohio State under Woody Hayes.
In Schembechler's first year in Columbus, Northwestern stunned the
Buckeyes, 21-0. Parsighian got his team fired up for the game by telling his
players that Schembechler abandoned the ship.
"It just goes to show you in football you can say all you want, but don't
ever think a team can't get you," Schembechler said.
That is just the way Bo feels as his Wolverines prepare for the invasion
of the Wildcats this Saturday.
"Northwestern is the type of team you worry about playing," Schem-
bechler said. "You feel if you go out and play well you'll win but who knows.
'They just don't have the passiu fack they had in the past," Schem-
bechler added. "That is not typical V ~rthwestern. But they have played
some pretty good football the last two Weeks."
Schembechler has made some decisions concerning the Michigan foot-
ball team as it prepares for its last three conference games. Senior tackle
Bill Dufek and senior center Steve Nauta, who have not played a down this
fall due to ankle injuries, will both return in 1978.
Some of the other walking wounded could be ready for some more action
this year. Schembechler is hopeful tackle Jon Giesler, guard John Arbeznik
and fullback Kevin King will be back in action possibly in time for the Pur-
due game. Game time for the Northwestern clash is 1 p.m.


Elliott drops harriers for track

The Michigan cross country team has
seen the last of Steve Elliott, at least for
this year. In a move that seems strange
on the surface, Elliott has "retired"
from the harrier squad in order to fully
concentrate on track.
"I just have no desire to run cross
country anymore," explained Elliott
yesterday. "I have always enjoyed
track first and foremost anyway. Cross
country wears my body down, and I feel
too burned out going into track.
"I just got tired of doing something I
wasn't cut out to do," said the junior
from Pontiac.
That last point stems more from
modesty than fact. Last year Elliott
surprised a lot of people by finishing
sixth in the Big Ten championship
meet. He earned All-Big Ten honors
and sparked the Wolverines to an upset
victory in the meet.
Now he is on the sidelines as his for-
mer teammates travel to West Lafayet-
te this Saturday in search of their four-
th consecutive conference crown. Most
teams would suffer immeasurably
from such a loss, but not his one.
"This is the best team I've had to
work with since I came here," said
fourth-year coach Ron Warhurst. "We
really don't need Stephen."

"I ran cross country my first two
years because I felt I owed it to Ron,"
said Elliott. "If I felt that I could make
a contribution this year, then I'd be
running, of course. There's no sense of
me running as sixth or seventh man,
because I'd just be depriving someone
else that chance to compete.
"I've always been a team man, and
this is what is best for the team."
The decision to let Elliott sit out the
remainder of the season was not a spur
of the moment thing, nor was it made

by Elliott alone.
"We (Warhurst and Elliott) have
been thinking about it since the end of
last season," said Elliott. "It was a
mutual decision. It took a lot of thought,
but now I'm very happy with the
A runner of this caliber never sits
around idly for very long. Accordingly,
Elliott has been working out in anticipa-
tion of the indoor track season which
begins in January. A middle distance
specialist (half-mile, 1,000 meters and

mile), Elliott has established two goals
for himself: to turn in Michigan's first
sub-four-minute mile and to win a Big
Ten individual title.
"I'm really fired-up for track now,"
he commented. "I want to go into the
season with confidence."
Will Elliott "unretire" next fall in
time for one last cross country cam-
paign? "I don't really know," he said.
"It all depends on how things go for me
in track, and how next year's cross
country team shapes up."

conryta saesu.


Women sp
It was a homecoming of sorts for
the women's volleyball team as it
made only its second appearance of
the season at home.
Unfortunately for the spikers, the
return was only halfway pleasing as
they were defeated by the state's top-
rated team, Central Michigan, before
they recovered to beat Eastern
Michigan in the finale of yesterday's
tri-team meet at the Central Campus
Recreation Building.
THE SPIKERS jumped right out of
the starting blocks against CMU, as
they took an early 7-1 lead on several
smashes and blocked shots.
The Chippewas roared back to take
a 9-8 lead before spikes by Beth

i ers split i
Major and Roberta Salay from sets
by Jamie Spohn, and two blocks at
"he net by Karel Pennington put the
ame away for the Wolverines, 15-9.
It was no contest in the remaining
two games with the Chips as CMU
grabbed large early leads and held
on to win both 15-7. -
Strong offensive play character-
ized the spikers's match with the
Hurons of EMU. Michigan again
grabbed a large early lead, but this
time they didn't lose it as they held
off the Hurons in the first game en
route to a two game to one victory,
15-6, 11-15, 15-6.
REPEATED spikes and blocks by
Salay, Pennington,kMarianne Thom-
as, Sue Cramer, and Jeanne Sellman

The juice needs surgery
The party's over for O.J. (the Juice) Simpsoq. Well, maybe not the party, but
the rest of this football season, for sure. Simpson will be operated on early next
week to correct cartilage damage to his knee. After surgery, Simpson said
he would contemplate his future in pro football.

Blue booters blitzed by Wesley

n ta-eet
forced EMU into numerous errors
which provided the winning margin.
Michigan coach Sandy Vong wasn't
overly pleased with the total effort.
"We didn't play a smart game
today," he said. "We've been on the
road a lot and traveling takes away
from the reactions of the players.
"WE WERE A little flat, but we
tried hard," he continued. "Central
is the top team in the state and we
beat them once, and we also beat a
good Eastern Michigan team, so I'm
pleased with the outcome.
Setter-hitter Salay thought there
was a letdown against CMU and
reiterated theteam concept. "It
takes a real team effort to beat a
strong team; we've got to help each
other; we can't win without it (the
team effort)," she said.
Junior Jamie Spohn, also thought
the team could play better. "We
outplayed Central in the first match
because we were really fired. We
have to hang tight as a team to win,"
she said. "We can do it!"
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Losing their third straight game last
night to undefeated John Wesley (17-0),
5-0, the Michigan soccer club season's
mark dropped to 7-6 and now they must
win their remaining game against
Oakland University today to finish
above .500.
Right winger Robert Hailey led the
Wesley onslaught by scoring three
goals and assisting on another.
The booters were down only 1-0 at the
end of the first half by playing a tight
defensive game against the offensive
minded Wesley team. Wesley got the
better of the action by constantly
pressuring Wolverine goalie Richard
Michigan could mount no offensive
attack of its own and it was only a mat-
ter of time until the booter defense
would spring a leak.
The dike broke at the start of the
second half and Wesley goals poured
through as they scored three goals in
the first ten minutes of the half..
With the game safely tucked away
Wesley put on a tremendous display of
dribbling and'passing that dazzeled the
crowd and the booters.
Michigan topped off the humiliating
night by scoring on themselves. When
the defense tried to play the ball back to
the goalie they kicked it past him.

v v

Michigan's season mark was at one
time 7-3 and now after its third straight
defeat the players have begun grum-
pled about playing time and the style of
As one player put it, "That SOB
(coach Fred Grunwald) could put me in
there for five minutes and what dif-
ference does it make, we were losing
five nothing anyway."
This was the feeling among many of
the players on the bench and many
have decided not to go to Oakland
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tally sound club that has improved over
the years but still lacks depth.
"They've done a great job of
promoting soccer here considering the
lack of support they get from the
athletic department," said Imhoff.
Should the booters win today at
Oakland it will be the first time in five
years that they have finished above the
.500 mark.
Losing on a penalty kick in overtime
the Wolverines dropped a hard fought 4-
3 decision to rival Michigan State last
Saturday in East Lansing. This marked
the first time in two years that booters
have scored on the Spartans.
Brian White, Paul Saam and Ihor
Fedorowec tallied the Michigan goals
in the losing effort.
N.Y. Islanders 9. Atlanta 0
Cleveland 110, Denver 93
Atlanta 102, Seattle 99
Golden State 108, San Antonio 97
If you missed last year's spectacular
Soviet -gymnasts' 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 $10) are
on sale now at the Michigan Ticket
Men's junior varsity basketball try-
outs will be held on November 7, 5:15
p.m. at Crisler Arena. Coach Dan Fife,
who will run the tryouts, said players
should bring their own equipment.

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"This is always a problem when you
have a club sport way of running things
as opposed to the way a varsity sport is
run," said Grunwald as to the cause of
the disgruntled players.
Wesley coach Robert Imhoff summed
up the Michigan squad as a fundamen-

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CHICAGO - Bob Commings, who
likens his Iowa football team to actor
John Wayne, believes the Hawkeyes
are one big victory away from being a
Big Ten contender and predicts Michi-
gan will beat Ohio State.
"We're a lot like John Wayne,"
Commings told the Chicago Football
Writers yesterday in a telephone inter-
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will win when the two Big Ten conten-
ders clash in the final game of the
season for what should be the title and
Rose Bowl bid.
"That's a fair question since we've
played them both," Commings said.
"Michigan is faster, Ohio State is more
powerful. But Ohio State is not as
dimensional. It will be a close game but
if Michigan can contain Gerald (quar-
terhack Rod Grald)_ thev'11 win

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