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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 15, 1977-Page 9

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Cagers unproven ...
.defense suspect
By DAVE RENBARGER
YESTERDAY, while thousands of seniors swooped down upon Crisler
1 Arena to gobble up the choice basketball seats, Johnny Orr was inside,
fretting over the play of his team. With the countdown toward the opening
tipoff now at eleven days, the Michigan mentor has good cause for concern.
His players are not performing on the "other" end of the court.
"Defensively, we still have a long way to go;" said Orr matter-of-factly.
"We haven't played well on defense at all until just today. Today we finally
showed some signs."
- Assistant Coach Bill Frieder didn't mince any words in his assessment
of the situation. "Our defense simply MUST improve. That's where the
games are won or lost."
Earlier that afternoon, Orr set the tone for the remaining practices when
he warned his team that they would have to score 150 points a game this year
in order to win. An exaggeration, perhaps, but the intent was clear. He then
proceeded to run the team through numerous, defense-oriented drills. The
Wolverines spent the better part of the afternoon anticipating the passes,
fighting off the picks and sticking with their men.
Since the day practice opened over a month ago, Orr has been working
the players harder than he ever has in his ten years at Michigan. But this is a
very, very important year for the unassuming coach with the down-home
drawl, and he's doing his darndest not to slip up.
With a 1976-77 Big Ten trophy to show off and a two-year record of 51-11,
Orr has created unprecedented pre-season interest in his team. He has got-
ten the fans on his side, and he doesn't want to lose them now.
But success may have spoiled these fans. Last year, the Wolverines
greeted sell-out after sell-out with perfection, going 14-0 at Crisler. Accord-
ingly, the last thing Orr wants to do is put a team out in front of another
packed house and watch it fall flat on its face.'
With multi-talented Phil Hubbard around, Orr didn't have to worry
about that. Hub could do enough things on the court to make people overlook
the other four guys out there. But after losing the pivotman for the season,
Orr and his cagers are facing an uphill struggle.
"Last year we would have finished 8-22 without Phil Hubbard on our
team," said Orr recently. When he made the statement, Orr was merely
praising Hub's abilities, not intending his listeners to extrapolate those
figures toward this current campaign. But without Hub or Rickey Green or
Steve Grote or John Robinson, it looks like a very long year for Michigan
basketball fans unless Orr has a miracle or two up his sleeve.
With seven (count 'em, seven) newcomers on the squad, the Wolverines
are a team comprised of question marks from top to bottom.
Co-captain David Baxter is the closest thing Orr has to a proven player
this year. Even though he has performed admirably for three long years as a
third guard, he has started but three games. As last year's super-sub, Bax
averaged 18 minutes per contest. If he can double that amount and still per-
form with the same intensity and effectiveness, then Orr has the floor leader
that he needs.'
At the other guard, Tom Staton has to be considered another question
mark. He hasn't played at that position since high school, and his ball han-
dling and shooting abilities have to be suspect going into the season. "I
worked on those two things all summer, and I'm confident I can do the job,"
claimed Staton, but he has yet to back up the statement under game con-
ditions.
The forward slots reveal more uncertainties. Alan Hardy has sparkled
in a reserve role at times. On other occasions, he has been somewhat less
than brilliant. Vying for the spot opposite Hardy are two freshmen, Johnny
Johnson and Mike McGee. Only time will tell whether one of them can step
right in and be effective.
In the middle lies the biggest question mark of them all. "Replacing
Hubbard is like filling the Grand Canyon," said frosh Paul Heuerman, one of
many Orr is considering for the job.
To make matters worse, Joel Thompson, once Orr's leading candidate
for the center vacancy, is nursing a sprained ankle and has not practiced for
almost a week. Nagging injuries have cropped up all over, with Staton
resting a wrenched foot and Johnson suffering from a sometimes painful
broken nose.
Despite the dreary outlook at this stage of the game, the players are,
almost to a man, still optimistic about the chances of defending their title.
Newcomer Mike Robinson's appraisal pretty much sums up his teammates'
feelings of the issue.
"I still think we're gonna be a good team and we're gonna win the Big
Ten," he said. "We aren't gonna be pushovers, with or without Hub. Staton,
Joel, Hardy, even though some of those guys sat the bench last year, they
know how to play. They've all been to the tournament before and they know
what it takes to get there."
So the Wolverines know what it will take. The question still is whether or
not they have got what it takes.
AP Pol

Canham refuses to send
By ERNIE DUNBAR.
When a sports team trains an entire season, pointing all their efforts 1
towards the national championships, they expect to be duly rewarded if the
necessary standards are met.
Such is the case with Michigan's cross country team who'll be spending
November 21 in class in Ann Arbor instead of competing in the NCAA cham-
pionships. The harriers competed in the District IV qualifying meet Saturday t
and finished second, thus allowing them the right to compete in the champion-t
ship race along with four other teams from the District.
HOWEVER, AS A result of the standards imposed by Athletic Director Don
Canham, the cross country team will sit at home, knowing they had met theI
criteria set by the NCAA, the governing body of intercollegiate athletics.
Canham had told coach Ron Warhurst that the team must win the Big Tenc
race two weeks ago in order for the athletic department to send the team to
Spokane, Washington for the nationals. But after a fourth place finish in thatI
race, Canham reconsidered and told Warhurst his team could make the tripr
only if they captured Saturday's District race. ,

Harriers to NCAA's

SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y
-NCAA sits Thompson
out for seven games
By The Associated Press games this season and 26 of its last 27
MINNEAPOLIS - Basketball star games. Pont has posted an 11-43
Michael Thompson cannot play in the record since taking the head coach-
first seven Minnesota games this ing reins at Northwestern in 1973.
season and teammate David Winey
must sit out three games, an NCAA Pont, 50, has been a head coach for 22
subcommittee ruled last night. years at Miami of Ohio, Yale,
Indiana and Northwestern.
The ruling means that Winey will
be eligible to play Nov. 30 against "I am announcing the decision
Loyola of Chicago and Thompson will today because I want our entire
become eligible Dec. 30, when the close-knit team of coaches and
Gophers meet the Air Force Acad- players to know that there have been
emy in the first game of the Pillsbury no 'dramatic decisions' just waiting
Classic Tournament in Minneapolis. for the end of the schedule."
Minnesota opens its Big Ten season * * *
Jan. 5 at Michigan State. Pistons axe Britt
University Vice-President Stanley
B. Kegler said the subcommittee had DETROIT - The Detroit Pistons
determined there was "no wrongful put former Michigan guard Wayman
intent" on the part of either player. Britt on waivers yesterday and
* * * returned forward Al Eberhard to the
Pont resgns NBA club's active roster.
Britt, former captain of the Michi-
EVANSTON, -Ill. - John Pont, gan basketball team, was signed by
burdened with a winless season at the Pistons earlier this year as a free
Northwestern, announced his resig- agent but has seen only limited
nation yesterday as head football action this season.
coach but will remain as the institu- Coach Herb Brown said the deci-
tion's athletic director. sion to put Britt on waivers was a
Northwestern has lost all 10 of its tough one to make.
in Modern
S ociet
November 16, 17, 18, 1977
Rackham Auditorium
Conference Program

The Wolverines finished second to Big Ten champion Wisconsin by a mere;
two points while Illinois placed third with 12 points back and will go to Spokane.
And as a result of Canham's decision, the cross country team is understan.
dably upset.
"CANHAM BASES his decision on how well you do in the Big Ten," said Big
Ten individual champion Bill Donakowski, who'll be Michigan's only represen-
tative as a result of his conference finish. "But that doesn't have any bearing in
the District meet. A lot of people don't realize how good our finish really was.
We're in the top twenty teams in the country.
"It's too bad the NCAA standards aren't good enough for Don Canham,"
Donakowski said. "Just by qualifying you've already proven yourself."
Canham's viewpoint is that it's easy to qualify in the District race and that
only the very best should be considered for the NCAA trip.
"ALL OF OUR program is geared to the Big Ten," Canham said. "The Big
Ten meet is the payoff. The nationals are only for the very best. It's not a
reward trip. It's not how close you come, it's whether you win."
But the fact remains that the team did meet the standards drawn up by the
NCAA and should have the right to go to Spokane.
Canham said the decision not to send the team had nothing to do with finan-
ces, adding in the long run this case could set a financial precedent, since every
other Michigan team finishing fourth in the Big Ten would feel they had the
right to go to a national championship.
BUT THE CROSS country team has a different viewpoint. "I'm not
:really surprised," said junior Mike McGuire. "I've been around here long
enough to know how things are run. It's kind of a kick in the ass to the
whole team."
The Canham standards were also objectionable to junior harrier Bruce
Mc ee. "There's just too much emphasis placed on winning or losing. It's like
we're being treated as second rate athletes."
COACH WARHURST is naturally disappointed his team won't be running
next week, but may have toned down his comments as a result of a similar in-
stance in 1973 in which Canham decided not to send a team coached by Dixon
Farmer which had finished third in the Big Ten and tied for fifth in the Districts.
Thp decision resulted inhard feelings between Canham and Farmer.
"I'm supporting Canham even though it's hurting my team," said Warhurst.
"I thought Canham gave us a concession by saying we could still go if we won
the Districts. I'm a little disappointed, the team is disappointed, but we can live
with the decision."

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Team Points
1. Texas (58) ......................... 9-0 1,214
2. Alabama (1) ........................ 9-1 983
3. Oklahoma (1)...................91 962
(tie) DAILY LIBELS (1)........ .... 9-0 962
4. Ohio State........... .............. 9-1 819
5. MICHIGAN ......................... 9-1 655
6. Notre Dame ...................... 8-1 639
7. Kentucky (1) .......................:9-1 548
8. Arkansas ........................... 8-1 529
9. Penn State .......................... 9-1 458
10. Pittsburgh..... ................8-1- 377
11. Nebraska.......................8-2 306
12. Arizona State ........................ 8-1 165
13. Florida State.....................8-1 162
14. Texas A&M ....................... 6-2 111
15. Clemson..........................7-2-1 86
16. Texas Tech.......................... 7-2 59
17. Brigham Young .................... 7-2 31
18. North Carolina.................7-2-1 28
19. Washington .......... ........... 6-4 24
20. U.C.L.A. ............................ 7-3 21
UPI Poll
Team Points
1. Texas (35) .......................... 9-0 395
2. Oklahoma (1)...................9-1 314
3. Alabama (1) ........................ 9-1 313
(tie) DAILY LIBELS (1) ............. 9-0 313
4. Ohio State (1).................... 9-1 279
5. MICHIGAN...................... 9-1 209
6. Notre Dame (1) .................. 8-1 204
7. Arkansas .......................... 8-1 159
8. Penn State.....................9-1 121
9. Pittsburgh (1) .................. 8-1-1 89
10. Nebraska ........................... 8-2 66
11.Arizona State.......................:8-1 13
12. Texas A&M.......................... 6-2 10
13. Florida State.................... 8-1 8
14. No. Texas State ..................... 8-2 4
15. Clemson.......................7-2-1 3
16. U.C.L. ............................. 7-3 2
16. North Carolina ............. ... 7-2-1 2
16. Texas Tech........... ..........7-2 2
19. Iowa State .......................... 7-3 1

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CHRISTOPHER LASCH
Professor of History, University of Rochester
Respondents: Arthur P. Mendel, Department of
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Narcissism, Individual Development, and
Psychopathology
HOWARD SHEVRIN
Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalyst, The
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RICHARD SENNETT
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