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By KATHY HENNEGHAN
Basketball: men face rugged Rams...
Make the innocent pay . .
. it's the NCAA way
NTERING JIM DUTCHER'S third season as head coach, the Minne-
l sota basketball program is still not out of the woods. The Gophers
have the National Collegiate Athletic Association to thank for that.
Where is the justice in the Minnesota case? The NCAA took action all
right, but took it long after the main culprits had gone. Rumors abounded
about Bill Musselman and his squad and the NCAA began an investigation
shortly after that coach's departure. As in many other cases, Dutcher and
company are paying for past wrongdoings while the guilty go free.
In the course of the investigation, the NCAA and a law firm hired by
the university discovered that Dave Winey, a senior forward, accepted
lodgings and food from an alumni. And Mychal Thompson volunteered the
information that as a freshman he had sold his season basketball tickets
for a $102 profit. Both are minor, even commonplace infractions.
To make a long story short, the NCAA put the school on probation, cut
basketball scholarships by half, and demanded that Minnesota declare the
two players-ineligible. The university refused. The NCAA decided to make
things sticky and put all of Minnesota's athletic teams on indefinite
probation. The school finally acquiesced. The NCAA then liften the general
probation, banned the cagers from postseason play and split the original
player penalties in half - Winey would sit out three games, Thompson
"They took away the post-season possibilities, so they could afford to be
gracious with Mychal and Winey," said Dutcher. "I'm pleased the whole
thing is behind. Don't interpret that to say that I'm pleased with the result."
The result is that Dutcher's squad started the season minus a starting
forward and the best center in the country - although both are perfectly
healthy. His club is now 2-2, beating the Cuban Nationals and Eastern Ken-
tucky at home while losing to South Carolina and Loyola of Chicago.
Thompson does not take kindly to sitting on the bench, and with all
deference to the NCAA, does not see why he should, "I've never done
anything so hard in my life as to sit and watch my teammates play," said the
"There was no way they would have found out about the tickets if I
hadn't volunteered the information. I've talked to many players who have
sold their tickets. I think the NCAA is trying to make an example out of me.
"I was new in town and didn't have too many friends. I sold thetickets to
a guy after a game, and I've never seen him since. I didn't have any friends
or family there to give them to," said Thompson, a native of the Bahamas.
"If I had known all this junk would come up, I never would have told
Thompson could have been one of the first players taken in June's NBA
draft, but chose to come back for his senior year. An extremely loyal young
man, he speaks well of his coach. and teammates. His biggest fault in the
whole affair was naivety.
To Mychal's credit, he is not bitter although he has been deeply hurt,
.even by other Minnesota athletes. The NCAA apparently knew what it was
doing by placing the school on general probations - the old divide and
conquer play. The pressure on the school increased especially when Minne-
sota's win over Michigan in football made a bowl bid possible. (While the
university denies the game as a factor, Thompson feels it was. Minnesota
will play Maryland in the Hall of Fame Bowl).
A group of 30 Minnesota athletes, dubbed the Committee of Concerned
Gopher Athletes, visited Thompson at his apartment on three separate occa-
sions and also harrassed Winey. According to Thompson, the athletes in-
cluded hockey players, football players, wrestlers, trackmen and baseball
Despite all the setbacks, Thompson predicts a Big Ten title for the
Gophers. One of his goals this season is to beat Michigan in Crisler Arena,
"just once, for Dutcher." But he will miss out on two more - "I really wan-
ted to play against Jerome Whitehead of Marquette and against my brother
Andy." The Gophers play Marquette Tuesday. They play South Florida,
where Andy starts at center, on December 21 ... the last day of Mychal's
By HENRY ENGELHARDT
Special to The Daily
NEW YORK - Right now it's likely
that Fordham coach Dick Stewart has a
case of the intense reds. But by this af-
ternoon's end he'll probably be stricken
with just the blues.
Whereas the blues are only depres-
sion caused by futility, the intense reds
couple great desire with mind-twisting
Nothing would satisfy the ambitious
Fordham head coach more than a win
over a consistent front-runner like
Michigan. An upset victory over
Michigan is the type of thing that helps
fill arenas, lure blue-chippers and
soothe the intense reds.
But the realistic Stewart is already
preparing for those post-game blues.
"You won't be scared to death when
you see us run out there. We don't have
the advantage in any matchup," he
says. "We're underdogs 99 per cent of
the time, but our guys are courageous,
they have pride."
It may not seem like much, but for a
squad that finished 5-21 last year, is 1-2
this year, and must start three fresh-
men today, pride is one of the few
things going for them.
Due to adverse circumstances, fresh-
men compose Fordham's entire front
line. Center and co-captain Paul Smith
will not play because of a death in his
The Michigan-Fordham game
starts at 1 p.m. and can be heard on
WUOM-FM (91.7) and WAAM-AM
Today's clash promises to be similar.
"I enjoy the name Kamikaze Defense,"
says Stewart of his squad's label. "We
don't associate it with fouls or a karate
atmosphere but rather a total commit-
ment to trying to play defense against
severe talent odds."
Michigan assistant coach Bill Frieder
has a different appreciation of the
Fordham defense. "It'll be a wild game
just the way they play defense," he
said. "We just don't want their type of
play to effect our poise."
The Wolverine lineup is the same one
that shellacked Eastern Michigan 117-
69 last Wednesday, upping Michigan's
record to 2-0.
Three players, Joel Thompson, Mike
McGee and Dave Baxter are all averag-
ing 19 points or better. Baxter also has a
total of 19 assists while Thompson has
led the team in rebounding in both
"He can jump, he has speed and Playing center for the Rams behin
strength," marvelled Stewart of Ryan is P.K. Tripucka.Tripucka goes 6
Michigan's 6-7 pivotman. "This (the
center position) is a big advantage tc
the big Blue."
7, 240 but has been slowed to only thre
minutes playing time so far this season
because of a back injury.
Joel Thompson (6-7). C ..... (6-8) Kevin Ryan
Mike McGee (6-5).... F .... (6-5) T. Holloway
Alan Hardy (6-6)-..... F ..(6-5) John Walsh
Dave Baxter (6-3).:... G.. (6-2) Bill Lombardi
Tom Staton (6-4)..... G. (6-2) Tom Kavariagh
while women wait for Cards
family. His replacement is 6-8 Kevin
The other co-captain, 6-5 John O'Neil,
broke his nose in Fordham's opener, (a
88-79 win over St. Lawrence) and broke
it again in game two, (a 73-62 loss to
Connecticut). He did not play in the
Rams' other game, a 99-67 loss to Kan-
Replacing O'Neil, who despite his
nose woes may see a dab of action, is 6-5
Tyrone Holloway. Filling out the all-
rookie front line is 6-5 John Walsh.
. Fordham's starting backcourt is not
much more experienced. Bill Lombardi
and Tom Kavanagh, both 6-2, are
Kavanagh may be remembered from
last year for his tackling of Steve Grote,
who was on his way to an uncontested
layup. The Wolverines won that contest
in Crisler 78-57, but the game was
among Michigan's most physical of the
By BILLY NEFF
If optimism could win basketball
games, women's coach Gloria Soluk
would sail through this year's cam-
paign undefeated. But unfortunately for
the affable newcomer, there may be
rough seas ahead due to a dearth of
talent and experience.
Soluk is apprehensive about the pros-
pects for this year's contingent after
viewing its scrimmage with Oakland
University, one of the premier quintets
in the state. "We couldn't do what we
were capable of doing against Oakland;
our players realized that they couldn't
do certain things and 'they had better
listen to the coach."
BUT SOLUK'S general wariness
about the talent on the team does not
dull her feelings for the squad. "I've
worked harder this year as a coach be-
cause they're such a beautiful group of
girls," said the former Wayne State
The youthful Soluk, who will also
coach women's softball in the spring,
does see some talent though, especially
in the person of junior Denice Cameron.
"She is one tough cookie, an excellent
ballhandler and a great shooter. Not
only will she fill Lydia Sims' shoes (one
of the stars last year), but we expect
bigger things from her."
However, Soluk, who was slow to list
any of her players' faults due to her
persistent optimism, noted Denice has
to learn to play with everyone on the
INCLUDED IN her list of stars was
freshman center Abby Curran. "She is
going to be a great one," said Soluk.
"She is very inexperienced; she is
working very hard since she will prob-
ably start as a freshman, which is a
very difficult task."
Although Soluk did not do any of the
recruiting for this year, the previous
coaching staff did come up with another
blue chipper, both academically and
talent-wise, in Brenda Venhuizen.x
"Brenda was the valedictorian in her
high school class," notes Soluk. "On the
basketball court, Brenda is very, very
hard nosed and tough - she %bon't give
in to anyone."
Venhuizen fits perfectly into Soluk's
idea of the combination of academics
first and basketball second. "I wouldn't
try to recruit a kid with a 2.0 average
who couldn't cut it here. We try to be
very ethical here; we try to recruit only
the top kids academically."
ONLY TWO of the girls have scholar-
ships and they are co-captains, Terri
Conlin and Linda Gardner.
Soluk termed Conlin as "one of the
biggest hustlers on the team; she is a
coach's dream as far as desire is con-
cerned" and in reference to the scholar-
ship, Soluk asserted, "I would have
given her one too."
Senior Gardner, meanwhile, "is
recovering from a shoulder injury and
is starting to look good out there; she is
an excellent shooter and one of the lead-
ers on the team."
Soluk has high praise for all the other
team members who she says "really
enjoy one another." Most particularly,
she singled out Jean Otto ("a great
team player"), Natasha Cender ("a
very hard worker"), Karen Gilhooley
("an excellent shooter who is getting
tougher every day") and Sheila Butler,
who Soluk cited as "very tough de-
THE WOMEN CAGERS open their
season against Louisville Wednesday,
December 7 -at 5:45 in Crisler Arena,
the prelude to the much celebrated
men's game against the same school.
Louisville's women recently walloped
Center College of Kentucky to the tune
Soluk will have her girls on the attack
all the time this year. 'We run a forcing
fast break. If you don't run the ball,
you're just another ballclub." Soluk's
fast break will be supported by a great
deal of optimism, which she hopes will
go a long way towards her building a
FA T MAN FOILED A GAIN
Hayes put (
CHICAGO (AP) - Ohio State Coach
Woody Hayes was placed on probation
yesterday and publicly reprimanded by l
Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke for
unsportsmanlike conduct in taking a
swing at a television cameraman.
took a swing and apparently Duke said he had viewed videotapes
ABC cameraman Michael of the incident and they showed that
an late in a 14-6 loss to Freedman was standing between the
a Nov. 19. Hayes later publicly 33-34 yard lines and within two yards of
ately apologized to Freedman. Hayes. This is in violation of NCAA
S WILL HAVE to be on his football rules which restrict camera-
avior for the next year and if men outside the 30-yard lines.
another reprimand from the "However," Duke said, "I want to
ioner during that time, he will emphasize that these factors ... do not
ically be suspended from excuse the action taken by Coach
Ohio State for the following Hayes."
es. HAYES HAS BEEN reprimanded
d upon my investigation of this and placed on probation before as have
Duke said, "I have concluded Coach Bo Schembechler of Michigan
ach Hayes, in striking Mr. and former Illinois Coach Bob Black-
in ... violated the Big Ten con- man, all for making public comments
regulation dealing with spor- about officiating.
;e conduct. Hayes had no comments about the
CORDANCE with conference reprimand and probation.
Home games in caps
Motor City Tourney
Grand Valley State
Big Ten Championships
Women tankers plunge into season
The Blue mermaids take on Central Michigan and Waterloo today at
2:00 p.m. in Matt Mann pool as Michigan's women swimmers and divers
plunge into this year's home season.
Head coach Stu Isaac felt confident and relaxed about the meet. "They
have a few good racers," he said, "but for us it will mostly be a meet against
the clock." The focus is on improving individual times.
His confidence extends over the entire season. "We have the best team
we've ever had," he said. "We intend to win the Big Ten again." Isaac was.
referring to the two previous championships, usurped from Michigan State
The only tough matches expected are Michigan State and Rutgers,
which placed tenth last year in the nationals. Michigan finished eleventh.
Even with such a young team (eighteen out of the twenty-seven swim-
mers are freshman), Isaac hopes to clinch seventh or eighth place this year.
"These freshman are experienced," Isaac said. "Last year only three had
competed in the AAU (nationals at the high school level), but this year we
With such a broad base of talent from the swim team, it's difficult to
single out any individual freshman until competition actually begins. But the
outstanding member so far is all-American returnee Katy McCully.
McCully already holds a number of Big Ten and school records, and
needs only one more league victory to become the winningest girl swimmer
in conference history.
This year she has set her sights for the Nationals. "I never have any
definite goals for a meet; I just want to improve my times and place into the
The diving team is coming out strong, led by National Champion Chris
Seufert and the only freshman, Julie Bachman. Bachman competed against
the East Germans and the Russians last summer on the U.S. team.
"Our best individual has to be Chris Seufert," Isaac said. "She and Julie
give us the best one-two punch in the country.' Seufert won the Nationals
last year on the one and three-meter board, while Julie ranked high in the
The divers are all experienced, having competed at the national level.
This is important, says Isaac, since "it takes a few meets not to let those
people you've been reading about intimidate you. We're going in with
strength." - BOB WARtD
rules ... I am issuing this public repri-
mand ... citing his actions as an un-
fortunate display of unsportsmanlike
conduct and invoke the conference rule
requiring that should Coach Hayes en-
gage in another unsportsmanlike act
within one year from this date, he will
be automatically suspended from
coaching the next two Ohio State foot-
ball games for the second offense."
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Big Ten cites Blue-bookers
CHICAGO (AP) - Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin landed four
players each on the All-Big Ten academic football team announced yester-
day by Commissioner Wayne Duke.
The team is comprised of outstanding players who have maintained a
"B" or better grade point average during the last academic calendar year or
through their college career.
Michigan's linebackers John Anderson and Dominic Tedesco were
repeaters at their positions while teammate Curt Stephenson made the team
as a receiver after making it on defense last year. The other Wolverine was
defensive back Derek Howard.
Named from Minnesota were defensive back Bob Weber. defensive end
Stan Sytsma and offensive linemen Dennis Fitzpatrick and Bryson Holli-
Wisconsin was represented by receiver Greg Barber, tackle Tom
Katenberg, running back Tom Stauss and defensive back Dan Schieble.
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