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Thursday, October 7, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Red-
By ERROL SHIF
When you hear the tern
what comes into your mind?
of us, you draw a complete
If you're a football coact
insurance of a great team i
If you're a football playe
the opportunity of a lifetime,
a year of hell.
RED-SHIRTING is the pra
ing athletes for one season,
to use them an extra year.
ers are allowed five academ
up four years of eligibility.
According to NCAA rules,
be red-shirted his freshman y
because of an injury can on
player was injured in the
game of the season.
There are two reasons to
er: academic and athletic. Th
ference has been athletically
a long time. The Big 10 has
lowed red-shirting mainly t
the other conferences that u
MICHIGAN RED-SHIRTS f
and athletic reasons and only
best interest in mind accordi
Bo Schembechler.
"We red-shirt very rarely
cause of an injury," Schemb
red-shirt rule helps the playe
allows him to get the neede
also helps him to get his
Bo maintains that, "if al
be red-shirted, he might not
the pro draft, he might not m
and then still might not ha
Bo claims that the decision
is completely up to the pla
ing red-shirted is all a bow
the players or not is still
THIS YEAR, THERE ARE

shirting ben
MAN verines who are in their last year of play after
m "red-shirting" being red-shirts - Calvin O'Neal, Greg Mor-
If your like most ton, Kirk Lewis and Bob Wood.
blank. O'Neal was red-shirted his sophomore year.
h, it may mean He had injured a rib in practice but came
n the future. back fast and was second string behind Steve
r, it may mean Strinko and Carl Russ. Just before the first
or it may mean game of the year, Calvin was told that he
was going to be red-shirted.
"I felt pretty bad after hearing that be-
ctice of not play- cause I was mentally prepared to play and
thus being able ready to go. All I wanted to do was play
Red-shirted play- football. What am I supposed to say, 'No, I
nic years to use don't want to be red-shirted?' "
O'Neal, however, was not given the year off.
a player cannot All red-shirt players must attend practice with
year. Red-shirting the team and dress for all home games, know-
nly be used if a ing they won't play.
first or second What keeps a player motivated to practice
with no hope of playing?
red-shirt a play- "I was on my own. I had no encouragement
he Big Eight con- during practice. I guess you have to have a
red-shirting for strong mind. It was a hell of a mental strain.
just recently al- I just kept telling myself that I was working
o keep, up with for the future."
se it. O'Neal looks back on his decision as a
worthwhile one.
or both academic "I didn't think it was. worth it then but I
with the players got to learn the defensive system and had
ng to head coach more time to study."
O'Neal's biggest reward for sticking around
and usually be- was being elected captain this year.
echler said. "The
r. The extra year DEFENSIVE TACKLE Greg Morton looks
d experience and back on his red-shirt year as "very valuable."
degree." "They told me that I could be red-shirted
player refused to and I was happy to have the chance. I was
go very high in playing behind All-American Dave Gallagher
ake the pro team (now with the N.Y. Giants) and I knew I
ve his degree." wouldn't be playing much."
to be red-shirted "Dave helped me a lot during practice and
yer. Whether be- so did my position coach. I got extra school-
' of cherries for ing and valuable experience, I have no regrets."
questionable. Offensive lineman Kirk Lewis was injured
during his senior year last year and he was
four notable Wol- offered red-shirt status. It was a tough deci-

e fici Ito players
sion for Kirk because he is in the Inteflex the freshmen to count on playing four years
Medical program. and if something happens then maybe they'll
"I had to decide whether to come back and be red-shirted."
play another year of football and give up a year Kicker Bob Wood also accepted a red-shirt

Page Nine
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of clinicals, or give up football," said Lewis.
As a result of his injury, Lewis got all the
benefits of the program because he didn't have
to practice last year.
"A LOT OF THE BIG EIGHT schools that
recruited me told me they planned to red-shirt
me from the beginning. I wasn't interested in
that. I wanted to play. Their only interest in
you is for football and screw everything else.
"I had plans of my own. At Michigan they
look out for the player's interest. Bo tells all

offer.
"Mike Lantry was a senior and I was a
junior. I was happy to do it," said Wood. "I
got to carry an easier load and it gave me a
chance to start an extra year."
Red-shirting can be used in all sports and
is a decision that can be vital to a player's
career. But the players are given no guarantees
and an idle year can be hell.
Those who have been in the program seem
to have benefitted from it, and by the looks
of their record, so have the 1976 Wolverines.

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football supremacy to nation

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
LINEBACKER CALVIN O'NEIL (96) closes in for a solo tackle on Wake Forest tight end
Steve Young (82). O'Neil is one of four active Wolverines that have been red shirted. As
the Wolverines defensive team captain, O'Neil has been a strong contributor to a Michigan
defense that leads the Big Ten in total defense.

LIMITED SPACE. DEADLINE OCT. 22

By GEOFF LARCOM then followed this with a re-
n mightysounding 41-3 rout of Syracuse.
The once proud and ghty With high hopes they journeyed'
Big Ten Football Conference j to Los Angeles only to be blown
had their return - to - suprem- out of the Coloseum by a
acy declaration all prepared score of 55-0.
last week. soeo 50
With gleeful anticipation, the Finally there is Minnesota, a
Withnlereful anticipationthetrue c . of schizophrenia. The
conference waited to announce Gophe 1egan last week 3-0
its triumphant rebirth. and had visions of being unde-
After two weeks of non-con- feated when they came to visit
ference action, the midwest- Ann Arbor on Oct. 30. Their I
erners possessed a 62.5 (12-7-1) bubble was quickly burst, how-
success rate. But that was all ever, when a Washington team
before the third and final week that had lost decisively to In-
of inter-league play.Ediana reared its heels and kick-'
Last Saturday, the Big Ten ed the Gophers 38-7.
could only muster two wins
against seven defeats along In addition to Michigan,
with Ohio State's tie it Northwestern was the only
UCLA. This turnaround in the consistent team as they fail-
Big Ten's fortunes reminds ed to win a game, while be-
one of the story of Dr. Jekyll ig outscored 87-15.
and Mr. Hyde. The net result of this confu-
Illinois, after dumping Mis- sion was a final non-conferenceI
souri the week before the Tig- tally of 14-14-2.
ers beat Ohio State, lost to both To further illustrate this
Baylor and Texas A&M. mediocrity, the Big Ten out-
Iowa stunned everyone with scored their thirty opponents
their upset of Penn State, and 638-614, an average of eight-!
- - tenths of a point per game bet-
ter than the opposition.
Of course, this was due to
the awesome Wolverines who
no'inded out 152 points while al-
lowing just 14. Aside from
healthy Michigan, the Big Ten was able
to win just 11 of 27 games.

best in the last dozen years,
surpassed only by the 16-14-1
mark of two years ago.
By comparison, the PAC-8
stands at 14-15-1, having played
opponents of distinctly lower
quality than that which the Big
Ten has come up against. And
the heralded Southwestern Con-
ference is 13-9 against far infer-
ior competition. Yet, over half
of the Big Ten's foes have been,
or presently are, ranked in the
nation's top twenty.
With the youth and improve-
ment shown by most conference
members, the future appears
very bright. The Big Two may
still be tremendous football
pow'ers, but the little eight has
opened some eyes as well.
While the Big Ten pronounce-
ment of subremacy will have
to wait at least another year,
the conference is now posses-
sive of the nation's top-ranked
team, and can be. secure in the
knowledge that no longer do
they have to take a back seat
to anyone.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 8 P.M.
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PAUL and MARILYN WILSON-former agri-
cultural workers in the Philippines who were
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NHL
New York Rangers 6, Minnesota 5
Pittsburgh 9, Vancouver S
NBA
Exhibition Game

for StateI
Michigan will be near full
strength for Saturday's clashI
with Michigan State. Only{
Dwight Hicks (ruptured tendon)
will be missing from the starting
lineup.
Fullback Russell Davis will
return to action, after sitting out
last week's game with a thigh
injury.
In the past four games, Michi-
gan has kicked, rushed and re-
turned its way to the top of the
Big Ten statistics.
Bob Wood leads the confer-
ence in kick scoring with 36
points on 24 conversions and
four field goals.
The Wolverines lead in rush-
ing with a 390.7 yard average,
and Jim Smith is No. 1 in punt
returns with a 17.9 average.

All is not gloom and doom,
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