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- ursday, February 5, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Even if
it Hurts
Lebo Hertz-mwn

BLUE PACES SCRAMBLE
Hoosiers

FOR SECOND:

Page Seven

$y JOHN SCHWARTZ
M Ch gan athletics. ..cAs the Big Ten season ap-I
..c ifarss .about the only predictable char-
academ ics fis acteristic is that Indiana is sit-
ting atop the standings, and it
doesn't look like anybody can
ALTHOUGH THE pro football draft has been indefinitely post- catch them.
poned college football seniors as well as most graduating stu- The Hoosiers, with a perfect i
dents, are worried about their future. 9-0 conference mark are ahead
of second place Michigan, who
Michigan football players are no different. Some of them currently hold an 8-2 record.p
will turn pro, and others will embark on a different career. "Michigan really has the on-1
Most of the players will follow the latter route. ly chance to catch Indiana,"
Gus Ganakas, head coach at
How many of those seniors expected four years ago that pro Michigan State commented,
football would not be waiting for them? Not many. "but the real question is, can
anybody else beat them?"
According to Jim Betts, Michigan's athletic department aca- I
demic advisor, close to 85 per cent of each entering freshman ' catEh Bo t's W oos
football class think they have a chance of going pro. In actuality, iers, they must upset the Hoos-
Betts concedes, about five percent have a shot at the pros. iers in Bloomington on Satur-
day, and go on to win the re-
Most football players at Michigan, and probably all over mainder of their conference
the country, come here from high school as the superstar games. In the meantime, anoth-
of his team. It is only natural that he expects to continue in er Big Ten team must upset In-;
this image. As a result, it is important that the athletic de. diana.
partment reorient these athletes for a future away from the "Realistically, we must look+
pros. at it as all of us losing to Indi-
ana, but if one of us beats them'

it could be interesting," Gana.
kas added.
Fred Schaus, head coach of
Purdue was not quite as opti-
mistic, "I don't think anyofie
can catch Indiana" he said.
"They will be tough since six of
their last nine games are at
home and they have only lost
two games in that fieldhouse
since its completion four years
ago."
THE SAME sentiments were
echoed by Minnesota coach JimT
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How does the.athletes' academic counselor reconcile their
hopes with practicality? "I kind of use myself as an example,"
said Betts. "I came here feeling the same way - I have the
abilities and potential to be a pro and I didn't think of anything
happening. Hundreds of things can conceivably happen. If you
get to the point of concentrating mainly on one thing and there
is a letdown, you're out in the cold."
Betts played for the Wolverines in 1968, 1969, and 1970. In
1970, he was named second team all-Big Ten as strong safety,
and many people regarded him as pro material. In fact, he was
drafted by the New York Jets and almost made the team. But
a freak accident, in which Betts lost 80 percent vision in his eye,
put a quick end to his pro career.
Betts was lucky though. He was able to use his degree to
help others who believed as he originally did.
Most players graduate on time
According to Betts, approximately 75 to 80 percent of the
seniors in football will get their degree on time. In a few years,
the figure is expected to rise to 90 percent.
Betts says that this figure is probably higher at Michigan
than at most universities with major football programs. It sounds
reasonable, when one knows Michigan's academic reputation.
After all, most non-athletes attend the university for its aca-
demics and reputation among the country as "the Harvard of the
Midwest."
According to Don Dufek, all the seniors in his class will
be getting their degree at the end of the year--even those
who have a chance of going pro.
In counseling, the athletes are counseled more for obtaining
their degree than a course of study.
Basically, when one understands that this school is so highly
touted academically, it doesn't matter what course one follows,"
Betts explained, "unless it's a professional type of degree like
law or medicine. Business does not look for the type of degree.
Rather, the business sees if the individual has proved the ability
to learn. Course work means little. It's a new system to adjust
to, that matters to the employer. It's important to have a degree
as opposed to some course work in an area."
Seniors prepared for futurej
According to my own experiences and encounters with the
players this year, either the counseling department is doing a
good job, or this crop of seniors is an extremely aware and mo-
tivated group. Both players with a chance In professional foot-
ball and those without a pro career have expressed a desire for
a degree. For example, all three captains, Kirk Lewis, Gordon
Bell and Dufek have repeatedly emphasized that they want to
get their degree.
"My first goal after the season," said Bell earlier this year,
"is to get my degree. The pros are in the back of my mind
right now."
"Getting myderee has nlwas been my main concern,"
Dufek said. "I could have signed two years ago with hoc-
key, but my college education has been my primary goal."
Lewis' education has been obviosly geared away from foot-
ball right from the start. He is currently enrolled in inteflex, an,
accelerated medical program. "My lifetime goal is to be a ph-
sician," said Lewis. "If I can get an opportunity to play pro
football I probably would. It's not a bad deal, but it is not a
profession. Those who think it is are fools."
Although Dufek claims that he has always been geaed to-
wards academics rather than athletics, he admits that other
players "couldn't care less about -school, but they want their
degree." When D';fek first come to the Muniversity, there was no
full-time academic advisor to counsel the players.
"When I first came here, it ws not a very good cor.n-
seling program for the athletes," Dufek exlined. "I had to
utilize an LSA counselor and I didn't think she was very1
good.

BOAST 7-0 RECO!

near title,
ly a race for second place right the Big Ten title in hand, there
now. Indiana is so powerful as is a more intense race going
is shown by their strength on on for second place. Presently,
the road." Six of Indiana's nine Michigan firmly holds that po-
wins have been on the road. sition followed by Michigan
Wolverine coach Johnny Orr, State (6-4), Purdue (5-4), and
however, does not agree withI Iowa with a 4 and 5 record.
his rival coaches. "We gotta The second place position is
wait and see, if we win Satur- important in that it guarantees
day, then there will be a race," the team finishing there a berth
he said. "Purdue also has the in the NCAA Tournament.
best chance of beating them
since they play Indiana on their PURDUE Coach Schaus said,
home court." "It is wide open for second with
Whether or not Indiana hasMichigan holding the inside
Wtrack, but good chances are
there for ourselves, MSU and
;tiime statistics possibly Iowa. Granted Michi-
gan is in a good position, but
FT-FTA PCT REB ASST AVG they do have some tough games
AVG AVG remaining."'
59-75 .787 3.1 4.3 19.9
43-64 .672 14.6 1.2 15.4 Michigan's schedule pits the
59-69 .855 7.8 2.7 14.4 Wolverines against Indiana Sat-
27-36 .750 4.4 4.6 11.7 rda afternoon and Ohio State
33-45 .733 3.2 4.4 10.4
21-25 .840 1.1 1.8 6.1 Monday night.
8-12 .667 3.2 0. 4.6
5-13 .385 1.1 0.7 3.4 Michigan State, who was
13-15 .867 1.5 0.5 2.5 picked in preseason polls to fin-
1-2 500' 0.0 0.0 1.7 ish no higher than sixth is the
1-2 .506 0.4 05 0.6 surprise team in contention for
0-0 .000 0.7 0.0 0.0 the number two spot. "We are
surprised as anybody else," said
Ganakas, "I don't know what
the chances are of making sec-
- Eond, we just play one game at
a time and hope we can main-
tain our lofty berth."
exeell MSU'S HIGH standing can be
attributed to two factors. They
individual records in the but- were patient with their players
terfly and breaststroke, re-I and tried to build for the Big
spectively, also swam legs on Ten season. "We told our kids
that relay. not to worry about the non con-
Issac has assembled a win- ference games," Ganakas ex-
ning team. As in men's sports, plained.
winning breeds winning. As in The Spartans also got a lift of
men's sports, prime high school morale during their first three
prospects look first at the win- conference games. Greg Kelsey
ning schools, the schools that grabbed 27 rebounds, in the first
are in the news. game, while Terry Furlow
So women's swimming is not threw in 50 and 48 points re-
unlikeathe game the men play. spectively in the next two
They are not second class ath- games.
letes, but first class winners.
There will be problems, as Purdue is the other Big Ten{
idealogical factions s e e k to team whose play has been sur-
check the growth of women's prising. The Boilermakers were
athletics. But as Coach Issac picked to finish runner up to
and his charges look forward to Indiana, before the season be-
post season competition (they gan, but they are currently in
travel to Indiana this weekend fourth place. One reason for
to face the best Midwest teams their relatively poor mark was
in the Tarbell Invitational), the loss of All-American candi-!
their future looks bright. date Bruce Parkinson.
POETRY READING
with DAVID OLESHANSKY
and NELS JOHNSON
reading from their works

Women tankers
By PAUL CAMPBELL ment. Eight varsity records
Women's swimming at Mich- have fallen in the wake of their
igan is not really a brand new onslaught. In 17 of the 21 va-
thing. As much as 20 years ago, ous events that they have swam,
mentions can be found of a one or more team members
"Wmen'ns Aqatcreatid onahave made the cutoff time need-j
C"omen's Aquatic Recreation ed to participate in the Associa-
Club.ttion for Intercollegiate Athletics
.But the intercollegiate, vars- for Women (AIAW) national
ity aspects of the sport were notf meet March(3- nt.l
really present then. They are meeMac 13-15.
the result of the revival of wo- The key for the tankers has
wen's swimming a few years been an effective blend of
back. youth and experience under
The omenstrugledwell first year coach Stu Isac. On
The women struggled well the side of youth, the most1
out of the limelight, for their obvious standout is freshper-
first few varsity seasons. But son Katie McCully of Kala-
this season they've earned mazoo. She personally has re-
their right to be discussed, written the freestyle record
They have swept through a book, establishing new Mich-
seven dual meet season with- igan standards in four events
ota loss. ranging in distance from 50 to
Their smallest margin of vic- 500 yards.?
tory has been 17 points. They Another freshperson, Chrisi
have beaten Michigan State Den Herder, has cornered the1
and Indiana, the top teams backstroke market, setting rec
that bested them in last year's ords in the 50, 100, and 200 and
Big T e n championships, by leading off the record setting
identical 78-3 scores. 400 yard medley relay.
Sure, Matt Mann pool has Balancing out the super frosh
hardly been bulging with spec- are a dedicated group of older
tators while the women have I swimmers who make up the
been swamping their opposition. leadership nucleus of the team.
But even the more established Senior captain Kathy Knox
men's team has significant trou- deserves first mention. She has
ble attracting potential fans. repeatedly come through with
Swimming is an individual crucial points. She is a member
sport, difficult to appreciate and of the 400 yard freestyle relay
even more difficult to get ex- that set a school record against
cited about. MSU.
But the women have provided MJuniors Kathy Lingenberg
more than their share of excite- and Debbie Brevitz, who hold
Three records fall
asOlympics beg-fin
By The Associated Press ; the compulsory round.
INNSBRUCK--The East Ger- They were followed by anoth-
man teams set records in both er Russian team, world titlists
the men's and women's luge Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Min-
events yesterday and a Colo-I enkov. Making a bid for an
rado couple grabbed hold of American medal were Colleen:
third place in ice dancing as O'Connor and Jim Millns, silver
the 12th Winter Olympics open- medalists at the 1975 world
ed in this Alpine capital. championships on their home
Detlef Guenther, a 23-year-old rink in Colorado Springs. They:
East German technician, sped were in third place, very close
to second, in the intermediate
S -standingsof the cometition.
d* r Switzerland's Philinpe Roux
broke the downhill ski record in
the last of yesterday's trials,
rlo-,king 1:47.02 minues on the
down the luge run on his back ,145-meter course. That was
on a tiny sled in a record 52.38 more than 8.5 seconds faster
seconds to edge three West Ger- than the record set on this
man competitors. All must run course last year by Austria's
three more times. Total times Franz Klammer.
in the races which continue I -- - -
through Saturday decide the -
medalists.
MARGIT SCHUMANN of East BILLIARDS!
Germany edged West German 1
nknown Monika Scheftschik by
a tenth of a second in a record The first, best
time of 42.85 seconds for the.
women's hige. indoor sport
In the first ice dancing com-
petition ever held in an Olym-
pics, Russia's Ludmila Pakho
mova and Aleksandr GorshkovA
-five-time w o r 1 d champions BI LII AR DS

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