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Wednesday, March 17, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAP? Y

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Smooth Wayman Brtt...
S...level-headed leaper From Wire Service Reports
Denny Stolz resigned as Mich-
nAYMAN BRITT LOOKS like a professional. Physically, he igan State University's head
certainly fits the part - the beard, the high hairline, the football coach in light of new
solid, true athlete's build. evidence of football irregulari-
But it's the way be behaves that sets him apart from most ties just after Gus Ganakas was
college players. He's calm, reserved - too lost in concentrationcoach position yesterday.
to let frivolities like emotion mess up his cool.
Stolz, head coach for three
Screaming crowds, screaming coaches and that big-game years, was asked to resign last
tension that tends to lower boiling points don't seem to affect weekend after MSU's President
Britt. Have you ever seen this man lose control? Maybe i Clifton Wharton met with the
once, early this season against Las Vegas during a game school's board of trustees Fri-
in which the referees had only one eye on the game be- day night.
cause the other eye was on the boisterous, menacing crowd. Wharton said the decision to
"I try not to lose my cool, because I want to stay on top ask Stolz to resign was a re-
of things," says the senior. "That's hard at times. Sometimes, sult of new findings of an in-
the ref will be calling a bad game and there's nothing you ternal ivestigating commit-
can do about it - you can get frustrated. tee at MSU set up 11 months
ago o prob football irregu-
"You've got to concentrate on keepin' your mind on larities.
what's going on on the court. You've go't to stay aware, and
not get too emotionally involved." He would not give details of
That time in Vegas comes to mind easily, because it was what the committee found.
such a rare outburst. It wasn't even an outburst by most pea- Wharton said the remaining
ple's standards. Britt simply spat out a couple of not-so-carefully two years onaStolz' $29,000 con-
chosen words at the ref and the ref kicked him out of the tract would be honored.
game. Nothing spectacular. Very business-like. Very much
like Wayman Britt. Former athletic director
Burt Smith, 58, also has been
He has applied himself to the job of playing basketball asked to resign from his cur-
like a pre-meddie attacks his chemistry books . . . very rent position as special pro-
seriously. And the 6-2 Britt has had to work extra-hard jects director because of the1
the last three years, trying to play forward when he's really new findings, Wharton said.
a guard. The school is still negotiating
with the terms of his termina-
Necessity (namely the great play of freshman guard Steve tion or retirement, Wharton
Grote and the not-so-great play of starting forward Bill Ayler) said.
forced him into the tfrontcourt role in late '73, and he's been The school's football program
a fixture there since. was placed on three-year proba-
Britt - strong, fast, quick enough and an astounding jump- tion in January after the Na-
er - maybe the best athlete on the team. More than any- tional Collegiate Athletic Asso-
thing else, that quickness has lowered the the scoring average of ciation found MSU guilty of 34
many a hot-shot forward. rule violations, most occurring
Most of a defender's time is spent chasing his opponent when in 1972 to 1975 when Smith was
he doesn't have the ball, making him work to get open. Britt, athletic director.
quicker than almost any forward anywhere, can hound his man "Mr. Smith has devoted many
all day. Terry Furlow, Scott May, Dale Koehler . . . all the dead- loyal years to the university and
eye forwards in the Big Ten have been through a game opposite I am sure he believed he was
Britt and few have had the breath left to talk about it later acting in the interests of a
strong competitive program,"
"The harder you make a guy work for his shot, the more Wharton said. "However, in the
tired he'll get, and it will take something off his shot," wake of the recent NCAA in-
says assistant coach Bill Frieder, who also coached Britt vestigation and penalties against
in high school. "Wayman has a tremendous amount of pride. Michigan State University, weI
cannot condone or overlook vio-
"The key to his success is hard work for forty minutes.
Most players, if they are going to neglect a part of their game,
it's the defense, because no one writes about defense . May a
cused Britt of holding him in last January's game, and another!
super-quick forward/guard, Minnesota's Ray Williams, said
"Every time I went up with a shot, he hit me with his hips, 0 a
part of the game." jpa d
By The Associated Press
Britt confirmed his giant-killing status two years ago in Negotiator Marvin Miller and
the Mideast regional with a trick fans still talk about: he a cordon of influential players:
turned a freshman forward named Adrian Dantley into a scorned the major league own-
cadaver for forty minutes. So it seemed, anyway. It was ers' 'final proposal' yesterday
a fine illusion - Dantley looked like a stiff with Britt whirl- and jeopardized not only the
ing around him. opening of spring training but
the April 8 start of the regular
Dantley managed two points that game, and Michigan upset season.
the Irish. But Dantley wasn't the star then - John Shumate After Miller personally re-
was. Now it's two seasons later, and Dantley is such a star (28 jected the owners' 10-page docu-
points per game) that television announcers are running out of ment calling for a "one-and-
superlatives. And now Wayman and the Wolverines have to one" plan that could make a
.free agent of virtually every
take on Dantley and friends once agair - tomorrow, in fact. player within the next two
"Theyll be going to Dantley more than the last time we years, management negotiators
played them," Britt says. "He'll be looking to score more, too, walked out in a huff and said
since he doesn't have Shumate to dish it off to. But I won't they were returning to New
change my defense. Xork
"I'm quicker than he is, definitely. But he'll be coming Asked if the season was in
in and trying to score a lot. I'll need someone to help out - jeopardy, Lee MacPhail, pres-
we have to play team defense. ident of the American League,

t Stolz and Smith

... then Ganakas canned

"They gave me no reason
I was very surprised, I
thought the review of this
season would merit a re-
ward."
-Gus Ganakas
"I have not, either in
thought or deed, consciously
done anything of which I am
ashamed or believe not in the
interests of Michigan State
University."
-Denny Stolz

had uncovered that led to the
request for his resignation. He
said he hoped he would be in-
formed of the specifics so he;
could comment on them.
In another surprising move
yesterday, Ganakas was fired
from his job as basketball
coach.
"They gave me no reason,,"
Ganakas said. "The perils of'
coaching, I guess.
"I was very surprised," he
said. "I thought the review of
this season would merit a re-
ward. I praised my team and
staff for the achievements ac-
complished, considering the re-
sources available."
Wharton emphasized the re-
moval of Ganakas, who has
tenure and thus cannot be
fired outright, was not related
to the football investigation.
"Coach Ganakas has devoted
himself fully to the basketball)
program," a statement by
Whatron said, "and we can all
be proud of the team's strong
finish this past season.
"However," it said, "when it

' 1975-76 season, it was with the
understanding that the situation
would be reviewed at the con-
clusion of the season."
Wharton said it was the in-
tention of the university to
move rapidly so that impor-
tant decisions on the develop-
ment of the coaching staff and
plans for the 1976-77 season
would not be delayed.
Vern Payne and Dick Ver-
sace, the two top assistants,
were to be given 90-day exten-
sions from the date of appoint-
ment of a new head coach in
the event the assistant coaches
are not retained. Both actions
were to be confirmed at a Fri-
day meeting of the Michigan
State Board of Trustees.

Gus1 GanaE~kas

Denny Stolz

lations of the spirit or the letter
of university or conference
rules."
"If we are to restore un-
questioned integrity to Mich-
igan State University ath-
letics, we have no choice but
to rebuild our athletic pro-
gram from the top down,"
Whatron concluded.
The contracts of the remain-
ing assistant football coaches
have been renewed for one!
year, and university officialsI
did not seek their resignations.
Stolz, in his resignation letter
to Wharton,edefendedhis con-
duct over the past three years.
Today is the last day to
purchase tickets f o r t h e
NCAA Midwest regionals in
Louisville, Kentucky, March
18 and 20. Tickets will be on
sale until 10:00 a.m. at the
athletic office, located on
the corner of State Street
and Hoover. Tickets can only
be purchased in a two game
package at a cost of $15.
Michigan will face Notre
Dame on Thursday in the
second round of the Midwest
regionals.
1Jfusa1 oii a
ZeS S SrR
"You can't be optimistic inI
the face of the attitude here."
MacPhail was asked if theI
executive board rejected theI
proposal that the talks wouldM
collapse.
"No," he replied. "If thatI
happens, our proposal will be
withdrawn but it will not be aI
hindrance to the bargaining."
The players' executive board,
consisting of the 24 elected play-
er representatives, have sched-
uled a meeting in Tampa at 1 I
p.m., EST, today to consider j
the owners' proposal.
Rejection seems certain.
"Personally, I would recom-
mend rejecting the proposal,"

"I have not, either in thought
or deed, consciously done any-i
thing of which I am ashamed
or believe not in the interests!
of Michigan State University,"
he said.
But, he said, "I have con-
cluded the best interest of all
parties would be best served by
adhering to your request."
Stolz said there was a
sound MSU athletic base for
the future, and that players
had the right to compete

"without any longer being em-
broiled in rumor, speculation,
innuendo and controversy."
"I have concluded that the#
ultimate responsibility for vio-
lations found by the NCAA, dur-
ing the time I was head coach,
while involving no personal fault
on my part, either in allegation
or finding, must be mine," Stolz
said.

BILLBOARD -
All women and men inter-
ested in competing in the All
Campus bowling tournament
must sign up now at the Mich-
igan Union lanes. Singles tour-
nament qualifying will be this
Saturday at 11 a.m.

But Stolz, 42, also pointed out was announced last summer
he had not been told what the that Mr. Ganakas would con-
special university committee tinue as head coach for the
BO MISSES FIRST PRACTICE

Blue opens

spring drills

By JOHN NIEMEYER LAST WEEK, after a game of not deter the rest of the staff I men Stacy Johnson and John
The Wolverine football squad paddleball, Schembechler went I and team from braving the win- Weisenburger along with sopho-
opened their spring drills yes- to his physician complaining of ter weather and beginning the more Roger Bettis are . all
terday in artic snows and winds ; chest pains. Considering Bo's five week long spring practice scrambling for the number two
in the conspicuous absence of! go get 'em attitude on the prac-I program which will culminate spot.
head coach Bo Schembechler. tice field and his history of in the annual intra-squad game Another area that will need
Schembechler has been or-! heart trouble, doctors felt it on the 17th of April. some work is the defensive line.
dered by doctors to stay away would be wise for him to avoid As defensive co-ordinator coach Gone are standouts Jeff Per-
from the football field until any unnecessary strain until Gary Moeller said, "Even linger, Tim Davis, Dan Jilek
some tests have been run to tests gave him the OK. though it was cold out there, the and Mike Holmes. Finding re-
determine the condition of his In 1969, his first season as ; guys went out and really hustled. placement for them looms as
heart. Wolverine head coach, Schem- They were in high spirits." perhaps the biggest' challenge
bechler suffered a heart attack During the spring program, this spring.
just prior to the Rose Bowl. the team has twenty practice
Since then, he has lost weight' sessions, uhsually u ek
h p s tusuallyfour a eek,
.g1UI m111r t1 ' and is in much better shape, weather permitting. This time;
btstill remains in the pehigh the coaches to evaluate
risk group for possible heart their personnel and try to fill!B
ttacks. in the holes for the coming
trainii 9 1 Considering this, doctors have season. BILLIARDS,
ordered Schembechler to under- THEY ALSO try to improve
go a cardiac catheterization in some of the weakne fmprom and
being made, also abruptly left whc his heart and kcssardfac
the scene of six days of nego- cicuhtisn har a n card. the last season. One aspect of
tiations here. Schembechler is expected to re- the game that looks to be em- BOWLING
According to MacPhail, Kuhn turn next week, following the -ohasized this March is the pass-
flew back to New York. tests. ew g game, both offensively and
Miller and the players chal- THE COACH'S absence did1!defensively. at the
lenged the commissioner to, Rick Leach is still the leader
keep his word but there was ! :..,;r:: r at quarterback, but his back up
no immediate indication that is somewhat questionable since UNION
he would do so. iThe n T Mark Elzinga announced his de-
The owners parture earlier this year. Fresh-
The wner, who have kept

spring training camps shutter-
ed, said opening of these facili-I
ties will depend on a favorable
recommendation of the board.
But such a prospect appeared
bleak.
"I am really concerned," said
nor it U i. I I n t U li Ld

By The Associated Press
1. Indiana 47 28.-0
2. Marquette 2 . 26--1
3. Nevada-Las Vegas 1 29--1
4. Rutgers 2 29-0

Miller said. "My reading of Sub."Uness omi
the players indicates, they donebsoonUnlesthink t
would, too. ot
woud, oo ..- .. oinge to be nretty grav

s It's getting close. Gaherin said, "Their tone was. ¬ęc L' iav
"Some people get psyched out too much, playing a high Every hour the season is more a tone of rejection. We made no
scorer. I don't think like that. I was watching that guy on in jeopardy." changes in the proposal as pre- C C R
Cincinnati who was covering him, and he played him too hard MacPhail and the owners' sented." Asked, in view of the SCO RE
and fouled out. You can't play so hard like that all the time chief negotiator, John Gaherin, players probable rejection, if
-- you've got to be smoother, move the feet, stay in front were red-eyed and obviously up- the owners planned any changes'
of him..." set after a brief meeting yes- in the proposal, he said: "None NBA
terday with the players unit. -absolutely none! Houston 116, New York 11
That's Wayman Britt - planning things out calmly, keep- When asked if he thought Commissioner B o w i e Kuhn, Los Angeles 109, Clevelan
ing cool while much of the team and most of the fans are there was any chance that the who had promised last weekend NHL
working themselves into a near-frenzy as tomorrow night's camps would be opened soon that he would arbitrarily de- Minnesota 3, N.Y. Islander
and easo onMontreal 5, Pittsburgh 4
game approaches. Britt's steadying influence could be just theI and the season opened on time, Clare the camps open if he w ashington 5, N.Y. Range
thing to keen the Wolverines' spirit controlled and channelled ! Gaherin replied: thought sufficient progress was Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 2
toward the task at hand.
That task is tough. The Irish are big, strong, darn good .
and not about to let down. They're the ones with incentive this
year. But then it's not too hard to picture Britt chasing the
hefty Dantley all over the court, from corner to corner, end to
end, inside and ouside. By the end of the game, Dantley may be{

aer xusty
ething is
pings are
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5. UCLA
6. Alabama
7. Notre Dame
8. North Carolina
9. MICHIGAN
10. Western Michigan
11. Maryland
12. Cincinnati
13. Tennessee
14. Missouri
15. Arizona
16. Texas Tech
17. DePaui
18. virginia
19. Centenary
20. Pepperdine

24--4
22--4
23-5
25-4
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22-6
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21-6
25-4
23--8
25-5
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