The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 26, 1979-Page 11
Bo may invite Woody to Blue-OSU clash
DETROIT (UPI) - Would Woody
Hayes make one more appearance in
Michigan Stadium for the annual
season-ending Ohio State-Michigan
game? Bo Schembechler is toying with
the idea of asking him.
In five weeks Hayes will face one of
the biggest tests of his life - the fact he
is no longer a head coach. He will have
to go through a September Saturday
without a football game to coach.
HAYES WILL run head on into that
brick wall of a fact Sept. 8, when
Syracuse invades Columbus, Ohio, to
start Earle Bruce's first season as
coach of the Buckeyes.
"I don't know what he'll do this fall,"
said Schembechler, a former Hayes
assistant who has become the dean of
Big Ten coaches in his 11th year on the
job. "I can't imagine Woody just sitting
around on a Saturday.
"I can't picture him walking into
Ohio Stadium to watch a football game
if he isn't coaching it. I don't know what
he's going to do on Saturdays.
"I THINK we probably ought to invite
him up to Michigan for the game this
fall," Schembechler said. He said it
lightly, but there was seriousness in his
"Sure, Bo," was the immediate reac-
tion. And while he's there, maybe
Woody would consent to ripping up a
sideline marker at halftime just for old
times sake. Provided, of course, he isn't
booed out of the stadium when he ap-
The coach of the team Hayes in-
variably referred to as "that school up
north" has gone to at least three
banquets with his old boss and spent
numerous hours on the phone with him.
"We'll miss Woody," he said.
"SINCE THE Clemson game, I have
talked with him, spent time with him.
No matter what you think of him, deep
down he's a good, honest guy who is
concerned about the people who played
There was a testimonial dinner for
Hayes this January. Some 600 football
people who either played for Hayes or
coached for him showed up.
"Woody talked for an hour and a half
- and if you know Woody, you know
that is a short speech for him," Schem-
"THERE ISN'T any question we'll
miss him. I will miss him personally. I
loved to compete against him. I loved to
because I knew he would work 18 hours
a day to beat you. It was competing
against the best.
"I don't think there was a day that
went by during the football season that
he wasn't preparing for the Michigan
game," Schembechler said. "He would
be working on that game from the first
day of the season.
What Schembechler calls Hayes's
"forced retirement" has clearly had an
impact on the Michigan coach. He
seems to be proudly bearing the stan-
dard of elder statesman; accepting and
not resenting comparison to Hayes.
"I'm never going to retire," he said.
"That means that sooner or later I'm
going to get the ax."
Healthy Simmons halts
Cards' mid-season dive
ST. LOUIS (AP( - Ted Simmons' return to the lineup came at the right
time for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Simmons, the All Star catcher who couldn't play in the mid-season
classic because of an injured wrist, was back behind the plate Tuesday night
for the first time in a month.
Fears that Simmons would be rusty from 30 days of inactivity were
quie'ly allayed when he doubled and singled to help the Cards triumph 7-3
over the Atlanta Braves.
But also important, if less noticeable, was his steadying influence on
Pete Vuckovich, a gifted pitcher with a history of inconsistency.
After conferring with Simmons, Vuckovich pitched out of a jam in the
third inning when Atlanta put runners at second and third with none out.
From that point, it was clear sailing for the Cards until the ninth, when Bob
St. Louis Manager Ken Boyer-felt Simmons' return to the clean-up spot
immediately bolstered the Cardinals' faltering attack.
"When you lose the best hitter, it's going to have an effect," Boyer said.
"Hitting is contagious. Sometimes, if the pitcher looks two or three batters
ahead, he can pitch around a player to get himself out of an inning."
Simmons is hitting .326 with 33 runs batted in and 18 home runs.
Earlier this year, with Simmons contributing his best season in 10 major
league campaigns, the Cards inched ahead in National League East with a
32-21 record on June 11. Now they're 46-46 and seven games back.
A 15-game trip to the parks of all five division rivals begins Friday night.
It could hold the key to St. Louis' hopes for rising from fifth place.
"Ted was a tough bat to have out of there," teammate Keith Hernandez
said. "I'm glad he's back for the upcoming trip. It's make or break for us."
SPOR TS OF THE DAILY
MeCourt staying put
Major Leagae Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
East East ,
W L Pet. GB W L Pct. GB
Baltimore 66 32 .673 - Montreal 53 39 .576 -
Boston 59 35 .628 5 Pittsburgh 53 41 .564 1
Milwaukee 60 39 .606 61 Chicago 52 41 .559 11
New York 54 44 .551 12 Philadelphia 52 46 .531 4
Detroit 48 48 .500 17 St. Louis 46 46 .500 7
Cleveland 45 52 .464 20% New York 40 53 .4:0 131
Toronto 29 70 .293 372
California 57 43 .570 - Houston 57 44 .564 -
Minnesota 53 43 .552 2 Cincinnati 52 49 .515 5
Texas 53 44 .546 21/ San Francisco 48 53 .475 9
Kansas City 48 49 .495 712San Diego 47 55 .461 10
Chicago 45 53 .459 11 Los Angeles 42 58 .420 141
Seattle 42 59 .416 15%/ Atlanta 41 58 .414 15
Oakland 26 74 .260 31 (Yesterday's games not included)
(Yesterday's games not included)
By The Associated Press
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - New owner
Jerry Buss met with failure yesterday
in his effort to get National Hockey
League player Dale McCourt to join the
Los Angeles Kings. ,
McCourt was awarded to the Kings
before last season for compensation af-
ter the Detroit Red Wings had signed
former Kings' goalie Rogie Vachon as a
MCCOURT SUED and won enough
time to play the past season in Detroit.
Then the first court decision was
The player's attorney, Jim Hinds,
told Buss that McCourt had turned
down the offer made yesterday, termed
"very fair," because the player felt
more comfortable in Detroit.
Buss said the Kings would pursue
their remaining options but would not
Reds' Foster fame
CINCINNATI The Cincinnati Reds
yesterday placed injured outfielder
George Foster on the 15-day disabled
list, effective to last Sunday.
REDS PRESIDENT Dick Wagner
said he wasn't sure when the power-
hitting Foster, who suffered a pulled
abductor muscle in his right thigh
during the All-Star Game, will be able
to return to the lineup.
Foster is hitting .333 with 20 home
runs and 72 runs batted in.
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