The Mchigan Doily--Saturday, August 11, 1979-Page 15
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "Big
Two-Little Eight" syndrome of Big Ten
football seems to be on its way out,
thanks in part to Jim Young and his
Purdue Boilermakers.- '
Actually, it began last year as
Michigan State tied perennial power
Michigan for the conference champion-
ship and Purdue, with a 6-1-1 record,
finished one-half game ,ahead of Ohio
"I THINK the Big Ten has more
balance right now than it's had in a
number of years," said Young, ar-
chitect of a complete turnaround at
Purdue. "Realistically speaking, we
think four teams are fairly equal -
Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State
"We feel we have a legitimate oppor-
tunity to win the Big Ten title this year.
We feel we have the most experience."
Young, beginning his third year as
Purdue's head coach, was in Los
Angeles yesterday as part of the
NCAA-ABC college football
promotional tour. His team was 9-2-1
last year, including a 41-21 thrashing of
Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl.
PRIOR TO 1978, the Boilermakers
had put together just one winning
season this decade to be a member in
good standing of the "Little Eight." The'
Boilermakers were 5-6 in Young's first
Younghasn't done it with mirrors.
Purdue allowed the fourth-fewest poin-
ts of any major college in the nation last
year and quarterback Mark Herrmann
is one of the country's best at his
"We went into the season with the
idea we were going to win," said
Young. "We got off to a good start and
had certain things that kept moving us
along. The first game was a big boost -
a 21-14 victory over Michigan State and
beating Ohio State 27-16 in the middle of
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the season was a big boost. The more
we won, the more confidence we had"
How about this year?
"THE KEY is maintaining the en-
thusiasm and enjoyment of playing the
game we had last year," said Young.
"And not allowing the pressure to affect
us, the idea that we have to win.
"Another key is getting off to a good
start. We play Wisconsin, UCLA and
Notre Dame the first three weeks, so
we'll be tested."
INDIVIDUALLY, the focus will be on
Hermann, a 6-foot-5, 194-pound junior
who needs only 1,349 yards through the
air to become the Big Ten's all-time
leader in passing yardage.
"I think he can be a truly great quar-
terback, not only for us but in the
future," said the coach. "As a fresh-
man he threw 27 interceptions. A lot of
those were because of inexperience.
Last year, in 12 games he threw only 12
W L ,-ct. GB
Baltimore .....................76 36 .664 -
Boston ........................ 69 43 .616 5%
Miankee.. . .66 4 .574 1
New-York".. .. 62..... .54 14
Detroit .........59 54 .522 16
Cleveland ..................... 57 57 .560 18%
Toronto .........34 79 .301 41
California... T....65o.565 -
Minnesota .....5 5 .532 4
Texas ... . . 5955 .518 5
Kansascity.. .... s57 55.566
Chicago ....0....s 62 .446 13%
Seattle.. . . .48 s .417 17
Oakliod.. . ..34 66 .298 30%
Yesterday's games notincluded
By The Associated Press seeded John McEnroe eliminated
INDIANAPOLIS-Top-seeded Chris three-time champion Manuel Orantes 6-
Evert-Lloyd needed only 69 minutes to 3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals.
defeatunseeded Renee Richards 6-1, 6-0 Jimmy Connors, seeded first in this
yesterday and advanced to the finals of tourney, defeated Ivan Landl of
the $275,000 U.S. Open Clay Court tennis Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 7-6. Connors and
championships. McEnroe will be joined in the
Lloyd, who won the tournament four semifinals by third-seeded Guillermo
consecu ive times starting in 1972, Vils of Argentina and Spain's Jose
plays the winner of an evening match Higueras, the fourth seed. Vilas beat
between No. 3 seed Evonne fellow countryman Jose-Louis Clerc, 6-
Googlagong-Cawley and No. 5 Regina 3, 7-6, while Higueras clipped Italy's
Maarsikova in tonight's title match. Corrado Barrazzutti, 6-4, 6-1.
In earlier men's action, second- "My serve is a big weapon for me. I
just wasn't getting my first serve in,"
said Richards, who underwent a sex
change operation in 1975. She was
playing in the semifinals of a major
tennis tournament for the first time as
Rudy T: Punch
nearly KOd career
HOUSTON -Houston Rockets star
Rudy Tomjanovich, who will receive
$300,000 in the final year of his contract
next season, testified yesterday that his
future as a pro basketball player was
jeopardized in a one-punch fight in 1977
that crushed the front of his face.
Tomjanovich, 30, is suing California
Sports, Inc., owner of the Los Angeles
Lakers, for at least $1 million in
damages suffered Dec. 9, 1977 in a
National Basketball Association game
against the Lakers.
The Rockets' forward suffered a
broken nose, fractured skull and dental
and facial injuries when he was pun-
ched by former Laker Kermit
Washington, now on the San Diego
The five-time NBA all-star was asked
by his attorney Nick Nichols if his
marketability had been diminished by
the 1977 incident. "It sure has," Tom-
Pittsburgh ....................64 48
Chicago ....................... 50 50
St. Louisr. . .. 57 53
New York .........46 64
Houston. . . . 67...... 49 .578
Cincinnati ....... . 64 53 .547
San Francisco ................. 55 60 .478
San Diego .........51 05 .440
Los Angeles ............50 44 .439
Atlanta.....46 70 .397
Yesterday's games not included
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AS THE BALL sails back near the end line, second-seeded John McEnroe
prepares to uncoil a swift backhand to Manuel Orantes in a quarterfinal
match yesterday at the U.S. Clay Court championships in Indianapolis.
McEnroe defeated the Spaniard, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinal round.