THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, August 10, 1974
Rick White picks basketball
FOR the second straight year, Bo
Schembechler has lost a tight end
to the Michigan basketball team. A year
ago, C. J. Kupec hung up his cleats to
become a full time center for Johnny
Orr's cagers. Now Bo has lost Rick
White, a 6-5, 216 pound sophomore, was
one of the prime. candidates to replace
Paul Seal as starting tight end at the
close of spring football practice. As a
forward, he was also a member of the
Big Ten Co-Championship basketball
team and made the trip to Tuscaloosa.
Most observers predicted that White's
future would be as a football player. But
Rick evidently felt differently.
Reached at his home in Cincinnati,,
White said he quit football because "I
just didn't feel like playing two sports.
I really enjoy playing basketball. Foot-
ball's okay, but there's no sense in
playing something if you don't want to."
"I didn't tell Bo about my decision,
but I did call Coach Stobart. (Chuck
Stobart, offensive backs coach). He said
that maybe I was making a mistake,
that maybe I should go ahead and play
both my sophomore year."
"I don't think I could have been a
starter, At tight end, I would have had
to gain weight, and I just couldn't do it.
'fhe second tight end plays a lot at
Michigan, but it still wouldn't have been
WHITE'S assessment of his starting
chances are not shared by many observ-
ers of Michigan football. Because of the
late start basketball gave him, White
was running second behind Greg Den-
Boer at tight end in the spring. But it
was felt that in the fall White would sur-
pass DenBoer and be the starter by the
time of the Iowa game.
Coach Schembechler was in meetings
yesterday and could not be reached for
comment, but several well placed sourc-
es have told The Daily that he did not
take the loss of Rick White particularly
It is reported that, having heard the
word, Schembechler stormed into John-
ny Orr's office and had a heated dis-
cussion with Orr about the subject. The
basketball coaches deny they had- any-
thing to do with White's decision.
White was exposed to two different
coaching styles in his two sports as a
freshman athlete. Basketball practices
under Johnny Orr are loose, friendly af-
fairs, but practices where work does get
done. Football practices under Bo
Schembechler and his assistants are
businesslike affairs where mistakes are
rewarded with screams and invective.
White would not say when he made
his decision to drop football, but it should
be noted that at the end of the basketball
season, before spring football began,
White was looking forward to at least
another year of football.
As a high school player at Princeton
High near Cincinnati, White made All-
State in both football and basketball.
He came to Michigan on a combina-
tion football - basketball scholarship.
AS A freshman basketball player,
White started the season with the Var-
sity Reserves, and was both the lead-
ing rebounder and scorer in those games
he played. With the start of the Big
Ten season, he was moved up to the
Varsity, where he saw little action as a
reserve. Not a great outside shooter,
his primary strength was his ability to
handle himself underneath the boards.
The basketball coaches were both sur-
prised and pleased with White's decision
to concentrate on basketball. His name
will be entered into the list of candidates
to replace Campy Russell at forward.
The Michigan football players were not
particularly surprised by White's de-
cision. One player, who preferred for
obvious reasons to remain nameless,
stated, "Rick White would still be on the
(football) team if Bo wasn't such a (ex-
But anyhow, Rick White has chosen
his sport. "If this doesn't work out, peo-
ple will say that I made the wrong de-
cision, that I should have stuck with
football. But-I'm doing what I feel is
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Don Hahn
smacked a three-run home run
and rookie Bob Apodaca pitched
two-hit ball for seven innings
to help the New York Mets to
a 4-1 victory over the Cincin-
nati Reds last night.
Apodaca, 4-6, outduelled Fred
Norman in a game that was
delayed more than one hour at
the start because of rain.
The Mets took the lead in the
fourth inning when Hahn opened
with a single to center. After
Norman got Duffy Dyer on a
long fly ball and struck oRt Bud
Harrelson, Apodaca - who had
only one hit" all season before
last n i g h t - doubled to left
Leftfielder Pete Rose slip-
ped on the wet grass and
Hahn scored on the play.
ST. LOUIS - Ted Simmons
belted a grand slam home run
in the sixth inning to carry the
St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 vic-
tory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers last night.
Simmons' hqme run, his iath
of the season and the third
grand slam of his career,
came one pitch after Dodger
left-hander Geoff Zahn, 2-2,
had walked Joe Torre to load
A two-base error by
geles left-fielder Von
opened the door to the
big inning. Winning pitcl
Foster, 6-7, led off t
by reaching second ba
Joshua misplayed his f
G. Perry bows
CLEVELAND - The
White Sox, sparked1
secutive home runs fr
Kelly and Jorge Orta
for four runs in the sixt
last night and defeate
land 5-3-handing the
Gaylord Perry his si
Perry, 15-7, held the
Sox to two hits unti
and Orta led off the six
homers to tie the scI
After Dick Allen w a
Carlos May smashed
'o'"hle off the ce"te
fence, scoring Allen v
Allen's leadoff home:
eighth inning made it
was his 30th homer of
son, tops in the majors
HOUSTON - Jim N
making his National Le
but, drilled a homez
then touched off Montre
ning rally with a nintl
HAHN HR SPARKS NY
Reds; Dodgers fall
Los An- single, helping the Expos to a
Joshua 4-3 victory over the Houston
her Alan Northrup, acquired from De- Michigan Daily
he sixth troit earlier this week, started
se when the winning rally with a one-
ly ball. out single in the ninth and
moved up as Ken Singleton
wakled. Then singles by Barry
Chicago Foote and Ron Hunt produced
Chico two runs as the Expos won their
by con- third straight game.
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Boston 61 50 .550 -
Cleveland 57 53 .518 3' %
Baltimore 57 55 .509 4t'S
New York 54 56 .491 6E4t
Detroit 54 59 .478 8
Milwaukee 53 60 .469 9
Oakland 66 47 .584 -
Kansas City 58 53 .523 7
Chicago 57 55 .509 8I'
Texas 58 57 .505 9-
Minnesota 55 as.4712
California 44 69 .389 22
Chicago 5, Cleveland 3
Kansas City 13. Milwaukee 3
Minnesota 7. Baltimore 2
Texas 4, Detroit 3, 14 inn.
t Boston at Oakland, inc.
New Tork at California, inc.
Detroit tLaGrow 7-12) at Texas
(Jenkins 15-10), 9 p.m..
Chicago (Wood 17-13) at Cleve-
land (nosman 5-0), 1 p.m.
Baltimore (Cuellar 13-8) at Min-
nesota (Blyleven 10-13), 2:15 p.m.
Boston (Marichal 4-1) at Oakland
(Holtzman 12-12), 4:30 p.m.
Milwaukee (Slaton 8-13) at Kan-
sas City (Dal Canton 7-5), 8:30
New York (May 3-2) at Califor-
nia (Hassler 2-6), 10 p.m.
, W, L Pet. GB
St. Louis 60 54 .525 -
Philadelphia 58 55 .514 11
Pittsburgh 56 57 .496 31
Montreal 53 58 .477 51
New York 48 61 440 9'
Chicago 46 64 .418 12
Los Angeles 73 40 .648 --
Cincinnati 68 46 .597 5t1
Atlanta 59 54 .522 14
Houston 58 54 .518 1414
San Francisco 51 63 A47 221'S
San Diego 45 69 ..394 281_
San Francisco 3, Chicago 0
Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 2
New York 4, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 7, San Diego 3
St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 3
Montreal 4, Houston 3
Atlanta (P. Niekro 12-9) at Phi-
adelphia (Carlton 14-7), 1:35 p.m.
San Francisco (D'Acquisto 9-10)
at Chicago (Todd 2-2), 2:15 pm.
Cincinnati (Kirby 7-6) at New
York (Seaver 7-7), 2:15 p.m.
Los Angeles (Rau 11-6) at St.
Louis (Foster 5-7), 7 p.m.
San Diego (Freisleben 7-6) at
Pittsburgh (Kison 6-6), 7:05 p.m,
Montreal (Rogers 11-14) at Hous-
ton (Griffin 11-4), 8:35 p.m.
DODGER OUTFIELDER Billy Buckner has an escort to the Los Angeles shower after alfew
choice words to umpire Shag Crawford following a rundown play in the first inning of last night's
game at St. Louis. Chaperone Coach Tom Lasorda saw the rest of the game which the Dodgers