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Wednesday, August 43, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

P-ige Eleer.

RICH LERNER'S COLUMN

Bowi rule changes welcome

There's a new feeling of excitement
running through the Big Ten conference.
Part of the reason is that, most ob-
servers feel, the days of the "Big Two
and Little Eight" are coming to an end,
but even more important is that this
year, for the first time, a Big Ten team
will be able to go to a bowl game, other
than the Rose Bowl.
A new rule proposal would allow the
conference runner-up to attend any bowl
game after December 25. The succeed-
ing teams in the standings would he
able to attend bowl games on the con-
dition that each team that finished ahead
of them was invited to a bowl game.
The conference champion will still par-
ticipate in the Rose Bowl.
NO OFFICIAL announcement has been
made yet, but for all practical purposes,
a decision has been reached.
"It's a foregone conclusion, to date
we've had just seven institutions respond
and they've all responded favorably,"
s a i d conference commissioner Wayne
Duke.
"Even of the other three were to re-
spond negative, it passes. However you
want to be in the position for the oppor-
tunity for the three remaining institu-
tions to respond, because this is a ten
team league.
"Just a majority is necessary, we need
six, and we have seven," Duke added.
IF THE PAC-EIGHT were to reject
the proposal it would still bind the Big
Ten to an exclusive Rose Bowl contract.
But Duke insists that this will not be
the case.
"The Pac-Eight has not announced its
decision, but we have every indication

that it's going to be the same," Duke
said. "I'm confident, in fact, I know that
the Pac-Eight is going to go in that
direction.
"The only games excluded are those
before December 26," Duke said. "The
reasons for that are exam schedules
and so on, after December 26 you're in
a vacation period."
EIGHT BOWL games in addition to
the Rose Bowl take place after Decem-
ber 25: the Cotton, Sugar, Orange,
Peach, Sun, Fiesta, Gator, and Astro-
Bluebonnet bowls.
Hypothetically, up to nine conference

from the Rose Bowl in three years," he ment bids kept fan interest alive.
jokingly added.

COACHES, players and fans alike are
applauding the proposed change. The
new rule will certainly intensify and
sustain interest in the conference race.
"It's about ten years too late," en-
thused Tony Dungy, quarterback for the
Minnesota Gophers. "In the past five
years everyone's been really interested
in the first three games and then they
just wait for the Michigan-OSU game."
The situation can be likened to the Big
Ten basketball race. During the 160's,
only one Big Ten team could participate

THERE IS no reaeon why a similar
change would not boost interest and at-
tendance in the football race.
The proposed change will also help
recruiting at all ten conference schools.
A prospective recruit will know that a
conference school courting him has a
four out of ten chance of going to a bowl
game, instead of only a one out of ten
chance.
Revenue increase is another reason,
the time for change has come. Duke in-
sists that, "The revenue derived from
the other bowl games is not the finan-
cial bonanza a lot of people envision."

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"t'sbouttenyears too ate. In the past fie costs, the extra bowl revenue can
years everyone's been really interested in the hurt, in addition to the added revel
gained from increased attendance.
first three games and then they just wait for the Any way one looks at it, the new r
Michigan-OSU game." is a good one and deserves passage.
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activity, and even alt ten, it two con-
ference teams were paired against each
other. However, realistically, three, four,
or as many as five Big Ten teams can
expect bowl bids.
Earlier in the summer Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler was on a promotional
tour for ABC sports that took him
through Texas, where he was continual-
ly hounded by officials from the Cotton
Bowl.
"I did talk to people from the Cotton
Bowl," Bo admits. "The only reason
was that I haven't talked to anyone

prohibited member schools from attend-
ing the National Invitational Tourna-
ment, the NCAA tournament only per-
mitted one team from each league, and
the Conference Commissioner's Tourney
had not been born yet.
Now as many as four conference bas-
ketball teams may participate in post-
season tournaments. The change served
to magnify interest in the loop race this
past season. Indiana had clinched the
championship with more than two weeks
remaining in the season, but the pos-
sibility of other teams winning tourna-

Rose Bowl
Cotton Bowl
Sugar Bowl
Orange Bowl
Peach Bowl
Sun Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
Gator Bowl
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

NuCHI5NaN SvMel Antnony (37 accompanied uy tacke som
Mack completes an 84-yard touchdown romp against Oregon
State in the 195 Rose Bowl. It was Michigan's last bowl
victory. With the expected rule change the Wolverines will
probably have another crack at a Bowl win. Hopefully, for
Michigan fans, a Rose Bowl win.
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