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SLAMMIN'
T. IT
By DAN PERRN HOME
Quotes galore .. .
...Bo's full of them
G LENN E. "BO" SCHEMBECHLER has never been reknowned for
his great words of wisdom. But surprisingly, the man who has recently
completed his 11th year as head football coach at Michigan spoke exten-
sively before and after the Wolverines' 17-15 Gator Bowl loss to North
Carolina two weeks ago.
By the time he was done, Schembechler had made a prediction, a
promise and a profound revelation of sorts, as well as several astute and not-
so-astute observations.
Schembechler's prediction, if you want to call it that, came during a
pregame press conference on December 27th at the Thunderbird Motel in
Jacksonville:
There he noted, "The key in any ballgame is . . the team that makes the
fewest mistakes has the best opportunity to win.
Oh, how right this newfound soothsayer turned out to be.
With Michigan trailing first 14-9, then 17-9 in the fourth quarter, quarter-
back B.J. Dickey, subbing for the injured John Wangler, singled handedly
destroyed any chances the Wolverines had to catch up when he threw two in-
terceptions and fumbled once. Fullback Roosevelt Smith, playing in place of
ailing starter Lawrence Reid, also fumbled once as the Blue gridders turned
the ball over four times while the Tar Heels lost the ball twice (both fum-
bles).
Quick to defend his players, Schembechler pointed out after the game,
"B.J. hadn't played in a while. He was a little rusty."
But Dickey later contradicted his coach's explanation when he insisted,
"I didn't feel rusty at all. I know what it's like to be out there on the field sin-
ce I played seven games. I felt ready to go."
Blue-best of decade
Whether Dickey was at fault or not, Michigan still lost a bowl game for
the seventh consecutive time without a win under Schembechler. Further-
more, Schembechler's overall record in season-ending contests is 0-10-1 sin-
ce he came to Michigan 11 years ago.
Despite the fact that Michigan finished the '70s as the winningest college
football team of the decade with a 96-15-3 record, all under Schembechler,
it's the final game mark that people notice.
When asked at the pregame press conference if the media's emphasis on
his failure to win the last game of the season (referring specifically to bowl
games) bothered him, Schembechler snapped, "That's a misconception.
The last game of the season is against Ohio State. I'm 5-5-1 with them.
"I've lost 12 regular season and six (now seven) bowl games," added the
Michigan coach. "Why did we lose them? Because we're-playing Ohio State,
USC and Oklahoma. We're not playing any pansies. In each case we came up
a little bit short, not losing by much. When you play teams of that caliber,
you can't always expect to win."
You'll notice that Schembechler failed to mention the bowl losses to
Stanford and Washington, which like North Carolina, were decided under-
dogs going into the game.
After the loss to North Carolina, whom it might be noted was considered
a high caliber opponent by very few,\Schembechler was again asked about
his winless streak. In contrast, this time he simply laughed and said, "I'm
keeping my record intact, eh? I've worked hard at it."
Once again, the fact remains that whether or not Schembechler's
0-10-1 mark is significant, Michigan did lose, adding another blemish to his
ruddy final game record.
Kicking quote tops all
The next question, in my mind, is obvious. In Schembechler's opinion,
why did Michigan fall when it was picked by everyone to romp over the Tar
Heels with little or no trouble?
The answer? Are you ready for the so-called profound revelation?
"We're just not a real good team," claimed Schembechler. "We're just
not good enough to win 'em (the close games). Coming up a bit short is the
story of our season. It's just one of those years, I guess."
Getting more specific, Schembechler summed up the game this way.
"There were two things that hurt us," he explained. "Their (North
Carolina's) field goal (referring to. the fourth quarter kick which put NC
ahead 17-9) and our missed extra point.
"With the score 14-9, we we're all right," added Schembechler. "But at
17-9, we've got an eight point deficit when we should have only had seven."
Schembechler also admitted for the umpteenth time, "The kicking game
has been a problem all season."
That comment gets my vote as 'Understatement of the Year' and it also
brings me to the promise I mentioned earlier.
This, I feel, was Bo's best quote in Florida.
"Our kicking game will be different next year. It will be good," Schem-
bechler promised all who would listen. "When you make up your mind you
have to do something, you go and do it."
So there you have it-the best from Bo at the 1979 Gator Bowl.

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Wolverine Woes

Michigan's Mel Owens (53) arrives a second too late as North Carolina's
Doug Paschal scores six points for the Tar Heels in the 1979 Gator Bowl
at Jacksonville, Florida. Owens and the rest of the Michigan roster was
a little late more than once on Dec. 28, as Owens and Curtis Greer (95) show
the frustration of the Wolverines' seventh straight bowl lose, a 17-15 defeat
at the hands of North Carolina, who finished fifth in the Atlantic Coast
Conference this past season.
Camnpbell snares his
second MPaward

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Earl Campbell, run-
ning back for the Houston Oilers,
received an award yesterday as the
National Football League's most
valuable player, chosen by the
Professional Football Writers of
America.
This marks the second time in a row
- the first player to do it - that the
former University of Texas star has

ference Monday.
JIM HUSBANDS, the team's public
relations director, said he had not been
told to schedule a news conference to
announce the naming of a new coach.
Kush has been interviewed at least
once by Dick Szymanski, the Colts'
general manager.
Szymanski, who acquired con-
siderable power over the Colts' football
decisions when Coach Ted Marchibroda
was fired two weeks ago, is very im-
pressed with Kush and will recommend
to owner Robert Irsay that he be hired,
the sources said.

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taken the trophy, based on a poll of 300
football writers.
CAMPBELL, WHO led the NFL with
1,697 rushing yards, previously had
been chosen the league's most valuable
player by The Associated Press. His
yardage exceeded by 247 that which he
gained in the 1978 season. He scored 19
touchdowns, six more than in his rookie
season.
The award was presented at a lun-
cheon here by John Steadman of the
Baltimore News-American, president
of the PFWA.
Kush for Colts?
BALTIMORE - Frank Kush, the
deposed football coach of Arizona State,
is expected to be named coach of the
Baltimore Colts next week, sources
close to the National Football League
team said yesterday.
The sources, who asked not to be
identifiedorsquoted,said Kush, 50,
would probably be presented as the
Colts' 12th head coach at a news con-

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