The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 13, 1980-Page 9
The Sporting Views
NCAA moving in...
.. AIAW threatened
By LEE KATTERMAN '
That women's athletics is here to stay has been assured by Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972. But just who will govern the womens' ac-
tivities is the subject of a current dispute.
For the first time in its 74-year history, the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) has voted to sponsor championships in five women's
sports for Division II and III schools, its lower two divisions. This move is
seen as a direct conflict with the authority.of the Association for Inter-
collegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), which already sponsors champion-
ships in these five sports - basketball, tennis, swimming, field hockey,
volleyball - plus nine others - softball, gymnastics, track, golf, cross coun-
try, badminton, skiing and synchronized swimming.
Michigan, a Division I school, is not directly affected by the NCAA
move. Even so, both Athletic Director Don Canham and Women's Athletic
Director Phyllis Ocker believe the action could lead to the eventual absor-
ption of the AIAW by the NCAA.
Ocker, who was at the AIAW meeting in Washington, -D.C., when she
learned of the NCAA action, said she was "stunned" by the news. "I would
like to see the NCAA action reversed," said Ocker. "It's presumptuous to of-
fer something when it's already offered."
Canham, who attended the NCAA meeting in New Orleans, said he was
"amazed" by the vote. "The women on Division II and III campuses are
disatisfied," said Canham.
Citing poor treatment of the lower division programs by the AIAW,
Canham said he has seen the vote by these schools shift "from 100 per cent
against (NCAA involvement in women's athletics) to almost completely for"
in the past fewgears. Canhamadded, "Very few votes by the Division II and
III schools were over the objections of the women at those schools."
As, Bob Moorman, commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association was quoted in the New York Times, "We feel the AIAW does not
do enough, especially for small colleges and black colleges."
Another reason mentioned as contributing to the NCAA move is its
greater financial resources. "The AIAW is not financed well enough to do
what the NCAA can," said Canham. It is an NCAA policy to pay expenses for
teams which qualify for championships it sponsors.
Ocker agreed that financial matters contributed to the recent vote. But
she also notes that economic issues are a high priority in the AIAW. She poin-
ted out that during the Washington meeting, the AIAW announced a $1
million contract with NBC to televise its Division I championships for the
next three years. The New York Times also reported that a contract had
been signed with a cable TV programmer to telecast Division II and III
Canham criticized the AIAW television policies, calling them "absolute
nonsense". He went on to explain that he had wanted to televise a Michigan
women's basketball game, but decided against it when he learned that AIAW
rules required that all revenues would go to the AIAW, not Michigan.
"If we televise a hockey game, the money earned goes to the hockey
program," said Canham. "We're not going to do all the work of setting up TV
and then let the money go to the AIAW."
Perhaps the stickiest issue concerns the autonomy the AIAW would like
to maintain. Ocker said that many of those attending the AIAW meeting ex-
pressed concern that if NCAA begins to sponsor women's sports, it won't be
long before the AIAW would be forced to merge with the NCAA. "There is
concern that the AIAW would be swallowed up," said Ocker, "and that
women would lose control of their programs."
Canham also believes that this is the beginning of some kind of merger,
but he thinks that such a move would only benefit women's athletics. "The
NCAA is well run and the women stand to gain from association with the
NCAA," said Canham. "If they're more interested in preserving their
organization than in helping their girls, then they're wrong."
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Women gymnasts shock Kent St.
The Michigan Women's gymnastics
team scored a triple victory over Kent
State, West Virginia and Chicago in a
meet at Kent State, extending their un-
defeated season record to 6-0. The tum-
blers scored a team record 134.3 points
to edge out Kent State, the defending
Midwest Regional Champion.
Sara Flom had to replace the injured
Teresa Bertoncin and compete for the
first time this season on the parallel
bars. She scored an 8.3 which was ex-
cellent, and in fact took first place in
the event. Laurie Miesel was second
with an 8.3.
See more sports, Pages 10, 11
Angela Deaver was another first time
in the event competitor on the floor. She
scored an outstanding 8.8.
For all around points scored Laurie
Miesel and Diane McLean were at the
top of the list, with 33.15 and 32.65
Final results were: Michigan 134.30,
Kent State 133.30, Chicago 124.75, and
West Virginia 131.15.
A new Leon-
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)-Leon
Spinks, the former heavyweight cham-
pion, says a new-found "self control"
saved him from going down in a second,
round barrage by Spain's Alfredo
Evangelista to rebound with a fifth-
"Yeah, I was hurt," Spinks said
yesterday; referring to a second-round
flurry of Evangelista that left him
dazed in his own corner. "I was just
trying to hold myself together. I was
just interested in trying to save
SPINKS REBOUNDED to send
Evangelista to the canvas for the count
in the fifth round of their scheduled 10-
round nationally televised bout. Spinks
caught Evangelista with a hard, roun-
dhouse right behind his ear, leaving the
Spaniard vulnerable for the final
barrage that put him down at 2:43 of the
After the fight, Evangelista said the
long right was the first of Spinks' blows
to really hurt. He said Spinks' punch
left him "dizzy."
"Spinks doesn't care how much
punishment he takes. He just wants to
get in close to you," Evangelista said
through an interpreter.
SPINKS SAID that his 26-year-old
body was "maturing" and that his
fighting weight of a heavy 209 pounds
"agrees with me.'
Spinks says his fighting experience
was also a maturing factor.
"I felt more in control of myself. This
is the new Leon," Spinks said.
When Evangelista went to the canvas
he shood his head, refusing to continue
the brutal slugfest as referee Vincent
Rainone counted him out.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Jewerl
Thomas of San Jose State scored three
touchdowns, two within a 94-second
span in the second quarter, as the North
All-Stars took advantage of six tur-
novers and a shanked punt to crush the
South 57-3 yesterday in the Senior Bowl
Thomas scored on a 14-yard run and
on passes of 15 and 5 yards from All-
American Marc Wilson of Brigham
Young, who also fired a 16-yard scoring
pass to Kevin House of Southern
It was the North's fourth victory in
the last five Senior Bowls and produced
the most one-sided contest ii this 31st
The North scored five touchdowns
and a field goal following turnovers and
converted a partially-blocked, six-yard
punt into another touchdown.
The issue was never in doubt after
Thomas' two quick touchdowns in the
second quarter gave the Yankees a 20-0
Thomas' three scores equaled a
Senior Bowl record for points by an in-
dividual and the North's 37 far ex-
ceeded the previous team record set by
the South in a 42-7 conquest in 1962.
Chuck Male of Notre Dame also tied a
Senior Bowl record by kicking three
field goals, covering 22, 35 and 42 yards,
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