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hnaware of Farrell's intention. "I was a
little surprised, I guess. I wish he would
of told us first instead of seeing it in the
paper," he said.
HE WILL remain at Michigan
through the end of April to "help com-
plete our recruiting efforts."
Lerg and Manning were not quite
sure how a change in coaches would af-
fect the program. Manning said, "It's
hard to say how it will affect the
*rogram with a new coach, and a new
style of hockey.* I hope it won't be a
rebuilding year and we keep going with
what we've got now."
"It depends how quickly they name a
new coach and 'who they name as
coach," said Lerg. "It might hurt the
tecruitng a little bit."
R. BUT FARRELL seems optimistic
that it won't ;affect the recruiting. "It
doesn't have to be a negative situation.
.,'he men we have been talking to want
come to Michigan to go to school and
flay hockey," he said.
. Farrell took over the reigns from Al
Renfrew in 1973 and led the Wolverine
4iers -to a 136-131-6 overall record. Last
sason his team was plagued by in-
1uries and finished in the cellar of-the
But this season was a completely dif-
ferent story. His team finished fourth in
the conference and had a 23-13-2 overall

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 11, 1980-Page 11






Players surprised by
abrupt resignation

home," Farrell s
outstanding plat
Manning, (Mu
(John) Blum,
(Bruno) Baseott

"We met the challenge this year and
held onto second place until the last
weekend of the season. The system was
based on a lot of young players and they
came through for us."

He also felt his team put on some fine
exhibitions for the Yost Ice Arena fans.
"We had a helluva season and only lost
two games at home. I don't know of
another team who has done that well at

said. game this team has ever played," he
saw some of the most said.
yers in the country in Farrell has had many other fine
irray) Eaves, Lerg, moments in his coaching career in ad-
(Paul) Fricker, and dition to this season. "I'd have to say
o. the best year was 76-77 when we went to
the NCAA finals," he said.
That year the team finished third in
the conference race and made it to-the
' CoachinNCAA finals against Wisconsin.
s CMichigan lost the game 5-4 in overtime.
He took his team to the playoffs five
of seven seasons and won the Michigan
G W L T Pct. Press Trophy three times. The press
36 18 17 1 .515 trophy is awarded to either Michigan,
40 22 17 1 .563 Michigan State, or Michigan Tech
42 22 20 0 .524 depending on which of the teams has
45 28 17 0 .622 the best record against each other.
36 15 20 1 .429 Farrell's replacement will be the six-
36 8 27 1 .236 th hockey coach in Michigan history.
38 23 13 2 .632
273 136 131 6 .509 TALL PHILOSOPHER'

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1974-75 .......
1977-78 .......
1978-79 .......
Totals ......


... calls it quits

record - the best winning percentage
ever for one of his teams.
"THIS PAST year was the most
rewarding," Farrell said, referring to
his career at Michigan. "We missed the
playoffs for the last two years and we
were picked by the so-called experts to
finish seventh or eighth and some even
picked us to finish out of a playoff spot.


Despite all the favorable omens, in-
cluding its best side horse score of the
season, the Michigan men's gymnastics
team couldn't overtake Minnesota or
Ohio State in last weekend's Big Ten
hampionships in Bloomington, In-
In a repeat of last year's finish,
Michigan placed third with 264.65, its
third highest score of the year. Min-
nesota" captured first for the fifth
straight year, tallying 270.75. Ohio State
came in second at 269.5.
LOKEN REACTED to Michigan's
finish with mixed feelings. "You're
never quite satisfied placing below fir-
st," he said, "but we're not unhappy
With third."
Before the meet, Loken had
remarked that this season's champion-
ship meet was shaping up something
like the 1973 meet, from which
Michigan'aad emerged victorious. As in
1973, the championships were held at
Indiana and Michigan was slated to
compete on side horse first.
The recurring omens even went so far
as having the Wolverine side horsemen
turn in a score of 42.7, their best this
*#eason. But the strength of Minnesota
and Ohio State were too much for "lady
luck" to overcome.
"It wasn't a complete surprise to se
Minnesota win," said Loken. Even
though Michigan had defeated the
Gophers in a dual meet earlier this
season, Loken explained that Min
nesota had not been at full strength a
the time.
THE TOP eight gymnasts from
Friday's team competition went on t
individual championships on Saturday
with seven spots filled by Wolverines.
The only first place went to junio
Darrell Yee. His combined score fror
Friday and Saturday of 19.15 edged his
closest competitor by .05, and enable
him to repeat as Big Ten Champion
Also on rings, senior Gordon Higmar
placed eighth with a score of 18.1.
Two Wolverines placed among th
top eight on floor exercise. Last year's
Big Ten champion, senior Jim Varilek
tied for second this year, scoring 18.95
Close behind was teammate Kevin
McKee at 18.9.
The side horse squad's fine showing
was led by senior Brian Carey. After
year and a half lay-off, Carey improved
throughout the season and captured
sixth with his 18.05.
ALL-AROUNDER Chris Van Mierl
finished in a tie for fifth on the vault
with 18.8. Another all-arounder, fresh
Oman Milan Stanovich, finished eight]
with 18.625.
While no one from the gigh bar team
reached the finals, it did manage t
reach a season high, tallying 44.75 .i
Friday's team competition.
Hoosiers take 20th
Finally, Michigan had their big chan
ce to end Indiana's swimming dynasty
For the last 19 consecutive years, the
0Hoosiers had emerged from the Big Te
Meet as champions of the conference.

finis hthird
After all, the meet was in Michigan's
Matt Mann Pool, Indiana had lost four
of their best swimmers to the Puerto
Ricai Olympic team, and the Hoosiers
have lost three dual meets. They're in
the midst of a "down" year, right?
Wrong. Indiana made it 20 in a row
last weekend.
In completely dominating the meet,
the Hoosiers logged a total of 752.5 poin-
ts. The Wolverines were a distant
second with 602.5 and Iowa was third
with 488.
"Indiana swam a great meet," repor-
ted first year Michigan coach Bill
Farley. "The way they swam last
weekend, I don't think anybody could
have beaten them."
Although he thought Indiana may
have been unbeatable, Farley was
more than a little disappointed in his
* team's performance. "There's a dif-
ference between second and a strong
Ssecond, and we were not a strong
A disqualification of Michigan in the
800 freestyle relay, capped a complete
sweep of the first place finishes in the
second day of competition, and the
Hoosiers took a 477.5 to 343.5 lead over
Michigan going into Saturday's action.
"We were really down Thursday and
Friday," the coach continued. "We saw
how Indiana was swimming and we
gave up a little bit. But we came back
strong on Saturday, but we were just
too far down after the first two days.

icers from playoffs
One day prior to Coach Dan Farrell's unexpected resignation as
Michigan hockey coach, his icers were dealt an equally surprising blow.
Despite a hard-fought 4-3victory over Notre Dame, the Wolverines were
unable to overcome a five-goal, first-game deficit, bowing out of the two-
game, total goal WCHA playoff series, 11-7, before sparse crowds of 4,150
and 4,225 at Yost Arena.
What proved to be fatal for Michigan, was a three-minute third-period
stretch in the opener in which Notre Dame erupted for four goals, breaking a
3-3 tie and making the Wolverines' task in game two all the more difficult.
Michigan's demise actually began midway in the second period after
tallies by Roger Bourne, Ted Speers and Bruno Baseotto provided the icers
with a 3-1 lead. Just 13 seconds after Michigan's third goal, Notre Dame
retaliated, and a power play goal with under six minutes remaining knotted
the score.
Notre Dame added a final power play goal at 19:21, following its three-
minute barrage, making the final score 8-3.
The icers needed a six-goal victory in game two in order to advance in
the playoffs and in an attempt to juice up his offense, Farrell rearranged his
lines and changed his strategy.
"We were in a press all night," said Farrell. "You have to press when
you're down by five goals like that."
And after falling behind 1-0, it looked as though Michigan might perform
the near impossible. Consecutive goals by Doug Todd, John Blum, Dan Lerg
and Baseotto pulled the icers to within two goals of a tie with only 5:48 gone
in the second period. But a Notre Dame power play goal at 11:02 cut off
Michigan's momentum and placed the pressure back on the Wolverines.
Penalties severely hampered the icer's scoring opportunities in the
physical final period, which featured six-double roughing penalties, forcing
them toplay one and two men short throughout.
"I thought we could score when each team was a man down," said
Farrell, "but it's tough when you're down two men. We had it all set up, but
those penalties hurt."
Notre Dame closed out the scoring on a power play tally as the
Wolverines ended the 1979-80 season on a winning yet disappointing note.

"We also had the best power play in
the country."
Although his team was eliminated
from the playoffs in the first round last
weekend by Notre Dame he was proud
of its performance. ,,
"WE WENT out as winners. I think
Saturday night's game (a 4-3 victory of
the Fighting Irish) was the most
emotional and most physically draining

Undergraduate History
A Lecture On
McCarthy In America
by Prof. Jerry Linderman
7 pm - Room 2025 AngelI Hall
Financed by Michigan Student Assembly

Holliden, a basketball player for Evan-
sville, is 7-6 " and says a paramount
trait for anyone that tall is patience.
"If people are pointing at me and
staring and acting like fools," he said,
"that's their problem. A piano and a
basketball court, that's all I need to be
happy. Being tall is a silly thing to
worry about. I've gotten to travel a lot
and see a lot. I'd rather be happy than
mad or.sad."

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Final Standings

North Dakota.
Minnesota ........
Colorado ..........
MICHIGAN .......
Notre Dame......
UMD .............
Michigan Tech ....
Michigan St.......





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