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Five gridders mum
about suspensions
(Continued from Page 1)
A team member, wno asked not to be identified, said Dickey had returned
to his home in Ottawa, Ohio, to discuss the matter with his family. Virgil stated he
was never informed of a suspension, adding he "decided not to play out" his fifth
year because of academic commitments. Kligis has refused to comment on his
University officials, meanwhile, expressed confusion about the process by which
the five players could have their athletic scholarships immediately terminated.
John Dewey, the associate commissioner of the Big Ten, said, "The only in-
dividual who has the power to terminate an athletic scholarship in the middle of a
term is that university's chief disciplinary officer. That would be either the Dean
of Men, the Dean of Students, the provost, or someone like thaf."
But several officials confirmed last night that the University does not employ an
official to deal with disciplinary matters across the entire campus. They explained
that the suspended players could have their scholarships terminated by authorities
within the Athletic Department.
There was a discrepancy, however, in explanations concerning whether the
scholarships could be immediately terminated.
"It is assumed that an athlete who has been granted a tender (scholarship) has
that tender validated through the end of a term," said Professor Thomas Anton,
chairman of the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Anton explained that an athlete could have a scholarship terminated between
terms, but that the athlete must be notified of the decision not to renew the scholar-
ship prior to July.
"I'd assume that this is a matter of a training violation," Anton continued. "I
don't assume that we'll get involved. We assume the coach's actions are of good
University President Harold Shapiro said the University exercises caution
before terminating an athlete's scholarship, but added that scholarships could be
terminated at any time if a condition under which the tender was granted is
"It really depends on the nature of the scholarship," said Shapiro. "We grant
thousands and thousands of scholarships every year, and almost every one has
some sort of condition attached to it. We would never terminate a scholarship in an
inappropriate manner."
Other administrators, including Vice President for State Relations Richard
Kennedy, were uncertain as to whether the suspended players could have their
grants terminated before the end of the term.

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Hockey's hard knocks
Minnesota North Stars Steve Christoff, a member of the U.S. Olympic
hockey team's "miracle on ice," is shown here being initiated to the cruel-
ties of NHL hockey by Steve Shutt of the Montreal Canadiens. Christoff
checked Shutt into the boards and Shutt responded by uprooting the gold
medal winner with a stick across the chest.



Top tracksters gather in Detroit

The NCAA indoor track champion-
ship meet at the Joe Louis Arena this
weekend promises to be as exciting as
its predecessors, with a number of up-
sets in several events possible.
One event which was formerly
thought to be a foregone conclusion as
to the winner, the 1,000 yard run, is not
so any more, as the defending champion
and favorite in the race, Don Paige of
'Villanova, fell ill at the IC4A track meet
Mast week and plodded -to a fifth place
wfinish in the 1500 meter race. Paige won
both the 800 meters and 1500 in the
NCAA outdoor championships last

year, and has run a 2:051,000, one of the
fastest in history. If Paige's health is
still questionable this Friday night,
when the qualifying trials for the 1,000
are set to go off, a darkhorse who might
steal the title is Bill Martin of Iona, who
has recorded several fast wins this
WITH PAIGE sick, another event,
the mile, might prove to be a runaway.
Paige ran a close second to Eammon
Coughlan in the Millrose Games mile
with a 3:58.3, one of the best times this
season, and was thought to be a possible
threat to the defending champ,
Suleiman Nyambui of Texas-El Paso.

With Paige gone, Nyambui, whose time
of 3:57.9 set a meet record last year,
should be able to win the race with
relative ease. Indiana's Jim Spivey,
who recently ran 4 3:58, and Michigan's
Dan Heikkinen, who's run 4:02, might
challenge, but Nyambui's vast ex-
perience should be the deciding factor;
though he's recovering from a leg in-
jury, the 28-year-old Tanzanian is one of
the world's best distance runners,
having run the second-fastest 5,000
meter in history, 13:12.3, and having
easily won the 10,000 meter in last
year's NCAA in 28:02, devastating the
field with a blistering last lap kick.

Omympian takes an illegal 'leak'

The high jump offers some exciting
competition, with last year's winner,
Jim Pringle of Florida, returning,
along with former world record holder
Franklin Jacobs of Farleigh-Dickinson,
and 7'41/2" performer Mike Lattany of
Michigan. Lattany has been jumping
hot lately, and could well surprise
The longer distance events, the mile
and three mile, will probably be
dominated by a host of foreign runners,
as Nyambui will probably defend the
two mile title he won last year in 8:37.9
(an interesting sidelight to this is that
Nyambui's feat of winning the mile and
two mile in the same NCAA indoor meet
has been duplicated by only two people
in the past, Jim Ryun and Marty
Liquori) and another UTEP runner,
Kenyan Mike- Musyoki, will return to
defend the three mile championship he
won last year.
ASIDE FROM Heikkinen and Lat-
tany, Michigan's main hopes for getting
some points in the team totals are Dave
Lewis (three mile), Andrew Bruce
(440), and the distance medley relay
Action begins Friday night at Joe
Louis with finals in the 440, 880, three
mile, triple jump, long jump, and shot




NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Dave
Silk, a hockey hero for the United
States' team in the Winter Olympics,
was arrested late Tuesday night after
he ignored a police officer's order to
stop urinating on a parking garage
door, police said.
The state decided Wednesday,
however, not to prosecute the charge
against the hockey player, Assistant
tate's Attorney Thomas O'Keefe said
1ISilk "will pay a severe penalty ... his
life will be under a magnifying glass
from now on."
oSilk was charged with disorderly
'conduct after he ignored Detective
Louis Spina's order, authorities said.
Silk, 22, of Scituate, Mass., was a
member of the team that caused a sen-
sation by upsetting the Soviet hockey
team and winning the gold medal last
month in the Olympics at Lake Placid,
He was carrying a beer and standing
with an unidentified male companion
when Spina first saw him in front of an
elevator door, police said. The detec-
tive said he told them to return to the
club in the same building, where they
apparently had been celebrating.
Silk is scheduled to make his debut
with the New Haven Nighthawks of the
American Hockey League tonight. He
Was assigned to the Nighthawks this
eek by the Nighthawks' parent club,
the New York Rangers of the National
Hockey League.
Niekro honored
Phil Niekro, the veteran knuckleballing
right-hander of the Atlanta Braves, was
rnamed the winner of the 1980 Roberto
Clemente Award, it was announced
The award, named for the late Hall of
ame outfielder for the Pittsburgh
Pirates, is given annually by major
league baseball to the player who best
exemplifies the game on and off the
field. The winner is chosen on the basis
of sportsmanship, character, com-
munity involvement, and contributions
to baseball.
Niekro, 40, has won 218 games in his
16 seasons with the Braves. He has led,
the NL in names started. enmnlete

ned yesterday.
Holland and Kenya have agreed to at-
tend so far, with replies from other
countries still coming in.
Organized at ministerial level, the
conference will be held in Geneva, the
sources told The Associated Press. A
Geneva state protocol spokesman con-
firmed it would be held there.
Western Europe, African and Arab
governments which don't want to send
athletes to Moscow to protest the Soviet'
thrust into Afghanistan have been in-
vited, British informants said.
The U.S. State Department said two
dozen countries were asked to attend,.

but officials declined to name them.
The International Olympic Commit-
tee declined official comment. But a
spokesman said the "vast majority" of
Olympic committees are in favor of
supporting the Moscow Games.
"We are concentrating on the Games
going ahead as planned," said the
spokesman at IOC headquarters in
Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry said its
representative will go to the Geneva
meeting while in Washington, the U.S.
State Department said Kenya is part of
the "steering committee" group to at-


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