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Michigan guard Keith Smith announ-
ced yesterday that he definitely will not
return next year to play basketball for
the Wolverines.
"I felt that a change in atmosphere
would be good for me," said the former
all-stater from Detroit Mackenzie High
School. "I felt that it was necessary
because things were not going quite up
to par for me here."
THE MICHIGAN basketball
coaching staff also confirmed the Smith
"Keithris definitely leaving," said
Wolverine assistant coach Bill Frieder.
"As to where he is going, I have to
honestly say that I don't know. He and
the coaching staff mutually agreed on
his departure." Head coach Johnny Orr
wascaway recuiting and could not be
reached for comment.
The Daily has learned through a
qualified source that Smith is seriously
considering going to San Diego State
where former University of Detroit
head coach Dave "Smokey" Gaines is
now the top man. Gaines heavily
recruited the six-foot guard when he
was at Detroit and might be interested
in obtaining him.
"I HEARD earlier this season
through the grapevine that Smith was
transferring from Michigan," said San
Diego State assistant coach Ken Baker.
"I know that Coach Gaines is going to
Detroit after the NCAA tournament but
I -don't know if his trip is related to
Keith's transfer. I doubt it because our
top priority in recruiting is for big

Smith is no longer
Smith said that his transfer was not placed on probation and there was con-
related to Michigan's intense struggle cern that he might have been thrown off

the team. Academic trouble was
dismissed as a possible reason.
"Keith had no problem with school
this year. There was a big in-4
provement in his grade point average
and he was becoming a fine student,"
said Michigan assistant sports infor-
mation director Bruce Madej. "Keith
and the coaching staff had a very com-
patible parting."
. When Smith signed with the
Wolverines in 1978, he was instantly
dubbed "the next Rickey Green".
Green was the lightning-quick junior
college transfer from Chicago who led
Michigan to the NCAA finals in 1976 and
the Big Ten championship in 1977.
SMITH WAS indeed quick and was
truly the only penetrating guard the
Wolverines had but for some reason he
did not seem to fit into the plan.
However, Smith did' have some
illustrious moments daring his career
at Michigan.
He sank a free throw with no time
remaining on the # clock to give
Michigan a 49-48 upset victory over top
ranked Michigan State last year.



SPEEDY KEITH SMITH, shown here in action against Central Michigan.
has announced that he is leaving Michigan. The guard from Detroit cited
"personal reasons" for his departure.


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to sign high school All-American guard
Derek Harper of West Palm Beach,
"I would've welcomed the
challenge," said Smith. "I think that if
you want to be a good player you have
to face the good competition."
"I DECIDED to leave at the end of
the season but I wanted to wait and
talk with the coaches before making my
final decision," he added. "My reasons
for leaving are personal."
Smith has had a history of academic
problems. In his freshman year, he was

Tumnblers in NCA

Women netters tops
in weekend meet

The Michigan women's tennis team-,
behind the continued fine play of senior
Kathy Karzen, swept to an easy victory
over three other teams in a two-day
meet in Ann Arbor over the weekend.
Michigan, playing healthy for the fir-
st time this season, garnered 15 of a
possible 18 points, with Purdue, its only
real challenger, a distant second with
10.5; Eastern Michigan with four points
and Central Michigan with two points
KARZEN, WHO has lost only once
this season, took the first singles 'mat-
ch, but she was far from being the total
story for the Wolverines. Ann Kercher,
playing at fifth singles returned to ac-
tion after missing three weeks with a

sprained ankle and swept to the finals
with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. In the finals, she
defeated Nancy Bolger of Purdue, 6-1,
Netter coach Ollie Owens called the
meet "our best performance so far. We
did unbelievably well." In addition to
Karzen and Kercher, Owens cited the
sixth singles player, Debbie Kline, for
turning in a fine performance.
MICHIGAN'S third doubles team of
Kline and Sue Weber climaxed an all-
around fine team performance by
beating a good Purdue tandem, 7-6, 6-4
in the semis and ,routing the EMU
doubles team, 6-0, 6-0, in the finals.
The lady netters, now 2-4 on the year,
return to action this Saturday with a
match against Miami of Ohio in Ann

The Michigan men's gymnastics
team may not have won the Big Ten
title this year, but it will be one of two
conference schools with the largest con-
tingent at next month's NCAA Gym-
nastics Championships.
Six Wolverine gymnasts were selec-
ted as Mideast representatives to the
NCAA finals, to be held in Lincoln,
Nebraska on April 3-5, it was announ-
ced yesterday by Mideast regional
gymnastics chairman William Roet-
The six Michigan gymnasts selected
were: senior captain Jim Varilek and
freshman Kevin McKee (floor exer-
cise); junior Darrell, Yee (rings);
junior Chris Van Mierlo (vaulting);
senior Gordon Higman (parallel bars);
senior Doug Zahour (high bar); and'
senior Brian Carey (side horse -
second alternate). Six gymnasts from
each event and the all-around were
chosen nationwide to go to the finals.
The other Big Ten school with five
gymnasts entered in the NCAA finals is
Ohio State. Illinois and Minnesota each
have four gymnasts going to Lincoln,
with the remaining Big Ten teams
having one representative each.
Also announced yesterday were the
ten teams selected to compete for the.

NCAA team title. No Big Ten school has
its entire team in the finals, but Min-
nesota was chosen as an alternate.
Michigan coach Newt Loken said he
was "elated" to have half the regular
team honored, a large improvement
over last year when three Wolverines
went to the finals. "Being selected
speaks highly of their consistency
throughout the 14 competitive weeken-
ds of the season," said Loken.
To be selected, a gymnast had to sur-
vive a two-tiered selection process. Fir-
st, a coach's committee from each of
the nation's four regions examined
each gymnast's season record and
submitted the names of the region's top
performers to a national committee.
This committee then made the final
choices, which were announced yester-
In the past, either a regional
qualifying meet was held or a conferen-
ce championship was used to determine
the teams and individuals to participate
in the NCAA finals.
Loken said that he thought the gym-
nastics coach'es would recommend the
NCAA return to these previous
methods, whereby selection was made
by head-to-head competition rather
than by committee.




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Michigan sailors place eleventh

Of all the sports at Michigan, sailing receives perhaps the
lowest billing. Although ranked 16th in the nation by Yacht,
Raching, and Cruising magazine; the sailing team has not yet
earned a berth among the varsity sports at Michigan. In ad-
dition to this hindrance, the'team lacks the benefit of a coach
and nearby practice facilities. Despite these disadvantages,
the sailing team manages to maintain their national ranking.
Last weekend, the Blue sailors journeyed to the Naval
Academy in Annapolis, Md. to participate in the Trux Um-
psted Regatta. Of the 18 teams present, sixteen represented
their schools as varsity squads. Michigan and Texas were the
only exceptions.
Michigan was expected to be among the top contenders in
the competition. Despite high expectations, they finished a
disappointing eleventh.
Although races were scheduled for the entire weekend,
competition was cancelled Saturday because of foul weather
conditions. While the winds gusted at speeds of up to 55 knots,
the sailors could only wait for the weather to change.
Extra crew person on hand, Joanne Kure, said that the
team's main setback was the lack of practice, but also Satur-
day's cancellation was a deterring factor. "They were all
psyched up for Saturday and it was a letdown when they
couldn't sail."
"It would have helped to sail Saturday," said team captain
John Dohan. "Even one day of sailing beforehand would have
een to our advantage because we all improved during Sun-
day's seven races."
Compounding the disadvantage of infrequent competition

during the winter months is the lack of regular and organized
practice. While Michigan practices once, and at the most,
twice a week at Base Line Lake, an hour away from Ann
Abor, the majority of the sailing teams with which they com-
pete are able to sail more consistently.
Dohan, John Fullerton sailing a Division C, Laser and
Doug Wefer and Karl Neumann in a Division A 420 improved
steadily throughout the day.
The exception to the team was Harry Levinson and David
Brede sailing a Division B 420. Starting the day off with two
strong first places they slid- back with a pair of sevens but
came back to finish second in the last race. The two Michigan
sailors earned a fourth place in Division B of the Regatta.
Levinson said, "I wish we could have been more consistent
pointing out their pair of seventh place finishes."
Brede, whose Annapolis Regatta was his first with the
Michigan team, said, "I'm definitely fired up after my first
college Regatta." Jokingly he added, "I expect to dominate
next weekend."
The team is looking forward to next weekend's Regatta,
the Boston Dinghy Cup, in New London, Connecticut at the
Coast Guard Academy.
Dohan stated, "We gave a good showing. We're definitely
the top team in the midwest."
All team members agree though, that as Fullerton said,
"We definitely could have done better."
They also unanimously agree that varsity standing and a
coach would help them in their pursuit in climbing the
national ranks.

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