The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 17, 1980-Page 9.
CHAMPAIGN CREW ON DOWNWARD SLIDE
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Illinois head coach Lou Henson
doesn't know what's wrong with his
basketball team, which has fallen from
a Top Ten national ranking to a 1-3 Big
Ten record in a matter of two weeks.
Michigan hopes Henson doesn't
discover the problem for another
several hours, because at 8:05 p.m.
(EST), Johnny Orr's pugnacious
Wolverines take on the Fighting Illini,
who are bound to be in a combative
LIKE MICHIGAN (2-2 in the con-
ference and 9-4 overall), Illinois lost
two straight on the road last week, to
Purdue and Minnesota, dropping into
an eighth-place tie with Northwestern.
Add to this a one-point home defeat to
Iowa and it becomes clear why the par-
tisan crowds at Assembly Hall are
To appreciate how far the Champai
crew has fallen in recent weeks, o
must recall that on December 29 t
Illini knocked off Louisville, 77-64,1
route to a triumph in the Rainb
Classic. That's the same Louisvi
squad which shocked Ohio Stat
currently number two in the land a
gn THE BLUE cagers also need Mike At this early stage in the season, it's
ne McGee's point production, which stan- premature to label any one game
he ds at 21 per game, fourth in the Big Ten. "critical." Certainly, however,
en The 6-5 forward managed only eight tonight's clash can be regarded as
ow points, all in the second half, against pivotal for both teams, especially for
lle Purdue last Saturday. "We hope Mike Illinois, which with a loss would vir-
te, bounces back and shoots the way we tually fall out of Big Ten contention.
know he can and he knows he can," said
(40) Mike McGee .... (6-5)... F ...(6-7) ..... Mark Smith (42)
(45) Thad Garner .... (6-7)... F.. .(6-8) ... Eddie Johnson (33)
(15) Paul Heuerman. (6-8)... C.. .(6-10) .. James Griffin (13)
(24) Marty Bodnar ... (6-3)... G . . .(6-2).......Reno Gray (10)
(25) Keith Smith.....(6-0)... G . ..(6-2) ..... Rob Judson (30)
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Will he or won't he-nobody seems to know for sure. Spartan head coach
Darryl Rogers appeared on his way to Arizona State to join recently de-
parted Joe Kearney, former Athletic Director at MSU. Now however,
Rogers denies reports that he told his players he plans to defect.
EAST LANSING (AP)-Speculation
grew yesterday as to whetler or not
Michigan State football coach Darryl
ogers would leave his post for the
ead coaching position at Arizona State
New ASU Athletic. Director Joseph
Kearney called Rogers the top can-
didate for the Sun Devils job.
Players claim Rogers told the team
about his departure at an early mor-
ning session of running drills.
But Rogers said yesterday, "I have
not been offered the Arizona State
University head football coaching job. I
:.0m still the head coach at Michigan
State. I do not know if the job will be of-
fered to me. I did not tell my players
this morning that I was, leaving
Michigan State to go to Arizona State."
Meanwhile, Kenneth Thompson,
MSU vice president for operations, an-
nounced the start of the search for a
new athletic director to replace Kear-
"I anticipate that MSU President M.
Cecil Mackey, who remained out of
*own. will consult with the athletic
council very shortly on procedure. Fur-
ther announcements will be made as
deemed necessary," Thompson said.
ASU football coach Frank Kush-an
All-American player at Michigan
State-was fired by Miller for allegedly
coveriung up a punching incident in-
volving player Kevin Rutledge.
Arizona State on Tuesday fired all six
assistant football coaches, opening op-
ortunities for the MSU staff.
Rogers, 44. compiled a 24-18-2 record
in four years at Michigan State.
Rogers' best season was in 1978, when
the Spartans' high-powered passing at-
tack won them a share of the Big Ten
championship and an 8-3 record. But in
the first season off probation, MSU
slumped to 5-6.
Rogers would join former MSU
Athletic Director Kearney, who took
the job of ASU athletic director
Tuesday night. Kearney left Michigan
State after nearly four years of piloting
Spartan football out of NCAA probation
and rebuilding the school's program.
Sophomore tackle John Mazur said
Rogers indicated all MSU's assistants
had been invited to move west with
... leads Illini attack
Henson has no explanations for his
team's slide. "I don't know what it is.
We normally play the tough, aggressive
defense," said Henson, whose .655 win-
ning percentage ranks him ninth
among active coaches. "But for some
reason there are times when we just
don't go after teams.
"Five times this season we've
allowed our opponents to shoot over 50
per cent and all five times we've lost
the ball game. We've just got to get af-
ter those teams and force them to. take
a few bad shots."
Big 10 Standings
tops in the Big Ten.
INDEED, BEFORE the season
began, some folks close to the Illinois
scene were entertaining championship
hopes. The main concern was the offen-
se. But with an average of 73 points per
game, the Illini are currently on a pace
to break the school record for most
points in a season.
Pacing the offensive surge is a pair of
junior forwards, Eddie Johnson and
Mark Smith. The 6-8 Johnson, out of
Chicago, is seventh in the Big Ten
scoring race, averaging almost 19 poin-
ts a contest. He's a tremendously ac-
curate shooter, particularly from the
baseline, canning 56 per cent of his field
goals through four games.
Smith, who as a 6-7 guard last year
led the team in scoring and was named
the Illini's most valuable player, has
returned to his normal forward spot,
where he is averaging 15 ppg. Henson
has occasionally used Smith off the
bench as a sixth man, but he is expected
to start tonight.
ROUNDING OUT the front court is
rail-thin 6-10 sophomore James Griffin,
who has supplanted defensive specialist
Derek Holcomb at center.
The Illini are one of the conference's
deepest clubs. Backing up the regular
front line are players who were starters
during last year's 7-11 Big Ten season,
which ended with five consecutive
losses. Levi Cobb, Neil Bresnahan and
Holcomb all were part of the starting
quintet for at least part of last season.
Michigan's most important-and dif-
ficult-task tonight is to contain the
Illinois big men. "We have to do a good
job on Mark Smith and Eddie John-
son," stressed assistant coach Bill
Frieder. "But actually, they're all
dangerous, they're all good scorers.
They have good depth, experience and
Henson is wary of McGee's speed.
"Like everyone else on Michigan, he
(McGee's) an extremely quick player,"
he said. "They could cause us some
problems matching up with their out-
Ohio State 4
Mich. State 0
W L Pct.
11 1 .917
10 3 .769
10 3 .769
9 4 .692
11 2 .846
10 5 .667
9 4 .692
11 5 .688
6 7 .462
6 7 .462
MICHIGAN at Illinois
Wisconsin at Michigan State
Iowa at Indiana
Minnesota at Ohio State
Northwestern at Purdue
... heading west
him. Two, C.T. Hewgley nd Dan Un-
derwood, told the players they were
leaving, Mazur said.
At ASU, Rogers would have to cope
with NCAA scrutiny similar to the
probe that led to Michigan State's
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was fired last month after eight years
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