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Page 22-Saturday, September 19, 1981-The Michigan Doily

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By DREW SHARP
The power struggle between the
College Football Association and the
NCAA will come to a head today as the
61 CFA members will vote on whether
to approve a controversial four-year,
$180 million contract with NBC-TV. If it
is approved, the CFA member schools
could possibly be thrown out of the
NCAA.
The vote was to be tak-n September
10, but due to class action filed by three
CFA schools--Georgia, Oklahoma, and
Texas, the vote was delayed until a
preliminary injunction could be held.
THE CFA has disapproved of the
NCAA's method of televising football
gamesand the sharing of network
-revenue. Due to the NCAA's contract
with ABC-TV, which stipulates that no
team can be televised more than five-
times in a two-year-period, many key
games with major teams cannot be
shown. A case in point was last year's
Michigan-Notre Dame thriller which
the Irish won on a last second field goal,
29-27. Considered by most to be the
most exciting game of the 1980 season,
it was not televised by ABC because
Notre Dame was shown the previous
week against Purdue.
"You can't blame the CFA for feeling
the way it does," said Michigan coach

Bo Schembechler. "When a network
refuses to show a Michigan-Notre
Dame game for what could be two
years in-a row, you can't help..but to
think that something is wrong. You'd
think that they (ABC) learned their
lesson from last year's game."
The CFA teams feel that they can
make more money if they split, up and
go their own separate way. The teams
object to the fact that NCAA shares its
revenue with all of its schools, even
though most of those schools' games
are never televised.
'NOTRE DAME and Oklahoma can
make a helluva lot more money if they
branch off to fhe CFA," said Schem-
bechler. "It would definitely be more
profitable for them to do it,"
Although Schembechler readily ad-
mits that the proposed move would be
financially beneficial to those schools,
he feels that it would be detrimental to
college athletics.
"The NCAA may not be perfect, but
you need somebody to rule over college
athletics. You need somebody to make
the rules and guidelines and if those
rules are infringed upon, someone has
got to take some action. The set-up may
not be perfect, but it's all we've got."
The Big Ten and the Pacific Ten are
the only major conferences not to
belong to the CFA.

Wolverines to
field fine
freshman Crop
By DREW SHARP
Finding a Bo Schemblechler-coached Michigan team without a strong freshmen
class would be as rare as hearing Bob Ufer leading a cheer for Ohio State. It is
unheard of.
This year should be no exception as Michigan has an incoming group which, ac-
cording to insiders, ranks second only to Notre Dame's freshmen corps as being
the best. But you can't try to convince Schembechler of that.
"I DON'T understand how anyone can judge a group of players who haven't even
played yet." said Schembechler. "But I must admit that we do have some good
ones."
The best of the group include Greg Washington, a high All-America from Detroit
Western, Clay Miller from Norman, Oklahoma of all places, Rick Rogers from
Inkster, Brian Mercer of Cincinnati, and Brad Cochran of Birmingham Brother
Rice.
OF ALL the recruits, Washington is probably the best of the group. He was
named by Blue Chip magazine his senior year as being the finest all-around athlete
in the country. When Schembechler landed him, he was not exactly sure what
position he would play. His 6-3, 215 pound frame would make him suitable for al-
most any position so Schembechler plans to use him as a wide receiver.
"I'D RATHER play split end or defensive back so I'm happy the way things are
going," said Washington. "Those were the positions that I played in high school,
but this is college and the Big Ten. I've got to learn the system and everything."
Even with such rave reviews, Washington does not expect to see much action
this season.
"Not right away," added Washington. "Not with Anthony Carter here. It's going
to be a learning experience for me this season."
WASHINGTON IS such an outstanding athlete that Wolverine basketball coach
Bill Frieder would like him to play basketball at the conclusion of the gridiron
season, but Washington is taking a wait and see attitude to that option.
"It's going to be real hard (playing football and basketball)," Washington noted.
"When you come back (from football) you've got to do a lot of running. It's dif-
ferent conditioning. During football, you lift and strengthen up. If, after football
season, my grades are doing good and I'm doing good in class, then I'll play
basketball. If not, then I wouldn't play. I've got to see how I'm doing bookwise.
Most guys coming in want to play, because they've got the ogportunity to play."
Miler may not be a dual-sports star, but he is an interesting figure for the
Wolverines. Interesting because it was assumed the Norman, Okla. native would
attend the University of Oklahoma, right in his own backyard.
"BOTH OF my parents are graduates of Michigan so it was pretty clear cut
where I was going to school," said the 6-5, 240 pound defensive tackle. "People that
didn't know me very well gave me a lot of flack. Saying things like Why'd you
want to go all the way up there? It gets too cold up there.' I'm glad I decided to
come up here. I have no regrets."
What Miller has is a desire to crack the Wolverines starting line-up on the defen-
sive line which is somewhat'of a mystery with the abrupt dismissal of sophomore
middle guard Jeff Shaw for what Schembechler described as "personal reasons."
Running backs Rogers and Mercer give Schembechler even more depth in the
backfield. Rogers may see some action this season in the full back spot due to the
uncertainty of back-up Jerald Ingram's return from knee surgery. In Cochran,
Schembechler has a speedy player (4.4 in the 40-yard dash) who can play either
receiver or defensive back. He will probably be a reserve in the defensive secon-
dary.

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1976
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1979
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1976
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