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SPORTS
Friday, October 9, 1981

The Michigan Daily

Page 1I

MSU students gear up for game

IM Scores

TUESDAY
Residence Hall
Adam's Spasms 20, Too Hot to Handle 0
Huber Houset,10, Bursley Bruins 3
Chicago Maize 16, Third Lewis 6 1

(Continued from Page 1)
similar to that of a morgue. Many
students were convinced that the sixth-
ranked Wolverines were simply going
to chew up the Spartans for 60 minutes
tomorrow and spit them out when they
were done. Because of that, they felt
no cause for celebration. And when one
considers the fact that Michigan has
defeated the Spartans in 10 of their last
11 meetings, the pessimism is under-
standable.But, this season there seems
to be more than Michigan's domination

Graduate/Faculty/Staff
Mad Dogs 8, Law Dogs 7
Lithopedrons 16, Law Buks 4
Co-Rec
High Ho's 5, Fisherpersons 4
D.I.R.T. 5, Spudboys 0

that is causing discontent in Spartan-
land) the coaching situation is making
a large contribution.
"Muddy's a nice * enough guy,
but I don't think he's capable of
coaching on the big-time level, like the
Big Ten," said Jeff Denning, a
sophomore liberal arts student. I've
gotten to the point where I really don't
care about the football team right now.
Personally, I'm getting ready for
basketball."

Other students are not quite that
heavy-hearted- they simply would like
to see the door slammed on Waters at
seasons end.
"He's got to go, and go soon, if we are
to ever have a good football team
again," said Michael Whiting, a junior
engineering major. "When you're
going up against the heavyweights like
(Bo) Schembechler and (Notre Dame's
Gerry) Faust, you need a strong coach.
I think he's too much of a nice guy to
coach in the Big Ten.

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Cooper looks for s lver
lining in MSU career

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By DREW SHARP
Special to the Daily
EAST LANSING - It would seem that
a cloud has hung over the head of
George Cooper ever since he came to
Michigan State three years ago.
The 6-3, 228-pound outside
linebacker's freshman campaign saw
tle Spartans at the pinnacle of the Big
Ten. MSU had toppled arch-rival
Michigan, 24-15, in Ann Arbor and
finished the season sharing co-
* championship honors with the
Wolverines. Due to NCAA probation,
hoewever, the Spartans were forced to
sit home on New Year's Day..
" ALTHOUGH I DID not play much
that season,'; said the former Detroit
r~orthern High all-stater, "Ilearned an
awful lot, and it was enjoyable wat-
cuing the team win. We had probably
the finest offense in the country, but un-
fortunately, we couldn't go to a bowl
game Lo prove it."
Hope shined during Cooper's
sophomore year, as then-coach Darryl
Rogers fielded a Spartan team which
may believe to have a valid shot at the
conference title. Cooper won a starting
position that season and performed
well, but the same could not be said for.
the rest of the Spartan's as injuries
depleted what was, at best, a mediocre
ballclub.
"That was a truly disappointing
season because of everything that we
had hoped to do" said Cooper.
ROGERS DESERTED East Lansing
for Arizona State during the following
offseason, and Cooper's junior year in-
troduced present coach Muddy Waters
to the scene. It was a new coach and a
new atmosphere but the same disap-
SCORES
Baseball Mini-Playoffs
American League
New York 3, Milwaukee 0 (New York leads series,
2-0)
National League
Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1 (Montreal leads series,
2-0) NHL
Quebec 7, Boston 5
BILLBOARD
The Michigan men's cross country
Open Federation meet which was
scheduled for tomorrow has been can-
celled.

pointing results for the Spartans.
Cooper, on the. other hand, was
magnificent. In his first season as team
co-captain, Cooper finished second
among Spartans to defensive back
Thomas Morris in tackles with 78, an ac-
complishment which earned him first-
team All-Big Ten honors in 1980.,
"It was an entirely new : situation la-
st season, and I felt that we adapted
well to it," said Cooper, who was voted
team co-captain in 1981, also, to become
only the second Michigan State gridder
in history to ceceive the honor more
than once.
As he began his senior campaign,
Cooper was determined to set aside the
problems and mishaps of the past and
concentrate on being one of the best
linebackers in the Big Ten, which he is.

"I AM DETERMINED to make this
my best season yet," added Cooper,
who many professional scouts feel will
be gobbled up quickly in next spring's
NFL draft.
Although the Spartans have played
poorly this season-losing to Illinois
and Ohio State, stumbling by an in-
ferior Bowling Green team, 10-7, and
being humbled by Notre Dame last.
weekend, 20-7 - Cooper refuses to
assume a negative attitude - not con-
cerning himself, his teammates, or his
coach.
"We have to keep faith in ourselves,
and that eventually we will get the job
done," he said. Muddy is a good man,
and I think he has done a fine job. It is
just a question of us getting more
talent."
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THE NEWS...
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THE MICHIGAN DAILY!

"I WOULDN'T MIND seeing
Michigan blow us out Saturday. Maybe
that will open up MSU Athletic Director
Doug. Weaver's eyes, because we are
in big trouble here, as far as our foot-
ball program is concerned."
There remains those diehard MSU
fans here, though.
"We are going to beat the living xxxx
out of those Wolverines," bellowed
some enthused, and inebriated, sorority
sisters at a person wearing a Michigan
jacket while walking along Grand
River.
It is likely that the latter feeling will
overcome apathy as kickoff time nears.
They may be mad at Muddy, and they
maybe discouraged by the Spartan's 1-
3 record but this is Michigan against
Michigan State. And when the game
begins, they will be cheering "Go
Blow."
GRIDDE PICKS
"Hey, are we green or blue out
there?"
"Who do we play this week?"
Alright, so Muddy Waters isn't the
smartest coach around. He may riot be
able to remember the color of Michigan
State's uniforms or the Spartan's
schedule, but he never forgets to turn in
his Gridde picks.
If you would like the chance to com-
pete with Muddy in the Gridde com-
petition, just get your picks in to the
Daily at 420 Maynard by 12 p.m. on
Friday.
1. MICHIGAN at Michigan State (pick
score.)
2. Indiana at Iowa
3. Ohio State at Wisconsin
4. Illinois at Purdue
5. Northwestern at Minnesota
6. Florida State at Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma at Texas
8. UCLA at Stanford
9. Arizona at Southern Cal
10. Oklahoma State at Kansas
11. Baylor at SMU
12. Maryland at Florida
13. Navy at Air Force
14. Columbia at Princeton
15. Central Michigan at Western
Michigan
16. Washington at California
17. Virginia at Clemson
18. Slippery Rock at Indiana
19. Graceland at Mid-America
Nazarend
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