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SPORTS
Thursday, October 15, 1981
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By CHUCK JAFFE War II postponed his plans. "I never
-seven and a quarter inches is expected to go into coaching," Canhams
ray up, but that was Don said, "but the war came along. Afteri
s best high jump effort in a serving from '41 until '46, I came back
track uniform, and he's been for grad school and was an assistantr
gher in the Athletic Depar- track coach. Two years later I was head
r since. coach."
n ascended the ladder from As head coach of the track team,
ican athlete to coach, and then Canham compiled an impressive
jump to the post of Athletic record. In 19 years of coaching, his
at Michigan, where he has teams won 12 Big Ten titles, making
the last 13 years. The job has him Michigan's winningest track coach
es of its own, but Canham has ever.
een ready for a challenge. But Canham had one more position to
kM WAS also a hurdler and fill in the Michigan Athletic Depar-
ter for the Wolverines, and af- tment, and in 1968, he was appointed
Athletic Director.
"I GUESS they couldn't find anyone
else," Canham said. "I'd been fairly1
successful as a coach, and I had a
business background, so they thought I
was qualified."
Canham has proven to be more than
qualified, as he has added the facilities
and raised the money that has made the
Michigan Athletic Department one of
the strongest in the nation. But despite1
the pressures of running the program,I
Canham enjoys his work.

"It's kind of like running a big toy
store," he said. "I couldn't be doing it if
it wasn't fun."
CANHAM'S FUN has resulted in a
number of changes in Michigan
athletics. These changes have included

the conversion of Yost Fieldhouse to
Yost Ice Arena, the Track and Tennis
Building, the football complex, and
renovation of the football stadium.
"He's always been concerned with
money," said assistant athletic director
Will Perry. "But there has always been
an end. He's had so many plans, and
they've almost all come to fruition, that
he has had to raise the money.
"He's been able to look down the road

and see what was happening," Perry
added. "When other people were asking
'Are we going to keep gymnastics or cut
out baseball for a women's sport?' he
was making sure that we would be self-
sustaining, and would keep all those
sports."
DESPITE ALL of Canham's
achievements, though, one stands out
as the best of his career.
"Hiring (football coach Bo) Schem-
bechler was without a doubt the best
thing I've ever done," Canham said. "I
have 100,000 critics every Saturday,
and if they have a legitimate com-
plaint-about seating or ticket-
takers-then I'll try to fix it. If they
want me to fire Bo because we lost to
Wisconsin, then I'll just tear up the let-
ter."
The thirteen years at the helm of
Michigan athletics haven't changed
Canham much. "He's stopped smoking
now, and he's more relaxed," said
Perry. "There are a lot of major things
that he wanted to do, and he never had a
chance to relax. He's a little more easy
going now."
But time has not changed Canham's
commitment to Michigan. He is still
working to improve Michigan athletics,
and his is recognized as one of the
nation's finest athletic directors.
According to Will Perry, that com-
parison doesn't go far enough. "When it
comes to Athletic Directors," Perry
said, "Don Canham is in another
world."
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SCORES
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American League playoffs
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National League playoffs
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Canham
... improved 'M' athletics
ter -winning three straight Big Ten
titles, he was one of the top-ranked
jumpers in the world entering his senior
year.
yI won the Big Ten, was an All-
American, and won the national cham-
pionship," Canham said. "But it wasn't
a vintage year.for competition."
Despite his excellence at the high
jump, Canham admits that a lack of
facilities hampered his athletic career.
"Technology is the biggest difference
between then and now," he said. "The
coaches told us not to lift weights or we
would get muscle-bound. We could have
jumped inches higher if we had today's
knowledge."
CANHAM HAD planned to go into
business after graduation, but World
GRIDDE PICKS
The University Housing office is still
maintaining that it considered firing
the nine resident advisors because of
low grade point averages, but the real
reason was because the RAs picked
Slippery Rock to lose in the Gridde
picks this week.
If you want to keep your job, make
sure you get your selections down to the
Daily Offices, at 420 Maynard, before
midnight Friday. A one-item pizza
. from Pizza Bob's and a chance to com-
pete against the Daily's "experts"
awaits the winner.
1. Iowa at MICHIGAN (pick score)
2. Wisconsin at Michigan State
3. Illinois at Ohio State
4. Purdue at Northwestern
5. Minnesota at Indiana
6. Florida State at Pittsburgh
7. Penn State at Syracuse
8. North Carolina at North Carolina State
9. Missouri at Iowa State
10. Texas at Arkansas
11. Stanford at Southern Cal
12. Miami (Fla.) at Mississippi State
13. Kent State at Ball State
14. California at Arizona State
15. Kalamazoo at Adrian
16. Southern Methodist at Houston
17. Brigham Young at San Diego State
18. Edinboro State at Slippery Rock
19. Upper Iowa at Buena Vista
20. DAILY LIBELS at The Farmer's
Daughters

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IN HIS YOUTH, Canham's major hurdle was the high jump bar. Now, as
Michigan's athletic director, Canham faces different obstacles -the tight
budgeting problems in college athletics.

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