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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, November 5, 1981

Page 8'

Bean passes up shadows I

By MARK MIHANOVIC
It is a great job for someone who wan-
ts to avoid the spotlight.
Ralph Clayton, a respected perfor-
mer in his own right, was nonetheless
forced into a backseat situation when
the freshman from Florida moved in
during 1979, Clayton's senior year. The
next season saw another senior, Alan

Mitchell, quietly assume the position,
and after a solid but unnoteworthy
campaign in which number 1 caught 51
passes,Mitchell left just as quietly
THE MAN IN the not-so-hot seat in
1981 is sophomore Vince Bean, a 6-1, 185
pounder whose three key catches for 72
yards last Saturday against Minnesota
indicated that he might be ready to take

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some of the heat off of Anthony Carter.
Bean had been inconsistent through
Michigan's first seven contests this
season, with only five receptions for 89
yards to his credit, but his confidence
has not wavered.
"I was running good routes, I just
wasn't getting the ball," Bean said.
"Then I dropped a couple of easy balls.
I was making the hard catches and
dropping the easy ones. It's just a mat-
ter of concentration."
The increased role which Bean
played in the Wolverines' 34-13 rout of
the Gophers certainly did not take
anything away from Carter, as the All-
American also had his best day of 1981,
snagging eight Steve Smith aerials for
154 yards and a touchdown.
POINTING OUT the positive effect
which Butch Woolfolk has on the
Michigan passing game and the equally
significant boost that the Wolverine
running game gets when Carter splits
wide, Bean is well aware of the dif-
ference that he could make if he
becomes a consistent threat.
"When people try to double-cover
him (Carter), that makes it easier for
me to get open," Bean explained.
"Sometimes the secondary is getting
into the running game, and that's when
we throw. I can get open. When they
need me, I just wanna be there."
Bean was an all-state performer in
football and basketball at Southfield
High School and, as a result, was
heavily recruited in the Midwest
(every Big Ten school and Notre
Dame, according to Bean). The final
choice was between Michigan and
Notre Dame, and Bean does not regret
his decision to go Blue.
"OUT OF THE schools I went to, I
liked those two the best," he said. "I'd
be worse off if I was at Notre Dame
because they're losing. I thought they
were going to be pretty good."
Bean entered the current season in a

battle for the starting position opposite
Carter with junior Kenney Gear, but
the issue was settled when the latter
ran into a rail during practice, putting
him out for the season.
"Coming out of spring ball, he (Gear)
was listed ahead of me, but I was told
that I would have a spot," Bean said:
"They told me, 'Be ready 'cause you're
going to play a lot.' It was understood
that I was going to play."
BO SCHEMBECHLER has stuck
with Bean at split end for the most part,
and the Michigan coach believes that
the move is ,going to pay off-im-
mediately.
"(Carter) is not the only receiver
we've got. Schembechler said. "Vince

!or spotlight
Bean is starting to come on now. He's The communications major looks for
made some good catches for us." the offense to be at peak effectiveness
One of the "catches" which Schem- as the Wolverines wind up their season
bechler might well be talking about oc- versus Illinois, Purdue, and Ohio State.
curred when Bean hauled in a Smith "(John) Wangler had a lot more
aerial on the sideline directly in front of touch on his passes, but Smitty's star-
the Michigan bench during the ting to get that," Bean said. "He's got a
Wolverines' final drive in the 9-7 loss to real strong arm, but he's starting to
Iowa. The referree ruled that he was take a little off, which makes it easier to
out of bounds when he made the catch, catch."
however, setting of one of Schem- "Illinois . is similar to Minnesota.
bechler's tirades at the officials. They're gonna play us a lot of man-to-
BEAN ANSWERS with no hesitation, man," he added. "In order to win the
"I was in bounds. No doubt about it. I game, we're gonna have to throw the
didn't say anthing to the ref. He (Bo) ball, because they're going to keep
said a few words, though. I'm not going trying to stop the running game."
to tell you what, but he said And one more big target to throw to is
something." bound to aid the Michigan cause.

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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
VINCE BEAN REACTS after an incomplete pass in the Northwestern game. The sophomore split end caught three
passes for 72 yards last week against Minnesota.

Losing streak:

'Cats may break
NCAA record

S.°

By KAREN FLACH
Believe it or not, Northwestern's 0-8
football team actually has a chance to
be the best at something. If the Wild-
cats lose to Michigan State this Satur-
day, they will be the most prolific losers
in NCAA history, piling up 29 con-
secutive defeats. With its current total
of 28 losses in a row, Northwestern is
tied for the record with Kansas State
and Virginia.
In spite of this unenviable record,
there is hope among the Wildcats' faith-
ful that the situation will improve. Nor-
thwestern has hired a new athletic
director, Don Single, and a new head
coach, Dennis Green. According to
Green, the old coach and athletic direct'

tor were replaced because they weren't
doing anything to improve the
situation. Green has started the team
working on a program of increased
weight training, which he said will hope
fully improve its passing game and con-.
fidence.
GREEN SAID that he came to Nor-
thwestern in part because of the
challenge the job offered. "I think it's a.
job that needs to be done," Green said.
The rookie coach remarked that he has
recently been bombarded with
questions about the record by
everyone from ABC and NBC to the
Associated Press. But he said that he
understands the media blitz, realizing
that losing streak records are not an

everyday occurrence, but he doesn't
want it to become a major focus. -
Green indicated that he hopes his
team will reach a level of respectability
within the next three to five years. "I
think we're"a determined team," he
said. "But it's not something that can
be done overnight. We've been suf-
fering through hard times but we'll
have to take it slow and improve a little
every year."
This'year's opening game against In-
diana was the closest the Wildcats
came to a win all season, only losing 21-
20. After that, however, Northwestern
has been manhandled by its opponents.
DESPITE THE school's losing
reputation, Green said that the quality

of Northwestern's newcomers has ink-
proved. One of the new recruits, fresh-
man Kevin Villars, has already moved;
into the starting spot at quarterback.
According to senior Lou Tiberi, ,a
defensive back for the Wildcats, 'the
new coach and athletic director are;
starting to make a difference for the'
school. "I have seen vast improvement
over last year," said Tiberi.
Tiberi, who has suffered through all
28 of the record-tying losses, said that
the team's futility is hard to take.
"Before each game," said Tiberi, °"I
feel like I'm going to win it. I want to
win. It's not much fun losing all the
time."
Although the players are bothered by.
the losing -streak, Green said that they
are determined to improve the
situation. "We've been in last place sin-
ce 1973," he said, "and sometimes that
can be hard to take."b_
Despite the winless seasons he has
endured, Tiberi said that he has never
considered transferring. "There are
other things I can do besides football,"
he said. "I can't play football forever.
I've enjoyed being here at North-
western. Nobody likes to lose 28 games
in a row, but that's just the way things
are."

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PABLO ARMANDO FERNANDEZ
A SPECIAL VISITOR FROM CUBA TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Noted Cuban writer and poet recipient of Casa de las Americas and Adonais (Spain) Awards in
literature. Cuban cultural attachS in London between 1963 and 1965, now affiliated with the Aca-
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