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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 5, 1981-Page 9
Women athletes switch to NCAA

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Cagers 'fallifrom top
was almost inevitable
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. After contending for the Big Ten
lead throughout the first half of the conference season, Michigan has drop-
ped into a tie for sixth place with its NCAA tournament hopes all but
vanished. While it is true that first-year coach Bill Frieder declared the
NCAA's to be his team's goal this season, one could always detect a sense of
realism-almost of apprehension-in his words.
' During the middle portion of the season, when the Wolverines were rolling
over Northwestern, Michigan State, and Wisconsin (twice) to surge into a
first place tie at 7-3, Frieder was asked whether his team really belongs
alongside the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and, at the time, Ohio State. In-
variably, Frieder would respond, "No, we're not that good. We just work
very hard. We're a fifth or sixth place team, just like you (the media) picked
us."
'One can only speculate on whether Frieder honestly believed that
Michigan was destined to finish in the middle of the pack. The feeling here is
} that the dodbts Frieder expressed over his team's ability to defeat the Big
Ten giants were, indeed, sincerely held.
It is likely that the coach saw the handwriting on the wall: a team without
proven reserves, a genuine inside scoring threat, and adequate quickness in
the backcourt cannot be expected to prevail in the long run over some of the
finest and most rugged teams in the country.
Every coach and every team would find it difficult to overcome such
deficiencies. It is difficult to compensate for a disadvantage in playing
ability, just as it is difficult to criticize a group of players which, with only
occasional exception, has performed up to its potential. -
Put in a slightly different perspective, one cannot fault Marty Bodnar or
Johnny Johnson for failing to keep up with an Isiah Thomas. One cannot
knock Thad Garner or Paul Heuerman
when Clark Kellogg grabs 19 rebounds,
or when Jay Vincent scores 31 points.
A look at Michigan's schedule over
the past three weeks reveals that
Frieder's apprehension was well-
founded. He acknowledges that "the
+ games other than Northwestern would
have been tough to win whether we
were going well or not." Very few
teams beat Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa
on their home courts. That's especially
VOW true when they are playing well, and
each has played outstanding ball in its
drive toward the NCAA's.
~ As for the Ohio State debacle on
February 7, it was a case of the deeply
troubled but talented Buckeyes saving
Frieder their best effort of the season for Crisler
... doubts well-founded Arena as they scored 105 points. (In-
cidentally, they haven't won a game
since.) And when the Wolverines meet Michigan State in Jenison Field
House, anything and everything can happen-most of it bad for Michigan.
To be sure, Michigan's road performance against the conference leaders
was encouraging. This team has not quit, despite seeing its lofty pre-season
goal become a virtual impossibility. One week ago, Iowa head coach Lute
Olson made it sound as if his team had played poorly during its 69-66 win over
Michigan. Frieder contends, however, that the league-leading Hawkeyes
f i near their peak. They hAd olie, he says, because the Wolverines put
forth a superb effort to end an Iowa victory streak which has now reached
eight games.
"We were down by one at halftime, shot 62 percent in the second half out-
rebounded them, didn't have any more turnovers, didn't miss a free throw
all game and still lost to them," said Frieder.
The same type of effort was shown last Saturday against Indiana. A horrid
four-minute stretch changed the complexion of the game, and despite a
furious Michigan comeback late in the contest, the Hoosiers were able to win
by a comfortable 15-point margin.
'Last year, many Wolverine fans would have been satisfied with such grit-
t, yeomanlike efforts. It was felt that simply remaining competitive with
the conference powerhouses was a victory in itself.
But when a team breezes to a 9-0 start, then wins seven of its first ten Big
Ten games, people naturally raise their expectations. They forget that the
current unit is essentially the same one which finished 8-10 in 1980. (If the
Wolverines split their final two games, that's exactly where they'll wind up
this year.)
They assume that a team which wins four conference overtime games will
somehow continue to win, even when overmatched in the areas of size,
quickness, and talent.
Deficient in these vital areas when compared to Iowa, Indiana, and
Illinois, how far could one realistically expect the Wolverines to go? Fifth
place, perhaps fourth? Absolutely-in the middle of the pack, just as Frieder
insisted five weeks ago when the Michigan basketball team was at the top of
the Big Ten.

(Continued from Page 1)
" The granting of equivalent sub-
sidies for men's and women's sports.
All schools were given the oppor-
tunity to join the NCAA in January and
can wait until mid-July before making
their final decision. Universities joining
the NCAA will be granted a four-year
option which will allow them to abide by
the rules of their previous association if
they wish.
"It is up to the individual school
whether or not they want to join us,"
said Ruth Burkey, NCAA
spokeswoman. "With the option clause,
a school could still follow the bylines
which it previously used. I think
because of that, many schools would
come our way.,,

A MASS EXODOUS TO the NCAA
could mean the end for the AIAW.
"It's hard to say right now how this
will affect us," said AIAW
spokeswoman Danielle LeMoal. "It is
questionable whether the NCAA will
support Title IX and they will not be of-
fering the same number of champion-
ships that the AIAW offers.
"It is doubtful whether the NCAA will
provide the same type of financing that
they provide to the men," she con-
tinued.
"Women will receive the same travel
subsidization as the men," rebuked
NCAA spokeswoman Burkey. "We
cover all travel costs for a represen-
tative at a NCAA championship and if
the sport is self-supporting, we even in-

elude the cost of lodging."
The lenient recruiting rules of the
NCAA could provide an added boost to
women's athletics, said Big Ten
spokesman Clarence Henry. He
estimated that under NCAA bylines the
University could land twice as many
recruits.
NCAA bylines allow a coach to go into

a high school and openly recruit a
promising player. Under NCAA,
bylines, a school can offer recruits
"paid visits" to the campus.
An AIAW institution, however, can
send a coach to watch a potential player
but cannot recruit at a player's home,,
and cannot subsidize campus visits.

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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Demons crush Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - With forward
Mark Aguirre tossing in 24 points, No. 2-
ranked DePaul pounded Dayton 84-64 in
a non-conference basketball match last
night.
It marked the 13th straight victory
for DePaul, now 26-1 overall.
DePAUL GRABBED its largest ad-
vantage, 72-47 with 7:33 left, with a
layup by Clyde Bradshaw.
DePaul led 39-33 at the half, then out-
scored the Flyers 8-2 in the second half
with 18 minutes left to lead 47-35.
Aguirre accounted for four of the eight
points.

Guard Skip Dillard had 21 points for
DePaul and scored 10 for 11 from the
field.
Center Mike Kanieski earned 17 poin-
ts for the Flyers.
Vanderbilt 71, Miss. St. 58
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Al
Miller scored 17 points as Vanderbilt
surged to a 17-point lead and withstood
a torrid second-half comeback to down
Mississippi State 71-58 in the first round
of the Southeastern Conference basket-
ball tournament last night.

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St. Joseph 60, Temple 55
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American 62, Drexel 60
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