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SPORTS
Page 8 Tuesday, December 9, 1980 The Michigan Daily

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By GREG DEGULIS
Giordano and Gasparini. It sounds like the
makings of an Italian law firm, but instead the
names represent a battle well outside the cour-
troom - a battle on the ice of Yost Arena last
weekend. John Giordano, Michigan hockey's
rookie coach and John 'Gino' Gasparini, North
Dakota's veteran mentor matched teams at
Yost with the Fighting Sioux definite favorites.
T'he result: A Friday night 5-1 victory for
Gasparini and an 8-2 win on Saturday for Gior-
dano's Wolverines. The split with powerful
North Dakota puts the Wolverines in third
place in the WCHA with a 7-5 conference mark.
Third place? How could a hockey team
which encountered such traumatic pre-season
publicity, the loss of two of the top scorers in
the WCHA (Murray Eaves and Bruno Baseot-
to), and the quitting of head coach Wilf Martin
find itself trailing only Minnesota and North

Dakota?
Well, much of the credit has to belong to head
coach John Giordano. The Michigan hockey
mentor inherited a very unhealthy situation
with the icers and Giordano effectively put the
troubles ,behind in favor of the matter at hand
- playing aggressive hockey.
Aggressive hockey
Under Giordano, the Michigan icers have
concentrated on hitting the opposition all over
the ice, eventually wearing their opponents
down in order to create scoring opportunities
for the offensively weak Wolverines. Giordano
realized early that this Michigan hockey team
has no stars, unlike last year. The icers' two
leading scorers are defensemen (Steve Rich-
mond and John Blum) and neither are among
WCHA leaders. Thus, Giordano has relied on
checking and hard work as the Wolverines'

saving grace, a reflection of Giordano's style
and personality.
Giordano's style of coaching became very
apparent to the media and hockey followers at
the Dekers Club Luncheon on the Friday before
the Wisconsin series three weeks ago. Bob
Johnson, Wisconsin's coach of 17 years, ad-
dressed the public in a diplomatic fashion
commenting on the great hockey tradition bet-
ween the Badgers and the Wolverines.
Giordano, on the other hand, chose to speak
about the matter at hand, the Wisconsin-
Michigan series that weekend. The Wolverine
coach, much'to the chagrin of the audience,
started off by saying, "Well, we're going to
have to go out and knock some people over.
We're not a talented team with offensive skills.
Our style is to hit people all over the ice."
Michigan managed a split with Wisconsin
losing the Friday night game, 5-3, and winning
on Saturday night, 3-1, to start the Wolverines'
climb back to respectability. Over the Thanks-
giving break, Michigan swept a pair of hair
raisers t Notre Dame, 4-3 and 7-6 on overtime.
The victries on the road prompted Giordano to

comment, "We were very pleased to come
back the way we did both nights at Notre
Dame. It showed great heart and effort."
The heart and effort Giordano mentioned ex-
tended into, the North Dakota series last
weekend. The Fighting Sioux, under Coach
Gasparini, have captured two consecutive
WCHA titles and a national championship in
the last, two years. As a result,, Giordano
required morning practices as well as the
regular afternoon sessions to prepare for North
Dakota.
"It's impossible to do three things at once,"
explained defenseman Richmond. "You can't
go to school, play hockey and have a social life
at the same time. We're here to go to school and
play hockey."
Giordano gets respect
Captain Tim Manning echoed the dedication
of Giordano and fellow defenseman Richmond.
"'The players respect him (Giordano)," the
captain noted. "He's stressing hitting more -
take out the lead man and let things be created
by that. He's a hard worker (vho hates to lose."

Etdversity
When asked about the coach's directness of
personality, Manning replied, "He doesn't beat
around the bush. He tells it like it is," the senior
deferiseman concluded.
Richmond elaborated on Giordano's style of
coaching. "The main emphasis is on hitting all
over the ice. But we gotta do it clean. We have
to avoid stupid penalties," Richmond men-
tioned. "He's (Giordano) hard-nosed and likes
to grind it out. We're 110 percent behind him
and ready to work," Richmond added.
So far, the hard work has paid some dividen-
ds. Michigan trails powerhouses Minnesota
and North Dakota by only one game in WCHA
competition (7-5 vs. 8-4). In addition, the
Wolverines have already won four road games
doubling the total from all of last year. "We're
becoming a good team. We're getting better,"
the coach admits. Thus far, Giordano tran-
sformed a troubled team into a contender,
quite a feat considering all of the circumstan-
ces. If Don Canham is still searching for a
hockey coach, the athletic director should look
no further than the man behind the Michigan
bench right now.

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MIKE McKEE INJURED:

Tumblers sufer twin loss

By BARB BARKER _
The men's gymnastic team suffered a
disappointing defeat Sunday, losing its
opening meet to Iowa at Crisler Arena.
But, this was not the only disappoin-
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the dual-meet.
DURING THE parallel bar com-
petition, sophomore gymnast Mike
McKee fell, breaking his hand. Prior to
this point in the Theet, McKee had per-
formed fairly well, scoring third overall
in the floor exercise competition behind
his team leading brother, Kevin
McKee.
The Hawkeyes started off strong,
leading by 1.05 points after the second
event, the pommel horse. But, the
Wolverines came on strong with wins in
both the ring and vaulting events,
narrowing the Hawkeye lead to four
tenths of a point. Then came the
parallel bars and McKee's untimely
accident.
"We were in hot pursuit and had
almost caught them until Mike's ac-
cident," stated. Michigan head coach
Newt Loken. "A strong score in this
event might have done the job. The en-
tire incident was indeed unfortunate."

WITH McKEE receiving a score of
only six points for his uncompleted
routine, Iowa was able to keep its lead,
winning the parallel bar event. With
only one event, the high bar, remaining,
it was virtually impossible for the
Wolverines to come back. The
Hawkeyes were victorious with the
final score of 256.55 to 258.25.
No one is sure how long the injury will
keep McKee out of competition. Accor-
ding to team captain Darrell Yee, the
injury seemed pretty extensive. "It was
so loud at first we thought the bar had
broken," said Yee. "I'd say he'll be out
at least a month, maybe longer."
The meet was highlighted with strong
performances by Kevin McKee on the
floor and Yee on the rings..Both scoring
a 9.4.
Michigan will host the Wolverine In-
vitational which includes four men's
and women's teams this Saturday at
Crisler.

A 3 Credit Hour Course
Psychology for Black
Survival and Emnpowerment
Minority Counseling and Information in conjunction with the Psychology de-
partment will be offering this 300 level course for the first time Winter
Semester 1981. The course is designed to assist Black students in enhancing
their survival at the University of Michigan and beyond. The students will be
given the opportunity to learn attitudinal and behavioral skills which are
prerequisites to utilizing basic study skills.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:
- Race andlI.Q.
. Approaches to Mental Health and Emotional Development
" Procrastination and Self-discipline-
* Self-image Issues relating to Academic Success
. The History and Problems of Blacks on all white campuses
For information or SIGN-UP SHEET, contact:
COUNSELING SERVICES-764-8312

.ailyoobyJIRUZ
Practice makes perfect
The Michigan Wolverines will be practicing indoors this year for the 1981 Rose Bowl due to the newly-opened fieldhouse
at Ferry Field. Although the complex still is unnamed, there has been sentiment from many athletic officials to name
the building after former Michigan All-American Bennie Oosterbaan.

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UPI TOP TWENTY
College Football
Georgia ...................... 11-0
Florida State.............10-1
Pittsburg h.................10-1
Oklahoma ..................... 9-2
MICHIGAN .................... 9-2
Alabama .................... 9-2
Baylor................ ...... 10-1
Notre Dame.................. 9-1-1
Nebraska..................9-2
Penn State ..................... 9-2
North Carolina ................ 10-1
UCLA ........... ............ 9-2
Southern Cal...............8-2-1
Ohio State ..................... 9-2
Brigham Young ............... 11-1
Washington .................... 9-2
Mississippi State............... 9-2
South Carolina ................. 8-3
SMU .......................... 8-3
Maryland..................8-3

AP TOP TWENTY
College Basketball
1. DePaul32............3-0
2. Kentucky 20...........3-0
3. UCLA 3 ................3-0
4. Maryland 1 ............. 4-0
5. Oregon State 1...........3-0
6. Virginia 1 ............... 4-0
7. Indiana ................ 2-1
8. Ohio State..............2-1
9. Notre Dame...........3-1
10. North Carolina..........5-1
11. Louisiana State...........3-1
12. Texas A&M ............. 2-0
13. Wake Forest ............ 4-0
14. Missouri ................ 4-1
15. Arizona State...........3-0
16. Iowa .................... 3-1
17. Arkansas ............... 3-2
18. MICHIGAN ...........3-0
19. Brigham Young........ 2-1
20. Syracuse.............2-1

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UPI TOP TEN
Collegiate Hockey
1. Boston College ..........5-0-2 84
2. Denver................11-3 83
3. Wisconsin.............. 11-5 74
4. Minnesota ................ 9-5 66
5. North Dakota............11-5 56
6. Minnesota-Duluth.........8-5-1 36
7. Maine...................10-1 30
8. Michigan Tech..........8-5-1 23
9. MICHIGAN ................ 9-7 21
10. Providence .............. 4-3-1 13
Teams receiving first-place votes
were Boston College 4, Denver 3,
Wisconsin 1, Minnesota 1, and Maine 1.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL
Kent State, Dec. 10
Western Michigan, Dec. 20
GYMNASTICS
Wolverine Invitational, Dec. 13
WRESTLING
Clarion State, Dec. 12
HOCKEY
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