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Page 14-A-Friday, September 5, 1980-The Michigan Daily

SUMMER SPORTS RECAP

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The Michigan hockey team was 0-2
over the summer.
No, they didn't play any games, but
instead their losses were suffered in
personal terms, rather than on the
hockey rink.
THE FIRST LOSS was All-American
center Murray Eaves, who signed a
three-year pact with the Winnipeg Jets
of the National Hockey League.
Eaves, who had two years of
eligibility left at Michigan, was the first
college player selected by an NHL team.
in the draft last spring.
Last year he lead the team in scoring
with 85 points despite missing part of
the season with mononucleosis and a
separated shoulder.
THE OTHER LOSS of the summer
was graduate assistant Don Boyd, who
left the Wolverine hockey program to
take a full-time assistant coaching job.
This story was reported by Daily
Sports Editor Alan Fanger, Execu-
tive Sports Editor Mark Borowski
and staff writer Jon Wells. It was
written by Fanger.

at North Dakota.
Boyd worked with the goaltenders
and helped with the recruiting under
former head coach Dan Farrell last
year. The 28-year-old Bowling Green
graduate will assist with recruiting,
help head coach John Gaspirini run
team practices and serve as an instruc-
tor in the physical education depar-
tment at North Dakota.
Martin is undecided if another
graduate assistant will be named to the
staff.
Pucksters jump leagues
Citing financial considerations,
Athletic Director Don Canham announ-
ced May 28 that the Michigan hockey
team will switch its affiliation from the
World Hockey Association (WCHA) to
the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association (CCHA), effective
following the 1980-81 season.
At the same time, Notre Dame an-
nounced its intentions to switch
leagues, thus expanding the seven-
team CCHA to nine teams.
CANHAM ADDED that the move to
the more geographically-central CCHA

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would create several natural rivalries
for the Wolverine icers. The CCHA
currently has four members from the
state of Michigan (Western Michigan,
Ferris State, Lake Superior State, and
Northern Michigan), and three from
Ohio (Bowling Green, Ohio State, and
Miami).
"The decision was 50-50 between it
(the CCHA) being a sensible league,
and money decision," said Canham.
"We'll have a greater opportunity to
play against our natural rivals and at
the same time conserve costs so we can
balance our hockey budget and thus
stay in business.
"It costs us $10,000 to play at Den-
ver," Canham added, "and that's non-
sense. It just doesn't make sense
anymore. At home, Ohio State will out-
draw Denver. We don't draw flies when
Denver comes here."-
IN A LETTER of formal resignation
to the\WCHA office, Canham said he
was "sorry the league did not look at
expansion when the opportunity
presented itself several years ago." At
that time, Canham advocated a WCHA-
CCHA merger that would have created
two geographically-aligned divisions.
Prior to confirmation of the decision,
Notre Dame Athletic Director Moose
Krause had said. "Both Notre Dame
and Michigan have been investigating
the possibility of competing in a more
geographically compact league than
the WCHA, and our entrance into the
CCHA should accomplish that goal."
Notre Dame's hockey program has
operated with severe financial losses
for the past several years.
Academic program out
A $30,000 program that would have
provided "comprehensive academic
support" for the Michigan football
team was rejected by the athletic
department early last month.
The program, which was to have been
operated by the University's Center for
Reading and Learning Skills, would
have consisted of courses remedial
reading, remedial writing, "power
learning," and time management, that
were to have been oriented to the in-
dividual needs of each player. Fresh-

men would have been required to par
ticipate in the program, while upper
classmen would have been included on
a "self-referral" basis.
SOURCES CLOSE to administrators
involved in constructing the program
said the athletic department "simply
didn't like" the proposal offered by the
Skills Center. But several of those same
sources added that the department was
too busy handling other matters, and
"didn't consider the matter very
thoroughly."
George Hoey, the chief academic ad-
visor in the athletic department and one
of the program's coordinators, refused
to comment on the matter. Hoey had
been working .with David Patten, an
academic counselor at the Skills Cen-
ter, on developing the program.
When asked why the program had
been dropped from further con-.
sideration, Patten said, "No, real.
reasons were given (by the athletic,
department). I suspect that too much
was being changed and there was too
little lead time."
SOURCES ADDED that University
administrators, who were hopeful the
program would be implemented this
year, were puzzled by a Hoey-authored
memo that was sent to top officials, ex-
plaining the program would not be put
into effect this academic year.
Alfred Sussman, dean of the
Rackham School of Graduate Studie
and former interim Vice President for
Academic Affairs, said he had "no sen-
se of why" the program had been drop-
ped from consideration.
Head football coach Bo Schem-
bechler vehemently denied the
program was even being serioulsy con-
sidered.
"THEY GAVE US an offer, and we
turned it down. It's nothing more than
that," Schembechler told reporters at
Michigan Picture Day last month. "The
media has magnified this whole thing,
and that's why I've had no comment on
this from the very beginning."
The athletic department currently
provides academic support for the foot-
ball team through regular tutoring
sessions and individual counseling.

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SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
Pack in turmoil'
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)-The turmoil which has surrounded the Green Bay
Packers almost since training camp started heightened Thursday when Fred von
Appen resigned as defensive line coach.
Coach and General Manager Bart Starr, who has been under pressure to step
down ' in face of the Packers' 0-4-1 preseason record, announced vonAppen's
decision three days before the club's National Football League regular season
opener against the Chicago Bears.
STARR, IN A prepared statement, said vonAppen's resignation stemmed
from an incident involving an unnamed player in a recent game.
It is known that star defensive end Ezra Johnson was reprimanded for having
eaten a hot dog near the team bench during the Packers' 38-9 defeat by the Denver
Broncos last Saturday.
Neither Starr nor vonAppen would confirm that the resignation involved the
Johnson incident.
Tailback hit with sodomy charge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)-Oregon tailback Dwight Robertson will play i
Saturday's football game against Stanford despite his arrest yesterday on charges
of first-degree sodomy and coercion.
"It would be a crime for me to suspend him from the football team," Oregon
Coach Rich Brooks told a packed house of about 200 boosters at the weekly Duck;
Club meeting yesterday.
"HE IS ONE OF the finest young men I've ever met and I believe he's in-
nocent," Brooks said. "The way the investigation has come about has not given
him any chance to prove he's innocent."
Brooks, who said he was not surprised by the indictment that led to Rober-
tson's arrest, received two standing ovations from the Duck boosters at the lun-
cheon.
Robertson was arrested at a University of Oregon dormitory in Eugene
yesterday morning. The incident that led to his arrest occurred nearly two year4
ago.
FORMER OREGON wide receiver Ricky Ward was arrested on the same
charges yesterday morning in Boulder, Colo. Two other former Oregon players
were named in the indictment handed down by the Lane County grand jury.
The other two, tailback Reggie Young and quarterback Andrew Page, had not
been arrested by late yesterday morning, but Lane County District Attorney Pat
Horton said more arrests in the case were anticipated. All four men named in the
indictment are 20 years old.
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