Thursday, September 18, 1980
udge declares Wilson
By DREW SHARP
With wire service reports
An Urbana, Ill. Circuit Court judge
yesterday declared Illinois quarter-
back David Wilson ineligible to play for
the remainder of the season. The
decision came due to some new eviden-
ce which the Big Ten presented at a
special hearing that was held to deter-
mine whether the junior college tran-
sfer is legally eligible to call the signals
for the Illini.
Judge Harry Clem, who three weeks
hence granted Wilson an injunction
which enabled him to play in
Illinois' first two games this season,
revoked his initial order when Big Ten
attorneys claimed that the eligibility
committee was given the academic
transcripts of another student named
The judge's decision may cause the
forfeiture of Illinois' two opening
According to conference attorney
Bryon Gregory, the eligibility commit-
tee approved Wilson's transfer in May
on the basis of the false transcripts.
When the committee discovered the
mistake, they declared Wilson
ineligible for the 1980 season. Wilson
filed a lawsuit against the Big Ten and
got the injunction from Judge Clem.
According to Illinois assistant sports
information director John Rosenthal,
the transcript matter was cleared up at
"We had gotten an affadavit from the
person in charge of transfers at Fuller-
ton (Wilson's junior college) and she
said that it was an honest mistake,"
said Rosenthal. "We had gotten the Big
Ten to understand that so I assumed
that the evidence would be thrown out."
Rosenthal refused to comment on the
possible forfeiture of the two games.
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By STAN BRADBURY
About 18 months ago, Don Bracken
got this little brochure in the mail. It
was for a kicking school in Tacoma,
Wash., run by a man named Ray Pelfr-
vy. It advertised that Bracken could
receive three days instruction from a
.kicking scientist for only $135, transpor-
tation to and from his quiet little
hometown of Thermopolis, Wyoming,
Today, Bracken, Bo Schembechler
and Michigan football fans everywhere
will say it was more than worth the
money. And Schembechler will add that
Bracken is worth the full scholarship
the first ever given by Schembechler to
a freshman kicker.
BRACKEN COMES to Michigan with
some of the most impressive creden-
tials of any high school punter in the
nation. As a senior for Hot Springs
County High School last year the 6-1,
1857pounder averaged 47.3 yards per
punt in 36 attempts with none blocked.
Bracken has never had a punt blocked
since he switched to his one and a half
step delivery at the punting school in the
summer after his junior year.
A punter with a quick delivery and a
powerful foot was exactly what the
Wolverines were looking for this past
off-season. As one may recall, the
kicking game could have cost Michigan
all four of its losses.
Last year Bryan Virgil averaged 37.8
yards per punt after taking three slow
steps to deliver the ball. Four punts were
blocked, the most crucial block oc-
curring against Ohio State. Buckeye
defender Todd Bell recovered the ball
and scrambled into the end zone to give
his team an 18-15 victory.
decided to break down and recruit a
kicker with a full scholarship out of
high school. "We have a new respect for
that phase of the game," said the coach
earlier this week. Michigan scouts
scoured the countryside but finally
found Bracken through, the punting
Bo was asked about looking at the
school if it was a desperation move.
"Sort of," he said with a grin.
Bracken told how he first became in-
terested in Michigan. "I knew they
needed a punter because I watched the
Ohio State game last year. I wrote them
a letter and the day after I sent them
the letter Pelfrvy told me he had
already contacted them.
"I HAD SOME other offers from
places like Brigham Young, Wyoming
and Washington but Michigan seemed
the most interested," Bracken said.
And that's how he ended up in
Michigan Stadium punting before over
100,000 people, 20 times the size of his
hometown. "It (the Northwestern
game) was just unreal," said Bracken.,
"I've never experienced anything like2
Bracken averaged 38.3 yards in three
attempts against the Wildcats. The fir-,
st, a 47-yard punt into the endzone in the
first quarter, drew a standing ovation
from the student section of the stadium.
"I WAS A LITTLE upset with how I
punted and I know I could have done
better," said Bracken. "I've hardly
ever averaged under 40." Bracken had
another 47-yard punt into the endzone
nullified by a Northwestern penalty,
which would have, given him a 40.5
average with only two return yards.
Bracken said, "I knew I would be un-
der pressure because they had a bad
kicking game last year but now I'feel
Pressure has not bothered many of
Pelfrvy's other punting proteges.'
Pelfrvy has coached eight current NFL
punters, including Bob Grupp of the
Kansas City Chiefs, last year's rookie of
the year who led the NFL in punting
with a 43.6 yard average.
GRUPP WAS JUST an average pun-
ter, released by the New York Jets in
both 1977 and 1978, before Pelfrvy took
hold of him and turned him into the best
in the league.
Pelfrvy's scientific instruction
techniques include lectures, demon-
strations, watching films of punters,
self-evaluation through a video recor-
ding machine, and of course, practice.
For $135 the camp was a bargain.
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