The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 10, 1980-Page 13
Morton returns to 'U'
for student athletes'
By RON POLLACK
Some college athletes depend on
courses such as Advanced Shop and
Fundamentals of Basketball in order to
meet minimum grade requirements.
Some college athletes look at college
sports as a mere stepping stone to the
ros. Not Greg Morton.,
SOME COLLEGE athletes find that
after ,their pro careers, nobody is in-
terested in a person whose college
education consisted. of trumped-up
courses. Not Greg Morton.
Morton, an All-American defensive
tackle who was named defensive player
of the year by ABC-TV, was drafted by
the Buffalo Bills in the eighth round of
the 1977 National Football League's
college draft. After a brief stint in the
pros, Morton made a career decision
ioh athletes rarely make-he chose
upon college football with fond
memories . Morton ig" adamant in his
assessment that "Michigan football is
the ultimate," although he confesses
Morton admits that he sorely misses
playing for the Wolverines. He adds
that seeing Michigan lose six times in
the last season and a half has only made
this feeling stronger. "I'mi not used to
seeing a Michigan team lose. Being a
Michigan player makes you want to put
on the pads and get on out there and
help the team. This is especially true
when you're a bystander," he said.
While Morton holds this strong
allegiance to college football, the same
can not be said for his outlook on the pro
game. While Morton was earning All-
American status in college and moving
up to third on the Wolverine's all-time
list for career tackles and career
tackles for losses, he was playing just to
have a good time.
HOWEVER, when he turned pro .he
began to see things in a different light.
"Pro football is more of a business. I
had talent, and I got paid for it," said
Morton. "Right now I'm at ease turning
on a television and being a Monday
In addition to working on his
aforementioned doctorate, Morton puts
in 40 hours a week as a security guard
at Markley dormitory while his wife,
Pat, is finishing her final year of dental
Some college athletes only achieve
success in life on the playing field.,Vot
Well, sports fans, the biggie takes
place tomorrow. For weeks, fans and
players alike have been pointing
towards this weekend. For some, the
preparations for this Saturday's classic
have been long and tedious. Others
have looked past the boredom in an-
ticipation of the game itself. All over
campus, students have racked their
minds to come up with a solution to the
big question. Will Slippery Rock beat
Why not let the Daily know the result
of that game in advance? While you're
at it, why not try to win a small, one-
item pizza from Pizza Bob's by correc-
tly predicting the winners of this week's
other games. Make sure that you get
your prognostications to 420 Maynard
Street by midnight tonight.
1. Michigan St. at MICH4IGAN
2. Ohio St. at Northwestern
3. Minnesota at Purdue
4. Wisconsin at Indiana
5. Illinois at Iowa
6. Penn St. at Maryland
7. Miami (Fla.) at Notre Dame
8. Stanford at UCLA
9. Southern Cal at Arizona
0. Pittsburgh at Florida St.
1. Auburn at LSU
Tennessee at Georgia Tech
Mississippi at Georgia
Navy at Air Force
Eastern Michigan at Akron
Central Michigan at Ohio U.
Western Michigan at Kent St.
Yale at Boston College
Indiana (Pa.) at Slippery Rock
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to forego his football career in order to
rther himself academically.
"I had touched the whole spectrum of
football. I looked at my long term
future. What would I do after pro ball. I
valued my education more than pro
football," said Morton.
HAVING ALREADY earned his
misters degree, Morton returned to the
University in order to earn a doctoral
degree from the school of education.
Although he is 15 credit hours short of
earning this degree, his academic days
re far from over, as he is in the
frpcess of applying to law school.
-pinsidering Morton's dedication to
scholastic achievement, it is not sur-
prising that he should be outspoken on
the subject of recent college academic
scandals. He is unbending in his views
on transcript fixing,false credits and
other misdeeds that are currently-
rocking the college football world.
"There's no room for those im-
roprieties to go on," he said. "When
oaches recruit someone from high
' school, they (the coaches) know if he
(the player) can made the grade. If
they know the player can't, it's unfair to
"After football, what does this person
do if he's been taking basket weaviing-
type classes? I met a number of
athletes -(in the pros) who did not
graduate, and they said they took these
courses just to remain eligible."
IN SPITE OF these problems in the
*ollege game, Morton still looks back
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team ran its record to 14-6 yesterday
with a 15-8, 15-13, 15-8 victory over.
The win was the second straight and
seventh in the last eight matches for the
spikers, who defeated Oakland Univer-
sity Tuesday in four games.
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Alison Noble scored 17 points to lead
Michigan's attack against Calvin, while
Keri Kenniston added 11.
The volleyball team returns to action
Wednesday as it hosts Western
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