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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 4, 1980-Page F-9
Michigan's 1980 Football Schedule

Blue enter season with QB,
defense still question marks

(Continued from Page 8)
championship without a good defense,"
he said, "and that's got to be the key to
our suetess in the fall.
"In the spring, we made some
progress,, but we were not satisfied with
our defense up front, where we lost
everybody that had played any football,
except (Mike) Trgovac.
"TRGOVAC HAD a good spring, but
we're still concerned about our defen-
sive line. (Dave) Nicolau was the
second best defensive lineman we had
in the spring, and from there on, we're
not yet established. There'll be some
new faces popping up in there, and*
maybe a freshman or two. I don't
know."
The graduation of All-American Cur-
tis Greer, Dale Keitz, and -Chris
Godfrey leaves mightly large shoes
to fill for whomever steps in at tackle.
Trgovac, a 6-2, 235-pounder from
} Austintown, Ohio who started at middle
guard in '79, might be moved to a tackle
spot, depending, according to
Schembechler, "on who comes on at the
other positions."
Senior Fred Motley (6-2, 235), is a
candidate for middle guard, as is con-
verted linebacker Winfred Carraway, a
6-3, 230-pound sophomore. Nicolau, a 6-
5, 230-pound senior, Kelly Keough, a 6-3,
240-pound senior, junior Cedrick Coles
} (6-2, 240), and sophomore Bill Bonnell
(6-3, 235), are possibilities for the tackle
position.
. SEVERAL FRESHMEN could
challenge for spots on the defensive in-
terior, as well. Highly-touted Stefan
Humphries .(6-4, 235) comes to
Michigan out of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Recruited as an offensive

Trgovac
... anchors defensive line

tackle, Humphries (who runs a 4.8 40-
yard dash), may be used to beef up the
defensive front. Other incoming fresh-
men who could garner playing time are
Milt Carthens, a 6-3, 230-pound all-
stater from Bloomfield Hills Lahser,
Mike Wilson (Detroit Cass Tech), Mike
Boren (Eastmore), Dave Meredith
(Sterling Heights Stevenson), Tom
Hassell, and 6-3, 240-pound Vince
DeFelice.
Despite the suspension of Needham,
the linebacking corps is a little more
stable. Mel Owens (6-2, 235) is back and
teams up with junior Robert Thompson
(6-3, 215) on the outside. Junior Mike
Lemirande (6-4, 220) and sophomore
James Herrmann (6-2, 205) provide
depth.

Andy Cannavino, the Wolverines'
leading tackler with 151 stops last
season, will get the starting nod at one
of the inside linebacker openings. All-
American Ron Simpkins' ferocious hit-
ting will be replaced by that of
sophomore Paul Girgash (6-2, 210).
SCHEMBECHLER SEEMS satisfied
with his defensive secondary, even
though the lone returning starter,
wolfman Stu Harris, underwent knee
surgery in the spring and may not be
back. Jeff Reeves, a 6-1, 190-pound
junior from Columbus, Ohio, moves in-
to Harris' wolf position, with
sophomore Jeff Cohen behind him.
Sophomore Keith Bostic (6-1, 185)
inherits Michael Harden's free safety
spot, and the Michigan coach doesn't
see much of a dropoff in quality. "I
think Bostic's gonna be a top-notch
player," Schembechler said. "He's got
all the talent in the world, and he knows
what to do with it. He goes after 'em.
and hits 'em. He can run, he can catch,
he can do it all.
Brian Carpenter, a 5-11, 165-pound
junior, is a likely starter at the wide-
side defensive halfback, with Marion
Body and John Lott pushing him for the
job. Senior Gerald Diggs (6-0, 190) is the
short-side back, and Jerry Burgei is
behind him. Junior Tony Jackson, a 5-
10, 170-pound speedster, is also expec-
ted to see action in the defensive secon-
dary after being switched over from of-
fense.
So the Michigan Wolverines enter the
1980 'football season having lost some
key personnel, as they did the previous
season, but on the defensive side this
time around. One year ago, Schem-
bechler had his defensive nucleus
returning, but was losing his key offen-
sive players. This campaign, Michigan
retains the offensive talents of
Woolfolk, Edwards, Carter, and most of
the line, but has lost standout defenders
Greer, Simpkins, Harden, and Mike
Jolly to graduation.
Two similarities do exist, however.

DATE
September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22

Michigan still doesn't have a proven
kicker, and uncertainty as to who will
stand behind center is again the
situation. Judging from a year ago, the
degree of success which the '80
Wolverines achieve will depend, in
large part, on how well they solve these
problems.

TEAM
NORTHWESTERN
at Notre Dame
SOUTH CAROLINA
CALIFORNIA
MICHIGAN ST.
at Minnesota
ILtINOIS
at Indiana
at Wisconsin
PURDUE
at Ohio St.

LAST YEAR
49-7
10-12
14-10
21-7
31-21
27-7
27-21
54-0
21-24
15-18

Five Blue iers
suspended for
drug violations
By ALAN FANGER
On a dreary, nippy afternoon in March, Bo Schembechler called together
the members of his Michigan football team who were to be seniors during the
1980 season. As one player noted, it is simply an annual ritual where "Bo
tells us about leadership, and how important it is for the seniors to provide
it."
But the innocence of the entire scenario ended there. Minutes after he
called the meeting to order, the Wolverine coach split the contingent into
several smaller groups, then headed directly for one of the groups. As that
same player noted, "something weird was going on." :
ONLY MINUTES LATER did Schembechler cast the fate which was to
come blasting out through the media in the days ahead. It was to become
the most alarming Michigan sports story to occur in the recent memory of
both students and alumni.
Five Wolverine players-quarterback B. J. Dickey, kicker Bryan Virgil,
outside linebacker Ben Needham, offensive lineman Dan Kwiatkowski, and
wolfman Mikb*Kligis, all juniors in eligibility-had been suspended from the
team indefinitely, for what Schembechler termed "a violation of team
training rules."
This was to be the only- information the University would officially
release concerning the suspensions, but several sources close to the team
said the violations were drug-related. Details of the violation, along with the
circumstances surrounding the detection of such violations, remain very
sketchy.
Area law enforcement agencies,
including the Ann Arbor Police,
and Washtenaw County Sheriff
repeatedly, denied any
knowledge of drug involvement
or any other type of criminal ac-
tivity. The Drug Enforcement
Administration would neither
confirm nor deny involvement in
thematter.
Schembechler said the players
"were not suspended for any
criminal acts."
The suspended players had
very little to say about the mat-
ter, which was first reported in
the Daily March 12. Four of the
players denied any involvement
with drugs, while Virgil said he
was leaving the team anyway to
concentrate on- earning an
engineering degree.
In addition to the suspensions, three players, including starting middle
guard Mike Trgovac, were placed on probation. All three, however, will play
this season.
The other players are likely to remain suspended until at least the end of
this season, sources said.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DON CANHAM was the first University official
to confirm the suspensions. He lauded Schembechler's actions, saying, "I
think he handled this with great dignity, great dispatch, and he was 100 per-
cent right."

OHIO STATE LINEBACKER Jim Laughlin blocks Brian Virgil's fourth quarter
November at Michigan Stadium. The Buckeyes' Todd Bell scooped up the pigskin
was a play that seemed to sum up a frustrating year for Michigan and for Virgil, who

punt in the annual grudge match last
and took it in for the winning score. It
went 4-13 in field goal tries.

BLUE DEPTH KEYS CONFERENCE TITLE:
Tracksters hit tape f irst

By JOHN FITZPATRICK
Though hampered by the loss of a
number'bf important point scorers, the
Michigan ihen's track team may still be
a force to be reckoned with in the Big
Ten and nationally during the '80-81
track season.
"We can cover some of our losses;
some we can't," says coach Jack Har-
vey. "We won't have the depth in the
800 we had before (due to the
graduation of Tim and Greg Thomas).
We won't be as strong in the high hur-
dies or intermediates. (Gary Hicks,
who holds the school record in the in-
termediates and is an able high hurdler
won't be back). We won't have Dan
Heikkinen or Mike Lattany. (Heikkinen
is an NCAA All-American in cross-
country and an 8:36 stepplechaser, and
Lattany was narrowly beaten in the
high jump by Franklin Jacobs at the 1980
NCAA indoor meet and is one of the best
jumpers in the country.) That'll hurt
us." Heikkinen will be able to compete
indoors, but his eligibility will expire
before the outdoor season.
DESPITE THE AWESOME array
of talent the Wolverines will be
deprived of, this year's Michigan
tracksters include many outstanding
athletes.
Joining the team will be freshmen
recruit Mike Murphy of Williamsville,
New York, a 48'9" triple jumper and a
6'9" high jumper.
Returnees include a strong group of
sprinters and distance runners. Dash-
man Andrew Bruce from Trinidad
finished second in the Big Ten 60-yard
indoors and has a 10.49 100 meters and
21.0 200 to his credit. Butch Woolfolk,
Big Ten 300-yard champ last indoor
season, is a standout sprinter with
great speed, though his track training
has been stymied by football
obligations. Ron Affoon, a countryman
of Bruce, ran the 600-yard indoors in the

1:12 range consistently and will bolster
the 400 outdoors, along with senior Ken
Gardner.
IN THE DISTANCE events,
Michigan is well-represented by Dave
Lewis, Bill Weidenbach, Brian Diemer,
Steve Brandt, Bill O'Reilly and Chuck
Broski. Lewis won the Central
Collegiate Conference 3-mile indoors
last year in 13:32; Weidenbach and
Diemer were consistent point scorers
indoors and ran the 5,000 in the low
14:00 range outdoors. O'Reilly was the
surprise of last year, as he shot from an
unknown freshman walk-on to one of
the best runners on the squad and sixth-
place finisher in the Big Ten indoor 2-
mile. Brandt and Broski are former
prep standouts who've continued their
successes into college. The mile, more
a middle distance event than a distance
one, will be run by 4:04 man Dan Beck
and Broski, and possibly by any one of
the other distance specialists.
As noted by Harvey, the Maize and
Blue will be hurting in several
categories, most notably the field even-
ts, vertical jumps, and somewhat in the
hurdles, although Hicks' absence is less
worrisome because of capable perfor-
mers like Shelby Johnson and Marshall
Parks.
As yet Michigan does not have a
javelin thrower, and very few weight
men (discus throwers and shot putters)
who are capable of scoring points in the
championship meets; currently, shot
putter Phil Wells serves as the main-
stay of the weight corps.
WITH LATTANY GONE, there is no

Coach: Jack Harvey (seventh
season)
Last season: A surprisingly easy Big
Ten outdoor meet victory for the
Wolverines, who were strong in
nearly every event. Several in-
dividual performers, including high
jumper Mike Lattany, qualified for
the NCAA Championships.
This season: Harvey will try to of-
fset graduation losses of Lattany,
distance man Dan Haikkenen, long
jumper James Henry, middle
distance ace Tim Thomas, and hur-
dier Gary Hicks with top-flight
recruits. Sprints will be particularly
strong with Butch Woolfolk, Andrew
Bruce, and Ronald Affon. Other
events may be slightly weaker than
last season.

Bruce
... heads fine sprint corps

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one on the team who can high jump
over 7'0" regularly, and, in the pole
vault, no Wolverine has cleared 17'0"
since Jim Stokes in1978.
These shortcomings are minor ones,
however, and Michigan will be in the
thick of the battle for the respective in-
door and outdoor Big Ten crowns. "In-
diana (a perennial Big Ten track
power) loses as many people as we do
and probably more points," comments

Harvey. "We're going to be fairly equal
with them. MSU will be strong next
year, and they'll have a good shot at the
title."
Although he describes next year as a
"rebuilding year" for the team, Harvey
will still be at the helm of one of the
most potent squads in the Midwest, and
one which cannot be written off as a
threat to any of their rivals for the Big
Ten championship.

Batsmen pull surprises.

(Continued from Page 2)
Playing at home in Fisher Stadium, the
Wolverines thoroughly dominated the
Mideast Regional, knocking off Central
Michigan, 9-4, Nebraska, 7-0, and
Nebraska again, 12-3, to earn a berth in
the College World Series. No less than
seven Wolverines were named to the
all-tourney team, and four Blue
sluggers, Foussianes (.556), Hool
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that teams like Arizona had," Mid-
daugh explained. "It really comes
down to pitching. We just don't have the
power pitching. All season long, I've
said our pitching depth was not good."
MAYBE NOT, but it was certainly
better than the preseason
prognosticators, who had Michigan
saddled in the Big Ten's second
division. expected it to be. Provided the

Hool, and Miller in the lineup, power is
plentiful, and the speed and bunting
ability of Schulte, Jacobson, and Evans
are vital to the coach's aggressive,
wide-open offense.
1979 Big Ten
Standings

Conference

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