The Michigan Daily Thursday, January 28, 1982 Page 8
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By MARK MIHANOVIC
A Daly Sports Auslysb
It's a little stringe how they all call him
"Bo". In the coach-player relatinship,
with the accompanying natural
barricades that discourage over-
familiarity, it is somewhat of a rarity
that first-name actually, nickname
privileges are granted to the athlete, at
least In the world of college athletics. It
could be explained away by the notion
that Glenn Schembechler wants to be
buddy-buddy with his football players,
but let's remember that we're talking
about Glenn Schembechler. Sometime§
called "The General".
Les Miles, Michigan ofensive guard
from 1972 to 1976 and currently an
... 'Michigan is Bo'
assistant offensive coach for the
Wolverines, cleared up the matter - a
"IT'S ON A formal-informal basis,"
Miles said. "When you say 'Bo', you do
it with a great deal of respect. Bo's
relationship with the team is one of a
firm, disciplinarian father."
The "father" analogy is one frequen-
tly made when Schembechler's treat-
ment of his players is the subject. In his
mind, the talented athletes whom he
brings tb Ann Arbor, while physically
mature, often lag behind in the areas of
intellectual and/or emotional develop-
ment. they are in need of a strong,
guiding hand as they go away to
college. And he provides it.
Some believe that he assumes the
role of protector a little early. Before
his gridiron recruits ever catch a pass
or make a tackle, the Admissions Office
must deem them qualified to perform
academically at Michigan. There are
those within the faculty who feel that
the football coach pulls an excessive
amount of weight with the admissions
people, that he slips a few by, so to
speak. Director of Admissions Cliff
Sjogren vehemently denies this.
"IF WE determine that the student
can't get in, he can't get in," Sjogren
said yesterday. "There's no appeal.
Most of them come into the School of
Education, which has, less stringent
standards of admissions.
"We're in the business of admititng
people to the University who have a
high likelihood of graduating," he con-
tinued. "There may be factors, other
than academic, which may be taken in-
to account. I think he (Schembechler)
does a marvelous job of monitoring the
kids, making sure they graduate, and
that is taken into consideration when
we make our admissions decisions."
Once the athletes get intothe school,
Schembechler becomes the major force
in their lives. Even after they are
gone, they are not completely out from
under the coach's eye. Some swear by
"To me, Michigan is Bo," was the
way Jerry Meter, standout linebacker
and co-captain of Michigan's 1978 Big
Ten championship squad and now a
graduate assistant coach, began his
monologue extolling the virtues of his
THERE ARE others, definitely the
minority who take another viewpoint.
Like Ralph Clayton, who blasted his
former mentor on a radio show two
summers ago, claiming that Schem-
bechler treated him unfairly. Clayton
was a talented wingback, a superb clut-
ch player at Michigan through the 1979
season. Clayton is currently on the
roster of the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals.
Clayton doesn't have his degree.
"The only guys you hear him
n the one
to man they call"Bo'
(Schembechler) Say anything bad
about are the guys who didn't get their
degree," said Tom Neal, an offensive
tackle who saw minimal action in his
four campaigns, with the Wolverines.
"He doesn't approve of that. I've never
heard him bad-mouth any of his old
players because of anything athletic."
Schembechler makes a point of it to
go down the list of ex-Wolverines
playing in the NFL to see who has and
has not completed their education. He
doesn't come up with too many in the
have-not category. Maybe three or four
in the whole bunch.
"I GOTTA right to brag," Schem-
bechler said. "The only complaint that
anybody could have would be if a
program were bringing in kids that
they were using to play and not trying
to really educate them. We've never
done that." His face tightens. "We've
On the field, though, is where Schem-
.bechler has his biggest impact on the
hearts and minds of young adults. And
it is a big impact. At some point in
time, on some part of some practice
field, they have all wanted to tell Bo
where to go. "Anytime that you're
demanding of an individual and push
him to do more than. he thinks he can
Former offensive guard John Arbez-
nik, who played his last game in
Michigan Stadium during the fall of '79,
said, "We may talk a lot of bad about
him, but there ain't nobody that
doesn't respect him. Sometimes I'd
figure I had a real good block (in prac-
tice), and he'd come running up and
screaming at me. But he does it for a
reason. He knows when to priase and
when to abuse."
ARBEZNIK IS Schembechlerts type
of person, one who came to Michigan
weighting 215 pounds and lacking in
great speed. By his senior year, the
Cleveland native tipped the scales at a
solidly-packed 250 pounds and was one
of the top guard4 in the conference.
"He respects hard work," Arbeznik
said. "He respects a player who isn't
It is somehow appropriate that,
during the middle of a conversation
with Schembechler it would be in-
terrupted by a phone call from Bobby
Knight, Indiana Hoosier basketball
coach. "Give me a few minutes with
this nut." The two men are so similar.
Demanding. Intense. Arrogant. Con-
descending towards media. But the
biggest similarity is in their player
relations.?rhey expect more than most
coaches. Those who don't quite
measure up, drop off, sometimes bitter.
Those who survive 'their respective
programs are ecstatic about the ex-
There is one difference, of course. No
Indiana cager will ever be heard
referring to his coach as "Bobby."
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By JAMES THOMPSON By tall
Fifteen years ago, Fernando Canales swimmer
suffered partial paralysis of one side of able tof
his body. To strengthen Canale's body, reputatio
a doctor suggested swimming as a choice.
cure. It worked, and now Canales is one A seni
of the fastest swimmers in the NCAA. Canales i
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the 100
Canales started to swim when he was as well a
five and has already participated in "By hav
what he calls "the most fully emotional coach Gu
experience in sport of my life," the 1976 felt an e
Olympic Games in Montreal. "To meet " have felts
people from all over the globe in one DURIN
area, brings to me the idea of what the Canalesw
world is all about" exclaimed Canales. titles but
HE HAS ALSO participated in the thought I1
Pan American games in San} Juan and of the
the 1979 Spartakiade in Moscow, where program,
he won the gold medal in the 100-yard swimmin
freestyle. Then, after placing fifth in said Cana
the World Aquatic Championships and For a1
capturing five gold medals in the Cen- fun" Cana
tral American Championships in 1978, he "People
was named Puerto Rico's Amateur the mosti
Athlete of the Year. people an
cure. benefits tanker's
king to other Latin American
rs at Michigan, Canales was
find out about the school's
n and decided to make it his
or in the School of Education,;
holds Michigan varsity records
- and 200-yard freestyle events
as in the 400-freestyle relay.
ving the experience of head
s Stager," said Canales. "I've
ssence I don't think I would
[G THE 1978 and '79 season,
was able to win seven Big Ten
was red-shirted last year. "I
lost my pride about being part
*...but I still know Michigan
g has a certain type of class,"
person that swam "just for
ales has come a long way.
e in general have helped me
in swimming ... The amount of
nd the amount of knowledge
ountered in incredible," said.
"Everyone from the most in-
nt timers to some of the best
coaches in the country (Stager and
diving coach Dick Kimball) have effec-
ted by performance.
IN HIS THIRD year of coaching
Canales, Stager identifies him as a very
unique athlete and individual.
"He has the picture of what it takes,"
said Stager. He knows how to use his
intelligence in both areas of athletics
To gain fitness and to feel good in the
water are some of the reasons Canales
has enjoyed the sport so much.
"I FEEL A certain amount of
achievement and pleasure inibeing able
to get in harmony with the water,"
Whether he goes into coaching or not,
Canales plans to; continue to swim
because he enjoys swimming ,s-
another manifestation of the human
"If I'm coaching, I'm going to try to
get the people to enjoy their sport. That
way they'll train hard and as a result
will do well," said Canales.
EACH DAY brings a new challenge
for Canales and Stager has made him
feel special by rating him with other
great Michigan swimmers.
"I'd rate Fernando with Carl Roby
and Warren Bayo and some of the other
greats we've had," stated Stager.
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