The Michigan Daily
Thursday, March 11, 1982.
In two short years Michigan basketball coach Bill
Frieder has seen both ends of the spectrum. In his
rookie season, Frieder posted the best first-year mark
ever, 19-11. But with the loss of four senior starters
and other extenuating circumstances, the Wolverines
sunk to 7-20 this season-the first 20-loss season since
1960. As he prepares to rebound next year with a
bumbper recruiting crop, Daily Sports Editor Bob
Wojno wski and Associate Editor Larry Freed checked
in with Friederfor some post-season comments.
DAILY: How did you get into the position of
a 7-20 season and do you think that it will ever
FRIEDER: I think the biggest thing is that
we had injuries. If you take two seven-footers
(Tim McCormick and Jon Antonides) off of any
team in the country, it's going to hurt their
squad. I think that's the main thing. I think
when you combine the injuries with heavy loss
of seniors of a year ago, this is how it came
about. It's fairly simple really. Now we're a
young program rebuilding and we just got
caught in the fact that we had to go with so
mulch inexperience and so much lack of size. I
don't think it's going to happen again but it
could happen to anybody - look at Indiana
State and Michigan State.
DAILY: How much of it do you blame on
)'RIEDER: Oh, I think there have been some
n4stakes made -a couple of the kids we were
counting on didn't pan out, but you can just
chlk it up to a lot of everything.
AILY: Although you ended up 7-20, would
you consider this year one of your most
satisfying coaching experiences?
7RIEDER: I think it was. I think it was a
tibute to the players that they came back ther
way they did. I think it was a tribute to the
caching staff that our team continued to im-
pgove after being 1-13 and I think it's a tribute
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to the whole program that we came back to
beat teams like Iowa and Illinois. The experts
picked us for ninth and we ended up tied for
seventh. I saw a lot of bright things - I see a
lot of experience that was given young players
and that'll pay big dividends in the future.
DAILY: Do you feel that the "family at-
mosphere" first began to appear after the
departures (of M.C. Burton and Joe James)
from the team?
DAILY: At what point in the season did you
realize that this season would be chalked up to
FRIEDER: If you go back to my original
comments (before the season) you saw a lot of
hesitation and concern on my part, and that
was before Antonides went down.
DAILY: What were some of the special
momepts from this season - on and off the
FRIEDER: Beating Ohio State - hanging
on the way that they did after apparently
blowing the game in regulation and beating
Illinois and Iowa: as decisively as we did after
they decisively beat us were very important
things to our program. . But probably the
biggest thing was the overall improvement of
the team and keeping the team together in the
wake of adversity.
DAILY: How emotionally trying was the
season for you personally?
FRIEDER: I enjoyed it - I really did. I had
one concern: I knew we weren't going to be
very good won-and-loss record but my main
concern was that my team get better and im-
prove and that happened. It wasn't that tough
of a season on me - believe me. What the hell,
people get so they don't expect you to win and
then when you do it's a big thing. Don't get me
wrong, I don't want to go through this again,
but I think our whole team and the coaching
staff handled it in the right way and we derived
a lot of benefits from it.
DAILY: Do you feel any pressure to produce
now that this season is behind you and people
are going to expect a big turnaround in the
program the next couple of years?
1,RIEDER: Oh there's always pressure.
We've gotten great publicity this past year -
the media, the fans,everybody was good to us
this year. But now we've got to get better and
prove to them that we're headed in the right
direction - and we're going to do that. We're
still a couple of years away because, though
we've got a good recruiting class- and it's not
overrated I guarantee you - they're still
going to be going against Indiana and Ohio State
who have everybody back. Now, a year from
now, when Eric (Turner) is a junior and these
guys are sophomores and those Indiana guys
are gone, then you're going to see our program
DAILY: Do you have a timetable in regards
to the team's performance?
FRIEDER: We want to get back into the
tournaments next year-that's a strong goal on
our part and I think it's a reasonable goal.
DAILY: Individually, give a quick synopsis
on each of the following players' performances.
FRIEDER: Well, you can't say anything bad
about Thad. Besides his strong leadership and
the dedication he gave to basketball, he also
improved as a player. He's going to get draf-
ted-I think fairly high.
DAILY: Ike Person.
FRIEDER: Ike the same thing. It took him
longer than I had hoped but he finally came
around and improved.
DAILY: Dan Pelekoudas. ,
FRIEDER: As he played more he got better
and started playing with more confidence and
he even came along as a pretty good shooter.,
DAILY: Leslie Rockymore.
FRIEDER: Rockymore still has been incon-
sistent on his shooting. But he's a great shooter
and over the summer he'll work on getting open
quicker and getting his shot off quicker.
DAILY: Dean Hopson.
FRIEDER: Hopson has got to improve a
great deal. He started a lot of games but he
never came along as the scorer and consistent
player that we wanted.
DAILY: Willis Carter.
FRIEDER: "Stretch" cane along fine. He
made some big rebounds and some big baskets
at times and then at other times he made a lot
of mistakes-but again he's only a freshman.
DAILY: Eric Turner.
FRIEDER: Eric made the greatest im-
provement, as evidenced by the fact that he
played well against eight of the nine Big. Ten
teams he played the second time around. He
was phenomenal in our victories over Ohio 6
State, Illinois and Iowa. He too has to work on
his defense and he has to work harder if he's
going to become truly the great player that we
think he can become.
DAILY: If you had to do it over again, would
you change anything that you did this season?
FRIEDER: The only thing I would have done
different about this season is that I would have
taken another player or two last year that I
passed up. But, once October 15 came around,
there isn't anything I would've done different.
DAILY: Do you feel you can securely go into
next season with only three rostered guards?
FRIEDER: We feel that (Richard) Rellford
can play some guard, but we don't know what
we're going to do on that, I'll be honest with
you. I'm not going to take a guard if he's not a
DAILY: How much are you looking for out of
the freshmen next year?
FRIEDER: Our freshmen are going to con-
tribute a great deal. My biggest concern is I
don't want people. to expect too much too soon
out of them. However, Paul Jokisch is a fierce
competitor; Robert Henderson is one of the
finest shooters I've seen in the game today;
Rellford's astud, le's a man but he's got to
work harder; and Roy Tarpley is a find, a
DAILY: How soon do you plan on naming an
FRIEDER: I think it's going to be a couple of
weeks. I'm going to interview probably two or
three guys and I've talked to about six or eight
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