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Page 10-Saturday, April 3, 1982-The Michigan Daily

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THE SPORTING VIEWS

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Five basketball recruits
confirm bribe offers

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White Sox murderers row .. .
..guns down rest of division

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By MIKE MCGRAW
Third of a four part series
The 1982 American League West could rival the
National League East of 1973 for the worst teams from
top to bottom. It should be a three-team race, with
Chicago, Oakland and Kansas City being the only clubs
with any semblance of a pitching staff. Of the top three,
the White Sox have the best hitting, Oakland has speed.
and defense, and the Royals have the experience. But it
will be the White Sox that will win the division with an
exciting, extra-inning victory on the next-to-last day of
the season to make the playoffs.
CHICAGO-- Gone are the funny uniforms, gone is the
exploding scoreboard, gone is Bill Veeck and his
trateling circus. But also gone are the losing ways of the
Pale Hose and Chicago could well be hosting post-season
baseball for the first time in 23 years. The White Sox
have a murderers' row reminiscent of the 1980 Brewers.
Steve Kemp, Greg Luzinski, Tom Paciorek, Harold
Baines, Carlton Fisk, and Jim Morrison are all capable
of hitting 20 home runs this season. A tough pitching
AL West
1. Chicago
2. Oakland
3. Kansas City
4. Texas
5. Seattle
6. California
7. Minnesota
staff is led by Cy Young candidate Britt Burns (10-6, 2.64
ERA), with Steve Trout, Rich Dotson, and Dennis Lamp
rounding out the starting rotation.
The major weakness of the Sox will be defense.
Comiskey Park fans watching Kemp and Ron LeFlore
play in the outfield may be led to think they're watching
a Chicago Sting soccer game. But despite their
weaknesses, the Sox should have enough power to win
the division and make the fifth row of the upper deck in
left field an exciting place to sit.
OAKLAND- The A's are a well-balanced team.
Manager Billy Martin has managed to counter the best
outfield in baseball with the worst infield. Obtaining the
36-year-old Davey Lopes will help matters little. The A's
will have to make their run for the title with the likes of '
Dave McKay, Rob Picciolo, Wayne Gross, and Shooty
Babitt manning the infield stations. Oakland's pitching
will again be strong, unless the game should last more
than 21 innings and Billy would be forced to resort to his
bullpen. But the starting rotation of Steve McCatty (14-7,
2.33), Rick Langford (12-10, 2.99), Mike Norris, and

others will make a solid effort to pitch every inning of all
their games. Despite the presence of superstar out-
fielders Dwayne Murphy, Tony Armas, and Rickey
Henderson, Oakland does not have the talent or the dep-
th to repeat as division champions.
KANSAS CITY- Since their World Series appearance
two years ago, the fans at Royals Stadium have had little
to cheer about other than the water show in the outfield.
Worn-out stars such as Hal McRae, Amos Otis, Willie
Wilson, Frank White, and U.L. Washington have been
going downhill since the Series and George Brett can't
carry the whole team. The Royals pitching, however,
should keep them in the race. The acquisition of Vida
Blue to go along with starters Dennis Leonard and Larry
Gura plus Dan Quisenberry in the bullpen should keep
Kansas City from taking a premature cellar dive.
TEXAS- The Rangers are quickly turning from
bridesmaids to basement sweepers. Texas had several
years of finishes close to the top, but now it seems that
allotting it fourth could be too generous. Whatever
meager a team the Rangers had fielded in the past
seems to be gone now and not even the presence of two of
the best third basemen in baseball, Buddy Bell and
Larry Parrish, can change that. Texas' starting pit-
chers, Danny Darwin,. John Henry Johnson, Rick
Honeycutt, and Doc Medich will have to come through if
the Rangers are to have any shot at the penant race
because their lineup is just too weak. After Bell and
Parrish, the Rangers' offense will feature guys who can
only get hits by beating out high bouncers off the
astroturf. The problem with Texas this year is that it
plays on grass.
SEATTLE - Yes, ex-manager Maury Wills has laid a
foundation to build on for his former team, now its up to
current manager Rene Lachman to live up to the
Mariners' awesome potential. The strongest point for
Seattle will be its Cruz-Cruz double play combination.
Newcomer Todd Cruz combines with the fleet Julio Cruz
at second base to make the Mariners nearly unstop-
pable. Seattle's outfield of Jeff Burroughs, Richie Zisk,
and Gary Gray will pound ball after ball over the short
Kingdome fences. If the Mariners' young pitching comes
along as it should, Seattle could become a major surpri-
se.
CALIFORNIA - This team would have been good 10
years ago, but not anymore. The signing of free agent
Reggie Jackson to combine with Bobby Grich, Don
Baylor, Rod Carew, and Freddie Patek could make the
Angels the team to watch in the early '70s.
MINNESOTA - Instead of having his new stadium,
the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome, built, Twins' owner
Calvin Griffith should have kept the old stadium and got-
ten a new team.
TOMORROW: AL EAST

From Staff and AP reports
PITTSBURGH - Five high school
basketball players selected for the
Roundball Classic all-star game, in-
cluding one who has verbally commit-
ted to Michian, admit they have been
offered bribes to attend certain colleges
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in
a copyrighted story yesterday.
The five declined to name the schools
and said they had eliminated them
from consideration for scholarships.
"I'VE BEEN offered cars and
money, but it was done in very under-
cover ways," said Michigan recruit
Richard Rellford.
Paul Jokisch, a high school football
and basketball standout who will also
attend Michigan on a basketball
scholarship, denied ever being offered
a bribe, but added that illegal in-
ducements do exist. "It hurts me to say
it, and maybe I shouldn't, but the black
kids from the inner city are the prime
targets," said Jokisch. "I'm from
Birmingham, Michigan. No one of-
fered me a cent during by recruiting in.
either sport.
"I'd have turned it down, but believe
me, I can see where a lot of kids might
be tempted.".
MICHIGAN head coach Bill Frieder
spoke of the cheating that exists in the
recruiting of high school players. "It's
hard to pinpoint," he said. "Certainly
there's some cheating in athletics, but
it's hard to tell how much.
"I think it goes on (in the Big Ten),

but I don't think it's been rampant. Our
conference has had teams go on
probation in the past five years.
"Our kids work in the summer time
with real jobs. They're not phony
jobs."
OTHERS WHO said they had been of-
fered bribes were Keith Wesson of
Niles, Ohio who is reportedly still being
recruited by Michigan; Greg Willey of
Oak Hill Academy in Virginia; Lloyd
Moore of Clairton, Pa.; ard Andre
Banks of Chicago, Ill.
"What Digger Phelps said last week

about there being a lot of payoffs of-
fered and made is true," said Andre
Banks, a 6-foot-4, 175 pound guard from
Chicago.
Phelps, head coach at Notre Dame,
said recently he had reported four
schools to the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) for offering
cash payments of as much as $10,000
per year to recruits.
"IT'S BEEN going on for years,
Banks was quoted as saying in a story
by sports writer David Fink.
"The head coaches don't do it, most
assistant coaches wouldn't get directly
involved in it, but the alumni wind up
doing it after an assistant coach tips
them off about a particular kid," he ad-
ded.
Wesson, a 6-foot-10 center, said the
first offers he got caught him by sur-
prise. "Lots of schools are doing it," l-
said, "Usually it comes down fro
people associated with the schools, but
not from the coaches.".
WILEY SAID he is considering four
schools that have not made illegal of-
fers.
"The ones that offered me things like
money and cars were the ones who have
come off losing seasons or have
programs that have been on the way
down," Wiley said.
Moore, a 6-foot-9 center, said he w
"turned off" by illegal offers.
"The way .it came down to me was
that I wouldn't have to worry about the
high cost of transportation," Moore
said.

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Frieder
... cheating hard to pinpoint

'M' nine
take two
from
poor
fielding
Redskins

Special to the Daily
OXFORD, Ohio- The Michigan
baseball team won its ninth and 10th
games in a row, bombing Miami (O,)'s
two ace pitchers to take a doubleheader
from the Redskins, 14-3 and 12-2,
yesterday in Oxford, Ohio.
The Wolverines drilled 28 hits off the
hapless Redskin hurlers, including four
home runs and six doubles. .Thirteen
errors in the twinbill didn't help Miami,
either, as nine unearned Michigan runs
resulted.
CHRIS SABO'S two-run blast in the
first inning of the opener put the
Wolverines ahead to stay. Jeff'Jacob-
son added his own two-run round-
tripper in the fourth and Jim Paciorek
blasted a solo home run in the sixth
stanza, his sixth of the season.
Sabo went five-for-eight in the two
games with four RBI. In the last four
games, the third baseman has collected
nine hits in 16 at-bats,

The Wolverines jumped out to a quick
lead in the second game, as well.
Paciorek cracked an RBI single in the
game, which was his 200th career hit.
Freshman Ken Hayward slammed a
450-foot solo home run, the first of hO
Michigan career.
Wolverines Greg Schulte, Dave
Stober and Rich Bair each collected
three hits in the doubleheader. The win
lifted Michigan to 13-3, while the Red-
skins fell to 5-6 on the season.
Fielding follies
First Game R H E
MICHIGAN..............14 202 2 - 14 15 1
Miami (O0.............200 010 0 - 3 9 '4
Shuta and Young; Davis, Arnold (3) and Wright
WP-Shuta (3-1) LP-Davis (1-2)
HR-Sabo (2), Jacobson (1), Paciorek (6)
Second Game R H E
MICHIGAN...............231 100 5 - 12 13 0
Miami(O.) ...............000 200 0 - 2 5£9
Kopf and Bair; Carnegie andnRieman
WP-Kopf (1-0) LP-Carnegie (1-2)
HR-K. Hayward (1)

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