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Off the Record
By BOB WOJNO WSKI
The cider, 'The VictEors.
...it s called tradition
y OU WILL NOTICE first, if you are an infrequent visitor to Ann Arbor on
football Saturdays, the smell of hot cider in the air, perhaps. Or maybe
the whining chords of "The Victors" wafting throughout the slowly-changing
If you are a frequent visitor to Ann Arbor on football Saturdays, you will
notice all that you have always noticed and then you will realize that it is all
the same. As last year and the year before. Indeed, very little changes in the
football fiefdom that is Michigan.
And that is called tradition.
The old stadium is still there. They've spruced it up a bit, a little paint
here, a little Tartan turf there.
And the players, all decked out in their maize and blue regalia with the
distinctive wing-tipped helmets, will still charge out of the tunnel and smack
the "Go Blue, 'M' Club Supports You," banner.
The band, the hot dogs, the street vendors . . . the coach. They never
And that is good for tradition.
Oh, they almost lost him. The hotshot Texans came in flashing their oily
bucks and tried to woo the man they call Bo to Aggieland. And all those fans,
even the ones that had booed him just last fall when the Wolverines went
down thrice, said hell no, don't go Bo. For though they have often yelled that
this Schembechler was set in his ways and maybe a change was necessary,
the shocking realization that such a change might occur hit them like a 240-
Bo shocked them though. While the Houston papers were reporting a 70
percent chance of the coach jumping ship, Bo was rehearsing his "some
things are more important than money" speech.
Take the money and run
Jackie Sherrill, the erstwhile Pittsburgh coach, took the money and ran
you recall. He mulled it over about as long as it takes to say, "See you at the
In its simplest form, tradition is the absence of change and the ability to
withstand change. Michigan has withstood change to the tune of eight foot-
ball coaches since 1900 and just 13 in its 103-year history. Bo withstood
change to the tune of $2.25 million.
This tradition bit is nothing new you understand. You don't suddenly
stumble upon it in your 103rd year of existence. No, it has been around-
cultivated and enriched as each autumn turns to winter.
Tradition does not move from place to place at the drop of a coin. When it
is finished, tradition dies, as it did, in part, last October 26 when Bob Ufer
passed on. Ufer didn't take an oily ticket to Texas, but rather a deserved
pass to legendhood.
Michigan will probably win this football game this afternoon. And chances
are the next and next. That too is part of the never-changing tradition. A sort
of spiraling relationship develops between various aspects of the burgeoning
tradition that allows it to sustain itself. A school would most certainly not
have survived with only 13 coaches in 103 years if it was a consistent loser.
Conversely, as the victories mount, so too does the longevity and respect of
Michigan has it, others don 't
So, you see, Michigan has tradition. Pittsburgh does not. Many others too
have tradition. Many more do not. Tradition, you understand, is relative.
There are 10-year traditions, 50-year traditions and 103-year traditions.
You can argue about who has it and who doesn't but the best measuring
stick is ambiguous as hell. You just know it when you feel, see, hear it. And it
is times as we have seen with the death of Ufer and the life of Bo that it is
reaffirmed here in Ann Arbor.
Tradition, be advised, is not a godly edict carved in stone that immunes all
that it encompasses to the evils of the world. No, long-standing traditions
have crumbled in a day from the impunities of a wayward man. One hundred
and three years of tradition could crumble at this very university under the
weight of a recruiting scandal. You know now that there is no longer a
basketball tradition at the University of San Francisco.
There will be no Wolverine mascot bouncing idiotically around the old
stadium today. No fancy lettering on the old football jerseys, no barrage of
60 passes by the Maize and Blue. And now you know, if youware an infrequent
visitor to Ann Arbor, that the smell of the cider and the wafting strains of
"The Victors" have always been there.
Indeed, very little changes in the football fiefdom that is Michigan.
And that is called tradition.
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"I'VE GOT A few things to prove-
primarily to myself," said the senior
communication arts major.
And that personal goal comes
through loud and clear when he talks
about the season opener against
"I want to have a good first game,"
he said. "We've got to put some points
on the board to beat (Illinois quarter-
back Tony) Eason."
But the pronoun there is "we," not
"I." And it is the "we" again when he
speaks of Michigan State's upcoming
"I came from a winning program (in
high school), as did 99 percent of the
players on the team," he said. "And
we've got to get over .500-at least."
Duane Gunn (Indiana),
Indiana head coach Lee Corso makes
no qualms about it, he thinks that
Hoosier receiver Duane Gunn is one ek-
traordinarily talented player.
"I think, next to (Heisman Trophy
winner) Marcus Allen, Duane Gunn
was the best player I saw in the flesh
last year," said Corso.
AMONG THE players that Corso saw
in the flesh last season were Michigan
Reggie Roby (Iowa), punter
Iowa punter Reggie Roby walks sof-
tly and carries a big foot.
Last year, the 6-3, 230-pounder ab-
solutely punished the ball every time he
punted as he averaged 49.8 yards a
kick, a new NCAA record. And this
season, he's looking for bigger and bet-
ter (not to mention longer) things out of
ROBY IS hoping to average 55 yards a
kick this year. This goal is even more
impressive, since Roby is hoping to
kick Iowa's short punts this season.
Last year, Tom Nichol would punt
whenever the Hawkeyes were stopped
inside the 50.
When asked if Roby would kick from
inside the 50, Iowa head coach Hayden
Fry joked "No he won't kick inside the
50, we lose too many balls that way."
Roby is much more serious when
asked about his kicking inside the 50. "I
can do it," said Roby. "I haven't shown
him (Fry), but I've been working on it.
It'll depend on two-a-days as to whether
I'll kick inside the 50.
"EVEN IF I kick inside the 50, I think
I can average 55 yards a kick by kicking
away from people. My longest kick last
year (68 yards) was caught. So if I kick
away from people, I think I can get 55."
To average 55 yards a kick, Roby will
have to be doing something right. Is it
his leg strength, his follow through, his
drop of the ball? The answer, says
Roby, is none of these.
"If I'm smiling before a punt, I'll hit
it good," said Roby. "But if I'm nervous
I don't. So I try to smile a lot."
When Roby smiles before a punt, Fry
smiles afterward. "We've got the
world's best kicker returning, thank
god," said Fry.
They said it
MSU coach Muddy Waters on Spar-
tan linebacker Carl Banks-"Carl
Banks is one of the toughest young men
I know. If he talks back to me in prac-
tice, I pretend I don't hear him."
Iowa coach Hayden Fry on his team's
28-0 loss to Washington in last season's
Rose Bowl-"The magnitude of the
Rose Bowl is overwhelming; whether
it's lunch with Bob Hope or dinner with
Jimmy Stewart or all those little dum-
plettes trying to take my players out.
It's hard to get your mind on the game.
Some might say we never did get our
minds on the game."
Iowa defensive tackle Mark Bortz on
the Hawkeyes new winning at-
titude-"A lot of our younger guys don't
know what it's like to be abused against
Michigan in front of 100,000 people like
it used to be when we'd be 2-9."
Ohio State linebacker Marcus Marek
on parity in the Big Ten-"You don't
want to overlook anyone, because
anyone can beat anyone. Sometimes
when Ohio State scores the first touch-
down, you can see the other team
saying, 'Here we go again.' That's
Michigan linebacker and psychology
major Robert Thompson-"Bo calls me
MSU quarterback John Leister on the
Michigan-Michigan State rivalry-"If
we lost every game of the year and beat
Michigan, it's still a successful
ILLINOIS QUARTERBACK Tony Eason (3) is bettei
skills, but here he shows his running ability in las
Michigan, which the Wolverines won, 70-21.
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Corso is backing up his words by
having Gunn also play defensive back
on passing downs this year in order to
get maximum use out of the junior's
immense athletic ability.
Explaining why he will play on both
offense and defense, Gunn said, "Coach
Corso feels I'm the best all-around and
quickest player on the team. And he
wants someone to go for the ball and hit
in passing situations."
The transition from just playing of-
fense, where he caught 31 passes for 656
yards last season, to playing both offen-
se and defense will not be a problem,
says Gunn. "I don't anticipate dif-
ficulties because I'm in the best shape
I've ever been in. I won't split time in
practice every day at wide receiver and
defensive back. One day I'll play wide
receiver and one day defensive back."
As for why it is so rare for a college
player to line up both on offense and
defense, Gunn said, "I think college
coaches realize that there are so many
good athletes, that it's tough to have a
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