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The Michigan Daily

Leonard
makes
decision;
calls it
quits

BALTIMORE (AP) - World Welterweight
champion Sugar Ray Leonard, who admitted he
vacillated unil the last minute, announced his
retirement from boxing last night.
"The final decision was made tonight, right
here in the ring," Leonard said after making the
announcement to a crowd of more than 9,000 in
the Baltimore Civic Center, where he launched
his pro career in 1977.
IN ANSWER to a question shouted from
ringside, Leonard explained his indecision
during the six months since an operation to
correct a detached retina.
"Every day it was a different answer," he
said. "I didn't want to mislead the public."
Leonard said he had thought about returning to
competition for a time, but added: "Then I
forgot about it."
ANSWERING another question from the
audience, Leonard said: "The feeling is gone. I
will not come back. That's it."

SPORT
... R S
Wednesday, November 10, 1982
During his formal announcement, during
which he thanked his family and all those con-
nected with his career both in and out of the ring,
Leonard looked toward middleweight champion
Marvin Hagler, a possible opponent who would,
it was thought, produce a purse of $15 million or
more for Leonard.
"The fight with that great man would be one of
the greatest in the history of boxing," Leonard
said. "It would be Fort Knox, and he's the only
man who could make it happen. Unfortunately,
it will never happen."
HAGLER, one of the invited guests who spoke
to Leonard as he satin the ring listening to ac-
colades, also made reference to a possible bout
with the welterweight champion.
"Leonard andHearns (Thomas Hearns, whom
Leonard defeated to become undisputed welter-
weight champion) was the showdown, but we've
got to be the fight of the century," Hagler said.
Prior to that, however, Hagler said: "I'd like

to see Leonard go out with style, the way that he
is."
Leonard had not fought since Feb. 15, and his
well-publicized decision came six months to the
day since the 26-year-old welterweight champion
underwent surgery to correct a detached retina
in his left eye. The production was billed as "Ap
Evening with Sugar Ray Leonard," with Howard
Cosell seving as master of ceremonies.
PUBLIC speakers included former
heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and
Ken Norton, former light heavyweight cham-
pions Matthew Saad Muhammad and Eddie
Mustafa Muhammad, Leonard's manager
Angelo Dundee, entertainer Wayne Newton and
Dr. Ronald Michels, the opthamologist who
operated on Leonard.
Before the ceremony, Leoard's wife, Juanita,
said, "I just told him if he didn't quit I'd break all
his fingers."

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Freshmen ready to lead cagers. . .
... Frieder, fans ready to smile
By JESSE BARKIN
K NEELING ON the sideline at last Sunday's intra-squad scrimmage,
Michigan basketball coach Bill Frieder watches freshman recruit
Richard Rellford slam one down on an outlet pass from fellow recruit Roy
Tarpley.
He must be thinking "smile," but he doesn't. Instead the eternal pessimist
spends the evening looking on, straight-faced, occasionally barking instruc-
tions and criticisms. He does not smile, and yet he stands in one of the most
envied coaching positions in collegiate basketball.
Say what? Isn't this the same team that sunk to new lows in Michigan
history last year, winning just seven of 27 games?
Hardly.
The three guards that shared time last season, Eric Turner, Dan
Pelekoudas, and Leslie l4ockymore return, but now have a year of Big Ten
experience and will be much improved. Up front, the Wolverines will not be
pushed around. Frieder acknowledges that this unit is the biggest in the
school's history. Last year it was one of the smallest.
Instead of starting as a 6-6 center, Ike Person has moved to his natural
forward position to make way for 611 Tim McCormick. And then there are
the freshmen: 6-6 Rellford, 6-7 Butch Wade, 6-8 Paul Jokisch, 6-9 Robert Hen-
derson and 6-10 Tarpley.
However, with all this talent, the
season remains a question mark.
Frieder is worried about his fresh-
men maturing in time for the season
and experiencing shocking first year
jitters. He is worried how effective
McCormick will be. And he is hoping
Turner and the rest of the veterans
will play how they did at the end of
last year and not how they did at the
beginning.
'r But, regardless, the future is
bright for Frieder and his
Wolverines. Very bright.
No., his team will 'not win the
NCAA 'championship this season.
No, they will not win the Big Ten.
But there is so much in Frieder's
favor. First, the schedule is tailor-
made for an inexperienced squad. Of
the team's 10 nonconference games,
only Penn, Kansas, and Oklahoma Frieder
State should pose any kind of a rti er
problem to the Wolverines. This will ... recruiting a winner
give the freshmen time to learn and
make mistakes in preparation for the Big Ten season, while not hurting the
won-los t record.
Secondly, with all his talented freshmen it is almost assured that one or
two will be able to step in and help the team right away.
And thirdly, the fans are behind Frieder and the team. Last season, though
fewer in number than previous years, the fans backed the Wolverines
despite their atrocious record. Why? The Michigan partisans realized that
the team and its coach were doing their best. They did not choke; they did
not fold under the pressure. Rather, the Wolverines were simply outmanned.
This year the fans will be back, and will do their best to cheer on the team.
Yes, the team will improve, and Frieder will look good. A winning season
is virtually assured. But after that? A post season NIT bid? Maybe. An
NCAA bid? Probably not.
But then comes the season after. In 1983 the freshman crop will have one
a year under its belt. Turner, Rockymore, McCormick and Pelekoudas will be
finely-tuned veterans. And how about Frieder's recruits next year. Frieder
has been recruiting guards to complement Turner in the backcourt, and it is
no secret that Detroit Southwestern's 6-5 sensation Antoine Joubert is
Frieder's top choice. Perhaps Joubert will choose this week, when recruits
are allowed to sign letters of intent.
And how about the year after? When Turner and McCormick are seniors,
and this year's recruits are juniors. The outlook is unlimited.
Too far in the future, you ask? Perhaps. But it is certainly something to
think about. Frieder has certainly thought about it, and probably has even
smiled, knowing that he is the one who gets to direct the show.
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Budget, playoff set-up, TV rights
dominate Control Board meeting

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Once a month, a Michigan Student
Assembly member, a few faculty
members and a group of Michigan
alumni meet in Crisler arena. This
gathering is called the Board in Control
of Inter-Collegiate Atheltics of the
University of Michigan.
The agenda for the meeting is set,
administered, and presided over by
Michigan Athletic Director Don
Canham. The content of this meeting
usually runs the same format. New,
rules and regulations by the NCAA and
the Big Ten Conference are announced
and discussed, followed by an itemized
account of the athletic department's
financial statement and expenditures.
RESULTING from the fact that
Michigan is a collegiate football power,
that annually accounts for millions of
dollars, the subject of Michigan and
college football was the main topic
discussed.
Over the past few months, rule
changes and/or modifications have not
been the focal points of debate. Curren-
tly, the new NCAA television contract,
signed with ABC and CBS is the hot
issue. The controversy started when it
was ruled that the television contract
signed by the NCAA was in violation of
certain anti-trust laws.
Of major pertinence to Michigan
football is the so-called, "protective
clause." This clause has, for the last 15
years, prohibited any one university
from being on television more than
three times in one year, or five times in
two years.
THE NEW contract, however, which
includes two major networks, permits a
team such as Michigan to be seen on
television four times in one year, but no
more than six times in two years.
Since the NCAA contract situation is
up in the air, the results for next season
are uncertain. However, under the
current 'protective clause' rule,
Michigan will only be permitted on
television twice in the fall of 1983.
The other major issue pertaining to
college football is p play-off system in
Division I to determine a "true"
national champion. Canham, similar to
a vast majority-of college coaches, is

opposed to such an innovation because
of the academic burden that will be
placed on the athletes. However,
Canham realizes the financial potential
of such a scheme.
"CAN YOU imagine the numbers of a
'super bowl' college national cham-
pionship, and the games leading up to
it. The money from television would be
astronomical," said Canham. Accor-
ding to Canham, the bottom line is that
eventually Division I football will be
forced to such a playoff system.
On the women's side of the athletic
agenda, Associate Athletic Director
Phyllis Ocker brought the board up to
date.
This is the tenth year of women's
athletics on the varsity level at
Michigan, and a special weekend is
being planned for February 11-13, 1983.
ALSO ON the women's schedule is a
basketball scrimmage against an

Australian club team from Melbourne
on November 19. This is the first time a
women's team will face an inter-
national competitor.
The financial side of 'the athletic
department is in good shape, although
Canham is worried about balancing the
budget.
And for those students who plan on
heading out to Pasadena, Rose Bowl
tickets will be $30.00.

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