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Page 10-Thursday, February 17, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Carter's agent Woolf to meet with
Michigan Panthers tomorrow

Golfer Erskine returns

By RON POLLACK
With wire reports
Negotiations between Anthony Carter
and the Michigan Panthers have stalled
recently, but a newcomer is arriving on
the scene to give a much needed push.
Last Thursday, Carter hired Boston,
attorney Bob Woolf to be his agent.
Tomorrow, Woolf, who represents such
big-name clients as Larry Bird, Kelly
Tripucka, and Carl Yastrzemski, will
meet with Panthers' officials at their
Bloomfield Hills offices for the first
time.
"AS FAR AS I'm concerned, I'll come
in Friday starting from scratch
because I haven't spoken figures with
them," said Woolf.
The Panthers' last offer to Carter is
believed to be for $1.3 million over a
four-year period, but the Boston attor-

ney has a loftier figure in mind.
"I'm hoping they realize Anthony
Carter is someone very special and
make an offer accordingly," said
Woolf. "I'm hoping they offer
something better than anyone who has
signed has gotten." The highest paid
player in the fledgling United States
Football League is Philadelphia Stars'
running back Kelvin Bryant whose
four-year contract is speculated to be
worth $2.2 million.
WOOLF ARGUED that Carter is
deserving of the USFL's most lucrative
contract because of the flanker's status
as one of college football's greatest
game-breakers.
"He deserves that kind of contract
because of his stature in football," said
Woolf. "The league doesn't have a
three-time All-American who has got-

ten as many Heisman Trophy votes as
he has. They have no one like him who
can sell tickets like he can."
In his negotiations with the Panthers,
Woolf says he will use his knowledge of
other players' contracts as a
bargaining tool.
"I KNOW WHAT the first-round draft
choices in the NFL got last year, and I
know what the top players have been
given in the USFL," said Woolf. "If the
offer in the USFL is far superior to what
Anthony would get in the NFL, he'd
consider it. Anthony told me he has an
open mind. I told him I wouldn't go to
Michigan unless he had an open mind
and he said he did."
Now that Woolf is representing Car-
ter, it would appear that the
negotiations will become more stable.
Before hiring Woolf, Carter was
scheduled to have met with Panthers'
officials on three separate occasions,
only to cancel the meeting each time.
"Anthony is more or less counting on
me," said Woolf. "I'm sure he'll rely on
my expertise as to what a good offer is.
Then he has to decide which league he
wants."
"We're very enthused now that An-
thony has an agent and we have an ap-
pointment set up to sit down and really
be able to get into some good
discussions," said Panthers' general
manager Jim Spavital,

By JOE BOWER
Randy Erskine, one of the most suc-
cessful golfers in Michigan history,
found himself once again on the
Wolverine golf team this past fall. He
became assistant coach, and first-year
head mentor Jim Carras is elated.
"He'll be a great help," said Carras.
"He is great with the players and they
have a certain aura of respect for him."
He would like nothing better than for
some of Erskine's abundant success to
rub off on this year's inexperienced
squad.
His golfing success started during his
college career when the Battle Creek
native won the Big Ten individual
championship and twice earned All-
American honors. He also won every
amateur tournament in Michigan. It
seemed logical for him to make a ven-
ture into the professional ranks upon
graduating in 1970. After two-and-a-half
years, he qualified for and joined the
PGA.
"One winter I just got sick of the cold
weather and wanted to go on tour down
south," Erskine said. "I had won all I
could as an amateur and wanted to see
how I could do as a pro."
He did quite well as one of only two
Wolverine linksmen ever to compete
professionally. The former captain
went on to finish first in all the major
pro tourneys in Michigan including
three Michigan Opens. Unfortunately,
he did not find things as rewarding out-
side the state's borders. The highest he
ever finished was 12th in the Kemper

Open and the most he ever earned was
$15,000 in 1975. After six years he
retired.
"I enjoyed it (the PGA tour)," said
Erskine. There is a lot of comraderie
among the players and so much money
to win if you play well. But, it kept me
away from my family too much. After a
while I realized I just wasn't good
enough to make it worthwhile so I
quit."
After a brief one-year stint with an
insurance firm, he returned to the golf
scene becoming head pro at Washtenaw
Country Club in 1980.
"Once I got golf in my blood after
playing for so long, I couldn't get it out
so I had to come back," he said. "I
wasn't as happy being cooped-up
behind a desk as I am now. It was the

Erskine has no desire to return to
professional golf. "I'm very happy with
what I've done in golf, but I'll never go
back to the pro tour." Instead, he is
looking forward to the challanges of his
new role with the golf team. Carras is
too. The head coach is hoping that the
addition of the former PGA member as
assistant coach will create better, more
successful golfers who, like Erskine,
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perfect decision for me. I couldn't be
happier in any other profession. Now I
really enjoy my work."
He spends his summers overseeing
operations at the Ypsilanti course, and
during the winter he escapes to Florida
where he plays in the Club Professional
Series.
When Carras asked him to fill the
assistant coach vacancy last year, Er-
skine saw it as one more golf-related
challenge and eagerly accepted. As of
late, Michigan golf has been in
somewhat of a slump. Both new
coaches have high expectations for
their program.
"With my help, his (Carras') ad-
ministrating, - and some good
recruiting, I think we'll build a solid
program in a few years," he said.
Carras agrees. "He has the expertise,
background, and experience needed for
good instruction," the personable head
coach added. Because of Erskine's ex-
tensive knowledge of the game, Carras
has decided to let him handle most of
the instructional duties.
"I'll help the players with their
swings, work with them on their mental
attitudes and handling pressures, and
teach them how to map courses," he
explained. "I'll also do some
recruiting.'
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61

Howe loses
arbitration
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los
Angeles Dodgers have received their
third favorable ruling in as many ar-
bitration cases, with former Michigan
pitcher Steve Howe having to settle for
the reported $325,000 offered by the
National League club.
Howe, a lefthanded reliever, repor-
tedly was asking for $450,000 for 1983.
However, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday
in favor of the Dodgers, the team said
yesterday.
Within the past week, the Dodgers
also have won their arbitration cases
with third baseman Pedro Guerrero
and catcher Mike Scioscia.
Bing's Number Retired
DETROIT (UPI) - The Detroit Pis-
tons announced yesterday at the
Detroit Sports Broadcasters
Association Luncheon that the number
21 worn by nine-year veteran Dave
Bing will be retired, the first player
number pulled by the club.
Tom Wilson, Pistons Executive
Director, made the announcement at
the Detroit Press Club, and said the of-
ficial retiring of the number will take
place during ceremonies at the March
18 Pistons-Milwaukee Bucks game at
the Pontiac Silverdome.
Bing, who played with the Pistons
from 1966 through 1975, was involved in
the NBA's historic first coin flip in 1966
when New York won the toss. Bing was
the 1966-67 NBA Rookie of the Year and
on the First All-Star Team in 1968 and
1971. He received numerous other
honors in his career.
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