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Page 8-Wednesday, January 12, 1983-The Michigan Daily
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NEW YORK (AP) - Battlin' Billy
Martin, like a veteran boxer who
refuses to go down for the count, an-
swered the bell for round three as
manager of the New York Yankees
yesterday.
Bearing well the scars of two
previous, stormy stints as the Yankees'
skipper, Martin was accompanied to
the stadium for the announcement by
his agent, Judge Ed Sapir of New
Orleans, and by Yankee boss George,
Steinbrenner.
BOTH MARTIN and Steinbrenner
vowed this round would be different
than the first two, when Martin, once
fired and once resigned under pressure,
left in turmoil and, literally, a flurry of
punches.
Sources close to both the Yankees and
Martin said the new manager would
receive about $500,000 per year for five
years, making him the highest-paid
manager in baseball.
"We're entering a new era, for the
third time," Steinbrenner said at a
news conference.
"TO BE NO. 1 in pinstripes kind of
sticks with you," said Martin, a Yankee
jersey emblazoned with the numeral
one hanging on the dais in front of him.
"I could have sat out and waited for
managers to tumble and a job to open
up. But when George called me and I
saw-he was excited, and I was excited,
that was it.
"Now, it's up to me to do the job."
Martin was fired by the Oakland A's
last Oct. 20, making him available to
the Yankees. He left a club that finished
fifth in the American League West and
inherits from Clyde King a club that
finished fifth in the AL East last season.

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King, who managed the Yankees for the
last two months of the 1982 season,
moves into the front office, sharing
chief advisory duties with another for-
mer manager, Gene Michael.
IN BECOMING the first man to get
three chances to manage the Yankees,
Martin takes his seventh managerial
job since 1969. The switch of managers
was the 10th for Steinbrenner since he
took over the club in January 1973,
almost 10 years ago to the day, and the
fourth in one year. Bob Lemon began
the 1982 season, was replaced in April
by Michael who, in turn, was replaced
by King on Aug. 3.
"I've said all along that if Mr. Stein-
brenner wants Billy back, it's fine with
me," King said from his home in Gold-
sboro, N.C. "I enjoyed managing and
would have liked a full year, but he's
the boss and whatever he wants is
fine."
Martin, 54, is only the fourth man to
manage a team more than twice. Bucky
Harris with the Washington Senators
and Charlie Grimm with the Chicago
Cubs each had three tries, and Danny
Murtaugh managed the Pittsburgh
Pirates four different times.
ALTHOUGH his managerial stints
have been short, he always has been a
winner. He led the Twins to the AL West
title in '69 before being fired. He took
over the Detroit Tigers in 1971, led the
club to an AL East title in '72 and was
fired in September 1973.
:Six days later, he became manager of
the Texas Rangers, whom he turned in-
to a second-place club before being
fired on July 21, 1975, setting him up for
his first tour of duty with the Yankees.
Martin guided the Yankees to a World'
Series championship in 1977 - their fir-
st in 15 years.

ts act back to NY

By RON POLLACK

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NFL beware, the USFL

AP Photo
A smiling Billy Martin tries on his New York Yankees cap for the third time.
The fiery field marshal was re-signed yesterday.

poses a legitimate threat
By RON POLLACK
N TATIONAL FOOTBALL League moguls beware, a serious threat looms largely
on the horizon. This menace is the new United States Football League, and it
means business.
In the past, there has been the World Football League and American Football
Association. But not since the American Football League engaged in bidding wars
for college stars with the mighty National Football League has a fledgling league
shown such vast promise.
For starters, the USFL is filling its rosters with name players. A bit past their
prime in many instances, but recognizable and marketable nonetheless. What's
more, they are scattered all about the league, insuring fan interest in all USFL
cities. They are as follows:
Arizona Wranglers - David Sproul, Elvis Peacock.
Birmingham Stallions - Tom Banks.
Boston Breakers - Mike Livingston.
Chicago Blitz - Greg Landry, Eddie Brown, Doug Dennison, Tim Wrightman,
Tim Spencer.
Denver Gold - Bo Matthews.
Michigan Panthers - John Wangler, Ralph Clayton, Andy Cannavino.
Los Angeles Express - Mike Rae, Kris Haines.
New Jersey Generals-Terry Miller.
Oakland Invaders - Cedric Hardman, Raymond Chester, Delvin Williams.
Philadelphia Stars - Rodney Parker, Lydell Mitchell, David Trout, Booker
Moore.
Tampa Bay Bandits - John Reaves, Danny Buggs, Craig Bradshaw.
Washington Federals - Mike Bragg, Kim McQuilken, Coy Bacon.
As the signing of Wrightman (the Chicago Bears' 1982 third round draft-choice) and
Spencer (a sure-fire first-round selection this year) indicates, the USFL is niot just
a haven for the previously retired and unemployed.
It's just a start, but a league spokesman said Monday that while there are no 4
imminent signings of this year's college seniors, all are at least talking with USFL
teams.
And that is a good sign. Often times, college seniors only talk to teams from
secondary leagues if they are disgruntled with the NFL team which has drafted
them.
The reason that collegiates are at least listening to the USFL's offers is money.
Unlike the World Football League and American Football Association, the USFL
has money - lots of it.
For starters, the USFL is the first league to sign a TV contract before it signed a
single player. The league's contract with ABC will net it 120 million, while ESPN
will ante up $15 million. That's more than pocket money.
These TV contracts will also do more than fatten owner's wallets, they will give
the league exposure and credibility.
The financial stability of the league also goes beyond the TV contract. Whereas
the World Football League folded under the weight of financial disaster after
raiding a few NFL rosters, the USFL owners are far more affluent.
"I was the richest owner in the WFL and I'm the poorest one in this league," said
Tampa Bay owner John Bassett.
To p of the line coaches
Yet anot er feather in the USFL's cap is the choice of head coach by various
teams. The best known coaches are George Allen, Chuck Fairbanks, John Ralston
and Red Miller. In addition, a number of respected assistant coaches from the
NFL have been tabbed. One such coach, George Perles, was so highly thought of
that Michigan State wooed him away from the Philadelphia Stars.
With the Stars threatening court action, the Spartans coughed up $175,000 in an
out of court settlement, it was reported Monday.
Not only do these coach's give the league's credibility a shot in the arm, but
collegiates will undoubtedly realize that they can receive excellent coaching in
either the NFL or USFL.
Yet another plus for the USFL is its decision to assign territorial rights of college
players to its teams. Can you imagine the excitement if the Michigan Panthers
sign Wolverine flanker Anthony Carter, thereby reuniting him with forter
Michigan quarterback Wangler?
Even without Carter, Wangler is likely to attract the interest of a number of
Wolverine fans. Translated, that means seasons tickets. I'd be willing to bet that
Wangler (who didn't make it in the NFL) is worth more season's tickets for the
Panthers than, let's say, former Wolverine linebacker Mel Owens (a first round
draft choice) is for the Los Angeles Rams. Wangler already has a following in the
state of Michigan. Owens, on the other hand, is an outsider in California.
Taking all this into consideration, how much interest is there in the USFL? So
far, 40 cities are interested in expansion franchises according to USFL com-
missioner Chet Simmons.
And Taking everything into consideration, is the NFL worried? You'd better
believe it.
Regarding the signing of Ohio State's Spencer, Chicago Blitz part-owner Ted
Diethrich charged the NFL with "aggressive and widespread intrusion" to block
the signing of collegiate players by the USFL.
Spencer's agent, Washington D.C. attorney Richard Bennett said the former
Buckeye running back had received phone calls by people associated with the
NFL.
At this point in time, it remains to be seen whether any team other than the Blitz
will sign a highly-touted collegiate. And it remains to be seen how effective the
league will be.
At best, it will provide a serious threat to the pro football monopoly called the
NFL. At worst, it will be a painful thorn in the elder league's side.

AP Basketball Poll

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10.
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12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.

Memphis St. (42)........11-1
Virginia (13)..........11-1
St. John's (3) ........... 13-0
Indiana (2) ............. 10-1
UCLA ...................9-1
Kentucky .............. 11-2
Arkansas .............. 11-0
Nevada-Las Vegas ..... 12-0
Louisville .............. 11-2
Alabama ................ 9-2
North Carolina .........10-3
Iowa .................... 9-2
Syracuse .............. 11-2
Missouri ............... 10-2
Villanova ............... 8-2
Houston ................ 11-2
Minnesota ............. 10-1
Tennessee ............. 10-2
N.C. State ............... 7-2
Ohio State ............... 9-2

1,164
1,110
1,028
994
985
857
764
734
650
604
529
511
411
403
395
293
266
234
160
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NCAA rule
(Continued from Page 1)
delegates voted in what could be viewed
as a loophole. It specifies that athletes
who do not meet the new requirements
will be permitted an athletic scholar-
ship but cannot compete their first
year.
Sjogren sees the new rule opening up
many more avenues than mere
loopholes. "I suspect it will be much
easier to cheat now and these are the
things we will have to contend with," he
said. "You could have a situation where
someone goes in and takes the test for
someone else. It's been happening for
years."
After a two-hour lunch break,
delegates resumed their debate and one
of the most eloquent pleas was made by
Father Edmund P. Joyce of Notre
Dame.
"FAR MORE criticism can be
leveled at the system which places the
17-year-old in an environment he is ill-
preapred for," he said. "In the eyes of
the nation, we have been sadly

upsets blac]
delinquent in one area of academics -
the talented athlete. For many years,
this has been an open scandal. I find it
hard to believe the distinguished
presidents who sponsored No. 48 would
discriminate against anybody. Let's
bite the bullet today. Let's delay no
more."
But presidents of two predominately
black schools, Joseph Johnson of
Grambling State and Dr. Jesse Stone
of Southern University, vehemently
protested passage of the measure.
"I hope that black athletes across the
United States got this message," John-
son said. "You've been denied an op-
portunity. These institutions don't want
you."
STONE, ASKED if he was surprised
the proposal was approved, said,
"Nothing white America does surprises
me. This was very definitely an act of
racism. Many of the institutions which
supported this may suffer because it
will drive many of the good black
athletes back to us."

k educators
Johnson and Stone said they both
planned to speak to civil rights leaders
and lawyers to see what action can be
taken.
Sjogren, meanwhile, stopped short of
calling the rule racist. "I don't think I
would call it a racist rule," he said.
"Tests show there is a linear relation-
ship between low-income and low test
scores. So I think it's more a matter of
economic discrimination."
EARLIER yesterday Penn State
football coach Joe Paterno charged
during the pre-vote debate that black
athletes have been "raped" for more
than 15 years by a system that exploits
their talents without developing their
minds.
"We've raped 'em," Paterno told
more than 1,300 delegates during
debate on No. 48. "We can't afford to do
that to another generation."
"I'm really surprised that so many
black educators have gotten up and sold
their students down the river," said
Paterno, whose team just won the
national championship. "I think you're
underestimating their pride."
"I think it is a step backwards," ad-
ded Sjogren. "In a time when we're
trying to open up elite institutions for
more people, I think it's definitely a
step backwards."

open letter to the
University ofMichigan Academic Community
FROM: LSA/Medical School Task Force on Medical Education:
Frederick C. Neidhardt, Ph.D., Chairman
Gerald D. Abrams, M.D.
James N. Cather, Ph.D.
David G. Shappirio, Ph.D.
Nicholas H. Steneck, PhD.
James A. Taren, M.D.
RE: Pre-medical and medical education
Both nationally and here on campus, concerns have been raised about the current
system for training physicians, from entry into an undergraduate program through
the granting of the M.D. The Association of American Medical Colleges is presently
undertaking a comprehensive, three-year study of medical education for the pur-
pose of identifying critical problems and formulating appropriate solutions.
In response to this situation, the executive committees of LSA and the Medical
School, with the support of their respective Deans, established a joint committee to
review pre-medical and medical education at Michigan. Since the University of
Michigan enrolls more -of its undergraduates in medical school than any other
university and is the site of a major medical school, it was felt that the problems
we identify and attempt to solve would improve not only our own institution but
also have a bearing on national policy.,
As a first step toward carrying out our work, we feel that it is important to ask for
advice from the entire academic community. We particularly need to identify those
aspects of the current pre-medical and medical programs that seem to be the most
in need of consideration.
If you have concerns about the current pre-medical or medical programs, please
communicate them to us. We would prefer initially to receive rank order listings of
major problems with brief explanations. There will be an opportunity for more

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