Page 12-Friday, April 15, 1983-The Michigan Doily
THE. SPORTING VIEWS
Newt's retiring means one thing:
Fun is over at the big 'M'
By JESSE BARKIN
LAST MONTH one of Michigan's true greats retired from the Wolverine
coaching ranks: Newt Loken.
He did not run the gymnastics program with an iron hand, like some of the
other supposed Michigan legends, i. e. Bo "I don't care if he graduates as
long as he stays for his eligibility" Schembechler, but in his own simple
way he coached his teams to national prominance in the 1960s and 70s. In
fact, it would not be stretching it by saying that Loken has more school spirit
in his left hand than Don Canham has in his whole body.
the almighty dollah
Canham's philosophy is, of course, "Maize and Blue don't mean shit if it
ain't mixed with a healthy dose of green." But I guess that's OK because the
entire outlook of the University is that the all mighty dollar as the way of life.
With the stepping down of Loken comes the hard reality that any fun at all
has left the Michigan athletic program. Loken was the epitimy of the word
fun. To see him at the annual Michigan homecoming football game, one
would see a balding (make that bald) gymnastics coach remembering the
gool o1' days by leading cheers like it was V-J Day all over again. He's like a
super ball let loose in Chuck-E-Cheese's on a Saturday afternoon. Wait,
check that; he's more like one of Chuck E's buddies. He's the most animated
character in cartoon history. Only he's real.
The scary thing is that Newt is like that all the time. He's a big bundle of
kinetic energy ready to explode at any moment. And he is sincere. Without
exaggerating, it is fair to say he is the most likeable coach in Michigan's history.
So what's so good about that? According to ex-Michigan athlete Peg Harte,
a coach has to be tough and yell at her players in order to get results. Bo
would certainly agree that no good could ever come from relating to his
athletes as if they were people, and not just slabs of meat. After all if you are
not tough and macho, how can you expect to get the athlete's respect?
r By CHUCK JAFFE
Read these columns, please!
Golfer Jodie Mudd erupts with glee after finding the hole. Shots like this chip
for birdie on the 17th enabled Mudd to slide in with a 66 for the first round of
the Heritage Gol f, Classic.
THE DAIL Y RACING FORM:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal
jury has convicted two men of con-
spiring to violate federal anti-
racketeering laws in a thoroughbred
The jury Wednesday night found
Oacus Donald Oakes of Indianapolis
and Donald Eugene Bowers, a trainer
who at the time of the indictment was
under suspension by Louisianna's Jef-
ferson Downs stewards, guilty of the
scheme that included the attempted
substitution of a "ringer" at Churchill
Downs in June, 1981.
The jury acquitted Omar Fannin Jr.,
a Lafayette, Ind., horse trainer, of con-
spiring to commit the scheme. Fannin
was also acquitted of traveling from
Lafayette to Louisville to attempt to
race a horse he trained under the
assumed name of Mamma's Clue at
The jury also acquitted Fannin of
using a forged or altered thoroughbred
foal certificate of registration to enter
the horse in races.
In January, a federal grand jury in-
dicted seven men in the scheme. But
last week, four of the men pleaded
guilty to charges of conspiring to
violate anti-racketeering laws.
Turf writer honored
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Fred
Russell, retired sports editor of the
Nashville Banner,sand breeder-owners
Fred W. Hooper and Sonny Werblin will
be honored by the National Turf
Writers Association at its annual dinner
May 4 in Louisville, Ky.
Russell, now a master sports editor of
the Banner, will receive the Walter
Haight Award for distinguished career
in journalism. He retired last year after
a career spanning more than 50 years.
Ask Newt's athletes, they might have the answer.
As for the demise of Fun in the Michigan athletic program, the only thing
to say is that with the exit of Newt comes the new austerity. From now on it's
money, money, money (and not necessarily in that order). When Newt was
here it was also money, money, money, but at least there was an element of 3
fun. The question for all is, "can we find a savior?"
Well, to be honest it will be difficult, but there is hope on the horizon. The
heir to Michigan coaching greatness might be in the hands of one basketball
coach Bill Frieder.
He may seem a little dour and pessimistic . . . and even boring, at times,
but that is not his true nature. After two consecutive unsuccessful seasons it
is hard to be in great spirits all the time.
Actually, he is witty and clever, and undoubtably one of most sincere men
I have ever met. He can get down, but he will always give a reporter or a fan
the time of day, and he'll give it to you straight.
Best of all, when he starts winning he will loosen up. And perhaps the word
fun will be back in the term "The Michifun Wolfunerines. "
Few masters have covered more Ken-
Werblin, chairman of Madison
Square Garden Corp., will receive the
Joe Palmer Award for meritorious ser-
vice to racing for his roles in launching
the Meadowlands Race Track in New
Jersey and for promoting the Arlington
Million at Arlington Park.
'Dutchess' wins Mocassin
NEW YORK (AP) - Joia Stable's
Miss Dutchess, who went off as a 7-1
shot in a field of four, took the lead with
a sixteenth of a mile to go and finished
strongly to capture the $35,000 Moc-
casin Masters' Handicap Thursday at
The 5-year-old mare, ridden by Angel
Santiago, carried 116 pounds through
seven furlongs in 1:23 4-5 to win by 1/2
lengths over Mochila, 120. Guided
Ruler, the early leader, finished last.
Future Fun, scheduled to run as an en-
try with Mochila, was a late scratch.
With her first victory in three starts
this year, Miss Dutchess earned a net
purse of $21,000 and returned $16 and
$3.80 to her backers in the crowd of
12,248. Sprouted Rye paid $3.80 to place.
There was no show betting.
Field chosen for derby
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Balboa
Native and Exile King, two of the
favorites, drew inside positions yester-
day after the draw was delayed for ne
hour for the $250,000-added Arkansas
The 47th running of the derby is to
close the Oaklawn Park season Satur-
day. A field of 15 makes the derby
IOaklawn's richest race with a purse of
$295,400. The winner would earn
$177,240. The last time the field was this
large was 1974.
Balboa Native, owned by R. H.
Spreen and trained by Wayne Lukas,
drew the No. 1 post. He will be ridden by
Jorge Velasquez and will carry 123
1. Texas (39-8)............. ..............496
2. Miami, Fla. (40-9) ...........................495
3. Wichita State (30-8).....................494
4. Tulane (29-6)............................491
5. MICHIGAN (17-2).............. ........489
6. San Diego State (30-8) ......................487
7. Stanford (26-8-1).............. ..........484
8. Mississippi St. (23-7).........................483
9. Nebraska (27-2).......................482
10. Brigham Young (236)....................480
11. Oral Roberts (29-7)..........................478
12. Fresno State (28-10) .........................476
13. Fullerton State (28-12-2) ..................474
14. South Carolina (22-5) ........................471
15. North Carolina (30-6) ........................470
16. So. California (22-14) ........................469
17. The Citadel (22-2) ......,.....................465
18. Houston (33-5) ...............................463
19. Washington State (18-8-1) ....,............462
20. Pan American (45-12-1) ..:.................460
'records as of April 14.
Father Nick versus Father Time:
A story of giving until it hurts
F ATHER NICK HUBBLE'S athletic eligibility ran out years ago, but that
hasn't stopped the Roman Catholic priest of St. Mary's Student Chapel
from playing a big role in Michigan athletics.
This weekend, when the Michigan football team divides to play its annual
Blue-White exhibition game, Hubble will be on the sidelines quietly waging
his own war. The sprite minister, who has served as a friend, counsel and
confidante to many of Michigan's most-talented athletes for the last five
years, has cancer.
Father Nick, as most of his acquaintances call him, was told of his cancer
in early November. Nevertheless, the illness, and later an operation, did not
keep him from either the Ohio State game or the Rose Bowl. Since that time,
however, Hubble has lost over 30 pounds, most of his hair, but none of his ef-
Does less, but still enough
"There are times when I get frustrated because I'm tired and can't do
what I used to do," says Hubble, who turned 60 in February. "The fact is,
though, that I've come to realize that you take each day as it comes. Other-
wise there is too much that-you want to do but can't. I'm learning to accept a
lot of thiigs I can't control, so I accept it and relax."
But life at Michigan has seldom been relaxing for the "Football Father."
In addition to attending all Michigan football games, Hubble is usually a
sight at basketball, hockey and baseball games, as well as a welcome spec-
tator at non-revenue producing sports contests. But rather than attending as
a priest, roman collar in hand, Nick Hubble goes to sports events as a fan
and a friend.
"By nature, I'm not too unfriendly," he says. "I've got my role, and it's not
as a spectator or cheerer, but it is caring for, and administering to, the
people on campus. It isn't easy gaining acceptance from the players,
because there are so many people around that they usually have some
"You go to where they are, and you don't come in and say 'I came to give
you the word of God,' " Father Nick adds."If you go to where they are, you
aren't quite as much of a threat. I am more accessible to the players when
I'm not in my office, and they know that. I'm there because I think it's im-
portant and I feel that the players have recognized that."
Certainly, the Michigan athletic department knows of Father Nick's ac-
complishments. A regular speaker at University banquets, Hubble has made
a place for himself in the Wolverine athletic world.
A-Massing the roses
At no time was this more evident than during the 1980 Rose Bowl chase.
Every Saturday morning at pre-game Mass, Hubble brought a rose -- one
for every week. When, one Saturday in November, Hubble had brought 12
roses, the Wolverines had beaten Ohio State to advance to the Rose Bowl.
"I started adding a rose each week at football Mass on Saturdays," says
Hubble, who came to Ann Arbor two years after his retirement as a Navy
chaplain. "My thing was no magic trick. It was my way of saying, 'If we get
the twelfth one, we're there.'-.Psychologically it was satisfying, because I felt
I was giving a morale boost. The kids who came to Mass would go back and
tell the others, 'He brought an extra rose.' I remember one week when
someone came up to count the roses to make sure I had the right number."
Father Nick still gives morale boosts, and is still an inspiration to
Michigan athletes. Former Wolverines John Wangler and Tony Jackson,
still very close to Hubble, went to his house this fall to clean the yard while
Hubble was in the hospital. Knowing that he has touched some people is
reward enough for the Football Father.
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"It was really kind of gratifying," he says. "They just came over on their
own and helped with the lawn. Everyone was really concerned about how I
was doing at the Rose Bowl. People who never sat down to shoofthe breeze
with me took a little more time. I'm getting all the fringes now."
It hasn't been Hubble who has gotten the fringes, but rather the Michigan
athletes and community as a whole. Now, with the start of another football
season just around the corner, Father Hubble has been told that he may have
between six months and two years to live. He has been undergoing
chemotherapy, and admits to having his good and bad.days, but his spirit
has not been dampened.
"It's not a case of worrying of whether it'll be six months, two years or two
days," Hubble says. "This is a time when you think, 'Are you there to sell
yourself or to help people?' I'm not here to sell Nick Hubble.
"I'd like to feel that (my role) has been one of reaching out, caring for and
being helpful to - not just athletes - but Michigan students as people. You
help just by being there, and sometimes you don't say anything."
For Father Nick Hubble, Saturday's exhibition football game is just
another chance to "be there." Unfortunately for the University community,
and Michigan's athletes especially, Father Nick's eligibility to "be there"
will eventually run out too.
Chicago 12, Baltimore 11
Montreal 4, Chicago 3
San Diego 6, San Francisco 4
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dan Mc-
Climon, the University of Wisconsin
track and cross country coach, died late w
yesterday from injuries sustained when
the light plane in which he was a
passenger crashed as he returned from
a recruiting trip, authorities said.
McClimon, 41, died at 5:30 p.m. at
University Hospital from severe burns
over 73 percent of his body, said Dane
County Deputy Coroner Donald
Hospital officials said he also suf-
fered massive head injuries and
multiple bone fractures. An autopsy
will be performed today, Scullion said.
The small plane in which he was a
passenger was piloted by Madison
businessman George Walker, 49.
Hospital officials said Walker was in
critical but stable condition with severe
burns last night.
The two men were returning from a
recruiting trip at Cornell, Ill., when the
plane crashed in a wooded field in
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