Rozier signs with Maulers
Pittsburgh lands Heisman
winner with big contract
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner
Mike Rozier was lured to the fledgling Pittsburgh
Maulers of the United States Football League Mon-
day with a reported $3 million, three-year contract
that his agent claims will make him the highest-paid
rookie in pro football history.
The Maulers, a USFL expansion francise seeking
an instant box office name in a town whose football
loyalties lie with the Steelers of the NFL, worked out
the deal with the Nebraska running back just hours
after a 31-30 loss to national champion Miami in the
Orange Bowl on Jan. 2.
"MY CONTRACT with Pittsburgh enables me to
have financial security, which was very important to
me and my representatives when we first began
discussing a professional football contract," Rozier
said in a statement issued by the Maulers.
"I hope to buy a new house for my parents and then
will have my financial advisors make investment
recommendations for me," he said.
Rozier, from Camden, N.J., did not attend a
Maulers' press conference announcing his signing
because of a commitment to attend an all-star game
in Tokyo. The Maulers said he will not play in the
game because of an ankle injury suffered in the
ROZIER, WHO ran for 2,148 yards and scored 29
touchdowns for 12-1 Nebraska this season, is to report
to the Maulers' preseason training camp in Melbour-
' ne, Fla., on Jan. 22 or 23, the team said.
Maulers General Manager George Heddleston said
the contract is not as lucrative as the estimated $4
million to $5 million that Herschel Walker is
receiving over three years from the USFL's New Jer-
But Rozier's agent, Mike Trope, said in a telephone
interview with the Associated Press from his Los
Angeles law office "that the way it's (Rozier's con-
tract) structured, it's the best."
"WALKER'S THIRD year with the Generals is an
option year and it's not guaranteed. Mike's is a three-
year deal with the dollars up front. The Rozier money
is all up front. There is a lot of money up front,"
Rozier decided not to wait until the National Foot-
bal League draft on May 1 to decide his pro football
future because "if the money is there, it doesn't take
a lot of time to make up your mind," Trope said.
"It would hve been absolutely foolhardy to wait for
the NFL draft," Trope said.
Trope said the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the
first pick in the NFL draft, "would not alter their
salary structure" to accommodate Rozier. He said
his phone calls to the Bengals last Friday were not
"I've represented three of the Bengals' first round
picks in the last seven years," Trope said. "He
(Rozier) couldn't have gotten half from the Bengals
what he got from Pittsburgh."
Heddleston first spoke to Trope three weeks ago
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Nebraska running back Mike Rozier, shown here after
winning the Ileisman Trophy on December 3, signed
a three-year, $3-million deal with the Pittsburgh
Maulers of the USFL last week, Pittsburgh officials
about Rozier, but claimed the negotiations were "a
clean deal" that didn't begin until Rozier's college
eligibility was over.
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
By BARB MCQUADE
The Michigan women's basketball
team hasn't found much to be happy
about in the new year following Sun-
day's, 70-51,loss to Iowa.
After leading 30-27 at halftime, the
Wolverines could muster only two poin-
ts in the next 12 minutes of play. Wendy
Bradetich, only one for 12 from the field
after a shining performance on Friday,
scored most of her five point from the
With four of her five starters com-
bining for only nine points. Michigan
fall to Iowa
tune-up for the meet next weekend
(against Illinois and Kent State)."
Only three Michigan tumblers
managed to get into the finals of the
Spartan Invitational held this past
weekend in East Lansing. Senior
Merrick Horn, and freshman Gavin
Meyerowitz and Mitch Rose scored in
five events for the Wolverines in the in-
HORN FINISHED third on the
parallel bars and also placed in the
finals on the rings. Meyerowitz copped
a third-place finish on the pommel hor-
se and took fifth on the parallel bars.
Michigan's only other finalist was Rose
who placed fourth on the rings.
"This meet got everyone in shape,"
said Horn. "We're gearing up for this
weekend's meet against Illinois, defen-
ding Big Ten champs. It'll give us a
chance to see how we stand in the Big
The Wolverines will open their dual
meet season against Illinois and Kent
State this Saturday at Crisler at 1:00 p.m.
Matmen lose, 24-21
The Wolverines matmen ended a
four-match tour of PennsylvaniaSatur-
day night with a 24-21 loss to Clarion
State, dropping their dual meet record
Michigan's wrestlers were led by
senior Joe McFarland's defeat of
Clarion's Paul Clark. McFarland, the
nation's top-ranked 126-pounder, clin-
ched the match, 21-8.
THE ONLY Wolverine pin of the
evening came from freshman William
Waters as he ended the 118-pounders'
competition by pinning Phil Mary at
Senior heavyweight Rob Rechsteiner
defeated Clarion's Kirk Butryn 9-1, and
sophomore Wolverine Kevin Hill (167
pounds) downed Clarion State's Scott
The final Michigan victor was
sophomore Anthony Latora, who beat
Rich Barron in a close 142-pound mat-
After more than a month on the road,
the matmen will return to Crisler
Arena January 14 to open the Big Ten
season with a meet against Indiana and
- NEIL CHASE
Oilers 7, Red Wings 3
DETROIT (UPI) - Wayne Gretzky
scored a pair of unassisted-goals, one of
them shorthanded, last night to lead the
Edmonton Oilers to a 7-3 victory over
the Detroit Red Wings.
Gretzky's 51st goal of the season, at
16:38 of the opening period, assured
him of extending his streak of games in
which he has scored since the start of
the season. It now stands at 43.
THE SHORTHANDED goal was
Gretzky's ninth of the season and left
him one shy of the National Hockey
League record set by Marcel Dionne
when he played with Detroit in the 1974-
Gretzky deftly took the puck from
Detroit rookie Steve Yzerman with his
left foot when both were behind the Red
Wing's net and as soon as the Edmonton
'Great' turned the corner, he fired the
puck past goalie Greg Stefan.
On his 52nd goal of the season, Gret-
zky also stripped a Detroit player of the
puck - this time defenseman Greg
Smith - in front of the Red Wings' net,
turned and fired accurately off Stefan's
gloved left hand into the upper corner of
the net. It gave the Oilers a 6-2 lead.
Mark Messier scored his 16th and
17th goals of the season for Edmonton
to offset a two-goal night by Detroit's
Kelly Kisio, who now has scored 13
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head coach Gloria Soluk turned to
freshman Jerene Middleton, who came
off the bench to score 19 points. Mid-
dieton was -a bright spot for the
i Wolverines in an .otherwise miserable
performance with her inspired play.
The young forward equalled the num-
ber of points scored by the five starters
by converting nine of 13 field goals.
The Michigan cagers did reduce their
turnovers from Friday night's loss to
Northwestern from 35 to 15, but while
they improved their ball-handling they
lost the battle under the boards,
becoming the first team to be out-
rebounded by the Hawkeyes this year.
Orethia Lilly added 10 points and
grabbed seven rebounds for Michigan
as the Wolverines' record dropped to 2-
8, 0-2 in the Big Ten.
"We had a relaxed time with this
meet," said Bob Darden, Michigan
men's gymnastics head coach. "Its a
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