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ONE SMALL VOICE
By Jeff Bergida

TODAY IS YOUR last chance to buy student
season tickets for basketball. If the past is
any indication of what will happen, thousands will
stay away in droves.
About 2,000 student tickets were sold last year.
That left 11,509 seats open for people who don't
know the meaning of the word noise - alumni,
professors and the society of professional
librarians.
It's time to change all that. This year's version
of the Wolverine cagers has the potential to go in
either direction. Last year's NIT champs could
continue their recent improvement that has seen
the Wolverines' record climb from 7-20 in 1981-82,
to 15-13, to 23-10 last year. At that pace, Michigan
would win 31 games in 84-85.
The possibility of that occuring would be
greater, of course, if Eric Turner was running laps
at Crisler these days, instead of looking for a job in
the CBA. The loss of Turner and fellow co-captain
Tim McCormick could send Michigan spiraling
down to the depths of Northwestern.
"I've got some holes to fill," says Wolverine
coach Bill Frieder, entering his fifth season at the
Michigan helm. He might have said canyons. Tur-
ner and McCormick were one-two in minutes
played last year and their sudden departures did
not give Frieder much time to adjust.
But he made a damn good effort, signing point

guard Gary Grant of Canto
role. Grant was a conse
American who is current
Turner his freshman year.
And the loss of E.T. an
Frieder without talent. R
best center in the Big Te
Rich Rellford were showi
at the end of last year, a
only be helped by the exp
European trip last May.i
Purdue and Illinois, not
similar trip in May of v
credit the trips with prepa
regular season.
Fans make a c
So the Wolverines stand
conference that Frieder
tougher than ever. "I wou
six teams that can win t
Saginaw native. "Illinois
favored, but Iowa's got the
Purdue's not going to bea
and we're the NIT champi
roll over for anybody."
That brings us back to se
major disadvantages that
basketball is lack of fan su
by "We would have kicke
Knight is worshipped by mi
The faithful at Illinois
Wisconsin shake up the vi

Crisler Cathedral...
., needs student support
on to take over Turner's roar from the opening tip-off.
nsus High School All- Michigan fans read their programs, study and
tly being compared to leave early. If they're feeling especially energetic,
id Big Mac didn't leave they start a wave. Wow.
oy Tarply could be the Well this is one time when Michigan students
n, Antoine Joubert and can do something to shake things up. Barrage the
ng flashes of greatness ticket office with season-ticket applications today
ng flahes otgreeatness and demand that students get priority seating.
nd the entire team can Last year, undergrads wee in the rafters, the seats
erience gained from its from which 6-10 Roy Tarply looked like 5-7 Jamie
Co-Big Ten champions Morris. As Ron "I'm going senile," Reagan said in
coincidentally, took a 1980, it's time for a change.
.983, and both coaches You can make a difference. A new wave of fan
ring their teams for the support could spark this team on to big things.
Basketball is the one sport where home-court ad-
difference vantage has consistenly played a major role in a
team's success. Just as one example, Michigan
[at the crossroads in a hasn't won at Indiana since 1966.
is convinced will be Tickets are $52.50 for eighteen home games.
ld say there are five or With the support of 'the student body and the
he Big Ten," said the ticket office, Crisler can become a place that in-
and Indiana will be timidates opponents. And it's not as if Frieder
e whole front line back, wouldn't be grateful. When Michigan fans were in
a second division team line for NIT tickets, last March, the coach went
ons. We're not going to outside to thank them for supporting his team. Can
you imagine Bo doing that? "You want me to leave
ason tickets. One of the my projector'!"
Michigan has had in The Big Ten will feature a 45-second clock this
ipport. In Indiana, Bob- year. The games won't suffer from lack of action.
d the Russians' asses" There's no excuse for not supporting a team that
illions. some predictors have placed in the top 15 in the
s, Purdue, Iowa and nation.
sitors with a deafening Go for it, as they say between Tiger promos.

By JOE EWING
and JEFF BERGIDA
In a somewhat surprising move
yesterday, the Detroit Pistons waived
former Michigan point guard Eric Tur-
ner, the team's second-round pick in the
1984 NBA draft.
Turner, who was instrumental in the
Wolverines' victory at the National In-
vitational Tournament last season, had
decided to forego his senior year and
give the NBA a try. The Pistons had
hoped that he could be a backup for
starter Isiah Thomas.
TURNER WAS unavailable for'
comment, but those close to him said
the move was unexpected.
"I think that he was pretty sur-
prised," said his father Cliff Turner last.
night from their Flint home. "But he's
taking it well. I only talked to him for a
minute on the phone and he seems to be
in good spirits."
Turner's agent, Cleveland attorney
Pete Kirsanow, agreed that Turner
wasn't taking the news too harshly.
"He's doing fine," said Kirsanow, "the
best that he can. He's in good spirits."
ONE PERSON who wasn't very
shocked by the cut was Turner's coach
at Michigan, Bill Frieder. "That

The Michigan Daily- Friday, October 19, 1984-Page 9
Ex-'M' cager cut;
Pistons drop Turner

doesn't surprise me," said Frieder.
"That's a big jump from junior year in
college to the pros."
"There's no question, in most cases,
that a fourth year is extemely impor
tant to anyone planning on going pro"
he added. "If he had been an All-Big
Ten or All-American first team,.things
might have been different. With
anything less than those credentials,
it's difficult for anybody in the pros."
Kirsanow and Turner's father were
unsure what Turner's next move would
be. Turner will become a free agent on
Saturday if no other NBA team picks
him up, the Pistons said.
"AT THE PRESENT time we're ex-
ploring other options," said Kirsanow.
"He's on the waiver wire. There might
be an NBA team that is looking for a
point guard."
Kirsanow would not specify what the
other options might be. "He's going to
play basketball somewhere this year,"
said Kirsanow. "We're hoping it'll be in
the NBA."
"I really feel bad," said Frieder.
"But I know that he still has options
open to him, whether they be in Europe
or the CBA."

-The weekly Daily line-

"What's going on here, girls don't
know anything about football," cried
Daily male chauvinist, Doug Levy.
Levy has been agonizing for weeks now,
ever since Katie Blackwell blew past
him in the standings of the Daily Line.
Following a superb 7-2-1 week,
Blackwell leads everybody with an
overall 42-17-1 record. Levy, meanwhile
is languishing in fourth place at 35-24-1,
seven games behind the Trenton
phenom. "Oh, Dougie's so cute when he

gets upset," sympathized Blackwell.
"See what I mean," moaned Levy.
Paul Helgren picked Iowa to beat
Michigan in tomorrow's crucial Big
Ten battle. That means the Wolverines
are likely to take the upset.
Antoine Joubert took second place
last week, posting a 6-3-1 record. That's
better than his coach, Bill Frieder did
several weeks ago when he went, 5-5.
Believe it or not, the news staff here
at the Daily applied some internal

pressure and got their man - this
week's special guest, Go Blue Univer-
sity President Harold Shapiro.
"I guess we owed it to him," sighed
Mike McGraw. "Ah, I don't know,"
ranted 'Raising Hel' from a distant
corner. "Does Harold Shapiro play
sports?"
Well, Shapiro it is, and he's a pretty
cool guy. Shapiro is a widely respected
economist and has earned a reputation
for being a low-key, yet outstanding
negotiator. Knock 'em dead, Hal.

ONJOSTENs GOLD COLLEGE RINGS.
, \

Shapiro

'17- N-1

LAST DAY FRIDAY!
Oct. 19th 11am-4pm
See your Jostens representative.

He'll be at Ulrich's Monday, Oct. 15-Friday, Oct. 19,
from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to answer questions and
show you the entire Josten's line of gold rings.

Spikers to host Badgers

By SCOTT G. MILLER
"We need two Big Ten wins to pick up
our team mentally for the remainder of
the season," said Michigan volleyball
coach Barb Canning as her team heads
into matches tonight vs. Wisconsin and
Saturday night vs. Minnesota at the
CCRB. Both matches have a 7:00 p.m.
starting time.
Injuries continue to plague the
Wolverines' search for a consistant
lineup. Every week the team has used a
different starting-six, and this week
will be no exception.
STARTING middle hitter Jayne
Hickman broke her finger in practice,
and probably will not play again this
year. Canning will try to replace Hick-
man with two inexperienced middle hit-
ters Joan Potter and Wendy Confer.
Key hitter Jennifer Hickman is still

bothered by a tender ankle but she
should be ready to play tomorrow.
Coach Canning will employ a new
alignment to compensate for injuries.
The Wolverines usually use a 5:1
alignment (one setter, five hitters) with
junior Andrea Williams doing the set-
ting. Tomorrow Michigan will try a 6:2
alignment with Williams and Lisa Vahi
doing the setting.
Michigan's record is 9-7 overall and 0-
6 in the Big Ten. The team should im-
prove its record as it enters the easier
part of its Big Ten schedule. Wisconsin
and Minnesota both have losing Big Ten
records: Michigan's last match was a
victory over Toledo, and Canning felt
the key to the match was her team's
serving. She hopes that winning at-
titude will carry over into tonight's
match.

Now is the time to squash all those
ridiculous rumors. Let it be known once
and for all that Yankee owner George
Steinbrenner is not going to buy the
Detroit Tigers for $100 million and 50
pizza delivery cars and move the World
Champs to the Big Apple.
Word has surfaced out, however, that
Steinbrenner may have set his sights on
a bigger target - Griddes. Well we
won't stand for it and neither should
you. If all of us turn in our Gridde Picks
by Friday night at the Daily, it will be a
collective show of strength,
1. MICHIGAN at Iowa (pick score)
2. Ohio State at Michigan State
3. Wisconsin at Indiana

PICKS
4. Purdue at Illinois
5. Northwestern at Minnesota
6. Arkansas at Texas
7. Oregon at Washington.
8. Oklahoma at Iowa State
9. Boston College at West Virginia
10. Brigham Young at Air Force
11. Houston at SMU
12. Tulane at Florida State
13. Pittsburgh at Miami, Fla.
14. Syracuse at Penn State
15. Louisiana State at Kentucky
16. Vanderbilt at Georgia
17. Georgia Tech at Auburn
18. S. Carolina at Notre Dame
19. Kansas at Oklahoma State
20. Kurt Bevacqua Fan Club at Daily
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