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Basketball
vs. Yugoslavia
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Michigan vs. Ohio St.
Televised by CBS
Saturday, 12 noon

,The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 14, 1984

Page 9

Jokisch cages

basketball to play for Bo

By PAUL HELGREN
It was December of last year, just af-
ter Michigan played in the Sun Bowl
basketball tournament, when Paul
Jokisch decided he had had enough -
he wasn't going to play basketball at
Michigan anymore. In fact, he wasn't
going to play anything at Michigan
anymore.
Frustrated with his lack of playing
time, Jokisch, a 6-8, 230-pound forward,
was going to chuck it all and transfer to
the University of Tennessee at the end
of the season. There he would make a
fresh start, suiting up for basketball
and football.
BUT THOSE plans changed three
weeks later after a little chat with Bo
Schembechler.
"Somebody in the basketball office
told him what I was going to do."
Jokisch recalled. "So he called me into
his office and we talked....He told me he
thought I could work here and be suc-
cessful but that it would take a little
time. He showed me that he wanted me
to play in his program so I decided to
stay."
So Jokisch decided to give up basket-
ball, not Michigan. Instead of picking
up splinters on basketball coach Bill
Frieder's bench, he would try his hand
at picking off spirals as a wide receiver
for Bo.
"As far as I was concerned," Jokisch
said, "basketball was out the door and
never to be seen again."
BUT DESPITE a relatively suc-
cessful rookie season on the gridiron
(six receptions, two TDs), Jokisch is
considering a return to the hardwood of
Crisler Arena.. And with big man Tim
McCormick moved on to the NBA,
Frieder would love to havehim back.
"We need size, and to get Paul

Jokisch out would help us," Frieder
said. "But...if it'll hurt his football, I
don't want him. I want the best for Paul
Jokisch."
Jokisch cited the Big Ten's new 45-
second shot clock as motivation to
return to basketball. His speed (4.55 in
the 40) and size would be a great asset
in a fast-paced game. But the Bir-
mingham native said he would submit
to Schembechler's will.
"THE MOST important factor
would be getting Bo's consent," Jokisch
said. "If he doesn't want me to play
(basketball) then there's a problem.
And if I get his blessing then it would be
okay. If he feels it wouldn't help me in
any way then I wouldn't go.
"I'm definitely going to honor his
decision."
Schembechler has declined to com-
ment on Jokisch's decision, saying,
"We'll sit down and talk once the (foot-
ball) season's over."
IT SHOULDN'T be surprising that
Jokisch yearns to play basketball
again. Ever since he was a kid, it has
been his prefered sport.
"Basketball's always been my first
love," said Jokisch, who was first-team
prep all-state at Birmingham Brother
Rice in both basketball and football.
"Really, they had to talk me into
playing football. after my sophomore
year (in high school). I was gonna quit
and just play basketball." Rice's foot-
ball coach, Al Fracassa, convinced
Jokisch to stick around. The following
fall Jokisch teamed up with quarter-
back Dave Yarema (now at Michigan
State) to lead the Warriors to the state
class 'A' championship.
Numerous scholarship offers - in
both basketball and football - came
Jokisch's way during his senior year.

Both Frieder and Schembechler were
after him; Frieder won the chase.
BUT FRIEDER later Dicked un four
other big men - Roy Tarpley, Rich
Rellford, Butch Wade and Robert Hen-
derson. "I knew they were gonna sign a
few new guys for the front line," said
Jokisch;. "But at no time did I expect
him (Frieder) to sign five thorough-
breds. If I had been the last one to sign,
I wouldn't have signed."
After .two seasons as the fifth man in
this talented quintet, a frustrated
Jokisch looked for another athletic
avenue.
"I felt like I was wasting my time and
I could have been developing my talents
for football," he said. He was set to
transfer to Tennessee (where he has
many friends, including Chicago Bear
wide receiver Willie Gault) until
Schembechler changed his mind.
SO FAR it appears the decision to
stay has been a good one. Though
Jokisch made just four receptions in his
first five games and none in the next
three, lately he has become a big-play
threat. At Purdue two weeks ago he
made a nifty 15-yard touchdown grab
in the corner of the end zone. And last
Saturday against Minnesota he was on
the receiving end of a wingback option
that netted 67 yards and a score. "He's
getting better every week," said
Schembechler.
So Jokisch's return to football has
been a successful one. And while a
similarly triumphant return to basket-
ball is on his mind, Jokisch wants to
make it clear where his loyalty lies
these days.
"Right now the number-one priority
is football," he said. "It will always be
number one from now on.'

WOLVERINES' SEASON FINISHED AT 1-12:
Spikers define disappointment

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Wide receiver Paul Jokisch listens intently as Bo Schembechler instructs during spring practice. Jokisch says his first
priority is football although he is also considering a return to the basketball court.
Bangers penetrate to IM finals

By JIM GINDIN
Disappointing. This is the word every member of the
volleyball team has used at one time in describing its 11-16
record (1-12 in the Big Ten) this season.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads "disappoint: to
fail to fulfill the expectation or hope of." A good summary
of the 1984 volleball season.
JUST A month-and-a-half ago, coach Barb Canning said
the team had a good chance of reaching the conference
playoffs (four teams are invited). Its record was 8-3 and
hopes were high.
Nine straight conference losses and 12 losses overall
followed in the ensuing 14 matches.
"We went into every game expecting to win," said Can-
ning before the final game against Michigan State last
Friday. "We expect to win tonight."
THE TEAM ended the season with its best effort, by
trouncing the Spartans.
"The defense was the best it has been all year," she said
after the game. "Each individual was very good defen-
sively, but the team hadn't come together until tonight."

Teamwork is precisely what the women will work on
during the off-season. Starting in January, they will prac-
tice twice a week and will compete in five tournaments
next semester.
BARRING injuries of the type that kept starters Jayne
and Jenne Hickman and Lisa Vahi on the sidelines to the
extent that the six regular starters never played together,
next year's lineup will have improved along those lines.
Other improvements will come from the recruitment of
new players. Canning is considering "about 100" high
schoolers for the incoming freshman roster places.
These recruits live as far away as Colorado and South
Carolina.
"We need height," she said. "We're lacking in the
blocking area. Anyone with the ability can conceivably
step into a starting role."
FROM THE same club that brought Scarborough, On-
tario players Andrea Williams and Vahi, are two recruits
over six feet tall who could step into those roles.
"If we can get those two, we can just cruise right in
there to the Big Ten championships," said Williams, the
Wolverine's captain.

Despite frigid weather conditions, the
Bang Gangers managed to sneak by the
Slip & Fall team in sudden-death over-
time at the tartan turf field. Steve Gar-
cia ripped off a 20-yard run on the final
play in overtime to give the Gang the
deepest penetration of the extra period
to seal up the Banger's victory.

the ball. We could have had three in-
terceptions."
Baggies 26, DSD-B 0
Thanks to the poor weather con-
ditions, the Baggies were scheduled to
play indoors in "Bo's building". The
scheduling quirk paid off handsomely
as the Baggies used their speed to burn
by DSD-B. R. Spencer Phippen
snagged two touchdowns and Dave
Lehman hauled in one as Tom
Stackhouse snagged two touchdowns
as Tom Stackhouse rifled four touch-
down passes in the shutout. Stackhouse
exclaimed, "Playing inside really
made the difference in the game."
Democrats 8, RLBS 0
Although Walter Mondale failed to
win last week, the Democrats took out
some of their frustration by handing the
RLBS squad a shutout. The only score
of the game came when Tyler Paetkeu
pitched to Joshua Berg on a punt return

and Berg broke loose for the game win-
ner on the tartan turf. The Democrats
played stingy defense against the RLBS
team, picking off three passes - two by
Berg and another by Steven Thome.
Illegal Procedure 6,
MACS 6 OT
When the MACS were unable to punch
the ball in from the one-yard line on the
last play in regulation time, Illegal
Procedure took control in sudden death
overtime to clinch the win in another
penetration victory. Kelvin Lee
unloaded a bomb to Steve Hyman for
the MACS only score in what one
player, Randall Brand, called "a tough
ballgame."
IM Roundup was compiled by
Jerry Mulh.

AP Basketball
Top Twenty

GRIDDE PICKS

1. Georgetown (55) ....
2. Illinois (4) ........
3. DePaul (3) .......
4. Indiana (1) .......
5. Oklahoma ..........
6. Duke ...............
7. St. John's ...........
8. Memphis St.........
9. Washington .........
10. So. Methodist .......
11. UNLV............
12. Syracuse ........
13. N. Carolina St.......
14. Louisiana St........
15. Virginia Tech ......
16. Arkansas ........
17. Louisville ..........
18. Kentucky ..........
19. Kansas .............
20. Georgia Tech .......

34-3
26-5
27-3
22-9
29-5
24-10
18-12
26-7
24-7
25-11
29-6
23-9
19-14
18-11
22-13
25-7
24-11
29-5
22-10
18-11

Pts.
1248
1044
1038
994
945
848
839
753
662
646
441
434
395
340
329
298
281
280
251
250

Griddes and the Michigan-Ohio State
classic go together. Who can forget
when Woody Hayes tore up the sideline
markers? The poor guy had lost Grid-.
des. Or the time old Dr. Strange-Hayes
punched the cameraman? It was a
violent but natural reaction to seeing
one's Griddes hopes go down the drain.
Michigan kicker Mike Lantry once
buried his face in the turf after he
shanked a last second, potential game-
winning field goal. Gone were his
visions of a Griddes crown. Gone were
the years of preparation that went into
trying to attain that free, small pizza
from Pizza Bob's.
1. MICHIGAN at Ohio St. (pick score)
2. Iowa at Minnesota
3. Wisconsin at Michigan State
4. Indiana at Purdue
5. Washington at Washington St.
6. Oklahoma at Nebraska

7. Texas at TCU
8. Georgia at Auburn
9. Florida at Kentucky
10. USC at UCLA
11. Syracuse at Boston College
12. SMU at Texas Tech
13. Colgate at Rutgers
14. So. Carolina St. at Appalachian St.
15. Yale at Harvard
16. Lehigh at Lafayette
17. James Madison at Towson St.
18. Idaho at Boise St.
19. Penn St. at Notre Dame
20. DAILY LIBELS at Ohio St. Lantern

The Bang Gang set up their first
touchdown with a bomb to Ernie Vargo
at the three-yard line. Kevin Ruf's
touchdown strike to Dave Herring
provided the winner's other score. One
Banger, Pete Anderson, claimed "The
weather was so cold we kept dropping
Sandberg n
NEW YORK (AP) - Second
baseman Ryne Sandberg, who led the
Chicago Cubs to their first champion-
ship in 39 years, was named the Most
Valuable Player in the National League
yesterday, gaining 22 of the 24 first-
place votes cast by the Baseball
Writers Association of America.
Sandberg became the first Cub to win
the MVP Award in 25 years, since Ernie
Banks won consecutive awards in 1958-
59, and he was the first second baseman

amed MVP .
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honored since Joe Morgan of Cincinnati.
Sandberg, who also had two second-
place votes, totaled 326 points in the
balloting, easily outdistancing first
baseman Keith Hernandez of the New
York Mets, who finished with 195.
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