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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, NovemL
Fifth-year Michigan head coach des(
hopes and challenges for upcoming i
Usually when we recruit a kid, then
academically our school is better than
the other schools that they are con-
sidering. And you've got Don Canham
and Bo Schembechler to sell, who are
institutions in themselves. It's easy
from that standpoint.
The problem you run into is
sometimes the kid isn't the guy who is
going to make the decision. So now
you're dealing with second and third
and fourth parties, and then we don't
like to get into that. Sometimes the
playing time becomes a factor with the
kid, and other schools will promise him
that (he is) going to start and then, even
though they've lied to him, worry about
it once they get him. I don't promise
anybody any 4hing. I don't have any
obligations to anybody. So you lose kids
on those reasons, but you just work
hard at it. You'll have to ask (assistant
coaches Steve) Fisher and (Mike) Boya
what makes me a good recruiter.
Q: Can you tell us what sort of high
school players you are looking fort
BF: We need to get some size. We've
got (6-10 forward John) Oosterbaan but
we need two more big players. And we
need to get one more guard, preferably.
a bigguard or a swing player to go with
Billy Butts now.
We only have eight players returning
on scholarship after this year and four
of them are seniors. What happened
with our 7-20 season was we got cut
short because we had a couple of in-
juries and we just didn't have size.
When people say "Why would you go
there, they got Rellford and Tarpley
and Henderson and Wade," you say to
them, "Hey, who do we have after your
freshman year?" We got one kid over
6-5 and that's Stoyko. So we have to get
some size. This is a crucial, crucial
year for us to get size. We're recruiting
six to eight players and hope to get a
couple of other big guys.
Q: How is it looking?
BF: Well, we've got two committed
already and we've never had two com-
mitted this early in the fall in the
history of Michigan basketball. So
we're headed in the right direction.
Q: How do you keep your players into
BF: We have a mandatory study table
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
night, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Mason Hall.
In addition to that, they've got two
times a week where they have to meet
with their tutors out at the learning cen-
ter. I get the reports on those every
week. Who they met with, hours
scheduled, hours attended, comments,
currently working on, completed, per-
formance satisfactory, unsatisfactory
and so forth.
If I don't like the report then I
discipline them with extra running or I
send it on to their mom or dad or high
school coach or something like that.
You have to go to class and you have to
go to study table or you're not going to
make it at Michigan. Since I've been
head coach, not counting Eric Turner
who left after his junior year, thirteen
seniors have gone through and 12 of
them have got their degrees. That's far
better than the university in general,
and it's probably better than all of the
other Big Ten schools. We do a helluva
job on that.
I make those kids utilize Spring and
Summer terms, not only if they're not
eligible but if they're eligible. That has
come back to haunt me. I lost McCor-
mick and (Jon) Antonides this season
because I do a great job on them. So I
might change my attitude on that and
not make them go to spring and sum-
mer school, because you got a lot of fif-
th-year players in the league like
(Richard) Mudd at Michigan State.
You go around the league, Indiana
always has fifth-year players.
I don't have fifth-year players
because I'm on their butts getting them
to go to school and summer school and
getting them to graduate on time. I've
kind of gotten penalized for it because I
do a good job. I should be rewarded if I
do a good job but they won't admit my
players to grad school. Marty Bodnar
and Paul Heuerman were both rejected
at our law school and now they're both
attorneys. And I'll guarantee you
they'll be as highly successful attorneys
as any of the guys we put out from our
law school. So we're doing a great job
Frieder shares his ever-present towel with guard Ant
break from the action last season.
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