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By SCOTT G. MILLER
-f offered a $150,000-a-year con-
tract, would you remain in college?
After the National Hockey League
eaft this spring, Michigan State
Ashman hockey star Joe Murphy
will have to make this decision.
W:*MURPHY is touted highly by most
%ckey experts though there is some
sagreement about where he will be
ifted. He just could be the first
*-election in the draft. "I was very im-
pressed with him when I saw him play
ith the junior two tier championship
,sltib Penticton. He is a top player,"
said Gus Badali, Wayne Gretsky's
agent. "It is hard to tell if he will be
drafted among the top 10 players. I
would have to learn more about
"Last year he (Murphy) was a
definite first founder," said Boston
Bruins scout Robert Tindall. "Right
how he is in the top dozen picks."
"Murphy was the best player I saw
-Aast year," said Michigan head coach
iRed Berenson. "I predicted last year
th'at he could have been the number
''tYe player in last year's draft."
"AFIER ONLY eight games in the Cen-
tral Collegiate Hockey Association,
Murphy leads the defending cham-
pion Spartans in scoring with 9 goals
'"attd 6 assists. His combination of size,
By LIAM FLAHERT
"Boxing should be outlawed
skating ability, playmaking skills,
and a deadly accurate offensive shot
has made Murphy's adjustment to
college hockey relatively easy.
"Murphy is the best player in the
CCHA," said Miami of Ohio coach Bill
Davidge. "Mike Bossy is a good
Unlike other prolific scorers, Mur-
phy is not selfish or difficult to coach.
"Last year he didn't play for himself,
he played for the team," said
Michigan center Todd Brost, a
teammate of Murphy's on Penticton.
"A lot of high scorers really concen-
'Murphy is the best
player in the CCHA ...
He has the talent to find
cracks in the net and
you just can't teach
- Miami of Ohio
coach Bill Davidge
a lot to learn and has his head
screwed on right."
Murphy is part of a growing trend
of top players choosing the college
ranks over major junior hockey. A
few years ago the majority of
professionals played junior hockey
before reaching the NHL. But that
College offers a player academic,
social, and hockey opportunities that
don't exist in juniors. College hockey
concentrates more on instruction and
practicing because the schedule con-
sists of 40 games a season while
juniors play around 72 contests.
THE EXPERIENCE of college helps a
young man handle life and there is
certainly more to life than just
hockey," said Western Michigan head
coach Bill Wilkinson. "College is
more diversified than junior hockey.
It is a real plus for any young man.
"Some players are ready
athletically and physically at age 18
(to be in the pros), but many are not
ready socially. The one or two years
of college these players attend is
College also gives a player more op-
tions for his future. "Murphy can stay
in school and develop his skills, or he
could go to the Olympics in 1988," said
Tindall. "College eligibility is a good
bargaining tool, and the more options
for the player the better."
THE ONLY problem with the college
experience is most top players don't
graduate. Many are lured to the pros
before they are ready. "Whether or
not an 18-year-old is ready for the
NHL depends on the individual. It is
like anything else, it is good for some
and bad for others," said Badali,
whose client Wayne Dillon was the
first 18-year-old to play pro hockey.
Dillon played in the now defunct
World Hockey Association.
Despite his great talent, Murphy, a
Vancouver native, remains level
headed about his professional
prospects. "I must keep the pressure
out of my head and let my game take
care of itself," said the 6-1 center. "I
will cross that bridge whether or not
to turn pro when I come to it. I am
solely concentrating on MSU hockey
and to help the program now."
Michigan coach Red Berenson
believes players should stay in school
to prepare for life after hockey. He
feels college would be a wise choice
for Murphy. "I would suggest he stay
in college for a few years and mature
and get some education," said the
Wolverine mentor. "But I'm sure
there will be some pressure (on Mur-
phy) to turn pro next year."
In Murphy's case an education may
be unnecessary. "I think an education
would be good (for him)," said Brost.
"But I think with his talent the NHL
team that gets a hold of him will be all
over him, there's no doubt about
Spartan coach Ron Mason has no
illusions about his freshman sen-
sation staying in school. "I doubt he
will be able to stay four years," said
Mason. "We only had Craig Simpson
(the number two selection in the NHL
draft last year) for two seasons."
resemblance to him except that Mur-
phy is stronger. Murphy has a good
fast shot. He has the talent to find
cracks in the net and you just can't
trate on just their own points, but he
did things to try to help the team."
MURPHY is a likeable person and is
well coachable," said Michigan State
coach Ron Mason. "He realizes he has
Boxing is down .. .
in the United
States, if it takes an act of Congress to do
S O TYPES Humphrey Bogart in the closing
scene of "The Harder They Fall." That
movie dealt with the seamy side of the fight
game; the '40s, fixes, gangsters. It's a portrait of
boxing for which those involved with the sport
would gladly trade today.
Present day boxing is plagued with a multitude
of ills that have turned the once sweet science in-
to a tepid, muddled affair.
Today there are more organizations running
(or ruining) boxing than there are decent fighters.
Along with the traditional bumbling behemoths,
the WB.C. (World Boxing Council) and the
W.B.A. (World Boxing Association), there are
such recent entries as the N.A.B.F. (North
American Boxing Federation) and the U.S.B.A.
(United States Boxing Association).
Out of this alphabet soup come three or four
mediocre fighters in each division who are label-
ed champions. In fact the ma
champions are anonymous.
Not only has the significanc(
pion been mauled, but the t
classes have been carvedi
"junior" has been tackedc
ceivable weight class to fur
championships. Somewhere it
exists the North American Bo
junior Bantamweight champio
The reasons for this cheap ex
the account bodies of the var
Money, mostly from T.V. rev
the root of this evil.
The organizations and their
cept the large majority of bl
demise. Yet there are other
years boxing has suffered a str
of dull and transient champ
comebacks and bizarre happen
The recently departed La
much heat essentially for not b
Muhammad Ali. Despite this
.. . disarray hitting hard
jority of boxing's Holmes and Marvin Hagler were the best boxing
had to offer through the first half of the decade.
e of being a chai- Most other champions seemed to believe their
traditional weight titles had a two-month time limit. The most
up. "Super" and charismatic titleholder (and in America this
on to every con- equals best), Sugar Ray Leonard was felled not
ther this glut of by Thomas Hearns or Roberto Duran, but by a
n this world there detached retina.
xing Federation's Boxing has also been a victim of its own hype.
n. There have been a few classic fights in recent
years but compared to the many times the
Kpansion appear in "Fight of the Century" has been trumpeted, the
ious associations. percentage is not good.
venue is certainly For every Leonard-Hearns there is a Gerry
Cooney or an Ali so-called comeback to offset it.
avarice must ac- Boxing is not beyond hope. Obvious steps
lame for boxing's would be to unify the titles and divisions. Boxing
factors. In recent is a sport that relies on publicity and lately the
ange combination publicity has been all bad.
ions, unfortunate Boxing will have to solve its problems inter-
iings. nally. But the powers that be would probably
rry Holmes took create an other organization to do it. The World
eing the Greatest, Boxing Problem Association? The North
s inane criticism American Boxing Difficulty Council?
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Red Wings surprise St. Louis
DETROIT (AP) - Rookie Petr
-Klima scored his sixth goal of the
season and linemate Gerard Gallant
added his team-leading eighth last
rnight as the Detroit Red Wings ran
their National Hockey League un-
beaten streak to four games with a 4-2
-"'decision over the St. Louis Blues.
The victory gives the Red Wings
two wins and a pair of ties in their last
four games following an eight-game
Midway through the opening period,
alima triggered a burst that saw the
Red Wings tally three times in a 4:01
span to take a 3-0 lead. The 20-year-old
forward slipped behind the St. Louis
defense, took a pinpoint pass from
Kelly Kisio and beat Blues goaltender
Darrell May with a backhander to
give Detroit a 1-0 lead.
Pack tacks on Bracken
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Former
Michigan punter Don Bracken was
signed yesterday by the Green Bay
Packers to replace Joe Prokop, who
was waived, the National Football
League club announced.
Green Bay Coach Forrest Gregg
said Bracken came highly recom-
mended. Michigan Coach Bo Schem-
bechler "told us he was one of the two
best punters he ever coached. That's a
pretty strong recommendation,"
Gregg said. "He has a very strong leg.
He can get the ball high and has good
Bracken, 6-foot, 205 pounds, was a
four-year starter at Michigan. He still
holds Michigan's all-time punting
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