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Men's Gymnastics
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
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The Michigan Daily
'M' ROUSES IN-STATE TALENT:
Bo bags a bundle

Thursday, February 13, 1986

Page 9

Cagers set to battle 'Iron Five'

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By PHIL NUSSEL
Michigan finished up recruiting
its batch of high school football
stars last night and, as usual, the
Wolverines got a good share of
highly-touted prospects.
A total of 24 standouts signed
national letters of intent to attend
Michigan yesterday according to
recruiting coordinator Fritz
Seyferth. Head coach Bo Schem-
bechler was unavailable for com-
ment.
UNLIKE PREVIOUS years,
Michigan recruited heavily in the
state nabbing six players from The
Detroit News Blue Chip list. All
told, 10 players signed from
Michigan.
Offense took top priority with 15
signees - eight were running
backs. According to sportswriter
Gary Levy at The Sporting News,
three of these running backs were
ranked among the top 125 prep
football players in the country. One
of them, David Key of Columbus,
was stolen from Ohio State.
Key rushed for 4109 yards and 51
touchdowns at tailback in less than
three full seasons for Columbus
Hartley high school. "(Michigan)
is getting a pretty good football
player," said Hartley head coach
Dick Geyer, who is entering his
22nd year of prep coaching. "He
was able to be a power runner in-
side and a quick runner on the out-
side."
"IT WAS A combination of the
athletics and academics and also
because of coach Bo," Key said.
"When everything is clear and
right in front of you like it was, it
was not a hard decision."
Michigan also inked two highly-
regarded tailbacks out of southeast
Michigan. Tony Boles of Westland
John Glenn and Allen Jefferson of,.
Warren De La Salle were in The
News' top five. Both players also
made The Sporting News' top 125.
Another tailback, Tracy Williams
of Sarasota, Fla., picked the
Wolverines over Florida State
yesterday.
With the departure of Eric Kat-
tus and Paul Schmerge, Schem-
bechler was obviously looking for
new blood at tight end and he got it
in 6-8 Tom Dohring of Dearborn,
Divine Child and 6-5 Trey Walker
of Bradenton, Fla.

lrecruits
DOHRING WAS also known as a
pass rusher, but his coach, Wes
Wishart, sees his product playing
tight end. "I just think they're
going to try him out at tight end,"
Wishart said. "He's got the ability
to block and run and catch the
ball."
T.J. Osmun, the third tight end
inked yesterday, will probably not
see action at that position since he
is known as one of the top defensive
lineman in the country. The Pit-
tsburgh native (6-4, 250-pounds)
was another Sporting News top 125
pick.
Other Wolverine defensive
recruits included a pair of tall,
quick outside linebackers. Scott
Smykowski (6-4, 212 pounds) and Tim
Williams (6-4, 228-pounds) both run
the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.
WILLIAMS, a 3.4 GPA student at
Marquette high school in
Milwaukee, Wisc., came to
Michigan because of its defensive
tradition. He turned down offers
from UCLA, Wisconsin, Min-
nesota, and Notre Dame. "There's
lots of money at UCLA," he said.
"Being an athlete gets you singled
out. I didn't like being such a hot
item. I'd rather just blend in."
"He's a first class student and
first class kid," said Marquette
coach, Dick Basham. "He was
recruited as an outside linebacker
and that's where he wants to
play."
Williams added that he is
building up his strength right now
"so that I can make the team
freshman year without having to
get red-shirted."
Smykowski was a defensive end
for Birmingham Seaholm's 10-1
team in '85 and is regarded as a
very intense player. "He fits in
well with the type of program
(Michigan) has," Seaholm coach
Rick Bye said. Michigan State was
the only other school to recruit
Smykowski.
Schembechler won a battle of
sorts over Notre Dame's Lou
Holtz by signing Trenton's 6-3, 215-
pound inside linebacker, John
Milligan. "I just felt that Michigan
had so much to offer me
academically," he said. According
to Trenton coach Don Warner,
Milligan has 4.7-speed and can
gain 15 more pounds.

By TOM KEANEY
Talk about beating the odds, you're
talking about the Minnesota Gophers.
This is the team that had to forfeit
the entire 1976-77 season for carrying
an illegal player; the same team that
has been ridden with legal problems
ranging from theft to alleged sexual
assault since last season.
BUT JUST three weeks ago, hardly
two weeks after Mitchell Lee had been
cleared of last year's sexual assault
charges, with Minnesota coming off of
victories over Michigan and Michigan
State, came the horrible coup de
grace.
Three Gophers including the
previously accused Lee were arrested
on various charges of sexual assault
against a female in a Madison, Wisc.
hotel room after a victory over
Wisconsin.
The effects were devastating for
Minnesota players, coaches and fans.
GOPHER HEAD coach of 10 years,
Jim Dutcher, assumed the respon-
sibility for the failure of the basket-
ball program and retired on January
24.
The following week Minnesota ejec-
ted starting guard Todd Alexander
and. Terence Woods for unstated
disciplinary reasons.
Needless to say, new Minnesota
head coach Jimmy Williams had an
awesome task for someone who had
never held a head coaching job
before. The Gophers had just lost
their head coach, five players, and
any respect that remained among the
team's supporters, the rest of the
league, and the rest of the nation.
TO FINISH the season seemed a
difficult project. To expect to win

games seemed ludicrous.
Yet in an admirable show of pride
and tenacity, the Golden Gophers beat
Ohio State in their very next game, 70-
65, before an enthused sold-out
audience in Williams Arena. None of
Minnesota's five starters, now known
in Minnesota as the "Iron Five,"
played fewer than 39 minutes, mostly
because the holes on the bench had
been filled with football players and
walk-ons.
It didn't seem to matter, however.
Instead of discouraging the team, the
adversity seems to have motivated it
to play at its best.
LAST SUNDAY against Iowa, the
Gophers again performed the un-
believable, defeating the Hawkeyes,
65-60.
Minnesota, a team not expected to
do very well even with its full
preseason roster, boasts a healthy 5-5
record in the Big Ten, 2-2 since the
advent of the Iron Five under head
coach Williams.
As difficult as this season has been
for Williams, however, Tuesday it
became even more difficult. The 15-
year Gopher assistant's mother died
on that day and Williams will not be at
Crisler Arena for tonight's game
against Michigan.
FILLING in for Williams will be
assistant coach Phil Saunders. A 1977
graduate of Minnesota, Saunders is no
stranger to the rocky past that has
plagued Minnesota basketball.
"The big thing for us is restoring
confidence (in the program)," said
Saunders. "With that, hopefully come
the victories.
"The pressure has been un-
believable. We're in a looking-glass
situation here with everyone won-

dering how we're going to react."
HOW HAVE the Gophers respon-
ded? So far, so good.
"We've turned a negative into a
positive," said Saunders. "Any time
you go through something like this
you become stronger as a family.
We're much more of a detail-
conscious team now because for us to
win, we have to be our best."
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder,

as with all opponents, is not taking the
Gophers lightly. He'll be looking sim-
ply to wear out the Gophers who can
look for little help from their bench.
"We've got to be aggressive on their..,,,
guards and try to force them into an,.,,
up tempo game," said Frieder.
"They're going to get tired. The two
games that they've won (since the in-,p
cident) are situations where their
opponent hasn't made them go to their ,
bench."

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Recruits
TB Tony Boles (6-2,196)
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TE Trey Walker (6-5, 218)
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TB Tracy Williams (NA)

Hometown
Westland John Glenn
Ashtabula, Oh.
Chicago Mt. Carmel
Rochester Adams
Dearborn Divine Child
Flint Northern
Huntsville, Ala.
Warren De La Salle
College of DuPage (Ill.)
Columbus, Oh.
New Orleans Brother Martin
Brockton, Mass.
Trenton
Cincinnati Moeller
Pittsburgh North Hills
Prairie View. Ill.
Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
Sterling Heights Stevenson
Birmingham Seaholm
Fruitport, Mich.
Akron, Oh.
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