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Varsity Softball Tryouts
Wednesday 5 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond
For Information, 763-2159

SPORTS
Tuesday, September 16, 1986

Men's Cross Country
Michigan Inter-Collegiate
at Eastern Michigan
Saturday
Page 7

The Michigan Daily

Surprise!

Bo unveils Blue wishbone

By BARB McQUADE
While Notre Dame kept
Michigan guessing with a
number of offensive formations
Saturday, the Wolverines
countered with a surprise of their
own.
The wishbone made its way
into the Michigan offense for the
first time since 1978, and is
expected to be used regularly in
short yardage situations.
"I like the idea of going with
the bone," Michigan head coach
Bo Schembechler said yesterday
at his weekly press luncheon.
"Last year on third and short, we
were 72 percent effective. We
decided we had to improve that
phase of our football, so we thought
we'd take a look at the wishbone."
The formation keyed

Coach picks over a
bone at luncheon

Michigan's third touchdown
Saturday after Doug Mallory's
third-quarter fumble recovery.
Quarterback Jim Harbaugh
completed the 27-yard touchdown
pass to Jamie Morris on the first
play of the possession.
Schembechler credited the
wishbone for throwing off the
Fighting Irish defense.
"They thought we were going to
pound them, but we threw off it,"
the 18-year head coach said. "I
like the idea of using a lot of
formations.
"I don't know whether to
expand it, but I do think that there
will be occasions where we'll
come out on early downs and run
some wishbone football."
Schembechler said he sent his
coaches out to study other teams
that use the formation, and
implemented it this fall. But
despite his success with the
wishbone, Schembechler said he
won't rely on it heavily.
One reason is Michigan's
effective passing game. The
wishbone is difficult to throw off
of, and with Harbaugh at the
helm, the formation is limiting.
Michigan last used the
wishbone regularly in 1971,

Schembechler said, when it was
not a good passing team.
"The wishbone will keep you
in the game," he said. "If you use
it you're not going to get blown out
of the ball park. It allows you to
control field position."
But the 1986 Wolverines aren't
worried about getting blown out
anywhere. The wishbone serves
as simply another weapon in
Michigan's already potent
backfield.
"AIt's fun playing around with
it," Schembechler said. "I'll go
into the laboratory today and have
some fun with it.
"That's the beauty of college
football. You can't do that in pr(,
football."

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh rolls out to avoid Notre Dame's on-rushing Wally Kleine in Saturday's
game. Harbaugh completed 15 of 23 passes, with many of his aerials thrown from the wishbone formation.

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Morris
.. TD catch off wishbone

Injury could end
71 Asr

Mivontana
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- Joe
Montana underwent back surgery
yesterday, with the verdict still
unknown whether the San
Francisco 49ers quarterback will
'be able to continue playing
football.
"He did undergo surgery, and
he is resting comfortably," said
St. Mary's hospital spokeswoman
Bobbi Fischer, who refused to give
any details of the operation.
IT WAS reported, however, that
the surgery involved cutting
away a portion of the damaged
disc that extended out from the
spine, without the necessity of
fusing the vertebrae.
The 49ers said reports on
Montana's condition would be
isued from time to time.

career
On Sunday, team physician
Dr. Michael Cunningham said of
the $1 million-a-year player,
"There is a chance he won't play
football again. I think there is a
general consensus that Joe will
play again, but there is also the
risk that even if the surgery is
successful, it won't relieve the
pain."
Montana, 30, has a history of
back pain. The problem was
aggravated during the first game
of the season, while throwing a
pass in the 49ers' 31-7 victory over
the Buccaneers, in which he
completed 32 of 46 passes for 356
yards.
With Montana on the sidelines
Sunday, the 49ers lost 16-13 to the
Los Angeles Rams with Jeff
Kemp at quarterback.

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If you've ever dreamed of being behind the controls
of an airplane, this is your chance to find out what
it's really like.
A Marine Corps pilot is coming to campus who
can take you up for trial flights.
We're looking for a few
college students who have the
brains and skill-as well as

If you're cut out for it, we'll give you free civilian
flight training, maybe even $100 a month cash while
you're in school. And someday you could be flying
a Harrier, Cobra or F/A-18.

1 Get a taste of what life is like
1,1 at the top. The flight's on us.

OFFICE OF MAJOR EVENTS
THEIR FIRST TOUR OF AMERICA 1986
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
8 PM, HILL AUDITORIUM

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