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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 30, 1987

full court
PRESS

M' cheerleaders...
... fun takes a tumble

By ADAM OCHLIS attempting a flying maneuver. The cheerleaders
Don't tell the Michigan cheerleaders that Don claim otherwise. They practice five days a week,
Canham is the most respected Athletic Director two hours a day, and they say they've never had
in the country. anyone hurt.
The dancers, cheerers, flippers, and floppers So during last night's game, the cheerleaders
who comprise the basketball cheerleading squad sat and watched. They did a little cheering, not
are no longer able to dance, cheer, flip or flop. much dancing, and absolutely no flipping or
Well, actually that's not correct. They are flopping. They did, however, leave their feet on
allowed to dance and cheer. They just can't flip an occasion.
and flop. Technically, they can no longer do any They said they wanted to prove a point. Did
flying stunts. One cheerleader said they weren't they? Well, no one will know until their appeal
allowed to leave their feet, but that would seem a or protest is heard, but that could be a while. The
bit absurd, not to mention difficult. cheerleaders said this governing board meets only
The cheerleaders, who asked that their names once a month. Wednesday night was their
and quotes not be used, said they arrived at January meeting, so we're talking 28 more days.
Crisler Arena before last night's Michigan- Until then, Crisler Arena will probably be
Minnesota game only to learn they couldn't do cheerleaderless. The squad members said they will
the throwing stunts that comprise the majority of decide whether to show up for Saturday's game
their actions. The ruling was handed down by the against Iowa, but after leaving last night's game
Inter-Collegiate Board Governing Michigan early, it is doubtful they will show.
Athletics (or something like that - the When told of the situation, those associated
cheerleaders weren't sure), which is headed by with Michigan basketball had mixed opinions.
Canham. "You're kidding me?" said forward Steve,
They said Canham and company claimed the Stoyko. "I enjoy seeing them out of the corner of
stunts are too dangerous, as a South Dakota State my eye. That one cheer where the band does that
cheerleader died a few months ago after Lone Ranger song (the William Tell Overture)

and the cheerleaders do their thing - that kind of
gets the fans all jacked up.
"And when they did it tonight, the cheerleaders
were just sitting there."
Coach Bill Frieder took the opposite view.
"I haven't noticed the cheerleaders in 13 years,
weren't they there tonight?" Frieder asked. "You
got to talk to Don Canham about that. Hell, I
got enough problems with my team, I'm not
going to worry about the cheerleaders."
The action taken by Canham and the
cheerleaders will not be evaluated here. On the
one hand, Canham may be overreacting to a freak
accident that took a young woman's life. On the
other hand, sitting and pouting won't do the
cheerleaders any good.
The one mistake that was made was the
timing of this decision. With second-ranked Iowa
coming to town tomorrow, Hawkeye cheerleaders
will be cheering, dancing, flipping and flopping
while their Wolverine counterparts will be sitting
and moping, either at home or at Crisler Arena.
It will make the University of Michigan look
very bad, and nobody involved wants that to
happen.

Wolverines prepare
to face No. 2 Iowa

By JEFF RUSH
The doctor will make a house
call at Crisler Arena tomorrow.
First-year Iowa coach Dr. Tom
Davis and his No. 2 Hawkeyes -
led by Flint native Roy Marble and
Detroit natives B.J. Armstrong and
Bill Jones - will take on the
Michigan Wolverines at 1 p.m. in a
nationally televised game.
Iowa features a fearsome press
defense that could give Michigan
trouble bringing the ball upcourt.
"That'll be a tough, tough
basketball game," said Michiganr
coach Bill Frieder.
The game pits Iowa's 19-1
at CAMPUS BIKE & TOY

season record against Michigan's
current five-game winning streak.
"There's certainly been a lot of
hype on Iowa this week," said
Frieder after last night's victory
'over Minnesota. "I've never read so
much about one damn basketball
game."
Last night's 89-75 victory over
Michigan State keeps the Hawkeyes
tied with Indiana and Purdue for
first in the Big Ten. All three teams
are 7-1 in the conference.
Iowa suffered its only loss of the
season last week at home against
Ohio State. Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCH
Frieder compared Iowa with last Sophomore Mark Hughes fights off Minnesota's Terrence Woods in last
year's Big Ten champion Michigan night's action. The Wolverines overpowered the Gophers on the boards
squad. 40-26.
M' cagers tumble Minnesota
(Continued fromPage1)
Golden Gopher guard Ray cover me so I started to pass it back length of the court, and missed an
Gaffney's slam with 12:23 left in to Grant, and he got some easy easy slam.
the contest brought the score to 49- shots." "I wasn't that loose before the
47. With the game on the line, Grant also scored 23 points by game, and that (the missed dunk
Wolverine Garde Thompson took playing his usual all-around game happens," said Grant. "I was glad
over. He scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half. In the first half, when Glen (Rice) missed a dunk so
down the stretch. Frieder benched his junior point I wasn't the only one."
"Once I got hot, I was getting guard for four minutes for sloppy Rice helped Michigan jump to a
open shots because Gary (Grant) play. 39-29 halftime advantage, scoring
would penetrate and dish it to me," WITH THE game tied at 2-2, eight of his 10 points and grabbing
said Thompson. "They started to Grant stole the ball, went the five of his seven rebounds in the

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first half. Minnesota stayed close,
tying the score at 20 with 9:33 in
the half before Grant and Rice
jumpers staked Michigan to a 10
point advantage.
MICHIGAN center Loy Vaught
scored only two points in the first
half, but he atoned for his
teammates missed dunks.
Following a missed Thompson
jumper, the 6-9 Vaught rocked the
backboard with a one-hand slam.
"I looked at the ball when it was
in the air, could tell it was going to
bounce my way, and I judged it
right," said the red-shirt freshman.
"I wanted to get two hands on it so
I could bend that rim because Glen
has been bending the rim.
"I haven't been able to yet. I
want to snap it in a game once or
twice."
WITH VAUGHT'S improving
offensive game, he may get the
opportunity. He knocked in 4-6
from the floor for eight points and
collected a team-high eight
rebounds. Each made basket added
to his confidence.
"Before when I got the ball, I
just wanted to kick it back out to
the guards," said Vaught. "Now, I
find myself asking for the ball."
Minnesota freshman Willy
Burton from DePorres High School
in Detroit also wanted the ball on
the offensive end. Unfortunately for
the Gophers, Burton hit 4-10 for 11
points. Many of his long jumpers
failed to hit the rim.
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