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Wrestling
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 9:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS
Wednesday, February 11, 1987

Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 8

Ex-Wolverine now stars for CBS
Dierdorf's new career on rise

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Experience, or lack thereof, is
what critics point to as Dierdorf's
biggest drawback.
"People tend to question my
experience in the broadcasting
business, but what they do not.
know is the fact that I hosted a
radio talk show for eight years
before I retired," said Dierdorf.
The CBS radio affiliate, KMOX,
decided to hire Dierdorf after he was
a guest on a talk show during the
regular NFL season."The people
working there obviously thought I
was intelligent and humorous
enough to grant me my own show
and I have been working there
since."
D I E R D O R F's television
broadcasting career began with
football three years ago.
"I feel that I can broadcast a
football game," he ,said. "The
people do not turn on the game to
listen to the broadcasters, but
because they enjoy the game," said
Dierdorf. "My job is to enrich the
people's appreciation of the game.
"I want to be able to express my
thoughts clearly and closely within
an economy of words. If I can
accomplish this I feel that I can
help the viewer understand what is
happening and thus aid their
enjoyment of the game."
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By practicing what he preaches,
Dierdorf has climbed the CBS
football ladder very quickly.
Already, he has become the
number-two color commentator
behind the infamous John Madden.
"I AM fortunate to have risen
so quickly in the broadcasting
business, but I don't believe that I
have reached a standard by which
others should be judged,' said
Dierdorf. "I would be naive to think
that after two years, I am already
being emulated by upcoming
sportscasters. I am definitely in no
position to be emulated at this time
in my career."
Last month, Dierdorf reached a
point in his career that very few

broadcasters ever reach when he
travelled to Pasadena to cover the
Super Bowl. Dierdorf did not
actually broadcast the game, but he
provided added insight for the CBS
viewing audience.
"It was extremely satisfying to
be a part of the Super Bowl," said
Dierdorf. "As a player, I was never
lucky enough to play for a Super
Bowl team: Coming here as a
broadcaster though, has been
extremely enjoyable. It was better
going there as a broadcaster rather
than not going there at all."
Only 37, Dierdorf plans to
continue his present career. "Right
now, I just want to get better at
broadcasting," explained Dierdorf.

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Dan Dierdorf, an All-American tackle for Michigan in 1970, is now a suc-
cessful sports broadcaster.

Alford gets
Player o
Week kudos
CHICAGO (AP) - Steve Alford
of Indiana has been named Big Ten
Player of the Week by the Associated
Press for his efforts in leading the
second-ranked Hoosiers past
Michigan State, 84-80, and
Michigan, 83-67.
Alford, a 6-2 senior from New
Castle, Ind., scored 42 points against
Michigan State and 30 against
Michigan. He was 22 of 34 from the
field including 8 of 10 from 3-point
range. It marked the second time this
season Alford has won the honor.
Knight extends pact
BLOOMINGTON (AP) - Indiana
University Coach Bob Knight has
exercised the option to extend his
coaching contract for an additional
five years, the university announced
yesterday.
Knight's contract now extends
through June 30, 1997.
The IU Board of Trustees
announced their support for the
action. Knight's decision also was
endorsed by Ralph N. Floyd, director
of intercollegiate athletics, and IU
President John W. Ryan.
Prior to the start of the current
season, Knight's record at IU was
336-115 for a .745 average.

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