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vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 3 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond
The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, April 14, 1987

Baseball Doubleheader
vs. Ferris State
Today , 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
Page 9

Miller Time

Bo concerned about defense

Schembechler still the boss
despite coaching maneuvers
His headset slammed to the the astro turf at the Hula Bowl. The
screaming followed. Furious, Michigan football coach Bo
Schembechler screamed at an official who ruled wide receiver Greg
McMurtry trapped a pass. Schembechler disagreed.
Involvement, competition, and desire define Schembechler on the
sideline during a game. He is a commander leading his troops to
The general decided to shift his officers for the upcoming season.
Long-time defensive coordinator Gary Moeller is the new offensive
coordinator. Former defensive
back coach Lloyd Carr takes
Moeller's old position. The
moves won't change Schem-
bechler's coaching style.
"I'm still in there," he said
with a big laugh last week. "Do
you want me to quit?
"I've seen so many guys and
some great coaches stand there
like this (hands crossed). They
don't even have a headset. They
don't even know what is going
- on. I can't do that."
What Schembechler can do is
win. He sports a 207-57-7 career
coaching mark. He has mellowed
the past few years, realizing the
three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust of -
fense was extinct. Recently,
Schembechler Michigan quarterbacks actually
have thrown passes. His staff
changes were viewed by some as
continued mellowing and as
relinquishing some of his duties
-- a phasing out. Forget it.
Schembechler feels having
Moeller on offense allows
meetings to continue when he is
called out of practice. The two
worked well together on offense in
1980 and 1981 and should again
in 1987. Schembechler will
continue to call the plays.
Schembechler refuses to play
the management game other
coaches play. A football team can
be viewed as a corporation.
Players or corporation workers are
specialists required to do different
jobs to help attain objectives. The
Moeller manager or coach stands on the
sideline overseeing its workers.
"A lot of guys assume the
responsibility of a management.
They shouldn't be called coaches.
If your not in the game, what is
the fun in coaching?" said the 19-
year Michigan coach. "That's why
I don't want to get out of that."
Schembechler discussed his
offense yesterday at a press con -
"We're talking some power
football, options, and passes,"
said Schembechler. "I see no
reason why we can't pass the ball
Talk of power football. He still
is involved. Moeller will contri-
bute, but Schembechler remains
the dominant offensive planner.
Carr The key coaching change is
arr Carr's promotion. Schembechler
felt he was ready for the job. Carr
will be tested immediately as defense appears to be the Wolverines
weak spot.
"When it is all said and done, defense will win it (the Big Ten
championship)," said Schembechler. "I don't think our offense will
hold us back."
Blue Banter
-Schembechler predicted sun and a 70-degree temperature for the
spring game on Saturday. "If not, there is a lot of room under the
press box," he said at yesterday's press conference.
-How desperate is the defensive back situation? "If I had to go
tomorrow, I would probably use an eight man (defensive) front so I
would only have to use three defensive backs," said Schembechler.

"That's a joke, but that's the way I feel. I don't want to play
-Look for wide receiver Chris Calloway to have a big season.
Schembechler describes him as a "clever little devil."
,Same old story for
.'M' softball tea-m

Don't ask Bo Schembechler who
the starting quarterback is going to
be next season. The Michigan
coach is still trying to decide which
of the three candidates will njot start
in Saturday's spring game.
"Yeah," the veteran coach said,
"I'll have to put two of them on the
same team."
The candidates are fifth-year
senior Chris Zurbrugg, and redshirt
sophomores Demetrius Brown and
Michael Taylor. Actually this is the
coaching staff's most pleasant
dilemma. The real problem, insists
Schembechler, is the defensive
"I'm very much concerned about
our secondary," he said. "I'm not
satisfied with the performance of
the secondary other than (David)
Arnold and (Doug) Mallory. They
are the only two guys that I can sit
here and tell you so far have a
chance to play next fall."
American Garland Rivers and the
loss of Erik Campbell, who is
expected back from shoulder surgery
by fall, have opened two spots that
nobody has filled yet.
The problem with the secondary
is to the point where Schembechler
has been experimenting with run -
ning backs Ernie Holloway and
David Key at the corners. The
Michigan coach is even considering
moving John Kolesar to defense
when the junior receiver returns
from a reinjured collarbone.
"I am not going to be vulnerable
in my secondary," Schembechler
said. "We will do anything we can
to have a good secondary. It is
much more important than who is
going to be the quarterback.
"It boils down to defense. When

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler cracks a smile at yesterday's press conference. The Wolverines are
preparing for this Saturday's spring game.

all is said and done, it's defense. If
our defense is strong, we'll have a
shot (at the Big Ten
IN ADDITION to the secon -
dary, Schembechler sees holes at
linebacker and on the offensive line.
This spring the Wolverines are
strong at the running back position
and fairly strong at wide receiver
and tight end.
The linebacking crew will be
anchored by fifth-year senior Andree
McIntyre. A nagging hamstring

injury to Marc Spencer has slowed
the development at that position,
Schembechler said.
The defensive line has not been a
disappointment. According to
Schembechler, junior tackle Brent
White has complemented seniors
Billy Harris, Mark Messner, and
Steve Thibert nicely.
"We've found in the spring, it is
very difficult to keep Messner,
White, and Billy Harris and those
guys out of our backfield," he said.
ON OFFENSE, Schembech -

ler is mainly concerned about the
strong guard position. Once again
the coach will not hesitate to
shuffle positions in order to find the
right combination.
No matter what happens in the
spring game, it is doubtful that
Schembechler will decide on a
number-one quarterback until the
"You have to be sure - when
you make a decision of that
magnitude - that you're right,"
Schembechler said

At the young and tender age of 20, I am
constantly being confronted with the question,
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
After giving the question much thought and
deliberation, I have decided that I want to be a
part of that fantasy world of professional sports. I
want to be a general manager.
Being a general manager would allow me to
build a successful sports franchise en route to
becoming the toast of the town. And it would be
almost as simple as Geography 101.
The first thing that I would do is make clear
to the other general managers around the league
that none of my draft choices would ever be made
available for any player under any conditions.
This way, I wouldn't have Al Davis barking
down my tree, offering me rinky-dink 45-year old
linebackers that can't bring down tackling
dummies. You know, the players that the G.M.'s
of today cough up number-one picks for.
THEN I would stockpile as many draft
choices as I possibly could inthessame manner
that the United States has built up its nuclear
arsenal. Building through the draft is the only
way to construct a winner and don't let anyone
tell you any different!
It's a basic formula: retaining draft picks +
accumulating them = success. In three to four
years I, or any other level-headed individual,
would be able to build a champion.
Now I know you are saying that it all sounds
too easy. But it's .the truth. Do you think it's
coincidental that the same teams finish at the top


Fastest way to ruin a
franchise - poor trades

and bottom each year? The reason these last place
teams are unable to climb out of their slimy pits
is because they deal away the future of their
franchises for has-been players that sit on the
bench and gather dust.
Look, for example, at past New York Giant
and Dallas Cowboy teams. In the mid 1970's,
the Giants traded their number-one pick to Dallas
for Craig Morton, a quarterback who made Jeff
Komlo look like an All-Pro. And you all know
what a powerhouse the Giants were in the late
1970's and early 1980's with Jersey Joe Pisarcik
at the helm. The Cowboys used that Giant pick
to acquire defensive lineman Randy White from
the University of Maryland. White went on to
become the cornerstone of the destructive Dallas
defenses of the decade.
The Cowboys also swindled the Seattle
Seahawks when they dealt a bunch of players
taking up space in their lockerroom for their
number one pick which turned out to be Tony
LOOK AT the worst team in football the
past few years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and-
see what they did with their choices. They dealt
their number-one pick in 1984 to Cincinnati for
quarterback Jack Thompson, who had an
excellent exhibition season that year.
The Bucs also had no first-round pick in 1983
since they sent that pick to the Bears for a 1982
second round pick. A first round pick for a
second? Willie Gault for Booker Reese? Who the
hell is running these organizations?
Let's turn to basketball now. The Lakers have

won two championships in the 1980's and they
are one of the two best teams in basketball year
in and year out. Credit the men making the deals.
Do you know how they got Magic Johnson?
They traded Gail Goodrich, a guard whose hay
day was some time back in the 1960's, to the
Utah Jazz for their number-one pick.
Incompetency at its highest level.
THEY THEN worked their 'magic' on the
Cleveland Cavaliers. They traded journeyman
forward Don Ford, who was last seen doing
landscaping in the mountains of Montana, for
their number-one pick. That choice translatedl
into a power forward, James Worthy. To get
Magic and Worthy, you can see how the Lakers
really stripped their team's talent.
This now brings me to my prime and least
favorite example. Scotty Stirling, the New York
Knickerbocker G.M., has made a few dandy deals
himself as of late. I would personally love to
torture this moron in the most inhumane- and
cruel ways imaginable to the human mind
because of these 'Stirling' deals. He has
decimated the Knicks for now and for the years to
With the two number-one picks he had in this
upcoming draft, one went to the Chicago Bulls
for some worthless seven-footer named Jawahan
Oldham, and the other went to the Seattle
Supersonics for Gerald Henderson, who is
excellent to have when your third-string guard
has fouled out.
When I grow up I want to be a general
manager- very badly.

Women netters routed on road

The saga continues for the
Michigan softball team - great
pitching, and no offense. The
season-long story was repeated
again last weekend at Minnesota,
when the Wolverines could only

Friday's 1-0 victory, driving in the
only run of the game on a double in
the first inning.
In games one and three, the
Michigan offense continued to
sputter. The Wolverines gave
pitcher Michelle Bolster little

Just as the Chicago Black
Hawks ran into a better team in the
Detroit Red Wings, the women's
tennis team faced two better teams
in Wisconsin and Minnesota last
weekend at East Lansing.
Last Saturday, the Wolverines
were shut out by the 24th-ranked
Wisconsin Badgers, 9-0. The
following day, Michigan fell to the

6-4, 6-3, to set the tone for the
match. Leslie Mackey was crushed
by Cathy Van Pelt, 6-2, 6-0, at
second singles, Tricia Horn
struggled and lost to Wendy Gilles,
6-1, 6-4, at third singles, and
Alison Miller was defeated by
Charlene Kaya, 6-3 ,6-3, at the
number four spot.
The number five and six singles
matches showed Wisconsin's depth.

recover from the match with the
Badgers. Basle, the lone winner for
Michigan all weekend, edged Anne
Gorde, 6-0, 7-6.
"Tina Basle had a great win, and
I think that's got to help her
confidence," said Ritt.
The rest of the team was not as
fortunate. Mackey, Horn, and
Floreno were all shut out in the
first set of their singles matches and

tenth out of an 18 team field at the
Marshall Invitational in
Huntington, W.Va. Leading the
Wolverines for the third straight
tournament, Scott Chipokas had
rounds of 75-73-79 for a total of
227. Following Chipokas were
John Codere (229), Hersh Patel
(229), Tom Paton (233) and Bob
Papp (236).
The women's squad finished

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