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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 19, 1987
AP names Grant to
All-American team


White shows Blue thing or two

NEW YORK (AP) - Michigan
guard Gary Grant was named to the
1987-88 Associated Press presea-
son All-American team yesterday.
Kansas forward Danny Man-
ning, an All-American last season,
was the top vote-getter.
Manning, a 6-foot-9 senior, re-
ceived 60 of a possible 64 votes
cast by a nationwide panel o f
sportswriters and broadcasters.
Grant received 32 votes.
Also selected to the first team
were center Rony Seikaly of Syra-
cuse, 40 votes; North Carolina
forward J. R. Reid, the only non-
senior, 36, and guard David Rivers
of Notre Dame, 33.

Grant, considered one of the na-
tion's top defensive players, aver-
aged 2.7 steals a game last season.
The 6-3 Grant also averaged 22.4
points and 5.4 assists a game.
This was the second preseason
team selected by the AP and Man-
ning was the only repeater.
Last year's team had seniors
David Robinson of Navy, Kenny
Smith of North Carolina, and
Steve Alford of Indiana, each of
whom, like Manning, was chosen
for the All-American team after the
Louisville's Pervis Ellison was
the other player selected to last
year's preseason team.

Jacques is captain...
...don't rock the boat
A man jumped on a plane to Detroit. That flight bought the man a
ticket to the hearts of Detroit sports fans with the resurrection of the
Detroit Red Wings. A fantastic finish saw the city throw its support
behind the man and the team. The Detroit tradition of octopi was once
again the vogue.
Detroit was in love.
What a season. What a team. What a coach. Jacques Demers: King
of the Hill.
Is he losing his edge?
To bring the Wings from abysmal to mediocre was quite a task, and
the fantastic finish erased the rollercoaster ride, with many lows, that
preceded it.
The team molded around Demers' disciplinarian style, which is a
clever mix of motivation and punishment, and it worked to
psychological perfection.
He gave the team a kick in the pants when laziness was seen.
He ran a special bus service to the team's farm clubs, shuttling
players to and from the two teams.
Crises were faced - and solved. To use Sparky Anderson's phrase:
"It's my way or the highway."
A season at .500. A playoff birth. The bad memories erased. Demers
instilled faith inside each of his players and created a group of
However, the lucky potent is bound to wear off. Jacques' mood
switches quicker than nominees for the Supreme Court. Each win is
followed by great enthusiasm, while losses, in which the team does not
match up, are followed with threats of impending shake ups.
He has followed through on threats. Ask Joey Kocur or Mel
Bridgeman. Recently, general manager Jimmy Devellano has been on
the road trying to hustle a trade, and this past weekend, Demers was on
the road himself. Changes have been promised if results aren't seen in
the next two games.
Fine. Changes are needed. It's better to look for deals than to sit on
a high horse. Compare the Tigers' Bill Lajoie to the Lions' Russ
Thomas for evidence. Chemistry is essential. To continuously shake up
the mixture does not let the solution disslove and form a sound system.
There is a fine line between maximizing player effort and giving
reason to revolt. Demers may soon be crossing that line and the result
could derail the organization.
As of now, Demers is in full control of his team. All quiet on the
Detroit front. But one has to wonder how much longer players can
strive for common team goals when their job, future on the club, and
future in the organization is constantly placed in jeopardy. How would
you like to always be the worm on a fishhook? One has to wonder
when the speeches will wear off, and begin to be mimicked. Demers'
inspiration and threats to play with more spark may blow a fuse.
Be careful, Jacques. Detroit doesn't want a coup d'etat.

Head coach Bill Frieder has
pleaded with the press about his
newcomers. He has urged them not
to rank the Wolverines too high and
he has complained about their lack
of experience.
Maybe he has a point.
Last night at Crisler Arena, the
upperclassmen of the White team
outright outexperienced the Blue
team consisting of this year's new
faces. The White beat them in the
first half, 58-40, and came back from
a 14-point deficit, one that was
spotted to the Blue at halftime, to
win again, 42-37.
"It's very typical of young guys,"
Frieder said. "They don't play good
defense and they never have played
against good defense. That's what
they're seeing for the first time and
all of a sudden they're shooting the
ball quicker than they used to or
they're altering their shots and that's
why they had problems scoring.
"THEY JUST have a lot to
learn. They don't know the game of
The elder statesmen of the team
do. Preseason All-American Gary
Grant consistently excelled at both
ends of the court, popping in 30
points, handing out 10 assists, and
harassing his younger teammates.
Generally speaking, it was a typical
performance for "the General."
Glen Rice was also at home in
the confines of Crisler as he buried
his deadly jumpshot throughout the
evening for 27 points. In addition,




Loy Vaught grabs a rebound away from Terry Mills during last night's scrimmage at Crisler Arena. Vaught
scored 18 points for the victorious White team.


Loy Vaught and Mark Hughes, toyed
with the White, adding 18 and 14
points, respectively.
"We kind of wanted to teach the
young guys that it was going to be
real hard in the Big Ten this year
since they're new to the program,"
Rice said. "They gave us a lot of
wide open shots and in the Big Ten
you can't give that to the shooters."
THIS IS not to say the night
was a total loss for the newcomers.
They managed to arouse some ooohs

and aaahs from the 4,500 anticipat-
ing fans.
Terry Mills showed that a shot in-
the paint means two on the score-
board. Sean Higgins showed that his
home away from home isn't Los
Angeles, but rather three-point land,
canning three of them, and Rumeal
Robinson showed that he could take
the ball to the hoop, with zest and
Overall, however, they were
sloppier than Joe. They turned the

ball over, goaltended, and committed
stupid fouls. Typical play for first-
year players.
"I think we've got a lot of im-
proving to do and a long way to go
if we're going to be successful up
there in Alaska," Frieder said. "But I
think our guys are giving an effort,
and I think they're learning. You
people and the fans out there just
have to give them the time because
they're a young team."

Spiker coach senses upset against Illinois

It is not a guarantee, but Michigan head
volleyball coach Joyce Davis thinks that
Michigan will upset Big Ten leader Illinois in
tonight's 7:30 p.m. match at the Intramural
Sports Building.
The Illini have not lost a conference match in
over two years. But, despite Illinois'
invincibility, the second-year Michigan coach is
looking for more than a strong performance.
"A well played game within the conference is
still a loss," she said. "You feel good about
playing good but it is still an 'L.' For us to
accomplish our goal we have to win, we must
"I think we're gonna upset this team, but I
hate to make bold statements like that because
then you eat those words later if you don't back
it up with your performance on the court."
DAVIS IS confident because her team is
playing the best volleyball since she has been at
Michigan. It showed this past weekend when the

team split its matches with a win over Michigan
State and took powerful Western Michigan to
five sets.
Illinois brings two extremely strong
middle hitters to Ann Arbor in first team All-
American Mary Eggers and Nancy Brookhart.
Still, loopholes can be found.
"They have some young players that if
pressed may not be that consistent," said Davis.
"But it is a matter of getting in the position to
expose that inexperience.
"Illinois jumps extremely well, but we
can jump as high as any team in the conference."
After tonight, there is no letoff. Friday
second-place Purdue and six-foot-two Debbie
McDonald will face the Wolverines.
Boilermakers outside hitter Linda Reichl, an All-
American candidate last year before a knee injury,
has lost some mobility but not her touch.
"I THINK we are pretty evenly matched
physically with Purdue;" Davis commented. "I

think it is going to come down to our
fundamental skills of serving and receiving."
It has been serving and the passing of
serve, the fundamentals of volleyball, that has
kept the Wolverines (20-16 overall, 3-11, 9th
place, Big Ten) from making a run at the upper
echelon of the Big Ten standings. Michigan
seemed to have turned the corner last week and
the return of Lisa Vahi and Carla Hunter has
greatly strengthened the team, giving them
confidence heading into the final two league
home games.
Said Davis: "We are blocking extremely
well, we are passing serve like I hoped we had all
"I would be crazy to think we are gonna
come in here and win just looking at these two
teams (Illinois and Michigan) on paper, but I feel
like we're in as good a position as anyone to
upset this team."






Grildde Picks





The Ohio State Buckeyes have
not had a sterling football season.
After so many spectacular seasons,
the Buckeyes have compiled a poor
5-4-1 record so far in 1987.
Needless to say, the Buckeye
season has been boring - until
now. In order to end the season with
flair and panache, the Ohio State
Marching Band will spell out the
word "GRIDDES" instead of the
traditional "OHIO" during its
halftime show.
The idea began earlier this week,
when the trombone section went
berserk during practice and formed
the letter Q instead of H in the word


"I knew that something w as
wrong," said Ohio State's Dean of
English, "I don't think that there's a
Q in the word Ohio."
The rest of the band has since
decided to throw caution, and
tradition, to the wind and will tribute
Griddes in their halftime show. And
to make the ceremony more special,
Ohio State will bring back former
quarterback Art Schlichter to dot the
Schlichter, one of Ohio State's
finest alumni, has been banned twice
from the NFL for incessantly
gambling on his own games. But


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"I've been so excited about this that
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Sorry, bad joke. But we're so
excited here at Griddes that Ohio
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1. Ohio State at Michigan
(pick total points)
2. MSU at Wisconsin
3. Minnesota at Iowa
4. Purdue at Indiana
5. Illinois at N'western
6. Oklahoma at Nebraska
7. UCLA at USC
8. Notre Dame at Penn State
9. Wash. St. at Washington
10. Oregon St. at Oregon
11. Dukeat N. Carolina
12. Clemson at S. Carolina
13. Baylor at Texas
14. Tennessee At Kentucky
15. Miss. at Miss. St.
16. Texas A&M at TCU

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