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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, April 20, 1988
CANHAM LEAVES HIS MARK ON MICHIGAN
By STEVE BLONDER
Filling Don Canham's shoes will
be difficult enough for new athletic
director Bo Schembechler, who, ac-
cording to a source in the president's
office, will be named to the job at
11 this morning.
Luckily enough, though, he will
inherit a program that is in good
shape financially and academically.
"There aren't any loose ends. Ev-
erything is pretty well in place, and
we're not facing any crises right
now," said Assistant Athletic Direc-
tor Will Perry last month when
asked about the state of the Michi-
gan athletic department.
"The Michigan athletic depart-
ment is not a struggling operation.
It is recognized throughout the na-
tion as a leading athletic depart-
THAT THOUGHT was echoed
by University of Southern California
Athletic Director Mike McGee.
"The University of Michigan's
program is near its zenith," he said.
Although the budget is already in
place for next year, Schembechler's
biggest task will involve long-term
fund raising, Perry said last night.
"For one thing, he's going to
need to get involved in fund raising.
We need a new football building in
addition to a few other things.
Tickets are where they can be, so in
the next five years, fund raising is
going to be the big thing," he said.
buildings. It would be good if we
could have everything consolidated,"
Perry added. "We don't have the
constant contact we need to have be-
cause we don't have the space."
The athletic department currently
does not have the money it needs to
build the new buildings. Football
ticket prices recently were raised $2
per game in an effort to increase
revenues. More revenue is needed as
a result of the increase in tuition
costs the department pays for ath-
Athletic department Business
Manager Bob DeCarolis explained
this saying, "Scholarship costs keep
increasing by double-digit percents,
and we pay the going rate for general
students. Whatever inflation does,
costs rise and there's got to be
something to cover this."
PERRY said, "With tuition go-
ing up, and expenses increasing, we
need to raise money some place." He
added that Michigan's tuition is
higher than all of the other Big Ten
schools except Northwestern.
Regent Phillip Power (D-Ann
Arbor) sees the need to raise this
money as both a "health and a dis-
"It's a health because the athletic
department can afford to provide
more scholarships, but it's a disease
because when athletic departments
raise money and have pools of cash
at hand, there are often abuses and
cheating," he said.
"We'd like to see us increase the
number of athletic scholarships
while maintaining the integrity of
our athletic program," said Regent
Thomas Roach (D-Saline).
One problem Schembechler won't
face is developing new plans to en-
sure the survival of women's athlet-
ics at Michigan.
PHYLLIS OCKER, the asso-
ciate athletic director in charge of
women's athletics, sees Michigan as
being on the verge of having cham-
pionship teams in almost all
"I would hope that the new
athletic director will continue to
support and increase current support
for women's athletics," she said.
"The plans are on the drawing board,
and I just hope they will be com-
"Many of us would like to see an
increasing emphasis on and im-
provement in our women's pro-
grams," said Regent Roach. "We're
making progress and just want to see
O C K E R would like to see
Schembechler enact promotional ac-
tivities that would draw more people
to women's sports.,
"I would like to see the men and
women have similar promotional
activities. Particularly, we need
drives to increase our attendance. We
don't currently have good support
from the student body, and I'd like to
attract students to our events," she
Perry said, "A lot of people per-
ceive that Don (Canham) hasn't done
a lot for women's athletics, but in
reality he has. Women's sports will
come on, but you can't just go
overnight and change things."
He added that just pouring more
money into women's athletics may
not be the answer, but rather contin-
uing to attract good coaches is the
key. Both Perry and Ocker expressed
confidence in the current coaches.
Some of the members of the
University's Board of Regents feel
that Schembechler will be faced with
making a decision regarding the path
college athletics should take.
"It's a general problem, but we
need to reevaluate where college ath-
letics really fits into the educational
experience. Is bigger better? Are
college athletics becoming nothing
more than farm teams for the big
leagues? What obligations does an
athletic department have to students
not on scholarship who want to par-
ticipate?" asked Power.
Perry thinks the members of the
athletic department will continue to
work as closely with Schembechler
as they have in the past.
"People here work for Michigan.
Most people in the athletic depart-
'The Michigan athletic
department is not a
struggling operation. It is
the nation as a leading
- Assistant Athletic
Director Will Perry
ment are Michigan people. Everyone
will give the new athletic director a
tremendous amount of support
because everyone cares about the
school. I'm sure all of us have this
attitude," Perry said.
McGee, of Southern Cal, said af-
ter the initial "feeling out" process,
relations with the holdover personnel
does not present a problem.
"It's only natural that it takes a
period of time until you become ac-
cepted and establish relationships
with other people," he said. "If you
have a strong professional staff, ev-
erything seems to work out fine."
Basketball coach Bill Frieder feels
that the coaches will have no prob-
lem relating to the new athletic di-
rector. He hopes Schembechler "will
allow (the coaches) to run our pro-
grams the way we want to run them.
Any athletic department wants
coaches that work hard and do it with
honesty and integrity."
I would hope
whoever is the new
letic director will
tinue to support an
crease current sup
for women's athle
The plans are on
drawing board, and
hope they will be
-- Associate At]
Director Phyllis (
that . "I think the new athletic director
is going to have the same problems
ath- all athletic directors have, including
c on- rising costs and liabilities. He will
d in- have to go into fund raising. These
are the problems he will face, but
port everyone's facing these," said
-tics. Michigan Sports Information
the Director Bruce Madej.
I just CURRENTLY, the athletic de-
partment has its personnel scattered
com- among several buildings because no
single facility exists that is suffi-
hletiC cient for the department's needs.
"People are scattered all around.
cker Swimming, gymnastics ... and the
ticket office are all in different
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pointed earlier when it didn't work
out," said basketball coach Bill
Frieder. "He's a natural, a guy who
has come through the coaching
ranks, but most importantly, he's a
"It keeps the athletic department
consistent with Michigan. Bo knows
Michigan athletics better than any-
one out there," said hockey coach
Red Berenson. "Bo certainly won't
hurt Michigan athletics, and he'll
keep our program on top."
MOST IMPORTANT to the
regents was Schembechler's in-
"Bo is a man of great integrity
and devotion to his players. He rep-
resents the values of a broad cross
section of America. He's honest,
hardworking, loyal, and he wants to
see his players receive an education.
These values are in short supply in
this country," said Baker.
The selection of a candidate from
"within the Michigan family" also
will make the transition after Can-
ham leaves much smoother than if
an outsider came in, according to
SCHEMBECHLER was the
top choice of many prominent
alumni, some of whom pledged to
hold back on donations if Schem-
bechler was not given the job. The
alumni organized a massive letter-
writing campaign in which they
urged Fleming and the regents to re-
consider and offer Schembechler the
job a second time.
Schembechler also enjoyed the
support of the athletic department
personnel and several regents - in-
cluding Baker - who pledged to
keep Schembechler's name "on the
Schembechler, Michigan's all-
time winningest football coach, has
been with the University since 1969.
During that time, eleven of his
teams have either won or tied for the
Big Ten Championship. Also, he
never has had a losing season during
his 24 years as a football coach.
The 64 year-old Weidenbach has
served as the University's director of
business operations for eleven years.
In addition to overseeing the physical
plants at Michigan, Weidenbach is in
charge of several administrative
agencies and over 1400 employees.
He also currently acts as the liaison
between University Vice President
for Finance James Brinkerhoff and
the athletic department.
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