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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 8, 1988
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first year of college, and supports a a week, for their first two years with

Higgins
discovers
it is not
so easy
to score

Glen Rice punching a residence staff
member the year before, Leslie
Rockymore's shoplifting arrest, and
the revelation of Roy Tarpley's drug
use during his Michigan career all
stand as black marks against
Frieder's proven ability to graduate
the great majority of players he has
recruited.
But a few points need be made.
Where is Higgins?
Frieder needs to step back and
look at what goals - besides win-
ning - he has set for his program,
and how he is going to attain them.
There are no excuses for what
happened, despite many attempts to
make them.
Frieder says players are not ready
to play big-time basketball in their

change back to the days when stu-
dents had to take a year off.
Fine. If that is the case, it is time
a big-name coach such as Frieder
prioritizes the issue of eliminating
first-year eligibility. That means the
issue must be brought up at times
other than those during which first-
year students show their inabilities.
For Higgins' father, Earl, to sug-
gest that his son did not have aca-
demic problems, but instead just did
not show up to class enough, is ab-
surd. The athletic department should
have learned a long time ago the
dangers of athletes taking class
lightly.
Currently the basketball team re-
quires that all players attend study
table two hours a night, five nights

the team.
The only place a player is allowed
to make a mistake is in choosing
whether to attend classes. The
coaches, because of Privacy Act
considerations, cannot call instruc-
tors to ask them if players are
attending classes, said assistant
coach Dave Hammer. The coaches
must rely on a player's word as to
whether he is attending classes.
It seems either someone was not
asking whether the players were at-
tending classes last semester, or
some players were not telling
whether they were attending classes
last semester.
Where is the point in all this?
It won't be coming from Sean
Higgins' hands.

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By STEVEN GINNS
The 1988 men's and women's gymnastics teams
begin competition this Saturday as both teams take to
the road.
The women tumblers will travel to Ypsilanti to
battle Eastern Michigan. According to head coach Dana
Kempthorn, this year's team has more depth and "is a
much stronger team than I've had in the past."
Angela Williams and Janne Klepek will lead the

way for the squad. Both Williams and Klepek qualified
for the NCAA regionals last year. Williams was se-
lected as an alternate to the NCAA Championships.
The men's team also begin their season on the road
this Saturday in Columbus against Ohio State.
The loss of Mitch Rose, due to graduation, leaves a
large hole to fill. Captain Steve Yuan and senior Scott
Moore will attempt to fill Rose's spot. Yuan, a junior
excels in the pommel horse, while Moore is the current
BiR Ten vault chamn.

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to do what you love to do.
"And you'd be a damn fool if
you think I'm going to be happy
picking up golf clubs and chasing
around Florida in the winter. That
sounds nice to some people, but
not to me, and I will be coaching,
that's for sure."
SCHEMBECHLER said that
he will continue a rehabilitation
program that started Tuesday for at
least three weeks. The program
consists of stretching exercises and
walking on a treadmill.
Schembechler has lost 12 pounds
since the surgery.
"I'm feeling very good. This was
a very successful operation," he
said. "I can't give you a prognosis
because I'm not the doctor, but if
things continue the way they are, I
should be better than I've been in
the last 20 years."
In accordance with doctor's
orders,aSchembechler will stay in
Ann Arbor this month while his
assistants travel around the country
recruiting. Schembechler said that
while he will be unable to travel to
the homes and interview
prospective recruits like he has done
in the past, he does not think
recruiting will suffer.
"All (the recruits) want to know
is that Bo Schembechler is going to
coach, and I am going to coach."
THE EVENTS leading up to
the by-pass operation started as
early as Nov. 7 in a game at
Minnesota, when he felt a tightness
in his chest, Schembechler revealed.
It was not until after the season,
however, that Schembechler went
into the hospital for his annual
physical.
At that time, Schembechler took
a stress test that showed fa shortage
of blood in the middle of his heart.

A catheterization followed on
Dec.14 and, after staying in the
hospital that night, Schembechler
said he was about to go home the
following day when he experienced
sharp pains in his chest and started
sweating.
He told his wife, "You better get
the doctors in here because I think
something's wrong."
The seven-hour operation fol-
lowed immediately and
Schembechler remained in the
hospital until Dec. 23.
Schembechler said that it was
difficult for him to be at home
while his team was preparing for a
game, but that he had a good time
watching the other bowl games on
television. He took time out to
praise his players and his coaching,
staff for carrying on without him.
He also stopped to thank all the
people who thought about him
during his stay in the hospital.
"Literally thousands of cards and
letters, and encouragement," he
said. "And I sat in the hospital and
read everyone of them. I couldn't
believe people would take time out
like that. It was great."
Speculation now centers on the
soon-to-be-vacant Michigan athletic
director's job, a position Schem-5h
bechler was rumored to be first in
line for prior to the operation.
Schembechler said only that he was
to meet with the Board of Regents
on Dec. 16 (the day after the opera-
tion), but that nothing was set.
Schembechler also said that he is
interested in the job "only if it's
best for Michigan. My first priority
is to coach.
Could Schembechler, after a
heart attack and two quadruple by-
passes do both jobs, reporters
asked? "Sure, I can do anything," he
said.

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