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CCHA Semifinals
Tomorrow, 5 & 8 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena


Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily Thursday, March 10, 1988 Page;

Continued from Page 1
job first. You know what his first
job would be? He would have to fire
limself as coach," Kramer said.
Schembechler was offered the
,athletic director job last week, but
turned it down because of the
stipulation that he retire from
Other alumni feel that
Schembechler was not really offered
the job because conditions were
placed on him that the regents knew
he would not accept.
"They really did not offer him the
job because Bo is an honorable
person with commitments. Because
he's honorable, he's going to stick
to those commitments. They offered
him the job knowing that he would
stick to those commitments and turn
the job down," said Detroit
businessman Roger Zatkoff.
"Therefore, they really didn't offer
him the job, since they knew he

would turn it down."
"If the regents wanted to do the
best thing for the University, I don't
thinkthere's any questionthey
should hire Bo. Bo's a straight-
shooter and he will make sure that
Michigan will be held up on a
pedestal the way it has been in the
past," said former Michigan football
player Frank Gusich.
Kramer expressed the alumni's
displeasure with the tight-lipped
attitude which has overtaken the
regents and Fleming.
"We're liable to have a 1965
uprising (the civil rights marches).
We have an interim president who
has to give the answers, and doesn't
have the answers. He's got to come
out and give quoted statements. He's
got to take the lead," Kramer said.
Caldarazzo said many alumni are
particularly bothered by the secrecy
surrounding the search.
"We're fearful that sometimes
regents make decisions behind closed
doors and then try to slip out the
back door. It's our school. All
around the country right now, our
school is a joke," he said.

Bcisford has positive outlook

Albert, , 1700 G

When Sarah Basford was in the
third grade, her older sister, Denise,
dragged her to their court outside the
house and showed her how to play
basketball. Janet Basford, the mother
of the two, and five other siblings,
remembers what happened next.
"Their father showed them how to do
the right-handed layup and told them,
'When you perfect it, come back to
me.' He was surprised how fast they
did it. They just liked to play."
The two sisters went on to play
for Mercy High School in Farming-
ton Hills and both made it to the
college level. Denise took her skills
to Notre Dame. Two years later,
Sarah chose to stay closer to home
and play basketball at the University
of Michigan.
SATURDAY night, Sarah
Basford will be playing in the final
game of her career when the
Wolverines take on Purdue at Crisler
Arena in their season finale. The
senior guard is Michigan's only
current four-year performer.
Basford has averaged 4.3 points
per game in her college career, as
well as compiling 31 steals and 97
assists. But basketball has been just
part of the Farmington Hills native's
four years at Michigan. Basford has
balanced athletics with other activi-
ties, such as her sorority, and her
schoolwork. She will be graduating
on schedule with a BGS degree,
having concentrated on business,
English, and communications.
Somewhere between everything,
she also found time for a social life -
with possible long term results.
Basford is currently dating former
Michigan hockey player an d
olympian, Jeff Norton, and it seems
that marriage is a possibility. Her
career, however, may put things on
hold. "I think I have to be 'Miss In-
dependent' for a while and climb the
corporate ladder,"said Basford.

Sorority, boyfriend, captain of the
basketball team, big supportive
family - Basford's life may seem
somewhat like a fairy tale. This,
however, has not always been true of
her basketball career. ,
BASF ORD came to Michigan
after winning the Class A State
Championship in 1982, and being
named to the Detroit News high
school "Dream Team". At Michigan,
she was hampered by a wrist injury
early in her first season, but came on
strong to have her best games in Big
Ten play (4.1 ppg).
Then, during her sophomore year,
a thumb injury limited her playing
time significantly. Still, Basford had
her finest season that year, averaging
two rebounds, two assists, and six
points per game. Basford was a key
member of that team, which claims
Michigan's best record in the last
five years.
Thumb problems struck again
last season, as Basford's scoring
dropped to 4.4 points per game. But
Basford still started nine games.
This season, a large scale youth
movement and further thumb prob-
lems have put Basford at the end of
the bench, an unfamiliar place for
"I LEARNED what it felt like
to be on the other side - on the
team that gets the first team ready
for the game," says Basford.
Basford looks at and talks about
THE THUMB as if it was some kind
of parasite and not any normal ap-
pendage. But she refuses to be bitter
about her injuries. Indeed, she looks
on the positive side of everything
that has happened to her at Michi-
"I can't complain in any aspect,"
says Basford, "I've had a great
experience here."
Teammate Lorea Feldman, how-
ever, is more willing to blame the
injuries for Basford's problems. "To

this day, when she has that thing
on," says Feldman, referring to the
protection Basford uses for her
thumb, "it's different than when it's
not on. It's pretty unfortunate."
Although this year has been a
disappointment to Basford, she has'
still been a major contributor to the
team. Against Northwestern last
weekend, she scored eight first half
points while leading scorer, Tempie
Brown, was in foul trouble.
teammates, Basford has provided
invaluable experience, some key
baskets, and perhaps most
importantly, a number of factors that
don't appear in the box score.

Szezchowski, "That was special
coming from a senior."
The feeling of Basford's team-
mates are not unreciprocated. "My
teammates are really cool," sayis
Basford, "It's like a little family."
Although Basford is looking foi-
ward to life without practices ("there
are some days when you've typd
that paper all night and your legs
don't feel like moving"), she is gd-
ing to miss the team camaradariO,
the crazy times in out-of-town aid-
ports, and even the fun on the bench.
"WE HAVE fun on the bench"
says Basford, "We see everything."-
Basford can't hide the fact tIat
she's somewhat disappointed about
her lack of playing time but, as with
everything, she tries to put things in
a positive light.
"For so long, everything webt
well," says Basford. "This was a ro-
ally good learning experience that
things don't always go that wen.
Next year when I have a job, I'll te
more ready for it."
As for head coach, Bud Van-
DeWege, Basford feels no resent-
ment. "He .has to go with the five
people that work best as a unit."
VANDEWEGE'S praise ®f,
Basford is as strong as that of her
teammates. "Sarah's one of the most
loyal players on the team," says the
coach. "(Substitutions) are hard,
especially with someone as nice'as
The coach and player seem to ep-
joy a special relationship. "I loye
Buddy," says Basford, "We get along
great! He's my friend."
Saturday's game may be the end
of her career, but Basford, with her
positive outlook, sees it as a begitd-
ning. She's excited about her futuie
and she also can't help seeing what's
in store for the basketball team.
"Our coaches put in so much ef-
fort," says Basford, "I know good
things will come."
Good things will come for Sarah
too. That's one thing to be positive


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"She'll be missed just as much as
Vonnie (Thompson)," says team-
mate Carol Szczechowski, "A lot of
people really, really like Sarah.
Feldman goes further, saying, "I
don't think there's a person in the
world who doesn't like her."
It doesn't take long to understand
such sentiments. Basford's personal-
ity is ebulient. She is super friendly,
always smiling, and very positive.
"I HAVE a positive approach,"
says Basford, "I've been positive for
four years."
According to her teammates she
is also extremely supportive.
"Coming in as a freshman, she re-
ally made me feel at home," says

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