vs. Boise State
Thursday, 9 p.m.
Salt Lake City
vs. Eastern Michigan
The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, March 16, 1988
Ex-Wolverine Bostic strikes Oil
By STEVE SCHLUSSEL
When Keith Bostic was a kid growing up in
Ann Arbor, he and his friends were bent on see-
ing their Michigan football heroes Thom Dar-
den and Billy Taylor battle opponents at Michi-
Unfortunately for Bostic and his friends,
slipping under the fence was the only way in.
"Somehow, we always got in by halftime,"
said Bostic. "We didn't hurt anybody, we just
wanted to see the games."
Times have definitely changed for the All-Pro
Bostic, who last donned a Michigan uniform in
1983 before being drafted four years ago by the
These days, other football fans are sneaking
into Houston's Astrodome to see Texas' other
pro football team: the Houston Oilers and its
All-Pro safety Bostic. A major reason for their
resurgence after years of mediocrity has been the
standout play of the former Wolverine star.
WHILE BOSTIC now handles his star
status well, his life as a football player wasn't
always so great. He didn't relish the glare of the
spotlight that constantly shined on him as a
Michigan 2nd team All-American. So, on Sat-
urday nights, after a rough game, he would head
to the movie theater for some relief.
"I could sit back in there and no one could
see me. No one," said Bostic. "You get tired of
being just a football player. You want to be
treated like a human being."
Although he didn't enjoy being the center of
attention on the Michigan powerhouses of the
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early eighties, he did love all of the winning
that came with being on such dominating
teams. It was not until his rookie season with
the Oilers that he realized how important the
feeling of victory really was.
That season, the Oilers compiled three wins.
The next two seasons yielded only eight wins
total for the apparently pitiful Oilers.
"Losing was hard on me but it really changed
me a lot," said Bostic. "Going through all the
bad times made me make different goals and
sacrifices to change the bad situation we had (in
BOSTIC'S GOALS seemed to have
rubbed off on the team because the previously
hapless Oilers made it to the playoffs last year
before bowing out to Super Bowl runner-up
Denver Broncos. Having satisfied his appetite
for a winning season in the pros, Bostic has set
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his visions on loftier heights.
"While I was in college, the Rose Bowl was
everything," said Bostic. "But right now there's
added pressure to win the Super Bowl. I want to
be the ultimate."
Out of this desire to win the Super Bowl, he
has taught himself how to deal with the pres-
sure that comes with playing for a team that is
capable of fulfilling his goals.
"I've got a family and it's settled me down a
lot," said Bostic "I'm married now and have
three kids. Getting married really helped me out.
It made me focus in on a lot of goals that I had
when I was a kid."
When Bostic attains all of his football
dreams, he will still have one more thing to ac-
"I WANT TO go back to Ann Arbor and
see all the guys and talk about what's happened
in our lives," said Bostic. "I saw Anthony
Carter in Hawaii (at the Pro Bowl) and we
talked. It was great."
When he does come back, he'll have some
strong feelings to share with his mentor, Coach
"He's a tremendous coach and I don't think
I'll ever have a coach like him ever again in the
game of football," said Bostic. "I think the
world of him, I just hope he gets better."
Keith Bostic, former All-American, present
All-Pro, and hopeful future Super Bowl cham-
Not bad for a kid who had to sneak into his
first football game.
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Former Michigan All-American Keith Bostic has achieved All-Pro status
in the NFL with the Houston Oilers.
Batsmen lose third
straight to St. John's
By Staff Reports
The University of Michigan's
baseball team's non-conference woes
continued Monday with a loss at the
hands of St. John's, 7-5 in the first
round of the Citrus Tournament at
Pan American University.
Mirroring Sunday's loss to Texas,
the Wolverines fell behind early 6-0,
and couldn't recover. Michigan
pitcher Chris Lutz (0-1) was the
starter and loser. Although Lutz
fanned five, he was pummeled for
two St. John's home runs.
Solo homers by Jerry Kelly and
Kerry Cahill boosted the Redmen to
the lead that they never relinquished.
St: John's upped its record to 1-0,
while Michigan dropped to 1-3.
Unlike the Texas drubbing,
Michigan did mount a late inning
comeback effort. St. John's led 6-0
when two walks and a hit batsman
loaded the bases for the Wolverines.
RBI singles by Greg Hager and
Rich Samplinski pushed two runs
across and following a sacrifice fly
by Darrin Campbell, Doug Kaiser
ripped a 2-run single bringing
Michigan within one at, 6-5, and
chased St. John's starter Owen Kelly.
The Wolverine rally was quelched by
the Redmen relief core.
Michigan's Steve Finken collected
two hits in the game to raise his av-
erage to .727,on the season (8 for
11). He also stole a base, the 42nd
of his career, tying him for third
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - The St.
Louis Cardinals' flight to Phoenix
was formally approved yesterday as
the once highly stable NFL under-
went its third franchise shift in six
The NFL teams voted 26-0 to ap-
prove the move, with the Los Ange-
les raiders and Miami Dolphins ab-
staining, two months to the day after
William Bidwill announced his
intention to shift the Cards to the
sun-drenched southwest, an area the
league had considered its most likely
The club owners delayed a decision
on the amount of an indemnity the
Cards must pay to the league pending
the outcome of the lawsuit over what
the Raiders owe for their move to
Los Angeles from Oakland in 1982.
It was that transfer that began the era
of what Commissioner Pete Rozelle
calls "franchise free agency."
Two years after Al Davis moved
the Raiders, Robert Irsay took the
Colts from Raltimore to Indianano-
place with teammate Jim Durham on
Michigan's all time stolen base list.
Only current Cincinnati Reds short-
stop Barry Larkin and Mike Waters
have more stolen bases than Finken
With the losses, the Wolverines
fell from 5th to 16th in the ESPN
college baseball poll.
Michigan played Kansas at 4
at NCAA finals
Michigan runners John Scherer
and Brad Barquist competed in the
3000 meter run at the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association's Indoor
Championships in Oklahoma City
Scherer (8:01) placed fifth while
Barquist (8:15) finished in eighth
place in the event which was won by
Arkansas' Joe Falcon (7:57).
The pair had qualifiedfor the na-
tional meet the week before at the
"It kind of made my season just
qualifying (at the Silverston Invita-
tional)," said Scherer. "It was neat to
have made it as one of the 8 final-
Scherer and Barquist will travel
with the track team to Tucson, Ariz.,
this weekend to compete in the ini-
tial meet of the outdoor season, the
Willie Williams Classic.
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20th anniversary of the death of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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H. Robert Reynolds conducting
Music of James Weldon Johnson,
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