vs. Western Michigan
TSaturday, 12 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
vs. Eastern Michigan
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily
Thursday, March 16, 1989
Forget polls, NCAA tourney,
Frieder knows who's No. 1
I was going to take the job at Fordham. I flew to New
York and took a cab ride to Fordham. But it wasn't
Michigan. It didn't have the class Michigan has. It
didn't have the people Michigan has. Michigan is the
For everyone who hasn't heard, Michigan
basketball coach Bill Frieder has gone to a
similar post at Arizona State. He took a job in
the warm climate of Tempe, with a $300,000
base-salary and a fresh start, away from the media
vultures that hounded him in his nine years as
head coach in Ann Arbor.
Can you blame him? After all, he's doing
what he feels is best for himself and his family.
He obviously wasn't getting along (mild
terminology) with Athletic Director Bo
Schembechler, while ASU Athletic Director
Charles Harris and he are good friends.
Frieder's appeal might be at an all-time high
now as 24-7 Michigan heads into the NCAA
post-season tournament. But, the Wolverines
play in the tournament tomorrow. Will they win
a game? Will their heads be in the game?
Did Frieder think about this before he accepted
the Sun Devil job? Did he think about what it
would do to .his now former team, the one he
recruited? The players he's close to?
WORD IS that he had all of 30 minutes to
decide. Thirty minutes seems like an awfully
short time for such an important decision. He
says he agonized over making the decision. I'm
sure it was a lot easier knowing that his wife had
been in Arizona the week before to look at
Frieder has not been well-liked by the Mich-
igan fans. And with some of his actions, it
wouldn't be surprising if some of his players
were included in that as well.
When Terry Mills had his season's best game
against Ohio State earlier this year, he was es-
corted into the interview room where the large
media gathering clamored to ask the game's star
Minutes later, Frieder, after his post-game
radio show, came in and said: "All right Mills.
You've played one good game in a year and a-.
half. Play well some more and then you can talk
to these guys more. Hit the showers."
Needless to say, his tongue has often run
faster than his feet.
LAST YEAR at this same time, there were
rumors that Texas approached Frieder about its
head coaching job. Reporters printed that the
Longhorns came to Frieder without talking to the
Michigan Athletic Director, a cardinal sin in
In actuality, Frieder called Texas to inquire
about the position and then called reporters to
give them the scoop. While the team was sup-
posed to be concentrating on the Tournament,
their coaches' rumors persisted.
"Put the blame on me," Frieder always said.
This related to more than just the actual games.
The "blame" for this situation does not rest
solely on Frieder's shoulders for there is no
apparent reason why ASU couldn't have waited
until afterathe tournament to choose its coach.
The team will survive its initial test if for no
other reason than because they are too talented to
lose. Schembechler will meet the team in Atlanta
today and with his talks, he could indirectly win
his first National Championship.
As Frieder held his last team meeting
yesterday and addressed the team for the final
time, I could picture a distinct statement coming
from his mouth.
"Guys, you got to look out for No. I in life,"
he said as he pointed to himself.
That's fine, Coach. But don't step on No. 2.
after accepting the
Michigan head coaching job
on March 31, 1980
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accepting the Arizona State head coaching job
j on March 15, 1989
Ex-Michigan basketball head coach Bill Frieder's career at Michigan
(clockwise from upper left): as assistant coach, discussing game plans
with ex-Michigan star Ricky Green, winning the NIT in 1984,
accepting head coaching job at Arizona State.
Continued from Page 1
"I hadn't thought about staff
changes because it wasn't an issue,"
Schembechler said. "But we're going
to get as fine a basketball coach here
as we can get."
Schembechler refused to speculate
on possible replacements, but the
names of Evansville coach Jim
Crews, Xavier coach Pete Gillen,
and Indiana assistant Ron Felling
have been mentioned. Former
Michigan standout Cazzie Russell's
name has also surfaced, but the fact
that he never graduated may weigh
"I haven't discussed with Jack
what we're going to do. But in my
judgement, this is the best
basketball coaching job in America,"
The two top priorities, according
to Schembechler are "honesty and
integrity. The guy also will also
have to have some impact on the
guys who play for him. This
program is going to be run according
to the rules, and if it is not run that
way, we'll have to make a change.
"I'LL TAKE an active role, I
have to," Schembechler continued.
"I've hired coaches before, I know
how to go about it. ...But I resent
having to do this when I should be
coaching spring football."
A replacement is not expected to
be named until after the NCAA
But in the meantime, the job is
would be enhanced if we win an
Terry Mills summed up the
players' reactions, saying: "All the
veteran players have to come
together and play really hard."
Hughes and Fisher both said
Michigan had a "good" practice
before departing for Atlanta.
Schembechler gave the squad a
pep talk, and made plans to fly this
morning to Atlanta to be with the
"Bo said to get really focused and
realize our job at hand. He told us
we had to go out and work hard,"
Schembechler added, "What I told
them- and what I would like to see
happen is them zeroing in on this
tournament. What they need to do is
go to Atlanta and play ball. They are
too good a team to get distracted by
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