The Michigan Daily- Sports Tuesday- January21, 1992 - Page 3
The two-time Heisman winner
talks about collegiate athletics
Former Ohio State running back
Archie Griffin established himself
as one of college football's greatest
players by winning the Heisman
trophy twice, in 1974 and 1975.
Griffin, a three-year all-America
selection, is also the only player
ever to play in four Rose Bowls,
leading the Buckeyes to a Rose
Bowl win over Southern Cal in
1974. He played in the NFL for
eight years with the Cincinnati
Bengals, and is currently assistant
director of athletics at Ohio State.
Daily Sports Writer Tim Rardin
spoke with Griffin about college
football, academics, and the
Daily: What do you think about
this year's split No. I's, and who do
you consider to be the best team in
Griffin: It's very hard to say who
should be No.1. I think both of
those teams are outstanding. Cer-
tainly Washington, winning against
Michigan the way that they did
proves to me that they're a great
football team because, going into
that game, I certainly thought that
Michigan had a very good shot at
winning. And I know how difficult
it is to play in the Rose Bowl with
all the distractions. Miami, in the
past decade, has pretty much been
the team and they have kept a very
'I don't want to give
Desmond any advice.
and I know that
whatever he decides
M to do is going to be the
right decision. If he
chooses to come back,
I think that's great. It's
good program over the years. It
would be interesting to see who
would win that particular football
game. I think it was right to make
both of them No. l's because I think
they were both very deserving of it.
D: With that in mind, what is
your feeling on college football
utilizing a playoff system instead
of the current bowl setup?
G: For the most part, I'm against
that. I think the college football
season is long enough. To go to a
playoff now, you'd have to get a lot
of teams involved and I just think
that would drag the season out too
D: What is your feeling about
athletic dorms? Do you think
they're necessary or should they be
done away with completely?
G: I'm of the opinion that I like
to see athletes mixed amongst the
population of the university. That's
how we've had it in the Big Ten, and
that's what I'm used to. I don't
think you need them. I liked the fact
that when I was a student, I was
able to be next door to a guy who
wasn't an athlete and I could social-
ize with people other than the those
that I was on the team with. I think
you get a little bit more out of be-
that if it's a kid who I think will
come back and get his education, it
really doesn't bother me at all. In
alot of cases, they will come back.
From a football standpoint, it
would probably be best that if a kid
was going to leave early, he should
make sure that he would be an early
Former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner
Archie Griffin is now assistant director of athletics at his alma mater.
ing around a variety of people
D: How do you feel about the
new, stricter guidelines just passed
by the NCAA- moving the mini-
mum incoming GPA from 2.0 to 2.5
G: I guess I'm against that. I'm
against anything that's going to give
one group more of a chance that an-
other group. Quite frankly, I think
it's been found that a lot of minori-
ties will be affected more than
whites. I'm against not giving a kid
an opportunity. I can think of a lot
of athletes, either that I played with
or that I have come in contact with,
who might not have had a 2.5, but
they were still able to come into
college, get a degree, and are now
very successful and productive citi-
zens. You can't blame a kid for the
education system from which he
comes. Sometimes when you do that
type of thing, you end up penalizing
D: The NCAA is obviously try-
ing to upgrade the academic guide-
lines, but do you think they're doing
enough as far as helping the student-
athlete once they get to college?
G: I think, for the most part, that
the schools are doing everything
they can to try to help student-ath-
letes. Most colleges have a support
system for their athletes, so I think
the colleges are doing a pretty good
job of that.
D: It seems like more and more
underclassmen are leaving early for
the professional ranks. How do you
feel about players leaving before
they finish their education?
G: It all depends on the situa-
tion. One of the things that I like to
think about when I look at this is
draft choice. If you look at the num-
bers that make it in the NFL, you'll
find that the percentages are very
low of college players moving on.
So I guess he really should be sure.
It certainly is a very difficult deci-
sion for kids to make, but it's some-
thing that they should consider.
D: Do you think that the game of
college football as a whole has
changed since you played in the mid
G: I don't think it has really
changed a whole lot. College foot-
ball is still basically running,
blocking, tackling. In the Big Ten,
there is probably more passing than
there was in the years that I played
because coaches like Bo
(Schembechler) and Woody (Hayes)
relied on strong running games.
That hasn't changed much. Basically,
football is still the same to me.
D: Speaking of the Big Ten, how
would you rate its football a com-
pared to other conferences, espe-
cially considering Penn State's ar-
rival in 1993?
G: I think we're just as good as
any conference. Sure, we're going to
have our up years and our down
years, but basically we're one of the
top conferences in the country.
D: You mentioned Coach
Schembechler and Coach Hayes ear-
lier, which certainly brings to mind
the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
What do you think makes it so spe-
G: I think one of things that
makes the rivalry a rivalry is that
we're bordering states. Also, from
our standpoint, you always have
alot of Ohio players at Michigan
and that certainly adds to the ri-
valry. It's been there for a long time
so history also plays a part, I think.
D: Desmond Howard, as a red-
shirt junior this season, has an op-
portunity to return next year and
accomplish what only you have done
- win 2 Heisman trophies. Know-
ing that he will graduate this May,
is there any advice that you would
give to him?
G: I don't want to give Desmond
any advice. That's certainly
Desmond's decision and I know that
whatever he decides to do is going to
be the right decision. If he chooses
to come back, I think that's great.
It's really admirable. If he wants to
come back and take another shot at a
national championship or whatever
the goal might be, that is certainly
admirable. His situation is cer-
tainly rare because most players
don't have a degree going into their
senior years. I've been asked the
question 'What would I have done
in that situation?' But I don't really
know because you can't know until
it hits you personally. I would feel
uncomfortable telling you that I
would do one thing or the other. If
Desmond chooses to play another
year of college football, that's
great. If he wants to go pro, that's
great too because he is definitely
going to be a guy who can make alot
of money in professional football.
That just gives him another year of
'1 can think of a lot of
athletes who might
not have had a 2.5,
but they were still
able to come into
college, get a degree,
and are now very
D: As far as your record of the
two Heismans, do you think it is a
record that will ever be matched?
G: Oh, I think it will. I believe
that somewhere along the line
someone will even do it three times.
I've always felt that records were
meant to be broken, and I think that
that is one that will eventually be
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My favorite football team cannot win the Super Bowl this year. In that
respect, I.guess I'm like many people around here. Luckily for us, when
the annual classic airs Sunday evening, we won't have to pretend to root
for Buffalo or Washington. We can just watch the commercials.
I must admit that even when my favorite team is playing in the Super
Bowl, I still pay close attention to the commercials. And given the quality
of title games in the past decade, I'm thankful the spots are so entertaining.
Imagine if we had to watch some overzealous mother tell us that she
buys Charms Blowpops by the bag, despite her son's tendency to buy 'em
by the pop.
Or if we had to witness ads for products with aesthetically displeasing
names, like Anusol. Or still worse, if we had to watch those local
commercials with the five-dollar budgets that tell us how much ham the
Full House Restaurant packs into its ham sandwich.
But we don't. We get to watch the best commercials, by the best
advertisers, like Nike, Pepsi, Gillette, Reebok, and Anheuser-Busch. Oh,
and McDonald's will debut a new campaign also.
The Super Bowl is the most-watched event on television. That's why
CBS, carrier of this year's contest, is charging $850,000 for a 30-second
commercial. With the recession, word has it advertisers are talking the
network down to as low as $800,000 per spot. But that's only for ads
which feature Michael Jordan or Bo Jackson.
Of course, Jordan will appear in a brand new Nike ad - his co-star will
be Bugs Bunny. I'm disappointed in Bugs for selling out like that.
We'll see 60 seconds of I don't know what, supposedly something
called Hare Jordan. Elmer Fudd never could get the best of the crafty
rabbit, but he didn't have Jordan's hangtime, either.
Ambitious entrepreneurs that. they are, the people at Nike will probably
start marketing a $60 shoe to wear on your lucky rabbit's foot.
Pepsi began previewing its new ad series with a man driving a car
through a billboard. After seeing that, our eyes will no doubt be glued to
Apparently the Pepsi corporation doesn't understand how effective their
current commercial, the "what looks better - the new Pepsi logo or Cindy
Crawford in a swimsuit?" really is. I've seen people turn off CNN during
the Gulf War. I've never seen anyone turn off that commercial.
In fact, there are probably people in this country who would pay Pepsi
$850,000 to air Cindy instead of the new ad.
But what about The Game'? It promises to be exciting - both teams
have tough defenses, explosive offenses, and recent experience in the
I like Bud Light by a field goal this year.
Yes, despite a strong matchup between Buffalo and Washington, the
Super Bowl is still in danger of being upstaged by the Bud Bowl.
Budweiser staged a marketing coup three years ago when it created the
annual clash. And getting Chris Berman for the play-by-play guaranteed
that no one in America would head for the bathroom or refrigerator when
the other game was on.
When Bud Dry burst onto the market, beer consumers figured it was
just another package for Anheuser-Busch to sell its beer in. Who knew the
brown longneck would develop into Bud Light's star quarterback?
I wonder who will win the Offensive MVP Award. I mean in the Bud
Bowl - otherwise, just about every beer commercial is offensive enough
to win the award,
Enjoy this year's Super Bowl commercials. The Winter Olympics are
only three weeks away, and then we'll have to watch commercials that say
things like, "Depend. The Official Undergarment of the 1992 Olympics."
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