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Page 16-Saturday, August 16, 1980-The Michigan Daily
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Graham swings to Westchester lead

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - David
Graham shot a solid, four-under-par 67
that gave him sole control of the lead,
but golf's biggest gun, Tom Watson,
moved into position yesterday in the
second round of the $400,000 West-
chester Classic.
Graham, an Australian who has a
history of strong play in this rich event,
put together a 36-hole total of 132, 10
strokes under par for two trips over the
hilly, 6,603-yard Westchester Country
Club course in suburban New York.
"I'M VERY happy with the score,"
said Graham, a globe-trotting
Australian who has won on five con-
tinents and once held the American
PGA title. But he wasn't making any
premature victory predictions.
"It's a dangerous course," he said af-
ter his morning round played in a
steadily drizzling rain. "You can make
up a lot of ground in a hurry. Anybody
within five, six, even seven shots of the
lead is capable of winning the golf tour-
And that includes Watson, winner of
the British Open and five American
tournaments this year, and the pre-
tournament for the $72,000 first prize
Watson, seeking to nail down a fourth
consecutive Vardon Trophy, Player of
the Year title and leading money-
winning spot, came in four hours after
Graham with a five-under-par 66 and
was only two strokes back at 134 at the
tournament's halfway point.
Watson, who played most of his round
in hot, humid, hazy weather, closed up
with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole
during another brief rain shower.
"THE PUTTER still doesn't feel just
right," Watson said despite holing a 40-
footer and two more from about 20 feet.
"I got myself in trouble with about .

three bad drives, but I hit some good
shots, too."
He was tied with Curtis Strange, Bob
Murphy and Tommy Valentine. Mur-
phy had a 67, Strange moved up with a
65 and Valentine, who shared the first-
round lead with Graham and George
Burns, had a 69.
IT WAS another two shots back to
Bob Gilder, Gil Morgan, John Mahaf-
fey, Johnny Miller, George Archer and
Mike Sullivan, tied at 136. Mahaffey-
had a 66; Gilder, Miller and Sullivan
67s; Morgan 68 and Archer, with his
daughter Elizabeth serving as his cad-
dy, had a 69.
Dan Devine, head football
coach of Notre Dame Univer-
sity, will resign at the end of the
season, the university's athletic
director, Ed Krause, said
"He said he will resign at the
end of the season because of
personal reasons and health
reasons in his family," Krause
said. "I saw him at practice
this morning, he was talking
about it but he didn't know
whether he was going to do it."
Devine made the announ-
cement from his home in South
Bend during ABC-TV's national
telecast of the Atlanta Falcons-
Pittsburgh Steelers football

DAVID GRAHAM RAISES HIS putter in triumph after he sank his putt for
a birdie 4 on the ninth green at Westchester Country Club on his way to the
second round lead of the Westchester Classic. The Australian stands at ten
under par while Tom Watson is all alone at two shots back.

nA plan that needed
It is with deep sorrow that I note the death, at will be starting at tight end for the Wolverines this
least for the academic year 1980-81, of a proposal fall. He carries a 3.9 grade point average in pre-
that would have provided "comprehensive dentistry-quite impressive for any student. Or
academic support" for the Michigan football Dan Murray, a former wolfman who graduated in
team. May. He finished with a 3.7 GPA, majoring in
The plan represented the classic case of "what political science.
could have been" if the Athletic Department had
followed through on the plan instead of getting A lan Fanger
caught up in the bureaucratic "dog days" of
summer. While the official cause of "death"
remains a mystery to the public, you can bet that
there are more than a few executives in the Ad- These guys are, quite frankly, exceptions to the
ministration Building who are very disappointed rule. However, if the proposed support plan had
- with the lackadaisical way in which the program been (1) given the go-ahead by the Athletic Depar.-
was discussed, and subsequently, scuttled. tment and (2) targeted toward motivating the
While many members of the University com- players to adopt a more academic-minded orien-
munity make a regular habit of mocking what tation to their daily lives, its chances for success
they consider to be the academic disabilities of our would have been much improved.
beloved gridders, they do so without knowing the The dilemma that would have faced the Skills
conditions under which this special group of Center if they had gone through with the plan
students operates. There's a vast expanse bet- reminds of the ancient phrase, "You can lead a
ween the school of thought that insists football horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
players are too far "off the deep end" to receive You can feverishly drill these players in remedial
academic support, and the view that maintains reading, remedial writing, "power learning," and
they need every bit of it- time management, but you'll never get positive
No two football players attending this institution results if they turn the other cheek to what you're
have the same needs for academic enrichment
and fulfillment. But there certainly are quite a few doing.
players here who can survive without any form of Some of the programs and course offerings on -
assistance. As an example, take Norm Betts, who campus cater to individuals who fall into the

above category. In the School of Education, a
player can attend classes on a full time basis
throughout his four-year tenure as a student and
earn enough credits to emerge with his degree.
But the program does not grant its students
teaching certificates.
At the risk of reducing the problem to overly
simple terms, it seems only natural that our
gridiron heroes would rather refrain from hitting
the books after roughing through 5-7 hours of
drills, films, lectures, sprints, lifting, etc. per day.
On any given night, many of them can be spotted
releasing their anxieties at one of Ann Arbor's
famous lounges. We therefore must ask if such a
program, in its original form, would bring these
players out of the bars and into the libraries. And
the answer, sadly enough, must be "negative."
Bo Schembechler recently told an audience at
the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon that "there is no
debate when I tell you that the Big Ten is the finest
athletic-academic conference in the country."
Schembechler translated those words into action
-he pulled himself into the mainstream of sup-
port of the program. Unfortunately, the plan has
been shoveled into the 1980 circular file. For-
tunately, it allows all of the concerned parties
within the University to create a program that will
sincerely resolve the academic crisis that curren-
tly pervades the football team.



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