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Page 10-Wednesday, July 15, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Lions obtain veteran linebacker


PONTIAC (UPI)-The Detroit Lions obtained
veteran linebacker Steve Towle from the Miami
Dolphins for an undisclosed future draft choice, it
was announced yesterday.
Towle played out his option last season with Miami
and could not be traded to the Lions until a new con-
tract could be worked out with his agent, Jack Mills.
Lions general manager, Russ Thomas, recently
completed work on the new contract.
COACH MONTE Clark, who was an assistant coach
at Miami during Steve's rookie season, said he was
excited over the trade.
"I'm really pleased to acquire a player of Steve's
quality. Not only has he been a fine player and cap-
tain of the special teams in Miami, I also feel certain
we're acquiring a man of exceptional character,"
Clark said.
Towle, 27, a six-year NFL veteran and starter with
Miami throughout most of his career, was Miami's
Most Valuable Player in 1976 when he established a
new club record of 217 tackles over the season.
THROUGH 1979 Towle missed just five starts in 62
games. The 6-foot-2 230-pound Towle was the sixth
round draft choice oltheDolphins in 1975.
The Lions also signed second round draft choice
Curtis Green. Green, the 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive
lineman, comes to the Lions from Alabama State.
Lions training camp opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday at
Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Workouts
are open to the public through Friday afternoon.
Knight discusses Thomas
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Money and family
responsibility forced Isiah Thomas to declare himself
eligible for the National Basketball Association draft
instead of'returning to Indiana for his junior season,

according to Hoosier Coach Bobby Knight.
Knight earlier had questioned the motives of his
All-American guard, who led Indiana to the NCAA
championship last spring. But, during a stop here for
a luncheon, Knight said Thomas could not ignore the
prospect of a multimillion-dollar NBA contract.
"I THINK in the sum total of everything, Isiah
really didn't have a choice economically and in
regards to responsibility to his family," the coach
Thomas was the NBA's second pick, taken by the
Detroit Pistons.
Knight, who has a 333-118 record in 16 years as a
coach, also commented on rumors he might consider
leaving the Bloomington campus or give up coaching.
"I HAVE NO definite thought about how long I'll
coach at Indiana University. I could be there for 20
years," he said.
"I've coached 16 years. I don't think one can say
how long he will coach. You can't say you're going to
do it definitely for X number of years."
The 40-year-old Ohio State graduate came here af-
ter attending a basketball rules meeting in Boston. A
trip to California for vacation is next, but he's
already looking ahead to next season when he must
defend the national title without Thomas and center
Ray Tolbert, the Big Ten's most valuable player last
season who was drafted by the New Jersey Nets.
KNIGHT SAID he regarded the loss of Thomas as
he would the loss of any player by injury.
"When you put a team together, an injury is the
most prevalent thing that happens," said Knight.
"You feel for the kid, but you've got 13 others to con-
sider. It's the same thing here."

Plucknett not first
NEW YORK (AP)-American Ben Plucknett, ban-
ned from track and field competition and the first
athlete to be stripped of a world record, is not the first
in the sport to be penalized for allegedly using
In October 1979, seven East European track and
field athletes were banned indefinitely for taking
THE GROUP included Natalie Marasescu of
Romania, women's record holder in the mile, who
was not forced to give up her world mark because it
was set prior to the date of the meet in which she was
detected using drugs.
The others were Bulgaria's Totka Petrova, the 1979
World Cup champion at 1,500 meters; Romania's
Ileana Silai, the -1968 Olympic 800-meter silver
medalist; discus throwers' Eleana Kovaleva and
Nadeshda Kudryavtseva of the Soviet Union; Daniela
Teneva of Bulgaria, and Santa Vlad of Romania.
Marasescu, who set the mile mark in January 1979,
Petrova, Teneva and Vlad were alleged to have taken
drugs during the Balkan Games at Athens, Greece in
August 1979. Silai showed traces of having taken
drugs at a European Cup semifinal in Warsaw, and
Kovaleva and Kudryavtseva had positive drug tests
at the European junior championships in Poland in
August 1979.
ALTHOUGH THE bans were supposed to last at
least 18 months, the seven were reinstated in time to
compete in the 1980 Olympic Games in late July and
early August at Moscow.



Where To 0uy THE DAIL Y
-In front of the MICHIGAN UNION
-On the corner of S. Univ. & E. Univ.
-(across from Ulrich's)
-At the BUS STOP behind C. C. Little (on N. Univ.)
-In the main lobby of ANGELL HALL
-BELL'S GREEK PIZZA (700 Packard)
-BELL TOWER HOTEL (300S. Thayer)
-BLUE FRONT (701 Packard)
-BROWN JUG (1204 S. Univ.)
-CAMPUS CORNERS (818 S. State)
-CAPITOL MARKET (211 S. Fourth)
-FOLLETT'S (322 S. State)
-FOOD MART (S. Univ. at Church St.)
-FOOD MART (Washtenaw PI.)
-FOOD & DRUG MART (1423 E. Stadium)
-LUCKY DRUGS (303S. Main)
-MARSHALL DRUGS (State Street)
-MICHIGAN LEAGUE (227S. Ingalls)
-STEVE'S LUNCH (S. University)
-TICE'S (S. State)
-VILLAGE CORNERS (601 S. Forest)



Last Leap AP Photo
Thomas "Hollywood'' Henderson shows the effort necessary to make his last
broad-jump attempt during the opening day of spring training in Miami
Monday. Henderson is trying to put his past behind him and make the
Dolphin squad.


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