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Page 16 Friday, August 7, 1981 The Michigan Daily
ILLINI RECEIVE ONE-YEAR PROBATION
Illinois sanctions reduced

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the final
aialysis, something was better than
nothing for the University of Illinois.
Late Wednesday evening the Big Ten
Conference reduced its sanctions levied
against the school following last fall's
court battle by former Illini quarter-
back Dave Wilson concerning his
eligibility.
"They realized they had overreac-.
ted," said Urbana-Champaign chan-

cellor John E. Cribbett of the Big Ten's
original penalties, which were issued
April 23, 1981.
THOSE SANCTIONS called for a
three-year probation, plus two years of
no post-season competition for all spor-
ts and two years of no television
revenues. Wednesday night, after a
nine-hour meeting at the University of
Minnesota, the conference faculty

representatives agreed to reduce the
sanctions to one year of probation for
football only beginning Sept. 1, 1981,
plus one year each in the other two
areas.
"We had really hoped very much not
to have any bar on post-season play and
that the financial loss would be less,"
said Cribbet. "They do not like the
process of negotiation," he said of the
Big Ten.
Stanley 0. Ikenberry, president of the
university, said because of the one-year
reduction for television revenues, the
school would lose an estimated $500,000
in TV and post-season football receipts.
"THE PENALTIES are still
significant, but are a substantial
change and this is a substantial step in
changing the strained relationship bet-
ween Illinois and the Big Ten," said
Ikenberry.
Jack Wentworth, faculty rep from
Indiana, said the reduced sanctions
were instituted "based on affirmation
by Illinois of their support of conference
and academic progress.
"The faculty reps feel this is a very
substantial reduction, but we think it's
for a very good reason," said Wentwor-
th. "We're very pleased with what we
now see at the University of Illinois."
CRIBBET SAID he spoke with foot-
ball coach Mike White and had con-
fidence that the football team and the
entire program would not suffer
greatly.
"Of course Mike is discouraged,"
Cribbet said. "He feels it is unfair. This
makes it look like there is something
wrong with the football program. That
is not the case. Maybe it will inspire
them (the players) and they will go out
and give their all."
The original sanctions stemmed from
the school's handling of Wilson's
eligibility. Wilson, who has since signed
a professional contract with the New
Orleans Saints, had been denied
eligibility by a Big Ten committee last
fall after transferring to Illinois from
Fullerton, Calif. Junior College because
he participated for more than two years
there.
THE DISPUTE centered on part of

one game which he played during his
freshman season at Fullerton. Wilson
broke his hand in the first quarter of
that game and did not play for the
remainder of the year, but did play two
full seasons after that.
The Big Ten wanted to limit Wilson to
one conference season - 1981 - but
Wilson then got the injunction, even-
tually upheld by the Illinois Supreme
Court, which enabled him to compete in
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Cribbet
.'Big Ten overreacted'
The 6-3, 215-pound Wilson set several
school and conference passing records
last season, including an NCAA single-
game passing mark of 621 yards, in a
49-42 loss to Ohio State. Against
Michigan, Wilson completed 24 of 53
passes for 318 yards and one touch-
down.
WITH WILSON playing for New
Orleans now, the Illinois quarter-
backing spot will be filled this season by
Tony Eason, like Wilson a junior
college transfer. White says of his new
signal-caller, "He's a better all-around
athlete than Dave Wilson, and a com-
parable passer. The only thing he lacks
is experience."
Wilson is expected to play a back-up
role to current Saints quarterback Ar-
chie Manning, an 11-year NFL veteran.

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FORMER ILLINOIS Q UARTERBIAUK Dave wilson, wnose playing last
year despite being declared ineligible by the Big Ten was the origin of the
dispute, is pictured here in last season's Illinois-Michigan game. The Illini
lost the game, 45-14.
RECENTLY PAROLED FROM PRISON:

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George Rogers' father indicted
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The daughter, Jenkins said. He said that Trophy as a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior at struck the car in which 34-year-old Clif-
father of Heisman Trophy winner blood tests indicated the elder Rogers South Carolina. ton Elbert Black and his 16-year-old
George Rogers was charged yesterday was intoxicated at the time of the crash. "IT'S A dangerous operation," said daughter Wanda Jean, both of Lawren-
with two counts of vehicular homicide, Rogers, who suffered several broken Saints Coach Bum Phillips. "I'd want to ceville, were riding.
a Gwinnett County police investigator ribs, interior bleeding and a collapsed be there if it was my dad." The elder Rogers was paroled last
lung as a result of the accident, was Jenkins said the warrants had not year from the Georgia Training and
Warrants on the two counts were being treated in the hospital's intensive been served because police did not want Development Center at Buford, where
sworn out against George Rogers Sr. of ben t est jadze the e ld Rgr' con- he had served eight years of a life sen-
Duluth, but police did not immediately care unit, An operation was performed to jeoparize e eer ogestence for murder. He was convicted in
arrst ogrs ecusehe emine ~ Wednesday in an attempt to stop the dition.
arrest Rogers because he remained in bleeding. "We're not even going to make an at-. connection with the fatal shooting of a
serious condition at Gwinnett Com- tempt to serve him until he's about to be woman friend.
munity Hospital, said investigator Mike His son, the first draft choice of the released from the hospital," he added. Donnie Lee, a spokesman for the
Jenkins. National Football League last spring, Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
THE ELDER Rogers is charged in was excused from practice with the THE INVESTIGATOR said Rogers said, "it would be safe to assume" that
connection with a car crash last Friday New Orleans Saints Wednesday to be was driving north on Georgia 124 Rogers would face a preliminary parole
which claimed the lives of a Lawren- with his father at the hospital. The toward Lawrenceville on July 31 when revocation hearing if he were charged
ceville man and his 16-year-old younger Rogers won the 1980 Heisman his car crossed the center line and with vehicular homicide.

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