The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August 11, 1982-Page 15
Illini taken o probation
CHICAGO (AP)- The Illinois foot-
ball team, the focal point. of a fierce
fight between the university and the Big
Ten Conference over the eligibility of
former quarterback Dave Wilson, has
been taken off probation, the conferen-
ce's faculty representatives said
The decision will allow the Illini to
participate in postseason play.
UNDER THE terms of the original
-three-year probation announced by the
conference in April, 1981, Illinois was
banned from such events; in addition to
being denied its share of revenue
generated by regular and post-season
In the resulting brouhaha, some
Big Ten officials decide
to lift 1981 sanct ions
university officials proposed leaving
theconference. Almost two weeks after
the sanctions were announced, the
university won from the conference the
promise to review the situation with an
eye towards lifting the ban.
Also in response to the outcry, the
conference removed all but Illinois'
football program from probationary
WILSON LEFT the school in last'
summer's supplementary draft and
now plays for the New Orleans Saints of
the National Football League. A lawsuit
in the case is still pending.
In a statement, the representatives
said a consolidation of two governing
bodies of athletics at the school into a
single unit that allowed "clear-cut
faculty control" of intercollegiate
programs was behind ita move to lift
Illinois was put on probation after a
protracted fight between Wilson and
the conference over eligibility wound
up in the courts. The Big Ten main-
tained the Illinois supported Wilson,
one of a host of junior college transfers
brought in by then-rookie Coach Mike
White, in seeking to -overturn its
The faculty representatives said the
league's decision to drop the sanctions
was reached after 16 months of con-
sultation with university and conferen-
"Throughout this period, the objec-
tive of the faculty representatives and
the University of Illinois has been to
provide a firm foundation for
strengthening the bonds between
Illinois and the conference, thus
strengthening the conference overall,"
the representatives said in the
statement, issued through the office of
Commissioner Wayne Duke.
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Lendl, Gerulaitis advance easily
in Player's International tourney
TORONTO (AP)- Third-seeded Ivan Lendl of
Czechoslovakia and Vitas Gerulaitis, No. 4 seed, scored easy
victories yesterday at the $300,000 Player's International
tennis championships at the York University Tennis Center.
Lendl rolled over Andy Andrews 6-1, 6-3 while Gerulaitis
downed Ricardo Acuna of Chile 6-2, 6-3.
CALIFORNIAN LLOYD Bourne scored the day's only up-
set, a 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 triumph over 12th-seeded Wojtek Fibak of
The top two seeds, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors,
were to play their first-round matches last night. McEnroe
was set to face Pat Cash while Connors was to meet Nick
Three other seeded players moved on to the second round
earlier Tuesday as No. 8-seed Steve Denton dumped
Canadian John Picken, 6-3, 7-5; ninth-seeded Tim Mayotte
defeated David Pate 6-4, 6-3 and Tim Gullikson, No. 14, beat
Jim Gurfein, 6-3, 6-3.
CANADIAN wild-card selection Glenn Michibata advanced
to the second round by defeating Wally Masur 7-6, 7-5, but
Canadian Rejean Genois fell to Juan Avendano of Spain 6-2,
Lendl, two-time defending champion, played his usual ef-
ficient game against Andrews on the wind-swept court.
"It's tough to say how well I'm playing in just the first
match," said Lendl, 22, who has won more than $1 million
this year. "I'm happy I won it so easy because, basically, I
did what I wanted to do.
"THE WIND was no special problem because it takes away
from everyone's game, but the ball does tend to take off on
Lendl's explosive forehand tore into his opponent's incon-
sistent play in the first set, allowing Andrews to hold serve in
only the third game. In the second set, Lendl's serve pushed
Andrews around and never allowed him to set up comfor-
tably at the net.
GERULAITIS DID not hide his feelings about playing in
"I hate it," he said. "I don't know if it's an equalizer of
anything. Maybe some people-like playing in it, but it totally
throws off my serve.
"But I'm not complaining. I haven't been here once when it
hasn't been windy, so I knew what to expect."
Luckily for Gerulaitis, Acuna had even more trouble with
his serve, holding it only twice in the first set and losing it on-
ce and being pressed hard another time in the second set.