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Smith, Dawson
lead Expo rout


New Big Ten coaches talk.. .
... Positive attitudes for 1983
Special tothe Daily
A S THE EMCEE of the 12th annual Big Ten Football luncheon, CBS an-
nouncer Gary Bender told his share of bad jokes. But he also mentioned
a fact that may surprise many football fans - since 1978, every Big Ten
school, except Michigan, has changed football coaches at least once. That's
a higher turnover rate than Liz Taylor's husbands. The latest members of
this not-so-exclusive club are Michigan State's George Perles and Indiana's.
Sam Wyche. Interestingly enough, those two rookie Big Ten coaches are
strikingly similar in both their background and approaches to rebuilding a
football program.
The coaches have inherited two of the sorriest football programs in the
conference. Other than Michigan State's brief revival in the late '70s, neither.
team has done anything for almost 20 years.
To improve such dismal productivity, both schools reached to the NFL.
The Spartans grabbed Perles, who had been the defensive coordinator for
the Pittsburgh Steelers during their glory years. The Hoosiers also reached
into the pro ranks and took Wyche, the quarterback and receiver coach of
the 1982 World Champion San Francisco 49ers. Whether their pro experien-
ce can help get Michigan State and Indiana to the top of the Big Ten remains
to, be seen, but both Wyche and Perles have managed to accomplish one
major step toward that goal - they have instilled a sense of confidence in
their players.
Confidence isn't much of a problem for teams like Michigan or Ohio State.
When you win 75 percent of your games each year it's easy to have a good at-
titude. But at schools like Michigan State and Indiana, football players
aren't so sure of themselves. Wyche and Perles have taken steps to remedy
that problem.
Wyche came to Bloomington with the attitude that "there are absolutely
no hurdles Indiana can't handle." He brought in a number of NFL per-
sonalities to instill a winning attitude. Ken Anderson, Renaldo Nehemiah,
Freddie Solomon and Jan Stenerud were just a few of the pro players to
come in and talk to the Hoosiers about success.
"We want to associate with a bunch of winners," Wyche said. "If you're
around winners, there's a lot of things you pick up."
Perles didn't bring any stars to East Lansing, but he has still gotten the
Spartans to think positively. He does this by talking a lot. Michigan fans
rememver how Perles goaded Bo after claiming Michigan State had
"knocked the socks off" the Wolverines in recruiting. That was just one of
his ways of getting his team and his followers to think positively about the
At the luncheon yesterday he kept on talking, giving Spartan linebacker
Carl Banks quite a build-up. "I could take him'to Pittsburgh, put Randy
Cole's jersey on him, and he'd contribute to the Steelers," Perles said.
Perles continually talked of the Spartans as if they were the Steelers, men-
tioning his former NFL employers at every opportunity. He made it clear
that he believes his players are ready to win.
"We want to win so bad we can taste it," he said.
So far, Perles and Wyche have been very successful. Both the Spartans
and the Hoosiers are as confident as can be expected. Buta month before the
season ktarts every team is a champion. The key is if these two new coaches
can keep their teams' attitudes up throughout the season, which may include
a few 52-0 whippings for the Spartans and the Hoosiers. Neither Michigan
State nor Indiana will challenge for the conference crown so each team will
definitely have to cope with a few losses. If they can come through this year
with oositive attitudes. no matter where they finish. the Soartans and the
Hoosiers will be on the road to respectability.
Th'en, maybe, if Bo decides to hang it up, Wyche and Perles could become
the deans of the Big Ten football coaches. What the heck, they'd probably
only have to be around a few years.

MONTREAL (AP) - Bryn Smith
scattered eight huts in his first start of
the season and Andre Dawson drove in
two runs with a solo home run and a
single to help the Montreal Expos
defeat St. Louis 7-2, snapping the Car-
dinals' six game winning streak last
Smith, 2-4, who is normally used
as a reliever, made his first start 'since
Sept. 19, 1982. He walked two batters
and struck out four.
SMITH LOST his shutout bid in the
seventh when Ozzie Smith singled to
score Tom Herr who doubled to lead off
the inning. He gave up the Cardinals'
second run on a homer by Andy Van
Slyke in the ninth.
Neil Allen, 7-9, the St. Louis starter,
ret ired the first 11 batters he faced and
extended his scoreless string to 21 2-3
innings snapped by Dawson's 23rd
home run with two out in the fourth.
Allen had retired the first 11 batters
before the homer.
The Expos sent 10 men to bat and
chased Allen with a five-run fifth in-
ning. Warren Cromartie opened the in-
ning with a double and stopped at third
on Gary Carter's single. Tim Wallach's
double scored Cromartie and Doug
Flynn drove in Carter with a single.
SMITH MOVED the runners to
second and third with a sacrifice bunt.
After Tim Raines was intentionally
walked, Bryan Little drove in Wallach
with a groundout.
Dave Von Ohlen replaced Allen and
intentionally walked Dawson. Al Oliver
followed with a sharp bouncer that
deflected off Von Ohlen's glove into
right field for a two-run single.
Dawson's seventh-inning single,
which boosted his league-leading total
to 80, made it 7-1.
Blue Jays 4, Indians 2
TORONTO (AP) - Dave Collins rapped
a run-scoring triple and scored on an
error in the second inning, and Jim
Clancy scattered six hits as the Blue
Jays downed the Cleveland Indians, 4-2,
last night.
Clancy, 11-6, struck out five and
walked four as the Blue Jays stroked a
club-record four triples.
TORONTO took a 2-0 lead when Ernie
Whitt singled and scored when
Cleveland right fielder Bake McBride
tried to make a running catch in right
center field on a drive by Collins.
Collins came home when center fielder

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... hitting hero
Gorman Thomas bobbled the ball for an
Lloyd Moseby stroked a one-out triple
in the third and came home on Willie
Upshaw's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.
Jorge Orta hit the game's fourth
triple inthe sixth off loser Rick Sutclif-
fe, 12-6, and scored on Whitt's sacrifice
fly to center to give the Blue Jays a 4-1
Damaso Garcia hit a triple leading
off the Toronto first but was stranded
when Sutcliffe struck out Rance
Mulliniks, Moseby and Cliff Johnson,
who was ejected for arguing a called
third strike.
Cleveland scored its first run in the
fifth when Mike Hargrove lashed a one-
out single to center and scored on Toby
Harrah's double to right-center. "Thomas
hit his 15th home run of the season in
the ninth.
Tigers recall Laga
DETROIT (UPI) - The Tigers have
recalled first baseman Mike Laga from
their Evansville (Ind.) farm club in the
American Association, the team an-
nounced yesterday.
Laga was hitting .235 with 16 home
runs and 56 RBI in 96 games at Evan-
sville, but was batting .287 in his last 47
Laga will replace Johnny Grubb on
the roster. Grubb, who has a possible
bone fracture in his left wrist, was
placed on the 15-day disabled list Wed-




SAN DIEGO (AP) - Steve Garvey, the National League
record-holder for consecutivegames played, dislocated his
left thumb last night in the first game of a doubleheader
against the Atlanta Braves, bringing an end to his streak at
1,207 games.
Garvey, who was taken to Scripps Clinic in La Jolla,
sustained the injury in the first inning when he attempted to
score from third base on a errant pitch. A subdued Garvey
left the emergency room with a elbow-length cast.
DR. PAUL HIRSHMAN, an orthopedic surgeon at the
clinic, said Garvey will be sidelined at least three weeks.
Garvey sustained the injury in the first inning of the
opening game when he jammed his thumb attempting to
score from third base on a wild pitch.


Tony Gwynn had led off the inning with a single and was
forced at second base by Alan Wiggins. Garvey, batting .292,
moved Wiggins to second base when he beat out a slow roller
to third for an infield single.
After Terry Kennedy fouled out, Ruppert Jones singled in
Wiggins with Garvey going to third. Perez then uncorked his
wild pitch and Garvey broke for the plate. He was out easily
as he tried to beat the throw from catcher Bruce Benedict to
Perez, who was covering the plate.
Garvey ranks third on the all-time consecutive game list
behind Lou Gehrig with 2,130 and Everett Scott with 1,307.
Garvey has not missed a game since Sept. 2, 1975, while he
was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On April 16, Garvey broke the previous National League
recordof 1,117 held by Billy Williams.

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