Page 14 - The Michigan Daily-- Friday, May 25, 1984
By PAUL HELGREN
Decisions of Turner, McCormick
come as no surprise to Frieder
This is how a good sports story is supposed to read:
Bill Frieder leaves for Europe with a basketball team that he is convinced
will be a contender for the '85 Big Ten championship. But alas, fate pulls a
cruel turn on the nice man from Saginaw and he returns to America
devastated by the knowledge that two of his best players - Tim McCormick
and Eric Turner - have defected to the pros, thus taking with them
Michigan's chances of catching Illinois and Indiana.
Good story, right? Not exactly. Apparently Frieder forgot to read the
Because Frieder had earlier said he felt both of his experienced horses
would remain in the fold, it looked like their announced intentions to enter
the NBA draft surprised the 40-year-old coach. And because they did turn
professional it would be easy to assume Frieder is bumming over the
prospects for next season.
Neither assertion is true. Frieder was
well-prepared for the possibility of Mc-
Cormick and Turner leaving. And he's
well-prepared for the upcoming season,
Actually Frieder suspected for some
time that Turner would make the big
jump to the NBA.
"Eric Turner had been talking pros for a
long time," Frieder said in an interview
Wednesday. "It got to the point where I felt
that since it was on his mind that much he
Frieder probably should do it."
With Turner's departure have come
allegations that he was unhappy at Michigan and not on the best of terms
with-Frieder. Also it was said that Frieder was secretly happy that ET was
takingshis talents to higher spheres of hoopdom.
While Frieder admits that he did not make ardent pleas with his point
guard to stay and play his final year, he denies that he and Turner were on
anything but amiable terms.
"Hell, Eric and I go back when he was eight years old in Flint. We were
both in Flint (Turner grew up in that city and Frieder coached at Flint Nor-
thern High). We've had a good relationship."
Turner was not available for immediate comment. But you can be sure he
would echo Frieder's remarks.
Frieder added that the reason he took an indifferent stance on Turner's
decision was that he didn't want the 6-3 guard returning to the team feeling
he had been coerced into staying on.
"I think he (Eric) made the right decision based on the fact that if he came
back and had some adversity and played inconsistent again he might say,
'Hey, I should've gone (pro).' That would have been the worst thing ever."
Contrarily, Frieder wanted McCormick to stay very badly but by the con-
clusion of the regular basketball season he knew that his big man would
follow one of three paths - none of which included continuing as a
Crushed by his rejection from grad school McCormick considered: 1)
joining Athletes in Action, 2) playing ball in Eruope, 3) entering the NBA
draft. "When we won the NIT both his mom and dad come up to me and said
it was a good way for Tim to end his career. So I knew he was gone. We tried
to talk him out of it ut ...
But by then McCormick's decision had been made. And Frieder was
already looking ahead to the Europe trip and the 1984-85 version of his
The seven-game tour of the continent gave the four-year coach an im-
mediate chance to see his squad minus two-and-a-half starters (he counts
Dan Pelekoudas a half-starter). And while Frieder has no delusions about
passing the Hoosiers and Illini in the standings, he likes what he has to work
with in the upcoming season.
He should, too. Don't forget the most outstanding performer on the squad
last year, center Roy Tarpley, is back and ready to better his 1984 scoring
exploits. Plus with Turner out of the way Antoine Joubert will get a chance to
assume control of the floor and put some much-needed vibrancy back into
Rich Rellford, Butch Wade and a few others could also make it an exciting
winter for Ann Arbor hoopla devotees. In particular Frieder is counting on a
comeback from 6-9 Robert Henderson and a shining debut from Canton,
Ohio's all-everything guard, Gary Grant. A good performance by Henderson
in the European games gives Frieder reason to be optimistic.
"We've got good material and we're capable of winning some games. But
we've got a lot of things that we have to replace. The biggest thing we're
gonna miss is the leadership that those three kids gave us."
"Antoine provided a lot of leadership in these games in Europe. I think
he's the guy that can give leadership and wants to give leadership. He has to
work hard this summer and get some fat off of him. But I think he will."
If he does, Michigan could be in for an exciting basketball season. All
Frieder has to do is make sure Joubert reads the script.
Hyatt leaves position
as gymna-sties coach
From staff reports done," Sampson said. "Everybody was
After five years on the job, Sheri looking at me to come out and do it
Hyatt is tumbling away from the every day. All I can do is play like I can
women s gymnastics coaching position and listen to the coaches and adjust. I
to enter private business in Texas. think I've done that."
Hyatt led her team to a fourth-place Coach Bill Fitch thinks Sampson will
finish in the Big Ten last season. Her most be even better once he gets tougher.
successful squad was in 1982, when it
won the conference championship and
finished tenth at the NCAA meet.
Hyatt is the sixth women's coach
from last year that will not be back for
another season at Michigan, joining
previous retirees Sandy Vong, Francie
Goodridge, Bob DeCarolis, Gloria Soluk
and Candy Zietnek.
A successor to the gymnastics
position has not yet been named.
Rookie of the Year
NEW YORK (AP)- Ralph Sampson,
who led the Houston Rockets in scoring,
rebounding and blocked shots, was
named unanimously yesterday as the
National Basketball Association's
Rookie of the Year.
The 7-foot-4 Sampson drew -all 76
votes cast by a panel of sportswriters
and broadcasters after a season in
which he justified his selection as the
top pick in last year's NBA draft.
HE LED ALL NBA rookies with an
average of 21 points a game, ranked fif-
th in the league with 11.1 rebounds and
was third in blocked shots with 2.4 a
game as the Rockets improved from 14 Sampson
wins in1982-83 to 29 wins this season. .a p
"I really didn't know whatto expect, ...unanimous choice
so I guess I'm pleased with what I've
A 'sdown Orioles;
fire manager Boros
OAKLAND (AP) - Dave Kingman
boosted his RBI total to 37 with a bases-
loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth inning,
leading the Oakland A's to a 3-2 victory
over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday.
Bill Krueger, 2-1, scattered eight hits
- four by John Shelby - in notching
the victory. Bill Caudill recorded his
eighth save of the year, coming on in
the ninth inning with two men on base
and one out.
KINGMAN'S game-winning RBI
scored Tony Phillips, who led off the
eighth inning with a single. Garry Han-
cock reached base on a bunt and Joe
Morgan was walked intentionally after
Phillips and Hancock advanced on
Dwayne Murphy's sacrifice fly.
Loser Storm Davis, 4-1, allowed only
six hits. Davis was replaced by Tom
Underwood after Phillips' lead-off
single in the eighth.
The Orioles scored both their runs in
the second inning on Shelby's two-run
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Former
Michigan baseball player Steve Boros
was fired yesterday as the manager of
the Oakland A's, less than an hour after
the team's 3-2 victory over the
Jackie Moore, the A's first base
coach, was named by President Roy'
Eisenhardt as the new manager of the
American League club. Pitching coach
Ron Schueler also was fired. Eisenhar-
at said Boros and Schueler both were
offered other jobs in the organization.
WES STOCK, former A's pitching
coach who began this season as a minor
league instructor, was named to suc-
"Therewas a feeling on'the part of
the front office that in light of the way
the club had not only performed, but the
attitudes and lack of aggressiveness
that the players had demonstrated, that
there was a need for a change of leader-
ship," said A's vice president Sandy
Cubs 10-7, Brares 7-5
CHICAGO (AP) - Leon Durham
belted a pair of three-run homers and
Bob Dernier went five-for-five to key a
16-hit attack yesterday as the first-
place Chcago Cubs defeated the Atlanta
Braves 10-7 in the first game of a
Durham, whose six RBI were a
career high, drilled his first three-run
shot in the first inning off loser Pascual
Perez, 3-1. It was Perez's first loss since
returning to baseball earlier this month
after he was suspended following a
drug conviction in his native Dominican
In the second game, Ron Cey belted a
three-run homer and Jody Davis added
a solo shot to lead a 13-hit attack as the
Cubs defeated the Braves 7-5 for their
first double-header sweep in nearly