Friday, July 18, 1986
The Michigan Daily
Frieder and Lund stand behind recruits
By DAVE ARETHA "I have absolutely no concerns
"Don't feel sorry for Bill Frieder or about (Robinson) or Terry, because
Michigan basketball," said they're serious students who will do
Michigan's head coach Wednesday. the work," Frieder said.
Frieder said he was in no way "PHIL HUBBARD (1975-1979) was
ashamed of the academic performan- a great player here," said Frieder,
ces of his players, including star "but he probably couldn't pass that
recruits Rumeal Robinson and Terry test today (to meet the SAT
Mills. requirement). But he got his degree
Like Mills, Robinson failed to meet from Michigan, and he's been a great
the eligibility requirements of the person to have out of our program."
NCAA rule, Proposition 48, and will "He's one of the best camp speakers
have to sit out his freshman year. in the country. He speaks at all the
Robinson failed to reach the rule's national camps and gives the
minimum SAT standard of 660. message to young people about why
MILLS DISCOVERED last week it's importafit to go to school.
that he too didn't meet the QT cut- "Where would Phil Hubbard be
off point. today if a place like Michigan had
Frieder said he had no regrets never given him a chance?"
about recruiting Robinson and Mills FRIEDER SAID he would make
to the academically-proudUniversity. abilitiesaohaymera.
abilities of any of his players. 'ehd
"Out of the 21 kids that I've had
that have started their junior year at
Michigan, 17 have graduated. And 16
- of those 17 have graduated in four
years Now that's way ahead of the'
University average and that's far
ahead of the national average."
Frieder, who has been out of town re-
cruiting most of July, said the poten-
tial effects of Proposition 48 would
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ded burden of publicity it put on the
high school athletes.: He said the
'Here's a kid who's a media overdoes its treatment of star
"star." So what? He
S H "I DON'T think it's fair," he said.
really hasn't done "Here's a high school kid who's a
anything. Christ, now 'star.' So what? He really hasn't done
they hold a press con- anything. Christ, now they hold a
press conference when a kid chooses
f erence when a kid his school and they put it way out of
chooses his school and perspective.
they put it way out of ~"Think of yourself when you were
y pt y15,16, 17 years old. And they jump on
perspective.' your back, and they're all over your
place, and every time you turn
- Don Lund around they're there.
"It takes a heck of a big kid to be
able to handle that kind of stuff. It
have little influence on his choice of "If you've been in sports all your life really does."
recruis and then all of a sudden they take it Lund said it would be best if all
rERTAINLY we're going to look away from you, it would be like taking freshmen athletes were made
at everything when we recruit your left srm away. ineligible, but would be given four
players," Frieder said. "But if you "The athlete is going to wind up years of eligibility besides.
got a kid like (Romulus High School's) going to an intramural building, or "This way he's growing up and get-
Terry Mills 20 minutes from your playing in a church league. He's going ting accustomed to being away from
campus - and if you want to compete to be in asplace like that regardless." home," Lund said. "Then he would
for the Big Ten and national cham- Lund said the only other possiblefstill have four years of eligibility
pionship - then you better get him to fault with Proposition 48 was the ad- left."
your school. It's as simple as that."
Since Proposition 48 doesn't allow.
ineligible freshmen to practice withe
the team, Michigan's recruitment of
marginal players may be affected.
Frieder said he needed enough w ndoub c
eligible freshmen around to run ef-
That inability to practice is the 'Continued from Page i)
biggest fault of Proposition 48, accor- Junior, and going into their senior assuming what hasn't been said,"
ding to Michigan Associate Athletic year. That's why he's taking his Hammersaid.
Director Don Lund. summer classes." Frieder and two other Athletic
"I DON'T THINK it's healthy to not According to Hammer, Joubert Department officials also said they
allow them to practice," Lund said. could lose his eligibility only if he fails never heard anything about Joubert
his summer classes. needing a "B."
Both the July 3 Ann Arbor News and "I don't know where the hell that
" the July 8 Detroit Free Press quoted got started," Frieder said.
Hammer as saying Joubert had a slim "I don't know," echoed Associate
S Gchance of losing his eligibility. Both Athletic Director Don Lund. "I really
papers also said Joubert needed a don't. But I know that he's eligible to
"B" in his psychology class. play basketball."
HAMMER CONFIRMED the Ann "He's done well in classes as far as I
pollf Arbor News quote, but said he never know," said Assistant Athletic Direc-
talked to the Free Press. The "B" in tor Will Perry. "I think he's had well
" psychology statements, he said, were over a 2.0 (Michigan's minimum
completely eroneous. grade point average to maintain
"I don't know why these people are eligibility) all the way through
making all these innuendos and school."
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