The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina on September 9, 1982 · Page 26
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The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina · Page 26

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Thursday, September 9, 1982
Page 26
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18 The Daily Tar Heel Football 82-83 The coach hetweeii the headphones By LINDA ROBERTSON Sports Editor Every July, head coach Dick Crum escapes, leaving behind the crowds of Kenan Stadium and the clamor of football season. There are no press conferences at his cabin on Ontario's Lake Temagami, no cheerleach ers in his backyard, no Carolina blue alumni motor homes on his driveway. Crum has found sanctuary in the wilderness of Canada since age nine. At 48, the quiet of his family's island refuge is even more refreshing. "As civilization progressively moved north, so did we," Crum said. "Our place is about an hour above North Bay, close to the a i a - I ' f I Vjueoec Doraer,. ana mere are i,ioi isianu dotting the lake. If s beautiful country and if s not uncommon to see bear and moose . wandering around," In Canada, Crum sets his own pace, a welcome change from the schedules that strap him in the other 11 months of the year. . "We can sit out in the boat and fish and think . about anything or nothing at all," . Crum's wife Shirley said. "Complete relaxation is the rule' .In August Crum returns to Chapel Hill. Practice starts soon thereafter. While finding fresh bait may have been Crum's biggest headache on the shores of Temagami, at UNC he has to worry about coordinating 90 playerseight assistant coaches and an 11-game schedule. "I sort of have to shift gears," Crum said. "It doesn't get any easier because ifs a real dogfight every year." But Crum never loses control. Throughout the season, the lone calm man on the sidelines seems to be drawing on the store of placidity that is replenished each July in Ontario. The unflappable Crum is a portrait of incongruity in an emotional game. "Dick doesn't fit the coaching image," Mrs. Crum said. "He's a very logical person and approaches things in that manner. Football is much more complex than just hitting heads." . . ; : Because of his fack of flamboyance, Crum is not a favorite of the media. His understatements are utterly unquotable. Even Crum admits, "If I had a flavor it would be vanilla. "You can't be what you're not I would be uncomfortable as a Lou Holtz or a Monte Kif f in. Ifs just not my personality " j "Coach Crum was always more concerned with us than about his own notoriety," said former UNC player Ron Wooten now a guard for the New England Patriots. Ironically, Crum comes from a place known for its colorful coaches. The efferves-, cent Ara Paraseghian, volatile Woody Hayes and combative Bo Schembechler all . held the head post at Miami of Ohio, called .the "cradle of coaches." Crum was as successful as his predecessors at Miami, compiling a 34-10-1 record, with three conference championships and two Tangerine Bowl wins, in four years. But the foundation of Crum's coaching philosophy was laid during his 12 years as a high school coach. "Back in high school you had to teach if you wanted to coach as well. I enjoyed the teaching aspect I had seven classes a day," Crum said. "But I also had an intense interest in football." A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Crum received his B.S. degree from Mount Union College in 19.57 after majoring in mathe-. matics with a minor in physics. He holds an M.Sc. from Western Reserve. ..-' He spent the first six years of his coaching career as an assistant at Boardman High, ; Sandusky High and Warren Harding High, and became head coach at Mentor High in 1963. He joined Bill Mallory's Miami staff as . defensive backf ield coach in 1969 and took OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO006OOOOC0OOOOCG( (D H mT II U 1 A TT TTTTT TTT"1 T A TT5V iPiriil U .1 1 1 TT71 f"t C5 o 3 o SOMY :0 O , ...,:.,,.. , ... t- :- Horth Carolina's Premier. 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"I'm interested in developing the com plete player and that's the philosophy at Carolina." , So Crum left the heart and soul of football country for a state where basketball nuorcharlmuc all nhar crvwc "It was tough to leave the midwest There may have been future opportunities for me there. When you grow up playing football in Ohio Ohio State" alwavs looms." Crum said. "There was a lot of talk about this being only a basketball school. But my line of reasoning was if basketball is so outstanding, why not football, too? Dean Smith has done a great service for this university with his program. Football can be equally successful." It's been said UNC has another Dean Smith in the person of Dick Crum and his record supports that contention. Crum's winning percentage stands at .750, which ranks him as the eighth best of any active coach who has been on the major college level at Ipact fixA pann' Onlv Oklahoma' Rarrv Switzer, USC's John Robinson, Penn State's Joe Patemo, Michigan's Schembechler, Alabama's ' Bear Bryant, Nebraska's Tom Osborne and Texas A&M's Jackie Sherrill are ahead of Crum. But Crum downplays wins and losses. He thrives on the teaching aspect of football roarhine "I really enjoy working with young people. I tell them to ask questions, to have their own thoughts. They're not robots out there " Crum said. "A player who can get his degree and play varsity football must be a preny intelligent person, wnen i recruit i ten people if you don't want to work for a diploma don't come to. UNC." "Coach Crum had sort of a distant rapport with the players," said Harry Stanback, now. with the Atlanta Falcons. "Ifs hard to get to know him, but he's very sincere and down to earth." Crum said if he wasn't a coach he would probably be an environmentalist, which re- flore hie rrvnram ahriif arirl rain anH hie love of the wilderness. Ifs also an appropriate alternate career for a coach who doesn't tend toward glamorization. t "Sometimes I ask myself how many more pressure-packed Saturday mornings can you take?" Crum said, smiling. "But in my 26th ward to going to the office every day. Unlike my outward image, my job is never boring." Crum's Coaching Record 1974 Miami (Ohio) 100-1 .1975 Miami (Ohio) 11-1-0 1976 Miami (Ohio) - 3-8-0 1977 Miami (Ohio) 10-1-0 .1978 UNC 5-60 1979 UNC 8-3-1 1980 UNC 11-1-0 1981 UNC 10-2-0 68-22-2 OOOOOO.OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOQQQOOO

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