Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 27, 1981 · Page 37
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Detroit, Michigan
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Tuesday, October 27, 1981
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r DETROIT FREE PRESSTUESDAY, OCT. 27, 1981 30 Michigan State cools its heels as Big Ten race heats up Whoa, stop the season. Michigan State's Spartans would like to get in on the fun. It's the eighth week of the season coming up already and almost everybody is still in the running for the Big Ten football championship. "It's some mess," said MSU coach Muddy Waters, whose Spartans are among the minority on the outside looking in. "This may be the greatest race the Big Ten's ( ever had." ' "There's a lot of , interest In Minneapolis, West Lafayette, Columbus, Cham-' paign and Madison," . added Michigan's Bo Schembechler at his , weekly press conference, omitting both Iowa City and his own Ann Arbor. "The only teams out of it are Northwest- em, Michigan State, Indiana," he said. "Sev-, en teams are in it." ' The wide-open Run for the Roses is appreciated by everybody except Schembechler and Ohio State's Earle Bruce. Schembechler isn't used to being second (with company) and Bruce isn't used to being first without Bo. "I mostly regret we won't be there," said Waters, whose Spartans have played steadily improving ball against Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue in the last .month, but won only one of those games. "I really feel we can play with anyone now. I'd like to start over." r. .......... .... . i Dotioit ! Fico Press FT Jack Sayloi Dig Tea Instead, MSU will meet Indiana at East Lansing Saturday in the only conference game not Involving a contender (and the Hoosiers are only 1 games out of the first place.) Meanwhile, the games that might help unmix the standings that show seven teams within a half-game include: Co-leader Iowa (3-1) at Illinois (3-2). Co-leader Ohio State (3-1) at Purdue (3-2). Michigan (3-2) at Minnesota (3-2). Northwestern at Wisconsin (3-2). Depending on the results of those matchups, the weekend sets up such possible November dandies as Illinois at Michigan, Purdue at Iowa, Iowa at Wisconsin, Michigan at Purdue, Ohio State at Minnesota, Purdue at Indiana, Wisconsin at Minnesota and, Inevitably, Ohio State at Michigan. MSU can only look to the future. "It's tough to extol the team's virtues when you lose," Waters admitted, "but I feel good about this team. I don't the like the scores, but I feel very good about the team now. "I have a feeling of confidence about them. After Saturday's game (a 28-27 loss at Purdue), there was none of the bitterness you usualy get in defeat. I feel we played better than Purdue and it was a shame we had to lose." As for the vise-tight race in the Big Ten, Waters Joins the majority of observers who credit current scholarship rules (maximum of 30 a year and 95 at any one time) for evening up competition. "You can't afford to make mistakes on recruiting you can't zig when you should zag on a recruit,' he said. "And you can't stockpile players for depth . . . even a big stadium or wealthy alumni won't help now. You have to get the right players." The heavy influx of junior college players also was listed as a prime reason. And the conference winner-to-be? "I still go with Iowa," Waters proclaimed. "They're the team to beat." Interesting. The Nov. 21 finales not only find Ohio State at Michigan, but Iowa at home to you guessed it Michigan State. NOTES: Bryan Clark, who injured the thumb on his throwing hand early Saturday, underwent X-rays Monday and it won't be known until later in the week whether senior Clark, the son of Lion coach Monte Clark, or junior John Leister will start against Indiana . . . Waters said his team morale was not down despite the one-point loss at Purdue. "We're becoming a better team every week," the coach said. "Our unskilled people are getting skilled and our timing is better." Waters credited Purdue's huge offensive line for holding off the MSU pass rush and giving Boilermaker ace Scott Campbell so much throwing time. "We're looking at Indiana s line this week as small . . . they re only 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-4," he said with a laugh ... The Hoosiers and Spartans have match ing 2-5 records, but Indiana is a notch ahead in the Big Ten (2-3 to 1-4). Lee Corso's Hoosiers, who lost to Michigan, 38-17, are a young team with a good passing attack. The key men are quarterback Babe Laufenberg L Super Doivl ma . m m uonrosi m I Robinson is final Piston cut In 25 words or less, complete this statement: The Lions will be In the Super Bowl when . . , I I By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Pre Sporti Writer The Detroit Pistons, the exhibition season mercifully behind them, have trimmed their roster to the required 12, waiving Wayne Robinson, the 23-year-old forward who appeared in 81 games for the club a year ago. Piston coach Scotty Robertson gave Robinson the bad news after the team returned to Detroit from New Castle, Ind., where they dropped a 104-84 decision to the Indiana Pacers Saturday night their fourth loss in six exhibitions. Robinson played 15 minutes in the loss without scoring, but was credited with nine rebounds. In all, he appeared in five exhibitions, scoring just 22 points and making only six of 20 field goal attempts. He had only six rebounds before Saturday night. During the 1980-81 season Robinson averaged 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing an average of 20 minutes a game. Unless the Pistons make a deal something they seem reluctant to do before Friday's regular season opener against Milwaukee in the Silverdome, they will start the season with Isiah Thomas, John Long, Ron Lee, Jeff Jud- kins and Larry Wright at guards; Phil Hubbard, Terry Tyler, Greg Kelser, Edgar Jones and Kelly Trlpucka at I forwards; and Kent Benson and Paul Mokeski at center. "We're keeping our eyes on the waivers," Robertson said. "But we don't want to take somebody who's just marginal. If we could get somebody who would help us, we d do something. But we're not going to make a move, just to make it. If the exhibition season can be used as a gauge, though, the Pistons need considerable help. In the six games they averaged 106 points and gave up an average of 110. The two teams that will play In the Silverdome Jan. 24 are: IB IBS Name , Address City Daytime phone . damr!i X l .Zip Mall to: Super Bowl Contest Box 1691 Detroit, Mich. 48231 Entries must be received no later than Friday, Dec. 11. Write names of Super Bowl teams on the envelope. U L Introductory Offer J $)00 I I I I ANY LARGE PIZZA OR LARGE ANTIPASTO I This coupon good thru 1 12181. Limit 1 coupon per pizza or antipasto. off mm toff o; II II i:ituj4-uiA)i-maj i V ii . i i i mi WWW f CATCH ISIAH THOMAS DEBUT! DETROIT PISTONS VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS Friday, October 30 8:05 p.m. at the Pontiac Silverdome Sponsored by Cheerios &MAM. Rookie Islah Thomas Here Are Some Great Attractions: a Special WheatlesCheerlos Halftlme K HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST Youngster! 12 and under In coitume will be admitted to the game FREE. 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