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Today's television highlights; SD 12:08 p.m. Football: Minnesota at Mich. St. O 12:30 p.m. Horse racing: Breeders' Cup O 2:42 p.m. Football: Iowa at Ohio State O 3:30 p.m. Football: Navy at Notre Dame Saturday, Nov. 2, 1985 LOVE LETTERS SCOREBOARD 10) 2-6660 1 y DETROIT FREE PRESS COMICS Call with sports news: 222-6660 Playing in pain: Lions tackle Keith Dorney has a broken big toe and center Steve Mott has a broken finger, but both will continue to play. Page 2D. Sports Phone, 1-976-1313 mmm L-J fSr Charlie Vincent r ' - " Young puzzled by lack of goals Lou Holtz Holtz 'not miracle worker' just draws fans like one MINNEAPOLIS Lou Holtz looks you right in the eye, runs a hand through his sandy hair and tells you he is the epitome of simplicity. "I just try to be myself, trust people and go from there," he'll tell you. Yup, just your ordinary Joe. He'll tell you he never asked for any of the adulation that fell around his shoulders like a cape at North Carolina State, Arkansas and now Minnesota. He'll tell you, "I'm not a miracle worker and I'm not a great football coach by any stretch of the imagination." But within five minutes he'll be reciting his list of accomplishments: "I have the best won-lost record in the history of Arkansas. I have the best won-lost record in the history of North Carolina State. At William & Mary, I took them to their only bowl in the last 42 years and their only championship in the last 43. "This is the first job I've ever had that we didn't turn it around the first year." He has a reputation as a humorist. As a comic. As a motivational speaker. "Some time," he said, sitting in his spacious office, "I'd like somebody to describe me as a decent football coach." 'Never did that by design' Lou Holtz is one tough cookie to figure out. He is hybrid American. He fits in anywhere. For a while. Born in West Virginia, he grew up in Ohio. He's coached in Connecticut, Iowa, Ohio, North Caroli na, New York, Arkansas and Minnesota. Everywhere, he was a success. Everywhere except New York, where he resigned after one season as the Jets' head coach, explaining, "God did not put Lou Holtz on this earth to coach pro football." Everywhere, he attracted doting followers not unlike the believers of tent evangelists. Maybe they didn't worship him. Maybe they didn't idolize him. But it was something akin to that. Holtz is in his second year as coach at Minnesota. When he was offered the job, friends called to warn him it was an impossible task. "This is the only job I've ever been offered," he says, "where I looked at it and said: 'No way.' And once I got on the inside it was worse than I envisioned. "We prayed over the decision, and it seemed like the right thing to do." Minnesota was 1-17 in the Big Ten the two years before Holtz showed up. Last year the Golden Gophers were 3-6 in the conference. Coming into today's game against Michigan State at East Lansing, they are 3-1 their only loss inflicted by Ohio State last weekend. They are in the second stage of Holtz's three-stage recovery program. "First," he says, "is respectability, and we achieved that last year. Second is to be competitive, and we are that this year. Next is domination, and I don't know if we're capable of that." Holtz's detractors and they are almost as numerous as his disciples say he usually wears out his welcome before he gets to the domination stage. In North Carolina they talk about his having a professor arrested for insisting he had the right to jog around the track at the same time Holtz's football team was practicing. In Arkansas he and athletic director Frank Broyles began as friends and wound up as adversaries. Romance is usually short-lived But if the people of Arkansas regarded him as a carpetbagger, they had a strange way of showing it, voting him to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, though he spent only seven years in the state. "The day you're hired, everybody loves you," Holtz says, explaining a coach's dilemma. "The second day, you can't make a speech for somebody and he gets down on you. The third day, you can't give somebody's cousin a scholarship and he turns against you. The first game, somebody bets on you and you don't cover the spread, so he's against you. "People become petty and jealous and demand perfection. People are looking for heroes, and I'm not a hero." Perhaps Holtz is his own worst enemy, a man who is never satisfied for long with the challenge before him. "I hate being idle when there's something to do," he says. "I like not only to stay on top. I like to stay ahead. "I keep thinking of that picture of the vulture. The vulture's setting there on the tree limb and he's saying: 'Patience my a-. I'm gonna kill something.' That reminds me of me. "But with the help of God and my wife, I'm learning." Yup, just you ordinary Joe. By JOE LAPOINTE Free Press Sports Writer When the Red Wings' season began Oct. 10 with a 6-6 tie against Minnesota, one of the best Detroit players on the ice that night was Warren Young, a free agent left wing hired from the Pittsburgh Penguins over the summer for almost a million dollars on a four-year contract. Though Young scored no goals or assists that night, fans at Joe Louis Arena could see that he had a positive effect. He'd crash goalward from the boards, charge the crease, distract the goalie and the defensemen and generally make trouble for the opposition in its end of the ice, creating opportunities for his teammates. What has happened to Warren Young in the 10 games since that night? What has happened to this "late-bloomer" who scored 40 goals last season as a 29-year-old rookie and was "penciled in" by Detroit coach Harry Neale to score 30 with the Red Wings? Shouldn't he be producing more than zero goals and four assists in the first 1 1 games? Shouldn't he be more involved with the flow of play than merely witnessing the action from the outskirts? "A good question you're asking," said general manager Jimmy Devellano. "Why shouldn't he? He's big and strong (6-foot-3, 190 pounds)." Neale says Young "is not getting a lot of scoring chances and he's not scoring. When goal scorers go without goals, it often ruins their whole damn game." In Thursday night's 2-2 tie with the Devils at New Jersey, Young had no shots on goal and missed a feed from Gerard Gallant and one from Ron Duguay. Young indicated that Neale has had some conversations with him. "I feel I'm playing all right, but Harry's still not happy with me and I'm not sure what I need to work on," Young said as the Wings prepared to leave for Saturday night's game in St. Louis. "I really don't know. I'm supposed to get goals and be aggressive. Maybe I've been getting away from it. I haven't been in front of the net much. Maybe that's what they want from me." In Pittsburgh last year, Young had his best success finishing off plays of star rookie center Mario Lemieux. Young, who played at Michigan Tech, was drafted by the California Golden Seals in 1975. He has played in the minors as recently as the 1983-84 season. This year, Young has yet to find a steady pair of linemates. In Thursday's game, he skated with Duguay and Gallant, then with Kelly Kisio and Gallant, then with Kisio and Chris Cichocki. Wings notes: With three points in their last two games, the Wings appear to be breaking out of their early-season See RED WINGS, Page 4D C33 GiS Gfl CCD Q3ED I 1 Free Press File Pholo by MARY SCHROEDER Tiger of the Year Darrell Evans, first choice of the readers and writers, has plenty of reasons to smile. Darrell Evans a big hit in the polls Darrell Evans, who led the American League with 40 home runs, has been voted Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Evans also was the Tiger-of-the-Year choice of Free Press readers. He received 1 1 5 of 327 votes from fans who responded to a Free Press Poll. Evans received 23 of 47 first-place votes from the sports writers. Others receiving first-place votes were Kirk Gibson (16), Lance Parrish (7) and Lou Whitaker (1). Evans, 38, became the oldest player to lead the AL in homers and the first person to hit 40 in each league. He finished with a .248 average and 94 RBIs. Early in the season he was a part-time player on the trading block. Parrish finished second in the fans voting with 75 votes, followed by Gibson with 66 Others receiving votes in the Free Press poll were Whitaker (32 '2 ), Tom Broo-kens (8), Jack Morris (6), Chet Lemon (5), Dan Petry (4), Willie Hernandez (3), Marty Castillo (2), Frank Tanana (2), Walt Terrell (2), Alan Trammell (2), manager Sparky Anderson (1), Herbie Redmond, the dancing groundskeeper(l)and former batting coach Gates Brown (1). One ballot was split among former Tigers Glenn Wilson, Ruppert Jones, Howard Johnson and Roger Mason. Pete Sandman of Frankfort wrote, "If we would have had these four players, we would have had enough clutch hitting to win it again." Mason, however, is a pitcher. The sports writers also gave Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey the Big Ed Award, which recognizes nice people. The award is named for the late Ed Browalksi, a Tigers scorekeeper who worked for the Polish Daily News. Among reasons fans gave for voting for Evans for Tiger of the Year: "Darrell gave the fans something to cheer about at the end of an otherwise bleak season, winning the home run title." Edward Adams of Ann Arbor "This complete turnaround after a poor start boosted the morale of all concerned." Margaret Millard of Monroe "He came through at most crucial times, yet never was given credit he deserves." Mary Holliday of Trout Lake "Darrell provided a bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring season." Mildred Sieloff of Atlanta Can Cup repeat success? By GENE GUIDI Free Press Sports Writer NEW YORK - Thoroughbred racing takes another $10 million step on the road to recovery today in the seven-race Breeders' Cup extravaganza at Aqueduct racetrack. The first Cup Day last November at California's Hollywood Park was an unqualified success. With thoroughbred racing declining through the late 1970s and early '80s, the multimillion-dollar championship-caliber day at the races was held to spark renewed interest in the sport. It did just that. "I was so excited by what happened during that first Cup Day," said the normally sedate John Gaines, the Lexington, Ky., breeder who came up with the idea for the Breeders' Cup. "I was down in the winner's circle to present a trophy and I was so elated that I couldn't help jumping up and down and hugging people. It was such a great day, an embodiment of all the good things about this game." The $10 million question now is can the success be duplicated? The first Breeders' Cup benefited from exciting racing; most of the races were close at the wire. "The horses really made it the success it was," Gaines said. "You couldn't help but admire their courage and accomplishments." To hold a nationwide television audience's attention for four hours, today's races will have to be thrillers, too. Here's a look at the top contenders in each of the seven races (telecast starts at 12:30 p.m., NBC, Channel 4 in Detroit): Juvenile Colts, for two-year-olds, one mile, purse $1 million, post time 12:44 p.m.: The favorite, and deservedly so, will be Magambo. The Mr. Prospector colt won the Champagne Stakes at Belmont by almost 10 lengths and has earned $290,000 in six races. An upset possibility is Storm Cat, who beat Mogambo in the Young America at the Meadowlands. Juvenile Fillies, for two-year-olds, one mile, purse $1 million, post time 1:16 p.m.: I'm Sweets, the Woody Stephens-trained daughter of Alydar, never felt the whip in winning the Gardenia Stakes at the Meadowlands by 4 Yn lengths last week. Also dangerous is the trio trained by D. Wayne Lukas Family Style, Arewehaving-funyet and Twilight Ridge. Someone looking for a good $2 longshot bet might consider the lightly-raced Femme Elite, who was two-for-two in France. Sprint, for three-year-olds and up, six furlongs, post time 1:48 p.m.: Corn-See BREEDERS' CUP, Page 3D U-M,Dlini know loss ends bid By TOMMY GEORGE Free Press Sports Writer CHAMPAIGN, 111. - The loser in today's Michigan-Illinois game has more than pride at stake. It also suffers a second Big Ten defeat. "So, that makes this the test of our season," said U-M cornerback Garland Rivers. "We can't lose this one or we're out of the Big Ten race. Everybody here knows it." This test for No. 4 Michigaaf 2 p.m., See Page 3D i ,'wwC J, ' Football hits Tiger Stadium Mike White's Mini can't afford to lose to Michigan' By DREW SHARP Free Press Sports Writer Several fly balls will bounce around Tiger Stadium this afternoon. But rather than coming off the bats of Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish, they will be flung from the right arm of Tennessee State quarterback Gilbert Renfroe. Football returns to Tiger Stadium with the first Coleman A. Young Foundation Football Classic. More than 30,000 are expected for the 2 p.m. confrontation between Tennessee State (5-3) from Nashville and Southern University (4-3) from Baton Rouge, La. It will be the first football game played in Tiger Stadium since the Detroit Lions played the Denver Broncos on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. "Now this is football weather. I love it," said Renfroe as the Tigers practiced at Detroit Central High Friday afternoon. "We're supposed to be a passing team so we're going to go out there passing," faid Tennessee State coach Bill Thomas. "I just hope you guys can keep the rain from hitting us. I like our footballs to be dry when we throw them." The Tigers throw often. Renfroe, a senior, has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for more than 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. He goes into the contest just 91 yards shy of surpassing former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Joe Gilliam for fifth place on the all-time Tigers passing list. The game will provide a homecoming for one Tiger. John Mummingham graduated from Detroit Cooley two years ago and will handle the kicking chores for Tennesee State. "I talked with my parents and some of my neighbors three weeks ago," he said, "and they told me that the whole street was going to be at the game. When I heard we were going to play in Detroit, I nearly did a somersault. I think it's great." The game will hinge on whether the Jaguars can contain Renfroe, who has passed for 2,000 yards this season.

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