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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 77, Number 2 (Jan. 1976)

The University,   pp. 16-19

Page 18

Football: A Fizzle
The football season ended not with a
bang but a fizzle, to no one's great
surprise after a slow leak developed
shortly after the opening gun.
Before the final game-a 24-3 drub-
bing by Minnesota-rumors began
that Head Coach John Jardine would
resign. He denied them. While he has
another four years to go on his con-
tract, he told sportswriters that he
would not hold the University to it
if the time came when he thought he
should leave. But he doesn't, and most
knowledgeable fans back him. Yet
this year it was the fans who were
Saturday's heroes, turning out in
record-breaking numbers week after
week (433,772 at the six home games),
only to leave Camp Randall bewil-
dered and disappointed. At the end
the Badgers were in sixth place in the
conference (3-4-1; 4-6-1 overall),
and no one knew quite why. No one
had good explanations for their inability
to get it together, to come up with
the big play when it was needed, to
score after moving the ball. While
there were occasional moments of
light, they were outweighed by long
periods of numb incompetence, like
a game bunch of sandlot kids thrown
in against the Vikings.
  According to Wisconsin State
Journal sports writer Tom Butler,
"Ken Starch summed it up well when
he said, 'We just don't have any
spark."' The quote came in a story
Butler wrote about one of his many
interviews with Jardine: "'That's right,'
the coach agreed. 'We don't have a
real live wire. I've tried a lot of differ-
ent things to motivate them. I've been
realistic; tough with them; tried to
embarrass them; tried to praise them.
I'm just not getting through to them.
It's perplexing."'
  But he added, "I think we can do
something about it." And if that some-
thing couldn't come during the season,
the next best thing was immediately
after. By the end of the first week in
December, the defensive staff had two
resignations and a reassignment. Co-
ordinator Lew Stueck and assistant
Dick Teteak left, and LaVern Van
Dyke, who'd been an administrative
assistant to Jardine a few seasons back,
came out of the coaching ranks to
return to that spot. The head coach
said he had not forced the resignations,
but it was clear that he saw them as a
partial solution to what was wrong
all season: "I didn't try to talk them
out of it," he told the press. There was
talk of more departures, but Jardine
said no. He added that his staff of nine
must be cut by one to conform with
a new NCAA regulation, and that this
is one reason why next season will see
only one offensive coordinator instead
of the two he's been using. Then
recruiting began, and Jardine told the
Capital Times' Mike Lucas he was
optimistic. "I don't think our record
will -affect it as much as people would
like to think. It will be like a pro draft:
we'll have to select players where
we need them. We'll have to recruit
positions. Our main priority is offensive
and defensive linemen. The NCAA
has made it tremendously tough on
all of us." Jardine referred to the cut-
back on the number of recruits a school
can bring in at its expense. The limit
is now seventy-five, twenty less than
Wisconsin entertained last year.
A tearful Billy Marek, the running
back who leaves the University bearing
all its rushing and scoring records,
accepted the MVP award from his
teammates at the fortieth annual foot-
ball banquet. Offensive line coach
Chuck McBride, who made the presen-
tation, said, "Although everyone refers
to Marek as Little Billy, he's the
biggest thing that ever happened to
the Cardinal-and-White. He has given
more hours of enjoyment in Camp
Randall than any football player in
Wisconsin history."
  This season Marek was the Big
Ten's second-leading rusher with 994
yards on 210 carries, and he made
seven of the team's eleven touchdowns
in conference play. His 1,281 yards this
season puts him tenth in the nation,
and his eighty points places him in
the top twenty scorers. With 3,709
career yards and 278 points he is tenth
on the all-time NCAA rushing roster,
and ties at eleventh place (with
Syracuse University's Floyd Little) in
  Defensive tackle Dave Anderson was
named recipient of the Ivan B. Wil-
liamson Award which goes to the
                 continued on page 22
Past Presidents
Don Anderson '25
17 Fuller Drive
Madison 53704
Served: 1960-61
Willard G. Aschenbrener '21
American Bank & Trust Company
Racine 53403
Served: 1951-52
Norman 0. Becker MD '40
505 E. Division Street
Fond du _ac 54935
Served: 1961-62
Martin P. Below '24
732 Raleigh Court
Northbrook, Ill. 60062
Served: 1959-60
Anthony G. DeLorenzo '36
General Motors Corporation
3044 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit 48202
Served: 1965-66
Robert F. Draper '37
307 Main, Suite 3
Montrose, Colo. 81401
Served: 1970-71
Philip H. Falk '21
6 Heritage Circle
Madison 53711
Served: 1944-45
Lawrence J. Fitzpatrick '38
J. J. Fitzpatrick Lumber Company
5001 University Avenue
Madison 53705
Served: 1956-57
Walter A. Frautschi '24
Webcrafters, Inc.
2211 Fordem Avenue
Madison 53704
Served: 1947-48
R. T. Johnstone '24
17111 E. Jefferson Ave.
Grosse Pointe, Mich. 48230
Served: 1953-54
John A. Keenan '30
High Point
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627
Served: 1957-58
Warren P. Knowles '33
Inland Financial Corporation
435 E. Mason Street
Milwaukee 53202
Served: 1952-53
Carl H. Krieger '33*
Served: 1974-75

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