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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 1, 1984
Goff duo ripens on Blue ice

By MIKE MCGRAW
The Minnesota hockey pipeline into Ann
Arbor has produced six players for the
Michigan team in the last two years, giving
the Wolverines what could be the largest con-
tingent of skaters from the Land of 10,000
Lakes this side of the University of Min-
nesota.
It's only fitting, then, that included in-that
bunch from the Twin Cities is a set of
relatives, not quite twins, but close.
THE GOFF BROTHERS, Pat and Dan,
resemble each other in their actions more
than their appearances. Pat is 6-1 with brown
hair, while his brother stands six inches below
him and has hair as blond as a native scan-
danavian. But both starred in three sports in
high school and both picked Michigan as his
college choice.
The two have pretty much been on the same
team ever since they were seven and eight
years old. So when Pat, the older of the two,
decided to attend Michigan, that made his
brother's choice a little easier.

"I picked Michigan because of both
academics and hockey," said Pat, who was
drafted out of high school by the New York
Islanders. "Other schools had hockey but
weren't as good academically. But the big
goal with hockey players in Minnesota is to
play in college.";
"WE NEVER actually talked about it, but
we knew that we would probably go to the
same school," said Dan. "The big reason I
came here was that Pat was-here. He could
tell me what it was like here and he had had
no problems."
The elder Goff brother did have a pretty
successful start at Michigan as he led all
defensemen in scoring last year as a fresh-
man despite having his wrist in a cast the en-
tire season.
"I hurt my wrist early in the season and
then tore ligaments against Bowling Green,
so I played with a cast all season," said Pat,
one of only two defensemen to play in every
game this season for the Wolverines. "I had it
operated on over the summer and couldn't

Dupree leaves Southern
Mississippi, eyes pro ranks

skate much before this season started."
THE WRIST operation would probably ex-
plain the slow start experienced by Pat, who
was one-half of Michigan's most effective
defensive line last season along with Mike
Neff.
But recently, the sophomore fromRoseville,
Minn. has been scoring as he has in days past,
having now increased his point total to 15, just
five shy of last season's accumulation. In-
cluded in that recent scoring were two clutch
goals, each from the left point. One came
against Ferris State to cap a rally from a 4-0
deficit and the other was the game-tying goal
late in the third period versus Bowling Green
that sent the game into overtime where the
Wolverines eventually defeated the top-
ranked Falcons.
But Pat isn't the only Michigan hockey hero
in the family. Two weeks ago at Illinois-
Chicago, Dan scored the game-winner off an
assist from his brother, giving the team their
only victory in the last six games as well as
collecting his first collegiate goal.
"THE GAME here. is a lot faster and you
have to get rid of the puck quicker," said Dan.
"That's why I'm not scoring points, but its
getting easier."
The freshman right-winger has had quite a
bit of help getting ready for a college career,
as not only did he have a brother who could tell
him what to expect,'but-he also played on a
team last summer that included future
teammates Tom Stiles and Todd Carlile.
In fact, the Goff family goes back a long
way with the Carliles starting when the two
fathers went to high school together.
"My parents would always go over to their
house when I was younger," said Carlile. "I
have a brother the same age as Dan and we
were all into sports, so we would skate at the
rink they had in their back yard."
That sheet of ice in the Goff's back yard is a
far cry from the big rink at Yost Arena, but it
probably has done more to help the current
state of Michigan hockey than any one place
ever could.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (UPI) - Marcus
Dupree, a 235-pound running back who made
honorable mention All-America in 1982 as a
freshman at Oklahoma, yesterday dropped
out of his second college in less than four mon-
ths. ,
Dupree, who left Oklahoma in October
because he said he couldn't please Sooners'
Coach Barry Switzer and because he wanted
to be closer to his Philadelphia, Miss., home,
has now withdrawn from Southern Mississip-
pi.
WHEN HE tiansferred from Oklahoma,
the NCAA ruled that he would not be eligible
to play college football again until the 1985
season. There had been speculation Dupree
would not remain at Southern after the NCAA
ruled he would have to sit out the 1984 season.
''Marcus has had difficulty coping with the

fact he cannot play college football until 1985
and has talked of the possibility of playing
professional football," said Southern
Mississippi Coach Jim Carmody. "He is not
sure of his plans at this time, but it is obvious
he will not be playing football at USM."
Because he transferred schools, the
National Football League said Dupree is
ineligible for NFL draft until 1987, the year af-
ter his Oklahoma class graduates.
The United States Football League broke
with 'a long standing tradition by signing
Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker of
Georgia last winter after his junior season,
but USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons said
yesterday it is too early to tell whether that
league will attempt to sign Dupree, who has
two more years of college eligibility
remaining.

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By LARR Y MISHKIN
HE PHONE rang.
Knowing who it was and what he wanted, I waited for
my roommate to answer it while trying to get my coat on
and be out of the house before he did.
I wasn't fast enough though and soon found myself in
the same uncomfortable position that I had been in so
many times in the past.
The caller was a friend of mine from high school who.
now calls Champaign, Ill., home. He is, of course, an
Illini fan and was calling me to inquire about, laugh at,
and remind me of Michigan's 75-66 quadruple overtime
loss to his team.
This was not an unfamiliar position for me to be in.
Since I have been at Michigan, the Wolverines have a 2-5
record against Illinois in basketball and'have never won
in Assemby Hall. And now they never will.
The 2-5 record is not so bad. With one more game
against the Illini still to come (Feb. 16) Michigan may up
that mark to an even more respectable record.
But it just doesn't matter. I wanted a Wolverine win at
Illinois in front of all those loud, obnoxious Illini fans.
Can't return the favor
I used to be able to live with the losses. After all, we
would embarrass them in football and they would return
the favor in basketball at Champaign. Michigan could
win in Crisler Arena, but stick a Maize and Blue hoops
team in the middle of Illinois and it would act as though
it had never heard of Dr. Naismith or his famous inven-
tion.
I suffered through three of those four losses in person,
but didn't make it a perfect four for four because of a
weird notion that I was the cause of all of the lackluster

Illini win ...0

...Not again
performances. The. only good thing that can be said
about the Wolverines losing again is that I am not to
blame.
But I would like to find out who is. After the Illini broke
their jinx on the football field against Bo's boys, I was
anxious to see the Wolverine's snap their futility streak
against the only team.in the nation whose coach wears
the same ridiculous bright orange blazer every single
game.
One more chance
.So on game day I settled down in front of the TV with a
six-pack and some high hopes. After the Wolverine's
horrendous first half performance though, I was ready
to give up. I wish the team had thrown in the towel as its
comeback only prolonged the inevitable and that little
pain in my stomach that first started during Michigan's
loss to Wisconsin, began to get worse.
And sure enough, four overtimes and many missed
opportunities later, the phone rang.
My burning hatred for the Illini is a real mystery to me
as many of my friends from home go to school in Cham-
paign. Maybe its the seemingly unethicalmanner
Illinois uses' in building its sports programs or maybe its
the arrogance of the fans who don't believe their teams
can lose in anything.
"Don't feel bad," said my friend. "Just forget about it
and think of something that will make you laugh."
"That's easy," I said. "Let's talk about the Rose
Bowl."
And the first good laugh I had in all day was greeted
with a click of the phone.
That's another thing about those Illinois people. They
can't take a good joke.

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