Page 8 -The Michigan Daily -Thursday, April 11, 1985
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By HOWARD SOLOMON
I F ASKED to cite the most important event to occur in
the sporting world within the last two weeks, a vast
majority of sports fans would claim the NCAA basketball
tournament. Then again, if you're from Michigan you
might say the Detroit Tigers' opening day.
Neither event, however, will have nearly as much of a
lasting impact as the point shaving scandal which has
rocked Tulane University.
There is a Green Wave in New Orleans alright, and it's
headed straight towards the players' pockets. There also
seems to be that breeze of white powder which is
seemingly always present in situations like this.
This scandal exemplifies the degree of corruption in
college athletics among both players and coaches alike.
Yet even though this is a controversy of major proportion,
Tulane President Eamon Kelly made a poor decision in
doing away with the entire basketball program.
It is undoubtedly hard to argue with Kelly's decision.
The situation entails a $10,000 payoff, two games in which
points were allegedly shaved so that Tulane could cover
the point spread, and a cocaine conspiracy. Nevertheless,
a previously reputable program should not have to suffer
the burden of a few corrupt individuals.
The situation which occured at the University of San
Francisco in 1982 draws similar parallels. Quintin Dailey
(an NBA first-round draft pick) was accusedrpforaping a
nurse. Amidst this controversy and various other
problems, the president of the school decided to abolish
the basketball program, one which had established itself
as a perennial basketball powerhouse. Last fall the school
announced the return of the sport, effective the next year.
Among the only things gained through the entire incident
was an enormous loss of revenue and alumni support. A
once great basketball institution must now fight from ob-
scurity to its position of former greatness. It surely will
be no easy task.
If Tulane University drops its program the same
situation is likely to occur. The end result could possibly
be a drop in enrollment, loss of alumni support, student
apathy and anger directed towards the administration,
and the loss of several promising scholarship athletes who
will most probably transfer.
This does not in any way support the actions of those
implicated. The guilty parties, including coach Ned
Fowler and "superstar" John Williams, deserve any
punishment they might receive.
The damage done at Tulane is irreversible. Regardless
of whether or not the basketball program is dropped, the
school's image both academically and athletically will be
tarnished for a long while.
The last time a point shaving scandal made the news
was in 1981 involving Boston College. One of the guilty in-
dividuals received a fifteen-year jail sentence. The same
punishment should be given to those involved at Tulane.
Boston College weathered this storm. So could Tulane.
Why should this decision involve only the abolition of the
basketball program? In the words of Kelly, "The focus of
big money, the media pressure, drugs, gambling, and bet-
ting are all part of our national culture of intercollegiate
athletics." This may be true to a certain degree, but
doesn't it also sound hypocritical in a sense?
If such problems pervade college athletics, then football
should also be abolished at Tulane. Yet imagine if football
was dropped at Clemson, Florida, and Illinois (though I
hate to admit it), rather than having the program face
NCAA sanctions for violations. These teams were all
caught, they accepted their punishment, and life even-
tually went on as normal. The same thing could and
should happen at Tulane.
To drop a program with so rich a tradition as Tulane's
is merely a cop out. If the school administration truly
wants to vindicate the problem, it should punish the few
involved, not the institution as a whole. The fact is that the
heat was on and someone decided to get out of the kitchen.
DETROIT (AP)-Detroit's Lou
Whitaker drove in four runs with a pair
of home runs and Kirk Gibson belted a
three-run shot yesterday to back the
combined four-hit pitching of Dan
Petry and Aurelio Lopez as the Tigers
beat the Cleveland Indians -8-1 to
remain undefeated after two games.
It marked the fourth time in his
career that Whitaker has hit two
homers in a game. The last time was
Aug. 13, 1982 against the Kansas City
Royals, a year in which he accom-
plished the feat three times.
WHITAKER'S FIRST homer was a
three-run shot with one out in the third
inning. Larry Herndon and Chet
Lemon started the inning with singles
and came around when Whitaker hit
one just over the left field screen off
Cleveland starter Vern Ruhle.
Whitaker's second homer was a two-
out solo shot in the fifth inning that gave
Detroit a 4-1 lead.
In the Detroit seventh, Lemon drew a
walk off reliever Ramon Romero, was
sacrificed to second by Tom Brookens,
took third on a single by Whitaker and
scored when shortstop Julio Franco
threw wildly after fielding Alan Tram-
mell's ground ball.
GIBSON THEN cleaned the bases
with a three-run homer off the facing of
the third deck on a full-count pitch from
Dave Von Ohlen for an 8-1 lead.
Petry, 18-8 last year, scattered four
hits over six innings, walking one and
striking out two. Lopez pitched three
perfect innings to record the save.
Fisher gets award
Freshman wrestling sensation John
Fisher continued to add to his list of
achievements yesterday even though
the season ended three weeks ago. The
Wolverine rookie was named'as the
nation's outstanding freshman wrestler
by the Amateur Wrestling News.
Fisher compiled a 45-10 record alter-
nating between 126 and 134 pounds,
finishing fourth in the NCAA champion-
ships at 134 last month. The Flint native
was seeded eighth in the tourney, but
managed to get to the quarter finals
before losing to the eventual champion,
Wisconsin's Jim Jordan. Fisher then
)ur'y Indians, 8-1
went to the wrestlebacks where he
eventually finished fourth, thereby
becoming an All-American.
Prior to the NCAAs, he camne in
third at the Big Ten championships.
Fisher, who was 54-0 his senior year at
Flint Northern, was a two-time state
champion, compiling a 148-14 overall
record in high school.
M hurler honored
-Michigan pitcher Vicki Morrow has
been named Big Ten Softball Player of
the Week for her play last weekend at
In a four-game series against the
Wildcats, Morrow was simply awesome
for the Wolverines. The sophomore
from Pontiac registered all three of
Michigan's wins against a Wildcat
team that was ranked fifth nationally
coming into the series.
Only one of Morrow's victories came
as a starter, however, with the other
two coming in relief. Overall, she
hurled 24 innings against North-
western, giving up just one unearned
Morrow, who doubles as a first
baseman when she's not on the mound,
is now 6-1 on the season and will try to
nail her seventh win against Indiana at
home this weekend.
... two sweet homers
Big Ten inks
new TV deal
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Canham said that none ,of the TBS
games this year will be played in Ann
Arbor, so starting times of Michigan
home games will not be affected.
"We're not ging to play any night
games in Ann Arbor," Canham said.
"Also, we are not going to be on any of
Turner's 11:30 a.m. games here. I will
not inconyenience our fans with an
11:30 starting time."
Instead, the Wolverines will appear
on TBS games while on the road.
'Canham's tenative plans will have
Michigan in night games October 19 at
Iowa and November 16 against Min-
nesota at the Hubert Humphrey
Metrodome. In addition, a couple of
away afternoon games could be
THE WOLVERINES also could have
two afternoon home games on CBS. The
most likely candidates are the opener
against Notre Dame on September 14
and the final contest with Ohio State on
While Canham noted that an evening
contest is out of the question this
season, he :did not lay to rest the
possibility of a night game, maybe with
Notre Dame, in the future.
"We have no plans for any night
games in Ann Arbor this year," he said.
"But I'm not saying that we won't ever
do it. It might be Notre Dame and it
might not be Notre Dame. We've got
them on our schedule for some time to
"It would have to be an early game in
September when it's warm," he added.
"I'd like to see it, it would be fun."
AP also contributed to this story.
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