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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 11, 1985-- Page 8
Irish's Larkin invades brother's turf

Barry Larkin collected a lot of hits
and provided a lot of excitement for
Michigan fans during his three year
career with the Wolverine baseball
team. But when Barry's big brother
Mike does his hitting at Michigan this
Saturday, Wolverine faithful probably
won't find it very thrilling.
Nor will Bo Schembechler's offense.
THE ELDER Larkin is an outside
linebacker and the defensive leader
for the No. 11 ranked Notre Dame
football team, which invades
Michigan Stadium this weekend for
the season opener. And he also sports
some pretty hefty football credentials
that help distinguish him from his
younger sibling.
The fifth-year senior, who is one of
the Fighting Irish's defensive cap-
tains, is starting his first full year as
an outside linebacker. In the past,
despite two serious injuries, he had
established himself as a defensive
threat for Notre Dame at inside
After seeing action as a backup as a
freshman, Larkin started all 11 games
during his sophomore season in 1982
and was second on the team in tackles
with 110. He sat out all of 1983 after
breaking his arm in the pre-season,
and then last year when he was
initially slotted to move to outside
linebacker, tragedy struck again. In
pre-season drills, he tore ligaments in
his left knee.
"IT WAS exactly one year and one
day after I broke my arm," said
Larkin. "I'll tell you, it was pretty
tough. I thought I must be living
wrong or something. It was like, why
is this happening to me."
The injury may have gotten the
economics major down, but he was
far from being out.
"The doctors told me I'd be okay
and that I'd be able to play," he said.
"Right then I decided that I'd come
back stronger and bigger and better.
I was determined to get back."
AND HE DID, even before the '84

campaign was over. Midway through
the season the cast that protected the
injured joint was removed and
Larkin returned to the gridiron,
making at least four tackles in each of
the final six Irish games. In a 30-22
victory over LSU he earned the game
ball by coming off the bench to make
six tackles and a key interception. He
added 11 tackles against Navy and
eight against both South Carolina and
Southern California.
While the strong comeback Larkin
made may have been impressive, it
was not a surprise. Football, and
athletics, have always been a huge
thing in Mike's life, just as they have
been for the other Larkin brothers.
Both Mike and Barry starred in
both football and baseball at Cincin-
nati Moeller High School, where
current Notre Dame head coach
Gerry Faust was the gridiron mentor.
As a senior, Mike was a consensous
high school All-American linebacker
and helped the Crusaders to a state
title. The following year Barry was
the team's Most Valuable Player as a
defensive back, the same distinction
given two years ago to the Larkins'
younger brother Byron, who is now a
basketball player at Xavier Univer-
"THEY BOTH won the MVP award
for football at Moeller," said the
oldest brother. "I didn't, which is kind
of ironic because I'm the one who is
supposed to be the football player."
Make that quite a football player.
Coming out of Moeller, Mike Larkin
was heavily recruited by several
colleges. He narrowed his choices to
Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State,
Oklahoma, USC and LSU before he
chose the Irish. Barry, likewise, had a
slew of recruiters after him the
following year for both baseball and
"Yes, Barry came here, but I
couldn't get him to play," said
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.
"We recruited Mike very hard and I
know the family well. He's a tremen-
dous football player and we would
have loved to have him here. I'm not

sure how close I came to getting him,
but I know Mike liked Michigan a lot."
"MICHIGAN was my second
choice," said the elder Larkin. "A
close second."
Mike debated for a long time with
his mother Shirley over which school
to attend. His mother pushed Notre
Dame, while he was seriously
thinking about becoming a Wolverine.
"When I was young I always
followed Michigan and hated Notre
Dame," he said. "I always rooted for
Michigan when they played Notre

Notre Dame linebacker Mike Larkin and his brother, former Michigan
shortstop Barry Larkin (far left), will have their school and family
loyalty put to the test this weekend when Mike and his Fighting Irish

Associated Press
teammates invade Ann Arbor to meet the Wolverine football team in the
season opener for both squads.

BUT WHEN Faust made the move
from Cincinnati to South Bend, Larkin
decided to follow him.
"He was a big reason," said the 6-2,
220 pounder of Faust, who has
coached him for nine seasons. "He's
really like a big brother. He knows me
pretty well and I know him pretty
well. I feel real close to him."
But even Faust's and Mike's
presense at Notre Dame was not
enough to sway Barry to suit up in the
blue and gold of the Irish. Instead,

Barry, who was drafted this season by
the Cincinnati Reds and will skip, his
senior year to turn professional, came
north on a baseball scholarship with
an option to play football. Of course,
he never used that option.
SATURDAY would be an in-
teresting day for Mike though, had
Barry chosen the gridiron.
"I know already that we wouldn't
have direct contact because we both
played on defense," noted the older
Larkin. "We might have run into each

other on the special teams.
"I never thought before about
haying to hit him," he went on. "But
since you asked the question, I would
probably say to myself 'he's the com-
petition, he's the enemy and I'm going
to have to hit him.' I'd probably show
some favoritism though. I might not
hit him as hard, I wouldn't want to
hurt him. He's my brother and I love
BUT JUST because there's love
between the brothers doesn't mean

there is no rivalry.
"I think there's a great family
rivalry between the two when it
comes to Michigan and Notre Dame,"
said Faust, who knows both brothers
well. "I think it's a big in-house thing
as far as they're concerned with one
being at Michigan and one being at
Notre Dame. They're very close as
"Michigan has always been a big
game here at Notre Dame and for me,
whether my brother's there or not,"
said Mike. "I want to be victorious."'

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Special to the Daily
Drawing first blood can be quite
profitable. Just ask Rambo, or the
Michigan volleyball team. Wovlerine
freshman Marie Ann Davidson served
aces on the first three points of
Michigan's match at Bowling Green,

sparking the visitors to a 15-4, 15-11,
15-13 victory.
Davidson finished with nine kills on
the night. Andrea Williams led
Michigan with 16 kills and an in-
credible .542 hitting percentage.
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Canning, "but it improved as the
match went on. -
"We're still undergoing some
changes," she added. "Butihopefully
we'll be set before our first home
match (next Tuesday versus Eastern
Canning felt that the Wolverines
held a slight edge because it was
Bowling Green's first competition
this season.
Michigan upped its record to 3-2.
Berra Talks
Yankees infielder Dale Berra testified
yesterday that Bill Madlock and
Willie Stargell provided him with am-
phetamines while all three played for
the Pittsburgh Pirates and that the
"uppers" were commonly used by
team members.
Berra, a prosecution witness in the
drug distribution trial of former
Philadelphia Phillies caterer Curtis
Strong, said he saw nothing wrong
with using the stimulant because
veterans used them.
THE SON of Hall of Famer and
former Yankees Manager Yogi Berra
on Monday testified that he and four
of his Pirates teammates used
San Francisco Giants outfielder
Jeff Leonard followed Berra to the
witness stand and testified he twice
purchased cocaine from Strong in
1982, once in a Pittsburgh hotel and
once in an Atlanta hotel.
Leonard said former Giants team-
mates Al Holland and Chili Davis
were both present when he purchased
$100 worth of cocaine from Strong. He
said he entered a drug rehabilitation

center in Orange County, California,
later that year and has not used
cocaine or alcohol since.
"I WENT in because of the concern
from others...a deterioration of
skills," Leonard said. "I was lagging
in attention to my family and I was
heading downhill."
Berra, who played for Pittsburgh
from 1977 to 1984, said he learned
during the Pirates' 1979 World Cham-
pionship season that Madlock and
Stargell were sources of the pills,
which generally produce feelings of
high energy and alertness.
"I heard that if (I) asked them for
one that I could get one, but I didn't
ask for any and they never gave me
one," said Berra, who later changed
his testimony to say that Stargell and
Madlock provided him with am-
phetamines on an unspecified number
of occasions after he began playing
fulltime for the Pirates in 1980.
BERRA WAS traded after the 1984
season to New York, where he said his
salary is $450,000 per year.
"I've rid myself of drugs for nine
months," Berra said, adding that he
provided urine samples for drug
screening three times a week for six
"I've done urines for the Yankees a
couple of times this year," he said.
"The reason why I stopped using
(cocaine) was the FBI was talking to
me, the case was going to come to
trial and I had to appear before the
grand jury. I thought it was the op-
portune time to stop using cocaine,"
Berra said.


Associated Press
New York Yankees infielder Dale Berra arrives at Federal Court in Pit-
tsburgh to testify in the ongoing drug trial of caterer Curtis Strong.
Berra, son of former Yankee great Yogi Berra, admitted purchasing
cocaine from Strong, in addition to using the drug with former Pittsburgh
Pirate teammates.





AP Top Twenty
1. Auburn (16)..............1-0
2. Oklahoma (28)............0-0
3. Florida (3)...............1-0
4. Southern Cal (6)........1-0
5. Iowa (5)..................0-0
6. Southern Methodist (2). ...1-0
7. Florida State ..........2-0
8. Oklahoma State........1-0
9. Ohio State................0-0
10. UCLA...................1-0
11. Penn State............1-0
12. Louisiana State..........0-0
13. Notre Dame.............0-0
14. Arkansas................0-0
15. South Carolina...........2-0
16. Brigham Young.......1-1
17. Maryland...............0-1
18. Nebraska................0-1
19. Illinois. .............0-1
20. Alabama .............1-0

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UPI Top Twenty
1. Oklahoma (18)..............0-0
2. Auburn (16)...............1-0
3. Southern Cal (5)...........1-0
4. Ohio State (1)..............0-0
5. Florida State (1)...........2-0
6. Oklahoma State (1).......1-0
7. Iowa ....................0-0
8. UCLA.....................1-0
9. Penn State.................1-0
10. Louisiana State.........0-0
11. South Carolina............2-0
11. Notre Dame..............0-0
13. Brigham Young........1-1
14. Nebraska.................0-1
15. Arkansas.................0-0
16. Alabama.................1-0
17. West Virginia.............1-0
18. Maryland................0-1
19. Pittsburgh ............1-0
20. Texas.................0-0



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