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other payments totalling thousands of
Former Michigan players say that
while Michigan never offered them
illegal inducements, other recruiters
"I was standing in the hallway of
my high school," remembered Doug
Marsh, a Wolverine tight end from
1976-1980. "A man who was a recruiter
came up to me and said, 'How are you
leaning?' I said, 'I think I'm going to
Michigan.' He said, 'I can give you a
lot of things,' and pulled a wad of
money out of his pocket."
"I have driven a car someone of-
fered me," said former Michigan
lineman Bubba Paris.


'The rules are set up to
give rival bribers an
equal shot; . . Who's to
say whether an alum-
nus should give a kid
-Leonard Koppett
author and sports


one with a probation record may be
looked at. first and examined more
carefully," he said.
The investigations themselves are
apparently being examined more
carefully. Sportswriters and in-
vestigative reporters have turned
college cheating into a public concern.
"A few years ago, we were able to
complete an investigation without
anyone hearing about it. That's vir-
tually impossible now," Berst said.
That publicity has not been lost on
Canham. Though he believes many
people exaggerate the number of
dishonest schools, the growing con-
cern over violations is justified.
"When you have a crisis, you start to
worry about it," said Canham. "It has
gotten to crisis proportions."
Members of the NCAA responded to
the crisis last year by establishing,,
with little resistance, a presidents'
commission made up . of chief
executives from 44 schools. At a
special NCAA convention in June, the
commission proposed eight measures
to tighten up enforcement, all of
which were adopted. Along with
establishing stiff mandatory penalties
for repeat offenders and requiring
schools to report on their athletic
programs annually, the commission
brought in a regulation that holds
coaches responsible for their own
violations by making penalties ap-
plicable even if a coach changes jobs.
"The presidents' commission has
struck while the iron. was hot and
moved in while everyone was in a
reform mood and got things done,"

said Ted Tow, an assistant executive
director of the NCAA and the
association's liason to the com-
"I think there's less cheating than
there was," said Canham, "and the
president's commission had a lot to do
with that, the fact that at least some of
the presidents are serious."
But to Koppett, who now writes for
the Peninsula Times-Tribune in Palo
Alto, California, the reforms are not
sufficient because college athletic
programs are still fronts for
professional sports teams.
"It's like asking me if my state
room has been cleaned on the Titanic.
It may be cleaned but it doesn't mean
the whole thing isn't going to hit the
iceberg," Koppett said.
Koppett said concern about
cheating runs in 10-year cycles, and
he thinks corrective efforts actually
have a negative effect. "We're
probably in a cycle of outrage right
now, but that's probably just driving
it further underground.
"What it's saying it, 'Hey, you
alumni, keep it a little more quiet.' "
Michigan doesn't have to say that,
according to Canham. He says
Schembechler makes it clear to the
alumni that he doesn't want their
illegal contributions and the alumni
respect that.
"People say, 'How you gonna han-
dle 200,000 alumni?' Well goddammit,
you can handle them. We do . .."
Canham said.
"To hell with them-if they break the

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Paris said he never received, nor things for A.C., they're not going to do pressure that drives other schools out
knew of anyone receiving anything them for anybody." of regulatory bounds.
illegal at Michigan. He suggested that If the testimony of Marsh, Paris, "Some schools try hard to stay out
as a lineman he might not be as likely Moeller and others is accurate, of trouble, and then there's some
to be a candidate for such gifts, but he Michigan does not "do things" that schools that plan to cheat. We're one
said he knows at least one high-profile are outside the rules. The fact that no of the schools that try hard not to get
player whose experience suggests Wolverine team has ever been on in any difficulties," he said.
that Michigan's program is honest. probation lends some credence to the That means more than making sure
"I was pretty good friends with An- claim that Michigan is clean. a picture can't be called a poster.
thony Carter, and he never got . Don Canham, who as athletic direc- Canham, Schembechler, and Seyferth
anything (illegal)," said Paris, who is tor is ultimately responsible for the hold a meeting each year to go over
currently with the San Francisco integrity of Michigan's programs, ex- the rules with the 300 "represen-
49ers. "If they're not going to do plains that Michigan resists the tatives of the university's athletic in-
terests," volunteers who help
recruiting with phone calls and letters
to prospects. Seyferth also mails up-
dates on regulation changes and
makes about 40 trips a year to brief
regional recruiting coordinators.
More important than checking out
possible violations is checking out the
people that have to prevent those
-A&"We're very careful who we hire,"
Canham said. "We wouldn't hire
anybody who was ever on probation or
was ever in any difficulty what-
NOVEMBER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS "Usually what happens when a
school gets in trouble the first time is
they've hired some nut who goes out
0 EVERY MONDAY: GELEN DAVIS' STUD CLUB and does something dumb," he added.
0 EVERY TUESDAY: ROGER "NIGHT FEVER" LELIEVRE "That could happen to anybody. That
kith could happen to Michigan."
HIGH ENERGY DANCE MUSIC If it did happen, Canham says he
would immediately fire the offending:
N EVERY WEDNESDAY: LADIES NIGHT coach. Many schools don't react that
FREE ADMISSION AND %/ PRICE DRINKS'TIL MIDNIGHT way, and Canham says that per-
with missiveness leads to repeated
STEVE KING AND THE DITTLIES "You'vegot 20 or 30 guys
mith aughtcheating. Why the hell weren't
D.J. DR. BBA "T" I.. The reason people are constan-
0 EVERY FRIDAY tly in trouble like Southern Methodist
$1 HAPPY HOUR - 4-7:30 with D.J. LES HARVEY is they don't take it seriously."
,Another reason Southern Methodist is
NIGHT: TOP FORTY with D.J. "THE WIZARD" on probation forthe fourth time and
SEVERY SATURDAY Illinois for the third time since 1974
lies in the way the NCAA chooses
DOMINOI whom to investigate. While denying
/ SUNDAY NIGHT: the NCAA targets certain schools and
M.protects or ignores others, Berst says
MEGA FUNK with D.J. "THE WIZARD" , repeat violators are more likely to
draw his attention.
"If allegations of serious violations
FOR FURTHER INFO: 994-53 Acome in related to one institution
that's been on probation before and
one that's never had a violation, the



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Pictured are materials illegal to send
to recruiting prospects. The fold-out
cover of the Michigan Media Guide to
sports (above) qualified as an illegal
poster. Mailing a prospect an un-
dergraduate application for ad-
mission (left) is also disallowed.

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