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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 5, 1986 - Page 20

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

New

menu leaves

Bos

boys

meatless

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By ADAM MARTIN
No longer will students in
South Quad peer through locked
cafeteria doors to catch a glimpse
of football players dining on steak
and gourmet dessert3.
The nutritional era, bean
sprouts and all, arrived this
summer for Michigan
ballplayers, replacing years, and
pounds, of juicy red meat.
TRAINING table, Michigan's
official athletic food program, has
a new look today. It's no longer
just meat 'n' potatoes for Bo
Schembechler's hefty younguns.
In fact, the cow and hog fare have
been greatly reduced, according
to the Wolverines' head trainer,
Russ Miller.
Instead, Bo's boys are
receiving a high carbohydrate
diet, and all the chicken and fish
they can muster.
"The American public has a
tendency to get too much protein,
and that's not good," says Miller.
"Often we and the athletes don't
get enough carbohydrates, so we
have emphasized carbohydrates

and decreased red meats.
"BY DECREASING red meat,
we've got a lot more fish, chicken,
and some lean meats which we
haven't completely scrapped. But
we've taken away a lot of the nice
fancy desserts and tried to
decrease some of the sugar
intake." '
The changes in training table
should keep the athletes healthier
and make them feel less
sluggish. And , says Miller, the
program should give the athletes
good direction in their eating
habits.
"We've really been doing
some educational things," Miller
adds.
THE ATHLETES, however,
get enough education in the
classroom. At training table they
don't want nutritional teaching;
they want satisfaction.
Do pasta, broccoli, halibut, and
no-sugar beverages satisf ,? The
answer is surprisingly sugar-
coated.
"There have bee some
expressions of unha. ,iness,"

says Lynne Hammond, South
Quad's production supervisor.
"Any time you start something
new, there is always some
negativism.
"THE MAIN complaints we've
received came around lunchtime
during two-a-day practices.
Instead of giving the players their
usual cheeseburgers, we've had
salads and seafood casseroles.
But we've received a lot of

positive response too, and we
haven't wasted too much food."
Whether the players like the
revamped training table "doesn't
make any difference" in
Schembechler's eyes, but in fact
some Wolverines see the
healthier diet as a positive step for
themselves and their image.
Sophomore flanker John
Kolesar has few complaints. "I
think it's a change for the better.

The conditioning coaches think
nutrition is a big part of athletic
ability, and I like (the new foods)
because I always ate well."
TAILBACK Jamie Morris, who
swiftly scampers past tacklers,
likes the new nutritional look
because it breaks down athlete
stereotypes. "We no longer have
the image of big, dumb idiots who
eat a lot of red meat.
"They're trying to keep us
healthy, and I don't mind it,"
Morris said.
Of course with many players
just tolerating a newer, 1980s
menu, the jokes abound. One
player termed a submarine with
nothing more than cheese,
tomatoes, mushrooms, and
beansprouts a "grass sandwich."

Obviously food fit for both
Richard Simmons and Bessie the
Cow.
But aerobics and cud-chewing
aside, the Wolverines new diet is
an attempt to keep pace with
nutritional trends in Ameri3
cuisine.
"We've been a couple y, s
behind in what Americans ire
finding out about lighter di ts "
says Hammond. "Before we were
very beef-oriented, but there are
only so many ways to prepare
meat. So now we're catching up to
a national trend."
Alas, there'll be little
salivating at South Quad's
cafeteria doors this fall. But don't
despair; those succulent steaks
will surface now and then.

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'We've emphasized
carbohydrates and
decreased red meats, and
we've taken away a lot
of the nice fancy
desserts.
- Russ Miller
Head Trainer

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The
NCAA will allow the university
of Nebraska to use all 60 of its
suspended players when the
Cornhuskers open their football
season tomorrow night against
Florida State, Chancellor Martin
Massengale said yesterday.
Massengale said the NCAA
has granted the university's
request for a stay of the
suspensions.
"WE LOOK forward now to
playing the game Saturday under
normal conditions with our
players and we think we'll have
an exciting football game,"
Massengale said at a news
conference.

Earlier in the day, Nebraska
Coach Tom Osborne had said his
Cornhuskers, ranked eighth in
the preseason poll, might forfeit
their opener against the No. 11
Seminoles because of' the
suspensions.
A decision yesterday by the
NCAA Eligibility Committee
resulted in the suspension of 53
Cornhusker players for one game
and seven other players for two
games.
The penalties in-volve about 30
of Nebraska's top 40 players,
Osborne said. He said most of the
suspended players had provided
complimentary passes for people
not authorized to use them.

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