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Friday, March 27, 1987
Michigan High School
The Michigan Daily
WOL VERINES TO FACE ILLINI TWICE
'M' batsmen trek to Columbus
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By PETE STEINERT
Just as soon as the baseball team
returns from its spring trip in
Texas, it heads south again this
This time, however, Michigan
(9-2) will only travel as far as
Clippers Stadium in Columbus,
home of the New York Yankees'
Triple A farm club. The Wolverines
will participate in a round robin
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Eastern Michigan, and Illinois.
Normally, Michigan would play
Miami of Ohio in this slot on the
schedule, but the Redskins decided
to discontinue the series. Thus,
head coach Bud Middaugh will take
his team to Ohio.
"IT WILL be a chance for our
kids to get into a Triple A
ballpark," Middaugh said, "and with
them bringing Illinois in, that will
be even nicer (because) it will give
us real good competition. The
better competition we can play, the
more prepared we're going to be
(for the Big Ten season)."
The Wolverines would usually
not face The Fighting Illini (10-6)
during the regular season because
they are not in the same division in
the Big Ten, but they will face
them twice this weekend - once
Saturday and once Sunday.
Illinois finished fourth in the
West Division last season and
looks to climb in the standings this
year under head coach Tom Dedin.
"It gives us a chance to sneak a
look at Illinois who supposedly has
a pretty good club this year - at
least that's what the scouts say,"
Middaugh said, foreseeing a possibe
confrontation in the playoffs.
EASTERN Michigan (6-10)
confronts Michigan on Saturday. It
split two games with the
Wolverines last year. The Hurons
are coming off a spring trip to the
Hall of Fame Tournament at
Georgia Southern College where
they went 5-9.
Much like Middaugh, EMU's
head coach Ron Oestrike fields a
young team. His top three hitters
are all sophomores: outfielder Brian
Neil (.362 batting average),
infielder Dave Sast (.341), and
outfielder Ron Smith (.340).
Michigan will oppose Ohio
Dominican, a team Middaugh has
never faced, on Sunday.
The Wolverines will play
without the services of Ed
Woolwine (.345) who joins
shortstop Doug Kaiser on the
injured list. The junior outfielder
pulled a groin last Tuesday against
Grand Valley and will miss a
minimum of three weeks.
Rleagan, SMU share
By CHRIS GORDILLO
Shakespeare had it all wrong in Hamlet. Something is not rotten in
the state of Denmark. Something is rotten in the state of Texas.
The state's obsession with winning football games has blinded its
citizens and civic leaders to a point that would make Vince Lombardi
turn over in his grave.
Last month the NCAA declared the Southern Methodist University
football program dead for the 1987 season because of repeated rule
violations. Most notable were the illegal payments of $60,000 to a
number of football players.
Gov. Bill Clements admitted that as chairman of SMU's board of
governors he authorized phasing out the payments instead of stopping
them immediately as the NCAA had ordered.
The problem that developed at SMU is not confined to the state of
Texas - though I hope no other state governor becomes an active
contributor to the corruption of any kind of program. Rather, it is an
uncanny reflection of the current state of the nation in the midst of the
Iran-contra scandal. Clements' predicament parallels the problems of
another elected politician, who has been associated with football, or at
least football movies.
Consider the following:
- Reagan vehemently declares a policy forbidding any negotiations
with countries who support terrorist acts and that the U.S. will not
trade arms for hostages.
Texas Gov. Bill Clements, following his resignation as chairman
of SMU's board of governors in order to take office as governor, tells
the press, "We are going to have a program that will comply in a full
sense of integrity, to all the rules and regulations." This was said after
SMU had already been put on probation four times by the NCAA.
-The Tower commission investigation decisively concludes that the
Reagan Administration did indeed sell arms for hostages and with the
An NCAA investigation finds SMU guilty of breaking NCAA
rules for a record seventh time. The school was still on probation
from earlier violations. Integrity indeed.
-Reagan has denied any personal involvement in channeling money
from the arms sales to the contras.
Clements has denied any personal involvement in channeling
money to SMU athletes.
-Reagan - "...when you make a mistake as this, you take your
knocks, you learn your lessons, and then you move on. That's the
healthiest way to deal with a problem."
Clements - "It's a bitter pill to swallow, but we'll take our
medicine and move forward and take whatever steps are necessary...to
see that this does not happen again."
It is yet to be legally proven that Reagan's renegades, John
Poindexter and Ollie North, knowingly violated the Boland
Amendment of Congress. The amendment barred military aid to the
When Clements was faced with the question of whether or not he
ever authorized payments to players he replied, "Hell no. Absolutely
At least Poindexter and North were smart enough to take the Fifth.
Now Clements must face the public humiliation he deserves as an
elected official caught in the web of deception.
Shakespeare did have a point when he said, "Oh what a tangled web
we weave when we practice to deceive."
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