Page 10 -The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, January 14, 1987
SENIOR SWIMMER LEADS BLU1E
Parker excels quietly
By ALLEN GELDERLOOS
When the men's swim team
meets Oakland University tonight
(7:00 p.m.-Matt Mann Pool), one
swimmer will probably make silent
In his four years of competition
Joe Parker has steadily and quietly
worked his way up through the
ranks of Michigan swimming.
"Joe is one of the reasons
Michigan swimming is where it is
today," said head coach Jon
THE Wolverines are currently
ranked eighth in the NCAA polls
and are favored to repeat as the Big
One of the reasons Michigan is
ranked so high is that its relay
teams always seem to come
through in the big meets, and
Parker is a vital contributor.
"Joe's relay times always seem
to be a little better than his
individual times," Urbanchek said.
"When it comes to the meets that
matter, we always count on him
and he comes through."
Parker's explanation for his
successful relay swims are simple.
"It's easier to swim in relays
when you have three people
depending on how you swim," said
Parker. "In an individual event you
only have to worry about yourself."
TO ADD to his outstanding
relays, Parker has earned All-
America honors three times and last
year turned in the fastest Wolverine
time in the 200-yard freestyle
Last summer Parker and his co-
captain Dave Kerska broke into the
world rankings, as they tied for
25th in the 100-meter freestyle, and
placed within the top 40 in the 200-
"Joe really became a world class
swimmer last summer," said
Competing as a senior has
helped Parker push himself even
I > PRESS
By SCOTT G. MILLER
rphe saga began when Roy Tarpley grabbed a rebound
idown low in a triple overtime game against Iowa in
1985. He spun, he shot, and he scored as time expired,
and Michigan defeated Iowa 69-67.
The win boosted the Wolverines' Big Ten record to
4-2 after a 1-2 start. The rest of the story is history as
Michigan went on to win the Big Ten Championship
on the strength of a 17-game winning streak.
A victory Monday night could have had a similar
effect on Michigan basketball's 1986-87 edition.
Instead, the heartbreaking 85-84 loss to Indiana left the
Wolverines with two monumental tasks.
With a 1-3 Big Ten record and a 9-6 overall mark,
Michigan has a struggle ahead to make the NCAA
tournament and to defend its back-to-back conference
titles. Fifteen games remain to be played, and 14 of
those are Big Ten contests. The Wolverines need at
least 19 wins to make the NCAAs. Ten wins for
Michigan in its next 15 contests will be difficult in
the nation's best conference.
But nobody is prepared to wave a white flag after the
team's exhilarating performance against the fourth-
"You can get on them, but I love my players," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder. "You can bitch about
them, complain, say they're not doing the job, say
they're so-so, but I love them.
"They're going to struggle because they're not as
experienced as other teams, but I'm going to hang with
them. I don't care whether you guys (the writers) do."
As long as the team continues to believe in itself,
anything can happen during the remainder of the
season. Despite a 17-point margin at halftime, Frieder
confidently told his troops they would prevail. He must
have known something. If the game had been a boxing
match, Indiana had knocked its opponent down, and the
count was fast approaching 10.
Michigan had relinquished a 10-point advantage,
Gary Grant had three fouls with 7:55 left in the half,
and the Hoosiers play reflected their lofty rating.
Someone needed to take command, and seniors Antoine
Joubert and Garde Thompson answered the challenge.
Thompson demanded the ball during the stretch run,
and he added more gray hair to Indiana coach Bobby
Knight's already greying temple by drilling shots from
"Thompson hit three in a row from Ed Steitz's
three-point line," said Knight. "Steitz (the originator of
the NCAA three-point line) ought to take that and stick
it up his ass. Hell, it's there, and the kid hit them
under tough conditions."
Joubert hit numerous pressure jump shots with
Hoosiers draped on him. The Judge and Thompson each
scored 20 points.
"I think our guys did a good job in the second half
playing hard and not quitting," said Joubert. "We
could've lost by 30. We came back believing in
"If we play like that every game, we'll win some at
Joubert, never known for keeping silent, then added,
"I think we can win the Big Ten. I am not giving up
on winning the Big Ten Championship."
Why should he give up? Michigan's ballhawking
defense in the second half led its comeback, and the old
cliche says defense wins championships.
"I would like to (be able to) play 'defense like
Michigan played in that stretch during the second half,"
If only the Wolverines could play that defense on a
more consistent basis, no task would be impossible.
The Bill and Bobby feud is alive and well despite
reports to the contrary. Knight rushed off the court
tauntingly waving his fists in the air after Steve Alford
hit the game-winning shot with a second remaining.
"It (the win) meant nothing to me," said Knight. "It
means no more to me than anything else.
"Listening to all that bullshit from the crowd behind
me shows me they're the worst in the Big Ten. It
meant a little bit to have them walk out and say
everybody sucks to themselves."
Knight's remarks did not thrill Frieder.
"I don't want to discuss Knight," said Frieder. "He
gets too much attention as it is. If you don't like him I
wouldn't give him one line in your paper."
... consistent peifomer
"This is my last chance to swim
for Michigan It works as a
motivator to do well, but if you
think about it too much you're
going to get caught up with it," he
Urbanchek was quick to add that
Parker is irreplacable, not
necessarily for his times, but for
his team-oriented attitude.
"Joe sets an example by doing
and his leadership will be missed
next year," said the five-year
If the past is any indication,
tonight's dual meet should find
Parker quietly doing what he does
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CHICAGO (AP) - Some Big their program. The cheaters will
Ten coaches feel that the NCAA's flourish. At Michigan you don't see
decision to cut down college a lot of transfers, walk-ons or non-
basketball scholarships from 15 to predictors."
13 a year will lead to more FRIEDER'S second reason
cheating. involved the renewing of
Bill Frieder, coach of Michigan's scholarships.
defending Big Ten champions, said "We have always renewed
yesterday, in the league's weekly scholarships at Michigan, even if a
telephone interview session, that he kid is not on the team,"said Frieder.
was against the NCAA's move for "We do not take away scholarships.
two reasons. A lot of programs will not renew
"It's going to help the cheaters," scholarships and will send kids
said Frieder. "The cheaters will find away."
a way to have 14, 15 or 16 guys in Michigan State coach Jud
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Heathcote is "disappointed" by the
scholarship cutback but said it was
time to adjust.
"Because of (recruiting) mistakes
and practices there could be trends
and tendencies to drive these kids
off. We've gone from 20 to 18 to
16 to 15 and now 13 scholarships.
We'll all adjust. There will be more
parity in college basketball the
lower you go. Teams will not be
able to stockpile players," he said.
New coaches Gary Williams at
"Ohio State and Clem Haskins at
Minnesota said they would be hurt
by the NCAA decision because they
are trying to build new programs.
"If that's what the (college)
president's want, we'll have to live
with it," said Williams. "It will
hurt us because we're trying to
rebuild. I wonder what will happen
with walk-ons. But we'll be in the
same situation as the others."
Haskins said, "When you're
rebuilding, you have to take
chances on kids. It's going to hurt
us the next few years."
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