Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 16, 1987
Tip of the Kap
...not celebrated in sports
Icers get bad break
with Deasley's ankle
BY RICK KAPLAN
Happy 200th anniversary to the United States
Constitution. The venerable old document has
survived two centuries with fairly few changes,
and is still respected universally as the ultimate
word on democracy.
Except in the sports world.
The National Football League admission of
Ohio State's Cris Carter and Pitt's Charles
Gladman has once again revealed the blatant
disregard for personal rights in organized
athletics. The pair were stripped of their final
year of eligibility due to association with an
agent. Fearing a law suit, the National Football
League decided to hold a supplemental draft to
admit Carter and Gladman.
As soon as the league made its announcement,
the reaction was loud and angry. "The end of
college sports as we know them!" said some.
"The end of pro sports as we know them!" said
others. "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"
said Chicken Little.
Since then, two weeks of college football and
one week of NFL games have passed, and the sky
is still up there.
Those who screamed at the supplemental draft
because it would harm the NFL draft are correct
in their suspicions. The draft could, and should,
be changed because of the Carter-Gladman
incident. Not allowing underclasssmen to enter
the NFL is clearly a violation of the individual's
rights to freely pursue a work opportunity. The
practice, along with many others in college and
professional sports, is unconstitutional. Pete
Rozelle knows it. That is why he "reluctantly"
ordered the NFL draft.
A correlated problem is college sports' blatant
disregard for the Constitution. The Bill of Rights
has served as an example for other governmental
documents worldwide. Unfortunately, the NCAA
considers itself above the law, conducting drug
testing atits post-seasontournaments. A
Stanford swimmer challenged the policy last
spring and won an injunction from a high
California court. But the illegal testing goes on,
with the blessing of many coaches.
"It's a good thing," said Michigan basketball
coach Bill Frieder last season about the drug
tests. "Anything the NCAA can do to get rid of
drugs is all right. I don't give a damn about
constitutional rights when I'm coaching."
Coach, what would you say about
constitutional rights if one of your players were
thrown in jail for punching a resident advisor?
Wouldn't you demand he receive every benefit the
Cris Carter was granted his constitutional
right to seek gainful employment, yet his new
employer was blasted for hiring him.
"It's a decision where the National Football
League really violated its own rules," said
Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler.
The NFL did violate its rule - but its rule is
unconstitutional. Hopefully, the non-acceptance
of underclassmen will become a thing of the
past. The NFL should follow the lead of the
NBA, allowing any player who applies to enter
Many may jump to the pros in the first year.
Most will fail. Soon, college football will be
back to normal, except for a few amazing athletes
who leave early.
It works in basketball. The college game has
survived. The pro game is thriving.
And the sky is holding up - along with the
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By SCOTT SHAFFER
As the Michigan hockey team
prepares to begin on-ice practice, it
has receieved some bad news.
Sophomore Bryan Deasley fell
down a flight of stairs over the
weekend and broke his ankle. Head
coach Red Berenson expects the left
wing to be out of action six to
Deasley, who scored 24 points
including 13 goals last year, made
Michigan hockey history in June
by becoming the first Wolverine
ever selected in the first round of
the National Hockey League draft.
The Calgary Flames made him the
18th selection overall.
Berenson expressed resignation
over the loss of his 6-2, 200-pound
forward. "We haven't even stepped
on the ice yet and we've already lost
a key player, but there's nothing we
can do about it," he said.
The rest of the hockey team will
take to the ice for the first time on
Monday. The intra-squad game is
set for October 1 and the season-
opener against Bowling Green is
eight days later.
... out six to eight weeks
Berenson, who; is entering his
fourth year at the helm, will be
looking for a third-string goaltender
because last year's backup, Mike
Rossi, won't be returning to the
team, leaving only Warren Sharples
and Glen Neary. Berenson indicated
that he is looking for walk-ons and
that anyone interested in trying out
should call the hockey office at
Two Chargers busted
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego
Chargers defensive back Danny
Walters and defensive lineman Earl
Wilson were arrested for
investigation of drug charges in
separate police actions, authorities
Wilson was arrested yesterday
afternoon at San Diego's
international airport, Lindbergh
Field, a few hours after he had been
cut by the Chargers.
Police Department spokesman
Bill Robinson said Wilson, 29, was
booked for investigation of
providing "rock" cocaine to an
Walters, who underwent drug
rehabilitation during the 1984
season, was arrested early Monday
after a traffic stop by police.
Officers stopped Walters for
allegedly driving while intoxicated,
Robinson said. Walters, 26,
subsequently was searched by the
officers, who reported finding a tiny
quantity of cocaine, Robinson said.
The club's earlier release of
Wilson was coincidental, Chargers
spokesman Rick Smith said.
Both players started for San
Diego in the Chargers' 20-13 loss to
Kansas City on Sunday.
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Tours of the Library will extend from
September 14-25 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.,
and 3:00 p.m. each weekday.
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