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Field Hockey
at Michigan State
Sunday, 2 p.m.
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Women's Soccer
vs. Indiana
Sunday, 10 p.m.
Mitchell Field

Thursday, October 22, 1987

Page 8

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McCaughey scales down socially
- to compose new -found priorities

By KEN GOLDBERG
Towards the end of his first year
at Michigan, Brad McCaughey got
out of bed to answer the phone.
"Hello," the voice on the other
end said, "I'm calling on behalf of
the Huron high school athletic
department. I'm in charge of getting
the guest speaker for the hockey
banquet. Red Berenson (Michigan
hockey head coach) was supposed to
come, but he can't make it. He gave
us your name."
McCaughey, now a senior on the
Michigan hockey team, tried to
squirm his way out of a difficult
situation. After several minutes,
however, he agreed to speak at the

banquet, before his former
teammates.
"I WAS real nervous," said
McCaughey, now a sports
management communication major.
"I hadn't even taken public speaking
yet. I started off by saying if Red
couldn't be there, who better than
me to replace him, because I'd been
in Coach's office all year, in his
doghouse, listening to his yelling.
"At that point I knew exactly
what Red wanted out of his players.
The speech actually went over well.
I never thanked Red for that one."
When McCaughey came to
Michigan from Ann Arbor's Huron
high school three years ago, he was

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a walk-on candidate from a non-
competitive Michigan high school
league. At Huron, McCaughey
earned MVP honors his junior and
senior seasons, and led his team in
scoring for three consecutive
seasons.
But those honors were relatively
unimportant on the college level.
Although the Montreal Canadiens
drafted him in 1984, McCaughey
was not even thinking about the
prospects of a pro hockey career. He
was more concerned about just
making the Michigan roster.
"When Brad came here out of
high school," Berenson recalled, "he
was not a very good skater, and he
had a weak shot. But he had a nose
for the net and an overall
competitive nature. He had potential
to be a good hockey player."
THROUGHOUT high school,
McCaughey put a lot of time into.
his school work. The social life and
the hockey just worked out on its
own. But the first year at Michigan,
McCaughey paid little attention to
academics.
As a local, McCaughey knew a
lot of people in town. There was
always the temptation to neglect his
studies for a good time.
"As a freshman, I was a social-
life kind of guy," said McCaughey.
"I guess I caught freshmanitis. All
of a sudden I was on my own, no
mother, no one telling me what to
do. I kind of overdid it my freshman
year.
The first year was a real challenge
for McCaughey, the hockey player.
Immediately, coach Berenson placed
him on a line with Brad Jones and
Tom Stiles, two of the quickest and
most talented players on the
Michigan roster. McCaughey had
trouble keeping up, and became
frustrated.
FOR THE first time in his
hockey career, McCaughey had to
work extra hard. But his older

teammates made him feel a part of
the team, and gave him the
confidence he needed to adapt to a
higher level of competition.
That "big-brother" support which
McCaughey received has molded him
into a leader in his own right. Now a
senior, McCaughey wears an "A" on
his jersey, signifying his role as
assistant captain. With his work
ethics, optimistic attitude, and sheer
ability, he is a positive role model
for younger players.
With 10 newcomers on last year's
'Michigan team, McCaughey's play
(26 goals, 23 assists), leadership,
and intensity helped the players
adjust to college life.
"My freshman year, Brad was a
source of leadership and guidance,"
said sophomore goalie Warren
Sharples. "He knows how to bring
kids along. He knows what they
need to know to get by. He's a good
guiding course."
This season, McCaughey hopes
to lead the Wolverines well into the
playoffs. After two series, Michigan
is 2-2 and the senior has accumulated
four goals and two assists. The 6-2
195-pound wing still takes power-
skating sessions, and his skating is
much improved. His hard, quick
wrist shot keeps opposing
goaltenders wary.
One might say McCaughey has
been through it all. Experience has
matured him, both as a hockey
player, and as a person.
"I've reorganized my priorities
over the past few years," said
McCaughey. "It's been a gradual
change. I noticed that when I do well
in school, my hockey is better. I
still have a good time. I just take
things more seriously now."
"From the way I've seen him
improve, nothing's going to stop
him but himself," said Joe
Lockwood, McCaughey's teammate
and good friend. "I think he's going
to make the pros - and be a good
one too."
Maybe then McCaughey will
send his coach a little note from
Montreal.
"Merci, Red. For everything."

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan's Brad McCaughey was second on the Wolverines in scoring
with 49 points last season. The senior hopes to lead Michigan to its first
winning season under coach Berenson.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A
university-sponsored probe into
alleged. recruiting violations b y
Nevada-Las Vegas basketball coaches
ended with no conclusions drawn,
but university officials acknowleged
yesterday that the NCAA could find
otherwise.
The investigation, inspired by a
Newsday article on the recruiting of
former New York high scholl star
Lloyd Daniels, will be forwarded to
the Pacific Coast A t h 1e t i c

Association and eventually to the
NCAA for possible action, UNLV
President Robert Maxson said.
The UNLV president, however,
vowed to "do what is right whatever
the investigation concludes."
Maxson said a four-member
committee he appointed t o
investigate the allegations found
conflicting evidence and could not
reach a conclusion either way on any
of the alleged violations after six
months of interviewing witnesses.

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