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Men's Swimming
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Indiana
Saturday, 4 p.m.

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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 10, 1988

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By MICHAEL GILL
There are the classy. Then, there
are the classless.
Both were present at Friday's
women's "basketball" game
between Michigan and Minnesota.
The Wolverines won, 83-71.
There was a battle between the
coaches. The participants were
Michigan's Bud VanDeWege and
Minnesota's first-year coach LaRue
Fields.
The Golden Gopher's media
guide quotes Fields as saying, "I try
to teach the players to have pride,
heart, and hustle. I might work
them hard, but they all know I care
about them and I love them."
Please pass the hanky.
FIELD'S ACTION during*
the course of the game was
degrading to the game of basketball
and women's athletics overall.
"She is strange," said Wolverine
sophomore Tanya Powell. "I
couldn't play under a coach like her.
She's talking to people constantly
- so many negative things are
heard from her."
A large percentage of the crowd
heard Fields' brash and negative
comments to her players. She often
stood up, and while flapping her
arms, engaged in a stunning one
way conversation. It appeared as
though her sole intent was to
publicly humiliate her players.
WITNESS SOME of the
comments:.,
When sending someone in the
game: "When I tell you to get out
there, don't lollygig - get your
butt up there and get in the game."
"Jodi (Olsen) - why can't you
catch the ball like anyone else?"
"We gotta do something with
you. Get some heart woman, get
some heart."

"You have two minutes to
redeem the last 38"
"We got 6-3, 6-4 girls on this
bench. Think they can make a
layup? No!"
ON THE OTHER side of
the court, VanDeWege could be
heard yelling too, but only to set
up plays. Any criticisms were
withheld until out of the public
eye. Congratulatory remarks were
seen on only one bench - not
Minnesota's.
Fields' explained her actions.
"We don't play for fun," she said.
"This is not CYO (Catholic Youth
Organization) or Rec."
When this Michigan Daily
reporter suggested Fields brought
Indiana's coach Bobby Knight to
mind, she beamed with happiness.
"Oh, yeah? I like Bobby
Knight," she said. "I respect him.
He's got a nice winning record,
too."
After the game, Fields became
defensive.
Daily: Do you think you may
be too negative?
Fields: My players are players.
Well - do you think that?
D: I'm just asking you.
F: Oh no, that's my style.
They'll handle it. They're fine. Do
the fans feel that way - is that
why you're asking?
D: I said it and I wanted your
opinion.
F: If I felt that way, I wouldn't
use it. My players understand me.
We have a good rapport. We just
need more talent.
. D: So you feel negativity is a
good psychological way to moti-
vate them?
F: It's not a matter of good or
bad, it 's the way to do it, and they
respond. I don't have to answer to

anybody - it's the way I coach. I
don't have anything to do with
what the fans think, you think, or
what other people think - my
players and I get along well.
DURING THE GAME, both
coaches had reason to be upset at
the officiating. VanDeWege gave
the referee a standing ovation after a
three-second violation had finally
been called against Minnesota.
With less than ten minutes left
in the game, VanDeWege expressed
his dissatisfaction by flinging his
sport coat half way off. Later, after
falling to the ground, he proceeded
to kick his legs. All actions stayed
within the boundaries of fair taste
and the emotions of the game. Af-
terwards, he refused comment on
the officiating, saying neither team
benefitted.
Fields, however, had a technical
called on her for directing profanity
toward the official. She proceeded to
give the official a lengthy oration,
full of finger pointing.

LATER, she picked up her
chair and banged it, hitting a water
bottle which sent liquid spraying.
She was heard saying to the
officials, "Blow the whistle, hon"
and "He would have called it
correctly but he didn't have any
heart." Following the game, she
blamed the officiating on being
partial to the home team.
When Minnesota began fouling
near the end of the game, Van-
DeWege called the fouls cheap.
Fields told her bench, "When we
say foul - foul. When I say foul a
player - foul her."
When questioned about this
comment she responded:' "I meant.
get a good foul."
"So hammer her real hard?" she
was questioned.
"Yeah. Give her a good foul,';
she replied. "All coaches know
what that is. When you put that
down your readers are going to
know what that means."
See FIELDS, Page 13

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