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vs. Ohio State
Saturday, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16, 1988

Men's basketball
vs. Michigan State
Monday, 9:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

AD Canham discusses state


John F. Kennedy proclaimed at h i s
inauguration, "The torch has been passed to a
new generation..."
In a way, Michigan Athletic Director Don
Canham did the same yesterday, speaking in
front of the faculty's Senate Assembly at the
Rackham Amphitheatre. Canham reviewed
some of the highlights and lowlights of
current intercollegiate sports w h il e
pinpointing issues that future athletic directors
should face.
Canham, 69, who will retire later this year,
cited how collegiate sports have taken on a
broader appeal due to increased media
"We have some photographs of the original
Michigan Stadium in 1906," said Canham.
"You don't see any women or children in the
stands - they're all guys with cigars and dirty

hats. The reason was that it was a man's
world. As soon as they began to telecast into
the home, the women and the kids became
interested in intercollegiate athletics and the
WITH NETWORKS rising interest in
sports due to the amount of revenue they
generate, intercollegiate sports often make
schedule changes to accommodate television.
"You are in the entertainment business,"
Canham remarked. "You have to face it, and
enjoy it."
A trademark of Canham's tenure as A.D.
has been his strong support of tough rules and
keeping the word "student" in the title
"student athlete." He did not let that be
forgotten yesterday.
"What has to be straightened out are the
violations of Big Ten and NCAA rules,"

Canham commented. "I mean it's absolute
nonsense. For a school like Southern
Methodist to be on probation three, four, and
five times - that's the fault of the faculty,
that's the fault of the President. Why don't
they fire these guys.
MOST O F your violations are not
institutional. You hire some nut, and he gets
you in trouble."
As for an agenda for the future, Canham
professed he would like to see coaches and
university presidents accept certain
First, he asks for a nationwide acceptance
of the Big Ten's "progress towards a degree
rule." For numerous years the conference has
proposed this idea at the NCAA convention,
only to have it rejected. It states that an
athlete must show quantitative and qualitative

progress towards a degree.
"When you see an athlete in the Big Ten,
playing as a senior, and not graduating -
that's his fault," said Canham. "He cannot
play as a senior in any sport in the Big Ten
unless he is within striking distance of
The Michigan graduate and former track
coach also seeks passage of what he terms
"the freshman rule." Since the issue was first
raised 17 years ago, Michigan has opposed
legislation allowing first-year students to
compete in intercollegiate athletics.
"It's absolute nonsense," Canham
proclaimed. "At some schools - not us
because we are in the quarter system - they
play in three football games before classes
start. They're playing in front of 100,000
people and don't even know where the library
is. Now how can you justify that?"

... sees needed changes

The Holl Truth

Icers need dose of winning
after sweep by Lake Superior



"May I help you?"
"Yes. Mr Hock E. Fan to see Dr.
"Go on in, he's expecting you."
"Mr Fan, hello. Come on over
here and have a seat on the couch.
What exactly seems to be the prob-
"Well, Doc, I've been very anx-
ious lately, and I think it's because
of this phobia I have."
"WHAT ARE you afraid of?"
"Well, I'm very worried about a.
friend of mine, and I'm afraid some-
thing terrible is going to happen.
Well, actually I'm afraid for a group
of friends. You probably know
them, the Michigan hockey team."
"Yes, I do. Why would you be
afraid for them?"
"Well, I don't know if you've
heard but Lake Superior State swept
Michigan last weekend at Yost Ice
Arena, 3-2, 2-0. What's more, the
offense sputtered. It scored its only
two goals in the third period Friday
night, which means the Lakers shut
out the Wolverines in five of six
periods. Doc, that scares me. I'm
I afraid it's an omen of things to
come. Especially since this drought
came in such an important series.
Because of the sweep Michigan fell
set record
in defeat
Junior Janne Klapek, senior An-
gela Williams and the rest of the
Michigan women's gymnastics team
broke a school record yet lost to
} Penn State last Saturday.
Despite losing in University
Park, the team performed incredibly
well. Their record-breaking team
score of 182.35 points was over-
shadowed by an amazing 185.0 per-
formance by the hosting Nittany Li-
Klapek took first in the balance
beam, tying the school record of 9.6
and finished second in the parallel
bars with a 9.45. Angela Williams
finished second both in vaulting and
the balance beam, scoring 9.55 and
9.3, respectively. The Michigan duo
finished first and second all-around,
with Klapek edging out Williams
37.8 to 37.6.
THE LOSS to Penn State is
secondary to the fact that the meet
brought Michigan's team average up
r to 179. Historically, the last of the
seven teams to qualify for the re-
gionals have at least an average team
See PENN ST., Page 8

from third to fifth in the standings."
"BUT LETDOWNS like that
happen to every team."
"Yeah, but the point is that it
happened so late in the season and
right after Michigan had been play-
ing so well. Furthermore, in two
weeks it's playoff time. I'm fright-
ened to think of what might happen
in post season play."
"Maybe you are overreacting. I
did hear about the series last week-
end, and Michigan played very well
Friday night but just couldn't put
the puck in the net."
"Hey Doc, come on. Putting the
puck in the net is the object of the
game. Michigan head coach Red
Berenson said so. The chances were
there, but the Wolverines just didn't
capitalize on them. They had several
golden opportunities but came up
empty. That's not how a successful
playoff team works."
"NOW WAIT a minute. Let's
look at this rationally. First of all,
Michigan's captain, Todd Brost, is
hurt. They miss him greatly. He's
reliable in any situation. He'll be
back for the playoffs won't he?"
"Yeah, probably. But he'll be
coming off the knee injury. How
well do returning players perform
after a tough injury? Maybe he

won't be able to get back into the
"Maybe, but look at Joe Lock-
wood. He came back from a leg in-
jury on fire. Brost will want to make
up for lost time, I'm sure.
"You also have to look at the
goaltending, Mr. Fan. Warren
Sharples was having problems at
midseason but now he looks fantas-
tic. Just three weeks ago he earned
CCHA Player-of-the-Week honors
against Michigan State. Despite
losing both games against Lake Su-
perior, he played well. Things could
have been a lot worse if it hadn't
been for Sharples. If he continues in
his present form, Michigan's
chances look extremely bright."
"THAT MAY be but Sharples
won't be able to do it alone. He'll
need someone to score. It's true the
Wolverines reached a pinnacle
against Michigan State, but they
have gone steadily downhill since,
splitting with Western Michigan and
then suffering their first league
shutout against the Lakers last Sat-
"Bryan Deasley said that last
weekend not all 20 guys mentally
showed up to play. That's not a
good sign this late in the season.
They should be excited and hungry.
After all, a Red Berenson team has

never finished higher than seventh in
the conference and has never ad-
vanced beyond the first round of the
playoffs. This should be the year."
"Okay, easy. I agree with you
there. The talent on this team is
overflowing. Plus, the sweep could
turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
After a week off the Wolverines
should come out in a fury against
Bowling Green. It's not nice having
to sit back for a week and watch
others decide your future. Michigan
should jump at the opportunity to
influence its place in the standings
against the Falcons.
"Also, several players are starting
to erupt. In the last two series Mike
Moes scored two goals and notched
five assists. Jim Ballantine's
consistent play has gotten him sev-
eral chances at the net, but he's run
into some bad luck. Eventually, the
puck has to go in. The Wolverines
will be fine. They have a strong
"You know Doc, I think you may
be right. They hit an impass but
they can bounce back. Like Michi-
gan State head coach Ron Mason
said, 'They're for real.' Yeah. I feel a
lot better now. Thanks Doc.



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