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Basketball
vs. North Carolina
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Seattle Kingdome, Ch. 2

SPORTS

Men's Lacrosse
vs. Albion
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tartan Turf

The Michigan Daily

Friday, March 25, 1988

Page 16

Basketball
Michigan must
stop Reid in
regional semifinal
Continued from Page 1
Michigan coach Bill Frieder took
notice.
"I DON'T think there's a better
place to play North Carolina than in
Seattle," Frieder said. "It's about as
far away as you can get. The closer
to (North) Carolina they are, the
more support they have."
. The eighth-year coach speaks
from experience. Last year the
Wolverines played the Tar Heels in
Charlotte, N.C., in the second round
of the NCAA tournament. North
Carolina won convincingly, 109-97,
behind the 27-point effort of Smith's
most recent catch, J.R. Reid.
, "I'm sure it's going to be an
added incentive for them because we
teat them last year in the NCAAs,"
Tar Heel guard Jeff Lebo said.
, "(Glen) Rice is a great player, and
k.think (Gary) Grant is probably the
best guard in the country," Lebo
continued.
BESIDES moral inspiration,
10th-ranked Michigan (26-7) appears
better equipped this year at stopping
seventh-ranked North Carolina and
the 6-9, 256-pound Reid. "We're
much bigger," Frieder said. "We're

much more physical. We match up
better because of the addition of
Terry Mills and the improvement of
Loy Vaught."
Mills, who squared off against
Reid last summer at the U.S.
Olympic Festival in Chapel Hill,
N.C., has drawn the assignment of
guarding the talented sophomore.
"I'm glad (the coaches) have that
confidence in me," the 6-10 Mills
said.
"I think the key is we got to stop
J.R. Reid inside, and we can't let
him hurt us and get away from us
Grant said. Reid leads the team in
scoring (18.3 point per game) and
rebounding (8.9 rebounds per game).
REID ALSO has a strong sup-
porting cast of role players that in-
cludes 6-10 center Scott Williams,
guard Ranzino Smith, and Lebo.
Lebo, the team's floor leader, has
been bothered by an ankle injury this
week, but is expected to play. The 6-
3 junior shoots 47 percent from the
three-point stripe.
Smith has scored 42 points com-
ing off the bench in the Tar Heels'
first two tourney wins, including 27
against Loyola Marymount.
Williams is the team's top shot
blocker.
"We aren't quite as skilled at ev-
ery position as they are, and we
don't have the depth that they do,"j
Frieder said. "But we got guys that
are shooting the basketball really
well, and our defense is getting bet-
ter. So you never know what's go-
ing to happen."

-
Regents still
discussing AD
can didates
By STEVE BLONDER
Reports claiming that the University's Board of Regents has chosen
a successor for Athletic Director Don Canham continue to swirl, al-
though at least two regents say no choice has been made.
The Ann Arbor News reports that Jack Weidenbach, the University's
director of business operations, has been offered the athletic director job
and has ten days to accept it. These stories are based on unnamed Uni-
versity officials who have no involvement with the athletic department
and who are not regents.
Asked last Friday after a special regents meeting to discuss the
situation, whether Weidenbach is the man, Interim University President
Robben Fleming said, "That's not exactly it."
Regent James Waters (D-Muskegon) said yesterday that no official
motion on who should succeed Canham has been made, nor have the
regents taken a vote on any candidate. He added that "no formal offer has
been made."
"As far as I know, the Board hasn't made a final decision.
(Weidenbach) certainly hasn't been offered the job," Waters said.
REGENT Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) concurred Tuesday, saying "I
don't think any decision has been made."
"I don't know that the search is completed as of yet," he added.
Fleming, who is the official spokesperson for the regents, and Wei-
denbach are both out of town this week, and unavailable for comment.
Waters said the regents would need to meet again before offering the
job to anyone. He expected that meeting would be held early next week,
but no date has been set.
Weidenbach's name first surfaced last week after a month of specula-
tion that followed football coach Bo Schembechler's decision to turn
down the job. Schembechler wouldn't accept the regents' condition that
he give up coaching after one year of holding both jobs.
Weidenbach is seen as a compromise candidate acceptable to both
administrators and members of the athletic department. He is now 63,
and rumors stemming from both alumni and the athletic department
suggest that he would serve as a "caretaker athletic director," who would
retire when Schembechler was ready to give up coaching. At that point,
Schembechler would take over from Weidenbach.
WATERS DISAGREED with this type of situation, saying
"we're not looking for anyone older, who's going to retire. We're look-
ing for a long term solution, preferably someone who will be there 15-
20 years."
Two regents who requested anonymity added they didn't believe
Weidenbach was a "leading candidate," but declined to comment further.
Three prominent alumni, who spoke on the condition that they not
be identified, said Weidenbach had been offered the job after last Friday's
meeting.
Weidenbach was a member of the search committee, chaired by
Fleming, that worked through much of 1987 to find a replacement for
Canham.
A member of the search committee expressed his surprise last FridIay
that Weidenbach was even being considered for the job. He added that
Weidenbach's name was never discussed by the search committee.
Canham is retiring July 1, in accordance with state law which re-
quires employees to retire at age 70.

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan's J.P. Oosterbaan guards North Carolina's Scott Williams in
last year's second-round loss to the Tar Heels. Michigan will attempt to
avenge the loss tonight in third-round action.

'M' gymnasts
BY STEVEN GINNS season for th
With momentum on their side, they hope to n
Michigan's men's gymnastic team weekend dur
w'ill head into the Big Ten Champi- Champagne, I
nships tomorrow and Saturday.
Fresh off their first victory of the
season, the men (1-12) will be com-
peting. in Columbus, Ohio.
Last Sunday the Wolverines
notched their first win, and recorded
the highest score Michigan has got-
ten irr;the past two years. They beat
Western Michigan 271.5- 270.35.
"If there is such a word as peak-
ing," said head coach Bob Darden,
"we're doing it now."
DESPITE the improvement,
Iharden is not satisfied. "The team is
ioking for bigger and better things
i: the Big Ten's.
"If we can get a 272 or 273 score,
we hope to finish fifth, which would
be an improvement from last year Angela Willia
vWhen we finished sixth." last year, wil
k In contrast, this has been a fine pionship.

readj
e women's team and
make it even finer this
ing the Big Ten's in
l.

fr Big I
Although the women have a los-
ing record (5-9 overall, 1-1 in the
Big Ten), the team has been ranked
as high as 16th nationally. Also, as

ren finals
of the last ranking, Michigan occu-
pied the seventh position in the
Midwest region.
THE TEAM will be looking to
improve on last year's fifth place
finish.
Michigan will be led by Angela
Williams and Janne Klepek, both of
whom performed well in the confer-
ence championships last year, earn-
ing spots on the All-Big Ten team.
Klepek placed fourth in the un-
even bars and the balance beam.
Williams finished third in the vault
and sixth in the all-around. They
both qualified for the regional cham-
pionships. Williams went on as an
alternate in the nationals.
This year Williams and Klepek
have again performed well, placing
first or second in most meets.
Klepek set a new individual team
record in the all-around with a 37.65,
breaking the old record which she
established last year.

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ams and Janne Klepek, who were All-Big Ten performers
1 again lead the Wolverines in this year's conference cham-

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