vs. Miami (Fla.)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
The Michigan Daily
team looks golden
'By ADAM BENSON
v The United States basketball team will try to win its second straight
gold medal when the Olympics begin Friday. Georgetown coach John
z Thompson will direct the squad, and is teaching the aggressive play and
tough defense that the Hoyas used to win the NCAA title in 1983, and
finish as runner-up twice, in 1981 and 1984.
In preparation for the games, the U.S. team toured the nation playing
1 exhibition games against NBA All-Stars. In the eight-game tour, the
Olympians went a respectable 6-2.
Yet the NBA games exposed several problems. Foul trouble plagued
11987 college basketball Player-of-the-Year David Robinson. Rumors said
'players complained about having trouble understanding Thompson's
4 system, and they demanded more playing time.
' Many fans remember the U.S. loss to Brazil in last year's Pan Am
Games, the first U.S. loss ever in that competition. That, plus the
improvement of the Soviets, has concerned many American basketball
BUT THE coaching staff is not worried. Olympic assistant coach
George Raveling, the former head coach at Iowa, now at USC, did not see
problems that couldn't be solved after the squad had more time together,
i learning how to play as a team.
"We are looking to improve on our consistency and our cohesiveness,"
as 'said an enthusiastic Raveling. "We are getting better everyday."
r Forward Danny Manning, a member of the Pan Am team, agreed with
.- -.his coach's statement.
"We have to go out on the court and play our role and do what we can
do," said Manning after the Olympians lost to the All Stars in Detroit last
month. "We don't have to go out here and force shots, we have people
:who can shoot the ball. We don't have to go out and have big men
+dribbling the ball, because we have guys who can handle it. Once we
realize that, everything will fall into place."
Charles Smith, the center from Pittsburgh, is one player who
Understands what Thompson wants.
4 "My job is to bring a defensive intensity to the games," said Smith. "I
try to score baskets anyway I can. We want to create havoc on the court
nd pressure teams full court."
MANNING SPOKE about the criticism the team has received and
'bow it might actually help them.
V "Some people have written us off," said Manning. "They've been
saying things that we weren't prepared to hear. That just makes us want to
Manning did admit, however that the team is far from polished and is
not ready to fulfill the expectations of Thompson.
See Golden, Page 13
Thursday, September 15, 1988
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By ADAM SCHEFTER
The first thing anyone entering
Michigan tailback Tracy Williams'
apartment sees is a life-sized poster
of New York Giants' 5-foot-6
running back Joe Morris standing
next to a ruler. The poster says,
"How do you measure up?"
The poster was given to Williams
by Joe's brother, Jamie, the ex-
Wolverine tailback who gained 1,000
yards in each of his four seasons.
And it is the 5-foot-7 Jamie, not Joe,
that people want to know how Tracy
Williams stacks up against.
"I can't be like Jamie Morris,"
Williams said. "All the coaches
always say, 'Why can't you be like
Jamie. He came to practice hard
everyday. He was intense. He was
the ultimate back.' I'm just doing
the best I can and besides, I can't fill
Jamie's shoes because I wouldn't
even fit into them."
THE 6-FOT redshirt junior
has good company trying to help
him pick up the slack in Tony Boles
and Allen Jefferson. The three
competed for the starting job this
fall. It was Williams power versus
Boles' and Jeffersons' speed.
But with Williams being
hampered by a groin injury and
Jefferson being slowed down by a leg
injury, Boles got the starting nod
against Notre Dame last Saturday.
Still, all three backs will be counted
on to fill the void left by Morris.
"No one was beaten out for the
starting job," said offensive backfield
coach Tirrel Burton. "We are a
multiple-back offense. In other
words, we feel we have to have three
to four tailbacks and any one of them
should be able to start at any time.
"TRACY IS coming along real
well. He's getting tougher and
running harder and we are real pleased
with the way that he's progressing.
He's going to be a fine running back
in the tradition of all the backs who
have played here."
What Williams feels it will take
to be a great running back is playing
error-free football, something he
didn't do in the first game of the
After kickoff returner John
Kolesar hurt his ankle, Williams was
summoned to help return kicks. On
the opening kickoff of the second
half, he and Boles collided at the 15-
yard line and the two had to scramble
to cover up the loose ball at the 13.
The miscue left the Wolverines in
poor field position and typified the
kind of mistakes Williams wants to
Chris Bohn (49) and J.J. Grant (95) converge on Tracy Williams during last spring's Blue-
White game. Williams is a contender to replace Jamie Morris at tailback
avoid in the future.
His pain was eased later on in the
game when on a fourth-and-goal
from the one, he was used as a decoy
on a bootleg by quarterback Michael
Taylor. While the whole defense
charged at Williams, Taylor went
undaunted into the end zone.
WILLIAMS HOPES that he's
more than a decoy this weekend
against Miami, especially since he's
from Sarasota, Fla. and would like to
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