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Schlinch
Continued from Page 10

THE SPORTING VIEWS

Prop. 48 s for public
relations, not athletes
BY DAVID FELDMAN
Sure, the NCAA basketball tournament and March Madness are five
months away. But Division one basketball coaches across the nation are
already embroiled in the furious competition of October Outrageousness.
Ah, yes. October Outrageousness. Time to recruit promising players
and collect verbal commitments. Coaches shamelessly fawning over top
high school stars like suitors sweet-talking their potential brides.
When a prep-phenom finally does agree to tie the knot, there is much
rejoicing done by the suitor. There is only one thing left to do - pray.
Pray that the wedding won't be postponed by the bride's inability to
score a 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
TERRY MILLS. Rumeal Robinson. Marcus Liberty. All three
were top recruits forced to sit out their first year because they failed to get
a 700 SAT score.
Proposition 48 penalizes those who fall short by taking away a season
of eligibility. Now in its third year, it is time to re-evaluate this standard.
Some say the SAT test itself is racially biased. And Proposition 48
involves a minimum SAT test score. Therefore, Proposition 48 is racially
bed. Whil it logic may be completel elegitimate, it is unralistic to
argument alone.
It is unrealistic because the NCA A loves Proposition 48. It shows the
country that academics really are a part of collegiate sports. The standard
allows administrators to say, "See? We do have student-athletes after all."
Here's a relevant question: Does Proposition 48 really have the
positive effects its supporters claim? The answer: No.
The ostensible purpose of Proposition 48 is to improve the education
for its college athletes. The logic is that students will spend the year of
ineligibility getting on their feet academically.
FINE. If this is' true, why not reimburse the lost year later on, after
the athletes are "on their feet" academically?
This would be a step toward making the arbitrary, public relations-
motivated penalty into a more legitimate regulation that could actually
help players.
"It's unfair to hold (a Proposition 48 victim) hostage and say you can
only give him a three-year college education," asserts Temple coach John
Chaney. "In reality, he's going to need five years. Give him an
educational opportunity and don't let him play basketball, but don't take a
year of eligibility away at the other end. That is totally inhumane."
So, even if ineligible players actually do spend their first year hitting
the books, Proposition 48 is still a failure. In the end, there is no reward
for academic improvement. Rumeal Robinson could earn a 4.0 and still
never regain that lost season.
The NCAA must realize that it is not enough to merely portray itself
as academically oriented. It is imperative that Proposition 48 be revised so
that it is beneficial to student-athletes and not just to the image of NCAA
offiias.
kSPECIAL SPRING BREAK TRIP

school record 474 yards), I told the
coaches, 'hey there's no need to
throw the ball.'"
Despite Schnell's relative
anonymity, he is still feared by
opposing coaches. In fact,
Missouri's Woody Widenhofer said
Shefrst priority was stopping
-chel
Widenhofer's plan worked.
Schnell was rushed into four
interceptions, as Indiana fell behind
2 1-7. The Hoosiers came back to
tie Missouri 28-28, Indiana's only
real blemish. .
"In a way, the Missouri game
showed that Schnell has improved
over last season," said offensive
coordinator George Belu. "He didn't
hit a couple of passes in the first
half but he had the poise and
composure to come back in the
second half. Last year, I don't think
he had the maturity to come back
after a bad half."
Schnell has learned this year not
to force passes, instead becoming
more apt to scramble out of
trouble. Schnell has rushed for 216
yards and four touchdowns, placing
him second in rushing for the
Hoosiers.
"I felt more aggressive," said the
6-foot-2, 210-pound Schnell. "It's
fun flying through crowds taking

Sc h nell
...passing fancy
hits. I mean, I'm bigger than a lot
of defensive backs."
The one advantage to having
Selhnell throw so little is his
increased effectiveness on passes.
ON HIS two touchdowns to
sophomore Rob Turner, in a 41-7
defeat of Ohio State, Schnell said
he looked at the defense and knew
immediately that Turner would be
open.
"You're knowing you've got
them burnt" Schnell said. "The
hardest thing is putting the ball
where it's got to be, because he is
so open."
Mallory said he is confident in
the passing game, although he'll
stick to a run-dominated offense as
long as it works.
"I like to throw," Schnell said.
"(Not passing) hurts my stats, but
the coaches have faith in me."

The Michigan Daily -- Friday, October 21, 1988 - Page I1
Icers face UIC
for first place
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Is it too early to call this a showdown for first place? Probably, but
nonetheless, it is.
When Michigan faces Illinois-Chicago tonight (7:30, Yost Ice
Arena), it will pit the two CCHA teams tied for first place in the
conference, each with a 2-0 record.
An interesting matchup will be between the Flames' power play unit
and the Wolverines penalty killers. Last weekend against Ohio State,
UIC scored seven of the 16 times it was given an advantage. On the
other hand, Michigan shut down Miami's power play eight of nine
times.
Michigan won three of the four meetings last year, sweeping the set
in Chicago, while splitting the series at home.
Scoring outbursts were indicative of both teams this past weekend.
UIC's 9-2 win over the Buckeye's were the most goals scored by the
Flames since a 13-3 win over Michigan in 1986.
The Flames Bob Melton is third in the league in scoring with six
points (four goals and two assists.) Seniors Sheldon Gorski and Todd
Beyer are tied for forth in the league with six points.
The two teams will meet again Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Yost. The
game is being played on Sunday due to Michigan's homecoming
football game Saturday against Indiana.
While the football game will be seen live on ABC, you can catch
tonights hockey match on PASS, as part of the league's "CCHA Game
of the Week" telecasts. Larry Osterman will deliver the play-by-play.
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