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I

Women's Swimming
vs. Iowa
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Football
vs. Illinois
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium
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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 9, 1988

GODFREY, COOPER HIT HARD TIMES

Grads find NFL

harsh

BY ADAM BENSON
This year, former Michigan students Chris
Godfrey and Evan Cooper joined the ranks of the
nation's unemployed.
Godfrey and Cooper lost their jobs to younger
workers with more potential. That's how life
goes in the National Football League.
For all the glamour and glory that surrounds
professional athletics, the harsh reality is that
there is little security in this line of work. An
athlete is fired, and what is a personal tragedy to
him is reduced to a footnote on the scoreboard
page in the sports section.
GODFREY, cut by the New York Giants,
and Cooper, a casualty of the Houston Oilers,
have been lucky enough to get a second chance
with other NFL teams.
Although he had been cut by three previous
teams, Godfrey appeared settled with the Giants.
The 6-foot-4 lineman played defensive tackle for
Michigan, but was switched to the offensive line
while he was with the Michigan Panthers of the
USFL.
Godfrey later moved on to New York and
started on the Giants' 1985 Super Bowl team. He
suffered an injury late last season, but came back
to play in the last three games. He trained hard in
the off-season, despite rumors of a future release.
The Giants cut Godfrey on the final day of
training camp.
Godfrey has since been picked up by the
Seattle Seahawks, but the offensive guard still
has many feelings left in New Jersey.
"We (the Seahawks) have been watching
films, getting ready to play the Raiders," Godfrey
said. "The films we saw were from the game

against the Giants. I watched Joe Morris become
the all-time Giant rushing leader and it hurt that I
couldn't share that with him."
Godfrey has also missed his family, which is
still in New Jersey. His wife, Daria, a former
Michigan cheerleader, is happy that Chris has a
new opportunity, especially after the way he left
New York.
"THE MANAGEMENT of the Giants
have been very good to us," Daria said. "It was
(coach Bill) Parcells decision. The coaches were
always giving different reasons to the
newspapers, but he handled it well. There was
nothing else he could have done. "
Chris said of the comments to the media:
"The public embarrassment hurts the most. It's
almost like slander. (The coaches would) tell the
press I wasn't being diligent - that is an attack
on my character. They told people I didn't work
hard in the off-season, but nobody had a better
practice record. To say that I was laid back'in
training camp would be a lie."
Godfrey is happy with his new organization.
"I'm very impressed with the environment
here, and (head coach) Chuck Knox is a great
coach and man," Godfrey said. "He likes guys
who are veterans and are a little long in the
tooth."
Like Godfrey, Cooper felt cheated by his old
team. Cooper, a fourth-round draft pick in 1984,
had played defensive back for the Philadelphia
Eagles. Cooper feels that he was toyed with
before being traded to the Houston Oilers.
"I think (the release) was pre-planned," said

Cooper. "(Eagles coach) Buddy Ryan didn't want
to release me, so he had somebody else do it."
D URIN G his surprise vacation, Cooper
found time to spend with his family. The role of
family man was new for Cooper, but he adapted
to it quickly.
"Being with my family took my time away
from football," Cooper said. "I learned a lot
about my fiancee (Hope Jackson) and about my
son (Evan Jr.). I knew I should have been on the
field, but I was happy to give my family the
time they deserved."
"I think the only thing he enjoyed was that he
could be with his family," said Jackson. "It was
the only good thing that came out of the whole
experience."
Cooper helped his father coach junior football
in Miami. This allowed him to stay in the foot-
ball mode.
"I was able to stay in shape," said Cooper.
"During that time, I hit a groove. I became more
confident and hungrier."
Jackson has noticed a different attitude in
Cooper as well. "This is a big challenge for him
to have to prove himself again. He is happy to
be doing what he enjoys, but he also wanted
another chance."
Cooper will play on special teams and in the
nickel defense for the Oilers. For now, he is
happy with his new duties.
"I'm glad to have the chance to play in the
NFL," said Cooper. "I think I can play for
anyone. When I play, I'm going to prove that I
belong."

Former Wolverine Evan Cooper is finding life tough
without football. After four years in the NFL, Cooper
was released by the Houston Oilers this season.

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WHAT'S
HAPPENING

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

Blue
BY JAY MOSES
The seventh-ranked Michigan
women's swimming team opened
its season yesterday with an
impressive victory over Bowling
Green at the Canham Natatorium.
Although the Wolverines took
first place in every event, head
coach Jim Richardson remained
cautious in evaluating his team's
performance.
"We had some very good swims,
and some where people were tired,"
said Richardson.
ACCORDING to Richardson,
the team is about two weeks behind
where it was at this time last year,
due in part to delays in the
construction of the Natatorium.
"We lost a couple of days of
training," said Richardson, "but we
should be able to make up for it
over winter vacation.
"We're about a week away now,"
he added. "We're in that in-between
phase."
Some Wolverine swimmers
looked in mid-season form already.
Senior sprinter Susie Rabiah won
the 50-yard freestyle with a time of
24.1 seconds, and the 100-yard
freestyle in 52.49 seconds. Rabiah
swam her leg of the 400-yard
freestyle relay in 51.9 seconds.
"Maybe they all ought to do
what Susie's doing, because she's
swimming really fast," said
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OTHER standout performances
included junior Stephanie Liebner,
who won the 200-yard freestyle,
with a time of 1:54.92, and the
500-yard freestyle, in 5:00.38.
Junior Gwen DeMaat won the
200-yard individual medley in
2:09.60, and the 200-yard butterfly
in 2:08.39.
First-year swimmer Katherine
Creighton also turned in a solid
performance, winning the 1000-yard
freestyle in 10:17.21, and finishing
second to Liebner in the 500-yard
freestyle, with a time of 5:02.46.
Richardson said he was pleased
with the negative splitting (when
the second half of a swimmer's race
is faster than the first), the
Wolverines had in the 200-, 500-.
and 1000- yard races.
BOWLING GREEN was
simply out-matched. The Falcons
did manage three second place
finishes and five third Place
finishes, but they were just not
talented enough to make the meet

close.
"They've had some problems,"
said Richardson, pointing out that
Bowling Green has been forced out
of their own pool and has had to
practice in another pool at times.
The Wolverines open the Big
Ten season Saturday against Iowa at
10 a.m. at the Natatorium.
Richardson is a former assistant
coach at Iowa, and although the
Hawkeyes finished seventh in the
Big Ten last year, Richardson says
that Iowa will be looking to pull
off an upset.
Garagiola quits
New York (AP) - Joe
Garagiola, one of the first former
athletes to become a star sports-
caster, is leaving NBC after 27 years
because the network delayed negot-
iations on a new contract and left the
impression he was no longer wanted.
"It was an unfortunate case where
dandruff turned into cancer," his
business manager, Felix Shagin,
said Tuesday.
Garagiola, 62, sent a resignation

0
WIn
letter to NBC Sports president
Arthur Watson last week. Watson
received the letter Monday.
"NBC and Joe Garagiola have
enjoyed a terrific relationship during
his 27 years with the network,"
Watson said in a prepared statement.
Their relationship, however, has
turned sour.
On the eve of last month's World
Series, Garagiola was upset by
published reports that his $800,000-
a-year contract, which expired Nov.
1, might not be renewed.
At the time, Garagiola said he
felt like he had been left "twisting
all summer" by NBC. He also said
rumors that his job hinged on his
World Series performance placed
unfair pressure on him.
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