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Men's Tennis
vs. Indiana
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Track/Tennis Building

SPORTS

Softball
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 3 p.m.
Varsity Diamond

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, April 6, 1989

Richarda
Eisen
Pinch me.
For some reason, there's this creepy feeling
that somebody's going to say this is all a dream.
Michigan: NCAA Basketball Champions.
This must be a hallucination. Rumeal
Robinson's reverse power slam was just a holo-
gram. Glen Rice's amazingly accurate rainbow
jumpers never really occured. Sean "Trigger"
Higgins really never hit that shot against
Illinois. Right?
Pinch me.
Can't Michigan play one more game? Can't I
watch Rice sting one more three pointer? Please?
THIS WHOLE dream sequence of events
began three weeks ago when Bill Frieder bolted
for Arizona State. Frieder had the unmitigated
gall to leave the Wolverines in shambles, just
days after the team got shallacked by Illinois.
It still hasn't sunk in that Frieder will never
be coming back.
Pinch me.
It's surreal. With one Bo Schembechler
statement, Frieder went from a Michigan man,
with years of Wolverine experience, to an
Arizona State man.
Snip. Sorry, Bill. You're out of the Michigan
will.
Most of the student body seemingly wished
that Frieder would leave, while knowing in the
back of their heads that it would probably never
happen.
BUT this is Michigan, son. Nothing is im-
possible here. Case in point - the Wolverine
basketball team. National Champions.
Pinch me.
Who in their right minds thought that
Michigan had a feasible chance of winning the
whole shooting match?

National title

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Surprise, surprise

- a

dream

to remember
But then came interim coach Steve Fisher, "a
Michigan man." Who in the world knew who
Steve Fisher was? Oh, yeah. Wait! Didn't he
sing "Tiny Bubbles?" No, that was Englebert
Humperdink. Or was that Gene Keady?
No. Fisher was the assistant coach and as
coach, he accomplished the impossible. Plain and
simple. Interestingly enough, the best facet of
Fisher's feat was not his calmness on the
sidelines. Nor was it his change in game plan,
which included finally giving the gifted Terry
Mills the rock.
It was his class.
At no time during the tourney did Fisher com-
plain about not getting the Michigan job per-
manently. His focus was always the tournament.
FISHER could have made mention after he
reached the Final Four what a great coaching job
he was doing. But he never did. Had he said that,
he could have derailed the whole national cham-
pionship drive. He always cast the spotlight on
his team, rather than himself.
And because of that, Michigan won the
tournament.
Win the tournament? Did this really happen?
Are we going to hear about the Michigan
basketball team for the next year?
You bet.
Robinson canned them both, baby. Mark
Hughes, Loy Vaught and Mike Griffin all played
amazing games. Higgins continued his ascension
toward Wolverine stardom.
And Michigan won. And for the first time in
my life, I actually turned the volume on my
television up when Brent Musberger talked.
Pinch me.
I'll never forget this tournament for as long as
I live.

Softball loses
pair to CMU
BY JONATHAN SAMNICK
In a mild surprise on Tuesday,
the Michigan softball team lost a
doubleheader to Central Michigan
University, losing the opener 1-0
and the nightcap, 5-2.
The Wolverines, who entered
the game with an 18-6 record,
were swept by a Chippewa team,
which began the day at 10-10.
Instead of suffering from over-
confidence, Michigan might have
been intimidated by a club, who
head coach Carol Hutchins said,
"has beaten us more times than
any school in this state."
In the first game, CMU pit-
cher Donna Schultz continued her
string by allowing only one
earned run in her last twenty-three
innings. The Wolverines were
unable to advance a player past
second base, while Central advan-
ced one player as far as third, but
took advantage of it, scoring her
on a squeeze play to defeat Mich-
igan pitcher Andrea Nelson for
only her second loss of the year.
The Wolverines' hoped to
rebound with Jenny Allard on the
mound in the second game, but
she would suffer her fifth loss of
the season against five victories.
With Michigan trailing 5-2 in the
top of the sixth inning and the
bases loaded, the rain came and
never let up.

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"Bonnie Tholl was up and I
was looking very optimistic,"
coach Hutchins said. "I thought
we had a good chance to win. It's
a shame."
"This is our biggest rivalry,"
Hutchins continued. "They got
very fired up after that first win.
We look at it as a minor set-
back."
While the Wolverines played
well defensively, they struggled
at the plate. The losses will cer-
tainly drop them in the national
polls, a fact that doesn't seem to
bother coach Hutchins.
"I don't care about that. The
only thing that matters is the
phone call we get on May 15
(when the top 20 teams are
invited by the NCAA committee
for a chance to win softball's
World Series.)"

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Associated Press
Rumeal Robinson, who made the two free throws
that beat Seton Hall 80-79 in overtime Monday
night, celebrates the win by jumping into the
arms of tournament MVP Glen Rice.

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Steve Blonder

Fisher's fortune finishes
Frieder's follies forever

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Driving to the Kingdome Monday
night, I felt sorry for Bill Frieder.
He looked awful when I visited
him in his hotel room, Monday, and
he said his only wish was to go to
the arena and peacefully watch "his"
team play.
But by the time I arrived at the
Kingdome, my compassion for
Frieder's plight had disappeared.
Sitting with Kirk Taylor and Eric
Riley before the game, I learned that
Frieder had not even talked to these
two players and several others after
he bolted for Arizona State.
These two received championship
rings Monday night. Where is
Frieder's ring?
I LEARNED the players really
are glad to see Frieder gone, and that
his relationship with the team he
recruited isn't as rosy as he likes to
portray.
Sorry, but Frieder can't attribute
the players' disgust to leading ques-
William Monroe
preser
The 6th Annual M
"The Original
Saturday, Al
7-9 p
At the Trott
The Trotter House Minority Festival ha
provides an opportunity for ethnic grou
This year's theme: "The Original Sym
tradition of celebrating our diversity. In
performing talents of students, the Tro
presented to the student group who h
to Trotter House and the minority com
part of the festival, and will be continu

tions, like he suggested.
Like some of the athletes he
recruits, I guess I had the wool
pulled over my eyes by a veteran.
I knew Frieder had told his
players not to talk to me because I
ask too many questions, and didn't
just take his word as Gospel.
Yes, coach, that was me you
introduced to your secretary on
Media Day as "the Daily reporter
you'll learn to hate."
So why did Frieder invite me to
his hotel room in Atlanta and
Seattle? Was it to tell me about
Michigan and the school's fine
tradition? Or was it to give me some
of his double-talk.
Since Frieder left, interim coach
Steve Fisher has exuded class with
his handling of the team. His team.
AFTER the victory over Vir-
ginia, Fisher instructed the team to
"display as much class off the court
as they did on the basketball court."
Trotter House
nts...
Minority Festival
Symphony"
pril 8, 1989
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ter House
as been an annual event which
ups to share their cultural richness.
nphony"plans to continue in the
n addition to highlighting the
atter House Award will be
as made noteworthy contributions
munity. Incidentally, this is a new
ed in the future.

Something which was lacking from
the bench for most of the season.
At each press conference, Fisher
has been honest with the media and
that has earned him respect. Fisher's
players also hold him in high regard
because he has sat down with each,
and helped the players to fully
understand their role on the team.
The result - an NCAA
championship.
Frieder said Fisher hasn't been
publicly critical of his leaving
because Fisher understands how to

handle "those type" of questions
whereas "the players don't."
Somehow I disagree.
The players know exactly what
they are saying.
Fisher has done everything right
in his quest to have the interim
removed from his title.
That is, as long as Fisher shuns
his overused statement, "everything
is business as usual," and forces
Frieder to become a permanent
fixture of the past, and not a remnant
in the future.

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