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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 8, 1989-Page 15

Middaugh resigns during Big Ten investigation
Ex-Tiger star Freehan to

coach 'M'
By Steve Blonder
Daily Sports Editor
Bill Freehan returned to the game
that "never got out of my gut,"
when he was named as Michigan's
baseball coach.
Freehan, who left Michigan in
* 1961 to sign with the Detroit
Tigers, fills a spot left vacant since
Bud Middaugh's July 14 resignation
amid a joint Michigan-Big Ten
investigation of the Wolverine
baseball program.
"I still love the game," the ex-
catcher said. "When you're in a
baseball uniform, it does does make
a'kid out of you again. The chance
M to get out of this suit and into a
uniform, and at the same time work
with young people and try to
straighten out the cloud over the
program, well, I had to do it."

baseball in 90's

Despite the resignation, both Big
Ten and Michigan officials said the
investigation would continue.
The investigation reportedly fo-
cuses on players receiving excessive
payments for selling programs at
home football games, the way Mid-
daugh manipulated his scholarships,
interest-free loans from Middaugh to
his players, and unfair recruiting
practices employed by Middaugh and
his staff, according to former players
and individuals familiar with the in-
vestigation.
An individual close to the base-
ball team said Middaugh had loaned a
player an amount of money between
$1,000-$1,500 when a member of
the player's family was taken ill.
Coaches are not allowed to loan
players money.
. Also, the investigation involves
illegal scouting practices and work-
outs of potential high school re-
cruits.
One such illegal tryout involves
former Belleville pitcher Bill Ash-
ley.
Ashley, who currently pitches for
the Los Angeles Dodger Rookie
team in Great Falls, Montana, told
Big Ten investigators that ex-
Michigan assistant Chuck Froning
contacted Belleville coach John Bortz
about conducting an extra scouting
session. Froning timed Ashley in
the 60-yard dash after practice had
ended.
The session would have been :-
gal if the entire team was aske o
run, even if Froning only recorded
Ashley's time.
A two-page letter from Jon Gan-
delot, Middaugh's attorney, was de-
livered to Schembechler's office on
July 12. The letter called for Mid-
daugh to be given a "full and com-
plete hearing prior to any action by
the university."
Middaugh met for nearly eight

hours earlier this spring with Big
Ten investigator John Park and ath-
letic department trouble-shooter Jeff
Long, who has conducted the Uni-
versity's investigation.
During that meeting, Middaugh
answered questions and supplied the
investigators with personal and
business records.
Middaugh was placed under a gag
order by Schembechler until the
close of the investigation. The gag
order forbade Middaugh from dis-
cussing the investigation with cur-
rent or former players, employees in
the athletic department, or members
of the media.
However, Gandelot argued against
such an order in his letter to Schem-
bcchler.
"Allegations based on upon re-
ports of what an individual, often
unnamed, said to an investigator are
clearly hearsay.
"For Bud not to have the oppor-
tunity to speak to those who may be
accusing him of wrongdoing makes
it impossible for him to prepare a
response."

The Agassi of Defeat ^scatd -
Andre Agassi ousted Jimmy Connors yesterday in U.S. Open quarterfinal play. Agassi won the match,
6-1, 4-6, 0- 6, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals, where he will square up against top seed Ivan LendL.
Demers grants Klima clean sheet of
ice as Wings open training camp

FLINT, MI (AP) - Petr Klima
will be there but Bob Probert won't

Michigan, which has never had when the Detroit Red Wings open
an athletic program punished for training camp Friday.
rules violations, was first notified of The legal problems of Klima and
the Big Ten investigation last sum- Probert were major headaches to the
mer. Wings last season. Both have been

they won for the second straight
season last year.
Superstar Steve Yzerman, Gerald
Gallant and Shawn Burr are among
the returners. Newcomers joining
the team include veterans Tony
McKegney, Bernie Federko and
Borje Salming. Their addition to
the roster prompted fourth-year
coach Demers to call this his best

Detroit team ever.
The Wings are an older and more
experienced team with McKegney,,
Federko and Salming, but several
young players have good chances at
making the final roster. Among
them are Brent Fedyk, Kory Kocur
and Yves Racine.
"These youngsters have im-
pressive credentials," Demers said.

Since retiring from the Tigers,
the 1966 Michigan graduate has
headed Freehan-Bocci & Co., a
manufacturer's representative agency.
Freehan takes the job, knowing
he is "going into a void created by
something Michigan has never seen
before."
Athletic Director Bo
Schembechler defended Freehan's
hiring, despite his not having ever
coached at any level and being away
from the game for several years.
-: "He may be a little rusty to
start," Schembechler said. "But
baseball doesn't change."
Freehan was offered a one-year
bandshake deal, and was the only
6andidate interviewed for the
position.
* - Big Ten coaches such as Steve
Land at Wisconsin as well as
coaches in the Mid-American confer-
ence were not surprised with Mid-
daugh's resignation.
"It didn't come as a shock," Land
mid. "Seeing as long as he's coached
and I've coached, you hear many ru-
mors about different things at differ-
pt times."
- Rumors had circulated which
* suggested Middaugh would resign
before the investigation was com-
Cpleted and accept a job in the
incinnati Reds organization. But
Reds officials and friends of Mid-
daugh said those reports were untrue.
Read
* Rich Eisen
in Sports Monday

The investigation was started fol-
lowing complaints from coaches in
the Big Ten and the Mid-American
conference, along with major league
scouts.
Middaugh has been Michigan's
baseball coach for ten seasons. Dur-
ing that span, his teams have com-
piled a record of 465-146-1, which
makes him the second winningest
coach in Wolverine history. His
teams have won six conference
championships in addition to mak-
ing four appearances in the College
World Series.

arrested numerous times for drunken
driving and were suspended by the
club last year.
Klima apparently has cleaned up
his act. Probert, meanwhile, has a
deportation hearing scheduled Fri-
day. He has pleaded guilty to bring-
ing cocaine into the United States
from his native Canada and faces
sentencing September 26. He has
been banned for life from the NHL.
"Petr Klima is starting with a
white sheet," coach Jacques Demers
said. "It's like he never played for
me before. Knowing that Petr ad-
mitted he has a problem with alco-
hol, I'll be the first one to try and
help him.
"Petr was living a lie and he
admitted it. Now, I'm looking
forward to seeing him in camp."
A total of 64 players will be on
hand as the Wings prepare to defend
the Norris'--Division title, which

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