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Where's the dotted line?
With these salaries, I'll sign
To hell with trying to get a Bachelor of Arts degree. Gimme a ball, a
stick, a bat, some athletic ability or something like that. With the way
sports salaries are rising, someone with my rebounding prowess could
probably. make over a million a year.
Before you know it, former Piston and freak of nature Chuck Nevitt will
be making a pot of gold. Quarterback Rusty Hilger, who couldn't even
make the pathetic Lions roster, should be staring a million dollar contract
right in the face.
Who knows? Maybe Ed Kranepool could be lured out of retirement by
the New York Mets with a multi-year contract. And huge signing bonuses.
What do you think? In a world where a lummox like Atlanta Hawks
pinerider/center Jon Koncak can make more money than Larry Bird,
anything can happen.
Sports salaries have escalated to insane, dizzying heights and there seems
no way to stop the process. Awesome athletes are making two to four mill-
ion dollars a year while mediocre ones are garnering million dollar wages.
Even more insane are the ages of these millionaire athletes. For instance,
at the ripe age of 23, Dallas Cowboy rookie Troy Aikman just walked out
of UCLA into a six-year 11.037 million dollar contract. How many
Michigan seniors are going to graduate into a two million per year job?
How many would be happy with practically any job?
And there's no bitterness involved. As a matter of fact, if Aikman can
make over two million a year, then more power to him. The beef here is
that even though the owners pay the salaries, the people who eventually pay
are the fans.
The fact that ticket prices have soared with salaries is no coincidence.
Concessions prices have gone through the roof, as well. Nowadays, eating a
few dogs and swigging some drinks at the game requires liquidating all
assets and hocking the house.
Sell the kids, honey. I want some nachos.
To add insult to injury, some athletes receiving these wealthy contracts
don't even deserve it.
Koncak, the eighth or ninth man on the Hawks 12-man depth chart, will
be making over two million dollars this upcoming season. For some
inexplicable reason, the Pistons signed the free-agent Koncak, who last year
received $750,000 as a backup, to a one year offer sheet for $2.5 million.
Even weirder, the Hawks then counteroffered and signed the reserve to an
astronomical six year, $13.1 million contract. Guess no one will be signing
Koncak to any more offer sheets. Guess his sterling '88 stats of 4.7 points
and 6.1 rebounds per game was cause enough for the outrageous raise.
In other words, a man usually in charge of pouring the Gatorade for the
team will eventually cause Hawks fans to fork over some more cash.
The Denver Nuggets did their Pistons imitation this off-season when
they signed Portland point guard Terry Porter to an insane offer sheet.
Although Porter is a solid player, he's surely not worth the $2.2 million a
year that Portland will pay him. NBA owners seem to have been sniffing
the same stuff this winter.
Porter's making more cash than All-Star point guards Isiah Thomas,
Mark Jackson and John Stockton. Wonder how much they'll get when their
contracts run out?
Basketball isn't the only sport that's spiraling out of control. When the
Mets' acquired Frank Viola, it gave the Mets' pitching staff a larger yearly
salary than the entire Chicago White Sox. Just as crazy, the Mets also
awarded Howard Johnson a multi-million dollar contract during what may be
only a career year.
Who knows? With the way the Mets are doling out the cash, maybe
Kranepool might come back. And maybe that'll push them past the Cubs.
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just the right guy to lead this team."
Players seemed surprised at the
loss of Brown.
"A lot of times these situations
are exaggerated, but this time it
wasn't an exaggeration," said
running back Leroy Hoard who
himself has had academic problems.
"It's hard to think about, and I'm
worried about how he's handling it. I
was surprised though that he won't
be able to play."
Brown guided the Wolverines to
victories over Minnesota, Illinois,
and Ohio State last season before
leading Michigan to a 22-7 Rose
Bowl victory over USC. He
completed over 57 percent of his
passes, good enough to lead the
conference in passing efficiency.
Brown rebounded from a poor
showing as a starter in 1987 when
he threw a school record 16
interceptions, to go 105 consecutive
attempts without throwing an
interception last season.
He broke his throwing hail! in
spring drills this year, after missing
the start of fall drills last year with
-With defensive tackle Warde
Manuel out for the season, Chris
Hutchinson and Mike Evans are
running neck-and-neck for the
starting berth. Joe Cocozzo appears
to have the inside track to start at
right guard, while the center position
remains up for grabs between Matt
Elliott and Steve Everitt.
"Both guys are doing a good job
in there," Schembechler said.
- Starting offensive tackle Greg
Skrepanek weighed in at a svelte 340
pounds. The athletic department does
not have scales which go that high,
Demetrius Brown won't heave the long bomb anymore at Michigan
Stadium. Last month, Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler
announced that Brown was ineligible and would not be on the team.
so they took Skrepanek over to the
Moving and Storage Company for
The added weight is nothing new
to Skrepanek, who said, "I've always
been big. I'm used to big body
- Starting fullback Jarrod Bunch
"will emerge," according to
Schembechler. "Bunch is going to
exert himself this year. He's going
to emerge... People don't understand
this Bunch is 241 pounds and he
runs as fast as Leroy Hoard."
- Injury update: Safety Dave Ritter
(broken right hand), linebackers J.J.
Grant (shoulder), Erick Anderson
(ankle), Marc Spencer (knee), and
Alex Marshall (bruised kidney), and
tailback Allen Jefferson (leg).
- Schembechler on next week's
match up between Number One and
Number Two: "It doesn't mean a
whole lot." Schembechler on Notre
Dame's showing in the Kickoff
Classic: "I thought they looked
- With the Fighting Irish's 33-13
victory over Virginia, Notre Dame
leaped past the Wolverines to claim
the top spot in this week's
Associated Press poll.
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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
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-
During that meeting, Middaugh
answered questions and supplied the
investigators with personal and
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.
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such an order in his letter to Schem-
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Michigan, which has never had
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rules violations, was first notified of
the Big Ten investigation last sum- e
The investigation was started fol-
lowing complaints from coaches in .
the Big Ten and the Mid-American
conference, along with major league
Middaugh has been Michigan's
baseball coach for ten seasons. Dur-
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