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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, September 27, 1989
Berenson's Wolverines are
by Eric Lemont
picked to finish third by coaches
Canham allies ambush Bo
A portly Detroit columnist suggested yesterday that having Bo
Schembechler run the athletic department and the football program is a bad
He goes on to suggest that Schembechler resign and that former athletic
director Don Canham and Schembechler serve together on a search
committee to find a successor.
I'm not quite sure that this columnist is looking at the same athletic
department as the one on south State Street.
Morale in the athletic department is higher than it's been in recent years,
or at least that's the indication athletic department personnel are giving to
the regular Michigan beat writers.
What the columnist may have been referring to is the confusion that
athletic department officials are having about their new jobs, as many of
them are learning new jobs all at once.
Associate Athletic Director Fritz Seyferth is in charge of a $12 million
capital campaign while the athletic department has never previously had a
capital campaign. And Bruce Madej is no longer solely in charge of the
Sports Information Department, but has also been saddled with marketing
and promotional responsibilities.
Moreover, the support staff is now being expected to think. It is no
longer like the old regime when the king would walk down the hall and tell
people what to do. And they would do whatever until instructed otherwise.
Yes, Don Canham has to be considered a major figure in college
athletics. He was certainly at the forefront in terms of setting up television
contracts and marketing college athletics.
But most people would agree that by the time Canham reached the
mandatory retirement age of 70 and retired last year, his admittedly superior
skills had deteriorated.
It was time for a change.
And the Bo Schembechler-Jack Weidenbach regime has been just that -
a rebirth for arguably one of the top athletic programs in the country.
The current administration has refused to look the other way, as was
allegedly done during the Canham years. And several coaches whose
programs were often the subject of rumors about alleged transgressions of
NCAA and conference rules no longer claim residence at Michigan.
AND THE PROGRAM is better off without them.
Weidenbach has done a quality job handling the day-to-day operation of
the athletic department, despite what the well-known columnist asserted
Even though Weidenbach came in with little experience at running an
athletic department, he had served as the University's Director of Business
Operations where he solidified his skills at running a bureaucracy. And he
has surrounded himself with some quality people to provide advice
concerning the intricacies of college athletics.
The duo at the top has been picking up where the previous regime went
astray. Women's athletics are now being given a higher priority, as
evidenced by the increased scholarships and the changes in travel modes. And
while Weidenbach may not know the specific wants and needs of every
program, he is making every effort to find out.
Facilities are being upgraded so as to help Michigan catch up with
everyone else. See BLONDER, Page 12
Daily Hockey Writer
DETROIT - The Central Collegiate Hockey /
Association officially kicked off its 1989-90 season
yesterday with its second annual media day at Joe Louis
Michigan head coach Red Berenson, whose team
was picked by CCHAccoaches to finish third in the
conference behind Michigan State and Lake Superior
State, was confident about this year's squad.
"I'm optimistic that our team this season, becausej
we're being led by eight seniors, should be a stronger ~
team than we've seen at Michigan in the past couple of
years," he said.;
Berenson, who mentioned senior goalie Warren
Sharples as a key to the fortunes of this year's team,
believes that the team's success will be measured by
their defense and consistency.
"We have finished in the top three in goals against
in the past two seasons and we realize how important B e re n
that is. Michigan was always known for a wide-open,
high-scoring type team." he said. "We certainly like to ...very opt
score but we realize that if we can compete successfully
in the goals against department than we can compete for the final four.
"We feel this year won't be a successful year unless we get to Joe
Louis," Berenson said.
In order to get to Joe Louis Arena, the site of this year's CCHA
playoffs, the Wolverines must first get through seven league road games to
open the season.
"They're going to be crucial." Berenson said. "There's no question, that
our schedule, faced with seven league road games, we're going to have to
come out of that with some important points."
"The consistency of game to game, week to week is
the sign of a good team. We were a good team on the
road last year, but we were under .500 at home, which
is unusual. And it will be important that we play well
at home as well as on the road."
In addition to defense and consistency, Berenson
hopes to garner strong special teams play from of his-
power play and penalty killing units.
Commissioner Bill Beagan opened the press.'
conference by noting the expansion of televised CCHA.
play to 11 million homes. This represents the addition
of two more million Midwest homes to PASS.
All of the head coaches joined Beagan in his praise,
of the level of competition in the conference, and a
majority said that getting back to Joe Louis Arena at
the end of the season is their primary goal.
One exception was Bowling Green head coach Jerry
York. While the coaches picked the Falcons to finish,
fourth for the upcoming season, York has his team
aiming for the CCHA title.
"I think that's a legitimate goal for our program. I
wouldn't want to settle for anything less," York said..
"We're optimistic, we're upbeat about the 89-90 season and to
accomplish that goal we're going to certainly have to have outstanding"
years, probably career years, for our five seniors, who I think are five of the
legitimate top players in our conference."
More conservative in his outlook for the upcoming season was Michigan:
State head coach Ron Mason, who was in the hospital for hand surgery. In a,
prepared statement, Mason denied feeling any pressure coaching the
preseason number one team.
by David Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
When Mike Barrowman set the
world record in the 200 meter
breaststroke this summer, he cap-
tured one of swimming's Triple
Crown possessions - a world
And just one month later, the 20
year-old junior from Rockville,
Maryland captured another accolade.
He was named the United States
Swimmer of the Year by the sport's
Governing Board this past Saturday
Winning the World Champ-
ionships and an Olympic gold medal
are the other two honors Barrowman
is looking forward to garnering in
the future. But, for now, those will
just have to wait.
Nominated two months ago for
the Swimmer of the Year award,
Barrowman was told, along with
three others, to fly to Portland, Ore-
gon and attend the U.S. Aquatic
Sports Convention to commemorate
the world records set this past year
by American swimmers.
"It was a big surprise," said
Barrowman. "I can't begin to
describe what a great feeling this
gives me. I've always thought of
this as the Matt Biondi or Janet
Evans award, you know, the 'stars'
of swimming. So for me to receive
this award is a great honor.
"(Winning the award) is the kind
of thing that's not me against the
breaststrokers, but me against
everybody - the breaststrokers, the
backstrokers and the others," Barrow-
man said. "That makes it extra q
special for me."
Barrowman earned the award by
breaking the five-year old record of-
Canada's Victor Davis two times
within three weeks this summer. He.
broke these records at the U.S.
Swimming Long Course National
Championships held at the Uni-+
versity of Southern California and-
the Pan Pacific Swimming Champ-
ionships in Japan.
"I'm very proud of Mike becausef
he devoted the entire year to be thee
best in the world and he attained it,"
said Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek.
"It's befitting for him because he:
was able to focus on this goal and'
bounce back from a disappointing
fourth-place finish at the Olympics."
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