Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 14,1989
Varsity status unfeasible
for campus soccer clubs
"No, we will not sponsor men's and women's soccer programs on a
varsity level here at Michigan."
I wish representatives of the athletic department would finally make this
point clear. It seems to be the direction things are moving in anyway.
For nearly a year, the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics has
kept the proponents of varsity soccer teams in limbo by keeping the issue
of adding varsity sports boggled up in a committee.
Each month, the committee announces that it's not done studying the
issue. Why not? Professors here can crank out articles faster.
Maybe they are stalling because there's really not much to study. It's
painfully obvious that the resources don't exist to support two new varsity
The soccer proponents could finally be shut up if they were told that
having soccer programs here if they were nice in theory, but not feasible at a
practical level. Then we wouldn't have to continually hear how the soccer
program competes with French clubs or geology outings for the use of
school vehicles, or classroom space.
I'm sorry the soccer players have to sleep in dorm rooms when they
travel. But soccer is not a varsity sport, and as a result, it should get no
benefits unavailable to other University clubs.
Why should one club be given special privileges when other clubs are
left hanging? Is a soccer program a more worthy venture than a cultural
I think not.
Michigan already offers a full complement of varsity sports, each of
which benefits from a system of broad-based support. Outside of the two re-
venue producers, travel and financial policies are the same among Michigan
teams and no team receives less of their necessary resources than another.
Maybe the soccer proponents would be in favor of their sport being
designated as the varsity sport not to receive a full complement of
scholarships, or not being able to travel.
I don't think any of the existing teams would be particularly enamored if
their resources were cut.
And what makes soccer more worthy of resources than any existing
Nothing in my book.
If people want to play soccer on a varsity level, common sense dictates
they go to a school that offers it. A few do exist.
But they should stop trying to manipulate the sympathy market in a way
that the realistic concerns get overlooked in making a decision.
For once and for all, just say "No."
And say it clearly.
by Steven Cohen No
Daily Basketball Writer
Poles enter Crisler
As the defending national
champions, the Michigan basketball
team might feel that the whole world
is out to get them. But before any
North American teams provide
opposition, the Wolverines will take
on the Polish National Team tonight
at Crisler Arena.
The exhibition marks the first
appearance for Michigan at home
since March 11, and the first time
the 1989-90 Wolverine squad will
play together as a unit.
The game should provide
Michigan coach Steve Fisher the
opportunity to play most, if not all,
Several Wolverines will be
seeing their first game action. These
players include first-year guards
Michael Talley and Tony Tolbert,
and redshirt froshes Eric Riley and
James Voskuil. Chris Seter, a 6'9"
forward who was injured for much of
the past two seasons, is expected to
play in his first game as a Wolverine
The Polish National Team, as
these young players will discover,
will rot provide the Wolverines with
Big fen-caliber competition. In a
game Saturday against Purdue,sthe
Poles were outscored 100-73. Last
Thursday, Ohio State defeated them
The vowel-sparse, polysyllabic
names of the players, however,
should give the P.A. announcer fits.
Poland did defeat Division III teams
Depauw (IN) University, 81-67, and
Ithaca (NY), 79-62.
Poland has four players who are
6'9" but none are taller than that.
Apparently Poland's coach Arkadiusz
Koniecki has attempted to give all
his players playing time as several
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different players have seen action.
"They shot the ball pretty well
against us," Ohio State assistant
coach Paul Brazeau said. "They're a
good shooting team. They're not as
physical as some of the other
European teams we've played, but
they're very solid. It will be
productive for Coach Fisher to play
all of his guys in a game experience
(rather than in an intrasquad.)"
Said Ithaca forward Mike Hess,
"Their frontline players are pretty
weak (physically). (Loy) Vaught and
(Terry) Mills should have a field day
Poland's most consistent player
has been guard Mariusz Sobacki,
who is averaging in double figures.
Guard Mariek Sbczynski scored 19
points against Purdue but was
virtually nonexistent against Ohio
State. Forward Adam Sidler scored
10 points against Purdue and came
off the bench to score 18 against the
The Wolverines will sport a new
look in the form of their uniforms.
Last year's uniform's, emblazoned
with a large yellow "M" and with
letters situated in a straight line,
have been replaced by a new style
reminiscent of the uniforms worn by
Michigan players in the 1960's.
For the first time, a student
section, located in the "south
endzone" will be in existence. The
section will comprise about 3,000
In addition, a new scoreboard will
Former Michigan basketball star
Cazzie Russell 's uniform closely
resembles the new ones for the
1989-90 Wolverine's season.
be in operation above the court. The
scoreboard will provide messages and
statistics and should get the fans
involved in the game a little more.
Blue still hopes for Ohio prep star
by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
On Wednesday, the week-long early signing period
for high school seniors will be over. Players who have
decided upon a college can republish their phone
numbers, concentrate upon school, and go back to being
a normal high-schooler.
According to an article in last week's USA Today,
over half of the high school seniors are expected to wait
until the April signing date. Joe Reid of Cleveland's
University School is not likely to be among them.
"He's really snowed under with schoolwork and
recruiting is a distraction, " University School coach
Jeff Morton said last Thursday.
The 6'7" forward will decide among several schools,
including Michigan, Ohio State, Xavier, Northwestern,
"My guess is that it will come down to Michigan
and Ohio State," Morton said.
Reid averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and three
blocked shots a game last season. Eddie Dyer, the Clev-
eland Plain Dealer's high school writer, termed Reid
"an outstanding player, the best big man in the area."
"He's an unselfish, hardworking kid," Morton added.
"He's the kind of kid who is patient and waits for his
shot. Some of the kids rush to the scorer's table after
games. He's not that kind of person. He doesn't have
that 'star' mentality.
"I think when you look at Ohio State and Michigan,
many freshmen aren't going to play. I think both of
these schools have told him he would get a chance to
Though Reid visited Minnesota last weekend, Mor-
ton feels it is unlikely Reid will be a Golden Gopher.
Last season, when University School played Detroit
Country Day, Reid held his own in a confrontation
against Chris Webber, the ballyhooed 6'9" center. Reid
scored 19 points to Webber's 20.
"It's hard to know how kids make their decisions,"
Morton said. "He had a good visit at Michigan, a good
one at Ohio State. But it's almost designed that way,
they get the red-carpet treatment. I think he's a tad
confused. I like them both. I know (OSU coach) Randy
Ayers and I think Joe likes (Michigan assistant) Mike
Boyd a lot. (Steve) Fisher is really Joe's kind of guy."
Michigan ranked 4th in AP basketball poll
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in the Associated Press' Top 25
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national champions received seven
first-place votes and 1,415 points -
placing them three points ahead of
Georgetown, but behind University
State, and Syracuse.
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college player of the year Larry
Johnson to a deep, veteran roster,
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finished last season with a 29-8
record and one victory shy of the
Final Four, received 30 of 65 first
place votes and 1,555 points from
the nationwide panel of sportswriters
and broadcasters to easily outdistance
LSU for the top spot.
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