Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 15, 1989
Captain Kirk plays Griddes
Just after putting the finishing touches on his new space novel Tek
Wars, Star Trek overactor William Shatner filled in his Griddes picks for
The former star of T.J. Hooker, a well-beloved and forgotten television
show, told his public about why he picked Kansas St. over Colorado.
"You see, Khan came to me in my sleep and told me to do it," Shatner
said in his ridiculous staccato delivery. "He said that he would stuff my face
with Corinthean leather if I didn't make that pick."
So, make your picks quickly. Time is a luxury you do not have.
Watch out, J.D.
Gopher end Miles is a kicker's nightmare
Michigan at Minnesota
Notre Dame at Penn St.
Colorado at Kansas St.
S. Miss. at Alabama
Memphis St. at Florida St.
San Diego St. at Miami
Oklahoma at Nebraska
Indiana at Illinois
UCLA at USC
Mississippi at Tennessee
Auburn at Georgia
East Carolina at Pittsburgh
Clemson at S. Carolina
Virginia at Maryland
15. Kentucky at Florida
16. N'western at Michigan St.
17. Iowa at Purdue
18. Wisconsin at Ohio St.
19. Utah at BYU
20. Virginia Tech at NC State
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Swimmers open home season
by Randy Johnson
The Minnesota Daily
The way Eddie Miles figures it,
everybody is born with a prearranged
plan for their life. After years of
hardship, Miles is finally starting to
enjoy the best of his life plan.
Miles, the Gophers starting left
defensive end, leads the team in tack-
les for losses and has field goals or
extra point attempts three times this
"The easiest times I've had are
the ones I'm having now," said
Miles, a senior sociology major near
riot-torn Liberty City in inner
His mother died during the birth
of a brother when Miles was five.
His father, Eddie Sr., who died last
March, had to raise four children in
Miami's Brown housing projects.
Drugs, guns and riots were no
further than the front door.
"It was a pretty bad neigh-
borhood," Miles said. "You grow up
knowing how to protect yourself.
I've been through the riots. They
were a half block away from my
house. I've seen the shooting in the
But Miles did not meet the
standards on the SAT required by the
NCAA's Prop 48. He was forced to
sit out his freshman season, forced
to endure the label of "dumb."
"The hard part was explaining it
to everyone," Miles said. "Some
people thought I was dumb. It
helped me in the long run, but the
label sticks with you forever."
As a sophomore, Miles had a
by Michael Bess
Daily Sports Contributor
The University of Michigan men's swim team
makes its home debut tonight at 7 p.m. against Oakland
University at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines are
coming off a successful weekend, capturing decisive
victories over Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa State.
Oakland boasts one of the premier Division II men's
swim team in the country, but will have its hands full
against the Wolverines. Tonight's meet will provide
Michigan with a valuable tune-up for an upcoming
matchup with Illinois and the Longhorn Invitational in
The meet will also mark the return of All-Americans
Mike Barrowman and Eric Wunderlich, both of whom
missed last weekend's action due to exams. Hence, the
Wolverines will be at full strength.
Tonight's meet will feature a number of different
events which were not a part of the weekend action.
"It will be interesting. We're running different events
like the mile hundred breaststroke, the mile hundred
backstroke, and the 1650 yard freestyle," assistant coach
Mark Noetzel said. "We're really looking for good
times. We have a big meet coming up in Austin
(Texas) on December 1."
Clearly, the Wolverines are looking towards import-
ant future matchups. Early season meets may not pro-
vide a challenge competitively, but are essential in the
preparation for crucial invitationals and the NCAA
"The whole concept of our program is that we go for
the big meet," Noetzel said on Sunday. "Most of our
swimmers will make their NCAA qualifying times
before the Big Ten meets, which will allow us to gear
up for the NCAA's."
Due to the loss of key performers from last year's
squad, the Wolverine coaching staff is counting on first-
year swimmers such as Brian Gunn, Tom Hay, and
Noel Strauss to excel.
"In the freshmen, we are mainly looking for speed at
this time," said Noetzel. "Out of 22 on the team, 10 are
freshmen. If we can get some of them to start producing
times close to the NCAA standards, we'll stand a good
chance in March."
tough time adjusting to the pressures
of college football, which eventually
caused an ulcer.
Miles' life took a turn for the
better on the football field when Go-
pher coach John Gutekunst moved
him from split end to linebacker
before the 1987 season, and then to
defensive end during 1988 spring
Throughout the season, the 235-
pound Miles has been Minnesota's
big play defender. At Northwestern,
Miles assured a 20-18 Gopher win
by blocking Wildcat kicker Ira Ad-
ler's 29-yard attempt as time expired.
Miles lined up in the wrong
position on that game saving play.
"What happened was that
(defensive captain) Mack Stephens
called block right, but Northwestern
came out in an unbalanced line,"
Miles said. "Mack then called an-
other formation, but I couldn't get to
the right side in time. So I just ra*
Gutekunst, though, saw it a bit
"He hit a guy right here,"
Gutekunst said, pointing to his
torso, "who was about 270 pounds
and put him on his shoulder blades
and went over the top of him."
It's that quickness which helped.
Miles make the conversion from off-W
ense at Miami Spring High School
to defense at Minnesota. Miles
quickness has caught the eye of a
scout from the Los Angeles Raiders.
Said Miles, "Anyone who really
plays college football has to think
about the NFL. The money is too
good not to give it a try."
If an NFL career doesn't pan out,
Miles, who has a 2.9 GPA and plan*
to graduate next fall, has a long term
goal to be a prison warden.
"I feel I can help people out,"
said Miles, who worked with juv-
enile defenders during an internship
with the Hennepin County Comm-
unity Services this summer. "People
often get themselves in trouble by
not knowing the opportunities that
are out there. I like to help those i
prison who deserve the help."
For Miles, the help hasn't always
been available. But that's changed.
"I get down on my knees and
pray every night. Hopefully my plan
will be better than its been so far,"
Water polo club qualifies for regionals
Continued from page 9
from Detroit, Clover came from a
small-town school in Bronson,
Michigan. Clover was not recruited
by many schools, with Michigan
being the only Big Ten school to
"My (high school) coach didn't
know the right way of having
coaches come," Clover said. "My
parents found out that you have to
contact coaches if you want them to
look at you, so I started out really
late in getting out my resume and
tapes. But with Joyce coming here
first coaching and wanting to bring
in new players, I lucked out."
"Coming from a lower-level high
school team, she had an awful lot to
learn," Davis said. "It's not like she
just had to go up one level. She had
to climb a whole flight of stairs and
she is at the top of the staircase
now. She really has been gritty and
determined to become the kind of
player that she wanted to be, which
was a dominating player in the Big
ements on the team.
"We've become a much better
team as far as communication on the
floor and raising our level of play on
defense," Hunter said.
"What Carla and I worked the
most on since last year is defense,"
While both have encountered
personal success, they have exper-
ienced first-hand the agony of defeat,
with only one conference win this
But Hunter sees it otherwise:
"We still stick together. A lot of
teams would have fallen apart."
by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
There are many club sports at Michigan which don't
receive much recognition even though they are
consistently at the top of their league. One such club is
the men's water polo team which claimed victory in the
Big Ten Championships this past weekend.
Both the A and B squads participated in the champ-
ionships with the A-team finishing first. Squads from
every Big Ten school challenged the Wolverines, yet
Michigan remained undefeated heading into the finals
against Northwestern. They eventually defeated the
Wildcats by the score of 9-1.
The conference championship though does not mark
the end of the season for the Wolverines. They and
Northwestern have qualified for the Midwestern Champ-
ionship competition to be held this weekend.
A national title could be within reach as well, but
the club's non-varsity status holds it back.
"We're a club team so we can't go to NCAAs, but i1o
we could, I'm sure we'd be able to go," said Dan
Varner, a member of the A-team.
Head coach Ben Quittner added, "Usually the teams
invited to Midwesterns go to the NCAAs."
The team has improved steadily since acquiring
coach Quittner three years ago, finishing in the top third
in the conference every year.
Also improving the team's play were the part-
icipation of more quality players and the decision t&
move practice into the new Canham Natatorium.
"The aquatic coaches, John Urbanchek, Jim Richard-
son, Dick Kimball, and (assistant athletic director) Jack
Weidenbach are the one's who helped us get into the
new pool this year for the first time," coach Quittner
said. "They really should get some credit."
But Quittner also feels that much of the credit
belongs to the players.
success, both have seen