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Page 10- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, November 29, 1989

Badgers fire football coach

CCHA Scorecard

MADISON (AP) - Don
Morton, who managed only six
victories in his three seasons, was
fired Tuesday as the head football
coach at the University of
Wisconsin.
The school's athletic Board voted
10-0 with one abstention to remove
Morton. UW Chancellor Donna
Shalala accepted the board's
recommendation to fire Morton and
said the school would exercise the
reassignment clause in his contract.
Morton has two years remaining on
his five-year contract.
Shalala said the decision to fire
Morton was not based solely on his
6-27 record over the past three years.
An ad hoc committee formed to
evaluate the football program
reported that the Badgers, under
Morton, had not made the necessary
progress to become a winner.
"Our primary responsibility is to
the student athletes. We believe
they deserve the best coaching they
can get. It is possible to mount a
competitive team while playing
within the rules. We have
demonstrated that in other sports,"
said Shalala.
"The judgment is that football
has not made sufficient progress in
the past three years in establishing a
solid base," and moving toward a
competitive position," she said,
Shalala said the ad hoc committee
that met with Morton for three hours
Monday night made an in-depth
analysis of the program and the
study included performance,
recruiting and game attendance.

Wisconsin's athletic department
faces a multi-million dollar budget
deficit brought on, in part, by
declining attendance at football
games.
The Badgers averaged only 41,
734 in their 77,000-seat stadium this
season. That's the lowest since
1945.
Earlier this month, Athletic
Director Ade Sponberg was forced to
resign, effective in May.
Shalala said the school's assistant
coaches, all but one of whom have
contracts that expire in February,
would be paid through June. Another
assistant has a two-year contract and
that will be honored," Shalala said.
Earlier Tuesday, Morton talked
with board members for about 45
minutes and told reporters he was
confident he had "done everything
right" in trying to rebuild the
program.
"I've done the best I can,"
Morton said. "Does anyone disagree
that we haven't made progress this
year?"
The Badgers were 2-9 in 1989
after records of 3-8 and 1-10 in
Morton's first two seasons.
Morton, who has hired attorneys
Ed Garvey and Lee Cullen, earlier
refused to comment on whether he
would accept a reassignment within
the athletic department.
Morton said he should be given
another year as coach because the
Badgers are ready to turn the corner.
He says hiring a new coach would
only shake the stability of the
program even more.
"Whenever you make a change,
you're starting over," he said.

Standings
TEAM (OVERALL)
Lake Superior (12-2-0)
Michigan St. (11-3-0)
Michigan (8-5-1)
Ohio State (6-7-1)
Bowling Green (7-7-0)
W. Michigan (8-6-0)
Miami (4-7-3)
Ferris State (2-9-3)
UIC (3-12-0)
Scoring
NAME!
Kip Miller, MSU
Pat Murray, MSU
Darryl Noren, UIC
Nelson Emerson, BGSU
Derek Higdon, OSU
Dwayne Norris, MSU
Don Oliver, OSU
Jim Dowd, LSSU
Eddie Choi, OSU
Shane Redshaw, WMU
Paul Polillo, WMU
Mike Eastwood, WMU
Brett Harkins, BGSU
Shawn Heaphy, MSU
Rob Blake, BGSU
Goaltending
NAME G]
B. Reed, LSSU 6
D. Madeley, LSSU 6
Mike Gilmore, MSU 5
J. Muzzatti, MSU 7
W. Sharples, UM 1:
A. Libertucci, BGSU 5
Marc Felicio, FSU 9

Goaltending (Con't)

W
10
10
8
6
6
6
2
2
2

L
2
2
5
5
6
6
7
9
10

I PIE.
0 20
0 20
1 17
1 13
0 12
0 12
3 7
3 7
0 4

Mike Power, WMU
Rob Laurie, WMU
Mike Williams, FSU
Mike Bales, OSU
Mark Michaud, MIA
P. Connell, BGSU
D. DePinto, UIC

6
8
8
9
9
7
9

25
28
30
43
39
40
53

4.32
4.52
4.58
4.75
4.93
6.01
6.66

.843
.841
.856
.866
.871
.797
.830

GP G
12 16
12 7
12 14
12 7
12 11
12 11
12 8
12 4
12 10
12 11
12 8
12 7
12 6
1210
10 9

A
13
19
9
16
11
10
13
17
9
7
10
11
12
7
8

Pts.
29
26
23
23
22
21
21
21
19
18
18
18
18
17
17
Pct.
.906
.907
.898
.868
.893
.881
.873

Games and Results
Friday's results
Michigan 5, Western Michigan 1
Lake Superior 4, Ferris State 1
Michigan State 8, Ohio State 2
Bowling Green 7, Miami (OH) 6
UIC 6, Michigan Tech 3
Saturday's results
Michigan 4, Western Michigan 3
Lake Superior 2, Ferris State 0
Michigan State 6, Ohio State 1
Bowling Green 7, Miami (OH) 3
Michigan Tech 4, UIC 1
Friday's games
Lake Superior at Ohio State
Miami (OH) at Michigan State
UIC at Western Michigan
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Boston University at Michigan
Saturday's games
Lake Superior at Ohio State
Miami (OH) at Michigan State
UIC at Western Michigan
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Boston University at Michigan

P GA Avg.

5
5
5
7
3
5

13
14
11
20
35
16
32

2.26
2.35
2.50
2.83
2.95
3.63
4.16

Falcons head coach resigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Marion
Campbell ended a 28-year NFL
coaching career Tuesday by retiring
as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons,
mired in last place in the NFC West.
Assistant Jim Hanifan was named
coach for the remaining four games.
"I have chosen this avenue to
clear the picture for the ownership to
get on with the future of their
franchise," Campbell said in a
statement released abut an hour
before Hanifan was named interim
coach.
"We'll be going outside the
organization for a coach," Smith said
at a news conference. "We're
approaching this that nobody on the

present coaching staff will be
considered for the job. They've been
informed. They're all staying on.
Hopefully they will be considered by
the new coach whenever he's hired."
Hanifan, who was a head coach
for six years with the St. Louis
Cardinals, said his goal is the have
the Falcons "competitive for the
next four weeks, and it's a tough
row we have to hoe."
Hanifan, 56, had a 39-49 record
with the Cardinals.
The Falcons, 3-9, must face the
San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota
Vikings, Washington Redskins and
Detroit Lions in - their last four
games.

Don Morton was fired yesterday as the head football coach for the
University of Wisconsin. Morton's teams struggled in the win column,
achieving only six victories in his three seasons.
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