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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- January 22, 1990
Michigan Sports
Calendar
A compilation of Michigan sporting events
and information for the coming week.
Monday, January 22
No events scheduled
Tuesday, January 23
Wrestling vs. Michigan State at Varsity Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24
No events scheduled.
Thursday, January 25
Men's basketball at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Raycom)
Friday, January 26
Women's basketball at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m.
Ice hockey at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.
Men's swimming at Dallas Morning News Invitational,
7 p.m. (two-day event)
Women's swimming at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 27
Men's basketball vs. Michigan State at Crisler Arena,
3 p.m. (Raycom)
Men's indoor track, at Western Michigan Invitational,
time TBA.
Ice hockey vs. Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Wrestling at Northwestern, time TBA.
Sunday, January 28
Women's Gymnastics vs. Illinois at Varsity Arena, 2 p.m.
Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois at Varsity Arena, 2 p.m.

Yes, the NCAA changes are beneficial

by Jared Entin
Daily Sports Writer
Progress is finally made.
College athletes and presidents
have complained that athletes have
an almost impossible task in trying
to both study and practice for their
sport. An answer: NCAA presidents
have made policies to help out
athletes.
But what happens? People come
down on them.
College athletic directors and
coaches are whining that the reg-
ulations are a detriment to college
sports. But let's look at all the
advances that were made.
The biggest news was the
passing of Proposition 30. This
shortens the basketball practice sea-

son by allowing teams to first
practice Oct-ober 15 instead of
November 1, and also decreases the
number of games each team plays.
Now basketball players have more
time to study in the early season,
and less tests to worry about
missing because of games.
Unfortunately, some athletic dir-
ectors have complained that this
decrease in games means less rev-
enues and thus less money for
minor sports.
But that is ridiculous. Why
should the amount of money made
by the basketball team have an
influence on minor sports? That is
like saying that if Michigan had a
poor basketball team, there would
be no swimming teams. In essence,

all Michigan swimmers should pray
for Wolverine basketball success, or
else it's goodbye swimming.
Let's also look at the possible
advances being made with first-year
studies. The NCAA board is look-
ing at making all first-year students
ineligible.
Again, I agree with the change.
First, lets face it, all students new
to the college world need time to
adjust to college life, even athletes.'
Second, lets take into account the
experience of some Proposition 48
victims. Rumeal Robinson said
that the year lay-off helped him get
academically set and that now he is
a better student because he didn't

play - his first year in college.
Finally, with only three years of
college playing time, maybe less
athletes will want to go off to the
pros a year early and instead will
get their degrees.
Coaches also seemed to come
away from the conference with
added hope. There was talk of giv-
ing all new coaches a minimum of
five year opening contracts, term-
inable only if the coach violates
NCAA policies. This would bq
fantastic because there would be
less pressure on coaches to cheat, ir-
an attempt to show victories in
their first years, and instead con-
centrate on building their programs
correctly.

No, the N4
by Dhan Zoch
Daily Sports Writer
How can so many people ac-
complish so little?
The NCAA committee con-
ference held last week in Dallas
handed down many decisions, of
which only one was worthwhile:
year-round random drug testing. The
call for such testing has been needed
for years, and it's nice to see
administrators finally getting their
act together long enough to do
something about the problem.
Hopefully, 'scandal' won't be a
word associated with college ath-
letics in the 90's.
The committee didn't rest on
their laurels, though. They passed

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be cut from twenty
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mental to Big Te
pecially when Penn
board. Because t
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competition or small
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the basketball ery team in
two years, will gunning for ti
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twenty of the are allowed to
will be played Any playe
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will only hurt
loss to higher-ranked cision made by the committee has
)ved that National to be Proposition 26. It says that
only can't rest on their athletes who fail to pass prop-
ents, but also that ev- osition 48 are allowed need-based
the country will be access to academic scholarships.
hem. Did they think this decision wat
nandate passed down going to help?
ittee will shorten the All it really does is switch the
ring football practices source of the athlete's money from
o fifteen, and only ten the athletic department to the
be full contact. school itself.,In effect, the athlete
r on the football team will get the same amount of money
ffing at this decision. from the school that they would
ot the spring season is before. Only now, the money they
or fifty, any dedicated will receive will come out of a
ng to put in the time needy student's pocket.
get him or herself in Wasn't the whole point of the
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"They're all talk and no action," he said.
"They're scared to death of their coaches. Do you
think the president at a place like Oklahoma
would have voted for something that (former
Sooner football coach) Barry Switzer opposed?
"I take a dim view of what the presidents do."
Duderstadt agrees, saying: "There are different
cultures at different schools," he said. "I think
that (intimidation) is the case at some schools."
With the retirement of football coach and
athletic director Bo Schembechler, there is no one
in Michigan's athletic department with the
stature to have a dominating influence over
Duderstadt.
Even after his retirement, Schembechler
demonstrated his clout by explaining to Dud-
erstadt the benefits of spring football. Duderstadt
later cited Schembechler's arguments when
Michigan voted against a motion which would
have eliminated spring practices.
Weidenbach sympathizes with the presidents,
saying sports are a very political issue on most
campuses. He thought the problems at the
convention were over communication.
"I think what the athletic directors are saying
is that there are ways of accomplishing the
things that the presidents commission would like
to do if you consult with us," he said. "We can
help."
Canham and Weidenbach agree the problems
which plague other schools do not affect the Big
Ten - where the relations between athletic
departments and the presidents seem to be better.
Weidenbach added that Michigan is typical of
the conference in terms of both its priorities and
its leadership structure.
"There's no question around this place that the
athletic director reports to the president," Weid-
enbach said. "I think we have a good relationship
with the president. He consults with us, and we
exchange information."
Duderstadt remains comfortable with the role
he plays in athletic affairs.
"As president, I'm ultimately responsible for
everything that goes on here, from athletics to
the med center," he said. "But the same way I
don't perform open-heart surgery, I try not to
interfere with what the athletic department does."
One of the most debated changes made at the
conference was Proposition 30, which reduced the
basketball season to 25 games and limited pre-

season workouts by

two weeks and also

shortened spring football practice. The presidents
took seven hours to listen to arguments from
both sides before passing the motion by a vote of
206-116.I
Michigan voted against the amendment, citing
a loss of revenue and increased risk of football
injuries as reasons for the decision.
"When you take a couple of hundred thousand
dollars out of the revenue, you have to either
look for that amount to take out of your expense
or do something else (to make up for that loss),"
Weidenbach said.
The men's basketball team is scheduled to
play thirty games this season, including the
contest against the Polish Nationals and the Tip-
Off Classic. Pre-season tournament games and
those against European teams do not count
against the number allotted for a season. Many
feel these loopholes have robbed the legislation
of its intended impact.
"It's absolute nonsense," Canham said. "They
drop three games from the schedule, and then
they say that games played in (pre-season)
tournaments don't count."
The proposition also limited spring football
practice to 15 days over a 21-day period, with 10
days in pads. This was a compromise with those
who wanted to see spring workouts eliminated
completely, something which Michigan
vehemently opposed.
"Spring practice provides training and
conditioning," Duderstadt said. "If we did away
with it altogether, I think we would see a sig-
nificant increase in injuries come fall."
Although the motion passed, it is not
scheduled to go into-effect until the 1991-92
season. This means its repeal could be brought
about in the future.
"We can take a look at that at the next
convention," Weidenbach said, "if the presidents
commission feels enough opposition to it, and
they feel it is justified.
"But," he added, "they might not want to do
that."
Proposition 53, which passed by a vote of
569-111, received the most support of any
motion at the convention. This motion calls for
mandatory, year-round drug testing for all
Division I schools. Big Ten schools voted in
favor of the action, 8-2, with the dissenting
opinions coming from Michigan State and Ohio
State. Weidenbach did not view this as
significant.

"I think their opposition was more of a
technical nature rather than the idea of testing for
drugs," he said.
Mike Kasavana, an MSU faculty rep-
resentative, echoed that sentiment, saying, "We
support drug testing; we do it on our campus,
(The proposition) just could have been worded
better."
Last year's controversy continued when the
commission introduced Proposition 26, an
amended version of Proposition 42. This motion
states that incoming athletes must have at least a
2.0 grade point average in high school combined
with either a 15 on the ACT or a 700 on the
SAT to receive scholarships during their first
year.
Many coaches, most notably Georgetown's
John Thompson and Temple's John Chaney,
opposed 42 because they felt it discriminated
against Blacks, which make up most of the
players who would be affected.
Under Proposition 26, a school can offer non-
athletic financial aid to partial qualifiers withoit
countingthat money.against their scholarship
limit. Many schools hf reservations about this
issue, including Michigan, which voted again~i
the bill.
"I was disappointed that (the financial aid to
athletes) was not included within the tendererl
limits because I think that it could lead to some
stockpiling," Duderstadt said.
"What that will allow a school to do is
stockpile, and make some choices on whether
they want to include (theathletes);" Weidenbac i
explained. "They don't have to be included i
their account until they decide to practice them dr
to play them."
It is clear that the NCAA expects the
universities. to monitor themselves when it
comes toadhering to the new legislation.
"Each institution ought to have the courage of
its convictions to maintain the same academic
standards for all its students," NCAA Executive
Director Dick Schultz said
While opinions differed on the overall success
of the conference, most delegates were convinced
that further action will be necessary.
As to what was accomplished, Duderstadt
said, "I think what we did is obtain positioning
for the 1991-92 convention."
The presidents commission hopes that by that
time they can have the subject of the headlines
back to sports.

'

Even as he weighed in, George Foreman knew a burgeoning Griddes
career awaited him if he lost So join him by handing in your picks by
Friday at noon to win breakfast or lunch for two at O'Sullivans.
Griddes knows B-ball
1. Kansas at Kansas State
2. Syracuse at Georgetown
3. Michigan State at MICHIGAN
4. Indiana at Minnesota
5. Iowa at Purdue
6. Wisconsin at Northwestern
7. Ohio State at Illinois
8. Louisville at DePaul
9. Memphis State at South Carolina
10. Florida State at Virginia Tech
11. Connecticut at St. John's
12. Georgia Tech at Duke
13. Florida at LSU
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Lakers
AUBURN HILLS (AP) -
Scott scored 12 of his 14 po
third-quarter run as the Los.
Lakers snapped a seven-gam
streak against Detroit with a
victory Sunday.
The Lakers entered the ga
the best record in the NBA,
lost three straight on the ri
eight overall away from hom
The Lakers, trailing by
halftime, opened the third
with a 9-0 run, including fiv
by Scott, and led by as man
in the period. Scott gave the

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snap iosing s
- Byron their first lead, 55-53, on a 3-point
ints in a basket with 10:26 left in the quarter,
Angeles and they never trailed again.
e losing James Worthy led the Lakers
t 107-97 with 31 points and Magic Johnson
added 21. James Edwards had 26
ne with points for Detroit.
but had The Pistons went the first 7:17
oad and of the third quarter without scoring a
e. basket and made only 4-of-21 shots
three at in the period.
quarter Play went on for 20 seconds in
e points the third quarter after Mark Aguirre
1y as 11 and Worthy went down hard under
Lakers the Detroit basket. Detroit's Joe

treak vs. Pistons

Dumars had to call a timeout to
finally get play stopped by referee
Earl Strom,
Worthy was okay but Aguirre
stayed down several minutes and
finally was taken off on a stretcher
suffering an apparent back injury.
The Pistons said X-rays of Aguirre
were negative.
Edwards, averaging 17.7 points
in his previous 16 games, scored 13,
of his 19 first-half points in the first
quarter as the Pistons hit 11-of-22
shots and broke to a 24-17 lead.

The Pistons, who had beaten thc*
Lakers in seven straight game(
including a four-game sweep in the'
NBA finals, twice led by as many as;
10 in the second quarter.
But the Lakers, who trailed the
entire first half, twice narrowed it to
three as Worthy scored 14 points ir
the second quarter. Detroit led, 53-
50, at halftime.
The Pistons had won eight
consecutive games at The Palace,"
where they were 17-2 coming intb
the game.

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