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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, January 24, 1990
MSU retains Perles
by naming him AD


by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Writer
igan State Board of Trustees voted 5-
3 last night to approve of George
Perles taking the position of
Athletic Director along with main-
taining his position as head football
coach effective July 1, 1990.
The board would review his
position as athletic director after one
year, and Perles would receive no
pay increase for his added duties. The
board also announced that they will
not release him from his contract.
Perles is said to have told several
trustees privately that he would
reject an offer from the New York
Jets if he was given the position of
athletic director. The Jets had
reportedly offered Perles $6 million
for five years. Perles was not present
at the board meeting and has yet to
comment on the position.
Michigan State President John
DiBiaggio stated once again his
disapproval of the decision. "At
Michigan State we are committed to
fairness and equal opportunity. We
are committed to those ideals as a
major land grant university. I believe
the correct procedure for athletic
director should include a broad search
which includes minorities and
women," DiBiaggio said.
The board was originally suppos-
ed to search for a replacement of
current athletic director Doug Weaver
and vote on the issue February 2.
However, after learning of the Jets
contract, the procedure sped up to
please Perles. Perles had asked for
the athletic position several times.
The quick approval of accepting
Perles before searching for other
candidates infuriated many MSU
students and faculty. "Green and
White once meant pride and not
money," one student said.

Former MSU broadcaster Bob
Reynolds agreed. "Never, never have
I been so ashamed of my school. I
know Perles has a degree in Business
Administration, but I didn't think he
had one in Political Science."
In fact, the Downtown Coaches
Club was the only organization of
the 13 that sent a representative to
speak before the board that approved
of the proposal.
It had been rumored that if Perles
got the position of athletic director,

No. 1 David Kass*
No. 2 Mitch Rubenstein
No. 3 Scott Cuppett
No. 4 Terry London
No. 5 John Karzen
No. 6 David Pierce
*Ranked 17th nationally

def. Jim Bowers
def. Mike Siminski
def. Craig Cappelli
def. Mike Ridener
def. Frank Politi
def. Kurt Thomas


(6-2, 6-3)



(6-2, 6-1)
(6-3, 6-1)
(6-1, 6-2)

No. 1 Kass, Cuppett lost to Bowers, Siminski (6-1, 6-2)
No. 2 Karzen, Rubenstein def. Cappelli & Ridener (6-3, 6-3)
No. 3 London, Peter Kimm def. Politi, Thomas (7-6, 6-2)
'We were very nervous to start the match,
but you have to expect that with as young a
team as we have. I was pleased with the
way we competed and the way we played.
The doubles portion of the match was very
mediocre at best. We were just not ready
-Michigan coach Brian Eisner

President DiBiaggio would resign.
However, DiBiaggio stated that re-
signing over this issue would be
Michigan State Trustee Owen,
who voted in favor of the proposal
explained that Perles would not be
running the program by himself.
"Mr. Perles as athletic director will
have a supervisor and he will report
directly to Vice-President Roger
Wilkenson," said Owen. "There is a
line of authority that will be

continued from page I
Last April, Western Michigan
coach Fred Decker said, "If what the
Michigan players told me is true
Michigan would definitely be ir
violation of NCAA rules." Decket
cited illegal tryouts of players and
excessive amounts of scholarships
New Michigan coach Bill Fre-
ehan has already felt the repercus-
sions of the investigation. The
Wolverine athletic department has
0o p

restricted Freehan and his staff from
visiting any potential recruits either
at home or at games, and from en-
tertaining any recruits.
"I took the job (aware of the
investigation) because I am a proud
alumnus of Michigan and wanted to
be here," Freehan said.
Bruce Madej, Michigan's Sports
Information Director, and assistant
to the Athletic Director, confirmed
that Michigan was cooperating with
Big Ten investigators, but acknow-
ledged that he did not know when
the investigation would be resolved.

Denver quarterback John Elway, whose team has lost two of the past
three Super Bowls, will only guarantee his team will cover the spread if
it increases another point in this year's matchup with San Francisco.
Elway: Broncos will
cover 'Super1 spread
NEW ORLEANS- John Elway of the Denver Broncos, in the tradition
of quarterbacks past, offered a Super Bowl guarantee.
"Get another point-and-a-half," Elway said, "and I guarantee we'll cover
the spread."
This falls somewhat short of Joe Namath's Super Bowl III guarantee that
the 17 12-point underdog New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts.
The betting line, measuring the relative worth of Denver and San
Francisco, says the Broncos are double digits short of the 49ers, 12 points at
last report, up from an original ten. Elway thinks his team's situation isn't
quite that bad.
"People are not giving us a lot of chance," Elway said. "If we win, it
will be the greatest upset of all time. If we lose, well, we're supposed to
The quarterback figures that puts all the pressure on the 49ers, and that's
fine with him. It takes two teams to make a Super Bowl, and the Broncos
are happy to play the party of the second part, odds against them
"Only one other team has a chance to be world champion," Elway said.
"I'd rather go to bat and take my chances than not go to bat. I'll risk
humiliation for the chance."
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