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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 12, 1990
Knight will talk, but
ask your parents first
by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer.
Question: What does Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight have in
common with Tyrone Bogues, New Kids on the Block, and Jose Canseco?
Answer: His own 900 phone number (1-900-454-0111).
It's interesting to note that Mr. Knight is the only Big Ten coach not to
participate in the weekly Big Ten teleconference. But for only two dollars
the first minute, and one dollar each minute thereafter, one can hear what the
erstwhile chair-thrower has to say.
VERSATILE WOLVERINE: Michigan forward Chris Seter, who has
been thrust into a contributing role in the absence of Sean Higgins, learned
early on to shoot with both hands. "When I was young, I started shooting
lefthanded but everyone else was doing stuff right-handed," Seter said. "I
knew how to shoot right-handed in third grade and I shot right-handed in
high school until this year when I began to shoot left-handed. "
If Michigan ever needs points, his ambidexterity could come in handy.
THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL: Ever since last July, when
Iowa assistant Bruce Pearl taped a conversation between himself and Deon
Thomas in which Thomas acknowledged he received $80,000 and a
Chevrolet Blazer to attend Illinois, a cloud has hung over the Illini program.
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins, the Illini's main recruiter has been
prohibited from recruiting and Thomas, the super frosh, has not been
allowed to play.
Recently, additional accusations have been brought up against Illinois. A
report surfaced that Notre Dame star Laphonso Ellis admitted to the NCAA
he was offered a $25,000 signing bonus, $60,000, and a car to attend
Illinois. Ellis' mother and high school coach later said Ellis wasn't offered
anything to play there.
The whole situation makes one wonder if Illinois offered him that much
money, then why did Ellis go to Notre Dame?
Iowa clearly had an axe to grind when one considers that the Hawk-eyes
spnt $10,000 on seven separate trips while recruiting Thomas. On one trip,
Pearl followed Thomas' high school team to Holland to watch him play.
Whether Illinois is guilty or not, the recruitment of college athletes is
certainly something that needs to be reformed. The above situation reveals
that colleges, in shelling out thousands of dollars just to show 17-year olds
that they are really interested in them, have gone too far already.

Knight stands by
Bo after remarks

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Before Bo Schembechler retired as
football coach, he and Indiana
basketball coach Bobby Knight were
the two coaches who symbolized the
Big Ten in their respective sports.
Each has mutual admiration for the
other - and it was Schembechler
who called Knight for advice when
Bill Frieder left the Wolverines.
Last Thursday, following
Indiana's loss to Michigan, Knight
came to the aid of an old friend,
sticking up for the former gridiron
coach after controversial comments
Schembechler made regarding the
secondary education students receive
in inner city schools.
When addressing the legislature,
Schembechler said that during his
recruiting trips, he'd found that inner
city high schools, especially Detroit
and Flint, weren't very good.
Schembechler went on to say that
staffs in those schools come from
"some place down South or from
some godforsaken places and schools
that I've never heard from."
Knight pointed out the purpose
of Schembechler's speech and said

the former coach meant no harm.
"I know that the President of the.
Tigers was talking about
opportunities for kids," Knight said.
"He's talking about trying to do
something for kids. He's not talking
about teachers or anything else, he's
talking about working with kids and
getting kids out of inner city schools
to go to college and come back and
teach. That was his whole motif
a guy working to help kids."
Schembechler accepted the job of
President of the Detroit Tiger
Baseball Club and will formally
leave his post as Michigan's athletic.
director around March 1. Last
Wednesday, he was honored by
Michigan lawmakers for his 21 years
of coaching the Wolverines and the
high standards he upheld.
The Indiana coach garnered laughs
at the start of his post game press
conference when he began his re-
marks with a reference to Schem-
bechler's comments. "I think that as
far as the Detroit school system is
concerned it would really be import-
ant for us... probably more than
anything else, is to see that we de-
velop power hitters for the Tigers."

Demetrius Calip, a newcomer to the Michigan
seven points and three assists in the win over

staring backcourt, had
Illinois on Sunday.

A sort of homecoming for Bowman


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didn't score again until only nine
minutes were left in the half.
From that point on until
halftime, the score see-sawed until a
Vaught follow-up with two seconds
remaining put Michigan up 41-38.
The second half saw Michigan
prope to a 63-50 lead by the 11:34
mark and the margin never fell
below seven points through the rest
of the game.
Michigan knew before the game
that in order to win it had to contain
Illinois' quick squad but particularly
their top three players: guard Kendall
Gill and forwards Steve Bardo and
Marcus Liberty.
Though Gill finished with a
cgreer-high 29 points, Liberty and
ltardo, last season's Big Ten Defen-
sive Player of the Year, both fouled

out after playing sub-par games.
Liberty, who scored a career-hi
33 points in Illinois' win ov
Minnesota last Thursday, exited w
3:18 left in the game with on
eight points on 2-7 shooting, a
five rebounds. Bardo scored'
points on six of 14 shooting a
pulled down only three rebounds.
Robinson led Michigan with
points while Mills and Vaught add
20 and 18 points, respectively. Mi
grabbed 9 rebounds, while Vaug
added a career-high 18 to raise 1
Big Ten leading average to 11
caroms per game.
"I wish they would come to m
Vaught said when asked if the b
just happened to bounce in h
direction yesterday, "because I wa
to get those suckers. I want to be t
(Big Ten's) rebounding champ."


by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
Yesterday, Illinois' P.J. Bowman came home.
The former Ann Arbor Pioneer student came
to Crisler and his appearance in the Fighting
Illini starting lineup had to surprise some of the
college basketball recruiters who remembered
Bowman as the slow, 5' 10" guard for the
It's hard to imagine the ferret-quick Bowman,
who amassed six assists in 26 minutes, ever
being slow. But by his own admission, he wasn't
Speedy Gonzales during his senior season.
"I was recovering from a knee injury and I
was very slow," Bowman said. "I was so slow I
just ran from one top of the key to another. I
wasn't at one hundred percent. I really didn't get
any serious looks. Being 5' 10" and slow doesn't
usually get you a scholarship."
Actually, Bowman, who three weeks ago
replaced cold-shooting forward Andy Kaufmann
in the starting lineup, expected to get a football
scholarship. Bowman was a promising quarter-

back at Pioneer until a serious knee injury
sidelined him a few games into his sophomore
season. The next season, Bowman followed his
father, a psychology professor who taught at
Michigan, to Champaign, where Bowman,Sr.
was offered a position.
P.J. returned to Ann Arbor his senior year so
he could graduate with his friends. After no
Division I schools offered him a scholarship,
Bowman decided to enroll at Parkland Com-
munity College outside of Champaign. Bowman
starred in junior college for two seasons.
"It just so happened I refined my game in
junior college," Bowman said. "I was able to
play on a team that needed me to score a lot."
Bowman was second in the nation in three-
point accuracy his second year at Parkland, hit-
ting 141 out of 280 trifectas.
At the beginning of last season, Bowman
knocked on Lou Henson's door, seeking to walk
on. When Bowman proved to Henson that he
"wouldn't be too much of a liability on defense,"
Henson gave him a scholarship. On Thursday

night, Bowman hounded Minnesota's Melvin
Newbern into a 3 for 14 shooting performance.
"I never expected to start at a Big Ten school,
ranked in the top ten nationally," Bowman said.
"I do take great honor in it."
Bowman also takes great pride in his school
work. A strong student, Bowman would like to
go to medical school next year.
'Being 5' 10" and slow
doesn't usually get -you a
-- Illinois guard
P.J. Bowman
"I think (playing basketball) helped me
prepare how to manage a lot of things I never
thought I could do," he said.
And though he said, "this wasn't exactly a
story book ending" in reference to Illinois 93-79
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all Mills flashed through the key,
is directing the offense with their
nt constant chatter.
he Michigan passed up difficult
shots for easier shots. The waiting
seemed almost incongruous for the
Wolverines - like they were being
molded against their will into a
foreign system of methodical, half-
court offense.
Then Robinson drove, causing
the defense to collapse, and passed
out to Talley for the wide-open shot.
Three points.
Another time, after running the
shot clock down to 25 seconds,
Talley saw that Mills had position.
He led him with a looping pass.
Mills caught the ball and dunked.
Talley's pass to Mills was one of
several post-up lob passes which left
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fade-away turn around 10-12 footers
that he has relied on so often.
"I think that they're looking for
me now," Mills said. "I thought in
the past that that pass was there but
they would always second-guess
it...now they're throwing it in
The new patience might require
Michigan's quick-firing guards to
take a deep breath once in a while,
but Mills and Vaught welcome their
increased attention in the system.
"Early on this year we would
come down and take the first open
three pointer, the first open long
shot," Vaught said. "Now coach
Fisher wants us to pass it around
five times before we even look to
shoot. We're finding teams some-
times break down when you work
the ball around like that."
Part of the break down was
reflected in Illinois' foul trouble.
Forwards Stephen Bardo and Marcus
Liberty fouled- out, while center
Rodney Jones had three fouls by
"That's got to be one of our
goals," Mills said. "To get their big
guys in foul trouble. "
If Sunday's game is any
indication, increased contributions
inside needn't result in reduced
contributions from the guards. While
Mills and Vaught bettered their
season averages, Rumeal Robinson
tied his career best with 29 points.


A Student's Best Friend

First year player Tony Tolbert, drives to the hoop, past the Fighting
Illini's Stephen Bardo, to score two of his six points.





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