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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - March 26, 1990

PENN STATE
Continued from page 1
then, to protect himself and the pro-
cess, issued the press release which,
in essence, made this thing sound
like a fait accompli - a done deal."
Harrison said, "I pick up the
paper (on Dec. 15)... and there's
[Illinois President] Ikenberry saying,
'Oh yeah, we've agreed,' and I
thought, 'Christ, what's he doing?'
Ikenberry clearly has a different view
than Jim Duderstadt."
Nevertheless, it was this "invita-
tion" Penn State President Bryce Jor-
dan accepted with the deal's major
proponent Ikenberry and Big Ten
Commissioner Jim Delany present
Dec. 19 in University Park.
Ikenberry formerly served as a
senior vice president at Penn State.
Most at Penn State and Illinois
look at the invitation as binding.
But officials at.the other nine Big
Ten schools say the "invitation" will
not be finalized until certain condi-
tions are met or problems resolved.
"As of this late date... we have
not drawn up any contractual agree-
ments and there are no memoranda of
understanding at all," Purdue Univer-
sity President Steven Beering said.
"Nothing has happened and that's the
honest to God truth."
However, Penn State's Williams
sees the situation differently.
"I think the perception at Penn
State is we've been invited by the
presidents as articulated by Ikenberry
to join the Big Ten," Williams said.
"Now, it's a matter of trying to op-
erationalize the details related to all
of that."
In fact, Penn State is so confident
of its Big Ten membership it has
informed the Atlantic 10, its current
conference for all sports but football,
of its future intentions.
"Penn State has told us they are
interested in leaving," Atlantic 10
Commissioner Ron Bertovich said.
"The transition process is still being
discussed privately but we are going
on the assumption they want to join
the Big Ten."
Further discussion is the only ac-
tion everyone in the Big Ten seems
to agree upon. A large transition

committee with three subcommittees
- TV/Revenue Sharing, Competi-
tive Format/Budgetary Impact, and
Governance/Academics - has been
organized by Commissioner Delany,
but as with the other aspects of this
situation, the purpose of its work is
debatable.
Some, like Illinois Assistant Di-
rector of University Public Affairs
Alexis Tate, believe further talks are
for the sole purpose of working out
the details of a "done deal."
"The statement issued by the
Council of Ten stated a wish to
'bring Penn State in' and now the

work has been passed to the logistics
committees," Tate said. "My expec-
tation is that this situation can be
made to work... I have compared it
to a courting or a marriage. We have
gone through the engagement and
marriage process and now we're try-
ing to make the marriage work."
The marriage comparison is a
frequently-used one, but Tate's char-
acterization of the Penn State-Big
Ten relationship is disputable. Du-
derstadt views the committees as
forums for deciding whether Penn
State's inclusion is feasible or even
warranted.

"I described it akin to a marriage
in which a proposal for marriage had
been made and accepted and we're
now engaged but a lot of things can
happen," Duderstadt said. "The com-
mittees are supposed to report back
to the Council of Ten, the Big Ten
presidents, in June and at that point,
we'll be faced with making a go-no
go decision."
Purdue's president shares Duder-
stadt's feelings. "That is, believe it
or not, all that has happened," Beer-
ing said.
While committee members are
discussing ways to incorporate Penn

Committees Examining
the Penn State Deal

TV/Revenue Sharing Subcommittee
Chair: Rick Bay (Minnesota)
Bump Elliott (Iowa)
Kathy Lindahl (Michigan State)
Marianne Mitchell (Indiana)
Jack Weidenbach (MICHIGAN)
Mark Rudner (Big Ten staff)
Bay
Competitive Format/
Budgetary Inpact Subcommittee
t-Chair: James Jones (Ohio State)
Phyllis Bailey (Ohio State)
Christine Grant (Iowa)
Doug Kahn (Michigan)
Mike Kasavana (Michigan State)
Bruce Corrie (Northwestern)
Kevin Weiberg (Big Ten staff)
Phyllis Howlett (Big Ten staff)
Jones
Governance/Academics Subcommittee
Chair: Phil Nelson (Purdue)
Mildred Griggs (Illinois)
John Mackovic (Illinois)
Haydn Murray (Indiana)
Cyrena Pondrom (Wisconsin)
Chris Voelz (Minnesota)
Clarence Underwood (Big Ten staff)
Nelson

State, none are sure how their rec-
ommendations will be taken by the
presidents, even if they are negative.
"I think we're better served to
really examine the situation," said
Minnesota AD Bay, who is Chair of
the TV/Revenue Sharing Commit-
tee. "If the evidence we're compiling
now supports the idea of Penn State
coming aboard we go ahead with it,
but if it appears there isn't much
wisdom or much advantage for the
existing conference schools to in-
clude Penn State, (I hope) we have
the courage to say we made a
mistake or we should reconsider."
But another committee chair is
going about his work with the atti-
tude that Penn State's inclusion is a
matter of semantics.
"We've made committees to
study it so as far as I know it's
going to happen," said James Jones,
Ohio State Athletic Director and
Competitive Format/Budgetary Im-
pact Committee Chair. "We will be
able to fit Penn State into the con-
ference somehow. It may not be
done to any of our satisfaction, in-
cluding Penn State's, but if need be
it will be done."
The committees are studying con-
cerns ranging from financial issues
to scheduling problems to academic
ramifications, with a report expected
back to the Council of Ten at their
next meeting in June, according to
Beering.
Solving those problems weighs
heavily with certain presidents. "If
the outstanding issues are not re-
solved satisfactorily," Duderstadt said
at the January, 1990 meeting of the
University's Board of Regents,
"Penn State will not be added to the
conference."
Discussing these concerns after
the "invitation" to Penn State had
been made has added much confusion
to the situation. For example, many
would consider Michigan State Me-
dia Relations Director Terry Den-
bow's statement - "I consider it an
agreement in principle with further
exploration required" - totally con-
tradictory.
But in this case, that contradic-
tion may best exemplify the reality
of the situation.

Jim Delany
Chair, Transition and
Expansion Committee
All subcommittee
members, except for Big
Ten staffers, also serve on
the Transition and
Expansion Committee.
Source: Big Ten

BENSON
Continued from page 5
The Penn State athletic depart-
ment based their decision on atten-
dance. Over the season, the men's
team drew over 5,000 fans to
Recreation Hall, while the women's
team only drew around 2,000. There-
fore, the men gained permission to
greet the Marquette Warriors on the
Lions home court, while the women
were sent to Tallahassee, Florida to
meet Florida State.
Interested students felt this was
unfair criteria used to make this de-
cision.
"(The administration) kept harp-
ing on average attendance," Althouse
said. "We pointed out the the athletic

department promotes the men's team
more. The ticket offices for men's
ticket are open for longer hours, they
get more radio and TV coverage, all
encouraged by the athletic depart-
ment."
As one person said, "They did
everything possible to bring more
people to the men's game, and then
you condemn the women for not
having the same attendance."
Yet the student-led boycott of the
men's NIT game spoiled the admini-
stration's plans. Only 3,400 people
came to watch the men's team beat
Marquette. The Saturday before, the
women's team had drawn 3,700 to
watch the Lady Lions win their fifth
Atlantic 10 conference champion-
ship.
Many students who might have
attended the men's game were out-
side protesting.
"We felt it was important that the
athletic department, since they based
the decision on average attendance,
to show them the very solid Lady
Lions support that has been there all
along," Althouse said. "We want to
symbolically show the lockout that
they gave to the Lady Lions, but we
also to show the strength of support
for the women's basketball pro-
gram.
The women's team defeated
Florida State, 83-73, and then lost to
Virginia, 85-64. The men have won
two close games, both at Recreation
Hall, to advance in the NIT. The
men might have needed the home
court advantage more than the
women and they might have been
able to go further in the respective
tournament.
Some people have said that since
the women won the first game, the
whole thing really didn't matter
much anyway. Althouse disagrees
and she will not let the matter drop
very quickly.
"We have a commission for~
women and the commission willb
looking into it," Althouse said. "A
petition has been sent to University
President (Dr. Bryce) Jordan saying
that an investigation studying the
treatment of male and female athletes
should be underway."

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