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CBS Sports, said the network
believed Musburger's work load was
"too much," but the broadcaster
resisted attempts by CBS to have
him cut down.
"It was a very, very difficult
decision for us," Shaker said. "Brent
Musburger has been a colleague and
friend and teacher of mine for 12
years. He made a very valuable
contribution to CBS Sports."
"This was a sudden thing," Jack
Buck said. "We talked about doing
this game on April 14, this game
the second week. There was no
mention of Brent doing baseball."
Greg Gumbel, scheduled to host
CBS's baseball pregame show, taped
a segment with Musburger yesterday
that is scheduled to be shown on the
"CBS Morning News" on Monday.
Gumbel said Musburger didn't show
any signs that a move was immi-
"I wish we could just watch the
Final Four and let it go at that
without these side stories," said
Loren Matthews, senior vice presi-
dent for programming of ESPN.
Musburger, whose 5 and 1/2 year
contract expires in July, will broad-
cast Monday night's championship
game between UNLV and Duke as
his final event for CBS.
"I was surprised, but it was a
great run and I have a million
memories, and I leave behind a lot of
good friends," Musburger said in a
statement read by Jimmy Tubbs, his
personal assistant. "At this time,
I'm going to take an extended
vacation, and I'll be working again
Musburger, who has been with
CBS Sports since 1975, was
scheduled to become the main voice
for CBS' baseball coverage, which
begins April 14. He also was in line
to be the host for the network's
coverage of the 1992 and 1994
Pilson said that negotiations for a
new contract had been going on for
several months between the network
and Todd Musburger, who represents
"It wasn't right out of the blue,"
Tubbs said. "He knew for a couple
of days that things were not going
well in contract negotiations. Negot-
iations had been going on and they
just broke off."
The first hint of the move came
when CBS spokeswoman Susan
Kerr read a terse two-paragraph
"CBS Sports announced today
that it had declined to renew Brent
ment, which expires within the next
few months," the statement said.
"Brent's final event for CBS Sports
will be the NCAA men's champion-
ship game on April 2, 1990."
Musburger is in his sixth season
as lead play-by-play man for the
NCAA basketball tournament and
has been the host of "The NFL
Today" since 1975. He has anchored
the Masters golf tournament, the
NBA finals, the Pan American
Games and late-night coverage of the
U.S Open tennis tournament.
"We simply felt we wanted to
give more opportunities to some of
the younger people who currently
work for us," said Pilson, who said
Shaker agreed with the decision.
"There's never a good time to
have to announce a decision like
this. We were asked by Brent's
representative to make a decision and
that's what we did."
Musburger has been reported to
earn between $1.6 million and $2
million per year from CBS. Pilson
said he would not describe the
negotiations as "a squabble over
money," but would not talk about
the matters of dispute in the talks.
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Wolverine righthander Jason Pfaff
was clinging to a 3-2 lead entering
the bottom of the seventh. After
Pfaff surrendered a single, Freehan
called on bullpen ace Todd Marion.
The Hoosiers put runners on the
corners with one out, but it appeared
the Wolverines would hang on when
Marty Wolfe hit a double-play
grounder to Flannelly. Michigan
could not turn the twinkill, though,
and the teams headed to extra
Marion found himself in a jam in
the bottom of the eighth, with the
bases loaded and none out. The
sophomore failed to escape as
Zanolla ended the affair with a
Indiana righthander Craig
Williams stole the show in the
series finale, going the distance and'
holding the Wolverines to two runs
for a 7-2 triumph. The victory raised
Williams' career total to 22, good
for second on the all-time Hoosier
Despite- being shut down for
most of the game, Michigan enjoyed
a brief lead after scoring two runs in
the top of the second on consecutive
singles by Winterlee, Dave Everly;
Matt Morse, and Steve Buerkel.
The Hoosiers struck right back in
the bottom half of the inning, as
catcher Brad Skiff cracked an RBI
Rick Leonard, the Wolverine
starter, left the game in the third.
giving way to sophomore Dave
Julier. The righthander Julier hed
the Hoosiers in check until the fifthi
when Brian Money singled home the
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prospect. Aside from Purdue, only one other university is represented at the
I am surprised to learn that Wildcat assistant Sean Kearney is there to
scout the wunderkind, rather than one of his teammates. Though the player
is a good student, it would seem as if Northwestern, the perennial cellar
dweller in the conference, would have little chance to land this budding
The catch to the presence of Kearney is the fact that the star's older
brother, though not a college athlete, is a first-year pre-med student at the
Evanston campus. Nonetheless, when the school's athletic director greets
the coaches, he accords Boyd and Kendrick a hearty greeting, and in meeting
Kearney for the first time, says something like, "Oh you're from
The plight of the Northwestern recruiter, who must try to sell an
academically demanding institution and a last-place team to only the most
accomplished of students, strikes me as similar to the vending of ice to
"It's a tough job, a tough job" Boyd commiserates, in pointing out that
Northwestern, unlike other prestigious academic schools, doesn't make
The team ends up practice with an apparent ritual. The team is split up
into two ends of the court in a contest to hit 15 jump shots. The coach at
one end, and the assistant coach at the other count off the number of shots
each team hits. The team that loses has to do push ups, while the winners
clap and sing some kind of chant.
On both occasions, the same team loses. One player on the losing team,
however, ignores the precedent to do push ups, and is instead clapping along
with the winning team. When the newly-arrived junior varsity team and the
coaching staff finally notice, he hits the hardwood sheepishly.
After practice, the coach shows Boyd a new game basketball insiders are
playing in Indiana - a contest called "Hoosier Lotto." The objective, th
sheet says, is to determine when the next player who leaves Indiana will do
so - a reference to both the 27 players who have transferred or left Indiana
early during the Knight era and to the fact that the Hoosiers are overstocke
with young players.
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Our next stop is to a local high school to watch a player Boyd has heard
about from an alumnus. He figures that since he is town anyway, he might
as well check him out. When Kearney and Boyd exchange notes, Boyd tells
him about the player he's going to scout.
The player, a 6-5 forward, suffers through a poor game. He picks up
some early fouls and drops a number of passes. He winds up with only 1
points, and never exhibits the assertiveness that a great player should,
Though he has a great deal of athletic ability and is the area's third-leadilD
rebounder, Boyd concludes that Michigan can clearly do without him. In
noticing Kearney in the large bi-level gymnasium, Boyd admits he feels a
little bad that Kearney had to sit through the game as well.
After we get back into the hotel, Boyd telephones a recruit in
Springfield, Ma., who he is planning to see play the next night. When he
learns the prospect is hurt, he must change his plans and go to Cleveland
The next day we arrive back in Detroit early on a rainy morning. While-
we are driving back to Ann Arbor, Boyd uses the car phone to call the
basketball office. He tells the secretary to make sure his flight is changed t)
Cleveland and then gives Fisher a report on the last player, who is muclw
more suspect than prospect.
When he gets home he has time enough to change his shirt before he
heads off to Cleveland.
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