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Football
vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, 9 p.m. (CBS)
South Bend, Indiana SPORTS
The Michigan Daily., - Thursday, September 13, 1990
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Field Hockey
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Saturday, 1 p.m.
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,*:y Theodore Cox
,,Daily Sports Writer
105,000 cheered them as they en-
-tired the end zone. 13,000 people
rose to their feet as they dunked at
Crisler. They felt on top of the
world. They had great statistics.
Their teams were winning. They
were recognized by everyone.
Next stop. The pros - where ev-
erything was expected to be the same
except this time they would get paid.
Two years later one is struggling
to make the team. Another is recov-
ering from a drug problem. And a
third is nursing injury-plagued legs.
Reality has set in.
Over the summer I met three
former Michigan athletes - football
wide receiver John Kolesar and bas-
ketball players Roy Tarpley and
Gary Grant, respectively. Life in the
pros has not been as glamorous as
expected.
"Let me tell you, Michigan is a
special place with special people,"
Kolesar said. "Nothing can compare
to Michigan. But right now, I've got
to just make the team (the Buffalo
Bills)."
Kolesar said this after the second
exhibitiongame against the Detroit
Lions. His stats for the day: one
punt return for nine yards.
« His first year in the NFL was
rent on injured reserve and he has

been placed on that list again due to
leg injuries.
I saw Tarpley and Grant at the
All-Star Classic in East Lansing.
The contest featured former Michi-
gan and Michigan State basketball
players.
Tarpley has spent the past four
seasons with the Dallas Mavericks
and has fallen victim under the
NBA's drug abuse program due to
his admitted cocaine usage. Over the
winter, he was arrested for drunk
driving, committing a possible third
offense and this could lead to his
banishment from the NBA. After the
court trial, the NBA will review
Tarpley's future status. /
"That's all behind me. I'm trying
to finish a complete season," Tarp-
ley said. "I'mstired of this on-sus-
pension, off-suspension stuff. I have
to move on."
But one wonders if he is serious.
He entered East Lansing overweight
and far from midseason form.
"I'll be in much better shape once
the season starts," he added. "I didn't
have any idea we'd be playing a full
game like this. That caught me off
guard."
He seems to be caught off guard
too many times.
While in East Lansing, his Mav-
erick frontcourt mate, Sam Perkins,
signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tarpley knew what Perkins' depar-
ture meant - he would have to
make up for the loss. And when the
question was raised about what it
meant to Dallas, he looked nervous.
"It's a whole new team," Tarpley
said.
Tarpley has the talent to be great,
but to be a star NBA player, he has
to have the heart.
Gary Grant has certainly not
struggled, but life in L.A. hasn't
been easy either. Grant has been
with the Los Angeles Clippers for
two seasons after becoming Michi-
gan's all-time assist leader. Like the
ill-fated Clippers, Grant has been in-
jury plagued and only managed to
start 44 games last year.

Women's soccer
remains undefeated
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan women's soccer team continued its winning ways with a
3-0 victory over Schoolcraft College yesterday afternoon at Mitchell Field.
This was the first win for the Wolverines against the 1988 Junior College
Champions to increase their record to 4-0.
"I'm psyched. We completely dominated the play. We ran our game plan
to perfection," junior Lori Green said.
The play was even early in the first half with most of the action taking
place in the middle of the field. The best scoring opportunity early came
from Schoolcraft, but Michigan defender Molly Douma cleared the ball.
The Wolverines often used goalie Heather Marshall to help start rushes
up field. Michigan coach Phil Joyaux, in his first year, constantly yelled at
his team to play tighter defense and push the ball to the sidelines.
The yelling paid off in the 20th minute when Sandy Najarian fed Jenny
Stein for a long goal from the left side of the field to put the Wolverines up
1-0. The rest of the half continued in the same way as it started as School-
craft was again thwarted when keeper Heather Marshall turned away a shot
from in close.
Michigan dominated the play when the second half started. Jenny Stein
and Lisa Ashton worked the left side of the field to perfection as the Wolver-
ines had more scoring opportunities. Two failed chances, one by Stein on a
free kick and one by Ashton on a drive that went high, did not discourage
the Wolverines.
Ashton netted the second goal of the game off of a corner kick from
Green. Schoolcraft's only other opportunity came when a back pass to new
goalie Krista Towne got away, but sweeper Leslie Martin cleared the ball.
The Wolverines' continued domination resulted in their third goal of the
game. Maureen Scullen took a pass off a free kick from Stein and put the
ball into the upper left corner. Scullen's blast came at the 33rd minute and
Douma called the game "a total team effort."
Michigan controlled the rest of the game and when time expired, the
team dumped the water cooler over Joyaux.
The Wolverines do not have any time for celebration as they play Big
Ten rival Minnesota on Friday and Penn State on Sunday.

JOSE JUAREZ/Daly
Former Wolverine guard Gary Grant has suffered through injury-plagued
seasons the past two years for the Los Angeles Clippers. Grant returned
to Michigan to play in the Michigan-Michigan State All-Star Classic.

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"This is the second or third time
I've played on it (his injured ankle),"
Grant said. "(The ankle) feels fine.
I've been working on my stamina."
Grant has had to adjust to losing
with the Clippers. And you could
tell he was glad to be back in a
Michigan uniform.
When it came to the subject of
the Clippers, he said something
without much conviction, "We're
going to do great. We're going to
make the playoffs."
Then he quickly went back to the
game. "How many assists did I
have? Only 13. I had more than
that."
Each one is making a living, and
as Kolesar said, "It's a game and I
love the game." But all three pro-
duced a smile when the subject came
to Michigan. Their faces lit up. Ann
Arbor was the site of their glory
days, and they seemed to know it.
As soon as their present situation
was mentioned, the smile turned to a
frown. They turned serious and told
reporters that the future could be
bright, but we've all heard that be-
fore.

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