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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily -Thursday, September 13, 1990
Mirer takes control of Irish
Sophomore quarterback changes offensive strategy

by David Hyman
Daily Football Writer
In the past two seasons against.
Notre Dame, the Wolverines have
had to defend against a run-oriented
offense under the wings of quarter-
back Tony Rice. The Fighting Irish
won 24 of 25 games under Rice's
leadership during 1988 and 1989, in-
cluding a national championship and
two victories over Michigan.
Now that Rice has graduated, the
Wolverines will face an unseasoned
signal caller in Rick Mirer. Rice led
the Irish in rushing the past two sea-
sons while still passing for 1,122
yards. But without him, Notre Dame
is a different team.
"With Tony there, you knew it
would be the option," Michigan free
safety Vada Murray said. "Rick
Mirer can drop back and throw deep
and that's the threat Rice didn't
have."
Michigan inside linebacker John
Milligan agrees. "It's not going to
be like a Tony Rice option team. He
was a big weapon of theirs and now
you can focus on other guys, but
they're still loaded at the skill posi-
tions."
Mirer does not possess the
scrambling ability Rice provided
Notre Dame with, but with Ricky.

Watters, Rodney Culver and Tony
Brooks coming out of the backfield,
the run remains a threat. Watters av-
eraged 6.7 yards on 18 carries for
791 yards and 10 touchdowns last
season and will lead this year's
ground attack.
'With Tony there, you
knew it would be the
option. Rick Mirer can
drop back and throw
deep and that's the
threat Rice didn't
have'
Vada Murray

attempt for a 6-yard score to fullback
Anthony Johnson. The Irish ran on
the 54 other plays from scrimmage.
"Notre Dame's offense is more
controlled, but I don't think they'll
go over the top. That's not Holtz's
philosophy," Murray added.
Like Michigan's Elvis Grbac,
Mirer is more of a drop-back passer
and has plenty of talent to throw to
in Ismail and junior tight end Derek
Brown. Ismail hauled in 27 passes
for a 19.8 yard average, while Brown
averaged 15.7 yards on 13 receptions
last season. I
Mirer has limited experience. He
appeared in eight games last season,
relieving Rice after each outcome
had been decided. Mirer completed 15
of 30 passes for 180 yards and one
interception.
Mirer's ability to throw the ball
will weigh heavily this weekend.
The Wolverines will be able to ap-
ply more pressure on the offensive
backfield, because there is no threat
of Mirer slipping through the line
into the open field, as there was
when Rice took the snap.
The change in Notre Dame's of-
fensive strategy meets with Wolver-
ine enthusiasm. "I'd rather play
against a drop-back passer than an
option quarterback," Murray said.

a, leaves
Greece 0
for NBA
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer

The Irish also have the option of
letting junior flanker Raghib Ismail
take the handoff and rocket down-
field, as he did for 478 yards and 2
touchdowns for a 7.5 average in
1989. "Once Ismail gets in the open
field, he can flat outrun the sec-
ondary," Murray said.
So the run is still a threat for the
Michigan defense, but without Rice
calling the option, Notre Dame will
run more of a balanced attack. In last
year's game in Ann Arbor, Rice
threw the ball twice, completing one

SPORTS INFORMATION
Sophomore Rick Mirer replaces Tony Rice at quarterback and will lead
the No. 1 ranked Irish against Michigan in Saturday night's contest

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Former Michigan basketball star
Terry Mills, who passed up an op-
portunity to play for the Denv
Nuggets of the NBA, has left t
Greek team he signed a lucrative
contract with in August.
Mills is back at his Romulus
home, where he arrived earlier this
week. According to his agent,
Boston attorney Bob Woolf, the
6'10" forward will spend a week at
home with his family.
"He's very homesick," Woolf
said. "He said he felt very uncoo
fortable in Greece. When he played
in Ann Arbor, he was only 40 min-
utes away."
Now that Mills has returned to
the United States, the Nuggets are
reportedly awaiting word from the
International Basketball Federation
that his contract with the Paouk
Athletic Club in Greece is indeed
void. Once this is confirmed, t
Nuggets, who own the rights
Mills, will resume their efforts to
sign him.
"We can not speak with him un-
til everything is finalized in terms of
termination papers, and we get some
kind of agreement saying his rights
have been relinquished according to
the FIBA," Nuggets general manager
Bernie Bickerstaff stated Tuesday.
But according to Woolf, such.
process is unnecessary. "The contra
is void, and the Nuggets can begin
negotiations with Terry as soon us
he is ready," Woolf said.
He added that Mills will fly out
to Denver next week and meet with
the Nuggets' coaching staff, al-
though Woolf himself will not ac-
company him as of yet.
Bickerstaff issued a short press rc-
lease stating that the Nuggets w*
await the final details of the situa-
tion and will make no further com-
ment until Monday. No doubt in-
cluded among these details is the at-
mosphere in which Paouk and Mills
nullified the deal.
Mills' departure came amid re-
ports that the two parties arrived at a
mutual agreement to sever the con-
tract, despite rumors that the Gre
team was unhappy with Mills. Mif.
was unavailable for comment.
The Nuggets have not indicated
what offer they will make to Mills,
who was drafted 16th overall by
Milwaukee and sent to Denver in re-
turn for Danny Schayes. Their pre-
vious offer stood at approximately
$600,000 per season, half of
Paouk's two-year, $2.4 million con-
tract with Mills.
However, Woolf anticipates little
conflict. "I expect negotiations to
run smoothly," he said, adding the
Nuggets felt no bitterness and re-
garded Mills' decision to play in
Greece as a "straight business deci-
sion."
Woolf represents five other first-
round draft-choices, all of whom re-
main unsigned, including form
Wolverine standout Loy Vaught.-
addition, Denver has yet to sign its
first pick, guard Chris Jackson, who
was selected third overall.
Speculation has persisted that the
Detroit Pistons are interested in trad-
ing unsigned forward Anthony
Cook, who played in Greece last
season, for the rights to Mills.
However, neither Bickerstaff nor Pis-
tons GM Jack McCloskey we,
available for comment on that po
sibility.

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