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Page 12-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 19, 1990

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by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer
Assistant coach Mike Boyd, a 12-
year veteran of the Michigan
basketball program, finds out today
whether or not he has been chosen as
head coach of the Cleveland State
A seven-person selection com-
mittee made its decision yesterday as
to whom would be named, but
withheld announcement of the
decision until a 2 p.m. press confer-
ence today.
Cleveland State Sports Inform-
ation Director Merle Levin indicated
that Boyd and two other candidates,
Appalachian State coach Tom Apke
and Providence assistant Larry
Shyatt, remained in the running for
the position as of yesterday.
Boyd, 43, possesses strong ties
to the Ohio region, having earned

Boyd brought to Michigan Ohio
natives such as Gary Grant, Kirk
Taylor, and Eric Riley. His possible
departure would fall during the prime
recruiting period for collegiate bas-
ketball. Boyd could not be reached
for comment, as he is away on a
recruiting trip.
A prerequisite for the candidates
was at least five years of Division I
coaching experience, preferably some
of it as a head coach, according to
Levin. "We're not looking for
anyone who has to re-invent the
wheel," he added. "We're looking for
someone who can first move the
program ahead with the material he
has, and then recruit new players."
Cleveland State (15-13 last
season) did not compete in the Mid-
Continent Conference because of
NCAA probationary restrictions.


his master's degree in student
personnel from Kent State. There, he
served as an assistant for five
seasons, during which he was named
interim head coach for 16 games.
As the program's top recruiter,

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Contributor
I have always felt myself to be the world's biggest
Michigan fan, especially when it comes to football.
Unable to physically help the team win, I have always
done my best to help out in every other conceivable
Every September, I would search for just the right
sweatshirt, the right t-shirt and the right jeans to wear
on game day. If the team won while I was wearing that
outfit, I would wear it every Saturday until the end of
November, hoping my "lucky clothes" would help the
Maize and Blue gain a victory.
Following a defeat, I was beyond consolation. We
had the greatest team in America, the best band, too,
and I was still wearing the right clothes, so a loss
seemed unthinkable. Yet there were still those times,
especially in the post-season, that the Wolverines did
falter and there was nothing I could do about it.
Last Saturday, I once again carefully dressed for the
game. Although my clothes remain a superstitious
tradition for me, I did not expect them to ensure victory.
Nor, on Sunday, did I fall into absolute depression, as I
have so many times in the past.
This past year in my life, I have adopted a
"healthier" perspective concerning the Michigan
sporting scene and life in general. I now know and
accept that life is unpredictable and not always
controllable. Even with all of the "right" preparations
and plays, life-as in football-does not always go as
Before I hear one more word about J.D. Carlson's
missed field goal or Elvis Grbac's end zone interception,
let's give the team some credit. Gary Moeller did a great
job in his first game, which came against a number one
team in their stadium. The offensive line was awesome,
clearing huge holes for Jon Vaughn, Jarrod Bunch and
Allen Jefferson to scamper through and giving Elvis

plenty of time to throw.
The defense played superbly and, with about 10:00
left in the game and Michigan leading 24-14, Notre
Dame looked a lot like Northwestern. They were backed
up deep in their o'wn territory and faced 3rd and 15.
Surely, Michigan would stop them there, receive the
ball and put the game away.
And then it happened. One play. One tipped pass.
Forty-four yards and an Irish first down. The rest, as
they say, is history.
Whose fault was that pass? What kind of practice
could have prevented it from happening? What could th&@
defenders have done differently once Ismail tipped the
ball? How could Michigan have prevented the ensuing
momentum swing from occurring?
The answer is obvious. There was nothing anyone
could have done differently on that play. You can point
to and second-guess as many of the other plays in that
game as you want, but there is no doubt in my mind
that the tipped pass was the most critical turning point
in the game.
So that's it. Game over. A year of preparation down
the toilet. The Michigan team comes home 0-1, with
nothing to show for their effort. If you believe that, as
Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything.
It is the only thing," then I guess that would be your
interpretation of last Saturday's game.
I have a different view. Doing your best is all you
can ever do. If a wrench lands in the middle of all of
your grand schemes, then the only thing you can do is
accept it and go on.
Unfortunately, in the cruel world of sports, no
many share this opinion. To most, the box score is the
bottom line. Nothing else matters. You are either a
winner or a loser. If this is your view, then I have one
last question. Suppose this year's team is 0-10 going
into the Ohio State game. Would you still watch the
game and cheer on the "losers?"
I believe you already know what I would do.


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Continued from page 1
he led the Wolverines to ten Big Ten
Championships, three national
runner-up finishes, and 11 individual
NCAA titles.
As a wrestler himself, Keen won

three straight college championships
as a student at Oklahoma A & M.
He then came to Michigan where he
received his law degree and became
part of the football coaching squad as
well as coaching the wrestling team.
In 1974, Marie "Pete" Hartwig
became the first Associate Director

of Intercollegiate Athletics for
women. Six varsity sports were
added to the women's program before
her retirement in 1976. Hartwig,
who is a Michigan Alumna, joined
the faculty in 1936 as an instructor
in Physical Education.
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the story

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