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vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Stadium
The Michigan Daily


vs. Iowa
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Varsity Arena

Thursday, October 11, 1990

Page 9

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer

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Teams usually try to win the
respect of their opponents. The
Michigan field hockey team has done
that, by posting a 9-3-1 record. But
in their minds, they still have not
gained respect from their own
athletic department.
The problem is that both the
football team and the field hockey
team use the same indoor practice
facility, the indoor turf. For years
the two teams have coexisted
peacefully with the field hockey
fitting their practice schedule around
the football team's.
But with new football coach Gary
Moeller at the reigns this year,
football practice times and customs
have changed. Under Bo
Schembechler, the football team
practiced in the late afternoon while
the field hockey team practiced from
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. There was
no conflict because the field hockey

ignores field hockey needs

team left the field before the football
team arrived.
Moeller, however, prefers an ear-
lier practice which has forced the
field hockey team to move their
practice to 6:00 p.m. But assistant
coach Meri Dembrov said, "(Foot-
ball) practice always goes past six
p.m. We are not allowed to be seen
by the football players, so our team
is forced to wait outside in the cold."
Dembrov has also noted other
problems. "The locks were changed
on the practice field without anyone
telling us," she said. "Luckily we
could crawl under the fence to prac-
tice. We are happy to work our sche-
dule around their's, but it becomes
ridiculous when they constantly
revise their schedule at the last
minute and force us to adjust."

Senior co-captain Josee Charvet
also has noticed new problems this
year. "We are forced to be taped at
the Natatorium with most of the
other teams where there are only six
tables as opposed to 20 at the Center
of Champions. We now need to be
taped at 4:30, and practice does not
end until around 9:30," Charvet said.
"This is reflective of the lack of
respect towards us, and the respect
towards women's athletics in general
by the athletic department," Charvet
said. "We do not accept this
treatment, but we have grown
accustomed to it."
Dembrov agreed with Charvet
about the athletic department's
attitude towards the team. "We've
talked with Jack (Weidenbach,
Athletic Director) and Phyllis

(Ocker, Women's Athletic Director)
and all they have told us is Gary is
in his first year. You need to let him
settle into his style.' We understand
football has priority, but we
shouldn't be treated as second class
citizens," Dembrov said.
Both Jack Weidenbach and
Phyllis Ocker failed to return calls to
voice their side.
"It's more the coaching staff. We
are very friendly with the team, and
some of our players go out with
football players," Charvet said.
"There was no problem under Bo.
The problem is because of the new
regime and philosophy," Dembrov
The squad is trying to find
positive aspects within the current
difficulties. "This has allowed us to
come together as a group and unified
the team. We try not to let it affect
us on the field," Charvet said.


Daily and State News collide
in annual gridiron battle

Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac heads into this year's Michigan State
game with new found poise and maturity.

Grbac gains confidence since
last year's MSU showdown
by Mike Gill
Daily Football Writer

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Everyone knows who's going to
win Saturday's game against
Michigan State. Michigan's number
one, Moo U's unranked, and only
the rivalry factor should keep the
game from being a blowout. But
which school is going to win
Friday's football game?
Friday's game?
The Michigan Daily takes on the
State News in an all-out grudge
match, at 4:15 p.m. Friday on
Palmer Field. While neither team
needs any extra motivation for this
one, the game has special meaning
for the Daily squad. It has lost the
last three years and last fall's 35-7
thrashing in East Lansing was
downright humiliating.
Sports Editor Mike Gill, coach of
the Daily squad, says the team has
been "outhustled, outplayed and
outprepared" by the squad from
MSU. To make up for this, Gill has
been working the team intensively
during the last two weeks. The team
has practiced three times, and all in
the rain nonetheless. "We want to
combat every possible weapon State
^an throw at us," Gill said.

One of the biggest adjustments
the Daily team has had to make this
year has been attitude. With the
motto, "Those Who Play Will Be
Champions," the Daily team has
tried to build-the confidence that it
so sorely lacked last year. "(A
negative) attitude won't take us
anywhere," Gill said. "I've worked
hard to correct that this year."
Players to watch include
quarterback Eric Lemont, receiver
Rich Levy, defensive back Jeff
Sheran and triple-threat R.C.
Heaton. Lemont, starting in his last
game for the Daily, believes
"anything's possible" since the team
is well prepared and the Daily has
the home field advantage. "Revenge
is definitely a factor... I'm pumped."
Lemont said.
Confidence is notba problem on
the other side of the ball. Still on a
high from last year's victory, the
News anticipates winning another in
Ann Arbor. With the exception of
the quarterback, it returns all skill
position players from last year's
team, including its top two scorers.
Jeff Clemens, junior captain of
the State News team, while
"extremely confident," recognizes

that a victory will be harder to come
by this time. "Last year we had the
home field and more than 20 fans
cheering us on," Clemens said.
"This year we won't have that."
Look for State to put the ball in
the air a lot. Clemens hinted that
they were experimenting with the
four wideout "run-and-shoot" of-
fense. Both teams claim to have pre-

pared "gimmick" plays for the game.
According to Clemens, the News
prides itself on its tradition of
excellence on the gridiron. Friday
afternoon, the Daily will try to
establish a winning tradition of its
own. Said Gill: "I am not predicting
victory, but I am very hopeful of our
chances. We will never be
embarrassed again."

Physical battle in store for
red-hot women's soccer

One year ago, Elvis Grbac led a team into the Michigan State game, a
nationally televised game with Rose Bowl implications hanging on his
every move. Grbac quarterbacked the Wolverines to three wins after
entering mid-game against Notre Dame for an injured Michael Taylor.
Yet the questions that hounded Grbac during his time as a starter were:
"Why are you called Elvis?" "What kind of a last name is Grbac?" "Why
is your brother named Englebert?" and "Do you like The King?"
Grbac has been able to put all the clever Elvis lines behind him.
This year, Elvis Grbac will lead a team into the Michigan State game,
a nationally televised game with Rose Bowl and national championship
implications hanging on his every move. He will do so with a much more
confident outlook, a feeling of poise, and a much more in-control attitude.
Yes, Elvis Grbac has come of age.
"I think a year ago I was looking to get the feel for the job," Grbac
admitted. "I'd let the older guys take charge. This year, I'm more involved
in the offensive scheme and knowing what the defense is doing. I don't
have to worry as much about making mistakes. I'm more confident."
Michigan beat the Spartans 10-7 last year, but Grbac's performance
received less than rave reviews. Critics argued that the pressure had finally
caught up with him, after four strong previous performances.
"Last year, I was trying not to make a crucial mistake," Grbac said.
"This year, I have a really good feeling of what's going on."
Or put it this way: "Last year, I was in the focus of not to lose the
game and to let the running backs win the game for us," Grbac said. "This
year, if we can mix the pass and run, we can run a much better offense."
Of the 64 plays the Michigan offense ran against State in last year's
victory, Grbac passed only 15 times, completing eight for 76 yards while
throwing one interception.
But in a year, Grbac has matured. "I think he's not going to be as
rattled or shook-up as last year," coach Gary Moeller said.
"He's not so nervous, he's more confident, he's playing a little bit
* looser," fullback Jarrod Bunch concurred.
Grbac has reason to be looser: he has not been sacked all year. Part of
the reason is his improvement in feeling the pressure, plus a talented
offensive line. "He's just so much more mature and understands the
defenses better," lineman Dean Dingman explained. "He'll sit back in the
pocket. Every player gets it with more and more experience. As you get
more experience, everything else is second nature."
The summer months were times for Grbac to improve his game, to get
a feeling for a new core of receivers, to improve communication with his
See ELVIS, Page 10

by Jeff Cameron
and R.C. Heaton
Daily Sports Writers
The Michigan women's soccer
team is on a roll, having shut out
their last three opponents by a
combined score of 18-0.
Today, the kickers attempt to
keep their streak alive when they
face Siena Heights at 4:30 p.m. on
Mitchell Field. Leading the attack
have been senior Krista Towne,
sophomore Shannon Loper, and
frosh phenom Lisa Ashton who have
combined to score ten of the team's
18 goals.
The team does not expect an easy
contest against its intra-state rivals.
In the past, Siena Heights has
always provided stiff competition for
the Wolverines.
"Siena Heights is a very talented
squad," sophomore halfback Jenny
Steinhebel said. "It should be a very
close game - we're really looking
forward to it."
Siena is not only very skilled,

but also very physical. When Siena
Heights rolls into town, you had
better strap on your shin guards, and
be prepared to do battle.
"We expect a lot of elbows to be
thrown," Towne said. "They play
very aggressive, but we won't back
A key to the game could be how
the younger Michigan players handle
themselves under the physical
conditions. The Wolverines must
keep their poise and play their own
game to come out on top.
"The girls really want this game
badly," Michigan coach Phil Joyaux
said. "We should win if we play up
to our potential. We've been playing
pretty well the last few games, so
there is no reason we shouldn't
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Football run raises over
$6000 for United Way
The UM and MSU chapters of Sig-
ma Nu fraternity, in a fundraising
effort for the United Way, will run
Saturday's game ball the 83 mile
trek from East Lansing to Ann Ar-
bor. Over $6000 has been raised.

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All are invited to a party
at Mike Gill's house
Friday night, 10:00.
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