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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 5, 1990 - Page 3

The commisioner of the Big Ten
talks on league's expansion, future

Jim Delany, Commissioner of the
Big Ten, has heard lots of criticism
from Michigan fans over the now
.zmous blown call against Michigan
State. Delany, who resembles Dick
Vitale (but with more hair), is
excited about the future of the Big
Ten, as he knows the coming decade
will be one of change and growth. In
his interview with Daily Sports
Writer David Schechter, Delany
discusses not only the Michigan
State call, but Big Ten athletics in
eneral, from women's athletics to
e evolution of the league.
Daily: As you know we had a
big stir at our school on the two-
point conversion of the Michigan
State game. Do you think that in the
aftermath there have been any
changes in the way the games are
Delany: I'm not gonna talks
much about officiating, it's been
tlayed out ad nausea for two weeks.
'ome calls you make and some calls
you miss. Read the Sports
Illustrated article, they did a pretty
good job I think.
Q: What are some of the benefits
that the Big Ten will hopefully reap
from the addition of Penn State to
the league?
A: Well, I think Penn State is a
0uperior institution. I think their
cademic mission is very similar to
ours. They are a great research
institution and a great teaching
institution. Athletically they have as
byroad a base program as anyone in
our conference. They've had nation-
al excellence in many, many
programs. The basketball has not
Been on the level of most Big Ten'
programs but thoroughly the foot-
all over the last 25 years has been
,.awfully good.
And in the women's athletics
they have been at the national level
with field hockey, volleyball, wom-
on's basketball. The breadth of their
,men's and women's programs, the.
quality of their program, anid the
integrity of their program is really
In addition to that they are in one
the most populated states in the
country, and have access to market-
in~g and television throughout the
Eastacoast. So, I think the decision
itself will stand the test of time. I
guess you might say the tradition-
alist probably objected, and there
probably were some objections
raised on process. But you know we
1.: Ohio State at Iowa
2. Michigan St. at Minnesota
3. Wisconsin at Indiana
4. Purdue at Northwestern
5.: Maryland at Penn State
6.; Ball St. at EMU
7. Virginia at North Carolina
8.; Notre' Dame. at Tennessee
.'Nebraska at Kansas
0. UCLA at Washington
It. So. Miss. at Auburn
12. BYU at Wyoming
13. Okla. St. at Colorado
14. Houston at Texas
15. Boston C. at Louisville
16. Va. Tech at Georgia Tech
17. Stanford at Arizona
18. Oregon at California
9. Texas Tech at TCU
0. LSU at Alabama

hadn't done expansion in 40 years
since Michigan State. There wasn't a
textbook written on exactly how to
do it.
Q: What do you mean by
A: Process is the consultation
process between the presidents, the
directors and the faculty. But if you
look around the country any time
expansion occurs, whether it's in the
ACC or the SEC, or the Big Ten,
it's a very difficult process. Tradition
runs deep, and people don't like to
see change a lot of times. But I
think the '90s are going to be a time
of change, not only in terms of
conference membership, but their

to see Phyllis go. Not only has she
been the women's administrator, but
she's a great person. So, we'll miss
her. There has been a real expansion
in women's opportunities over the
last 15 years, particularly in the last
five to ten years. Athletics are great
for men and they're great for women,
and the Big Ten has provided the
greatest number of broad-based
opportunities for men and women of
any conference in the country.
My hope is that as things will
unfold in the '90s we'll be able to
continue to do that. The reality is
that we've been fortunate in the last
eight years to have a good economy.
My hope is that we stay out of a

That means a better balance between
academics and athletics. We probably
have the best balance in that regard
in the country. But at the same time,
it's fairly obvious from public opin-
ion polls and examples that have
come through the NCAA infractions
process, that there are some weak
performances in some very high
profile cases in the academic area.
We do need to make some adjust-
ments, we are in the '90s going
toward the 21st century, and I think
by and large we're living with a
model that was constructed to the
fifties. And probably not unlike
what happened in the Olympic
movement over the last 20 years. If
you look at the earlier two thirds of
the century you see an Olympic
movement that was predicated on
gentlemanly sport.
Q: Are you saying that the Big
Ten has evolved from that sort of
A : Yeah. I just think that
systems tend to lag behind. The
presidents' involvement, the facult-
ies involvement, the public's de-
mand for change has really brought
about inquiries by the Knight
Commission, inquiries by the Presi-
dent's Commission, inquiries by the
media and I think we have to be
responsive to those.
Q: Are there a lot of changes to
look forward to?
A: I think there will be change.
You know, it's hard to predict. But,
I think in general areas you see
concerns about the demand for
student athlete time. You're talking
about the cost of these programs. If
you're gonna take pressure off the
revenue producing sports that costs
money. That means fewer games,
less television, and so forth and you
need the dollars to provide the broad
based opportunities.
One suggestion is that if these
universities are interested in main-
taining the breadth of program for
men and women and taking the
pressure of football and basketball,
is to look perhaps internally and not
always externally for dollars to
operate with.
Q: Is there any progress on the
investigation into Illinois basket-
A: You know, you'd have to keep
your eyes open in the papers. It's a
NCAA investigation, the Big Ten is
really not a party to it. I would
expect that there will be a decision
some time in the next few weeks,
though I'm not privy to what it
might be.
Q: If you were a few years
younger and could be involved in
any Big Ten sport which one would
it be?
A: Well, I was a college basket-
ball player. And so I have a lot of
affection for that sport. So that's
what I would probably do if I had the
said assistant coach Jim Smoot.
There was "nothing positive at all"
that came from this match, he said.
"Purdue plays fairly close to error
free," Bradley-Doppes said. "They
play like people...that have played
for years and years."
The Boilermakers' Jill Whiteman
had a monstrous game, notching 12
kills in 18 attempts - with no
errors - and also serving six aces.

Michigan forward Kristin Shaiper streaks past an Ohio State defender in
the Wolverines final home game on Saturday. Shaiper eventually lost the-"_
ball out of bounds while Michigan lost the match, 1-0.

Continued from page 1
faltered in the final minutes of the
contest. Coach Patti Smith thought
the team executed their game plan
beautifully, but she was disappointed
at the lack of results.
"We dominated the play today.
We controlled the ball for most of
the game, but we could not convert
any of our chances," Smith said.
Smith was discouraged the team
could not take advantage of their
dominance. "We attacked most of the
time out there. We had a lot more
shots and penalty corners, but again
we just could not put the ball in the
net," Smith said.
The contest remained scoreless
until only six minutes remained in
the game. At this time, a Buckeyes'
rush up the right side of the field
resulted in a penalty corner. Ohio
State converted the penalty by
blasting a shot by Michigan goalie

Tasha Bach into the right corner Qf
the net.
The final six minutes of the
game presented no scoring
opportunities for the Wolverines as-
they were stalled in the middle of the
field continually by the Ohio State}
Michigan's first-year defender
Lalli Hose was pleased with the
season despite the disappointing
finish. She credited the Wolverines'
three seniors, defenders Patricia
Maran and Katie Thomas, and
midfielder Josee Charvet, as being.
instrumental in the Wolverines'
success this season.
"They (the seniors) are definitely
going to be missed," Hose said.
"They are the core of the team both
on and off the field. I am really sorry.
we could not win the last game fora
them. They have been a great
influence on us as a team."
Charvet finished the season as
Michigan's leading scorer with nine
goals on the season.

Big Ten Commissioner James Delany relaxed at a recent Indiana-
Michigan volleyball match in Bloomington .
mission and what they are trying to recession and there are enough dol-
achieve. lars to continue to provide compet-
Q: At Michigan, Phyllis Ocker, itive teams on the national level
who was the women's athletic Q: Where do you see Big Ten
director, is just now retiring, as she athletics in the year 2000?
seems to have brought women's A : That's a good question. I
athletics from its infancy to where it think the Big Ten has a tremendous
is now. What are you feelings on the stake, and probably a responsibility
progress of women's athletics? to bring about an adjustment in the
A: Well, I think we're real sorry model of intercollegiate athletics.

Continued from page 1
"played intensely the whole match,
instead of in spurts like usual, and
we kept to the gameplan and,
outhustled them," first-year hitter
Fiona Davidson said.'
That gameplan was to keep the
ball in play, especially against the
sloppy Illini. "Our offense wasn't
working at all," Illinois hitter Petra
Laverman said.
"They did more things good and
less things wrong than we did," said
Laverman, who paced Illinois with
16 digs and 15 kills, while hitting
only a .139 hitting percentage.
The Illini started the game with
five first-year players. The
Wolverines looked on the Illini's
lineup as a source of motivation, not
aware that the new players had
started the previous three games.

"I was upset that they thought
that they could stick in freshmen and
beat us," Sturm said.
"The kids looked over (at Illinois'
starters) and they said, 'We'll kill
them.' And that's a good sign,"
Bradley-Doppes added.
The first two games played out
remarkably similar. After Michigan
trailed 9-7 in each game, the teams
finished out the scoring with the
exact same point sequence.
The previous night versus
Purdue, the Wolverines were on the
other end of a humiliating defeat.
They were steamrolled by the
Boilermakers, 15-5, 15-4, 15-7.
Nothing went right for Michigan,
while nothing seemed to go wrong
for Purdue.
"The best part of our play lately
has been our serve receive, and that
just went completely out the door,
so they just served us off the court,"

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Standings are compiled through golf
Fraternity (Letters) Points
1. Delta Tau Delta (ATA) 480.33
2 Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) 457.58
3. Sigma Phi Epsilon (E0E) 450.5
4. Alpha Delta Phi (AAD) 427.33
5. Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEI) 426
6. Sigma Nu (EN) 400.33
7. Triangle 397.5
8. Sigma Alpha Mu (EAM) 383.83
9. Theta Chi (@X) 381
10. Evans Scholars 378
11. Beta Theta Pi (BEM) 345
11. Phi Kappa Psi (4K'P) 345
13. Chi Phi (X(D) 342
14. Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) 341
15. Phi Delta Theta (PA®) 338.58
16. Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) 319.5
17. Delta Sigma Phi (ADD) 309
18. Tau Gamma Nu (TEN) 286.25
19. Alpha Tau Omega (ATL) 282.33
20. Kappa Sig ma (K ) 255.75


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