Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 15, 1990 -
Big Ten women's basketball
coaches discuss the future 0
by David Schechter
Daily Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Eleven Big
Ten coaches (Penn State included)
debated the important issues about
the present and future of their sport
yesterday at the Big Ten Women's
Basketball Conference in Indian-
The conference welcomed Penn
State's coach Rene Portland to a
discussion that included recruiting,
the shortening of the Big Ten
season, and even the dunk.
A major point of discussion by
the coaches centered around the re-
cruitment of high school athletes -
specifically, the verbal commitment.
If a player makes that commitment
to a certain school, Northwestern
coach Don Perrelli feels that other
schools should honor that com-
"I think the verbal commitment
creates more pressure than it
relieves," Perrelli said. "It should end
the contact of coaches from other
schools with the recruits who call
and ask, 'Did you make the right
"Either we get rid of the verbal
commitment or we enforce it."
Indiana coach Jim Izard agreed.
Izard received a verbal commitment
from one player who subsequently
was talked out of attending Indiana
by another coach. "I think
something has to be done about it,"
Mary Murphy of Wisconsin held
different feelings on the subject. "I
think that it's up to the student and
the family to shut out the recruiters
once they've made their
commitment. It's their
responsibility," Murphy said.
Last year at the NCAA annual
conference, a resolution was passed
to shorten the basketball season
from 28 games to 25. At the
conference, Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege voiced his displeasure
with the resolution.
"We shouldn't reduce the number
of games. If anything, we should cut
down on practice time," VanDeWege
said. "Kids come to play games,
that's one big incentive they have "
Izard doesn't think cutting ouL
games is the answer either. "If
cut down on games, we're still
gonna practice. We're not gonna say
'Go ahead and do this,' just because
we don't have a game for five days,"
At this year's NCAA convention,
the coaches hope a pending
resolution will be passed upping the
total number of games to 27. "We'd
like the games back because that'
what it's all about," Portland said.
All the coaches displayed a un-
animous belief that the holiday sea-
son is a time to be with your family
and not with your basketball team.
Currently, many teams are scheduled
to play over the Christmas break.
Get your picks to the Student Publi-
cations Building, 420 Maynard, by
5 p.m. Friday. Winners receive a $12
gift certificate to O'Sullivans Eatery
1. Minnesota at Michigan
2. Illinoisat Indiana
3. Ohio State at Wisconsin
4. Michigan St. at N'western
5. Penn St. at Notre Dame
6. Wash.at Wash. State
7. Purdue at Iowa-
8 . Boston C. at Miami
9. Texas at TCU
10. Florida at Kentucky
11. Maryland at Virginia
12. S. Carolina at Clemson
13. Nebraska at Oklahoma
14. Ole Miss at Tennessee
15. Georgia at Auburn
16. Oregon at Oregon St.
17. Tex. A&M at Arkansas
18. EMU at Kent State
19. USC at UCLA
20. Stanford at California
Tie Breaker: Michigan-
Kimball hopes for NCAA
qualifiers against Hurons
by Jason Gomberg
Aside from winning, the
Michigan women's swimming and
diving team is looking ahead to
tonight's matchup against Eastern
Michigan with a particular objective
in mind: to qualify three divers for
the NCAA tournament.
Diving coach Dick Kimball is
looking to qualify his remaining one
and three-meter divers for the NCAA
Championships while resting his
"I'd like to get Julie Greyer
qualified on the low platform and get
Martha Wenzel and Heather Ross,
too," Kimball said. "I also want
them to get some competition."
Winning at Eastern would be
especially sweet for assistant swim-
ming coach Margaret Mahoney, for
whom the meet will be a home-
coming of sorts. Mahoney left Ypsi-
lanti last year to coach for the Wol-
verines. She also filled in for head
coach Jim Richardson during practice
Wednesday. Richardson was north of
the border watching Wolverine rook-
ie breaststroker Tara Higgins per-
form in the Canadian trials for the
The squad, according to
Mahoney, has been training very
diligently in Richardson's absence
and has overcome the inconsistencie
which plagued them last weeJP
"The team has been swimming
very hard over the last week - the
hardest work of the year," Mahoney
said. "They're real tired, and they feel
that in the water. But they aren't
losing any of their intensity."
Expected to lead the swimmers
against the small, 12-member;
EMU squad are junior freestyler an*
backstroker Lisa Anderson and new-
comers Kate Girard and Vallery
Hyduk. The top competitors lining
up against them include former Div-
ision II Champion Amy Bollinger,
and All-Mid-American Conference
standout Nicky Ray.
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