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was hurt. Tripp never liked for any-
one to help him, even when he was
little. I went down on the field and I
*w him, and that his eyes were
moist. I think he was feeling for the
team as much as for himself."
While checking in with his office
back home three or four times a day,
Mr. Welborne and his wife Gloria
have been able to spend the hard
times of the past few weeks with
their son. "I love having them here,"
Tripp admits. "I wish they hadn't
en up here so long because that
ould mean I hadn't been hurt in the
first place. It'd been tough coming
through if I didn't have the support
of my family."
The toughest thing may have
been watching a television set in
Ann Arbor with images of his
teammates playing without him in
"I never want to do that again,"
says. "When you're playing, you
can help, but when you're at home,
there was nothing I could do. I was
just kind of frantic."
And when J.D. Carlson sent
Michigan to the Gator Bowl, "I al-
most hurt my other knee. Me and
my ma jumped in the air and she
grabbed me and was hugging me.
She broke her glasses."
So there have been smiles and
Sughs in these hard times. But the
visitors will soon stop knocking.
The Gator Bowl and following
surgery will only be a memory. And
then the hard part will come. A time
where only Tripp and a machine can
chart a path for the future. A lonely
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The game will now be played
Tuesday in Anderson Arena at
BnTeam Doctor Robert Anderson
and trainer Sue Peel have been moni-
toring the team in hopes of nursing
it .back to playing condition as soon
as possible. VanDeWege claims the
Ohio University game is a non-fac-
nor in the team's illness. "I'm really
Wopeful it's just a 24-hour thing," he
said. "You don't know if it's some-
thing we ate or what.
"We had one player who was sick
in the locker room after the game.
Forty-five minutes later two players
got sick... and by the time everyone
made it home, 11 out of 12 people
time. A time of pain.
As of now, Welborne will wait
to wonder about the future of an
NFL career. He has an insurance pol-
icy which will pay him grandly if he
never wears a pro uniform. "I have
no plans of using it," he says
firmly. "I'm sure I'll still have
something to offer somebody. I
don't know if it's going to be this
year or next year. I'm not trying to
rush into anything."
Finally, Tripp imparts a few last
words of wisdom.
Smile, he says, a lot of people
would like to be in your shoes.
Don't ever turn down a person's
request for an autograph.
Show that you're real.
And, "Sometimes when you're
not happy, you have to smile
Is that what you've been doing
the past weeks, he's asked.
"I enjoy smiling. I can't help it."
'As if on cue, a nurse walks in.
Would it be okay, she wonders, if a
small child from Mott's Hospital
was brought over to meet you? The
patient is paralyzed from the neck
Tripp smiles. "Sure, bring him
in," he says.
One way or the othe, life won't
trip up Tripp Welborne.
1Gotta Love It
Yuck!. Sloppy play
taints Blue victory
Saturday's men's basketball game between Michigan and Utah was, at
best, like rolling around in a mound of really oniony guacamole. At worst,
it was like watching a movie about some maniac who mutilates 15-year-
old teenagers at summer camp.
The teams combined for 41 turnovers (20 for Michigan and 21 for
Utah) and 51 fouls (25 and 26). Three players fouled out.
Luckily for the Wolverines, Utah couldn't hit a thing when it did man-
age to get a shot off. The Runnin' Utes were, get this, 34 percent from the
field, 21 percent from three-point land, and 59 perceit from the free throw
line. Phil Dixon was 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-5 for three pointers.
M'Kay McGrath contributed by going 2-for-8 at the charity stripe.
After McGrath missed his first six free throws, even the Michigan
crowd was rooting for him to hit the seventh, which he did.
"It's one of those games that you can hardly wait to go back and look
at the film to see if it was really the horror show it appears to be right
now," Utah coach Rick Majerus said. "It was just an ugly game."
In the first half, Utah scored the first seven points. However, they had
trouble finding ways to get the ball past halfcourt thereafter. One trip up-
court would end in a pass thrown to a spectator; another pass would land
in the hands of a Michigan player. The Utes scored 14 points during the
remaining 17:28 of the half. "Our guards don't have a concept yet of how
to play offensively," Majerus said. "You've got to be smarter."
But Michigan certainly had its share of idiotic mistakes. Eric Riley
turned the ball over five times in the first half alone. Rookie Sam Mitchell
sent a post pass flying directly into the hands of a Utah player. Now ev-
erybody on the court is wearing shorts and a tank-top, but come on, red is
a little brighter than white.
"Eric looked like he had grease on his hands, especially in the first
half," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "Even though I'll agree it wasn't
pretty, they played hard and I'm pleased with that."
Well, let's just see how pleased Coach is when the Wolverines play
like they did Saturday and lose to Indiana or Michigan State by about 60.
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Michigan's Kirk Taylor makes a lay-up for two of his 13 points in Saturday's
victory over Utah.
'M' copes with lack of size
by Theodore Cox
and Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writers
If anybody is over 6-foot-5,
please contact coach Steve Fisher.
He is desperate for warm bodies.
Michigan found out last week
that transfer Chip Armer and walk-
on Freddie Hunter have not yet
cleared eligibility requirements. They
will be out until January.
Armer has junior standing, but
his credits from his previous enroll-
ment at West Point did not transfer
to Michigan. Hunter is a fourth-year
junior, but because he had matricu-
lated as a part-time student several
semesters, his athletic eligibility has
yet to be established by the Big Ten.
The Big Ten will hold a confer-
ence January 6. At that time, Hunter
and Armer are expected to be certified
as eligible for the rest of the season.
In addition, 6-foot-7 James
Voskuil underwent foot surgery
Friday and will be sidelined until at
Adding injury to injury, 6-foot-9
Rich McIver sat out Saturday's 81-
65 victory over Utah because of root
canal work. The true frosh should
not miss any more action, but
Fisher felt quite a scare Saturday.
With 6:21 remaining, power for-
ward Chris Seter fouled out of the
game. Fisher replaced him with Sam
Mitchell, who had four fouls at the
time. Mitchell then fouled out at
4:01, leaving Fisher one frontcourt
player, center Eric Riley.
"I was more than nervous,"
Fisher said. "I'm glad we hung in as
long as we did with Seter and
Mitchell with so many fouls."
However, Fisher said he would.
have implemented the ball-control,
four-guard offense at that point
regardless of McIver's availability.
Seter felt the effects of the dearth
of bench size in his play. "We have
to play more tentatively, and that's
unfortunate," he said. "It's some-
thing we should worry about."
PlayerH TFG FT R A PFTP
Tolbert 5-12 0-0 1 0 3 9
Seter 1-2 0-3 3 2 5 2
Riley 3-12 6-8 15 2 3 12
Calip 5-15 9-9 2 5 1 19
Talley 4-6 6-6 3 0 4 14
Taylor 5-9 3-4 7 1 3 13
Mitchell 2-4 0-0 3 2 5 4
Pelinka 5-6 0-0 2 1 1 8
Bossard 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Totals 30-66 11-22 40 13 25 81
3-pt goals: 3-7 (Tolbert 1-3, Calip 0-2, Pelinka
2-2). FG%-.458, 3-pt. FG%-.429, FT%-.800, Blks:
10 (Riley 9, Taylor 1). Turnovers: 20. Steals: 3
(Calip 1, Talley 1, Taylor 1).
Player FG FT R A PF TP
McGrath 2-6 2-8 4 0 0 6
Grant 3-10 4-4 6 2 5 10
Watts 7-14 0-0 9 0 3 14
Tate 1-6 2-4 4 3 4 4
Wilson 5-15 7-9 10 1 4 16
Dixoon 2-14 0-0 5 2 2 3
Afeaki 2-3 0-0 1 0 2 4
Soto 3-6 1-2 0 1 3 6
Rydalch 1-8 0-0 2 0 3 2
Totals 26-82 16-27 ,48 9 26 65
3-point goals: 3-14 (Grant 0-2, Wilson 1-3,
Dixon 1-5, Soto 1-2, Rydalch 0-2). FG%-.338,
3-pt. FG%-.214, FT%-.593. Blks: 2 (Grant 1,
Afeaki 1). Turnovers: 21. Steals: 7 (McGrath 1,
Watts 1, Wilson 2, Dixon 2, Soto 1).
Halftime: Michigan, 32-21.
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