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Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Oosterbaan Field House

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily Thursday, October 31, 1991 Page 9

OSU victory
could set up
Jitlea game
with Blue
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
Here's this week's colorful col-
lage of those contests that will
clear the cream from the crop in the
quintessence of college football's
crowd of conferences, the Big Ten.
Iowa (3-1 Big Ten, 6-1 overall)
at Ohio State (3-1, 6-1)
The game. If the Hawkeyes leave
the Buckeyes in their wake, wise
Wolverine watchers will work on
travel plans to Pasedena. A
Hawkeye victory would mean Iowa
and Indiana are the only one-loss
teams - both of whom the
Wolverines whipped.
Assume the Wolverines weather
he storm against the remaining
will-o'-the-wisps on their schedule
and the Hawks win Saturday.
Michigan could lose to Ohio State
in the season finale and would still
wind up at the Rose Bowl. If the
Buckeyes beat Iowa, the script will
be written for another Michigan-
Ohio State clash for the Roses.
* Northwestern (1-3, 2-5) at
Michigan State (1-3, 1-6)
Just look what happens when
you get a team peeved. Some people
on campus proposed the pitiful
Wildcats change their nickname to
the Pussycats, so the purple people
went out and played pest to
Illinois' Rose Bowl hopes.
Saturday, the 'Cats put on all-pur-
ile uniforms for the first time since
979, and prevailed over the Illini,
17-11.
While the 'Cats pursued winning
ways, the poor Spartans proceded to
lose again. The Buckeyes pulverized
Michigan State, guaranteeing the
Spartans a losing record for the first
time since1983. Pick the Wildcats
to propel past the Spartans 9-6.
Some things are just naturally
*unny.
Minnesota (1-2, 2-4) at
Indiana (3-1, 4-2-1)
For being mouthy to the men in
stripes against Michigan, the Big
Ten mandated that Hoosier mentor
Bill Mallory muster up a monu-
mental $10,000 fine or miss the
Hoosier's match with Wisconsin.
His Hoosiers manhandled the
,adgers, even with Mallory miss-
mng.
This week, Indiana's matchup
presents another molehill of a chal-
lenge - Minnesota. Don't be mys-
tified if the Hoosiers amass a mon-
strous amount of points. And don't
expect Mallory to mention the ref-
ereeing.
Wisconsin (0-4, 3-4) at Illinois
*-2, 4-3)
Selected headlines from this
years Badger Herald:
Oct.7 - Buckeyes beat Badgers
Oct. 14 - Hawks bomb Badgers
Oct. 21 - Boilermakers burn

Badgers
Oct. 28 Hoosiers belt Badgers
without Bill
Nov. 4 - Illini bully Badgers
Nov. 7 - Big Ten banishes
;Badgers

Progress is slow for
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Purdue

Co lIle tto nps H unterpubucly

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
During last week's Iowa-
Purdue game, a Boilermaker tail-
back missed the hole he was sup-
posed to run through. The
Hawkeyes immediately stuffed
him for a one-yard loss. Before he
was even 10 yards from the side-
line, Purdue coach Jim Colletto
was screaming at the runner - and
one can be sure his words were un-
fit for the television audience.
Colletto follows the same
coaching philosophy of former
Michigan football coach Bo
o ga
Schembechler and Indiana basket-
ball coach Bob Knight. The first-
year coach is a strict disciplinarian
with a hot temper that he often
uses as a coaching tool.
"I'm going to criticize any of
the players who don't play up to
their level of ability and concen-
tration," Colletto said.
No one has received more of his
blunt attacks than starting quarter-
back Eric Hunter.
"He's just too doggone lethar-
gic for me," Colletto said earlier
this year.
One week later Colletto wasn't
any nicer:"He's got to get the mes-
sage of throwing better passes,
that's his problem."
The comments have come as a
shock to people outside the team.
Hunter is considered by many to be
one of the most talented players on

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
Purdue quarterback Eric Hunter hopes to elude Michigan defenders as
well as his coach's criticism Saturday afternoon.

the squad. For the past two years,
Hunter was Purdue's offense.
His teammates dubbed him
"Young Randall" in his first year,
after Philadelphia Eagle quarter-
back Randall Cunningham. His
scrambling ability was a perfect
match for the run-and-shoot style
of offense therBoilermakers had
adopted when Hunter arrived in
West Lafayette in 1989.
His talent for eluding tacklers
became apparent his first year,
when he was sent into the
Michigan State game with six
minutes left; he threw three
touchdown passes. That perfor-
mance would give him the starting
position for what many thought
would be the rest of his career at
Purdue.
His statistics continued to sup-
port the theory - Hunter averaged
235.5 passing yards per game last
year. But when the offensive line
faltered, a frequent event, the game
plan was reduced to Hunter drop-
ping back and scrambling until he
could find an open receiver.
To make matters worse, the
Boilermakers continued to lose, to-
talling only five victories in two
seasons. Coach Fred Akers was sub-
sequently fired and Colletto was
brought in to replace him.
The first thing Colletto did
was ditch the run-and-shoot for a
more basic alignment that empha-
sized a strong running game. The
players reacted with mass ap-
proval.
"It's a winning-style offense
that's not a gimmick," Purdue
linebacker Jim Schwantz said in
July. "What I'm looking forward
to this year as far as Eric Hunter
goes is seeing the true Eric Hunter.
We're going to see an Eric Hunter
this year who's going to drop back,
throw a 15-yard out and stay stand-
ing after the play's over instead of
being on his back.
"He's going to be a kid who's
going to scramble and tuck it and
run the extra five yards that he
needs," Schwantz continued. "He's
not going to be the kid who's going
to run 20 yards back field, dodge
three people, run 30 yards to the
right, 20 yards to the left, and then
get dropped for a loss."
Or so it was thought. While the
Purdue ground game has greatly
improved from 1990, Hunter has
been a disappointment to Colletto.
And Colletto has vented his frus-
tration to the media.
"We always find a way to do a
play the way it's not supposed to
be done," Colletto said after the
Wisconsin game. "Our offense is
inept; we can't function."
Colletto even threatened to
start frosh Matt Pike in Hunter's
place for the Minnesota game but
changed his mind just before kick-
off.
"He had reacted too hastily,"
Purdue Exponent sports editor
Peter Elliott said. "He acted in
anger, and Hunter began retreating
within himself."
Colletto admits he makes
Hunter nervous, and Hunter re-
veals this in conversations. With
tension in his voice - far from the
cocky attitude he had a year ago on
the field - Hunter said: "I'm ad-
justing pretty slow. At least I

Sch wan tz seeks revivaifrom inside

thought I should have been doing a
lot better than what I have been do-
ing, but I'm adjusting. I have been
playing pretty inconsistent and,
hopefully, you know, I can con-
tinue to get better."
And when the subject of
Colletto and his comments is
brought up: "I think he's a good
coach. I don't really get into all
that he's saying and all that other
stuff that people say," Hunter said,
quickly changing the subject.
But in fairness to Colletto,
Hunter's play has been erratic, as
evidenced by last week's perfor-
mance. Hunter's passing was crisp
through the first half; he led the
Boilermakers to a 15-7 halftime
lead over Iowa. But in the second

by Doug Griffiths
The Purdue Exponent
One Purdue football player is
tired of being a student and is ready
to start being an instructor.
Not instructing a class, but
rather instructing opponents how
to lose to the Boilermakers for a
change.
During middle linebacker Jim
Schwantz's career at West
Lafayette, Purdue has compiled a
10-25 record. Naturally, Schwantz
wants things to change immedi-
ately.
"They say you learn when you
lose; well, we've learned a lot of
lessons and it's time to start teach-
ing some," Schwantz said. "We
have to start playing the way we
know how to play. We've always
had great athletes here and kids
that could play. It's just a matter
of getting all of us into a system
that was right. Now, I feel we have
that system to win."
Schwantz said losing isn't only
embarrassing to the team members,
but to all those who are associated
with Purdue.
"Leroy Keyes (former Purdue
all-American) was speaking at our
kickoff luncheon (in August) and
he just makes you want to shake
your head," Schwantz said. "They
were playing some of the plays
back from the radio and you would
hear the announcer say, 'Pitch left.
Leroy Keyes to the 40. He's going

to score.'
"There were teams here before
us that were really good. When you
take the field, you think about guys
like Leroy Keyes. He has to sit
there and say he's a Purdue fan and a
Purdue alumnus that played here.
He has to try and stick up for the
Boilermakers.
"It's time to turn that stuiff

"Myself and the other seniors
were brought in to turn this pro-
gram around," Schwantz said. "It's
still not too late. We can lay the
foundation here and have a fine sea-
son. We can count the amount of
wins we've had on two hands. It's
time to get the ball rolling.
"I've got buddies that play all
over the place that get 10 wins in
one season. It's discouraging. Coach
Colletto isn't bringing in his
freshman class to turn the program
around. He's bringing us all in to
turn it around right now."
Schwantz (6-foot-2, 228
pounds) is doing his part to get
things turned around in a hurry.
He's off to the best start of his ca-
reer. Schwantz, who had 83 tackles
as a junior and 85 as a sophomore,
leads the Boilers this season in
tackles with 27 (24 solo).
Following the California game, he
was named Purdue's Defensive
Player of the Game, having regis-
tered 14 stops.
The highlight of the early sea-
son for Schwantz came in the sea-
son opener against Eastern
Michigan when he intercepted a
pass and returned it 66 yards for a
touchdown.
"It was something I dreamed
about," he said. "You always
dream about stuff like that. When
you're a baseball player you dream
about hitting a grand slam.
Fortunately for me, it came true."

Coietto
half, Hunter was sacked seven
times. He was eventually yanked
and the Hawkeyes went on to win,
31-21.
"He can't try to make every
play," Colletto said. "He's got to
try to work within the frame of
the offense and throw the ball in
the 55th row of the stands when he
doesn't have anyone open."
But one is left to wonder if part
of Hunter's problem is the ex-
treme pressure he has been placed
under. Even Colletto might be re-
alizing he's gone too far. Tuesday,
he actually defended Hunter's in-
consistency.
"Eric is learning the system
mid-year. He's still going through
the growing pains," Colletto said.
"There is such a short preparation
time for a young guy. He's already
a junior and now having to learn a
whole new way of learning how to
play, and it's been a real problem."
Colletto also confirmed that
Hunter is still his No. 1 quarter-
back, which has helped Hunter to
understand Colletto's attitude.
"Right now I think I know
pretty much what (Colletto)'s
trying to do," Hunter said. "I'm
trying to finish up strong these
last four games and play pretty
consistent."
Hunter is certainly capable in
any offense. He is still considered
one of the top talents in the Big
Ten.
"I still think he's a good quar-
terback," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller said. "He's just a guy that
can be a complete opposite. He has
the ability."
"Eric Hunter has a cannon of an
arm, yet he can still run and he can
move," Schwantz said.
But the question remains - to
what extent can Colletto control
that talent?

Schwantz
around. We have to turn it around,
not only for ourselves, but for the
guys who played here. Like Coach
(Jim) Colletto said, 'This isn't my
program. This program is bigger
than any of us. It's bigger than any-
one who has ever played here and
that's what we're playing for."'
Schwantz, who played his high
school ball at Fremd High School
in Palatine, Ill., said it's not too
late for himself and the rest of the
seniors to turn the program in the
right direction.

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Psychic writer predicts NBA happenings

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by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
I've always felt a special bond with Whoopi
Goldberg for several reasons. We're both
Jewish, neither one of us has walked on the
moon, and we share a special trait - that of be-
ing psychic (well, at least she played a psychic in
the hit motion picture Ghost, a Paramount
Pictures release). And now, I will use my ex-
traordinary skills to prognosticate this year's
National Basketball Association happenings, in
chronological order, of course:
November: The Chicago Bulls players are
mystified when superstar billionaire Michael
Jordan does not show up for the first five games
of the season. "I was spending time with my

especially in two different time zones" rule, is
suspended for a quarter and fined $10.
January: The writer of this witty piece cele-
brates his 21st birthday and gets really plowed.
February: At the NBA All-Star game,
Akeem Olajuwon wins the MVP award, Craig
Hodges takes his third straight three-point con-
test, and the slam dunk trophy goes to Michigan
frosh Ray Jackson. "Gosh, he's good," comments
celebrity judge Mike Griffin.
March: The Los Angeles Clippers are elimi-
nated from the playoffs for the 58th straight
year. Coach Mike Schueler is fired and replaced
by former UNLV icon Jerry Tarkanian. "Get me
Roy Tarpley!" The Shark demands upon arrival.

May: As the post-season drags on, the
Portland Trail Blazers win the NBA draft lot-
tery, giving them the right to choose LSU behe-
moth Shaquille O'Neal. The Portland brass deny
that the team played poorly on purpose during
the season just so the Blazers would have a good
chance at getting O'Neal. "It's pure coincidence
that Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck
Williams, Kevin Duckworth, Jerome Kersey, and
Danny Ainge had the worst seasons of their ca-
reers," coach Rick Adelman says with a straight
face.
June: The Minnesota Timberwolves, fol-
lowing the lead of the underdog North Stars and
Twins, reach the finals against the New Jersey

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Florida St.
Miami
Washington
Michigan
Notre Dame
Florida
Alabama
Penn State
Nebraska
California
Iowa
Texas A&M
Ohio State
Tennessee
Colorado
Clemson

at Louisville
Idle
vs. Arizona State
vs. Purdue
vs. Navy
at Auburn
vs. Mississippi State
idle
at Nebraska
vs. Southern Cal
at Ohio State
at Rice
vs. Iowa
vs. Memphis State
vs. Nebraska
vs. Wake Forest

8-0
7-0
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6-1
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6-1
6-1
7-2
6-1
6-1
6-1
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4-1-1

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