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Theodore Cox
Ted's Excellent Adventure
overines still rank
with elite despite loss
PASADENA, Calif. - How quickly things change in the world of
sports. A week before the Rose Bowl, the Wolverines were all smiles as
they stepped off the plane in California. They had won the Big Ten. They
were ranked No. 4 in the country, and they even had a chance for a national
championship. But the day after Michigan lost, 34-14, to Washington, all
was quiet at the team's hotel.
Michigan coach Gary Moeller entered the press conference that morning
very calmly, yet one could tell the previous game was still running
through his mind. The media that day had been reduced to 10 of the Michi-
gan beat writers, a far cry from the hundreds who asked questions two days
earlier. Moeller sat stiffly in his chair, sipping coffee and staring at the
floor. The game still rewinding in his thoughts.
"I don't know what it was," he said. "We're better than what we
played yesterday."
The questions he was asked kept the problems with his squad in focus.
* "Do you have to reappraise your quarterback position?"
"Is Elvis Grbac tough enough mentally?"
"Are you going to have to recruit smaller, faster players and bulk them
up?"
"It seems strange you only threw to Desmond Howard once in the sec-
ond half."
"No one works harder than you. You've got all the resources. Does it
distress you that with all you've got going for you, Washington was sim-
ply better than you? Is it possible to get to that level?"
"If Washington was double-covering Howard at times, why weren't
you able to run the ball more effectively?"
"That's a good question," Moeller replied, searching for an answer.
"That's a good question."
Even seemingly easy questions seemed to sting. "Despite the loss, is it
still fun to be here?" asked a reporter. "Honestly, not today and not after
that game," Moeller responded.
A little over a week ago these Wolverines were considered one of the
best teams in Michigan history. Suddenly, the media and fans are ready to
dismantle the whole squad and start over.
Even Michigan offensive tackle Greg Skrepenak, who a few days earlier
called the Michigan program the best in the country, questioned his team.
"It's time that Michigan has to get it up a little bit, focus a little more,
@practice harder, do what it has to do to beat those teams (Florida State and
Washington)," the Wolverine co-captain said. "My class won four Big Ten
championships. What else is there to do but win everything?"
See ADVENTURE, Page 12

The Michigan Daily- Thursday, January 9, 1992 - Page 11
41NCAA strengthens
: entrance standards

by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Editor
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The de-
bate over academic standards for
athletic recruits raged during the
86th annual NCAA convention
yesterday morning.
A proposal requiring a recruit
to receive a minimum 2.500 core
curriculum grade point average in
addition to a minimum score of
700 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT
caused the stir. After over an hour
of discussion, the proposal was
easily passed by the university
presidents and athletic directors
represented.
The amendment doesn't go
into effect until Aug. 1, 1995.
Until then, the recruit needs only
a 2.0 GPA combined with a 700
SAT score or an 18 ACT score.
The new proposal also has a
sliding scale in which a GPA be-
low 2.5 can be offset by an SAT
score higher than 700 or an ACT
score higher than 17.
Although the proposal passed,
there were several who ques-
tioned why raising the GPA was
necessary.
"A 2.5 GPA is not necessarily

going to make a good athlete do
any better," Grambling State fac-
ulty representative E.M. Jones
said. "Why isn't it going to make
him or her do any better? Because
of all the requirements that are
heaped on him or her once that
student-athlete reaches that insti-
tution. Once the student-athlete
gets there, make sure that you
have the proper support.
"The institutions just don't
want to be accountable. We want
to say to them, 'You've got to do
this to get in.' But what do we do
with them when they do get in?"
Others felt the proposal was
discriminatory. Delaware State
College representative William
B. DeLauder pointed to an NCAA
study that claimed 70 percent of
Black student-athletes would be
ineligible under the new require-
ments compared to 18 percent of
the white student-athletes. He
also cited data that found Blacks
with low SATs graduate five
times more than whites with
comparable SATs.
"I find it incredible to believe
that given the national decline in
See NCAA, Page 12

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