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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, March 5,1992
NCAA rowers look to
HockeyoverCOme size factor

News Poll
1. Iowa
2. Oklahoma State
3. Iowa State
4. Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan
8. Nebraska
9. Clarion
10. Northern Iowa
11. Fresno State
12. N.C. State
13. Cornell
14. North Carolina
15. Purdue

The Michigan men's and women's crew teams rowed into shape in the Tampa, Fla., sun during their spring break
training trip. The teams hope the preparation will pay off this season.
Tarkanian is ready to move on from UNLV

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan crew team has one
of the bigger squads in the Midwest,
with about 100 members. This year
it aims to make bigger mean better.
The team is comprised of four
squads, including men's and wom-
en's varsity and novice. The two
biggest teams are the men's varsity,
and women's novice.
The Wolverines just got back in
Michigan water for the first time
since the fall. Over spring break they
worked on their tans, and rowed four
to five hours a day in the heat of
Tampa, Fla.
"When we weren't rowing, we
slept," varsity heavyweight member
Tedd Tennis said.
Several team members agreed
that they are in good physical shape
after winter conditioning. "It's the
most intense time of the year, be-
causewe focus entirely on getting in
shape," varsity captain Jennifer
Waling said.
The rowers are optimistic about
this season. "We're an up and com-
ing team," Tennis said. "We're try-
ing to establish a winning program,
and to be competitive out East."
The competition out East is
strong with Princeton, while
Wisconsin provides some of the
more formidable opposition in the
Midwest. At the moment, they are
respectable but are not considered
one of the best teams in the nation.
Crew members feel they are
ready to take it to the next level. But
in Tennis' opinion, the Wolverines
will have to actively recruit in order
to compete with the likes of
Wisconsin. This year, Michigan

Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Jerry Tarkan-
ian's first day as ex-UNLV coach
followed a short night's rest and
started a period of indecision.
"I have a lot of things to do, but
they're fun things, nothing big,"
Tarkanian said over breakfast
Wednesday, less than 12 hours after
ceremonies honored college basket-
ball's all-time winningest coach by
Tarkanian said he would go to his
office, make some calls and the go
about his life with some questions to
be answered.
"I can't talk about what I want to
do," he said referring to continuing
his battles with the school and its

president Robert Maxson. "I won't
be without basketball regardless. I
have a lot of things to do that relate
to basketball. I'm not really sure."
Tarkanian had said recently he
would like to coach at another
school and indicated Wednesday
there were some offers on the table,
but he wouldn't elaborate.
"It would take a very unusual sit-
uation, I know that," he said. "I'd
probably be better off in the NBA. I
think I could do something in the
NBA, whether it be coaching, scout-
ing, the front office. I have a lot of
good friends in the NBA and some
are owners. I have possibilities there
if that's what I want to do."
The current UNLV players are

expected to file a lawsuit on Friday
trying to gain eligibility for the
NCAA tournament. They were
banned this year s a settlement of a
12-year struggle between Tarkanian
and the NCAA over due process
which reached the Supreme Court,
which ruled in the NCAA's favor.
"If the players win, and their at-
torneys say they have a good chance,
I wouldn't coach the team in the
tournament," Tarkanian said. "The
greatest injustice in the world was
those kids being kept out of the tour-
nament and off live TV this year.
They didn't have anything to do with
anything. The NCAA wanted me.
I'll sit out and that should make
them happy."

hopes to offer a significant challenge
to the prominent teams at Dad
Vail's, a national tournament May 6-
Michigan's first match is with
Purdue March 28. "We match up
with them pretty well," Daryl
Laninga, the varsity men's captain,
said. Last year Michigan defeated
Purdue in a tight contest.
It is difficult to gauge who are the
most outstanding individuals on the
men's and women's teams because
crew is the essence of team sport. It
is almost impossible for individuals
to stand out in the boat, because all
eight people must perform in unison.
The heavyweight boats usually
perform better than the lightweights,
because of their superior physical
size. The men's varsity heavy-
weights average six feet one inch
and 185 pounds. All four Michigan
squads are average in physical size.
One might think that it is a con-
tradiction that bigger people would
perform better at rowing. It makes
sense that larger mass would slow
down the boat. However, this is not
the case.
"It's a question of physics. The
bigger and faster you are, the faster
you can make the boat go," Laninga
Michigan does not have a huge
team. Nationally-ranked teams like
Wisconsin are significantly larger
than the Wolverines, and if they
continue to have huge physical size
at their disposal, they will likely en-
joy their superiority. Despite the
seeming adversity Michigan faces
toward the stronger teams, it hopes
to utilize its tremendous depth to
make up for its lack of size.
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