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Softball
vs. Northwestern
Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. (DH)
Varsity Diamond

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Toledo
Today, 3 p.m.
Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, April 1, 1992

Page 9

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The new Fisher King:
Success brings acclaim
by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
"Who does the credit go to?" Steve Fisher was asked in a postgame press
conference at the end of the regular season, in regards to the team's 20-vic-
*ory campaign.
"The players," Fisher very quickly replied.
And now, with Michigan headed to the Final Four this weekend, that
same question is being bantered about by the media nationwide. All the talk
during the season and continuing up until the Sweet 16 centered around the
Wolverines' talented youth.
Nothing about their talented coach.
But with one NCAA crown already in tow and an 11-1 record in tour-
nament play as a head coach, Fisher may become a household name along
with the Fab Five when all is said and done.
"He gets a lot of criticism - 'he can't coach,' 'what's he gonna do with
all this talent,"' center Juwan Howard said. "But I think he should be up
there with all the other top coaches."
Two national championships in four years would earn him that spot
among college's coaching elite, although if you ask him he would tell you it
doesn't really matter.
That attitude explains a great deal about what lies behind all the success.
Fisher's laid-back recruiting effort was largely responsible for the five first-
year players deciding on Michigan.
Now, it seems, that calm, even-keel approach deserves some of the credit
for channeling the new talent into a 24-8 record and a Final Four berth.
Fisher was criticized at times during the season for Michigan's erratic
half-court offense. But since losing to Ohio State in February, the Wolver-
ine's have executed well in slow-tempo situations, while still capitalizing on
fast-break opportunities when they arise.
"He lets you play, but you play his style - the way he wants you to
play, the way you're supposed to play," Howard said. "He doesn't just let
you run wild on the floor."
But he does give them their freedom, something that has helped this
group flourish. Five times one. That equation - a motto this season for the
frosh - doesn't call for a coach.
So does Fisher ever feel unappreciated?
"Sometimes by my son, Mark, when I won't continue rebounding for
him.," Fisher laughed. "But nobody else. The people that matter always tell
me they feel good about what I do."
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IU's Knight fired
before Final Four

by Ken Sugiura
and Travis McReynolds
Daily Staff Writers
BLOOMINGTON - After a
two-hour session behind closed
doors, the Indiana athletic depart-
ment voted yesterday afternoon to
terminate men's basketball coach
Bob Knight's contract.
The Indiana legend has been un-
der fire recently for his well-docu-
mented "whipping" of star forward
Calbert Cheaney in front of the me-
dia last weekend at the West Re-
gional in Albuquerque, N.M.
- "We deliberated long and hard
about this situation," Hoosier athletic
director Clarence Doninger said.
"The consensus was that we've just
had it up to here with Knight and his
antics. As far as the integrity of
Indiana University is concerned, let-
ting go of Coach Knight was our
only option."
In a emotional press conference
last night, with son Pat at his side,
Knight denied any wrongdoing.
"The alleged whipping was all in

fun. You can ask Calbert or any of
my players," Knight said, obviously
fighting back tears. "Damnit, those
guys knew I was just joking around.
The athletic department has blown
this way out of proportion."
Knight's firing sent shock waves
through the state. The controversial
coach has been a popular figure in
Indiana, having led the Hoosiers to
three national titles in his 20 years in
Bloomington. Knight is also the Big
Ten's all-time winningest coach with
486 victories.
But for Knight, the bullwhip
stunt - which drew the ire of many
in the Black community - this is
apparently the last incident in a
series of unprofessional actions.
"We just decided that pulling a
stunt like that was a little too crazy,"
Doninger said. "We turned our heads
when he threw that chair. We repri-
manded him for leaving the court
against the Soviets, and for the taste-
less comments about rape. But this,
this really was the last straw. After
See KNIGHT, Page 10

Indiana coach Bobby Knight gives instructions to guard Chris Reynolds in his last
game as the school's head coach. Knight was fired yesterday aftemoon.

Red shuffles 'M' defense

by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Yesterday, the Michigan hockey team left
Ann Arbor for Albany, N.Y., and the NCAA
Hockey Final Four where they will square off
against Wisconsin tomorrow night.
Coach Red Berenson' s squad will have to
overcome the loss of senior defenseman Doug
Evans in this weekend's contests.
In last Sunday's quarterfinal matchup
against Northern Michigan, Evans suffered lig-
ament damage to his right knee late in the sec-
ond period. That forced Michigan into playing
only four defensemen. While rookie Al Sin-
clair dressed for the contest, Berenson chose
not to play him. This weekend, another frosh,
Tim Hogan, will replace Evans in the lineup.
"This is going to give our freshmen a big
challenge," Berenson said. "This will give
someone the chance to step in and fill the gap.
"It's tough to replace a senior like Evans.
The other four defensemen played outstanding
in the third period Sunday. They'll need to step
their play up as well. We can go down to four
(defensemen) if we need to."

When Michigan plays all six defensemen,
Hogan will team with David Harlock, Sinclair
with Patrick Neaton, and Chris Tamer with
Aaron Ward. Neaton and Harlock, who teamed
together last season, will reunite when Beren-
son drops to four defensemen.
Sinclair and Hogan are excited for the chal-
lenge of playing in such an important game.
"I'll need to concentrate more," Sinclair
said. "I need to contribute as much as I usually
do."
"I'm nervous," Hogan said. "I've got but-
terflies in my stomach. Everybody was jump-
ing out there. I'm ready. I'm really ready. I3
can't wait to get out there."
Even when Sinclair and Hlogan do play,
they will spend most of their time playing even
strength. However, Hogan might see limited
action on the power play.
TV TIME: Tomorrow's semifinals will be
broadcast live on PASS. The Lake Superior
State-Michigan State game starts at 2 p.m. and
the Michigan-Wisconsin contest begins at 7
p.m. Saturday's final will be televised on
ESPN at 8 p.m.

The Michigan hockey team faces Wisconsin tomorrow.

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majors who have extensive training
in all areas of dance.
M-Ficks - The largest film group
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Soph Show - A musical whose
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Entertainment
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Traditions
Homecoming - As official University
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North Campus
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