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Cross Country
Wolverine Open
Tomorrow, 4:30 p.m.
University of Michigan Golf Course

SPORTS

Football
vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (NBC-TV)
Notre Dame, Ind.

0 The Michigan Daily /New Student Edition
'M' hopes
practice
.makes
perfect
by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer

Thursday, September 10, 1992

Page 13

Athletic Dept.
investigates
alleged violations

After losing four straight season
openers to Notre Dame, Michigan
football coach Gary Moeller decided
*o play a tune-up game before the
annual clash last season.
ABC-TV offered to move the
Michigan-Boston College contest
from the week after Notre Dame to
the week before. The Wolverines
gladly accepted the offer.
After playing a poor first half
against Boston College, Michigan
rebounded in the second half to win
oing away. Then the next week,
ith many of the kinks removed, the
Wolverines went out and played a
near perfect game in knocking off
the Irish, 24-14.
"I think the BC game helped a lot
last year," Michigan tight end Tony
McGee said. "As coach Moeller
says, 'You have your greatest im-
provement from game one to game
two.' You get the jitters out of the
way. Hopefully, we made up for it in
ractice."
Notre Dame opened its 1992 sea-
son last weekend against North-
western. After a sluggish start, the
Irish put 35 points on the board in
the second half and won, 42-7.
However, the Wolverines feel they
do not need the preparation as much
this year as they did last season.
"The Boston College game
*ielped us a lot last year," Michigan
defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson
said. "We had a young secondary
and they learned a lot that game.
Coming into the Notre Dame game,
they made the checks they needed to
make. This season, the defensive
backs are a lot more experienced and
not having a game under our belts
shouldn't hurt."
Another factor in Michigan's fa-
Ovor is the added confidence the
players gained with last season's vic-
tory.

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
Acting on reports of NCAA rules,
violations within the Michigan
men's basketball program, the
Wolverine athletic department has
begun a "self-investigation" of the
program and its offseason activities
according to Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach.
The Athletic Department is ex-
amining whether the appearance of
various Michigan basketball players
at camps and charitable activities
during the summer violated NCAA
regulations regarding athletes' ap-
pearances.
"We're looking into (the allega-
tions)," Weidenbach said. "Until
such time as we finish our own in-
vestigation, it's difficult to make any
comment. We really don't know the
situation. It will be some time yet
before we know where we're going.
All we can really say is we're in the
process of investigating."
The original incident in question
occurred Aug. 22, when sophomores
Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, and
senior Eric Riley were paid $300
apiece to appear at a Holland, Mich.,
benefit basketball tournament. The
event was used to raise money for a
four-year old boy who needs an op-
eration to correct a hearing loss.
Coach Steve Fisher set up and
agreed to the appearance on the
players' behalf.
According to NCAA Director of
Services Steve Malamee, NCAA
rules state that athletes making ap-
pearances at charitable events may
be paid only "legitimate and normal
expenses" by the charity. At ques-
tion is whether the $300 each player
received is a legitimate and normal
expense for the services they pro-
vided, which included judging a
slam-sunk contest, signing auto-
graphs and passing out awards.
The rule is designed to prohibit
athletes from making money off
what the NCAA calls their "athletic
reputation." The NCAA does allow
athletes to accept money for working
at summer camps and clinics, how-
ever the athletes must be paid at the
same rate as anyone else performing
similar work.
As Michigan's investigation into

the Holland incident began, other
summer camp appearances by Wol-
verine players came under scrutiny
and another possible violation was
identified.
NCAA bylaws state that while
student-athletes may work at camps,
they may do so "provided not more
than one student-athlete from any
one institution is employed," accord-
ing to Malamee. The rule was cre-
ated to prevent a school from gain-

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FILE PHOTO/Daily
Michigan tailback Tyrone Wheatley eludes a tackle against Notre Dame in last season's 24-14 Wolverine victory at
Michigan Stadium. Wheatley and his teammates will face the Fighting Irish Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame.

Rose

"Last year going in to Notre
Dame, we were like maybe we can
win, maybe we can't," tight end
Tony McGee said. "This year, we're
gonna beat Notre Dame and win the
Big Ten championship."
CAPTAIN, OH CAPTAIN: Last
week, Moeller announced the three
captains for this year's team -
Hutchinson, free safety Corwin
Brown and quarterback Elvis Grbac.
"I want those people to be proud
of themselves," Moeller said. "They
bring an added work ethic to the
team as well as leadership and expe-
rience."
Moeller has seen a great c'al of

growth from Grbac so far this season
both as a player and a leader.
"Elvis is a lot more in tuned,"
Moeller said. "It's a lot of the little
things. He's anticipating situations
better and better now. He's a smarter
overall quarterback.
"He's the best guy we have at
giving directions," he added. "The
quarterback is always in that posi-
tion. He's good at leadership."
RIVALRY: Many Michigan fans
look at Saturday's game against
Notre Dame as the biggest of the
regular season. But the players and
coaching staff say they disagree.
"No rivalry can replace Michigan
State," Moeller said. "That's still

No. 1 on our schedule. Ohio State
would probably be No. 2 with the
exception of any time you play the
defending champions. Notre Dame
is obviously important, but we still
want to win the conference champi-
onship."
Most of the players also follow
the company line that the Big Ten
championship is the top priority at
Michigan.
"This is a big game, but at Mich-
igan, Michigan State and Ohio State
are our greatest rivals," McGee said.
"Those games determine who goes
to the Rose Bowl. But I don't want
to take anything away from this
game."

ing any advantage in recruiting, plus
it prevents players from gaining any
extra practice time together.
It was uncovered that Michigan
players have appeared at more than
20 camps around the country this
summer and on several occasions
more than one Wolverine has been at
the same camp, apparently in viola-
tion of the NCAA bylaw.
"(Holland and the other camps)
are all encompassed in the investiga-
tion," Weidenbach said. "We're
looking at everything. Whenever
anybody raises an issue like that, we
look at it to determine, in our judg-
ment, what are the facts."
The Michigan program is not
under investigation by the NCAA or
the Big Ten. The Athletic Depart-
ment has set no date as to when the
in-house investigation might end but
has emphasized that it hopes to wrap
it up as soon as possible.
Following the Athletic Depart-
ment's investigation, it will deter-
See VIOLATIONS, Page 15

Big Ten mandates Gender Equity through act

by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Editor
Within the next five years, Big
Ten athletics will become increas-
ingly female. In June, the Big Ten
Council of Presidents announced the
commitment of the conference to
the Gender Equity Act, which calls
for the gender breakdown of ath-
letes at all Big Ten institutions to
be at least 40 percent female by the
summer of 1997.
Originally, the Act, suggested to
the presidents by the Big Ten Board
of Control, was planned to be a re-
quirement for association with the
conference, but could not for legal
reasons. Instead, certain unidentified
sanctions will be applied to those
schools who fail to meet the guide-
lines of the act or to make good
faith efforts to comply.

"Legally it can't be a condition
for membership," Michigan associ-
ate athletic director Peggy Bradley-
Doppes said. "In simple terms this
is what is right, it's what should be
done.... It leaves room for each insti-
tution to make philosophical deci-
sions for themselves on what is
right."
Each institution must determine
its own guidelines for compliance
with the Act and submit a plan of
action by June 1993. Each year every
school must produce a progress re-
port for review by the Council of
Presidents until 1997. The Act deals
strictly with gender participation
levels; it mentions nothing of mon-
etary, promotion, or marketing eq-
uity. Increase funding of women's
programs is only one of many sug-
gestions given by the Council; each

institution decides whether or not
to follow a suggestion.
"(The Act) is the first step in
the right direction," Bradley-
Doppes said. "For me it was long
overdue so I can't get too excited
about it....It's a first step toward
other things like promotion and
marketing that need to be addressed.
It is one way to give more opportu-
nity for more females athletes to
participate."
Coming at the same time as gen-
der equity is a directive for cost con-
tainment. All conference athletic
directors must maintain a flat bud-
get during the 1992-93 academic
year, excepting grants-in-aid. At the
same time institutions search for
ways of meeting the participation
requirement, they must cut expendi-
tures while still meeting the inter-
est-level of the student body.
The Council of Presidents' sug-
gestions for cutbacks include travel
restrictions, reduction in the num-
ber of participants traveling for
football and basketball and restric-
tions in the meetings of the
Athletic Conference governing
body.
"Cost containment is a fact that
conflicts with participation lev-
els," Michigan athletic director

Jack Weidenbach said. "Our chal-
lenge is to meet both."
Though the Gender Equity Act
and the cost containment directive
conflict, one is not the cause or ef-
fect of the other. Yet, the commit-
ment to gender participation levels
works to protect women's athletics
during a time of inevitable financial
cutbacks. Many have wrongly insin-
uated that the participation re-
quirements caused the directive for
monetary cutbacks.
"The most disturbing thing for
me is that many are using gender eq-
uity as an excuse for cost contain-
ment cuts, which isn't correct,"
Bradley-Doppes said.
At present, Michigan has not de-
cided how to meet participation-
level goals and cost cutbacks. The
current composition of Michigan
athletes is approximately 66 per-
cent male/34 percent female and ac-
cording to Weidenbach, if no male
athletes are cut, 74 women would
need to be added; if no females are
added, 109 men need to be cut.
"To achieve these goals, most
likely we will look at men's sports
and restricting the number of partic-
ipants," Weidenbach said. "We can't
See EQUITY, Page 15

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