vs. Michigan State
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Cliff Keen Arena
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By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
They probably won't bring along their favorite teddy
bears and blankets, but maybe they should.
After spending the first month of their season in Ann
Arbor, the Michigan Wolverines are finally leaving home
to play Michigan State in East Lansing this Saturday.
"I think sometimes it can be good, but when you play
a team of this caliber, you'd like to have them at home,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said on his weekly tele-
conference yesterday. "It's an advantage (for Michigan
State) in that way, but we've been playing at home quite
Michigan benefited from having all three of its non-
conference games - Washington State, Notre Dame and
Houston-atMichigan Stadium,as wellaslastSaturday's
Big Ten opener against Iowa.
The lasttime the schedule had Michigan athome for its
first four contests was 1987. Coincidentally, that stretch
also included a victory over Washington State and a loss
to Notre Dame.
Of the Wolverines' final seven games, four will be
away from Ann Arbor, beginning with the Spartans. If
there is an advantage to playing in East Lansing, it may be
provided by the artificial turf covering Spartan Stadium.
Michigan is acknowledged as one of the faster, if not
the fastest, teams in the Big Ten. Playing on the carpet
could aid speedsters like Tyrone Wheatley, Ty Law and
"I say it's always comparable," Moeller said. "It's the
same bodies, whether they're running on turf or they're
running on grass. Sometimes I think fields can slow you
down, but not to that great an extent. We'll probably run
faster, but at the same time, they will be running faster as
WHEATLEY WATCH: Wheatley continues to crunch out
the mind-boggling numbers. With his three touchdowns
against Iowa, Wheatley is the leading scorer in the NCAA
He has eight rushing scores and one receiving. At his
current pace, he will eclipse Desmond Howard's Michi
gan season records for total touchdowns (23) and scoring
With 35 career touchdowns, Wheatley will also likely
demolish the Michigan career touchdown mark of 40, held
by Anthony Carter.
With a rushing average of 136.8 yards per game;
Wheatley is third in the country in rushing and second iii
the Big Ten, behind Indiana's Brent Moss. Michigan has
never had a national rushing champion.
HOWARD LENDS A HAND: While Howard may not bt
receiving much playing time with the Washington Redskins
he is still making a contribution in the nation's capital.
A recent Washington Post article detailed Howard'S
visit to Anacostia High School in the city's troubled
southeast. In early September, Anacostia football player
Albert LaShon Preston was shot and killed. Howard and
teammate Ricky Ervins visited the team to help players*
cope with the loss.
According to the story, Howard requested permission
to speak with team members. Howard reminded them that
others have had to endure hardships such as sharing
neighborhoods with drug dealers and dealing with pov-
erty, but had successfully overcome those circumstances.
JOHNNY AND BUSTER: Illinois' Johnny Johnson and
Michigan's Buster Stanley were this week's Big Ten
Players of the Week. Johnson, a quarterback, completed
11-of-17 passes with three touchdowns in his first colle-
giate startas the Illini defeated Purdue, 28-10, for their first
win of the season.
Stanley, the first Wolverine to be so honored this
season, made 10 tackles, three of them for losses, in
Michigan's 24-7 victory over Iowa.
Michigan defensive tackle Steve Rekowski sacks Iowa quarterback Paul Burmeister during last Saturday's Big Ten
opener. The Wolverines go on the road for the first time this season when they head to East Lansing Saturday.
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Michael Jordan, the world's most
famous athlete andbasketball's great-
est active player, will announce his
retirement today, according to pub-
"Dateline NBC," theDenverPost
and the Chicago Sun-Times reported
the news almost simultaneously last
Jordan, NBA scoring champion
forarecord seven straightyears, leader
of the three-time champion Chicago
Bulls and two-time Olympic gold-
medal winner, is expected to cite his
father's death this summer as the rea-.
announce retirement from NBA
is happy to
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son for his retirement at age 30.
"It's time for me to move on to
something else," the Sun-Times
quoted Jordan as.
saying. "I know
going to be
shocked by this
with my family
and friends, and Jordan
most of all I'm at
peace withmyselfover the decision."
His father's death apparently
robbed Jordan of his desire to play,
the Post said.
Dateline NBC producer Neil
Shapiro said the show learned of
Jordan's plans from "authoritative
sources close to the NBA."
The Bulls have scheduled a news
conference at 11 a.m. EDT today to
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make what they called a "major an-
Jordan threw out the ceremonial
first pitch at last night's playoff opener
between the Chicago White Sox and
the Toronto Blue Jays at Comiskey
Park in Chicago. He left after the
seventh inning, got behind the wheel
of a black Mercedes-Benz and drove
Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the
White Sox and Bulls neither con-
fumed nor denied the reports. "Ihave
nothing to say tonight. We'll have
something to say tomorrow,"
Reinsdorf said from the ballpark.
Jordan came into theNBAin 1984
fresh off leading the USA Olympic
team to the gold medal in Los Ange-
les. He was the college player of the
year at North Carolina in 1984 before
leaving after his junior year to enter
However, Jordan's most memo-
rable moment while in college came
in his freshman season. His shot in
the waning seconds of the 1982
NCAA championship game in New
Orleans sealed the Tar Heels' victory
over Patrick Ewing and the
Taken as the third-pick in the draft
by the Bulls, Jordan made an immedi-
ate impact in the league, grabbing
rookie of the year honors on the
strength of averaging 28.2 points per
Jordan's second season was cut
short by an ankle injury. When the
Bulls' doctors told him not to play all
year, Jordan rejected their advice and
came back to the Bulls to lead them to
the final spot in the Eastern Confer-
In the second game of the first
round that year, against eventual
league champions Boston Celtics,
Jordan scored an NBA playoff-record
63 points in the Bulls overtime loss to
Jordan would continue his all-star
play throughout the remainder of hisI
NBA career, winning three most valu-
able player awards, in 1988,1991 and
1992. He was named Sports
Illustrated's Sportsman of the Yearin
Jordan reached the pinnacle of his
professional career in 1991 when he
led the Bulls to the first of three NBA
championships, sweeping Magic
Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers.
The NBA refused comment, de-
flecting queries to the Bulls.
Chicago Bull star Michael Jordan, seen here with his late father James
before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York
Knicks in June, will announce his retirement from the NBA today.
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