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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 26, 1994 - 9

COURT Trainers to blame
RESS in possible tragedy

As Penn State basketball player Carla Coleman lay
motionless on the floor of Crisler Arena in the second
half of Sunday's game between the Wolverines and the
Nittany Lions, one could only wonder if she had been
Driving to the basket for a layup, Coleman collided with a
Michigan player in midair and landed flat on her back.
For what seemed like an eternity, trainers from both
Penn State and Michigan, along with a doctor who was
summoned to the floor, labored over Coleman.
Desperately trying to determine the extent of her
injury, the medical staff on hand was hoping she could
regain some of the feeling in her legs that had been
temporarily lost.
After staring at Coleman's 5-foot-8 frame frozen on
the floor for almost 10 minutes, one of the officials who
was refereeing the game strolled over to press row and
yelled out to one of the University officials, "Isn't this a
good argument to have EMS (Emergency Medical
Service) on sight at the games? This is ridiculous how
long this is taking!"
Typically, Michigan has had EMS on sight for some
of its games this season, but there was no truck in the
lot for Sunday's game. The question thus arises:
Was the University at fault for the delay by not
having an EMS truck in the parking lot?
According to Penn State and Iowa's sports
information departments, they have EMS on site during
all of their women's home games. Shouldn't Michigan
be doing the same?

In hindsight, it is easy to blame the University for
the time it could have saved by having EMS already
there. Between the moment Coleman was injured and
the time EMS finally arrived, about 15 minutes had
elapsed. That is far too much time with such a potential
serious injury.
But keeping an EMS unit in the parking lot for an
entire game can be extremely costly for the University,
especially when there are a number of sporting events
going on during the weekend in Ann Arbor. An EMS
truck at every varsity home game would end up costing
the University $300 to $700 a game as of two years ago.
In all reality though, it was the trainers who appear
liable for EMS's delay in attending to Coleman. While.
they did do the right thing in trying to stabilize
Coleman, they did the wrong thing in not calling EMS
as soon as possible.
According to Michigan trainer Robyn Moore, they
called for an EMS truck immediately after making an
initial diagnosis. However, there seemed to be quite a lag
time between the moment Coleman got injured and the
moment EMS finally arrived to Crisler.
Thankfully, Coleman was released from the
University Hospitals Sunday night with only a minor
back strain. All the same, the incident was an eye-
opener to the Athletic Department.
"The trainers waited too long to call EMS,"
Associate Athletic Director Peggy Bradley-Doppes
said. "Next time, we'll call EMS right away."
They say experience is the best teacher, and what
could be a better way for the trainers to learn for the
future by seeing a mistake they made in the past.

Penn State's Carla Coleman lies motionless on the floor of Crisler Arena Sunday afternoon as Michigan's trainer,
Robin Moore (left) and Nittany Lion coach Rene Portland (right) await help from Emergency Medical Technicans.
"Fab era wil end when Rose departs

Believe it, Michigan fans: the
end is near.
Safeguard your Fab Five tee
shirts and posters from Ulrich's,
because they are about to become
Despite the miraculous decision
by Tyrone Wheatley to forego the
draft and return to college for another
year, we are soon to lose one more

Wolverine icon.
Jalen Rose will be leaving after
this season, going on to the land of
arenas with as many stars in the
stands as on the court. He's bound
for the pros.
And when he leaves, so will the
legend of the Fab Five.
* Some say he'll stay. They say
he'll follow Wheatley's lead and
stay true to his school, or that at
least stick around until he has a ring
to match the one Steve Fisher has
from 1989.
He'll be gone, naked finger or not.
He'll leave because he's
becoming what Glenn Robinson is
to Purdue, what Wisconsin coach
tu Jackson calls "a man among
He'll leave because, as an Illinois
sports writer said after his 28-point
performance Sunday, "that guy could

play in the NBA right now."
Most of all, though, he'll leave
because he's ready.
And after Jalen takes his parting
jump shots, the Michigan basketball
team will take on an entirely new aura.
How new? The difference
between the team without Jalen and
the team with him is like the
difference between a large amount
of sand and a beach.
The Fab Five is already the stuff
of legends. Chris Webber provided
the superstar status, Juwan Howard
the quiet dignity, Jimmy King the
acrobatic talent and Ray Jackson
the everyman-turned-hero quality.
Omit one member from the group
and the Five would not have been.
But Jalen is somewhat of a
departure from those roles. That's
because he doesn't have just one.
He represents every extreme of
the impudence, shrewdness,
foolishness and talent of the most
heralded recruiting class in
Michigan history, and possibly the
history of basketball.
Some would call him an
original, but in Jalen's case, that
goes without saying.
But his uniqueness is not why
the Fab Five are soon to be
immortalized. His absence is.
Opponents of the Civil Rights
Movement said that Martin Luther
King, Jr. was much more dangerous
dead than alive. The yarns spun
about what he accomplished and
what he could have, had he
survived, united and inspired a

people more than one living man
ever could.
It is not just the man we admire
in King, but also the man he might
have become.
As of yet, the dwindling Fabs of
Michigan have not yet fulfilled their
dreams. They have won their share
of contests, and have already
provided enough lore to fill an
entire book.
Fans from France even wrote to
the Daily once, asking for "jogging
suits" from the world-famous
Still, the Fabs never brought
home what they said they would at
their debutante Final Four
appearance: four national
championships. In fact, the wait
continues for one.
After Webber left, the program
was bruised, but the baggy shorts
were still purchased in sporting
goods stores in the same volume as
toilet paper. Head-wagging and
black socks were still in favor on
playground courts across the
The mystique was intact,
despite one subtraction. Now,
however, there is trouble in
paradise. Or rather, trouble at the
Soon Rose will be gone, and the
Four will be no more. But the fable
that was the Fab Five will prosper,
their greatness growing through
speculation rather than through the
reality of their performance.
Because of Rose's early exit,
what might have been will forever
be greater than what actually was.

Although the NCAA men's swim-
ming and diving team championships
are still two months away, the dynam-
ics of the meet may have changed
dramatically yesterday. Texas, the No.
2 team in the NCAA swimming poll,
has suspended two swimmers for the
remainder of the season.
Junior Brad Bridgewater and se-
nior Andreas Roestenberg will be
unable to practice or compete with
the team. Bridgewater was suspended
for failing to meet Texas' academic
requirements. Roestenberg, a junior
college transfer, used his final semes-
ter of eligibility during the fall.
"We feel bad about losing them,
but there was nothing we could do at
this late date," Texas coach Eddie
Reese said in a press release.
This development may help the
No. 3 Wolverines in their quest to
repeat their runner-up performance
of last season.
Of course, the loss of Bridgewater
will have the biggest effect on the Long-
horns. He holds the top three 200-yard
backstroke times in Texas' history.
Bridgewater also contributed 44.25 of
the Longhorns' 326 points in theirthird-
place finish at last year's NCAAs. He

placed fourth in both the 100 and 200
backstrokes and also helped both of the
Texas medley relays (200- and 400-
yard) place in the top five.
This season, Bridgewater had con-
tributed three first-place finishes in
dual meets and one second. He held
the Longhorns' season best times in
100 (:49.45) and 200 (1:44.86) back-
strokes and the third-fastest time in
the 200 individual medley (1:51.58).
"This will hurt (Texas)," Urbanchek
said. "Bridgewater did well at NCAAs
last year, but they have some people to
back him up. Wyatt Russo - he trans-
ferred from UCLA - will fill in some
of the points."
Wolverine senior co-captain
Rodney VanTassell said that the loss
may have more of a psychological
effect than it will in pure loss of talent.
"Texas has a great program re-
gardless of this," VanTassell said. "It
may not make that much difference
(talent wise). But psychologically,
they lost their No. 1 backstroker off
their relay and that may hurt them.

"It is a loss, though. He's a top
scorer at NCAAs, and he's definitely
an impact swimmer."
As for Roestenberg, the loss of the
transfer from Orange County Com-
munity College will not have as much
of an impact. Although he played a
key role in Texas' victory at the South-
west Conference Championships last
season, Roestenberg failed to score at
the NCAA championships in India-
napolis. The distance freestyler's top
finish at NCAAs was in the 200-yard
freestyle where he finished 21st.
Roestenberg had performed well
this season as he held the team's sec-
ond-best time in both the 1,000.
(9:10.61) and 1,650 (15:43.11)
freestyles. In the dual meet season,
Roestenberg had two first-place fin-
ishes, one second and three thirds.
"He's not their top distance guy,
so it's no big loss," Urbanchek said.
"Whenever you sign a junior college
guy it's like gambling - you're not
afraid to lose. I don't think Eddie will
be hurt that much."

Texas swim team loses two of its top
swimmers due to eligibility questions


N.J. nose tackle says yes;
}Ianning no to Wolverines

While Michigan might not have
hit "Pey"-dirt yesterday, Gary Moeller
did land one Parade All-American
when Rasheed Simmons verbally
committed to the Wolverines.
Simmons' signing was overshad-
Swed, however, by the announcement
f quarterback Peyton Manning that
he will attend Tennessee in the fall.
Simmons - a 6-foot-6 nose tackle
from Edison High School in Edison,
N.J. - was also looking at Florida
State, Rutgers, Tennessee and North
Carolina before deciding on Michigan.
Yet, it was Manning who most
Wolverine fans hoped to ink in one of
the more anticipated football signings
Srecent memory. Son of former NFL
tar Archie Manning, Peyton choose
the Volunteers over Florida, Missis-
sippi and Michigan.
"I kind of had the feeling if I went
to Ole Miss, I'd be an instant celebrity
without doing anything," he said of
his father's alma mater. "Mississippi
people think I'm a good quarterback,
but I could never live up to how good
,hey think I am."
Manning was the second quarter-
back in two days to announce a com-
ritment to Tennessee. The first was

Branndon Stewart, the top quarter-
back in Texas.
Tennessee was considered
Mississippi's major rival in Archie
Manning's college days. So what did
the father think of the son's choice?
"The Ole Miss side of me is disap-
pointed, but the daddy part is ex-
cited," Archie Manning said.
The first day high school players can
sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 2.
- Associated Press contributed to
this report.

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