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Moeller promises a shakeup
By BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
Michigan football coach Gary
Moeller is angry.
Don't misunderstand him, he is
extremely peeved. At his weekly press
conference yesterday Moeller ex-
pressed deep concern over his team's
performance during its 31-19 loss to
Wisconsin last Saturday.
"We got to get tougher," he said.
"You know that, I know that."
The then-No. 10 Wolverines were
widely criticized for an emotionless
outing against the unranked Badgers.
Moeller said personnel changes
should be expected for Michigan's
game at Purdue Saturday.
"There are some things that have
to be looked at. You got to give (other)
people chances," Moeller said. "We
always want the toughest players out
there playing. But sometimes if it
isn't consistent, maybe you do owe
some other people an opportunity. I
want guys who want to win for Michi-
If there was ever a week not to be
a Wolverine, it has to be this one.
Moeller predicts tough practices, a
weeding-out process of sorts.
"You'll find out now who's going
to pay the price to play," he said. "The
guys who pay the price to play in
practice are going to play in the
This line certainly sounds famil-
iar. Last year, after high hopes pro-
pelledthepreseason, Michigan found
itself mired in despair after losing to
Wisconsin and falling to 4-4. Now the
Wolverines are 5-3.
'We used to play teams
who came to play like
this and still slop out a
victory. Those days
aren't around here
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach
This year's team looks eerily simi-
lar to last year's squad.
"I think this team stubbed their toe
a little bit," Moeller said in conpar-
ing the two teams. "I think the cir-
cumstances are completely different
with the opponents we played and
how we played the games. I like this
The Wolverines are currently 3-2
in Big Ten-play and are tied with Ohio
State and Illinois for second place in
the conference standings. Top-ranked
Penn State leads the Big Ten by two
games after beating Michigan and
waxing the Buckeyes, 63-14, and has
all but locked up a birth in the Rose
With a minor bowl game likely on
the horizon for Michigan, Moeller
hearkened back to a more glorious
"We used to play teams who came
to play like this and still slop out a
victory," he said. "Those days aren't
around here anymore."
TOUCHDOWN TIM A QUESTION
MARK: Tailback Tshimanga
Biakabutuka, sidelined against Wis-
consin, is still not scheduled for a
return. "Tim's a day-by-day thing,"
Moeller said. "He's going to try (to
practice) today, but if he comes out
there and he isn't good by tomorrow,
I'm not going to plan on him much
His backup, Ed Davis, gained 24
yards on six carries against the Bad-
SMITH'S ACCOLADES: Seth Smith
was named Big Ten special teams
Player of the Week for his 100-yard
kickoff return for atouchdown against
His return, the longest in Michi-
gan history, also garnered Smith the
AT&T Long Distance Award.
Michigan quarterback Todd Collins was
sacked three times in Michigan's 31-19 loss to Wisconsin
Former Spartan: 'The whole progra
EAST LANSING (AP)-Michi-
gan State coach George Perles said
Monday he's run a "superclean"
football program for the past 12
years, but a university probe is nec-
essary into allegations raised by a
"People make allegations and it's
our job and our duty to investigate
them," Perles said. "I feel very, very
strongly, very, very confident that
we run a superclean football team.
"I have no knowledge of anything
that's been printed," he added, em-
phasizing each word.
The Lansing State Journal re-
ported Sunday and Monday that a
former player, Roosevelt Wagner,
raised allegations of possible NCAA
infractions. Those included regular
payments to players from boosters
and agents and changes to athletes'
grades to keep them eligible to play.
"The whole program is dirty,"
Wagner told the Journal in a copy-
right story Monday.
University President Peter
McPherson has ordered the univer-
sity to appoint an independent co-
investigator to look into the charges.
It will be the third in-house probe of
alleged athletic infractions at Michi-
gan State in four years.
Perles, already under fire for the
Spartans' record of 3-5 overall and 2-
3 in the Big Ten, said he doubts
"What happened was, I threw him
off the team," Perles said Sunday
night, after he met with McPherson
and Athletic Director Merrily Dean
Wagner, who attended Michi-
gan State from 1988-91, said he and
Perles had a stormy relationship that
ended when he left to enter the NFL
draft with college eligibility remain-
Wagner started 13 games as a
sophomore and junior in 1990-91
before leaving school. He said he
spoke with McPherson about the alle-
gations early Sunday and plans to
cooperate with NCAA and indepen-
Wagner told the Journal he de-
cided to come forward after hearing
that ahigh-profile prep running back
had decided to attend Michigan
"He's in the same position I was
coming out of high school," said the
former psychology major."Ijust don't
want the same thing to happen to
another kid that happened to me."
Wagner said he first contacted
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Clarence Underwood on Sept. 7 and
spoke with Underwood again last Fri-
Terry Denbow, Michigan State's
vice president for university relations,
refused to identify the player involved,
but said he'd spoken to university
officials in September and then again
late last week.
He said Underwood was checking
out the allegations from September,
but the effort gained new emphasis
after the player "called back with sig-
nificantly broadened allegations" late
Denbow said all the university
officials agreed that it would be best
to seek an outside investigator. He
added that the National Collegiate
Athletic Association had been noti-
fied of the probe.
"We aren't working on any time-
table. The mandate given by the presi-
dent is that this investigation be thor-
ough, complete, and credible and in-
volve everybody it takes to get to the
truth," he said.
McPherson learned of the allega-
tions on Oct. 14, just before leaving
for a two-week trip to Asia, and in-
structed Underwood to look into the
Wagner has detailed 68 allega-
tions against the football program.
® Academic abuses, including
grade changes, foreligibility purposes.
m is dirty' -
i Cash handouts from booste
including one $700 payoff.
Car and truck loans through
area banks with alumni-laundered
payments and faculty-staff coopera-
® Student-loan repayment exten
sions and waivers available only to
Handling of student-athletes'
traffic and parking tickets.
* The use of a $150-a-night luxur
Free food and drinks for signing
Illegal contact with agents, in-
cluding payments as large as $100,000
and free automobiles.
Three years ago, an internal inves
tigation uncovered no basis for
charges of cash payments raised in.,
book, "Behind the Green Curtain
and the NCAA accepted the results of
the university probe.
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