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Women's Swimming
vs. Northwestern
Friday, 3 p.m.
Canham Natatorium


vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7 p.m. (PASS)
Yost Ice Arena

Perles gone at season's end
Career with Spartans will conclude with Penn State*

gan State football coach George
Perles, accused by a former player of
violating NCAA rules, said yesterday
he won't be back for the 1995 season.
Michigan State president M. Peter
McPherson said Perles will coach the
Spartans for the last two games of this
season. It was unclear whether Perles
resigned or was fired.
Perles alluded to a "breach of con-
tract" in a statement but didn't elabo-
rate. He wiped away tears as he re-
called his 12 years as coach.
"One thing's for sure, I'm a son of
Michigan State," he said of his alma
Roosevelt Wagner, a former
player, has claimed Perles violated
NCAA rules. Perles has denied any
wrongdoing and said the claims will
be investigated.
The university hired independent
investigators from the Collegiate
Sports Law Group to probe the foot-
ball program. Wagner claimed some
Spartans received cash and had grades
fixed to meet eligibility requirements.
Wagner's credibility was called

into question when The Detroit News
quoted him as saying he had once
stalked and planned to kill Perles
when he was passed over in the 1992
NFL draft. Wagner, of Ravenna,
Ohio, later denied talking to the news-
paper or stalking Perles.
In a report yesterday by the Lan-
sing State Journal, Wagner said he
had recorded telephone conversa-
tions with Clarence Underwood,
Michigan State's senior associate
athletic director for revenue sports.
Wagner told the newspaper that the
tapes record Underwood saying the
NCAA should be kept from finding
out some things about the Michigan
State program.
Underwood said he was going
along with Wagner to try to get in-
formation on his allegations. The
newspaper said the tape recorded
Underwood asking Wagner numer-
ous questions. It also said phone logs
show Underwood quickly notified
Michigan State Athletic Director
Merrily Dean Baker and vice presi-
dent Roger Wilkinson of his conver-
sation with Wagner.

Even before this fall, McPherson
said Perles had to have an "outstand-
ing" season to keep his job. That came
after the Spartans went 3-8 in 1991,5-
6 in 1992 and 6-6 last season, includ-
ing an 18-7 loss to Louisville in the
Liberty Bowl.
Michigan State is currently 4-5,
including 3-3 in the Big Ten. Th4
Spartans play Purdue this weekend
and No. 2 Penn State on Nov. 26.
Reports in recent weeks said Perles
wouldn't finish his 10-year contract,
which expires in January 1998. Perles,
59, makes more than $200,000 a year
as coach, and with his television show
and other arrangements, it would cost
the school some $1.3 million to buy
out the final three years of his cone
"Obviously, anytime something
like this happens, I think it's sad for
sport," Michigan football coach Gary
Moeller said. "And you know, George
Perles, in many, many ways, is going
to be missed in the Big Ten, not only
as a coach, but as a past administrator
and a guy everybody will always re-

Michigan State football coach George Perles wipes a tear away as he speaks during a news conference.

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By Marc Diller
Daily Sports Writer
For the members of the Michigan field hockey team, this season was like
a roller coaster ride. The Wolverines 3-1 loss to Ohio State Friday in the
inaugural Big Ten Field Hockey Championships was the final disappointment
in a season filled with them.
"Our season was really up and down," Michigan captain Nancy Irvine
said. "We played incredible at times, especially in practice. We were really
inconsistent all year long."
Of course every roller coaster must go up before it falls down. The
Wolverines had their share of adrenaline boosts, but they had plenty of
downers as well.
Michigan opened and ended its regular season on a positive note. The
Wolverines conquered Kent State, 5-4, on Sept. 4 to begin the year . They
finished it by suppressing Michigan State. 3-2, in East Lansing on Oct. 30.
Michigan lost four consecutive games from Sept. 17-30. In those four
games, the Wolverines only scored one goal.
® Michigan beat nationally ranked Big Ten foes Penn State and Ohio State
within two weeks of each other. The Wolverines beat the Buckeyes at
Michigan suffered two devastating double-overtime losses. Ball State

'M' stickers ride roller coaster in '94
Wolverines experience numerous ups and downs in growing season

beat the Wolverines, 2-1, on Oct. 11. Ten days later, Iowa beat them, 3-2.
0 Three of Michigan's eight freshmen got significant college playing
experience. First-year players Julie Flachs and Carolyn Schwarz started all
20 games this season.
Flachs finished fourth on the squad in points with 13. Schwarz and fellow
freshman Meredith Weinstein controlled the defense. Weinstein started 15
games for the Wolverines.
The team's captain and lone senior, Irvine, injured her back and played
in only eight of Michigan's 20 games.
N Junior Sherene Smith netted two hat tricks in consecutive weekends.
Five of her goals were off penalty corners. Smith garnered her first hat trick
in a 4-3 win at Ohio State on Oct. 14. In the Wolverines 3-0 domination of
Villanova, Smith added two more penalty corners and put in Michigan's only
penalty stroke of the season.
* Michigan had 151 penalty corner opportunities, but only scored directly
on eight of those (.055).
Juniors Gia Biagi and Smith, along with sophomore Michelle Smulders,
led Michigan in scoring. Biagi tallied 19 points, Smulders scored 18 and Smith
had 15 this year. All three will return next year.
After a 1-0 loss to Northwestern on Sept. 23, the Wolverines fell below

'The season was a growing year for us. Next
year we're coming back with a full team of
people who have a lot of experience.'


- Nancy Irvine
Michigan field hockey captain
.500 and never eclipsed the .500 mark again. Michigan had four opportunities
to be earn a winning record but failed in each of its attempts, ending its season
with a 9-11 mark. It was head coach Patti Smith's first non-winning season
with the Wolverines.
Junior Aaleya Koreishi made the successful transition form offense to
defense. Koreishi was Michigan's leading returning scorer from 1993 (13
points). She sacrificed her point total to join the defense.
Michigan finished 4-7 in the Big Ten, fifth out of six teams. Only
Michigan State had a worse conference record (0-11).
"The season was a growing year for us," Irvine said. "Next year we're
coming back with a full team of people who have a lot of experience."


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Daily Sports Writer
There will be a new hockey team
on the ice at Yost Arena this year. The
Michigan ice hockey club will be
lacing up its skates for its first year as
an official club sport.
An informal team has been lurk-
ing in the rafters of Yost for a few
years, but the club will now be offi-
cially sanctioned by the University.
Even though the University will
recognize the hockey club, it will be
entirely player funded.
"This is more than just a bunch of
IM (intramural) players," club presi-
dent Karl Stien said. "We've been
trying to put this together for a few
years now."
Stien, an LSA senior, said that this
will be an organizational year for the*
newly-formed group. The squad will
play mostly intrasquad games, though
a few contests with other club teams
will be scheduled.
Stien hopes the team will move
into a league next year. Michigan
State, which has a varsity squad,
and Eastern Michigan support club
hockey teams that play in competi-
tive leagues.
The hockey club is not looking
to rival Red Berenson's varsity
group but wants to provide a team
on which students can compete at a
higher level than intramurals. The
IM sports program provides only
one short Rame ner week. On the

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