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Walter Smith stirs up caI media with
comment about Ohio State coach's job
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
Michigan wide receiver Walter
Smith said he wanted to get Ohio
State coach John Cooper fired.
Or did he?
That was the subject of much con-
roversy at the Michigan football press
onference yesterday at Weber's Inn.
The Wolverine co-captain was
asked about Cooper's shaky job secu-
rity. A reporter mentioned that the
coach could get the axe if he lost to
Michigan for the seventh straight year.
"I want to get coach Cooper fired,"
Smith said. Then, to clarify, he added,
"If he stays there, we did not beat
them. It's better than getting (Wol-
*erine) coach (Gary) Moeller fired."'
Does Smith really want Cooper to
"I just care about Michigan," he
said. "I don't care about another
Basically, Smith said he would
rather see Michigan win than Cooper
keep his job. So he does want Cooper
"You and I both know Walter
Smith didn't mean that," Moeller said.
"That isn't what Walter Smith is made
of. Walter is all shook up. He told me
'Coach, all I meant was that I cared
more about coach Moeller than about
Defensive lineman Tony
Henderson also showed little concern
"We want to beat Ohio State," he
said. "And if he gets fired, 'Oh well."'
Quarterback Todd Collins
summed up "Waltergate" best.
"I got letters and phone calls say-
ing I was a traitor," Zenkewicz said.
"It's weird when you pick up the
phone and you expect a friend or a
family member and it's some guy
calling you a traitor.
"That's another reason why it's
'You and I both know
Walter Smith didn't
mean that. Walter is all
shook up. He told me
"Coach, all I meant
was that I cared more
about coach Moeller
than about coach
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach
nice to beat them - so you can go
home for Thanksgiving and enjoy it."
In Michigan's last visit to Colum-
bus, a 13-13 tie in 1992, Zenkewicz
split playing time with Ninef
NEWS FLASH: In a less-than-shock-
ing development, senior tailback
Tyrone Wheatley still does not regret
his decision to stay in college rather
than enter the National Football
League draft after his junior season.
"I think for me it was the best
decision," Wheatley said.
If he knew back in January how
the season would turn out, would he
"Yes," said Wheatley, without
IT'S MICHIGAN'S BIGGEST GAME OF
THE WEEKEND: Some say it's Michi-
gan State. Some say Notre Dame.
Some say Ohio State. So who is
Michigan's biggest rival?
"Maybe what I'll tell people is
that in November Ohio State is our
biggest rivalry," said Moeller, who
usually ranks Michigan State first on
But in 1995, the Spartans and
Wolverines battle in November.
"Next year, I guess I can't say
that," Moeller said. "I'll get Ohio
State upset. But Penn State can't get
upset (even though the Nittany Lions
host Michigan in November of 1995).
"They always get a week off be-
fore they play us anyway."
HERE WE ARE, HOME AGAIN:
Moeller's trip to Ohio State also will be
a homecoming. He earned three var-
sity letters on the Buckeye football
team and captained it in 1962. He was
a member of Woody Hayes' 1961 na-
tional championship team.
"Sure he can say that -he doesn't
have to play Saturday," Collins said.
LOVE (THEN) HATE RELATIONSHIP:
Michigan defensive tackle Trent
Zenkewicz, a native of Cleveland,
was heavily recruited by Ohio State.
When he committed to Michigan, he
was not exactly the most popular guy
in the state.
Despite suffering a severe knee injury at the start of the season, captain
Walter Smith has made his presence known on the Michigan footabll team.
'Men's soccer ready for national tournament
Baylor, Weber State and Colorado State stand in Wolverines' path
BY JOHN LEROI
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan men's soccer team
boards a plane for Phoenix tomorrow,
"t will have only one goal in mind -
inning its first club national title. Af-
ter dropping the regional crown to Illi-
nois, Michigan is looking to wear some-
thing atop its head.
All season, the Wolverines have
had their sights set on Phoenix. Even
before the first game, the whole team
knew what it wanted.
"(The national tournament) has been a
goal of ours from the start," coach Steve
3urns said. "This is our chance to prove
that Michigan is a good soccer team."
But for a team that struggled just to
qualify for the four-day tournament, a
national championship may still be a
few years away.
Burns fields a fast and aggressive
but young team. At the peak of the
season, Burns is counting on seniorco-
captains Herschel Wancjer and Dave
Nordwall and juniordefenseman Ryan
Carriere to lead the youthful squad.
The Wolverines have also had their
share of injuries. Burns said yesterday
that senior defenseman Rick Weinberg
was very questionable after suffering a
foot injury in last weekend's regional
tournament. Starting forward RobHolt,
who broke his left foot at regionals, is
out for the remainder of the season.
Goalkeeper Mike Milman is return-
ing from a sprained knee and should be
ready for action in Phoenix. However,
Burns said that sophomore Andy
Germakwillgetthestartin goal. Germak
started two of the Wolverines' three
games in the regional tournament.
One problem Michigan shouldn't
have this week is being ready to com-
pete. Afterplaying downto other teams'
levels all season, the Wolverines will
face only the nation's best in Phoenix.
The road to the finals will be espe-
cially tough for Michigan. The Wol-
verines were placed into a bracket which
includes Baylor, Colorado State and
last year's national runner-up, Weber
(Utah) State. Michigan will open up
with Colorado State Thursday morn-
ing followed by an afternoon matchup
with top-seeded Baylor. The Wolver-
ines finish the first round against We-
ber State Friday morning.
Last year, the Wolverines cruised to a
2-1 record in the tournament's opening
round, but finished in a second place tie
and failed to make the quarterfinals.
Brigham Young, the defending national
champion, did not qualify for this year's
Although the Wolverines haven't
faced this level of competition all sea-
son, the coach doesn't count them out
of the national title hunt.
"Everyone that's there deserves to
be there," Burns said."Including Michi-
Here is how the top 25 teams in college football rank after this
2. Penn State
6. Florida State
8. Kansas State
10. Colorado State
11. Virginia Tech
12. Southern Cal
15. Brigham Young
16. Ohio State
17. Boston College
21. North Carolina
22. NC State
23. Mississippi State
at No. 22 NC State
vs. Iowa State
vs. Oklahoma State
at Oregon State
at Fresno State
vs. No. 14 Virginia
at No. 16 Ohio State
at No. 11 Virginia Tech
at No. 20 Utah
vs. No. 13 Michigan
at West Virginia
vs. No. 21 North Carolina
vs. No. 15 Brigham Young
at No. 19 Duke
vs. No. 6 Florida State
The Wolverines look to bring home a national title this week in Phoenix.
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