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Scoreboard WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PURDUE 73, No. 7 Notre Dame 58
No. 10 DUKE 72, Florida St. 66 No. 10 TEX. TECH 74, Oral Roberts 51
ALABAMA 70, No. 16 Minn. 67 No. 14 W. KEN. 81, Murray State 57
No. 9 IOWA ST. 57, Tenn.-Martin 36
MICHIGAN ST. 90, Il.-Chicago 60 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
WOFFORD 84, Montreat Anderson 59 INDIANAPOLIS 37, Philadelphia 10
No. 23 Xavier at LOYOLA-MMT,, inc. Home games in CAPS

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Friday
December 6, 1996

16

Matti3on
betrays,
warns
M zian
&Apunch in the stomach. A slap in
the the face. A kick in the
roin. Those are the things you
feel first when you're stabbed in the
back. And every Michigan football
player is feeling them this morning.
. The Wolverines' best assistant
coach, Greg Mattison, betrayed his
school, his fellow coaches and his fans
yesterday. He left Michigan for Notre
Dame.
No, he didn't take the head coach-
ing position. Bob Davie took that last
week. No, he didn't move up in his
profession. No, there really doesn't
seem to be any good reason for him to

Mattison leaves 'M' for Notre Dame
Michigan defensive coordinator accepts the same job with Fighting Irish, Davie

0

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Greg
Mattison, defensive coordinator at
Michigan the past two years, was
named yesterday to that position at
Notre Dame.
Mattison, 47, replaces Bob Davie,
who was elevated to Irish head coach
last month after Lou Holtz
announced his resignation.
Mattison joined the Michigan staff
in 1992 as defensive line coach and
continued in that job when he
became coordinator.
"I am very pleased that Greg
Mattison has decided to join our
football staff at Notre Dame," said
Davie, who coached with Mattison at
Texas A&M from 1989-91.
"It's obvious when you look at
what he's done that he's been suc-

cessful at every step of his career.
Mattison will also take over as
linebacker coach from Davie, who
headed Notre Dame's defense for the
past three seasons.
Mattison is one of five finalists for
the Broyles Award, which recognizes
the top assistant coach in college
football.
The winner will be announced
Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.
Michigan players contacted last
night were unaware of his departure.

I am very
pleased that Greg
Mattison has
decided to join our
football staff. "
-- Bob Davie
Future Notre Dame coach

Ma#tiso 's coaching career
Before arriving at Michigan five years ago, Greg Mattison had coached all over
the country. The Madison, Wis., native was a high school head coach in
Wisconsin from 1971 to 1975. He held various positions at Cornell,
Northwestern, Western Michigan, Navy and Texas A&M from 1976 to 1991.

MARK FRIEDMAN/D)
Mattison's efforts could be seen by the standout play by players like Williami Cam

He took the
same position he
currently holds at
Michigan -
defensive coordi-
nator. He took the
same position,
the one he was
promoted to for
doing things like
telling the
Wolverines how
important it is to
beat the hated

Wolverines win
clash with Titans
Blowout keeps Michigan unbeaten

NICHOLAS J.
COTSONIKA
The Greek
Speaks

Fighting Irish - one of Michigan's
most bitter rivals. He took the same
position.
At Notre Dame.
I talked to a player last night. He
found out about it on ESPN2's ticker
wire, that little thing that gives fans
scores and tidbits in a tiny blue region
on the bottom of television screens.
He plays defense, the area Mattison
coaches, and he had no idea it was
coming.
A punch in the stomach.
He had no idea his coach was leav-
ing him. He found out by watching
television, when he was trying to relax
after a night of studying. He found out
at 12:30 p.m.
It was like finding out your parents
were splitting up, on television, at
12:30 p.m., when you were just talk-
ing to them hours before. After all,
this player spends a lot of time around
Mattison, and Mattison runs a large
portion of his life.
It breaks your heart, and it makes
you mad.
The player did not want his name
used, but he did want one word used.
That word is "traitor," which the
player said is the kind of man who
does this kind of thing to the people
he says he loves.
A slap in the face.
Maybe Mattison is doing this for his
family. His children are rapidly
approaching college age, and Notre
Dame coaches get to send their chil-
dren to Notre Dame for free. No
See COTSONIKA, Page 19

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
All signs pointed to it. It should have
happened. It might have even been best
for Michigan.
The seventh-ranked Wolverines were
supposed stay on their downward spiral
of recent poor play that began with a
six-point victory over Cleveland State
and continued with an narrow escape
from Bradley in overtime. When Detroit
Michigan 75
Detroit 59

(2-3) came to Crisler Arena last night as
Michigan's third straight unranked
opponent, it seemed as if the
Wolverines' late-game luck was sure to
run out.
But the Wolverines (4-0) used their
last two games as a wake-up call and
defeated the Titans by a margin they
should have, 75-59.
The key to Michigan's victory was its
second-half dominance on the boards.
The Wolverines outrebounded the
Titans 27-8 after halftime, and 49-28 for
the game.
"In the second half, we were much
smoother with the way we played,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We
were much more aggressive. Instead of
us hoping to get every rebound, we got
every rebound. That's how we need to
play."
Leading the second-half charge for

the Wolverines were Maurice Taylor and
Robert Traylor, two Detroit nat'
playing against several opponents t
they knew prior to coming to An
Arbor. The 16-point victory was made
all that much sweeter with that motiva-
tional tool in place.
"Knowing everyone that you're play-
ing against gets you up for the game,"
Traylor said. "It feels good to beat them,
because I came down to Michigan.;ari
Detroit for where I was going to school.
"I'm 2-0 against Detroit, so it looks
like I made a good decision" 9
Traylor matched his career-high in
rebounds with 12, including seven on
the offensive glass, and scored five of
his nine points within a minute that
increased Michigan's lead to 16 and put
away the Titans for good.
"We had them up against the ropes in
the second half," Taylor said. "The thing
I liked was that we didn't let them off.
We took their hearts from them, and
kept it that way. We didn't give the
chance to get back in the game."
Late in the first half, though, it was
Michigan which needed to get back
into the game. Down, 36-31, Louis
Bullock hit a 3-pointer with two sec-
onds remaining in the first half to give
Michigan momentum going into the
break.
The Wolverines carried that emo-
tion through the break, as they scored
the first six points of the second
And when Leon Derricks drew I s
fourth foul with over 16 minutes to
play, Detroit didn't have enough big
bodies to stop Michigan's dominant
inside play.
See TITANS, Page 19

SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Michigan's Maurice Taylor scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 75-59 victory over Detroit.

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Schedule
Today
Men's gymnastics hosts Maize and Blue Intrasquad, Cliff Keen Arena, 7 p.m.
Women's swimming and diving at Miami (Ohio) Invitational, Oxford, 9:30 a.nr,
(preliminaries), 6:30 p.m. (finals)
Wrestling at Las Vegas Classic, Las Vegas, Nev., all day
Tomorrow
Women's gymnastics hosts Maize and Blue Intrasquad, Cliff Keen Arena, 7 p.m.y'
Women's-swimming and diving at Miami (Ohio) Invitational, Oxford, 9:30 a.m.
(preliminaries), 6:30 p.m. (finals)
Wrestling at Las Vegas Classic, Las Vegas, Nev., all day
Hockey vs. Ferris State, Big Rapids, 7 p.m.
Sunday
Men's basketball vs. Duke, Durham, N.C., 1:30 p.m. (ABC)
Women's basketball vs. Central Michigan, Mt. Pleasant, 2 p.m.

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