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-- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 11, 1996

A second
chance at
first place
for Blue
Large returning crop
revives title hopes
By TJ. Berka
Fr the Daily
In golf, a common request for the
average duffer is to ask to take a
Tulligan, or a second chance at a
The Michigan men's golf team
looks to take a second chance this
season, as they try to advance into
the golfing elite with nine out of ten
4f their main tournament players
* This situation is similar to last
yar, as the Wolverines returned nine
of 10 players from the team that
earned a 12th-place regional finish
ii 1994-95.
i However, Michigan never got on
tuack last season, with its highest
regular-season tournament finish
being a fifth-place showing at the
lorida Atlantic/PGA Invitational
tournament last October in Palm
Ieach, Fla.
7"I thought we would have a very
good team last year, so our season
vas somewhat disappointing,"
I ichigan coach Jim Carras said.
With nine out of 10 players return-
ing, our expectations were signifi-
dantly higher."
However, there was a silver lining
4t the Big Ten tournament last
spring, when Michigan tied for
furth place and narrowly missed the
central regional tournament. This
finale has lent optimism for the
1.996-97 season.
_ "With nine out of 10 players once
again returning, we should be very
gompetitive this season," Carras

The Michigan men's golf team returns nine of its 10 members for the second year in a row. This time, Wolverine coach Jim
Carras hopes that the Wolverines' experience will result in more victories.

Michigan State to
conduct internal probe
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan State's athletic department has paid more than
$650,000 for an internal investigation of alleged violations of NCAA rules,
according to a published report.
That sum represents cash payments to Bond Schoeneck, a Kansas City. Mo.,
law firm hired by the university to conduct the internal probe, The Detroit News
reported in yesterday's editions.
The billings cover the 16 months between December 1994, when ex-Spartan
Roosevelt Wagner's allegations of wrongdoing became public, through March
of this year. Michigan State officials said they did not know why they haven't
received any bills from Bond Schoeneck since then.
The payments were made from the athletic department's emergency fund,
Athletic Director Merritt Norvell said. He told the News on Monday that he did
n't know how much money was in the emergency fund, but that it was not "dan
gerously depleted."
The payments nevertheless represent nearly half of the athletic department's
1995 profit of about SI.4 million, Norvell said.
"If I had it, I could better support my athletes, coaches and facilities and get,
a lot farther toward the goals we're trying to accomplish," he said.
Several attorneys from Bond Schoeneck joined Michigan State officials at a
June I hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. The committee is
expected to announce soon whether penalties already imposed by university
President M. Peter McPherson were sufficient or if Michigan State should be,
punished further.
McPherson led the school's defense at that hearing.
He hoped to head off tougher NCAA sanctions in April by voluntarily 'for-
feiting all five of the Spartans' 1994 football victories because of rules viola-
The NCAA, in a letter of inquiry, cited claims that an academic adviser press;
sured faculty to change players' grades and urged a student to feign mental ill
ness to get an extension for course work, and that a Florida man gave gifts to
McPherson has denied other allegations, including a claim that the universi-
ty demonstrated a lack of institutional control and monitoring between the
1989-90 and 1994-95 school years.
Ann Arbor's Salmeen a
finalist for NCAA honor
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Ann Arbor's Annette Salmeen, who
swims at UCLA, was one of 10 finalists for its 1996 Woman of the Year
Award, announced Monday by the NCAA.
Salmeen, the first American-born female Olympian out of UCLA in 20
years, finished fourth in the consolation final of the 200-meter butterfly at
She also won the 200 butterfly in the NCAA championships held in her
hometown in March.
The Woman of the Year Award recognizes intercollegiate female athletes for
outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community leadership. +
The other finalists are: Mary Alice Brady, track and field, Boston College;
Amy DeVasher, swimming, University of Alabama; Billie Winsett Fletcher,
volleyball, University of Nebraska; Kristi Kloster, track-cross country,
University of Kansas; Marya Morusiewicz, volleyball, Barry University;
Nikki Nicholson, volleyball, University of Georgia; Jenni Rademacher, bas-
ketball, North Dakota State University; Samantha Salvia, field hockey, Old
Dominion University, Katie Smith, basketball and track and field, Ohio State
The 10 finalists were selected by a special committee of athletics adminis
trators from National Collegiate Athletic Association member schools. A
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the winner. The
award will be presented Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Mo.

Two luminaries returning to the
links are junior Keith Hinton and
redshirt freshman Michael Harris,
who competed in the U.S. Amateur in
Other Wolverines returning to the
team this season include seniors
Adam Anderson, Kyle Dobbs, Justin
Hicks, Brent Idalski and Dave
Jasper, along with junior Isaac
Hinkle and sophomore Mike
Chris Brockway, the only player to
exhaust his eligibility last season, is
still around as the undergraduate
assistant coach.
Even with the talent that has accu-
mulated in Ann Arbor the past few
seasons, the Wolverines have their
work cut out for them in the Big Ten.
A big challenge is sure to come
from Ohio State, a national power

that has been the home of golfing
greats such as Jack Nicklaus. The
Buckeyes, who won the Big Ten title
a year ago, look to improve on last
season, when they came within one
stroke of the NCAA finals.
Also sitting near the top of the Big
Ten is Indiana, the only team in the
conference to make it to the NCAA
finals. The Hoosiers also return Big
Ten Player of The Year Randy Leen.
Minnesota, 12th place in the central
regional last year, boasts individual
regional champion Rob Kerr.
Northwestern, which finished 13th
in regionals, also looks to stake its
claim to the Big Ten title.
Michigan gets an early indicator of
where it stands this weekend at the
Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational
Tournament in Colorado Springs,
Colo. The 24-team tournament, host-

ed by the Air Force Academy, was
won last year by Rice, who returns to
defend its title.
California, which lost to Rice last
year in a tiebreaker, returns from a
season in which the Golden Bears
finished 50th in the nation.
Nebraska and Iowa State, Central
regional qualifiers last year, will also
join the fray in Colorado Springs.
However, of more relevance to the
Wolverines, conference rivals
Illinois and Purdue will also be in
tourney, giving Michigan an early
indication of its place in the Big Ten
The Wolverines received good
karma during their last trip to
Colorado Springs two years ago,
when they finished third and
Brockway came away with the indi-
vidual title.

continued from Page 10
"Linsey did a nice job blocking,"
Qiovanazzi said.
Sophomore outside hitter Jeanine
Szczesniak tied her career high with
four total blocks, to go along with her
r) kills and had 13 digs.
The Wolverines were the better

team defensively, outdiging the
Rockets 70-55, and outblocked them
Outside hitter Karen Chase, anoth-
er sophomore, contributed 15 kills,
and had a .423 hitting percentage.
Senior outside hitter Colleen Miniuk
had six kills and six digs.
In all, twelve Michigan players saw
action in the match.

Wendy Nicholson led Toledo with
17 kills but her hitting percentage was
only .079. Amy DeLong had 49
assists for the Rockets, Lauren
Waldrop had three blocks and Angie
May had 11 kills and 16 digs.
The Wolverines will return to
action this weekend at the Spikeoff
Spokane Tournament in Spokane,

On Friday Michigan faces Gonzaga
at 7 p.m., and then they have to come
right back and play two matches
The Wolverines play George Mason
at 10 a.m., and then will see Wyoming
at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan doesn't return home to
Cliff Keen Arena until Sept. 20 when
they will host Notre Dame.





Continued from Page 10
Still, the idea of Wheatley peddling
designer threads may have been a bit dis-
concerting for rough-and-tumble
Wolverine football fans who remember
him as the hard-nosed, physical running
back who led Michigan to its only post-
Schembechler Rose Bowl victory.
Nonetheless, Wheatley sported the
snazzy duds while he signed autographs
and talked with fans. And while he was
clearly in town on business, he couldn't
help but be reminded of the old days,
when he went to Michigan Book and
Supply to pick up his textbooks, not sign
"It feels good (to be back on cam-
pus)," Wheatley said after the autograph
session. "Things haven't changed. It's
nice to see that everything is still the way
it was when I was here."
Well, not everything.
The football program has slipped into
a pattern of second-tier bowl appear-
ances since Wheatley made his move to
the pro ranks. But the former All-Big
Ten running back thinks that this year's
squad has a chance to take the maize-
and-blue back to the Rose Bowl.
"(The Wolverines) have a strong team
this year," Wheatley said. "They just
have to stay healthy.
"It's hard to predict the Big Ten, but
whoever stays healthy throughout the
season is usually who comes out on top.
It's a very physical conference, so you've
got to stay healthy."

Staying healthy has been a bit of a
problem for Wheatley, who had his rook-
ie campaign cut short due to injury. But
he says he feels healthy, and he's ready to
do some damage to NFL defenses..
In fact, Wheatley said the switch to
the NFL hasn't been that much of an
adjustment at all.
"The NFC East is just like the Big
Ten," he said. "The weather is usually
terrible - especially in Giants Stadium
- there's very little passing, and it's just
tough, hard-nosed football. Whichever
team runs the ball best is gonna win.
"The biggest difference in the players
is with the interior linemen, the big guys
up front. They're a lot quicker, a lot
faster than at the college level. But the
other positions -- quarterbacks and
wide receivers - they're just about the
Although Wheatley says the football
is what he expected, the Big Apple is a
different story entirely.
"It's ... well, it's an experience' he
says, rolling his eyes. "You think Ann
Arbor is a diverse city? This is nothing
compared to New York."
Wheatley's rookie season was one that
he'd rather forget. A preseason holdout
cost him training-camp experience, and
injuries raised questions about his dura-
This season, Wheatley has been used
to spell Rodney Hampton, who gets
most of the carries at running back for
the Giants. New York media have begun
to question the wisdom of drafting the
Michigan alum. Wheatley, however, says
he has no problem with the media.

Instead, he hints that not all is fair and
just within the Giants' organization.
"In college ball, the best eleven guys
are always on the field," Wheatley said.
"In the pros, it doesn't work that way all
the time. There's so much more politics
at work in pro ball - things like money,
and other things.
"I had an outstanding camp, and -a
great preseason. I've gotten to the point
where my teammates know, and some of
the coaches know ... that I should be the
guy out there. But all I can really do is
keep working hard" - he smiles -
"and keep my mouth closed."
Does Wheatley feel like he's being
cheated in New York?
"It's like going to the bank, and
depositing a thousand dollars," he say.
"Then when you go and check you
account, there's only 600 in there. That's
exactly how I feel."
Of course, Wheatley is aware that the
Michigan football team will hav'e prob-
lems of its own when it visits Colorado
this week. His only advice to the current
Wolverines is to learn from the last
meeting between the two teams.
"We rested a little bit at the end of that
game'" Wheatley says, referring to thY
now-famous prayer-like touchdown by
the Buffaloes that shocked Michigan in
1994. "We thought we had it won, and
you can't do that - especially when
you're playing a team with great athletes,
like Colorado.
"When you see highlights of college
football, you always see two things,"
Wheatley says. "Doug Flutie's Hail
Mary and Michigan versus Colorado.'

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