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Scoreboard NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Denver at OAKLAND, inc.
DETROIT 5, Hartford 1 NATIONAL BASKETBALL
BOSTON 4, Los Angeles 4ANATION
Tampa Bay 5, NW YORK RANGERS 3 ASSOCIATION
New York Islagers 4, PHILADELPHIA 3 tn at UTAH inc.
Atlanta at PORTLAND, inc.
Home teams in CAPS

Tuesday
November 5, 1996

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By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
Short of actually playing for
Purdue, there can't be much worse
than having to go to West Lafayette to
compete.
if you then sandwich the game
between contests against Michigan
State and Penn State, like Michigan is
ing this weekend, you have a some-
what fearful football coach.
" I'm extremely worried about
Purdue because of that very reason,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said about
having to play the Boilermakers after
an emotional win over the Spartans
last Saturday.
Purdue enters the game with a 2-6
overall record and only one victory in
e Big Ten. Purdue's only conference
Uctory came
against Minnesota,
a team Michigan
beat 44-10 two
weeks ago.
_T h e Notebook
Boilermakers did,
hotvever, jump out
to t 14-0 lead over
Ohio State on Oct.
19, before eventual-
losing, 42-14. Still, Carr was
mpressed by what he saw on the tape
- of that game.
*"If you watch tle tape of the Ohio
State-Purdue game, like I did, you
wouldn't think they have the record
they do," Carr said.
Now, due to the sudden resignation
of Purdue coach Jim Colletto,
Michigan has no idea what to expect
Saturday.
But no matter what Carr tells his
team about the Boilermakers, he
knows it is going to be tough to re-
focus them after last Saturday's, 45-
29, win over the Spartans.
It was a game many thought
Michigan State was more than capable
of winning. A Michigan loss would
have eliminated them from the Big
Ten race.
"Certainly I'm glad we won, but
ou wouldn't want to play that game
ore than once a year," Carr said. "It's
draining for the players and the coach-
,es."
Last season, on a sloppy field in
fueezing rain and snow, Michigan
fought to a 5-0 victory over Purdue.
Tight end Mark Campbell said Carr
has already reminded the Wolverines
of how close last year's game was,
referring to Purdue as the
"Spoilermakers."
And a Purdue victory would spoil a
lot for the Wolverines. Thanks to Penn
State's victory over Northwestern last
Saturday, Michigan's bowl destiny is
in its own hands.
If the Wolverines win their remain-
ing three games, they will go to the
Rose Bowl.
The players know there is no room
foranother slip up, but it would still be
See PURDUE, Page 15

!JNS
Colletto
quits job
as Purdue
coach
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - Jim
Colletto, unable to turn around a pro-
gram that has not had a winning season
since 1984, resigned yesterday as
Purdue football coach.
The Boilermakers are 2-6 this sea-
son. Colletto, who came to Purdue in
December 1990, compiled a 20-40-3
record in six seasons. He will coach the
final three games this season, and the
resignation will be effective when a
new coach is hired.
"I've decided that the timing is right
for me to step aside as head coach at
the end of this season. I am tired and
I'm concerned for my health," Colletto
said in a statement released through the
Purdue sports information office.
"I feel this program is on a firm
foundation now and is ready to move
back into the upper echelon of the Big
Ten. UI
"There's a fine
nucleus of players
coming back next
year. If they work
hard and develop a
winning attitude
behind a new
coach, they can get
this program
turned around."
Purdue plays Colletto
Michigan on
Saturday and at Northwestern on Nov.
16, then finishes the season at home the
following week against Indiana.
Colletto, 52, came to Purdue after
serving as offensive coordinator for
six years under John Cooper - three
years at Arizona State and three years
at Ohio State. Before that, he was
offensive coordinator at Purdue from
1982-84.
Colletto previously coached at Cal
State-Fullerton and was an assistant at
UCLA, Brown, Xavier and Pacific. His
overall record as a coach is 35-72-4.
"I have asked Jim to stay on through
next year to help with the transition to
a new coach," athletic director Morgan
Burke said.
"Jim has done a wonderful job
restoring credibility and competitive-
ness to our program and putting Purdue
football in a position to achieve the
kind of success in the future we can all
be proud of.
"Jim has worked hard for six years
and I appreciate his efforts."
Colletto's resignation came four days
after Bill Mallory was fired at Indiana.
The Boilermakers' best finish under
Colletto was the 4-5-2 in 1994.
Purdue's last winning season was
1984, when Colletto was an assistant
and the Boilermakers finished 7-5 with
a loss to Virginia in the Peach Bowl.
During his five years as head coach
at Cal State-Fullerton, he compiled a
17-38-1 record. His best year there was
5-7 in 1978.

Colletto has a losing record against
every Big Ten team. Against Ohio
State, Penn State and Michigan, he is 0-
11. Colletto also is 0-6 against Notre
Dame, one of Purdue's biggest rivals.

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MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily

Chris Howard and the Wolverines will try to avoid a letdown against the Boilermakers, who will have to deal with the stepdown of coach Jim Colletto.

The letdowns
Michigan's recent disappointing performances:
Year Opponent Result Score
1996 Northwestern Loss 17-16
1995 Texas A&M Loss 22-20
1995 Purdue Victory 5-0
1995 Michigan State Loss 28-25
1995 Northwestern Loss 19-13
1994 Wisconsin Loss 31-19
1994 Illinois Victory 19-14
1993 Michigan State Loss 17-7
1992 Illinois Tie 22-22
1990 Iowa Loss 24-23
1989 UCLA Victory 24-23
1988 Wake Forest Victory 19-9

Possible reason
Wildcats' history
Not the Rose Bowl
Hideous weather
Followed 52-17 win
Wildcats' history
Recent loss to Lions
Recent loss to Lions
Followed blowouts
8-0-1 record
Recent loss to State
Recent loss to Irish
Recent loss to Miami

Thp stepdown
Jim olletto's career coaching record:
Year School Won Lost Tie pct,
1975 Cal-State Fullerton 2 9 0 .182
1976 Cal-State Fullerton 3 7 1 .318
1977 Cal-State Fullerton 4 7 0 .364
1978 Cal-State Fullerton 3 8 0 .273
1979 Cal-State Fullerton 3 8 0 .273
1991 Purdue 4 7 0 ,364
1992 Purdue 4 7 0 .364
1993 Purdue 1 10 0 .090
1994 Purdue 4 5 2 .454
1995 Purdue 4 6 1 .409
1996 Purdue 2 6 0 .250
Total 36 79 4 .319

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