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Scoreboard Detroit 83, PHILADELPHIA 81
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE L.A. Lakers 98. NEW YORK 92
CHICAGO 96. Vancouver 73
TORONTO 6, St. Louis 3 L.A. Clippers 82, DENVER 78
NATIONAL BASKETBALL Minnesota 98, PHOENIX 95
ANATION BASAtlanta 117, SEATTLE 95
TORNTO 100 Dallas 96 Portland 111, GOLDEN STATE 93
San Antonio 74, CLEVELAND 68Houston 102, SACRAMENTO 80

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Wednesday
November 6, 1996

12A

Blue icers return to Yost to
raise championship banner

1y James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
One last time to reflect, one last time
to cheer, one last time to salute
Michigan's 1996 NCAA champion
hockey team.
One more flashback to Brendan
Morrison's overtime poke-in goal
against Colorado College in Cincinnati.
One more chance to think back to
where you were and how you celebrated
that championship night in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines' 5-4 loss to Michigan
State last Saturday can be put on the
back burner for now.
It's Banner Night.
This is no ordinary game. In fact,
Michigan's conference battle against
Ohio State on Friday at 7 p.m. will have
two special significances.
. First and foremost, minutes before the
game, the banner commemorating last
season's national champions will be
unveiled and raised to the rafters.
Second, and not to be overlooked,
aftr sev games away from Yost Ice
Arena, he Wolverines will finally return
to all the familiar sights and sounds of
home.
Michigan will hear the raucous crowd
at Yost for a change, not at Joe Louis
Arena or the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, which
have been the closest the Wolverines
have come to skating on home ice so far
this season.

The game is in their barn. And the joint
is going to be rocking as the newly reno-
vated Yost Arena gets its newest decora-
tion.
A banner.
"It is going to bring back some mem-
ories from last year," Morrison said. "We
had quite a good run last season and it
was a lot of fun. It is definitely going to
get us pumped."
Michigan coach Red Berenson wasn't
with the team when the Wolverines last
celebrated a national championship in
1964. And the Wolverines didn't even
play at Yost, for that matter.
Berenson's last game as a Wolverine
player was in 1962. Yost became the
home of the Wolverines during the 1973-
74 season.
While players are looking more
toward the game at hand, they have been
anxious to see the banner, and it will be
a special moment for them in thdse few
minutes leading up to faceoff.
And the one memory that will stick
out is the players' reaction to Morrison's
goal.
"You're standing there, and he puts the
puck away," Michigan center Matt Herr
said. "First of all, it's a reality check, and
then from there, it was over the boards."
The Wolverines' goaltender, Marty
Turco, was on the other side of the ice
when Morrison scored.
"It's going to bring back memories of

how we won (the title)," Turco said. "It's
going to be good inspiration for this
year's freshmen and a good thing to look
upon for this team."
Left wing Jason Botterill is just look-
ing forward to playing in front of the
Michigan fans, not to mention the ban-
ner.
"I'm excited about playing back here
in Yost,' Botterill said. "It's going to be
real electrifying here come Friday night."
John Madden will have his uncle, aunt
and sister in the crowd to watch. Players
will have relatives and friends in atten-
dance.
Assistant coach Billy Powers, just like
Berenson, knows what it is like to play
for the Wolverines. Powers, who played
for Michigan from 1986-1988, knows it
will be a great moment for the fans.
"It's going to be a great feeling"
Powers said. "I'm sure it's going to be
extremely special for every fan and every
one who has been close to the program
from the band to (the people of Ann
Arbor), who have stuck with the program
and who have been waiting for this day."
The- festivities will get under way
approximately five to 10 minutes before
game time. The commemoration will
include a recap of Michigan's NCAA
championship season and a replay of the
radio call of the winning goal. The play-
ers will skate to center-ice and the banner
will be unveiled and raised to the rafters.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
After a tough loss to Michigan State on Saturday, Matt Herr and the Michigan hockey team hope to get the competitive fires
burning again when they raise their 1996 national championship banner Friday night at newly renovated Yost Ice Arena.
A g he H
Carr must prevent Boilers spoier

i's not much fun. And it certainly isn't easy. In fact, it's
probably a college football coach's toughest task. How do
you motivate your team to play an inferior opponent the
week after you have beaten your archrival?
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and his staff are searching for
the answer to this question as they ready the Wolverines for
Purdue. Michigan's victory over Michigan State was big, but
in the grand scheme of things - the Rose Bowl scheme of
things - it won't mean a thing if the Wolverines don't beat
the Boilermakers on Saturday in West Lafayette.
Thanks to its current three-game
winning streak, Michigan has a legiti-
mate shot at the Rose Bowl.
That could change in a hurry. The
Wolverines could end up spending the
holidays in Texas again.
The fourth-place Big Ten team
plays in the Alamo Bowl in San
Antonio, and the fifth-place team BARRY
travels to El Paso for the Sun Bowl. SOLLENBERGER
The Wolverines lost to Texas A&M in
the Alamo Bowl last season. Sollenberger
They might return. in Paradise
"The game we're trying to concen-
trate on is Purdue," Carr said. "I
believe very strongly that Purdue is a good football team."
If Carr truly believes that the Boilermakers are good -
meaning he's not just saying so to be nice - then he doesn't
know what he's talking about.
The Boilermakers are not a very good football team.
Purdue is just 2-6 this season and hasn't had a winning sea-
son since 1984. With this in mind, coach Jim Colletto turned
in his resignation Monday after 5 1/2 years in West Lafayette.
Colletto has agreed to coach his team throughout the remain-
der of the season.
Still, the Boilermakers could pose some problems for
Michigan this weekend. They have the motivations of play-
ing at home and just having lost their coach. And perhaps
most important, they are playing a Michigan team that has a
tendency to play its worst in this type of game.
The Wolverines should roll over Purdue. But then again,
they should have rolled over Boston College, Northwestern
and Indiana, too.
They won at Colorado, and then almost lost at home to
Boston College= They pounded UCLA, and then didn't
show up for the fourth quarter at Northwestern and lost.
Then after an off week, they almost lost to Indiana - the
worst team in the Big Ten.
Will this weekend mark another letdown? The stage is set

after Michigan State.
"(Purdue) is a very dangerous team and very well
coached," Carr said. "We obviously know this game has
major implications with the Big Ten championship."
Right now, the Wolverines control their own destiny, pro=
vided Ohio State beats Illinois and Indiana. If the Wolverines
win their last three games, they will go to Pasadena. But if
they are upset by Purdue, they are likely headed for a fourth-
or fifth-place Big Ten finish. And Michigan certainly knows
what that means - hello, Texas.
DROPPING LIKE FLIES: After just two coaching changes in
four years, the Big Ten recently lost two coaches in four days.
And two more could be on their way out.
Last Thursday, Indiana coach Bill Mallory was fired, and
Monday, Colletto announced his resignation - most certain-
ly under pressure - from Purdue. Both coaches will finish*
the season at their respective schools.
Minnesota coach Jim Wacker and Illinois coach Lou
Tepper could also be out of their jobs at season's end, possibly
giving the Big Ten four new coaches next season.
In the midst of all of the job instability, Carr had some kind
words for Colletto.
"He's a guy that in my view stands for what Big Ten foot-
ball should stand for," Carr said.
Still, it's difficult to find fault with administrators at
Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois for wanting to make
coaching changes. The four coaches in question are a com-
bined 127-181-8 at their respective schools.
WHOSE HEISMAN?: With three weeks remaining in the
season, the Heisman race is likely down to two players -
Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and Ohio State offensive
tackle Orlando Pace.
Much has been made of Pace's bid for the Heisman. The
award is supposed to be given to college football's top player,
but it is almost always given to college football's top skill-
position player.
Only one lineman has won the award. Quarterbacks, run-
ning backs and wide receivers dominate the voting.
Pace is in the running for Heisman because he dominates
the opposition. Many think he is the best college offensive
lineman in years after garnering consensus All-America hon-
ors as a sophomore last season.
Pace is, indeed, very, very good, but he doesn't deserve the
Heisman. Wuerffel does.
Wuerffel is the best player on arguably the best team in the
nation. He has only lost one game as a starter in the past two
years and has his team positioned to win the national champi-
onship Jan. 1 at the Sugar Bowl.
Of course, not everyone agrees.
"The Heisman Trophy is supposed to go to the best playet
in college football," Cooper said. "I don't see how you could-
n't at least consider Orlando Pace.'
Pace certainly will be considered for the award.
But he shouldn't win it.
- Barry Sollenberger can be reached over e-mail at
jsol W4umich.edu.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Indiana's Aaron Warnecke may have tackled Michigan tailback Clarence Williams successfully, but he and his Hoosier team-
mates must now tackle the offseason uncertainty of the search for a new head coach following Bill Mallory's resignation.

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