White dismissed from basketball team, leaves 'U'
By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan sophomore forward Albert
White has been dismissed from the team per-
manently, Michigan coach Steve Fisher said
in a prepared announcement on Friday.
White. already suspended for the semester,
1 'lected to withdraw from school accord-
ing to Fisher and White's teammates.
White had been suspended three weeks ago
by Fisher for violating an undisclosed team
rule. Fisher had planned to re-evaluate
White's status at the end of the semester, but
Fisher decided White wasn't holding his end
of the bargain.
"This has been a difficult decision," Fisher
said. "It had been my hope that our efforts on
Albert's behalf would result in his making the
same commitment to the program.
"It is now clear that Albert has failed to
make such a commitment, and my obligation
to the team, the Michigan basketball program
and the University of Michigan demands this
action on my part."
White's only comment was: "I don't really
want to talk about it right now."
University Athletic Director Joe Roberson
told The Ann Arbor News that the rules White
broke to earn the suspension were continuing
to be violated.
While no one would disclose why White
was suspended in the first place, sources say
White has missed some classes, a statement
that his mother, Lynda Donald, confirmed.
"I know he missed some classes," Donald
said. "This was the right decision for Albert to
While Donald also said White was staying
with cousins in Detroit to avoid the media,
White's teammates say he's staying with
friends in Ypsilanti for the same reason.
White never moved into his residence hall,
living instead with center Robert Traylor and
guard Brandun Hughes in an off-campus
apartment until this weekend teammates said.
White will have to sit out a year if he choos-
es to transfer to another Division I program.
He could, however, play immediately at a
Division III school.
His departure leaves the Wolverines with
just a seven-man rotation until freshman cen-
ter Peter Vignier is ready to play at the college
level. Walk-ons Ron Oliver and Ryan
DeKuiper may see more playing time than
With junior Willie Mitchell having trans-
ferred to Alabama-Birmingham over the sum-
mer, that leaves junior Jerod Ward as
Michigan's only small forward.
White, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound swingman.
improved dramatically during his freshman
year. He averaged nine points and five
rebounds a game but brought those numbers
up to 13 points and seven rebounds at the end
of the Big Ten season.
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championship banner. team, and we're not going to back down
ight was the chance to from anyone.
Twenty-four seconds later, Michigan
5-1-0 CCHA, 8-1-0 over- defenseman Bubba Berenzweig and
e weekend with two victo- Bowling Green forward Dan Price were
were well-earned. Friday's ejected for another fight, also eliminat-
rer Ohio State (2-3-0, 2-7- ing them from their teams' next contests.
al from the outset as Ohio Michigan coach Red Berenson
slow down Michigan. But expressed his distress with the game.
rcame the clutch-and-grab "It's kind of a bittersweet win," he
ut distance between the said. "It's tough as I sit here and deplore
Buckeyes with a three-goal good players who won't be able to play
in the next game."
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nst Bowling Green (2-4, 6- Warren Luhning scored the tie-breaking
goal for the Wolverines at 12:20 of third
4-1 victory could have period - giving Michigan a lead it
n in restraint. But by the would not relinquish.
n forward Matt Herr sealed Herr approached the net, passed
the final goal at 18:54 of across the crease to Luhning, who one-
d, that hope was gone. timed a shot past Bowling Green goal-
he contest, Bowling Green tender Mike Savard for the go-ahead
e Faulkner let loose a two- score and his second goal of the night.
h on Michigan's Greg Botterill added an insurance goal at
uring Crozier's left arm, 16:19 of the third on a unique pass from
rozier to the hospital. Michigan forward Mike Legg.
assistant captain Jason "(Botterill) broke towards the net and
particular exception to the the only way I thought to get it to him
gan exchanging blows with was between my legs:' Legg said. "I
captain, Mike Johnson. fired it ... to where I thought (Botterill
gled out Johnson, the would) be, and he knocked it in."
en captain, after Johnson The lack of scoring earlier spurred the
Michigan captain Brendan third-period drama.
The first period was calm and com-
ued, and when the fists petitive, with Bowling Green repeatedly
g, three Michigan players thwarting Michigan's scoring chances.
Crozier) and two Bowling The Wolverines finally slipped a goal
s were ejected from the past Savard to establish a 1-0 lead on
ame disqualifications and Luhning's wrist shot from just in front of
r subsequent contests this the net.
gan plays Michigan State. Michigan center John Madden headed
orwards Botterill and Bill toward the net at 7:10 into the first peri-
11 not play against the od and dropped off the puck for
Botterill feels no remorse See FALCONS, Page 6B
By Ryan White
WEST LA-AYETTE - It would
take Sigmund Freud years to figure out
why Michigan's Rose Bowl dream
became a nightmare Saturday.
The short version of the explanation,
however, would probably go like this:
the ninth-ranked Wolverines turned the
ball over five times and lost to Purdue,
9-3, in front of 40,624 at Ross-Ade
The loss was Michigan's first to the
Boilermakers since 1984, and it effec-
tively removed the Wolverines from
contention for the Big Ten champi-
S M hgPurdue
onship and the Rose Bowl.
"We had our destiny in our hands,
and we gave it up," a solemn Charles
Woodson said after the game. "We gave
With last week's victory over
Michigan State, and Northwestern's
loss to Penn State, Michigan could have
earned a trip to Pasadena with victories
over Purdue, Penn State and Ohio
In terms of the Rose Bowl, none of
that matters anymore.
Aside from the five turnovers,
Michigan gained just 56 yards on the
ground and was completely ineffective
on offense all afternoon.
Purdue's defense entered the game
ranked 10th in the conference in total
defense, but for most of the day, it had
Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach
on the run and on the turf.
Dreisbach was sacked only twice but
was rushed on nearly every passing
See PURDUE, Page 48
Senior Derrick Winston celebrates the one and only victory over Michigan of his career.
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The Run for the Roses becomes the limp to Texas
ST LAFAYETTE - Sometimes
there are no answers. Sometimes
there are only questions.
Take, for instance, Michigan's game at
Purdue on Saturday. Entering the game, the
ninth-ranked Wolverines were a two-touch-
down favorite over a team that hadn't beaten a
top-10 team since 1984.
So what do the Wolverines do? They go out
and lose, 9-3, to one of the Big Ten's perenni-
al cellar-dwellers. Who is to blame for the
nlx _,rinec' wrct nerformance of the season?
How could they play so poorly when so much
was at stake?
The questions go on and on. And they have
no end in sight.
"It's a very disappointing loss, because the
Big Ten championship for us is out the win-
dow," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
Michigan turned in easily its worst offen-
sive performance of the season against the
second-worst defense in the Big Ten. The
Boilermakers, ninth in the conference in pass-
in efficiencv defense. completely befuddled
quarterback Scott Dreisbach and the
Michigan passing attack.
Dreisbach threw two interceptions, fumbled
once, and was sacked twice. He appeared to
fumble on a couple of other occasions, but the
officials generously ruled the plays incom-
In short, the Boilermakers blitzed all after-
noon, and Dreisbach had no idea how to
react. Instead of calling audibles at the line of
scrimmage, he would usually stick with the
See PARADISE, Page 48