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Seattle 106. TORONTO 98 New Jersey 2, OTTAWA 1
CLEVELAND 73, Atlanta 63 PITTSBURGH 4, St. Louis 2
New York 92, ORLANDO 88 TAMPA BAY 3, Los Angeles 0
HOUSTON 122, Minnesota 93 TORONTO 4, Buffalo 3
MILWAUKEE 100, Dalas 97 WASHINGTON 2, Boston 2
Miami 104, DENVER 86

November 20, 1996

It's official: Holtz
leaves Fighting Irish

SOUTH BEND (AP) - Lou Holtz
tried to treat yesterday like any other
Tuesday. If he tried hard enough,
maybe he could convince himself he
wasn't really leaving Notre Dame.
But his cover was blown as soon as
-he arrived for his weekly news con-
ference. A cameraman reached out to
hug Holtz as he passed, and the coach
paused for a moment to return the
embrace. Then he walked onto the
stage and confirmed what everyone
already knew.
After II seasons at Notre Dame,
Lou Holtz is leaving.
"I" feel worse than I've felt in a
long time," he said. "I do not feel
good about this at all. But I do think
it's the right thing to do."
Holtz's successor hasn't been
named, but the new coach is expected
to be in place by early December.
Northwestern's Gary Barnett and
Irish defensive coordinator Bob
DIaie are considered the top con-
tenders for college football's glamour
Yesterday, however, the focus was
on Holtz, and he did things his way.
He insisted on spending the first few
minutes of the news conference dis-
cussing Saturday's game against
Rutgers, his final appearance at
Notre Dame Stadium. Only after he
was finished would he address the

subject everyone wanted to discuss.
For 75 minutes, he talked about his
love for the university and his play-
ers, and how honored lie is to have
coached here. He was calm and com-
posed the entire time, his voice
catching briefly when he talked about
his players and his childhood.
He could give no explanation for
why lie is leaving, except that lie
thinks it's the right thing to do. He
said he's glad he won't break Knute
Rockne's record of 105 victories at
Notre Dame, but said that isn't why
he's leaving.
Holtz is 99-29-2 at Notre Dame -
six wins shy of tying Rockne's Irish
school victory record - and 215-94-
7 overall.
And despite rumors that he
resigned to go to the NFL, possibly to
the Minnesota Vikings, Holtz, 59,
said he has no future plans. He still
wants to coach, he just doesn't know
"I felt this would be the end of my
life," he said, referring to his coach-
ing tenure at Notre Dame. "It's hard
for me to even think of coaching
anywhere else. ... But if I feel the
way I do today, I would still want to
Though it was obvious Holtz is leav-
ing Notre Dame reluctantly, he said
See HOLTZ, Page 12

leers roll lucky 7,e
sign fbrecruits
By Jim Rose step in and have an impact immediately.
Daily Sports Writer "They'll hav e the opportunity to add
Michigan hockey coach Red something right away:" Pearyon :i'
Berenson expected the multimillion-dol- "We recruited these playe~ 's v ith
lar improvements to Yost Ice Arena to intention they would come in and maik
provide a boost in recruiting. But so far, an impact"
the Wolverines are doing just fine with- Center Mark Kosick headlines the
out the help of their new facilities. offensive signees. Pearsoi said he 1s
Michigan announced yesterday the play maker, "not unlike - Brendtn
signings of seven players - four for- Morrison." Kosick currently plays in the
wards and three defensemen -- to letters British Columbia Junior Hockey League
of intent during the early signing period. - the same league that Morrison played
Six of the players committed last in before coming to Ann Arbor.
spring, when the new, improved Yost was Troy Kahler (6-foot, 185 pounds) and
still the old, rickety Yost, Berenson said. Geoff Koch (6-2, 190) are both biV
Seven recruits at any time would be physical wingers. Scott Matzka, w'ho can
impressive, but Berenson said he was play all three forward positions, rounds
especially happy about landing such a out the offensive group.
large group during the early signing The defensive signees include Ryan
period. VanBuskirk and Mike VanRyn. VanRynii
"It's not really a great year for recruit- plays for the London Nationals cur-
ing," Berenson said. "For us to come up rent Michigan senior Mike Legg's prei-
with seven good players (this early) is ous team.
amazing." Scott Crawford, a 6-foot. 185-pound
Berenson said lie hopes to add at least right-handed shooter, is the third
two more recruits before next season, defenseman.
but lie gave most of the credit for the "It's really tough on a program
early signings to assistants Mel Pearson lose that many players in one year,
and Billy Powers. Berenson said of Michigan's graduat-
The signings come at a crucial time ing class. "This senior class is an
for Michigan, which loses a nine-senior exceptional class. They have been an
y nucleus at the end of this season. The exceptional class from the nioment
coaching staff expects the new arrivals to they got here."
ough physical play

One of Michigan's new recruits may take Brendan Morrison's place next season.
Morrison fights thr

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
It's Saturday night. Bowling Green is
leading the Michigan hockey team, 2-1,
late in the second period at BGSU Ice
Arena. The Falcons gain control of the
puck in their own zone. Within seconds,
the Falcons advance the puck down the
ice and score. The sellout crowd erupts.
Their Falcons have taken a two-goal
lead over the defending national cham-
Meanwhile. Michigan center Brendan
Morrison is still all the way back in the
Bowling Green zone, against the boards
opposite the Michigan bench.
The senior captain had been taken out
of the play, completely, by Bowling
Green center Curtis Fry, who clutched,
grabbed, and did anything he could to
keep Morrison far away from the action.
Unfortunately for Morrison, this was
not an isolated incident.
Game after game, opposing teams
have made concerted, sometimes blatant,
efforts to stop Morrison by any means

"It gets a bit frustrating -the clutch-
ing and grabbing," Morison said. "It's
really hard to get into it sometimes when
someone's always holding your stick."
And it's not just happening to
Morrison. Teams including Ohio State,
Michigan State and Bowling Green have
resorted to overly physical tactics recent-
ly in attempts to stop the Wolverines.
"At times it gets a little bit out of con-
trol," Morrison said. "Last few games,
that's all teams are trying to do to us -
haul us down and hold us. They feel
that's the only way they can beat us."
But clearly, Morrison is the Wolverine
that opponents have keyed on -- and his
numbers are sufferine.
After I I games last season, Morrison
had nine goals and 20 points. 'Through
11 games this season, he has 19 points,
but only four goals.
His point total has not dropped signif-
icantly, thanks to a slight increase in
assists -- which is part of the problem.
"Early on in the first few games, that
was my big problem." Morrison said. "I
had a couple chances right in the slot to

shoot and I was dishing pucks off."
Linemate and assistant captain Jason
Botterill said he should be doing a better
job feeding Morrison the puck.
"I wish I could help him out a little
more." Botterill said. "It doesn't seem
like I'm getting the puck to him as much
as I should."
But there's only so much Morrison's
teammates can do when opposing teams
continuously key on Michigan's captain.
"I think he's taken an exceptional
amount of personal attention and abuse
from other teams, to the point where it's
probably helped other players on our
team," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "But it hasn't helped Brendan."
The officials don't seem to helping
out Morrison either.
"I tell (the officials) all the time -
watch the stuff behind the play and in
front of the net," Morrison said.
"They just say, 'Yeah. We'll watch it,
we'll watch it.' But it doesn't really
seem like we're getting too many calls
right now. But I can't blame the offi-
ciating at all. It works both ways

"We've always had a pretty good te ii
here, and sometimes officials just rt'
against us because of our name 4
Michigan. They feel like we're capable
of maybe fighting through that stuf."
If anyone can lead the Wolverines
through that "stuff," it's Morrison.
While Morrison is not leading the
team statistically, lie still leads.
On the ice, Morrison leads by cxa4
ple. On a team that has spent too much
time in the penalty box so far this seasn,
Morrison has accumulated only I8
penalty minutes - compared to his line-
mates Bill Muckalt and Botterill wIo
have spent 31 minutes and 39 minUts,
respectively, in the box.
More important, however, may he
Morrison's leadership off the ice.
Michigan's only loss of the season:
come at the hands of Michigan State
Nov. 2. Throughout the game, the
Michigan State defense blocked sot
after shot by the Wolverines.
Following the game, Morrison s g-
See MORRISON, Page 12

Note Dame football coach Lou Holtz resigned yesterday after 11 years.

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O hio State is
anked No.
2. Michigan
is ranked No. 21.
Ohio State is unde-
feated. Michigan
has lost three
games. Ohio State
hosts Michigan this
Saturday, and to
Ohio State coach
John Cooper, one
thing is clear.

And that's not bad for a Buckeye.
"You can pretty much throw out the
records and the rankings that day,'
Cooper said. "On that particular day,
players make plays. Earl Bruce was
right, in this game, it all comes down to
players making plays."
Simple though it may be -- Cooper
and his school's student body have
never been accused of mental complex-
ity - Cooper's theory works.
Michigan-Ohio State is one of the pre-
mier rivalries in all of college football

The Greek

for that reason. Both schools have tradi-
tion, recruit well, and carry those two
things into every game.
Big players. Big plays.
Look at recent history. Since 1988,
Michigan is 6-1-1 against Ohio State,
and most of those games were decided
by someone who stepped up - and by
someone forgetting to explain to the
Buckeyes that they had to score more
points than Michigan to win.
Who could forget last season's game?
Michigan beat the then second-
ranked Buckeyes, and the victory was
largely a product of then-freshman
Charles Woodson's efforts.
Woodson, a cornerback, covered
Ohio State wide receiver Terry Glenn,
an All-America candidate, future NFL
star and bigmouth. Big players.

Before the game, Glenn had said
"Michigan is nobody." After the gamc,
he refused to comment.
That was because Woodson beat him
all day, intercepting two passes. His
first interception led to a touchdown,
and his second killed Ohio State's fMal
scoring opportunity. The game made
Cooper's record against Michigan a di
mal 1-6-1. Big plays.
Folks in Columbus still call for
Cooper's head every year at this
time. Beat Michigan or else. Beat
Michigan or your players will hiave
to study. Beat Michigan or go into
shoe-shining with the Ohio State
alumni club.
"No one has more respect for
Michigan football than John Cooper

The Office of the Vice President for Research Presents
a Distinguished Lecture on National Research Policy
The Globalization
of Technology
Wednesday, November 20, 1996
4:00 pm
Rackham Amphitheatre
Dr. Mary L. Good
Under Secretary for Technology

The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
is now accepting applications for
Student Program Host
positions for the King/Chavez/Parks
College Day Spring Visitation Program
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