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nA - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 1997
New York picks up problem player Peter from Patriots
Giants give second chance to former Cornhusker; Fassel hires former Raider defensive coordinator John Fox

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Controversial
defensive lineman Christian Peter signed a contract yes-
terday with the New York Giants.
Peter was drafted by the New England Patriots in the
fifth round in April but was released three days later
because the team said it did not realize the extent of his
legal problems.
During his college years, Peter was arrested for a vari-
ety of offenses, ranging from urinating in public to third-
degree sexual assault.
Peter is also the defendant in a civil suit in which a
former Nebraska student alleges Peter twice raped her.
In March, following an altercation in a bar, Peter
pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and was sen-
tenced to 10 days in jail.

The Giants decided to give Peter a second chance, pro-
vided he participated in a rehabilitation program that
includes substance abuse and psychological counseling,
treatment for attention deficit disorder and a program to
complete his undergraduate degree.
Also yesterday, new coach Jim Fassel said he hired ex-
Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator John Fox to the
same post with the Giants.
The hiring was Fassel's first since replacing Dan
Reeves as coach last week and came as something of a
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach John Pease
reportedly was the front-runner for the job, but Fassel
gave it to Fox, who coached at Oakland with him in

Fox didn't say why he left Oakland, although it was
widely rumored in the media that Raiders owner Al Davis
asked him to step down following a 27-6 exhibition loss
to Atlanta.
Fox spent this season as a consultant for the St. Louis
"It was important for me that I hire someone that I've
had some experience with and someone who I've seen
operate as a coordinator," Fassel said in a statement. "My
year with the Oakland Raiders I saw John do what I con-
sider an outstanding job of overall coordination of the
defense with a very sound scheme and outstanding moti-
vation of the players.
"John brings with him a wealth of experience and
knowledge, and the right kind of personality that I want

in a defensive coordinator," Fassel added.
Fox spent two seasons as the Raiders defensive coordi-
nator. Oakland allowed 319 yards and 29.8 points in his
second season, 1995.
"I am real excited about being here as part of the New
York Giants organization," Fox said in a statement.
"I consider coach Fassel an excellent coach. I k*no
that he is goinig to do an outstanding job. h a great to be
a part of his program.'
Fox coached mainly in college ranks from 1978-88. lIe
came to the NFL in 1989 as the Pittsburgh Steelers sec-
ondary coach.
He left in 1992 and spent two years as the secondary
coach with San Diego before becoming the Raiders'
defensive coordinator in 1994.

BYU's Stevenson pleads guilty to charges


MANTI, Utah (AP) - Brigham
Young football player Derik Stevenson
pleaded guilty yesterday to charges
stemming from a fight at a male beauty
pageant at Snow College.
Stevenson, 22, a special teams player
for the fifth-ranked Cougars, was arrest-
ed last week for allegedly discharging a
firearm during a fight.
During a hearing before 6th District
Judge Kay L. MelIf, Stevenson pleaded
guilty to one count of possession of a
dangerous weapon on school premises, a
class A misdemeanor, and an amended
charge of attempted threatening with or
using a dangerous weapon in a fight or a
quarrel, a class B misdemeanor.
Mciff ordered a presentence report
and set sentencing for March 19.
The class A charge carries a maxi-
mum penalty of up to one year in jail and
a $4,125 fine. The penalty for the class B
charge is up to six months in jail and a
S1,850 fine.
It was uncertain what Clfect ifany. the
charge and Stevenson's subsequent plea
might have on his BYU football career.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from
Diamond Bar, Calif. will be a sopho-
more next season.

A call to BYU athletic director Rondo
Fehlberg Wednesday afternoon was not
immediately returned.
Sanpete County Attorney Ross
Blackham said it appeared the incident
was "just a case of a bunch of people
using really poor judgment."
Blackham said authorities still do
not know what caused the fight, but
they have a pretty good idea what
Stevenson had gone to see a friend's
girlfriend dance at the Mr. Snow Contest
in the school's activities center, said Ron
Rasmussen, chief of the Ephraim Police
Sometime after the competition, a
group of men attacked a friend of
Stevenson in a campus parking lot,
Blackham said.
At some point, Stevenson obtained the
gun from an acquaintance, 26-year-old
Jason Tenney of Highland, and ran to the
aid of his friend.
When several people turned on him,
Stevenson fired the gun in the air five or
six times, Blackham said.
"Derik was not involved at all in the
initial fight." Blackham said. "I put more
blame on the other young man (Tenney)

for bringing the gun in the first place."
Stevenson and Tenney were the only
people arrested.
Tenney was charged with possession
of a dangerous weapon on school
premises and carrying a concealed dan-
gerous weapon, both class A misde-
Mciff appointed Tenney a public
defender and set a Feb. 5 hearing for him
to enter a plea
BERRINGER CRASH: A cockpit fuel lever
pushed only three quarters of an inch
closer to the "on" position may have
saved the life of former Nebraska quar-
terback Brook Berringer and his girl-
friend's brother, federal aviation officials
The National Transportation Safety
Board has concluded that pilot error and
strong winds led to the April 18 plane
crash that killed Berringer and Tobey
Berrn aer, wx ho helped the
Cornhuskers Oin national titles in
1994 and 1995, was flying the 1946
Piper J-3 Cub that crashed shortly after
taking off from a grass runway near

Berringer apparently failed to make
sure the engine was getting enough fuel
at takeoff, according to the NTSB report
issued this week.
The plane's fuel valve was in the "off"
position, while the cockpit fuel selector
was placed less than an inch from the
position needed to open the valve, t1
report said.
The aircraft's owner, Harry Barr, said
the fuel lever was always left in the "on"
"The pilot's failure resulted in a loss of
engine power due to fuel starvation dur-
ing the initial climb after takeoff," the
report said.
Safety officials said the plane's pro-
peller showed no evidence of engine
power at the time of impact.
A study of the plane's engine found 4
internal problems.
The gusty wind conditions at the time
of the accident also played a factor in
bringing down the 50-year-old plane.
investicators said.
Winds of up to 28 mph were reported
in the area at the time of the crash.
Berringer, 22, of Goodland, Kan.-nd
Lake, 32, of Aurora, Colo.. were pro-
nounced dead at the scene.

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fourth-place finish at the conference
championships last year, they are
always tough especially in
Urbanachek's teaii have lost tw o
meets in conlereince coipfet it1ion
since he took the head coaching
position in 1982.
Both of the losses have been at

The Hoosiers
Ten freestyler

are led

by All-Big

memories of Indiana.
Olympic trials were
Piersma, Malchow and

The 1996 should check the pool.
held in HALL OF FAMER: Former Michigan
swimmer and world record-holder
Lancaster Mike Barrowman was inducted into
all had the International Swimming Hall of
top-three Fame on Jan. 10.

the . Big
T e in
cha mpi-
last sea-
s o n
I Ld i a n a
also won
the 200

won the 50 and 100 free at

Next season, I am
going to give them all flu
shots. If need be, right
here in the office"
- Jon Urbanchek
Michigan men's swimming coach


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manlCCs i1
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ti rst ha! lot or which lie was elb .
lI I has Meci retired flar flor yeair
Barrowman is best known for his
1992 Olympic gold medal in tl;
200-meter breaststroke.
He broke his own world record six
times in the 200 breast. Barrowman
won many awards as a Wolverine. He
was a nine-time All-American while
at Michigan.
Barrowman also was named the
United States Swimming Swimmer
of the Year every year from 1989-91,
and in 1989 and 1990, he was name
World Swimmer of the Year.
He was also an Academic All-Big
Ten honoree three times.





by .23 seconds.
"(The Hoosiers) recruited very
well this year," Urbanchek said.
"They could give us a real challenge
this weekend, especially at their

the Olympic team.
Michigan hopes that its

cess continues, though it is shorthanded.
"Next season, I am going to give
them all flu shots," Urbanchek said.
"If need be, right here in the office."
if that doesn't work, maybe they

home pool."
Some of the Wolverines

have fond



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