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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 17, 1997

'Nova's Thomas expected to enter Draft
Federal grand jury to investigate Fresno State basketball; 14 items listed in subpoenas

Thomas is leaving Villanova after
only one season of college basketball
to enter the NBA draft, published
reports said yesterday.
The 6-foot-9 1/2 freshman forward
averaged 16.9 points and six
rebounds a game for Villanova,
which finished the season 24-10 and
reached the second round of the
NCAA tournament.
An announcement is expected next
. Villanova spokeswoman Karen
Frascona was unable to confirm the

reports yesterday, saying Villanova
coach Steve Lappas and athletic
director Gene DeFilippo were out of
Thomas had been expected to
jump to the NBA.
As an underclassman, he's not
playing in the NBA predraft camps,
but is projected as a top lottery
Thomas was a 1996 high school
All-American at Paterson (N.J.)
He was one of the most high-pro-
file recruits in the history of 'the

Philadelphia-area's Big 5 universi-
FREESNO STATE: Fourteen types of
items were listed in subpoenas issued
by a federal grand jury investigating
allegations that Fresno State basket-
ball players shaved points, The
Fresno Bee reported yesterday.
The grand jury also has subpoe-
naed at least five people in the inves-
tigation of rumors focusing on
guards Dominick Young and Chris
Both have denied shaving points.
or trying to keep -a game's score.
below the point spread to favor cer-
tain gamblers.
Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian
said he hopes the investigation will
be completed soon.
"The faster they look at it, the
faster it'll get resolved," Tarkanian
"It doesn't concern me at all.
Hopefully, they'll get it wrapped up
"I'm real happy about that."

The Bee also reported yesterday
that the subpoenas show the Internal
Revenue Service has joined the FBI
in the investigation.
The IRS sought almost S 150,000
in back taxes from Tarkanian and his
wife, Lois, in 1995 for the value of
tickets he received from 1987-91 as
UNLV coach, according to the Las
Vegas Review-Journal.
The Tarkanians agreed to pay the
IRS $32,000 even though Tarkanian
said he gave most of the tickets away
and did not profit from them.
Tarkanian received 90 tickets for
each Fresno State game last season.
Records subpoenaed by the grand
jury show Tarkanian's personal
business agent, Jose Elgorriaga Jr.,
provided 42 tickets to Kirk
Vartanian, who The Bee has called a
major local sports gambler and
According to The Bee, among the
items the grand jury wanted to see
were records dealing with the use of
tickets issued to Tarkanian over the
last two years.




Villanova freshman Tim Thomas reportedly has decided to leave the Wildcats to
enter the NBA Draft. An official announcement is expected next week.

Crew set for second dual meet

Available for pick-up on the Diag
or in the Fishbowl

By Ginger L Zabel
For the Daily
The Michigan women's crew team
will face Iowa in conference action
Sunday morning.
In Iowa City, the Wolverines will
be competing in their second dual
meet of the season after a week off to
focus on training.
"We've been working to improve,"
Michigan coach Mark Rothstein
said. "Iowa is a good program,
though they've also recently been
moved to varsity status. They're in
their third year, so they're a little bit
ahead of us."
The Wolverines, in the middle of
their first season as a varsity sport,
are looking to finish with a strong
record against some of the most dif-
ficult competition in the country.
The Wolverines will be taking

their first and second varsity boats
and their first and second novice
crews to Iowa.
"We're going into this cautiously,"
junior rower Vanessa Giancamilli
said. "We don't know what to expect,
but we're relatively confident.
"We've seen fast crews at every
competition and raced them well.
This past week we've been breaking
down our stroke and working on the
nitty-gritty. It's the small things that
are going to make the difference
During the season, the Wolverines
have dealt with larger problems,
ranging from faster sprints to over-
coming bad weather and bad luck.
At the San Diego Crew Classic
two weeks ago, an unfortunate
occurrence probably cost the varsity
boat a place in the finals of the

Whittier Cup Division. An oar struck
a buoy, bringing the boat to a virtual
"It was a tough weekend for the
girls," Giancamilli said. "There were
a lot of problems, but they worO
through the adversity and did it wef.
"They really learned to bounce
As the season continues, the
Wolverines will build off their expe-
riences, working toward their opti-
mal performance, Rothstein said.
"Crew is really a team sport,"
Rothstein said. "There are no star
The Wolverines have grown
improved their times, in spite of each
setback they have encountered.
"We've been working hard, and
rowing with the team is redly excit-
ing," Giancamilli said.

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Continued from Page 12A
shaking of the ground could wake the
Wolverines from a dream - a dream of
their first national title.
But after suffering through its worst
meet since early January at the Southeast
Regional. Georgia is primed to redeem
The '97 campaign has been a dream
season for the Bulldogs, and anything
short of a national championship would
be a disappointment for Georgia.
For Michigan to win the national
championship, the momentum of both
teams will have to continue. But the
Wolverines aren't allowed to play any
defense, and they can only hope to con-

tinue their success.
Michigan has been on an amazing run
over the past month. After winning the
Big Ten championship by a landslide at
Minnesota and stealing Alabama's 10-
year crown at the Central Regional, the
Wolverines enter Gainesville on a dead
But ankle injuries tend to slow sprints
into jogs, and then limps.
That's where Peters comes in.
If the Michigan sophomore walks out
onto the floor today with her ankles
wound up in athletic tape, it could give
the Bulldogs another edge. Peters
sprained both ankles in practice only
days before the regionals, and was only
able to compete in one event.
Michigan was let off the hook as

Andrea McDonald, Kathy Burke, Kristin
Duff and Kate Nellans filled in nicely at
Crisler Arena, but the problem may not
solve itself so easily a second time.I
Michigan is a team led by four so d
gymnasts, but without Peters, the
Wolverines must fill in the remaining
slots with the same spot starters.
The culmination of the season will
wait until tomorrow night when the six
teams, which escape tonight's prelimi-
nary round, will compete for the nation-
al championship.
More than likely, those six will
include the Wolverines and Bulldo*
who won't face each other in the same
bracket tonight. But defending champ
Alabama, last year's runner-up UCLA
and Utah all have outside shots.

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