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BASEBALL leatte 2
Texas 2 Oakland 2
Baltimore 1 Cincinatti 1
TORONTO 12, Philadelphia 13,
Anaheim 10 NEW YORK METS 4
MILWAUKEE 8. Florida at
Chicago (AL) 5 LOS ANGELES, inc.

Kansas City 28.


September 9, 1997

Basketball repo a work in progress

By Mark Snyder
Ljily Sports Writer
After a summer of rumors, specu-
lation and waiting for the probe into
the Michigan men's basketball pro-
gram to end, fans must wait a little
bit longer.
Yesterday, at a press conference to
announce the hiring of Tom Goss as
the 'new Michigan athletic director,
University President Lee Bollinger
announced the investigation has not
been completed.
"I had hoped to have had the report
byte end of last week, but that was
not possible," Bollinger said.

The reasons for the' delay remain
under wraps, but Bollinger made
clear the report being compiled by a
Kansas law firm should be returned
in the near future.
"I hope in the next two weeks to be
able to tell the public what we intend
to do with the results," he said.
Three weeks ago, Bollinger told
The Michigan Daily that the results
of the report would be announced
With the added delay, questions
resurfaced about the future of the
program and the direction Goss will
take once the facts are received.

In stark contrast
director Joe
Roberson, who

to former athletic

was reserved
when discussing .
the investigation,
Goss was direct in
his objectives for
all Michigan
teams and his
expectations of
their conduct.
"Everyone Bollinger
should know the rules, and once you
know the rules, they should be black
and white," he said.

Without referring to specifics,
Goss continued and directed his
comments to the missing informa-
"I know the report is not com-
plete," he said. When it comes back,
"I will sit down with (coach) Steve
"Our goal is to have a program that
has integrity and will continue to
have integrity."
From his first comments as athlet-
ic director, Goss made his, intentions
clear - to run a clean department
devoid of the problems that have
plagued Roberson's tenure.

"We are in a world where people
should be accountable;' he said.
While the report will discuss the
results of the law firm's research, the
findings are vital in details but
potentially minor in consequence.
The Uinversity has the power to
impose sanctions on itself based on
misdeeds, but at that point, the
NCAA will likely conduct an investi-
gation of its own to validate the find-
All of which could be months in
the future.
For now, though, the report is what
will spark further progress.

The problems that pervade Fisher's
program are only new to Goss, not to
the Michigan fans.
Beginning with former Michigan
forward Maurice Taylor's ill-fated
drive back to Ann Arbor in February
1996, the basketball program ;
been engulfed by alleged scandal and
media scrutiny.
The car accident (in which team-
mate Robert Traylor's arm was bro-
ken) sparked a further investigation
into the leasing agents on each of the
Michigan players' automobiles.
-Daily Staff Reporter Heather
Kamins contributed to this report.

Football tickets
also a ranty for
Colorado fans
fBOULDER, Colo.(U-WIRE) - Though familiar to
Michigan basketball fans, with a football stadium seating
more than 102,501 people, split-season football ticket pack-
ages have never been issued - until this year. Facing
increased demand for football tickets, the athletic department
was forced to issue split-season ticket packages to first-year
students this year.
For students at the University of Colorado, a shortage of
student football tickets is nothing new. In the past, the student
demand for season tickets at CU was prioritized on a first-
come, first-serve basis. But this season the university was
forced to implement a lottery system to accommodate the
new Buff OneCard student ID. While the new system was
established to create a fair distribution policy, most students
have-found nothing but frustration in the lottery. Long lines
and a lack of publicity have generated many complaints.
"I am concerned with the system because of the numerous
people who have complained to me," UCSU Tri-exec Jon
Cooper said. "Many students don't like the lottery because
they'don't like waiting in line twice."
With deadlines imposed on both lottery registration and
ticket pickup, students had no choice but to wait in line.
Beyond the issue of long lines, other student complaints
came from upperclassmen being denied reserved seats.
About 300 freshmen, including Garaway, also were
excluded from watching a team that has always played a large
role in attracting new students to CU.
The university's new Buff OneCards spawned the lottery.
"The change in the system was done simply because of the
change in the student ID," said'Caroline Fenton, director of
CU Ticket Operations. "We had to come up with a method -
how do we get tickets to the students where we check the cri-
teria we've always checked in the past?"
Information such as student fees and class standing has
been used in the past to determine who had priority on tick-
ets. This information once was printed on the validation
sticker on the old ID card. Since the installment of the Buff
OneCard, the information now is only found with the help of
a scanning machine.
On Aug. 1, when the ticket office realized that the scan-
ning equipment might not be available on time, Fenton
turned to a manual system.
"We would mail out postcards and have the students return
them so we could imanually look up all of this information
before tickets went on sale," Fenton said. "This way we could
separate out the kids we need to separate out and do a lottery."
But, because of a post office error, none of the postcards
were sent to students, and Fenton again was forced to alter
the planned system. In order to be entered into the lottery,
students were asked to bring their Buff OneCard to the tick-
See COLORADO, Page 14




Brownlee, Smith return to help Giovanazzi

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
There's no place like home for ex-Michigan volleyball
standouts Aimee Smith and Shannon Brownlee.
Within three years of graduating from the program they
once dominated, the two are back at Cliff Keen Arena ...
this time as assistant coaches.
Smith has moved up steadily in the Michigan braintrust
since injuries slowed her playing career following her
sophomore season. The four-time letter winner was a co-
captain in 1994, her senior season. Then, after a two year
"sabbatical" of sorts - assistant coaching at South
Alabama and Toledo - Smith clicked her ruby slippers and
came home. She is currently Michigan's top assistant coach
under Greg Giovanazzi.
"I know Michigan, so it was a pretty smooth transition,"
Smith said. "Even though I played, there is still a lot I can
learn from Michigan."
Brownlee graduated the year after Smith and is subse-
quently a little behind in the ranks. The first Wolverine ever
named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team also
returned home this fall - although she has yet to find a
permanent place to live. Giovanazzi lets her hang around
the arena as a volunteer assistant.
"She really wants to get started in coaching," Giovanazzi
said. "And there's a great demand for women who have
played Big Ten volleyball and want to become coaches."
Smith and Brownlee's coaching careers are out to fast

starts because they are already somewhat familiar wit
Michigan's program. Not to mention the head man's style.
"That's the big reason we got Shannon and Aimee,"
Giovangzzi said. "They're both Michigan graduates, so
they're familiar with me and my strategy."
Giovanazzi's youthful coaching staff
*" also makes up for the generation gap
. between himself and his players. His
assistants can relate well to the trials of
female athletes in their early twenties.
"They serve as a nice bridge to th4
players," the sixth-year coach; said.
"I'm a 40-year-old man and l_ can't
relate to them."
The age similarities between players
and coaches help off the court as- wel
Brownlee - especially bringing in new youth.
"We give them a pretty fresh ,pcr=
spective of what it's like to play volleyball at Michigan,".
Smith said. "The fact that we were players here only a cou-
ple years ago also helps in the recruiting because we kno
what (incoming freshmen) look for from the programr"r'
Smith's decision to return under Giovanazzi's IUlag
after only three years also says a lot about her respct for
him and his abilities.
"The reason I came back was because I really believe in'
Greg's philosophy and coaching style,"the understudy said,
See COACHES, Page i4

After an impressive career on the court, Shannon Brownlee
has returned to Ann Arbor as a volunteer assistant coach.

Students not in East Lansing streets
after No.21 Spartans pound MAC rival

EAST LANSING (AP) - Police say
a post-football party damaged two police
cars and led to the arrest of four people.
The party, which drew about 500 peo-
ple in the home of Michigan State
University, was a scene reminiscent of
East Lansing's infamous 1989 Cedarfest.
At that party-turned-riot, more than
3,000 brawlers burned furniture and ran-
sacked homes as outnumbered police
stood by.
The party began after Michigan
State's 42-10 season-opening victory
over Western Michigan on Sunday after-

Witnesses said a handful of parties
merged into one gathering shortly after
midnight when someone started break-
dancing in the street.
Nearby residents came out to watch,
some bringing couches and drinks. A
couch was soon set on fire, reportedly
helped along by a stream of gasoline.
Students flocked to the fire, which
officials said burned at least two stories
"It was like a concert out here," said
Kim Lenz, a 21-year-old Michigan State

"It was like a
- Kim Lenz
Michigan State Student
student who lives nearby.
The first two police officers at, the
party stood at the side of the road as stu-
dents threw bottles, rocks and full beer
cans at patrol cars, breaking windshields
and puncturing tires.

McQueary, Favret Big Ten's best

PARK RIDGE (AP) - Penn State quarterback Mike
McQueary vas named offensive player of the week and
John Favret of Wisconsin received the defensive honor, the
Big Ten announced yesterday.
McQueary, a senior in his first collegiate start, broke two
Penn State records. He completed 21-of-36 passes for a
school record 366 yards in leading the Nittany Lions to a
34-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. He passed for
two touchdowns. McQueary's 370 yards in total offense was
also a school record.
Favret, a freshman defensive end, led Wisconsin with 13
tackles, including four quarterback sacks in the Badgers'
28-24 victory over Boise State.
Purdue kicker Brandon Kaser was named the Big Ten's

special teams player of the week. He punted four times for
a 46-yard average. The longest punt was 51 yards. He also
prevented a touchdown with a tackle on a Toledo punt
Despite Kaser's efforts, the Boilermakers lost the game
MICHIGAN STATE: Thanks to a sprained ankle suffered in
MSU's 42-10 vittory over Western Michigan on Saturday,
mammoth offensive tackle Flozell Adams - a 6-foo -7,
330-pound giant - is listed as questionable for next w
end's home game against Memphis.
"When the swelling leaves, he'll be able to practice and
play," Saban said. "I'd say his injury is day-to-day ... When
the swelling is out of there, he'll be fine."

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