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The Michigan Daily - Thu

rieder leaves Arizona State
post amidst controversy

Continued from Page 13A
"Playing at Michigan in the last two
years, we had a lot of attention," he said.
"This is a little bit of a bigger scale, but
it's a great opportunity."
Luhning, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound for-
ward, was a large presence on the front
line for Michigan - a role he will likely
repeat with the Islanders.
"My chances off the bat are pretty
good," he said. "The opportunity is there
for the taking."
And according to Luhning, the
Islanders are expecting an immediate
impact. The former Wolverine said he will
start camp as the third-line right wing.

The strong presence Luhning provid-
ed as a right wing while at Michigan
established him as one of the CCHA's
toughest players. His 157 career points
rank him among the Michigan greats.
But his penchant for penalties left him in
the box nearly as often as he was on the
Four years at Michigan proved essen-
tial for Luhning, who had the physical
skills to enter juniors instead of college.
But unlike the traditional student-athlete
story, Luhning valued his education and
saw it as an addendum to hockey.
"He had two goals when he came
here," Michigan assistant coach Mel
Pearson said. "He got his degree and he
got a crack at pro hockey.

irsday, September 11, 1997 - 15
Morrison and Luhning to profession
contracts in the last two days, Overhar
now has designs on a third.
Blake Sloan, a defenseman fti*
Michigan who also was a '97 graduatd,
will get his chance at a profession4
hockey career this weekend when ht
travels to Houston.
"(Sloan) has a tryout with the Housto
Aeros (of the International Hocke
League) this weekend," Overhardt said.
Overhardt represents other Michiga
alums including Buffalo Sabres goai
Steve Shields, Detroit Red Wings f(
ward Mike Knuble and former Michig#
captain Steven Halko are also op
Overhardt's client list.

,PHOENIX (AP) - Bill Frieder,
who only last week denied with char-
acteristic vigor that he was going
,Wwhere, resigned yesterday as
izpna State's basketball coach.
A school spokesman confirmed
that Frieder, 55, had resigned after
eight seasons with the Sun Devils.
frieder, one of the best-liked and
most problem-plagued coaches in
school history, planned to address
reporters in an evening news confer-
ence at his home.
Arizona State was 10-20 last sea-
son and has been under the cloud of
, deral point-fixing investigation.
Athletic director Kevin White did
not plan to discuss the situation until
after Frieder spoke with reporters.
Alnost from the start, some of
Frieder's best players turned up on
policeblotters, left the program or
were injured.Thelatest incident
came last week, when two players
were accused of stealing a compact
c player from a dormitory room.
Wrieder still won acclaim for
coaching fast-breaking teams that
relied on relentless, pressure defense
to beat more talented squads.
The high-water mark of his eight
years ip suburban Tempe came in
1994-95, when the Sun Devils were
24-9, reached the Sweet 16 in the
NCAA tournament and earned
Frieder a two-year contract extension

through April 2000.
While the FBI has denied that the
school and athletic officials, includ-
ing Frieder, are targets, a federal
grand jury reportedly is looking into
accusations that a gambler who bet
heavily against the Sun Devils in
1994 paid one to three players to
shave points in several games.
Frieder has ridiculed the sugges-
tion, pointing out that his team cov-
ered the point spread, a double-cross
of anyone who paid to make sure
they did not.
"Do you think I'd be alive today if
we had agreed to throw a game and
then ran away with it?" he said in
Frieder was 132-108 at Arizona
State and 323-195 in 19 seasons
overall. His first nine years as a head
coach were at Michigan, where his
teams made five consecutive NCAA
tournament appearances and he won
191 games, second most in Michigan
His decision to leave was the most
controversial event of his career at
Ann Arbor.
He announced the move before the
Wolverines: began NCAA play, and
athletic director Bo Schembechler
immediately declared the Saginaw,
Mich., native persona non grata on a
campus where Frieder had attended
college and begun his coaching

"Do you think I'd
be alive today if
we had agreed to
throw a game and
then ran away
with it?"
W- Bill Frieder
Former Arizona State men's
basketball coach
Steve Fisher, Frieder's assistant,
was promoted and led the
Wolverines to six tournament wins
and the 1989 NCAA championship.
Frieder was 15-16 in 1989-90, but
recruits like Jamal Faulkner and
Mario Bennett wonconsecutive Pac-
10 freshmen of the year awards. The
first season was his last losing sea-
son until the team went 11-16 in
Faulkner was also a bellwether for
the team's problems.
Faulkner was involved with three
other players in the misuse of an ath-
letic department telephone charge
card in 1990, then later was jailed
after assaulting his girlfriend. He
transferred to Alabama.

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Men's golf opener tests youngsters

By Nita Srivastava
Daily Sports Writer
After losing three seniors and three
starters from last season, a new and
very green Michigan men's golf team
begins its season on the green at the
two-day ReliaStar Collegiate
M4innesota hosts the tournament,
beginning Sunday, at the Dellwood
Hills Golf Course in Dellwood, Minn.
Ten other teams will be present at
the tournament, including Iowa State,
Louisiana State, Miami (Ohio),
Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State,
Purdue;, Southern Mississippi, Texas-
EJ Paso and UCLA.
iihigan will enter five players in
theiritational - only one of whom
w rns as a regular and three who have
er played at the collegiate level.
Redshirt junior Mike Harris - the
returnee - will play in the No. I posi-
"He's the only one with any playing
,experience," Michigan coach Jim
Carras said
Last year, Harris tied for second on
the team with a scoring average of
74.2. He played in every round for

The rest of this weekend's lineup
includes Keith Hinton, Scott Hayes,
Kevin Harris (the brother of Mike) and
Kevin Vernick.
The lineup for tournaments follow-
ing the ReliaStar is still undecided.
Michigan is in the process of select-
ing its eight-member varsity team, and
Carras will choose from 19 players
trying out.
According to him, only four of 10
rounds have been completed, and the
team will be chosen by the end of the
"You can't lose 60 percent of your
team in one year and expect to fill in
the holes right away," Carras said.
"We'll just keep playing different
players to see who will be kept."
The invitational will be an experi-
ence builder for the new players on the
team. The course is long and difficult,
playing to 7,137 yards for a par of 72.
"It's tough for new kids," Carras
said. "There are narrow fairways,
water holes and long par-threes."
The last time the Wolverines played
in the ReliaStar was two years ago at
the start of the 1995-96 season. They
finished for a tie in ninth place.
The next tournament for Michigan

"It should be a
very interesting
year, at the very
least. I've never
had so many
young, new and
players all at one
- Jim Carras
Michigan men's golf coach
will be a three-day event beginning
Sept. 19 at the Northern
Intercollegiate in East Lansing. It is
the second of five tournaments the
Wolverines will play during the fall
"It should be a very interesting year,
at the very least,"Carras said. "I've
never had so many young, new and
inexperienced players all at one time."

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