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4 - Th ehigan Daily - Footb dy - October 11, 190


sober 11, 1997 -Footballi y - The Michigan jly - 9
M I C R "6 N



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Gosssfirst decision: what to do with Fisher

After seven months of intense
investigation and rampant
speculation, the mess that is
the Michigan basketball program
has fallen into the lap of one man:
Tom Goss.
The decisions sure to face him in
coming days are why, we must
assume, University President Lee
Bollinger selected Goss as the man
ultimately responsible for leading
the much-maligned Athletic
Department to higher moral ground.
This is why Goss was hired to be
Michigan's Athletic Director.
The highly-anticipated report
investigating the alleged wrongdo-
ing of the Michigan basketball pro-
gram and Ann Arbor's least favorite
booster, Eddie Martin, was released
yesterday to a roomful of antsy
reporters. But predictably, the hectic
press conference produced far more
questions than answers, and most
importantly, did nothing to quell
rumors about coach Steve Fisher's
Now, in light of the commis-
sioned law firm's inability to sub-
stantiate claims of major violations
against the program, the decision of

what to do next falls to Goss.
Yesterday's media feeding frenzy
revealed that nothing "major" arose
from the investigation - nothing,
Goss and Bollinger suggested, that
would lead the NCAA to level harsh
measures against the program or its
The viola-
tions that were
- there were
three - were
termed (repeat-
edly, it might
be added) no
more than
ROSE m"minor."
Rose People expect-
Beef ing earth-shat-
tering news
from the report
will likely be disappointed with the
But here's where this gets inter-
esting: Despite Goss's repeated and
vigorous announcements that the
"minor" violations are unlikely to
result in serious action by the
NCAA against Fisher, Goss refused
to say that Fisher's job was safe.

When asked whether the lack of
major violations served to solidify
Fisher's position, Goss tiptoed
around the question oh-so-carefully.
"I'll be going over this for the
next few days, and doing it with
Coach Fisher," Goss said. "Then we
will try to come to a better under-
standing of some of the things in
the report."
Goss did not stand up and say,
"Fisher is my man." Nor, however,
did he imply that Fisher's days are
But it sure seems peculiar. On
one hand, Goss was trumpeting the
absence of "major" violations, say-
ing they provided reason for opti-
mism. But on the other hand; he
was cautious not to vindicate Fisher
because of it; rather, he made cer-
tain to avoid giving the impression
that Fisher's job is safe just because
a law firm could not persuade a suf-
ficient number of witnesses to talk.
Curiously, Steve Fisher was not
around for what was supposed to be
the biggest day for his program in
quite some time (he was on vaca-
tion). If everything was as peachy-
keen as a couple of minor viola-

tions, you'd think he'd be shouting
from the rooftops - especially after
the attention this case has gotten.
Perhaps Fisher's absence has
something to do with Goss main-
taining that simply having "no
major violations" is not good
enough. Perhaps he is simply on
But Goss and Bollinger both
spoke of maintaining "Michigan
standards" - not just compliance
standards. Goss, without a doubt,
gave the impression that the basket-
ball program has not always lived
up to what he considers "Michigan
What all this suggests is that
from this point forward, Fisher's
fate and the fate of the report have
nothing to do with each other. Even
if the NCAA takes a look at the
report and decides that Fisher did
all he could have, there is absolute-
ly no reason to think Goss will
Consider this quote from Goss:
"Our charge was to find the truth,
and then take actions with the truth.
We have what we have."
But is it the truth?

Maybe nobody around here really
knows why all the basketball play-
ers seem to drive fancy cars. I don't
pretend to have an explanation, nor
can I think of any reason why
Robert Traylor would be flaunting a
flashy Suburban amidst the most
heated investigation around here in
a long time.
But let's be fair. The report
looked into these things, and there
was no evidence to support allega-
tions of serious wrongdoing.
But it doesn't matter anymore. At
least as far as Steve Fisher is con-
cerned, the report no longer matters.
Now, it's up to Tom Goss. The
first decision he'll have to make
will be about as tough as they
What will happen to Steve
Goss was hesitant to say anything
of substance at yesterday's confer-
ence. But in light of what comes
next, it doesn't really matter what
he said. His next decision will
speak volumes about the kind of
department he plans on running.
- Jim Rose can be reached via
email at jwrose@um ich.edii.

Woodson, Charles**
Brooks, Todd**
Kornblue, Brandon
Shaw, Russell*
Downs, David
Whitley, James
Edwards, Manus
Floyd, Chris***
Howard, Chris***
Parini, Ryan
Johnson, DiAllo
Brady, Tom
Wistert, Francis**
Wistert, Albert***
Wistert, Alvi* *
Dreisbach, Scott**
Kapsner, Jason
Griese, Brian***
Patmon, DeWayne
Williams, Dan
Washington, Brent*
Sargent, Cory
Henman, Chad
Brown, LeAundre
Bergin, Mark
Wright, Aaron
Gold, lan*
Bryant, Kevin*
Peterson, William
Parachek, Scott
McCall, Patrick
Quinn, Terrence**
Mayes, Eric**
Clyne. Jason
Smith, Demetrius
Taylor, Daydrion**
Ray, Marcus**
Weathers, Andre*
Jackson, Kenneth*
Thomas, Anthony
Williams, Clarence**
Brackins, Eric
Cummings, Jason
Jackson, Ray
Shea, Aaron*
Fraumann, Bob
Anderson, Kurt
Jordan, Anthony
Vinson, Jason
Ford, JR.
Rosel, Eric
Hendricks, Tommy*
Schanski, Tate*
Copenhaver, Clint**
Swett, Rob***
Holtry, Jeff*
Petterson Darren
Baker, Kraig*
Oosterbaan, Bennie***
Ford, Gerald***
Feely, Jay**
Johnson, Matt
Crispin, David
Ziemann, Chris*
Williams, Maurice
Jones, Dhani*
Hall, James*
Singletary, Chris*
Renes, Rob*
Brooks, Grady
Miller, Nate
Warner, Eric
Frazier, Steve
Sechler, Andy
Brandt, David
Adami, Zach***
Mossa. Todd
Potts, Jeff*
Mast, Ben
Tannous, Paul
Brooks, Jason
Adkins, Adam
Hutchinson, Steve
Jansen, Jon**
Parker, Noah*
Backus, Jeff
Tuman, Jerame**
Steele, Glen***
Carpenter, Chad
Johnson, Jerry
Thompson, Shawn
Knight, Marcus*
Streets, Tai**
Kramer, Ron***
Campbell, Mark**
Keefer, Colby
Feazell, Juaquin**
Williams, Josh*
Stock, Chad
Sword, Sam**
Roth, Chris
Wilson, Eric
Kratus, Pat*
Del Verne, Jeff
Seymour, Bill
Ostrom, Lance
Harmon, Tom***
Frysinger, Jake
Smokevitch, Jeff

Pos. Hgt. Wgt.
CB 61 198
W R 6-1 197
PK 510 160
WR 6-0 186
CB 5-7 167
CB 5-11 185
R B 5-8 178
FB 6-1 231
RB 5-11 215
FS 6-2 179
FS 63 193
QB 6-5 223
T 1931-33
T 1940-42
T 194 749
QB 6-4 210
QB 6-6 234
QB 6-3 207
CB 6-0 176
QB 6-0 164
CB 6-0 191
P 6-3 199
WR 5-10 181
B 5-10 182
QB 6-2 195
WR 6-0 174
ILB 6-1 205
WR 6-0 182
CB 6-0 193
WR 6-1 191
RB 5-10 186
W R 5-10 189
ILB 5-11 226
PK 6-3 186
FB 62 270
FS 6-0 197
SS 6-0 210
CB 6-1 188
CB 5-10 190
RB 6-1 225
RB 5-9 185
FB 6-2 209
RB 5-11 171
RB 6-2 207
TE 6-4 249
LB 6-3 210
LB 6-4 250
LB 60 206
P 6-2 191
RB 5-8 203
B 6-3 200
SS/FS 62 205
RB 5-11 202
OLB 6-4 243
ILB 6-3 239
OLB 6-3 241
WR 5-10 175
PK/P 6-1 183
E 1925-27
C 1932-34
PK 5-10 206
SS 5-10 180
ILB 6-1 234
OL 6-7 283
DL 6-5 281
LB 6-2 225
DE/LB 6-3 251
LB/DE 6-2 233
NT 6-1 286
DE/LB 6-2 246
DL 6-3 277
OG 6-5 250
C/OG 6-4 288
OLB 6-1 231
OG/C 64 290
C/OG 65 296
OG 63 299
OT 6-7 294
OT 6-4 275
OT 6-5 289
C 6-3 291
OL 6-4 260
OG 6-5 292
OT 6-7 299
OG 6-4 299
OT 6-6 285
TE 6-5 249
DE 6-5 289
TE 6-4 243
WR 6-4 185
TE 6-4 227
WR 6-1 173
WR 64 190
E 1954-56
TE 66 253
TE 6-3 237
DE 6-4 275
DT 6-3 271
PK 5-10 185
ILB 6-2 242
FB 5-11 224
NT 6-4 271
DT 6-3 271
PK 511 216
Dl LB 63 235
TE 67 257
HB 1938-40
LB 64 243
ILB 6-0 207



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