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"I didn't and don't feel that is how it
should have been handled," Fisher said.
"1 thought it was strange 1. They would
have a press conference without me
being there, and 2. 1 vividly remember
them saying I would get a copy of the
report first:'
Bollinger said that he did not remem-
ber promising Fisher a copy of the report.
"1 said that he would be regularly and
fully informed about all things in the
ongoing investigation involving him;"
Bollinger said. "That promise was fully
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kept. He should not end up being sur-
prised by anything in the report."
Most players said they want assistant
coach Brian Dutcher to be the new per-
manent coach, adding that an internal
replacement would "ease the pain a lit-
tle bit."
"Dutcher's been here for 10 years and
knows the system. It will be hard for us
to induct a new guy in and respect him
the way a head coach is supposed to be
respected," said Michigan center and
co-captain Robert Traylor. "I think it
would only be fair if Brian is given a
chance to coach the team."
Goss said he is currently narrowing
down a list of candidates, but that an
assistant coach will not be chosen for
the position.
"That's not going to happen," Goss
said yesterday. "I was here quite late
last night meeting with the team. They
all had concerns. I understand their con-
cerns. It happened without their control.
Steve was like a father to some of them.
Basically it's been traumatic,"
Goss said that in making decisions
about the future coach, his first priority
is the program and the players.
"We don't make changes in coaches

very often at Michigan,"he said. "It's not
my plan to make changes in coaches very
often. When we do, we need to make sure
that we place coaches with the values that
I have been talking about."
Jessie Carter, Traylor's grandmother,
said the University used Fisher as a
"They just did him wrong," Carter
said. "Steve is a good man. Steve did no
wrong. I know this. Fish is going to live
on. No one is going to be like Steve. I
want them to think about Steve - and
every time they think about Steve -
win. I don't want them to think about
this new coach."
Carter said her grandson would not
have stayed at Michigan if they had
known that Fisher was going to be
fired. She added that the team will be
successful this year because of the val-
ues Fisher instilled in the players.
"They're already trained," she said.
"They're already nice young men and
you know who taught them that -
Steve Fisher."
Fisher said he is upset with the way
people have interpreted his actions
noted in the report. Fisher refuted
claims by critics who have accused him


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of "lying and forgery."
"Don't call me dishonest," he said,
speaking about suspicions that he
signed the initials of former assistant
coach Perry Watson on requests for
complimentary tickets for Detroit
booster Ed Martin.
"Don't call me a person who doesn't
have integrity," he said. "I know who I
am, and I know that absolutely isn't
who I am."
The report stated that a handwriting
analyst determined Fisher had written
Watson's initials on the complimentary
ticket list on five occasions. The report
also stated that Fisher denied doing so.
"In no way was (the act of) initialing
an authorization of the tickets," Fisher
said. "In my opinion, it signified who
requested the tickets. For Perry Watson,
I put down his initials at least three
times, signifying these were the people
who wanted the tickets."
For the first time, Fisher publicly
described his relationship with Martin.
Fisher said he never thought Martin was
a person to be feared, but that circum-
stances changed when Fisher discov-
ered that Martin had sent airplane tick-
ets to a player's family.
"I stopped it and I prevented it from
happening; he said. "Before that point,
I never thought Ed Martin was someone
we had to be leery of."
Fisher said he has tremendous pride
in the legacy he will leave in his tenure
at Michigan.
"We have taken a program and built
it into one of the elite programs in the
country - the right way," he said.
Fisher said he has known that he has
wanted to be a teacher and a coach
since he was 15 years old.
"My ambition is to coach again," he
said. "I'm confident I will do that in a
fashion I can be proud of."
- Daily Sports Writers James
Goldstein and Mark Snyder
contributed to this report.

Disability cutoffs
affect help for kids
Richard started talking about killing
himself when he was 5 1/2 years old.
He was not joking. He was not being
"I didn't see him try to attempt it,"
said Richard's mother. "It's just the
fact that I was hearing it - that his
mind was going there - that was
alarming and suggested we should
address it."
Now Richard is I1, on medication
for attention deficit disorder, and in
therapy with a psychiatrist and a psy-
chologist for depression. He is also one
of the more than 135,000 low-inemmi-
children nationwide who have received
notices saying they are being cut from
the disability rolls.
The terminations are a conse-
quence of a controversial section of
the 1996 federal welfare overhaul
calling for a re-definition of child-
hood disability. In February, the
Social Security Administration began
a review of more than 200,000 low-

income children who had been
receiving monthly Supplemental
Security Income cash payments and
medical benefits. Children who are
judged as not meeting the new crite-
ria are being dropped from the asss-
tance program.
New findings help
fill dinosaur history
WASH INGTON - Filling in part of
an 80 million-year historical gap, fos-
sils found in Utah suggest long-necked
dinosaurs may have eaten themselves
into oblivion by helping to destroy
North American forests. That allo)
the rise of shorter, horned dinosa
that ted on shrubs.
Researchers also uncovered fos-
sils suggesting that a toothy
dinosaur migrated from Asia and
evolved in the Americas into
Tyrannosaurus rex, the most fear-
some meat eater in history, said
Richard Cifelli, lead author of a
study in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.

'70s singer John Denver dies in crash
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. - With such 1970s hits as "Rocky Mountain High,"
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," John Denver
was a wholesome, wire-rimmed hippie who turned out sunny music for cynical
In the end, lie died in a setting straight out of his music, soaring over the mo-
tains, sea and sky before his experimental plane crashed Sunday in pictures*
Monterey Bay. He was 53.
"Who I am is in my songs" Denver said in a 1986 interview. "I love it when peo-
ple get that."
Peter, Paul and Mary made a hit of Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" in 1969,
and yesterday, member Mary Travers mourned him as man who offered an alter-
native to angry rock and helped bind the wounds of tumultuous times.
"I think he brought a sense of optimism, a sort of naivete we were thrilled to have
after Vietnam, after Watergate, after the rising tide of cynicism of the 1970s," she
said. "He was talking about how beautiful it was in the mountains, saying, 'There
is another side to it all:"
Denver's single-engine Y-shaped plane crashed during the afternoon in the cl1
py waters just offshore. His identity was confirmed yesterday with fingerprnnts
sent from Colorado.


President preaches
gospel of open trade
CARACAS, Venezuela - At a monu-
ment symbolizing South America's strug-
gle for freedom, President Clinton
preached the gospel of open trade yester-
day but said more must be done to allevi-
ate poverty and "give everyone a chance
to be a winner in the new economy."
The hillside slums overlooking
Caracas' skyscrapers are dramatic evi-
dence of the economic inequality in
this oil-rich country - which has
become the United States' biggest
petroleum supplier. Eight of 10
Venezuelans live in poverty, according
to government estimates.
"For all the progress we have made
together to. advance democracy, free
markets and full citizenship, we must
acknowledge that a great challenge
remains to make these forces work to the
benefit of all our people,' Clinton said.
The president said no nation, includ-
ing the United States, has found "the
perfect formula" but that education is
an important ingredient.
Clinton spoke from the steps of the

National Pantheon, the church-like bur-
ial place for South American liberation
hero Simon Bolivar and many of
Venezuela's founding fathers.
Bus plunge kills 43
in Quebec ravine
- A bus carrying nearly 50 senior
citizens on a Thanksgiving Day trip
to view the turning of the seasons
plunged into a ravine yesterday
central Quebec, killing most f
Quebec Provincial Police said the
accident took place in the afternoon
about 60 miles northeast of Quebec
City. The bus was traveling on
Highway 138 and crashed at the bottom
of a steep hill heading into a hard right
"There are more than 40 victims at
the moment," provincial police
spokesperson Real Ouellet said at
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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