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N tmber 1, 1997 - Footbalt-y - The Michigan Ay - 9
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Ellerbe MicA an hoop
N ew coach. New players. New schedule. "We feel like practice is going pretty well," I
Same script. Ellerbe said. "The guys are all ready to play, and
The Michigan men's basketball team they're ready to have a better season than last
made its first official appearance yesterday at season."l
Media Day, and the cliches were flowing just as Ellerbe ranked high on the cliche-meter: he
freely as Robert Traylor's shorts. even managed to use the term "barking up the 1
And with all that has happened to the team wrong tree" twice during
over the past year, you'd think there would be his time behind ther
some interesting new conversations circulating. microphone.
That wasn't the case. But much of the day's
Delayed for more than two weeks - thanks focus surrounded Robbie 1
to the firing of Steve Fisher and the subsequent Reid, the 23-year-old1
search for a man to fill his position - the day Brigham Young transfer 1
began with a press conference by coach Brian guard whom many have
Ellerbe, then proceeded with individual and JIM touted as the backcourt
team pictures before culminating in a merry-go- ROSE general Brandun Hughes I
round of player interviews. Rose was not. Ellerbe, however,
Ellerbe wasted no time getting acquainted hinted that Reid's role
with the media, and though he has been head Beef may be as more of al
coach for only a week, he displayed full com- shooter than a point man.
mand of the required cliche rhetoric (a must for "Robbie is one of the three guards," Ellerbe 1
any big-time coach or athlete). clarified. "Right now, his shooting is ahead of 4
"We're excited about getting started" after the everything else (he does)."
coaching change, Ellerbe said. "It's been an Ellerbe said Reid's absence from competitive 1
adjustment, but these guys are very mature, and play - Reid recently completed a two-yeart
they're very understanding ... that's where the Mormon Church mission in Greece, in which I
chips fell, and we've had to deal with it. That's the final 15 months were spent without him
the nature of the business we're in." even picking up a basketball - would make his
After the chaos of recent weeks, the players development a slower process than some might
and coaches are ready, he said, to finally start expect.I
doing what they presumably do best (maybe For his part, Reid agreed that he is still mak- I
even better than recite cliches): play basketball. ing the transition back into basketball mode. He

"finally meet the press,

had no problem, however, making the transition
back into cliche mode.
"I'm a very intense player, and I'm very com-
petitive, and I'll do whatever it takes to win," he
said, with no apparent Greek accent. "Overall, I
think it will be great for me to play at a place
like Michigan, where the competition is tough,
night-in and night-out."
One of Reid's backcourt mates, sharpshooter
Louis Bullock, said Reid's adjustment has been
fairly smooth. According to Bullock, Reid "has
been getting comfortable with the rest of the
guys." Bullock also said, not surprisingly, that it
was "time for Michigan to step up and win."
Bullock strayed from cliche auto-pilot only
briefly - and only because his shooting
prowess was called into question. Earlier in the
week, Ellerbe claimed that he - Ellerbe, not
Bullock - was Michigan's best shooter.
"He might be," Bullock said, emerging from
his interview-induced trance momentarily. "I
don't know, maybe if I'm blindfolded."
Even the usually animated Traylor was
reserved, saying he hopes the Wolverines can
make the season "the best it can be." He did,
however, show some signs of life when asked
why most publications have picked Michigan to
finish in the lower half of the Big Ten.
"Everybody has an opinion," he said, shaking
his head and smiling. "We have an opinion as a
team, and we think we're gonna' finish first.
Nobody else can control where we finish in the

Big Ten except for us, so what people say does-
n't really bother me."
Senior Travis Conlan, who captains the team
along with Traylor, echoed his teammate's senti-
ments, saying, "I haven't read a newspaper in
about a year and a half." But don't count Conlan
out when it comes to the art of the cliche - he's
a captain for a reason.
"There's a sense of urgency around here now,"
he said. "Every practice counts. I feel a sense of
urgency myself, because I want to go out on a
positive note. I want to leave Michigan a win-
ner."
But the undisputed King of the Cliche (at
least for the day) was much-maligned forward
Jerod Ward, whose injury-ridden career has met
with nonstop criticism by members of the media
for the past three years. So it's no surprise that
he knows how to deflect a few questions here
and there.
"I'm not worried about how much I play,
where I play or when I play," Ward said with a
straight face. "Players play and coaches coach,
so I'm just concerned with helping this team
find a way to win. At this point, the game of
basketball is more mental than physical. We're
just looking to improve on last year's perfor-
mance."
But, as Ward might say, that's water under the
bridge. They're taking it one game at a time.
- Jim Rose can be reached via e-mail at
jwrose@umich.edu.

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Name
Woodson, Charles**
Brooks, Todd**
Kornblue, Brandon
Shaw, Russell*
Downs, David
Whitley, James
Edwards, Manus
Floyd, Chris***
Howard, Chris***
Parini, Ryan
Johnson, DiAlo
Brady, Tom
Wistert, Francis***
Wistert, Albert***
Wistert, Alvin***
Dreisbach, Scott* *
Kapsner, Jason
Griese, Brian***
Patmon, DeWayne
Williams, Dan
Washington, Brent*
Sargent, Cory
Henman, Chad
Brown, LeAundre
Bergin, Mark
Wright, Aaron
Gold, Ian*
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, J.R.
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 6-1 198
W R 6-1 197
PK 5-10 160
W R 6-0 186
CB 5-7 167
CB 5-11 185
RB 5-8 178
FB 6.1 231
RB 5-11 215
FS 6-2 179
FS 6-3 193
QB 6-5 223
T 1931-33
T 1940-42
T 194 7-49
QB 6-4 210
QB 6.6 234
QB 6-3 207
DB 6-0 176
QB 6-0 164
CB 6-0 191
P 6-3 199
W R 5-10 181
CB 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
R B 5-10 186
WR 5-10 189
ILB 5-11 226
PK 6-3 186
FB 6-2 270
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
R B 6-2 207
TE 6-4 249
LB 6-3 210
LB 6-4 250
LB 6-0 206
P 6-2 191
RB 5-8 203
DB 6-3 200
SS/FS 6-2 205
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

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Jr.
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Fremont, Ohio
Freeport, Ill.
Boca Raton, Fla.
Los Angeles
Detroit
Norfolk, Va.
Henderson, Nev.
Detroit
River Ridge, La.
Grand Rapids
Detroit
San Mateo, Calif.

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Eden Prarie, Minn.
Miami
San Diego
Temperance
Inkster
South Lyon
Temperance
Fort Worth, Texas
Rochester Hills
Highland Village, Texas
Belleville
Farmington Hills
Uniontown, Penn.
Temperance
Carson, Calif.
Flint
Kalamazoo
New Baltimore
Calumet Park, Ill
Longview, Texas
Columbus, Ohio
Flint
Houston
Winnfield, La.
Detroit
Pigeon Ford, Tenn.
Kalamazoo
Indianapolis
Ottawa, Ill.
Deerfield, Ill.
Glenbrook, Ill.
Jersey City, N.J.
Troy
Columbus, Ohio
Liberal, Kan.
Houston
Perry
Brighton
Chalfont, Pa.
Salt Lake City
Flint
Terre Haute, Ind.

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NUMBER RETIRED
NUMBER RETIRED

PK 5-10 206
SS 5-10 180
ILB 6-1 234
OL 6-7 283
DL 6-5 281
ILB 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 6-4 290
C/OG 6-5 296
OG 6-3 299
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 65 249
DE 6-5 289
TE 6-4 243
WR 6-4 185
TE 6-4 227
WR 6-1 173
WR 6.4 190
E 1954-56
TE 6.6 253
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 5-11 216
DL/LB 6-3 235
TE 6-7 257
HB 1938-40
LB 64 243
ILB 6-0 207

Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Fr.
So.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
So.
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New Buffalo
Dearborn Heights
Aurora, Ill.
Detroit
Potomac, Md.
New Orleans
Detroit
Holland
Dallas
Imlay City
Brighton
Kingwood, Texas
Union City
Jenison
Maumelle, Ark.
Darien, Conn.
Three Rivers
Massillon, Ohio
Houston
Cleveland
Troy
Coral Springs, Fla.
Clawson
Milton, Fla.
Norcross, Ga.
Liberal, Kan.
Ligonier, Ind.
Bloomington, Ind.
Crowley, La.
Saginaw
Sylacauga, Ala.
Matteson, Ill.

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NUMBER RETIRED
Sr. Jr. Clawson
Sr. Sr. Holly
Sr. Jr. Ft. Valley, Ga
Jr. So. Houston
Jr. So. Temperance
Sr. Jr. Saginaw
So. Fr. Windsor, Ont.
So. Fr. Monroe
Jr. So. Rocky River, Ohio
So. Fr. Sylvania, Ohio
Fr. Fr. Mishawaka, Ind.
Sr. Sr. Plainwell
NUMBER RETIRED
Fr. Fr. Grosse lIe
Jr. So. Birmingham
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