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may go varsity
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
n a time where the trend at many public universities and
even at some private ones is toward cutting varsity sports,
Michigan may be doing just the opposite - while remaining
in epmpliance with Title IX.
In its monthly meeting last night, the Board in Control of
d Itercollegiate Athletics recommended that Michigan add
women's ice hockey and men's soccer as varsity sports.
Athletic Director Tom Goss commissioned the planning
committee of the board - the same committee that recom-
aicnded the additions, to do a "business plan" to ensure that
the department and the University can support the two new
te.ms. He would not comment on the timetable for the sports'
imp)ementation until after the plan is completed, but planning
cpQmmittee chair Phil Hanlon surmised that the process would
probably take a year from the date the final decision was
"If we're going to add a sport we're going to do it with qual-
ity," Goss said.
Phil Hanlon, who chairs the Planning committee, said four
main factors along with several less-important ones were con-
slered when the three women's sports were studied. Among
tlhejfour main considerations, enthusiasm for the sport and
availability of competition in the region were considered cru-
cial ,as were availability of facilities and the size of the team.
'The cost of maintaining a team was not an important factor
in the committee's recommendation, but it will take on more
importance as the committee forms its business plan. Goss
stressed the importance of ensuring that the athletic department
can support these two programs well into the future.
"We've hit our gender equity goals," Goss said. "So we're in
position to do the things that are right for sports, not all the
other Big Ten schools have done that today."
In January 1997, Michigan State cut its men's lacrosse and
fencing programs to achieve gender equity. Goss said he com-
missioned the business plan to prevent Michigan from having
to make similar cuts, albeit for different reasons. The commit-
tee considered adding just one men's sport but chose ice hock-
eyver lacrosse and water polo, even though those two sports
", been club sports at Michigan longer than ice hockey has.
Meghan Green, captain of the ice hockey team said that she
was "thrilled" that the club had such an opportunity in only it's
third year of existence. The sophomore and club president said
she had been in contact with the athletic department frequently,
bUt had more doubt than optimism until meeting with Peggy
irdley-Doppes, senior associate athletic director.
Preen said that at first it seemed as though varsity status was
a long way off for her. team but "after talking with (Bradley-
Doppes) it seemed like it could be attained," Green said.
Brian Lishawa, vice-president of the men's soccer club was
as thrilled as Green but he restrained his ebullience, pointing
out t!hat men's soccer has been bucking for varsity status for
about 10 years now, mostly unsuccessfully. This is only a first
ste, he said.
"-'m excited about the possibility," ofa varsity team, Lishawa
January 16, 1998
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Ohio State to roll
mat for M' hoops*
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Last season's games bordered on
fright. The more Michigan sought to
dominate Ohio State, the more diffi-
cult it became.
In the first meeting, held in the
friendly confines of Crisler Arena,
Michigan played its typical get-out-to-
a-big-lead-and-blow-it type of game
,while the Buckeyes calmly watched,
inching ever closer to a victory behind
Damon Stringer's 12 free throws. They
won that day and barely lost to the
Wolverines in Columbus on the final
day of the regular season.
The victory in Ann Arbor - Ohio
State's only road victory - still
lingers in the mind of at least one
"We fought through that last year,"
Michigan co-captain Travis Conlan
said. "Everyone's back besides Mo
(Taylor) who had that stretch. You've
got to learn from history. We lost some
games we shouldn't have lost, but this
time around we're
going to step up and
Just one year later, Ohio St.
things are different. Where: StJo
Both teams have new When: Tomor
coaches - with Brian 2:30 p.m.
Ellerbe taking over as : .Channel
Michigan's head man
and Jim O'Brien tak-
ing the reins at Ohio State - and some
of the principal players in last year's
drama also have departed.
While Taylor's seven-point perfor-
mance from the Crisler game will
hardly be missed, the absence of
Stringer, as well as five other members
of last season's team, strikes a major
blow to the Buckeyes.
The sharpshooter exploded for more
than 20 points in each game, but a
lower back injury has Stringer wearing
a different kind of red shirt this season.
His decisionto sit out the rest of this
season left the Buckeyes without a
legitimate scoring threat.
In Stringer's stead, freshman
Michael Redd has emerged as the
injured offense's crutch. Resting
among the Big Ten leaders at 22 points
per game, Redd's deadly shooting --
especially from 3-point range - has
proved critical to the Buckeyes.
Ohio State enters the game without
a Big Ten victory and is coming off
thrashings by Iowa on Wednesday, and
Indiana last week. While Redd led all
scorers against Indiana with 28 points,
his teammates didn't give him enough
support - hardly unusual for these
So that makes Michigan's foc4
clear: Clamp down on the offensive
focus to force another option to beat
them. The situation is hardly new for
"We need to make sure we do a
good job on Redd," Ellerbe said. "We
need to go out with the intent of shut-
ting him down. We've shown we can
do that with (Penn State's) Pete
(Lisicky), (UNLV guard) Tyrone
Nesby and (Michigan State's) Mate
During his brief tenure, O'Brien has
done his best to restore the storied tra-
dition of Ohio State basketball, but
is a constant struggle.
little question about
though, and the Ohio State
demonstrated their faith in
the former Boston Colle
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"W is'" co ach .
During the past I I sea-
sons, O'Brien built a stag-
nant Boston College pro-
gram into a perennial Big
East contender, but to rebuild a team
that returned only four players, 4he
task was daunting. Redd has served as
a bit of damage control, but clearly not
Beyond Redd, the Buckeyes N
thin. In :tark contrast to Michigai'
powerful front line, Ohio State offers
6-foot-8, 260-pound John Lnumpkin as
its sole- big body. Lumpkin, who
moonlights as a tight end on the foot-
ball team, just joined the squad follow-
ing the Sugar Bowl. A new coach and
offense have hardly aided the transi-
tion for the burly center.
"Our game plan is obviously to go
inside -first and outside secon
Conlan said. "That zone opens up a lit
of jump shots, which means pickin's
for Robbie (Reid), Lou (Bullock) and
Reid and Bullock, whose jump shots
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end's game in SPORTSMonday.
At halfway mark, 'M' icers claw way to top
Herr suspended; VanRyn injured; Peach to return against the Nanooks
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
Roughly halfway through its confer-
ence slate, the Michigan hockey team has
surprised a number of highly regarded
ed position of having to protect a CCHA
lead as it faces Alaska-Fairbanks (6-14-1,
7-15-2) at Yost 1ce Arena tomorrow night
Even with the Nanooks sitting at ninth
place in the CCHA, the Wolverines are
well aware of the danger in overlooking
Where: Yost Ice Arena
When: Tomorrow, 7
which that, this team has
that there is no
xpect- because any team
"We are a one-
said. "Every game
has been a nail-
biter, for the most
part - we've not
had any easy
improved and realized
chance of a let-up,
we play is as good as
While the latter statement may come
off as typical rhetoric from the coach of a
league-leading team, Michigan defense-
man Sean Peach offered a more realistic
view of tomorrow's matchup.
going to take this
"They're a good
team, and they
"They lead the.
league in penalty
minutes right Peach
now, so we're
going to have to stick to our game and let
them play theirs and, hopefully, they'll
make some stupid penalties"
With Fairbanks's bruising brand of
hockey on display this weekend,
Michigan now appreciates the trial run it
received a week earlier from Western
Michigan, whose hard-nosed style of play
will be strikingly similar tomorrow.
"I expect the same kind of hockey,'
Berenson said. "It will be hard-fought
hockey, and we need to be prepared for
that. Special teams, obviously, will be a
factor in that game"
With special teams highlighted this
weekend, Michigan can take heart in its
2-for-8 performance against the Broncos.
The Wolverines' success contributed to
their third-best power play in the CCHA.
The power play buoyed Michigan, as it
earned a difficult two points last Saturday.
In addition to having to go to overtime,
Michigan lost the services of both fresh-
man defenseman Mike VanRyn an
senior forward Matt Herr for the week9
- both players coming up short on bi
In VanRyn's case, it wasn't a hit h
took from a Bronco, rather from
unlocked door to the penalty box, whic
struck him in the groin.
"He's still really sore, but I don't thin
there is any injury outside of a bruise,
Berenson said. "The penalty box doo
was not locked properly ... it's pretty ba
when the rink starts falling apart on y
Herr, on the other hand, was respo
ble for a checking from behind penalt
just 4:07 into the game. The penalty cam
with a mandatory one-game suspension.
But with two out, Michigan will ge
one back as Peach returns to the lineu
after recovering from a concussion.
"You don't realize how hard it is not t
play," Peach said. "I'm starting to feel
With only one game this week
Michigan has had to shuffle its prac
schedule around a bit this past week
moving practices back one day to accom
modate for the scheduling quirk.
While an it may seem like an insignif
icant change, don't tell that to th
will always need
with minds that excel_
and hands that heal.