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5oRLEAGUE NEW YORK 2, (ESPN) Check out the Michigan Soccer Team when they take
in p5~pges (New York leads 1-0) NEW YORK, 8:07 pm. on Iowa this Friday. The game is slated for 4 p.m. at
ton 11, Today's Division Playoff (NBC) the Michigan Soccer Facility on South State Street.
EELAND 3 schedule Student admissionisefree.
ston leads 1-0) Boston at
Diego 2, CLEVELAND, 1:07 p.m.
SToN 1 (ESPN) Wednesday
Diego leads 1-0) Chicago at yOtme S,19
ATLANTA 4:07 p.mSeptember 0, 1998
Investigation nears completion;
Ray still suspended for Iowa
Athletic Department: Query should conclude within week

hlgan senior safety Marcus Ray will remain under suspension for the game at Iowa. The investigation
owing allegations that he had improper contact with an agent should be concluded this week.

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
Marcus Ray will soon learn his fate. But
he won't play this weekend against Iowa.
The emotional leader of Michigan's
defense for the past two years, Ray has been
suspended since Sept. 10, after the NCAA
contacted Michigan Athletic Director Tom
Goss with information suggesting Ray had
improper contact with an agent. The NCAA
stated it was acting on an anonymous tip.
The University has been investigating the
allegation, and in the meantime, Ray has
not been allowed to practice or participate
in any team-sponsored events.
Yesterday, Michigan Sports Information
Director Bruce Madej said that the investi-
gation "should conclude this week."
In the interim, Ray will remain suspend-
ed for the Wolverines' game against the
Hawkeyes on Saturday.

When the University does wrap up its
investigation, the findings will be forward-
ed to the NCAA, which will then determine
Ray's status. Should the findings link Ray
to major violations - such as agreeing to a
contract or accepting gifts - his career as a
Wolverine could be over. But if the findings
are minimal, Ray could be reinstated.
After playing Iowa on Saturday,
Michigan has a bye the following weekend
(Oct. 10). The Wolverines return to action
on the road against Northwestern on Oct.
Goss was unavailable for comment yes-
terday, but he told The Ann Arbor News on
Monday that lie "felt a lot better (about the
situation) this week than I did last week."
In the past week, Goss met with Derrick
Gragg, the University's director of compli-
ance, who is heading the investigation
along with faculty adviser Percy Bates.

Much speculation has centered around
the idea that Ray's alleged involvement
with an agent may be traceable to his best
friend, former Michigan football player
Charles Woodson. Woodson's agents have
emphatically denied any wrongdoing in the
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has refused
to talk about the topic since announcing
Ray's suspension in a press conference.
During yesterday's Big Ten teleconference,
Carr held his position.
"I'm not worried about who is here," he
said. "I'm more concerned about who is
Once the NCAA has received the results
of Michigan's investigation, the decision on
Ray's future could come anytime.
"As far as finality goes," Madej said,
"when everything will be decided - I can't

is time, its two quarterbacks
(or Penn State, not the Buckeyes

I . I - I
you're talking Ohio State-Penn State, and one team
uses a two-quarterback system, and the other is suf-
fering an image crisis because of a player's eligibili-
,you're still talking Ohio State-Penn State, right?
Nope. Reverse it. Try Penn State-Ohio State.
This Saturday's game is as big as it usually is - both
ams are undefeated and in the top 10 - but the roles,
is year, seem to be reversed.
For the past two years, Ohio State coach John Cooper
efied conventional wisdom by platooning Stanley
ckson and Joe Germaine at quarterback all season,
g@up through the annual Michigan loss.
This year, Germaine's the lone Buckeye behind cen-
r,.but Penn State has been using
oth Kevin Thompson and Rashard
asey at quarterback.
Last year, Joe Paterno was duped
y clever running back Curtis Enis,
ho not only broke team rules by
ccepting a suit from an agent, but,
as also sneaky enough to wear it
n tional television to an awards JIM
eiony. He got caught, and was ROSE
icked off the team. Rose
This year, John Cooper was Beef
uped by heady linebacker Andy
atzenmoyer, who wasn't telling
e, truth when he told his coach he'd spent the summer
proving his grades.
He got caught, and was named a preseason All-
But all kidding aside, itsis that time of year again:
he time when everyone realizes that Michigan-
Jl igan State wasn't even watched by anyone living
i e the state, and that the two real heavyweights in
he conference are about to duke it out.
Ohio State-Penn State, or Penn State-Ohio State, is
ne of those great midseason college games that, more
han anything else, passes the time between the Illinois-
ndianas and the Wisconsin-Northwesterns.
This year, the twist is that Penn State will rely on two
uarterbacks, while the Buckeyes don't have to, because
hey have the best one in the Big Ten.
"I haven't had enough experience with it yet to tell
N hether it's an advantage or a disadvantage,"
atemo said of his new system. "This is the first time
've done it. You should ask John Cooper."
Somebody did, actually. But Cooper didn't seem to
hink it made much difference how many people were
laying quarterback.
"I could care less who plays," Cooper said. "Whoever
hey pus in there is gonna do a good job, so it doesn't
ter so me who they use."
Another thing Cooper dismissed was the fact that
Penn State didn't play this past weekend. The Nittany
ions had an extra week to prepare for the Buckeyes,
suooper didn't seem to think the extra time would
ave much of an effect on the game.
Tenn State doesn't need an extra week to prepare,"
e said. "Anytime you have a coach that has 300 victo-
-es, you know, you don't need an extra week to get

ready. Penn State is always ready."
Last year, the Nittany Lions ran for 316 yards against
Ohio State, but the bulk of the workload was carried by
Enis and Aaron Harris, who has been working to get
back in shape after injuring his knee.
Paterno said Harris would play, but he wasn't sure
how much - not to mention how well.
"I'm sure he'll play," Paterno said. "Whether he's 80-
percent, or 85- or 90-percent, I don't know. That's what
we'll have to see."
NORTH-WORST-ERN ... AGAIN?: Northwestern coach
Gary Barnett, just two years removed from his (prema-
ture?) anointing as The Next Great College Coach, has-
n't had the best of luck this fall.
Last weekend, Wisconsin romped on Barnett's squad,
The Badgers scored touchdowns on runs, passes, punt
returns and even a blocked punt.
But Barnett explained.
"We got victimized by some illegal tactics, and they
went unnoticed by the officials," Barnett said.
Oh, so that was the problem? Illegal tactics?
Barnett said the early-game naughty rules violations
by the Badgers "resulted in a punt being blocked, and
we sort of lost our poise from that point on."
Apparently so. Northwestern gave up 38 straight
Fortunately for Barnett, his Wildcats get the Illini on
Saturday, who managed to hold Iowa to just 37 points
last weekend while even scoring 14 of their own. It
promises to be an evenly matched game, if nothing else.
But, probably, it will be nothing else.
"This has always been a big rivalry that everybody
probably knows about," Barnett said in total serious-
ness. "Both teams are very similar statistically. We're
almost identical, actually."
Don't admit that, Gary.
HAYDEN FRIED: In recent weeks, farmers in Iowa
City and the other development in the state of Iowa,
Des Moines, have been in an uproar. It seems that an
article in The Chicago Tribune called for Iowa coach
Hayden Fry's resignation.
Fry is 70 years old, and has been in charge of Iowa's
football program for 20 years.
He's just the sixth coach in Big Ten history to last
that long at one school.
The article suggested that Fry is too old to relate to
today's players, and that he should get out before he
ruins all the good years he's had at Iowa, and that the
game has passed him by, and so on and so on.
Big Ten coaches, naturally, scoffed at the suggestion
that Hayden might be too old to coach and rallied to his
Lloyd Carr said Fry was as unpredictable as ever and
called the article "inappropriate." Barnett said that
"only those of us in the business canrappreciate what
Hayden has done, and how he has done it, over the
years. He'll be a great coach for as long as he wants to
do it."
Since 1991, Carr is 5-0 against Fry. Barnett hasn't
lost to Fry since 1994.
- Jim Rose can be reached atjwrose@umich.edu.

Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine is on his own this year, and will have to deal with Penn State this Saturday in the Big
Ten's true clash of titans.


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