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Tracking 'M' teams
Check out the Michigan Soccer Team against Iowa
this afternoon. The game is slated for 4 p.m. at
Michigan Soccer Field on State Street. Student a
sion is free.
October 2, 1998

Into the

Wolverines must look
at history against Iowa

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
After weeks of defending - or trying
to defend - its home turf, the Michigan
football team is hitting the road.
The Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 2-2
overall) will try to put any thoughts of
their last road game - a 36-20 debacle
at Notre Dame on Sept. 5 - far out of
mind when they travel to Iowa City.
Though Lloyd Carr may not readily
admit it, tomorrows 3:30 p.m. kickoff
against Iowa (1-0, 2-2) at Kinnick
Stadium has devastating possibilitites.
A defeat to Iowa would set Michigan
back a game in the Big Ten standings,
leaving Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio
State still in the distance.
Despite giving Michigan as much
trouble as anyone did last season in Ann
Arbor, the Hawkeyes are not quite the
outfit who picked off Brian Griese three
times last year and led most of the game.
Last season, they showed off All-
America kick returner Tim Dwight, all-
Big Ten tailback Tavian Banks and quar-
terback Matt Sherman.
This year's team watched those guys
play from their high school towns - on
Iowa coach Hayden Fry's concern for
his team has dominated his speeches all
season. Iowa's starting roster is loaded
with true freshmen who know little of
the great Hawkeye days of yore.
And boy have Michigan and Iowa
played some big games.
For those who need a refresher course
in Michigan football history (i.e. any
student on this campus), here's a crash
In 1985, Iowa sat atop the national
rankings. The quarterback was curly
blond named Chuck Long, a bona-fide
Heisman candidate who was carrying
the weight of a state on his shoulders as
No. 2 Michigan came to Kinnick.
Michigan fell on the final play of the
game, a 29-yard field goal that incited a
field-rushing frenzy and the obligatory
goalpost trashing.
The freshmen on this year's Iowa
team, who entered kindergarten that fall,
probably know little of that history or the
origin of the Kinnick name (incidental-
ly, it is for their sole Heisman
winner/war hero Nile Kinnick).

But one of these freshmen separatec
himself from the rest of the pack by set
ting his own standards.
In their first game this season, a.
H awkeye fans lamented they heroe
departure, freshman Kahlil Hill returne
a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns ir
the Hawkeyes' trouncing of Nort
Iowa. t
Since then, he leads the team ir
receiving yards. Iowa fans now have a
player to cheer for.
That surprise factor, even in what wa.
projected as a rebuilding year, has Car
shaking in his Nikes.
"I never feel like we're prepared t
play Iowa," he said.
Part of that daunting task is attempt-
ing to guess when and where Fry will
pull a rabbit from his bag of tricks e
the longest-tenured Big Ten coach,
has gained a reputation for unconven-
tional play-calling.
"It's impossible to prepare for all the
things that he's done down through the
years," said Carr of the 20-year Big Ten
And so Michigan is left to wonder
about the game plan.
So Carr has done the only thing he
can, by using the past as his ally.
"The last time we beat Michigan State
at home (1996), we went down to
Purdue and got beat;' he said. "We
weren't prepared (for the next game). So
hopefully we can learn a few lessons lke
that one."
Carr was learning those lessons from
Fry long befbre he was guiding the
Michigan program, though. And Carr
holds the Iowa leader in the l1ghest
"Anybody in coaching has g~o
respect H ayden Fry and the job he's done
at Iowa," Carr said. "As a defensive
coordinator, I knew that to prepare for
Fry's teams was always a nightmare."
Fortunately for Michigan, Carr
remembers 1985 and the excitement in
Iowa City after the huge win. Even with
less-than-perfect overall records, the two
teams are still undefeated in the Big Ten
and still have a chance at conferge
Remembering the history that his
players don't may make Carr Michigan's
most valuable asset.

The Michigan football team might look at history when they tackle Iowa tomorrow. After beating Michigan State two seasons ago, Michigan fell to Purdue one game
later In one of its poorest performances of that season.

Hockey battles itself tonight
Blue/White and opener against Guelph gives good look at team

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
After almost six months of savoring
its national championship, the
Michigan hockey team finally appears
ready to hit the ice again.
Michigan begins its season with a
pair of games tonight and tomorrow to
ease into the near-lurking CCHA
schedule. Tonight's contest will pit the
Wolverines against a familiar oppo-
nent - themselves.
The Blue/White game, held tonight
at 7 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena, is Michigan
coach Red Berenson's opportunity to
evaluate all of his players in a game
situation. Berenson will likely use the
exhibition as a criteria for determining
his playing lineup.
Nine capable defensemen are on the
Michigan roster, competing for six
playing spots. Captain Bubba
Berenzweig and sophomores Mike
Van Ryn and Dave Huntzicker seem to
be virtual locks to play every day, but
the remaining slot are up for grabs.

All nine will see time in tonight's
The Wolverines are hoping a scoring
leader will step forward to fill the void
left by the graduated Bill Muckalt and
Matt Herr. Finding scoring production
is another goal this weekend for
All three goalies should see substan-
tial action in the Blue/White game.
Freshman Josh Blackburn "will be
given a good look" for the starting
goalie's job, Berenson said, and
tonight will be the young goalie's first
Berenson does not expect to offi-
cially name a starting goalie until the
middle of next week.
Fellow freshman and roommate
Kevin O'Malley will also see time in
net, as he tries to overtake Blackburn
for the starting role.
And, despite being Michigan's third
goaltender during his tenure, senior
Greg Daddario has an outside chance
of making his way into Berenson's

playing rotation.
A Canadian opponent, Guelph, will
provide the opposition for tomorrow
night's battle, also at 7 p.m. at Yost.
"It's an important game for us, to get
experience before we play a league
game," Berenson said. "They are con-
sidered one of the top teams in
Canada. We may make some mistakes,
but you have to play a game to get the
The contest against Guelph will not
count toward Michigan's overall
record, because the opponent is from
another country.
Berenson said he expects to be more
selective with who will play against
Guelph, but that multiple combina-
tions of lines will be used and that
many different players will see ice
Oct. I I's CCHA opener at home
against Lake Superior State will pro-
vide the first true test for the young
See HOCKEY, Page 14

The Michigan
Hockey teamillI
play a familiar
opponent - itsel
on Friday night in
the annual exhibi
tion, the
game. They drop
the puck at Yost
Ice Arena at 7




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