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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, Octouer 7, 1998 15

Vomen's golf readies

or Big Ten tourney

NCAA attempts to
reach settlement

By Jeff Druchnink
For the Daily
Last weekend's showing at the
verine Invitational wasn't exactly
the high point of the season for the
Michigan women's golf team. But at the
very least, the Wolverines now have
two weeks to regroup and fine-tune
their games for the Big Ten
Championships in West Lafayette. This
will be the final tournament of the reg-
Alar season.
Saturday and Sunday, despite host-
ng the Wverine Invitational on their
X course, the Wolverines finished
in the tournament. That, howev-
er, turned out to be fourth out of four
Big Ten teams in the 13-team field. The
Wolverines shot 75 over par at 659 -
33 shots off the blistering pace of 626,
;et by first-place Michigan State.
Michigan also finished behind Purdue
md Northwestern, and was not helped
by the heavy Saturday rains, which
:aused 18 of the tournament's 54
,duled holes to be canceled.
A bigger roadblock for Michigan,
however, may have been the lack of
>ractice during the week leading up to
he tournament. Portions of the team's
;chedule were taken up by team pic-
ures and other previously scheduled
vents, leaving just one day of full prac-
ice before Friday.
That's "the day before the tourna-
nent, and nobody really wants to prac-
ice too hard," said Wolverine freshman
*a Lemanski. Lemanski expects the
eam to get a great deal more practice
ime in upcoming days, before the Big
Fen Championships begin at Purdue on
Monday, Oct. 19.

"That leaves us two full weeks and
weekends for preparation, Michigan
coach Kathy Teichert said.
Michigan did shoot an impressive
312 over 18 holes of qualifying play
last Tuesday before the tournament.
Schedule disruptions may have caused
the players to lose their edge by the
time the tournament started, though.
"We need to work especially on our
putting and our short game;' Teichert
said, echoing the sentiments of
Lemanski and teammate Tera Hamo.
"We've lost a lot of confidence in
those areas, and we will work on our
mental aspects to remedy that," Teichert
said.
Teichert predicted that Michigan's
putting and up-and-down percentage
would be keys to the team's perfor-
mance at the Big Ten Championships.
She also said the individual members of
the team would have to spend time
working on the weaker parts of their
games during the next two weeks.
Michigan senior captain Sharon
Park, the Wolverines' standout per-
former and sole senior, will have to
come up big for the team to make a
good showing in West Lafayette. Park
threatened to take the tournament lead
after 18 holes this weekend, posting a 3
over 76, but had to settle for second
place behind Michigan State's Kasey
Gant. Park finished second despite
shooting an 80 on Sunday.
"It'll be a great opportunity (for us)
to beat some of the other Big Ten teams
that will be at the tournament," Teichert
said.
"We're going to work hard at clos-
ing the gap."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
The NCAA, which can no longer
argue it did not break the law, is try-
ing to reach a settlement with its
coaches and reduce an $80 million
obligation.
On Monday, the Supreme Court
refused to hear the NCAA's appeal,
letting stand a ruling that the NCAA
acted unlawfully in capping salaries
of entry-level coaches at $16,000
annually.
But even before Monday, the
NCAA and lawyers for the coaches
had begun settlement talks, with the
NCAA offering $44 million and the
coaches' lawyers coming back with a
demand for $58.5 million.
Before the three-week jury trial
in May, which set damages at $67
million, the NCAA suggested it
might settle for as much as $18 mil-
lion.
"The NCAA has moved a lot;"
said Wally Renfro, spokesperson for
the collegiate sports organization.
"We feel that is a very fair figure.
Plaintiffs could do with that what
they wish. If they want to attach a
time value to that money (in an annu-
ity), they can do so. If they want to
take it all in cash, they could."
Coaches' lawyer Dennis Cross
said his offer to settle for $58.5 mil-
lion will now go "into the 60's"
"We're not moving toward them
anymore," he said. "I'm going to
make an offer that's going to be a lit-
tle more and see if (the Supreme
Court decision) has changed their
mind."
In seeking to get the Supreme

Court to overturn the finding of lia-
bility, the NCAA said the lower court
ruling "places in grave doubt the
future of competitive intercollegiate
athletics."
The coaches' lawyers argued the
salary cap was "only garden-variety
price fixing," and that college sports
thrived for years without such pay
restrictions.
Last May, the U.S. District Court
jury in Kansas City, Kan., awarded
damages that when trebled under
antitrust law amount to around $67
million for about 1,900 entry-level
"restricted-earnings coaches."
The total figure of around $80
million, when lawyers' fees are
included, has alarmed NCAA
schools and angered athletic officials
whose annual budgets could be hit
hard.
How the award will be spread
among NCAA schools is also a
touchy political issue within college
athletics. Small schools want big
schools to pay the biggest share
while most big schools believe the
cost should be shared equally, since
the restricted-earnings rule was
agreed upon by nearly all 300
Division I schools.
The NCAA still has several post-
trial motions pending. Once those
motions are ruled on, the NCAA
could appeal them to the 10th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Barring a settlement, the case
could drag on another year or two.
"Way back when the case began,
they couid have settled cheaply"
Cross said.

AP PHOTO
Although Joe Paterno's financial worries are few, yesterday the Supreme Court
ruled against the NCAA's imposed limit on the salaries of entry-level coaches.

Bo honored by coaches

FromStffReports
Former 'Michigan football coach
Bo Schembe&Wlerhas been selected as
the 1999 reipient of the Amos
Alonzo Stagg Award presented by the
American Football Coaches
Association.
The award, which honors those
"whose services have been outstand-
ing in the advancement of the best
interests of'fbotball," will be present-
ed to Scfiembechler at the 1999
AFCA Convention, held Jan. 10-13 in
Nashville, Tenn.
Schembechler, the winningest
coach in Michigan football history,
finished his career with a record of
234-65-8 (.775), and had the ninth-
most wins in Division I-Afootball
history.
oily In his 20 years as a Michigan
coach, Schembechler's Big Ten record
was 143-23-3 (.850) with an overall

record of 194-48-5 (.796). In that
time, 13 of his teams won or tied for
the Big Ten championship, and never
in his 27-year career as a head coach
did one of his teams have a losing
record. In his 21 seasons as a
Michigan coach, Schembechler made
it to 17 bowl games. His teams won 10
or more games in a season 11 tumes,
and his regular season record of 96-
10-3 (.894) gave him the best winning
percentage in the nation in the 1970s.
Schembechler's career as a head
coach began in 1963 when he left the
tutelage of mentor Woody Hayes, at
Ohio State, to take the job at his alma
mater, Miami (Ohio). In his six sea-
sons there as coach, he posted a record
of 40-17-3(.692), twice sharing the
-Mid-American Conference title. All
six of his Miami teams finished either
third or better in the MAC during his
tenure.

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