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return has
alive again
By Shaat Ru
Daily Sports Editor
If there has ever been anyone who
seems like he has been bred to do some-
thing, it's Indiana football coach Cam
Cameron. See for yourself:
He's from Terre Haute, Ind. - as
'Hoosier' as a town can be - where his
father coached football at Indiana State.
He went to Indiana. Played basketball
for Bobby Knight and football for Lee
He is married to a girl from
Even his hair is Hoosier red.
In short, there is
no other perfect
candidate to lead
the Hoosiers to
respectability on
the gridiron.
Not to mention
that he is a pretty
remarkable coach.
In only his second
season at the
helm, teams are Cameron
fearing the
Hoosiers. Indiana has been in a position
to win each of its six games, blowing
late-game leads each time. A 3-3 record
overall (1-2 Big Ten) is already better
than last year's 2-9 finish.
"I'm satisfied we're heading in the
right direction,' Cameron said.
The path back to Bloomington took
two significant detours, however. After
graduating in 1983 from Indiana,
Cameron considered taking a job some-
where as an assistant coach.
See CAMERON, Page 13

Junior Stacey Thomas and the Michigan women's basketball team has
given coach Sue Guevara reason to be optimistic for the upcoming season.
Women's hoops'
(uevara confident

Z @y Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
in most societies, it's the blue-
collar workers who get the job
done. A blue-collar worker can
sometimes spend his whole life
perfecting a particular skill,
&orking hard in the process.
.7To coach Sue Guevara's
delight, the players on this year's
Michigan women's basketball
team has such tendencies.
"I like this team," Guevara
said. "This team is a blue-collar
worker team ... and they got one
of the best compliments.
(Strength and conditioning
coach) Jim Plocki said to me
*ue, your team can work. They
to not give up, they're very com-
petitive and they're workers'."
The Wolverines will need the
work to make the new team gel,
after losing four seniors who
were the crux of the team last
This year, Michigan will espe-
cially feel the effects of last
year's graduation in the post-
where it will have to find some-
Se who can replace former all
ig Ten and current WNBA play-
er Pollyanna Johns.
"When you lose a player like
Pollyanna Johns ... you lose her
presence on the floor," Guevara
said. "She did a pretty good job
defensively, a good job rebound-
ing, and she made people play us
"This year, we're going to have
* couple of kids who are going to
step up and try to fill her shoes."
The Wolverines are a young
team without any seniors.
Regardless, they are not inexperi-
enced. They return three starters
from last year's team.
Junior guard Stacey Thomas -
last year's Big Ten leader in steals
- will be looked to on the offen-

sive end. Last year, Thomas was
second in scoring behind Johns.
Additionally, Thomas gained
invaluable experience playing
with the USA Basketball Select
Team this past summer.
Starting with Thomas in the
backcourt will be Anne Thorius,
who after her freshman year,
holds the Michigan record for 3-
point field goal percentage. Also
returning to the starting lineup is
junior Ann Lemire.
"They're all experienced play-
ers who've all been in the Big
Ten," Guevara said. "I don't think
they fear anybody at all. Andy, I'd
put those three up against any-
body. That's where the leadership
is going to come from."
The women's basketball season
tips off against the Swiss
National Team in two weeks. But
that is only the first game in a
very tough non conference
Though they lost the majority
of last year's low-post game,
Guevara and the team are opti-
mistic about their chances for
In fact, they've even spoken of
returning to the NCAA tourna-
Normally, that's off-limits.
We're playing "a schedule that
will get us ready for the Big Ten,"
"Obviously one of the goals is
to get to the NCAA Tournament.
and strength of schedule is one of
the factors they use to evaluate
the teams."
For right now, however,
Guevara said she is pleased with
the way her team is coming
"But, I really like this team,"
Guevara repeated. "I like the
makeup of this team and the
chelhistry on this team."

The Michigan football team will have its hands full tomorrow when Indiana brings another option offense to town. Coach Lloyd
Carr will rely on Tal Streets and the offense to contribute.

Randle El, hated offense likely

By Jim Rase
Daily Sports Editor
Here we go again.
Jarious Jackson and Donovan McNabb, in all like-
lihood, have been on the televisions and VCRs in
Bloomington this past week.
And why not? With the way those two option quar-
terbacks handled Michigan earlier this season,
there's no reason to think Indiana coach Cam
Cameron & Co. won't be looking for every hint they
can find in the days leading up to tomorrow's game
in Ann Arbor.
Three games into the conference season, Indiana,
and not Michigan, owes its success to a freshman
quarterback. He's smart, he's fast, he's all the rage -
and, wouldn't you know it, he just happens to run the
option. Just Michigan's luck.
So here we go again. In a week that's usually a
breather-- usually the gear-up win that leads into the
crucial stretch of the Big Ten schedule - the
Wolverines are faced with the unenviable task of
defending Antwaan Randle El, the electric freshman
whose athletic ability has made Indiana a team to be
reckoned with.
Without further ado, let's get to the matchups.
We'll start, of course, with the one everyone will be
watching ...

Antwaan Randle El runs the option, and he runs it
well. And judging from past performances,
Michigan's defense would seem to be just his type.
But in reality, after a pair of early-season disasters
against the option, the Wolverines have more than
righted themselves against the run. With the down-
linemen as healthy as they've been all year, and Dhani
Jones likely returning from a knee injury that kept him
out of action last week, Michigan's defense should be
And if anything's certain, it's this: The Wolverines
are just dying to prove that they can, after all, stop the
Having said all that, Antwaan Randle El will still
run like the wind.
Here's where the Wolverines could be most vulner-
able. Like the rush defense, the secondary has made
strides. Unfortunately, many of those strides have
been in pursuit of runaway receivers.
Actually, that's too harsh. Everyone sees that
D'Wayne Bates caught eight passes last week against

big headaches
the Wolverines, but few remember that once the game
progressed to crunch time, the secondary tightened
up. Bates didn't catch a single pass in the fourth quar-
But, with 189 passing yards each game, Antwaan
Randle El has consistently made run-wary defenses
pay. And you can bet that Michigan, with its option
history in mind, will be stacking the line against the
With Marcus Ray still out of action, tomorrow's
game will be a serious test for the likes of Andre
Weathers, James Whitley and the safeties. All, no
doubt, have something to prove.
Having said all that, Randle El will pass to his
heart's content.
This is starting to sound familiar.
Here's where it changes. With the old reliable.
In the prequel to the Mud Bowl, Justin Fargas
slipped, slithered and slopped his way to 130 yards last
week in what Lloyd Carr termed "one of the finest
performances" he'd seen by a freshman at Michigan.
More encouraging, at least to Carr, was the fact that
See MATCHUPS, Page 13

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