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"The way we play, and how basket-
ball has moved, the guy that has to
anchor in the lane is not as conducive
to play today,' Indiana coach Bob
The sport of basketball allows
players the freedom to improvise and
define their positions by their play -
more so than in other sports. Like
most coaches, Knight understands
that the position isn't the thing -. it's
Put another way, it's not the frost-
ing that counts, but the cream filling:.
When a reporter asked Knight if
freshman Dane Fife - former
Wolverine Dugan Fife's younger
brother - would play point or
shooting guard, Knight responded
"We don't split our guards up like
that," he said. "Fife might play cen-
Also rankling Knight were the con-
ference's numerical inaccuracies.
"I don't understand why we have
11 teams in the league and call it the
Big Ten,' Knight said.
Maybe it's the college sports ver-
sion of a bakers' dozen.
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NEBRASKA (-19) vs. Missouri
PURDUE (-28) vs. Illinois
Wisconsin (-7) vs. IOWA
NOTRE DAME (-22) vs. Army
TENNESSEE (-16) vs. Alabama
Ohio State (-28) vs. NORTHWESTERN
UCLA (-14.5) vs. CALIFORNIA
WEST VIRGINA (-5.5.) vs. Miami (Fla.)
Michigan State (-7,5) vs. MINNESOTA
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LOUISIANA STATE (-9) vs. Miss. State
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* Brian Ellerbe coaches the Michigan basketball team
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Increasing focus on education
dominates Big Ten discussions
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A.J. Guyton, Indiana
Evan Eschmeyer, Northwestern
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Editor
CHICAGO - Who would have
thought that, from a group of coaches
including the always-entertaining Bobby
Knight, Northwestern's Kevin O'Neill
would have the most interesting thing to
"As soon as college basketball
coaches quit cheating, then we won't
have all of these problems," O'Neill said
yesterday at the Big Ten basketball
media day. "That's the central issue."
The problems O'Neill was talking
about were the same ones Big Ten com-
missioner Jim Delany discussed this
summer. Specifically, there are two
major issues: Making education the pri-
mary priority for college basketball play-
ers, and taking potential players - the
recruits - out of the grasp of clothing
apparel companies such as Nike.
Delany brought these issues to the
forefront of the college basketball world
when he proposed a reform package,
which included declaring all freshmen
ineligible and limiting recruitment to
during the school year.
Michigan Athletic Director Tom
Goss has been actively involved with the
issue as well. Since Delany introduced
his proposal, Goss has supported it
wholeheartedly. Goss, along with
University President Lee Bollinger, co-
wrote an op-ed article in the New York
Times in September calling for Delany's
ideas to be adopted by the NCAA.
The NCAA responded by naming a
27-member working group to look into
reforming college basketball, and Goss
is on the committee.
Delany's reform package aims to
accomplish two things. It would force
the athletes to focus on their studies dur-
ing their first year, giving them a jump-
start to fulfill graduation requirements.
"If all freshmen were ineligible, they
would be better prepared to graduate,"
Purdue coach Gene Keady said.
"Freshmen need to sit out for maturation
While Delany's ideas are a hit with
some of his coaches, others don't see
freshman ineligibility as a viable option.
"If we couldn't have our freshmen
this season, we'd have the same horseshit
team we had last year," O'Neill said.
Indiana's Knight, who met reporters
at the conference's preseason media day
for the first time in three years, thinks it's
a good idea, but unrealistic.
"I don't forsee freshman eligibility
ever changing because of the number of
schools that benefit from freshman eligi-
bility," Knight said.
Knight does think that the second
half of Delany's proposal would work.
This reform limits recruiting during the
This eliminates the need for summer
camps, which are frequently sponsored
by apparel companies such as Nike and,
according to Delany's report, are "too
"What the NCAA should do - but
they never will because it's too simple -
is say college coaches can only evaluate
kids in that kid's high school gym, under
supervision of his high school coach, or
at home or away games or state tourna-
ments," Knight said. "Keep college
coaches out of the summer."
Most coaches agreed on this issue,
with the exception of O'Neill, who said
he "enjoys" summer recruiting.
"High schools have been out of the'
summer recruiting mix" Delany said.
"I'd like to see higher involvement by
high schools, and less involvement by us
and the apparel companies"
BRING ON THE CHALLENGE: The Big
Ten and the ACC are extremely close to
solidifying the Big Ten/ACC Challenge,
a preseason tournament which would
feature all nine ACC teams and nine of
the Ii Big Ten teams.
"Both conferences have an interest in
doing it, and ESPN has an interest,"
Delany said. "But we have not reached
the point to make an announcement."
The three parties almost had the deal
solidified in order to make an announce-
ment at media day yesterday, but ran into
a financial stumbling block, Delany said.
NAME GAME: While Notre Dame
isn't any closer to joining the Big Ten
then it was during the summer - the
university has twice met with the confer-
ence to discuss the issue - Knight is
hopeful something will budge. Why? So
the Big Ten will change its name.
"I don't know why we have I I teams
in this league and call it the Big Ten,"
Knight said. "It's a tragedy. If somebody
else is added, I hope a name is adopted
for this conference that accurately por-
trays the makeup of the league."
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