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November 3, 1998
Penn State defense looms for 'M'
Last game before crucial home stretch not exactly encouraging
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By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
Riding a six-game winning streak held
together by bubble gum and twine, the
Michigan football team knows now is the time
for a little soul-baring.
It's the '90s, and while Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr may not exactly have read "I'm
OK, You're OK," to his team, the Wolverines
have been open and honest about their, ahem,
less-than-potent running game. No need to
hide it; their ground game on Saturday simply
didn't get the job done.
And at Michigan, not having a ground game
is like a bad stand-up comedian without Viagra
jokes. And it was just as painful to see on
Michigan's ground attack against Minnesota
wasn't just less than potent, it was less than
zero. Twenty-three yards less than zero.
"But I don't think in this game we played
with the kind of effort that we're capable of"
And next week, facing "as talented a defense
I've seen in a long time;" Carr said, a flaccid
running game might let Michigan down.
But at least they'll be facing a defense that
might be familiar. Carr said that Penn State's
defense this year reminds him a lot of the one
that led Michigan to a national championship
And while this Michigan offense might not
be as good as Penn State's was last season,
wide receiver Tai Streets said it might be better.
Untimely, sacks and fumbles killed the
mood on key Michigan drives last Saturday,
and Michigan's defense was able to stop the
Minnesota offense. Few at Michigan are
expecting that defense can win on its own
against Penn State.
"I think when you get first-down-and-goal
on the three yard line, but you don't get the ball
in the end zone, that's a problem," Carr said.
And it's been a problem the Wolverines have
faced for most of the season.
Mistakes didn't just hurt Saturday's effort,
they've hindered Michigan ever since the Iowa
game on Oct. 3. In the four games following
the Michigan State game, Michigan has found
the end zone six times. And three of those
came against Indiana.
"It's frustrating when you don't put it all
together," senior kicker Jay Feely said. "I think
everyone on the team knows that if we put a
whole game together then we could be a great
team. I think everyone really believes that, too.
"I know they all believe that."
X-RAY FACTOR: This weekend's game
against Penn State will be the first time sus-
pended Michigan safety Marcus Ray will be
eligible to play. Carr was evasive about Ray's
status, but "he's doing just fine," cornerback
Andre Weathers said.
"He's had a good attitude about the whole
deal," Weathers said. "He's just ready to con-
tribute and we're happy to have him back."
No NEWS Is ...: Well, maybe not good
news, but it's all Carr is willing to say about
injuries. Citing the advantage opposing coach-
es get from learning of other team's injuries,
Carr was tight-lipped about the health of his
"Well, you know, I look around, and I don't
see any coaches talking about injuries!' he
said. "Obviously anytime you talk about an
injury it's an advantage to ... the people you're
playing. I'm tired of talking about them."
Wide receiver Tai Streets was one of the few bright spots for Michigan's offense in Saturday's win over
Minnesota. The Wolverines look to improve before they meet Penn State's stingy defense this weekend.
Parents' influence extends far beyond home
By Mark Francescutti
daily Sports Writer
Throughout last week, the members of coach Red
erenson's Michigan hockey team probably were
:eaning their rooms and maybe piling up some dirty
undry for some special guests - their parents.
ither love them or run away in horror when you
them coming, but parents have a major effect on a
,ollege student's life when they're around. The team's
-'Parents Weekend was no different this year.
' Nearly all the players' parents came to support their
,os, but could their good intentions actually cause an
11Measy start by the Wolverines?
Yes, judging from Michigan's performance in both
Michigan played one of its worst periods this season
in the first 20 minutes Friday against Bowling Green.
The Falcons outshot the Wolverines 15-5, and con-
n, ed the tempo for all but a few moments of the
niod. The Wolverines rebounded to win, 5-2.
But Berenson said the team's slow start may have
been due to a combination of parental worries and the
remaining fatigue from the previous weekend's trip to
"Whatever it was, that was not the kind of hockey
2we have to play to be successful," Berenson said. "A
lot of us seemed to be in a fog (Friday) on the ice. It
was not a sharp mental performance."
But the lackluster play didn't end against Bowling
Green. It became worse in Saturday's 6-1 loss to
Senior captain Bubba Berenzweig warned last week
that it could happen, saying that the weekend could be
an unwanted distraction. Adding that to the fatigue
factor might have created a ghoulish potion that
cursed Michigan's Halloween weekend.
Even if the parents were a distraction, it was an
important weekend for all the families.
"For those kids whose parents live a long ways
away, it's so important, because this may be the one
time this year that they see them," said Richard
Matzka, father of sophomore Scott.
The festivities began on Friday, with the families
meeting at Yost Ice Arena. It was one of the few sched-
uled times for all the parents to meet each other.
"This time we were able to spend some time with
other parents and it's nice to see all the old parents and
meet the new ones," said William Koch, Geoff's dad.
About 15 minutes before Friday night's game, the
gray carpet was laid out at the edge of the ice and rink
announcer Glen Williams announced each player's
parents, who were then greeted by their son.
Even senior captain Bubba Berenzweig, whose par-
ents were unable to attend, wasn't left out - he got
hugs from at least five or six mothers.
But senior parents and players received a real treat,
because, for the first time, the seniors were called out
"It was very well done, the fact that the classes were
all together was a nice touch," said Betty Rominski,
Dale's mom. "Last year we were called out in alpha-
betical order, but this year they called the seniors
The parents tried to make their short time with their
sons as perfect as possible, because most players will
not be able to come home for the holiday season.
The Wolverines will not be able to go home for
Thanksgiving, because they will have to leave before
or on Thanksgiving Day to fly to Minnesota for the
College Hockey Showcase. In addition, the team
won't have an extended winter break until after the
Great Lakes Invitational, for which they will prepare
from Dec. 22 until the tournament ends on Dec. 27.
Whether Berenson will dress up as Santa Claus for
his players remains purely rumor. Besides, dressing up
with a white beard implies giving presents to players,
which is obviously an NCAA violation.
At least one parent found the weekend successful.
"I almost fell down when I stepped on the rug, but
other than that it wasn't that bad," said Gary
Blackburn, Josh's father.
The Michigan hockey team was glad to see mom and dad at their Parents'
Weekend festivities, but the Wolverines were initially a little jittery in front of their
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By Josh Borkin
' Daily Sports Writer
The "fab frosh" have arrived, but will
inexperience result in a disappointing
season for the Wolverines?
'g*he first test comes tonight at Crisler
arena. The Michigan women's basket-
ball team will face the Swiss National
Team in its first exhibition game of the
"We are just very excited to get start-
ed," sophomore guard Anne Thorius
said. "We have been practicing for a
long time now, and we are anxious to
'see how we all play in a game situation.
on't know anything about the Swiss
Etd, but will use this game as a learn-
Michigan is coming off one of its
most successful seasons ever.
Graduated center Pollyanna Johns led
the-Wolverines to their first NCAA
ament appearance since 1990.
Wolverines lost to UCLA in the
,ast year Johns was the key to
ehigan's frontcourt dominance. Now,
graduation leaves the Wolverines
an inexperienced frontcourt.
4i fact, tonight against the Swiss
Michigan will be playing three
freshman in the frontcourt. Heather
Oesterle will start as small forward,
while Ruth Kipping and Raina
Goodlow will play the four and five
"The freshman are very excited about
starting this season,"Thorius said.
'hey know that they are going to
make mistakes, but they are willing to
work hard and do whatever they can for
Goodlow and Oesterle were consid-
ered two of the top five players in the
state of Michigan, while Ruth Kipping
was an all-state player in Illinois.
"They are very confident as to what
they want to accomplish!' coach Sue
Guevara said. "They're all athletic and
quick. They have good size. They're ver-
satile, they've all played more than one
While the freshmen will try to fill the
void Johns left, junior Alison Miller will
be playing in her first varsity game at
Miller transferred to Michigan from
Bowling Green her freshman year. She
practiced with the team last year, but
was not allowed to play in games due to
NCAA rules. Miller, a talented 6-2
power forward, will help pull down
rebounds and score when called upon.
The backcourt promises to show
more leadership and experience then the
young frontcourt. Big Ten all-freshman
team member Anne Thorius proved in
her rookie season that she is a reliable
floor leader, but will have to adjust to
playing with a new group.
"We are looking to win tomorrow,"
Thorius said. "But more importantly we
are looking to see how everyone plays
together. I really want to establish.
myself as a floor leader early on. And
with the help of Stacey (Thomas) I think
that we can mold the freshman, and
work together as a team.'
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tonight's exhibition against the Swiss National Team.
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