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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 12, 1999 - 13

Lace bite claims another
victim; this time Murray

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
As a veteran on the Michigan hockey team,
Sean Peach can be counted on to provide key
leadership.
Freshman Craig Murray likely would benefit
more than others from Peach's past experiences.
Why? Just as Peach did in the early part of the
season, Murray has developed "lace bite," a
soreness in the upper foot where the skate laces
tighten, causing irritation in
the area.
Sean Peach Disease? Hockey
More like "British Notebook
Columbia disease,"--------
Michigan coach Red
Berenson said jokingly, in reference to the
Canadian province from which both players
hail.
The oft-injured Murray has had a difficult
time getting in a rhythm this season, making the
lineup for a small string of games, and then
being sidelined with some ailment.
Lace bite is an affliction that only can be
healed with rest. Trying to come back from lace
bite too soon can prevent total healing, so
Berenson said Murray will be brought along
slowly. A decision on his status for this week-
end's or next weekend's games will be made at
the appropriate time.
RIDING THE FERRIS WHEEL: The Wolverines
will be reunited with their old friend, Ferris
State, this weekend as Michigan travels to Big
Rapids on Friday night to try and complete a
regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs.
"We've done pretty well down there over the
years," Berenson said. "I'm not as worried about

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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Northwestern coach Barnett
denies rumors about Colorado job

the three games (in a row against Ferris State) as
much as I am about us staying focused."
The two CCHA rivals mixed it up for two
games last weekend at Yost Ice Arena, both
competitive games that the Wolverines were
able to pull out.
Michigan will return home for its first meet-
ing of the season with Western Michigan the
following night. The Broncos are currently tied
for eighth place in the conference - and the
final CCHA playoff spot - with Alaska-
Fairbanks.
ROOKIE ACCOLADE: Michigan defenseman
Jeff Jillson was named rookie of the week for
the weekend of Jan. 8-9 by the CCHA.
Jillson's game-winning goal on Friday capped
a Michigan comeback against Ferris State, and
he added three assists on the weekend as well.
But the real story was his quick recovery from
a physically demanding stint on the U.S. Junior
National Team. Jillson flew home from the
world championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
and rejoined the team at practice immediately,
despite dealing with jet lag effects. His solid
play on defense was a major factor in the
Wolverines' four-point weekend.
POWER PLAY BREAKOUT: Displeased with his
team's power-play efficiency, Bercnson and the
Wolverines worked extensively on the five-on-
four in practice last week.
Despite two goals on the power play over the
weekend, and a third goal scored just after a
Ferris State penalty had expired, Berenson is
still searching for improvement.
"We're still patching up our unit," Berenson
said. "We might get two or three power-play
goals, but we're not really clicking yet."
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By Tommy Craggs
Daily Northwestem
*VANSTON (U-WIRE) - A day after
the Colorado head coaching position
opened, Northwestern football coach and
former Buffaloes assistant Gary Barnett
reacted quickly to speculation he might
snap up the one job that could make him go
back on his word to stay at Northwestern.
Last time this happened, Barnett wasn't
there with a statement - no 4:51 p.m., day-
of fax to shove under the media's nose and
kill the buzz that he was off to better money
plum opportunity at Notre Dame or
LA or Texas or ...
"I have neither been contacted by anyone
at Colorado nor has anything occurred that
would alter my December 1997 statement
that I intend to fulfill my contract at
Northwestern," Barnett said in the state-
ment.

Barnett, however, did not mention the
Washington position, which was filled
Saturday by erstwhile Colorado coach Rick
Neuheisel.
ESPN.com reported Sunday that Barnett,
who stomached a winless Big Ten season
this year, had indeed interviewed for the
Huskies job and was a top candidate. But
when Washington gave the nod and a $7
million contract to Neuheisel, the rumors
siphoned off to the new vacancy, many say-
ing it's the last good job Barnett will have a
shot at. That it was Colorado simply added
to the hearsay.
Barnett spent eight years there under for-
mer Buffaloes coach Bill McCartney. He
took over as offensive coordinator in the
1991 Orange Bowl, winning a share of the
national championship. After an 8-2-1 sea-
son the next year, Barnett took the
Northwestern job. In 1997, he inked a 12-

year contract worth a reported $500,000 a
year - with, it has been rumored, an out-
clause if the Missouri (where he was a wide
receiver in the 1960s) or Colorado head-
coaching positions became available.
Additionally, from 1971 to 1981, Barnett
served as an assistant and head coach at Air
Academy High School in Colorado Springs,
Colo. In 1982, he took the head job at Fort
Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and
stayed there two seasons.
"My entire professional life prior to
Northwestern was in the state of Colorado,"
Barnett said in the statement. "It is only
natural everyone would assume that I would
be eager to return."
According to the Boulder (Colo.) Daily
Camera, Barnett told Colorado officials he
would weigh any offers, but it would "have
to be done in a hurry."
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