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One hundred nine years ofedtorzalfreedom


CLASSIFIED: 764-0557

February 7, 2000

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to sit out
4 more
By Mark Francescutti
D 1aily Sports Editor
A dismayed Jamal Crawford will
have to sit out four more basketball
games as part of a six-game suspen-
sion - 20 percent of the season -
for breaking an amateurism NCAA
bylaw dealing with an athlete hav-
ing a sponsor.
Crawford sat ineligible on the
bench Tuesday night during Michi-
gan's 82-62 loss to Michigan State
and yesterday's 88-67 loss to Ohio
Crawford must repay, as part of the
NCAA ruling on the case, any extra
benefits to Barry Henthorn, the
alleged sponsor, which could add up
to tens of thousands of dollars.
"I don't know exactly" how much
money and how I am going to pay it
back, Crawford said. "We're still
trying to appeal. Maybe next week
we'll know for sure"
The University Athletic Depart-
ment already has begun the appeals
process and hopes to submit the for-
mal appeal as early as today.
"It's impossible to hold everyone
to these standards," Michigan bas-
ketball coach Brian Ellerbe said.
"And if they investigate every case,
they become a different entity."
Meanwhile, Crawford sits for vio-
lating an NCAA rule he didn't know
about during his high school years.
"It hurts every second," Crawford

Sources say A.D.
will resign post

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan Athletic Director Tom
Goss will be forced from his posi-
tion by University administrators
as early as the end of this week,
sources close to Goss told The
Michigan Daily.
The move comes amidst continu-
ing controversy throughout the
department, punctuated by recent
developments within the men's bas-
ketball program.
Sources within the Athletic
Department said Goss' departure is a
power move by the University
administration to regain executive
control over the department. .
In October 1997, University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger appointed Goss to
overhaul the department and take full
control, including all financial opera-
But recent events tarnishing the
Athletic Department, from a $2.8
million budget deficit to athletes in
trouble with law enforcement offi-
cials, have led to increased scrutiny
on Goss. That included the creation
of a chief financial officer within the
department, where Goss delegated
some of his power.
Sources told the Daily that
Bollinger was growing increasingly
frustrated with Goss' handling of
controversial matters, and that this
frustration came to a head last
Wednesday. It was not until then that
he learned Michigan's star basketball
player, Jamal Crawford, was benched
for the Michigan State game the
night before because the NCAA had
been investigating his eligibility

since Jan. 28.
Bollinger declined comment on
the matter.
"I don't talk about personnel mat-
ters in public," he said.
Goss cancelled a scheduled
appearance at a Title IX symposium
Friday, did not attend Saturday's
home hockey game nor yesterday's
home basketball game as he usually
does, and was away from his resi-
dence into the late hours of the night
last night.
Former Michigan Athletic Director
Don Canham, who said he talked to
Goss last night, relayed that Goss
does not wish to relinquish his posi-
"He does not want to resign," Can-
ham said. "He will resign if he
doesn't get some encouragement."
Canham praised Goss and his 29-
month tenure and questioned the
motive behind the impending move.
"Whose agenda is it? That's what I
want to know," Canham said. "If they
get him out of there, it's a step toward
The new athletic director "will be
a puppet" to university administra-
tors, a source within the department
told the Daily.
University Regent Andrea Fisher
Newman (R-Ann Arbor), reached
yesterday in Tampa, Fla., said it
would be inappropriate to comment
at the present time, saying that she
has "not been critical of Tom Goss. I
was critical of the financial manage-
ment of the department, but never of
any individual."
Former Executive Associate Ath-
letic Director Fritz Seyferth, who
See GOSS, Page 2A

The announcement that freshman guard Jamal Crawford was Ineligible to play In the Michigan-Michigan State game last
Tuesday began a tumultuous week for Athletic Director Tom Goss, who sources say will resign from his post this week.

'M' players contest report
implicating Smith in theft

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan basketball player Brandon Smith,
who was implicated in a police report regard-
ing a Nov. 11 theft of three items from a Uni-
versity student's apartment, was not involved
in the incident, Kevin Gaines, Smith's team-
mate, said yesterday.
"He didn't take anything at all," said
Gaines, who was with Smith that night in the
apartment where the alleged theft took place.
Smith was the primary suspect implicated
in a police report filed by the victim of the
theft. The student and Smith, along with one
of Smith's friends from Arizona State and

Michigan teammates Gaines and Leland
Anderson, returned to her apartment after a
night at Rick's, a bar on Church Street.
The student, who requested her name not
be printed, told police that at some point in
the night, her Palm Pilot, calculator and
watch were stolen from her room.
She "suspected Brandon Smith," Ann
Arbor Police Department Sgt. Michael Log-
ghe said last week. "Smith was the only one
that she implicated."
The story broke 10 days ago, and through-
out last week, stories published about the
incident implicated Smith.
But Gaines spoke out in support of Smith
yesterday, denying that Smith had any

involvement in the incident.
Sources close to the Michigan program said
Smith, after a short stay at the woman's apart-
ment, drove Gaines back to his West Quad
Residence Hall room. Gaines later returned
without Smith to the woman's apartment, dri-
ving teammate Gavin Groninger's truck.
Smith and his friend then went into
Smith's apartment and fell asleep for the
night. Smith supposedly didn't hear of the
theft until the next day, when the woman
approached him in the street and confronted
him. Smith denied any wrongdoing, but the
woman told him she had filed a police
report, naming him as the primary suspect.
See SMITH, Page 2A

'After N.H. defeat,
Bush alters focus,

Dance Marathon
surpasses record

By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
TROY - Since losing to Arizona
en. John McCain in the New Hamp-
shire primary, Republican front-runner
Gov. George W. Bush has changed his
In January, Bush emphasized his
executive experience as his number one
quality, but speaking at the
American Polish Cultural C A M P
Center in Troy on Friday, a
Bush said his position as 2 U
outsider to Washington

but questioned the senator's loyalty to
the Republican party - often group-
ing him with the two Democratic pres-
idential hopefuls, former New Jersey
senator Bill Bradley and Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore.
McCain "sounded just like Gore
when I laid (a tax-cut plan) out," Bush
said, referring to his commitment to
cut taxes to no more than one-third of
income. "ie said it was
?A I G N 'too big and too risky.'
Too big and too risky is
leaving a surplus lying
"""" around in D.C. It may

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
It took six meals, endless gallons of
water, juice and caffeine-free pop to
keep 206 dancers on their feet for all
30 hours of the Dance Marathon,
which ran from early Saturday morn-
ing to yesterday afternoon.
In its third year at the University,
Dance Marathon raised more than
$107,000 for the pediatric rehabilitation
wards of William Beaumont and C.S.
Mott hospitals. Last year's total was sur-
passed by almost $30,000 even though
about 50 fewer dancers participated.
The Parry family has trekked to the
Indoor Track and Tennis Building for
every marathon.
"The faces have changed, but the

donations. "It's a testament to youth,
and it inspires me because there are
young people displaying commitment,
passion, teamwork, vision, selfless-
ness," he said.
This year the dancers were divided
into 20 groups, and each group was
assigned an individual family to work
with, said LSA senior Seema Pai, a
marathon participant. Families were
encouraged to come support their
Dancers raised money through sign-
ing sponsors for the event. They earned
their money by staying on their feet for
the full 30 hours. Apple, Ford and Gen-
eml Mills were the largest donators.
An estimated 600 to 700 moralers
helped the dancers make it through
their ordeal, said Dance Marathon

is what makes him the best
candidate for the nation's top office.
"t have an Austin, Texas, zip code,
not a Washington, D.C., zip code,"
Bush said to a room of 600 supporters,
adding that he is "intent in bringing

appeal to the people of
New Hampshire, but it won't appeal to
the people of Michigan."
Bush made his disillusionment with
the current administration clear, say-
ing, "The voices in Washington think

Texas Gov. George W. Bush speaks at the American Polish Cultural Center
in Troy on Friday as part of a campaign trip through Michigan.

under local control. "I don't intend to

the Texas governor endorsed charter

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