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88 - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 7, 2000

Ellerbe says administration
backs him, will work for
Crawford reinstatement

Continued from Page 18
violation of an NCAA bylaw dealing with the
freshman's alleged sponsor has spurred
University administrators to step into the
appeal process.
University General Counsel Marvin Krislov
and Provost Nancy Cantor, along with other
administrators, have worked extensively with
Ellerbe to finalize an appeal to the NCAA's
controversial decision that could be entered as
early as today.
"Lee's office has been above and beyond the
call of duty," Ellerbe said. "I have not seen the
administration to this level react to something
as well in my 16 years of coaching. They
jumped in with both feet. You're talking about
the best law minds on the campus, and the pos-
sibility of President Bollinger being involved
in the appeal process, : mean how good can
you get."
The administration's reaction comes after
sources told the Daily that administrators were
left in the dark of the Crawford situation lead-
ing up to his eventual benching for the
Michigan State game last Tuesday night. The
secrecy and eventual NCAA violations ?nay
have in part led to Goss' eventual demise.
But after Goss fired former Michigan coach
Steve Fisher in 1997, Boilinger emphasized
that his concern wasn't in the actual violations,

but how the situation was handled.
Bollinger said he would not comment on
Goss or any other departmental issue.
Ellerbe said he hopes that he can further use
the relationship between administrators and
athletic situations to both parties' benefits.
"I think the positive thing that may come out
of this later on down the line is that adminis-
trations will have a better idea of the life that
we live (in athletics)," Ellerbe said. "The
University hierarchy has to get involved. This
is an opportunity to educate them on what it's
like, and they are willing to help.
"I think our students' lives will flourish after
Ellerbe, one of the few Michigan coaches
who spoke about Goss this weekend, talked
about his relationship with the Athletic
Director yesterday.
"I speak to Tom all the time. I am not going
to stop talking to him," Ellerbe said. "Tom is a
guy of high principle. He's been a real good
guy to be around as a person. Some of the
lessons he teaches you about life you have to
soak up with a sponge."
Athletic Department problems and Goss'
departure aside, Ellerbe has enough to deal
with just on the basketball end.
His leading scorer - Crawford - has to sit
out four more games and pay back extra bene-
fits to the sponsor if the NCAA strikes down
Michigan's appeal.

Newly named head men's basketball coach Brian Ellerbe shares a laugh with his wife Ingrid during the
press conference announcing his hiring.

But dealing with the appeal may be only the
backlight to the real human situation he has to
deal with. What to do with Crawford - who
claims he did nothing he knew to be wrong but
is still paying a price.
"We just make sure we can lend all the moral
support we can," Ellerbe said. "We accepted
him here and he's still a student. He has the
best legal team someone can have possibly in
the state of Michigan."
Ellerbe also has to hope his trio of assistants
can deal with the on-the-court problems of a
four-game losing streak and Crawford's
absence, while he deals with the off-the-court

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Continued from Page B
Henthorn, a wealthy friend of his
mother's in the Seattle area - while
still in high school further blackened
the eyes of an already-battered pro-
And as Goss lost control of his
department, a shadow was cast over the
very basis of his leadership - the core
Most alarming to the University was
the lack of communication throughout
the Athletic Department on the
Crawford matter. Sources within the
department told the Daily that
University administration was kept in
the dark about the matter.
Although Goss' legacy could be per-
manently scarred by the department's
various crises, Michigan athletics did
move in positive directions during his
Most notably were the three national
championships claimed by Michigan
teams, including the football team's
1997-98 storybook season and subse-
quent Rose Bowl victory, the hockey
team's improbable run at a title later
that year and the men's gymnastics
team's mastery over the rest of the
nation in 1999.
Goss also made his business impact
known by broadening Michigan's mar-
keting department. He also helped
boost student seats at football games,
while expanding overall capacity to
reacquaint the Big House with its
And just three months after Goss
took control of the athletic department,
he personally turned a tragedy for
Michigan into a learning experience for
the world of intercollegiate wrestling.
After Michigan wrestler Jeffrey
Reese died in December 1997 doing
questionable training exercises to cut
weight, Goss proposed stricter and
safer standards in a matter of months
- something that intercollegiate
wrestling tried to do for years:
And despite the monetary concerns
over Michigan's mgoblue.com Web
program, the resulting Website remains
one of the best college sports informa-
tion portals in the world.
Former Associate Athletic
Department Director Keith Molin said
yesterday that years down the road, *
Goss' tenure,'as well as those of other
public officials, will be looked upon in
a positive light.
" etold (former athletic director) Joe
Roberson in his final days at Michigan,
'You will be appreciated more long
after you are gone.' Similarly, Tom
Goss will be appreciated down the
road. Everything Tom did was done by
the book for Michigan integrity."
- Dai/y Sports Editor Jacob Wheeler
contributed to this report.




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