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Tracking 'M' Teams
Did you get rejected by an Ivy League school? Still
bitter? Watch Michigan - your school - get back at
those snobs when the hockey team faces Yale,
tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena.

Friday
October 29, 1999

9

'ennessee
finds itself
guilty of
nothin
Officials snap: 'We don't
answer to ESPN.com
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The
University of Tennessee, claiming it
has made a thorough investigation of
allegations of academic fraud in its ath-
letic program, is giving itself a clean
i of health.
"The result is pretty much what we
have always said," general counsel
Beauchamp Brogan said Thursday.
"We found no violations of NCAA
Tules at all. No cover-up. Nothing."
Brogan's office has been reviewing
allegations raised by ESPN's Internet
magazine Sept. 26 of tutors doing
homework for Tennessee athletes, par-
ticularly football players, as far back as
A995, and administrators failing to tell
eriors about it.
"I am satisfied that our investiga-
tion has been complete on all the alle-
gations, that we have not uncovered
nything and we are going about our
business," athletics director Doug
.Dickey said.
The two-page report, which will be
sent to the Southeastern Conference
.and the NCAA, was the product of a
tnth-long investigation by the uni-
Wrsity's general counsel's office.
Brogan said his office "interrogated
dozens of witnesses" in recent weeks.
"Even though it is an in-house coun-
sel, we have to do as thorough job as
-possible," he said.
"We can't sugarcoat our report. We
don't answer to ESPN.com or anything
like that. But we have to answer to the
NCAA."
Brogan said the NCAA "always has
( right to accept the report as it is
written or to come in and question our
findings or to look at whatever we did."
University investigators talked to
.more than 20 current and former uni-
versity employees and eight current or
former Tennessee athletes. None were
named in the report
"In no instance did a student-athlete
identified in the course of this investi-
tion receive an added benefit in vio-
on of NCAA bylaws," associate
general counsel Ronald Leadbetter
'wrote.
The investigators found no evidence
a tutor "wrote, typed or otherwise
authored a paper" for any athlete in
violation of rules. They did find one
case in which a tutor typed a paper
from an athlete's dictation in "good
faith." But the athlete received no cred-
.it for it and had to redo the assignment.
The report said there was no "cover-
W" in violation of NCAA bylaws.
But it did find unnamed athletics
department academic support officials
failed to inform Dickv and NCAA
compliance officer Malcolm McInnis
about "reports of possible plagiarism
(and) ... the investigative results" from
looking into the earlier charges.
Dickey called that a "mistake"
though not so great to break the rules.
"The lack of promptness does not
Institute an NCAA violation," he
said.
.However, "a prior reporting of these
.issues would have possibly avoided this
controversy."

Because of concerns raised by
English professors, English tutoring
-classes for athletes have been moved
from the athletic complex to the
English Department since the ESPN
story broke.
o other changes have come of the
cfse-
"Other than we have reminded peo-
ple of their responsibilities," Dickey
said. "I think that is certainly suffi-
cient."
Four football players were suspend-
ed before the Tennessee-Memphis
game but later reinstated after
Tennessee's preliminary investigation
found no evidence of wrongdoing.
* se initial findings were turned over
to the SEC.

Bowl options fading,
Blue faces Randle El

By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Editor
So Michigan has lost its last two
football games. In a matter of weeks,
the Wolverines have fallen from the
rarified air of the nation's top five, a
Sugar Bowl contender and a perch
atop the Big Ten standings.
Now, the Wolverines travel to
Indiana for a noon kickoff looking to
turn things around. Can they do it ?
"I think we bounced back" last
week against Illinois, Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said. "For three
quarters we played well."
Uh-oh. If that's bouncing back,
Michigan may be in big trouble.
Last week, Michigan forgot there
were four quarters to a football game
and let up 21 points in the final stan-
za in a stunning loss to unranked
Illinois.
"It's not a fact of pointing a finger,
but we were up 20 points," Michigan
cornerback James Whitley said. "We
have to hold the lead."
Even if the Wolverines (2-2 Big
Ten, 5-2 overall) play a full three-
and-a-half-quarters, against Indiana,
that might not be enough.
The Hoosiers (3-2, 4-4), led by
quarterback Antwaan Randle El, can
score points, and they can do it
quickly. Carr described their offense
as "explosive."
Throw in a Michigan defense that
has made some Wolverines fans want
to explode recently, and there could
be some fireworks in Bloomington
tomorrow.

The source of the firewvorks?
Randle El.
Last year, Carr stayed up many a
night, his sleep haunted by memories
of option quarterbacks.
Earlier this season, with xictories
over Syracuse and Notre Dame, he
thought he had exorcised those
demons.
He was wrong. Carr's got one last
option obstacle.
Randle El brings a vicious attack.
le's quick, slippery and has a great
arm - just what a good option quar-
terback needs. Penn State linebacker
LaVar Arrington called Randle El
the best option quarterback he's
seen.
"Even when you do something
perfectly, he has the ability to cre-
ate," Carr said. "In a perfect world,
we'd go down there and have the ball
for 50 minutes and they'd have it for
10, but it's not a perfect world. The
best way to defend him is to keep
him off the field."
To keep Randle El off the field,
Michigan's defense will have to get
him off it.
Last year, the Wolverines did just
that, limiting Randle El to just 65
passing yards and forcing hits to
miss over two-thirds of his passes.
Carr described it as one of the team's
best defensive effort of the season.
Still, the game was tied at seven at
halftime before Michigan eventually
won, 21-10.
See HOOSIERS, Page 11

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Michigan running back Anthony Thomas and the rest of the Michigan football team will look to right their ship tomorrow
against Indiana. The Wolverines have lost two straight games in the Big Ten, and now sit at 2-2 in the conference.

Icebergs to Ivy: Yale skates into Yost
Michigan returns from Alaskan split to face smart stick handlers from East

By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
The Ivy League the name among names
for academia.
Eight schools world renowned for their aca-
demics, their prestige and their arrogance.
Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Penn,
Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth - these
schools have produced our future leaders,
businessman and even one damn good movie
("Good Will Hunting").
And despite the fact that they do not pro-
vide any scholarships to varsity athletes they
put out some pretty good hockey teams too.
"The one common characteristic is that
they're all very hard working teams,"
Michigan captain Sean Peach said. "They're
all good players. A lot of people think, 'Ooh
Ivy League they're not that competitive of
team', but they're tough. I mean they're all
division one players so they'll compete."
This Saturday, the Wolverines will host Ivy
League member Yale at Yost Ice Arena.
Devils sign-
Morrison for
1 year, $500K
From staff and wire reports
Former Michigan icer Brendan
Morrison came to terms with the New
Jersey Devils, signing a contract
Thursday that will keep him in East
Rutherford for at least the next sea-
son.
Morrison, who, along with forward
Patrik Elias, missed the first eight
games of the Devils' season due to
contract disputes, reportedly agreed to
a one-year contract worth S500,000.
Elias was signed for three years, at
S650,000 a year. Both players were
reportedly pursuing $1 million con-
tracts with the Devils.
Last season, Morrison earned
S400,000, scoring 13 goals and notch-
ing 33 assists for New Jersey.
At Michigan, he led the Wolverines
to an NCAA title in 1996. In his
senior season, 1997, Morrison won
the Hobey Baker Award.

The game will be the opener for the
Bulldogs, who finished last season with a
record of 13-14-4, good enough for fifth place
in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
This year's Bulldog team returns 17 of 22
lettermen from last season, including seven of
their top 10 scorers. Yale is led by All-
American offensive sniper Jeff Hamilton, who
led the ECAC in scoring last season with 48
points on 28 goals, and was named one of 10
Hobey Baker finalists.
Hamilton is joined by fellow seniors Jeff
Brow and Jay Quenville to form one of the
most potent offensive scoring lines in the
countrv.
Yale's offensive capabilities should be a
welcome test for the Wolverines who are look-
ing to shore up their defense after last week-
end's split against Alaska-Fairbanks.
"We have to be a better team defensively,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We
can't allow as many scoring chances that
we've given up, we can't take as many penal-

ties."
The Wolverines will also be looking to
improve on their own scoring - especially on
the power play.
"Our power play needs to be more produc-
tive," Berenson said. "I mean our power play
gave up a goal and another break away last
game so they've got some things to work on"
Michigan will also need to prove that they
can play hard for an entire game. In Friday
night's loss to Alaska Fairbanks the
Wolverines looked sluggish until the third
period, when it was already too late.
"We've just got to play all sixty minutes,"
Michigan center Mike Comrie said. "You
can't just play parts of the game, or half the
game. You have to be ready to play right from
the start, and everyone needs to contribute."
After last week's reality check against
Fairbanks, and a good week of practice, which
included a day of rest on Monday, the
Wolverines should be ready when the
Bulldogs come to town.

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Michigan returns to Yost Arena tomorrow to face Yale.

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