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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday October 26, 1999

Colleges increasing funds
for women's sports teams

1.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Athletic
scholarships to women at the nation's
major colleges have increased more
than 140 percent since 1991-92, more
than twice the rate of increase in aid
for men over the same period, accord-
ing to a gender equity report released
yesterday by the NCAA.
The report for the 1997-98 school
year shows men received 59 percent
of the scholarship money at Division
I schools, but the gap has continued
to narrow since the first survey in
1992 when men had a 69-31 advan-
tage and another report in 1996 that
showed a 62-38 advantage for men.
"As we move closer to proportion-
ality, we recognize improvements
will not be as dramatic. At the same
time, we must do better," NCAA
president Cedric Dempsey said.
Male athletes received an average
of $1,320,688 in scholarships per
school, but the bulk of that amount
was for football ($939,606), which
has no comparable expenditure for
women.
Women, however, received more
scholarship money than men in
Division I basketball, fencing, golf,
gymnastics, skiing, soccer, swim-
ming and diving, tennis, volleyball,
track and field and cross country.
The number of women competing
in Division I sports rose to 40 percent
of the total number of athletes, up
from 37 percent in 1996 and 31 per-

cent in 1992.
"The good news is that we have
seen a nine-percentage-point
improvement in women's participa-
tion in the last seven years,"
Dempsey said. "But the bad news is
that we have only seen a nine-per-
centage-point improvement."
The average number of athletes at
Division I schools in 1997-98 was
241 men and 158 women, compared
with 250 men and 112 women in the
first report.
For Division II, the average num-
ber of male participants dropped
from 167 per school to 159, while the
number of females increased from 79
to 95.
In Division III, the average number
of male athletes dropped from 216 to
199 while the number of women rose
from 116 to 132 per school.
"We've made some progress but
must continue to press for compli-
ance," Dempsey said. "We must do a
better job of increasing the rate of
growth for participation by women
and the amount of resources dedicat-
ed to women."
Football and men's basketball
brought in 48 percent of the S9.7 mil-
lion revenues and accounted for 81
percent of athletic operating expendi-
tures at Division I schools in 1997-
98, although in each division females
now receive a higher proportion of
scholarship dollars than their propor-

tion within the total population of
athletes.
Seventy percent of recruiting
expenses in Division I were directed
to men's programs, down three per-
cent from the previous survey, and 60
percent of the head coaches salaries
were for men's sports, the same as the
1995-96 report.
Overall, however, salaries for
men's Division I head coaches rose
an average of 49 percent since 1991-
92, compared with a rise of 81 per-
cent for women's coaches.
The average head coaching salary
in basketball was $120,857 for men
and $74,187 for women for all of
Division I. For the largest schools,
Division I-A, the average salaries
were $164,927 for men and $100,235
for women.
The average salary for a head foot-
ball coach in Division I-A was
$195,057, up from $141,624 in the
previous study. In Division I-AA, the
average salary for a head football
coach was $71,311; for a men's bas-
ketball coach, $88,439; and for a
women's basketball coach, $56,377.
"Any growth or gain is a positive
action for female student-athletes,"
said Cheryl Levick, senior associate
athletic director at Stanford and
chairman of the NCAA Committee
on Women's Athletics. "But the rate
of growth in participation numbers
and dollars spent is much too slow"

AP PHOTO

Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves will likely not play until the Big Ten season in January due to a foot injury.
Cleaves out 8-10 weeks

Payne Stewart dies in plane crash

CRASH
Continued from Page 11
over the death of Payne Stewart,"
PGA Tour commissioner Tim
Finchem said from PGA headquarters
in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
"This is a tremendous loss for the
entire golfing community and all of
sports. He will always be remembered
as a very special competitor and one
who contributed enormously to the
positive image of professional golf."
The plane, a Lear 35 built in 1976,
left Orlando at about 9:20 a.m. ET,
according to Stewart's family and
Federal Aviation Administration offi-
cials, and the last communication
came was the Lear 35 was over
Gainesville, Fla., said Tony Molinaro,
an FAA spokesman in Chicago. The
jet had flown as high as 45,000 feet
and the crew did not respond to
repeated inquiries from air traffic
controllers, said Paul Turk, an FAA
spokesman.
An Air Force fighter jet from
Tyndall, Fla., was diverted from a
routine training flight to check out the
jet, Air Force officials said. Two
fighters from Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., then took over to follow it and

they later handed off the monitoring
to two Air National Guard F-16s from
Tulsa, Okla.
About four hours after takeoff, the
plane crashed in a grassy field two
miles west of Mina, S.D., in the
north-central part of the state, said
Gene Abdallah, superintendent of the
South Dakota Highway Patrol.
There were no survivors, South
Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow said.
"The plane had pretty much nosed
straight into the ground," said Lesley
Braun, who lives about two miles
from the site. "There's not a lot of
debris spread out a long ways.
She said her husband was among
those who saw the plane coming
down.
"They saw it nose down so they
hopped in the vehicle and raced
toward where it was going down and
were the first ones on the scene," she
said.
No one on the ground was hurt,
White House spokesman Joe
Lockhart said.
Stewart was one of the most recog-
nizable players in golf because of his
trademark clothing. He won 18 tour-
naments around the world, including
three major championships.
In June, he won his second U.S.

Open, prevailing over Phil Mickelson
with a 15-foot putt, the longest putt to
ever decide that championship on the
final hole.
"I'm proud of the fact that my faith
in God is so much stronger and I'm so
much more at peace with myself than
I've ever been in my life," Stewart
said after the win. "Where I was with
my faith last year and where I am now
is leaps and bounds."
Visitors, including fellow golfer
Mark O'Meara, began arriving at
Stewart's home in an exclusive
Orlando community in the hours after
the crash. A neighbor, visibly upset,
jumped into a car next door.
Stewart and his wife, Tracey, had
two children, Chelsea, 13, and Aaron,
10.
Planes that fly above 12,000 feet
are normally pressurized, because
passengers would have difficulty
breathing the thin air above that alti-
tude.
If there is a pressurization problem,
those aboard the aircraft could slowly
lose consciousness or, if an aircraft
broke a door or window, perish in sec-
onds from hypoxia, or oxygen defi-
ciency.
Once reaching a cruise altitude,
pilots often switch on the autopilot. If
they passed out, the plane would
cruise until it ran out of fuel.
John Nance, a commercial airline
pilot and aviation author, said he can't
recall an incident in which a civilian
jet depressurized in flight.
The twin-engine plane was made in
1976. A Lear 35 can seat 10 people.

EAST LANSING (AP) -
Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves,
the only returning All-America from
last season, suffered a stress fracture in
his right foot and will be our eight to
10 weeks, after successful surgery on
his right foot last night.
His doctor, Herbert Ross, said that
the insertion of a pin and a bone graft,
which took about 90 minutes, "could-
n't have gone more successfully," in a
statement released by the University.
Cleaves was sent home after the
operation.
He was awake and resting comfort-
ably, sports information director John
Lewandowski said.
The injury will give the Spartans a
chance to see how good they are, Izzo
said.
"Do we just have a program, or do
we have a team. Ever since I've been in
this game, people have told me that a

program is bigger than one person, one
player, one coach. We're about to find
that out," he said. "I don't want any-
body feeling sorry for us. I don't want
anyone changing their expectations of
us."
Cleaves likely won't play until shori-
ly before the Spartans begin the Big
Ten season Jan. 5 against Penn State.
He likely will miss games against
North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona in
December. The Spartans play
Kentucky in 8 1/2 weeks on Dec. 23.
Cleaves, a two-time All-American
who led the Spartans to a 33-5 record
and a Final Four appearance last sea-
son, is expected to be on crutches for
three to four weeks. No matter how
quickly he returns, it will take him a
while longer to get in game shape, Izzo
said.
"I don't think anybody comes back
after four, six, eight, ten weeks without

missing a beat."
Doctors said Cleaves probably
injured the foot about three weeks ago
and it got progressively worse. He
complained Sunday about it being sore
and went to a doctor yesterday, Izzo
said.
Izzo said he expects Mo Peterson
and Charlie Bell to take up the leader-
ship void, although he said Cleaves
will still attend practices and games.
"There's no doubt he's our leader by
actions, he's our leader by words. He's
going to be a very talented assistant for
eight or 10 weeks," Izzo said.
Cleaves met with the team Monday
before the surgery, Peterson said.
"He just told us that other guys are
going to have to step up. Freshmen will
have to step up and not play like fresh-
men," Peterson said.
Dave Thomas, a junior who redshirt-
ed last season, will fill in for Cleaves.

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NEW YORK (AP)- Despite an out-
pouring of sympathy for Pete Rose, the
NBC correspondent who conducted a
combative interview about gambling
with the fallen baseball star said Monday
he has nothing to apologize for.
NBC's Jim Gray said his questions
during a prime-time show before
Sunday's World Series game shouldn't
have surprised Rose since other reporters
had asked the same things at a news con-
ference less than an hour earlier.
"I don't apologize," Gray said. "I stand
by it and I think it was absolutely a prop-
er line of questioning."
The interview came moments after
Rose was announced as a member of
baseball's All-Century team. He received
the longest ovation of any baseball hero
introduced at Atlanta's Turner Field -
longer even than Atlanta Braves legend
Henry Aaron, baseball's all-time home
run king.
It was another indication that fans
seem willing to forgive Rose, banned for
life from the sport for gambling. Rose
has never admitted to gambling on base-
ball, and didn't again when asked by
Gray on Sunday.
Rose told Gray he was "surprised
you're bombarding me like this" on a fes-
tive occasion.
Switchboards at NBC affiliates across
the country were bombarded by phone
calls from people angry at Gray - two
hours nonstop atWLWT in Cincinnati,
where Rose collected most of his Major
League record 4,256 hits for the home-
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In an e-mail to The Associated Press,
one fan wrote of being enraged that Rose
was "blindsided" during what should
have been a proud moment, and said it
gives the press a bad name.
"I hope NBC buys a collar and leash
for the bulldog," the writer said.
New York Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz
said the questioning was "barbaric" and
said he had confronted Gray about it.
Gray said Leyritz never spoke to him and
neither did any other Yankee, to his face.
"We were pretty much all disgusted
with Jim," said Yankees outfielder Darryl
Strawberry. "It was a night of celebration
for Pete Rose. Every player who ever
plays cares about Pete Rose. It was
embarrassing. It didn't sit too well in this
clubhouse."
Yankees manager Joe Torre said it was
uncalled for. "For some reason, we've
lost sight of the word 'respect.' We deal
too much in shock value."
Gray's colleague, NBC analyst Joe
Morgan, a teammate of Rose's with the
Cincinnati Reds, was careful not to place
the blame on either person.
"I was cringing and hoping that Pete
would have the right answers," Morgan
said. "I was just hoping the interview
would be over the next second."
But critics were tough on Gray. Phil
Mushnick of the New York Post called it
a "mugging," while Bob Raissman of the
New York Daily News said it was a case
of a reporter "trying to become the
moment and make himself bigger than
the game."
Others leapt to Gray's defense. "I

thought it was the best TV interview I've
ever seen," said Murray Chass, baseball
writer for The New York Times. "It was
appropriate. It was not overdone. Rose
has put himself in position to be pressed
like that.
John Dowd, the investigator whose
1989 probe of Rose led to the ban, said
he tipped his hat to Gray.
"I thought he had more guts than any
guy I've ever seen," Dowd said.
Former baseball Commissioner Fay
Vincent said Gray knows how over-
whelming the evidence is against Rose.
"For Pete to just stand there and look Jim
Gray in the eye and deny he bet on base-
ball, it's obviously a challenge that any
interviewer can't let go. I recognize it was
aggressive, but Rose was aggressive."
Gray won a Sports Emmy in 1998 for
sideline reporting after his relentless
interview of Mike Tyson following the
"Bite Fight" with Evander Holyfield.
He said he thought it was the proper
time for Rose to address questions about
why he had been banned from baseball.
"I tried very hard to be very fair to Pete
last night and I think I was very fair,"*
Gray said. "The fact that he doesn't like it
doesn't mean it wasn't fair."
Gray said Rose, who he has inter-
viewed more than 50 times in his career,
didn't appear angry when the camera
switched off, but remarked that he knew
the interview was going to be all about
gambling.
"I felt I did my job and I did my job
well but it wasn't a satisfying feeling to
walk away from that," he said.

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Women's golf places
seventh in Hatter

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan women's golf
team finished its final tournament
of the fall season, it left room plen-
ty of improvement opportunities for
by the time spring practice comes
around.
The Wolverines finished seventh
out of 14 teams in the Hatter Fall

72 course.
Cortney Reno crept close behind
with a 163 tally for her season best.
Junior Amy Talbot netted a 165.
The Wolverines faced a new
atmosphere at the tournament host-
ed by Stetson University. Michigan
hadn't traveled to the south yet this
season.
"Florida courses are different,"

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