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Friday, November 19, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11

Warhu'st content
in the shadows

L en when the legendary Red Grange played for Illinois, the Illini couldn't accom-
plish what they did this season - beating Michigan and Ohio State on the road.
Frolm Red toCrenon;
Riv a Wee ares
riginally, this was supposed right to be among the best was left off
o be a column about NFL the poll.
prospects. Ben Kelly, Chad Did we forget about Red Grange?
Pennington, and of course, LaVar. Hmm?
It would have been something about Now, wait. I've lost precisely no
"Who wants to be a millionaire" I(Get sleep over the snub of the biggest
it?) But in an ever-anticipatory sports badass in college football, Why? It was
culture, sometimes you need to step a stupid Internet poll.
back. But since it's rivalry week - make
With a few clicks of a mouse, you that Rivalty Week - it's time to look
can find the projected teams for the back to when old-school was just col-
berty Bowl (it's lege football.
righam Young and Grange, who played for Illinois from
Mississippi, in case Rick 1923-25, won a national title without
you cared). With a Freeman standing above six feet tall, a facemask,
few more clicks, you or even a cool name like "Bronko."
can vote in a poll for & But even Grange never beat
the greatest college Michigan and Ohio State on their home
running back of all , fields in the same season.
time. Leading in one Surprisingly enough, last week's
poll was Herschel punishment by the Illini was the third
Walker. time this decade that the Buckeyes have
* Also included allowed Illinois to beat them in
among the "greats" THE R SS Columbus - they also lost in 1994 and
was Ron Dayne, 1990.
recipient of two gift- Michigan's loss was merely its sec-
wrapped Rose Bowls and owner of ond in the Big House this decade, but
exactly zero second-half yards against in addition to that 1993 loss, Michigan
Michigan. suffered a tic in 1992 that for the Illini,
Like I said, enough of this looking had to be similar to Harvard's 1968
ahead to a long and productive career in grudge match against Yale.
the NFL, a la Herschel Walker. Or Playing against Yale quarterback
Ricky Williams, for that matter. Brian Dowling, who would later be
Dayne and Williams among the immortalized in Gerry Trudeau's comic
',reatest all-time rushers seems a bit, strip, "Doonesbury," the Crimson
well, premature to me. Kind of like scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds
Shaq in the 50 greatest NBA players of to erase a 29-13 Elms lead,
all time - or picking Arizona for The headline in the Harvard Crimson
national champs. the next day: "Harvard beats Yale, 29-
If you think about it, it's still very 29."
possible that the burly Dayne will be Isn't rivalry week great?
forever remembered as one of the great- - Rick Freeman con be reached via
est. But one who actually earned the e-mail at ricree@wtzich.ed.

By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
If life were fair, Ron Warhurst would
have his own shoe endorsement deal.
On Sunday mornings, the long time
coach of the Michigan men's cross coun-
try team would appear on "the Ron
Warhurst show" with some oafish-look-
ing sidekick running tape of the previous
day's meet.
The man at the helm of the Wolverines
for the last 26 years would hold press
conferences after every meet and thumb
his nose at reporters who didn't ask the
right questions.
Unfortunately, cross country probably
won't gamer that type of publicity any-
time in the near future.
"The 100,000 people who fill the sta-
dium on Saturdays aren't doing it to
watch the cross country team," Warhurst
said with a laugh. "They want to see Tom
Brady run the football."
So if you somehow forgot to attend
every cross country meet this year, here's
what you might have missed - the
Wolverines are enjoying an improbably
successful season, due in large part to the
job done by Warhurst.
Each runner, from the first to the fifth,
is enjoying the best season of their
careers. Ask them and they'll give you
similar answers.
"Ron knows how to get the tmost out of
everybody's potential," Tom Caughlin
said. "He doesn't use a uniform template
- he plays off of everybody's individual
Part of the reason for Warhurst's suc-
cess lies within his personality. The
crafty General has a joke for runners,
coaches, parents and even reporters when
they dare to venture to close.
"He's a fun guy to be around on trips,"

senior co-captain Steve Lawrence said,
"A lot of coaches, they're there for their
job -they work nine to five and that's it.
"Ron loves his job, he doesn't hold
back his personality and time doesn't dic-
tate the way he does things."
Neither do people. On trips runners
are responsible for their per diem as well
as their tickets.
And tardiness is not tolerated.
"I have left kids behind on trips
before;"Warhurst said "No one person is
going to dictate what the rest of the team
Warhurst credits this mentality to his
tour of duty in Vietnam. The ex-marine
served from 1968-70 and earned two
purple hearts during that time.
"If one guy messes up in a firefight,
six guys could die. One person does not
take precedence.
"You go with the flow."
On Sunday night, the Wolverines will
nervously mull over their performances
in the NCAA final meet the next day.
This is where Warhurst is at his best.
"Sometimes we go out to eat the night
before a meet and we'll pass another
team -they'll be sitting with their coach
and they don't look like their having very
much fun" Caughlin said. "Ron knows
how to keep things fun and loose -
other coaches can't figure out what his
secret is."
Warhurst's spinted approach is as
much a testament to his coaching ability
as it is to his personality.
"A lot of kids just get emotionally
whacked out before meets," Warhurst
said. "You can't just grab them and tell
them what they need to do - you want
them to want to be there."
An approach that has worked for the
first 26 years.

Pedro misses final victory in American League MVP voting
Boston right-tander Pedro Martinez missed the American League MVP award by iustiT
points, even though he had more first-place votes than the winner- Texas catcher Ivah
Rodrguez. Two voters left Martinez off their ballots. If both had placed him at least
fourth, Martinez would have had enough votes to top Rodriguez and earnthe award.
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Pedro Martinez Red Sox 8 6 4 1 2 2 3 - - 239
Roberto Alomar Indians 4 7 6 4 4 - 1 1 - ,226
Manny Ramirez Indians 4 4 5 9 1 5 - - - 226
Rafael Palmeiro Rangers 4 1 2 4 8 4 3 1 - 1 193
Derek Teter Yankees 1 2 2 9 3 7 2 1 1 -.17y
N Gariaparra Red Sox - 2 2 - 5 5 10 2 1 -137
Golf goes to shoot and
hula n1 suniny Hawai

By Sam Duwe
Daily Sports Writer
A nine-hour flight to an exotic place,
flowers in bloom and bikinis abound,
world class links with a Polynesian flair
- is this heaven? No, it's a Michigan
men's golf trip.
The Wolverines depart Saturday, leav-
ing weather that's forecasted to be cold
and rainy to travel to Hawaii, where the
temperature hovers constantly around 72
degrees and the grass is always green.
They will stay a week, playing two
tournaments on two islands. Next
Monday and Tuesday they will compete
in the Hawaii Invitational, played at
Koolau Golf Course in Honolulu. The
tournament will consist of II teams,
some with an international element,
Teams from both Japan and Australia
will compete, along with domestic repre-
sentatives from Minnesota and Indiana.
"The school from Japan is purely golf-
oriented, they'll be very good," Michigan
coach Jim Carras said. "Aside from the
few Big Ten schools, I really have no idea
what the competition will look like"
The competition won't be the only sur-
prise to the golfers, however.
"I've never played there, but people
claim the golf course is unbelievable;"
Carras said. "The steepness of the terrain
is unthinkable, but we have to remember,
it's all relative. All the teams have to play

the same course."
Afler a day's hiatus, the team will hop
to the big island, where Hapuna Gold
Course will hold the Mauna Kea
Collegiate Invitational. Purdue will join
up with the other Big Ten schools in
another I1-team tournament, played
Thursday and Friday.
Michigan will send the same-lineup it
did to last month's Stanford Invitational
to Hawaii - Michael Harris, Andy
Matthews, Scott Hayes, Andy Chapman,
and Mike Affeldt.
Back at home, the Wolverines have
been busy practicing their game and
keeping their minds on golf.
"We haven't played a tournament for
almost a month, so we have been trying to
pra tice as much as we can," Carrs said.
"It's been tough with this weather, but the
practice we've done has been good."
Carras wants his team to focus primar-
ily on golf and not on the surf.
"I talked to the guys, and I askedthat
this wouldn't be a vacation tournament"
Carras said."Rather, thisshould be ioff
tournament with fun to follow:"
This will be the first time the progrn
has left the continental United States
"This is definitely the most exotictip
we've taken," Carras said. "I look at it as
a way to reward the kids. It's an opportu-
nity to do something completely differ-

'M' faces Bucks, Tigers
By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer performance of some fabulous fresh
In addition to squaring off against man - namely Julie Kern, Erin Abbe
conference foe Ohio State, the and Laura Kaznecki, among others.
Michigan women's swimming team "I'm pleased with their training,
will taste what southern swimming has Richardson said. "Everybody is doing
to offer when Clemson also visits a good job in that regard."
Canham Natatorium at 6:00 today. Although Michigan is facin:
The Wolverines have barely begun Clemson for the first time, the Tiger
to scratch the surface of their season, are similar in many respects to th
but already hopes are high as they bat- Wolverines - though they don't enjo
tle the Buckeyes and the Tigers. the same national reputation.
"Most meets at this point are like The Tigers' strength lies in the back
quality workouts," coach Jim stroke - they've won seven ACt
Richardson said. "We're not trying to titles in the event over the last fou
swim fast, if you do you aren't work- years.
ing very hard during the week."
In addition to returning All-
Americans Shannon Shakespeare,
Missy Sugar and Jenny Crisman,
Michigan has been bolstered by the


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