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Thursday, December 2, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11A

The Daily Grind =
udity/as
no lace in
at
ree fashion advice to Rutgers
basketball players: Layers.
Lots and lots of layers. Yes, if
oi made the Scarlet Knights
quad, you're probably a better free
hrow shooter than I am, but the
ers couldn't hurt.
case you missed it, three for-
er Rutgers
tudents, two Josh
laers and a K .b
eam manager, Kleinbaum
re suing the
chool.
Why?
T~hey claim "~
hat coach.
in Bannon
ed them to
lay a strip free APOCALYPSE
brow contest. Now
Hence the
ayers.
I've never played strip free throw
efore, which is probably a good
hing - I'd lose awfully quickly.
\lthough the game could be fun in
he;right setting, with the right peo-
le(i.e. Heidi Klum), no one should
be forced to take their clothes
f7especially not by a basketball
oah who holds their starting
pots, playing time and education in
is hands.
The game, apparently, is pretty
imple: you miss a shot, you take
ff an article of clothes.
What happened to the good old
ays, when the raciest basketball
es got, was when you missed
shots in Horse and your friends
ailed you a Ho?
Two years ago, then-Rutgers
oint guard Earl Johnson, center
osh Sankes and student-manager
uan Carlos Pla say they played a
r more sinister game.
"I just stood there and didn't
ant to do it," Pla said in a press
onference. "I remember the coach
as'at a table with a cigar in his
h laughing."
Bannon didn't deny that the game
ver took place, he just said it was-
't mandatory.
"No one was forced to remove his
lothes," the coach told The Record
f Hackensack (N.J:) in August,
hen the story was first reported.
Maybe Bannon didn't force them
do it. Maybe he didn't threaten
tu"'nts.
tdJohnson and Sankes needed
eir5,athletic scholarships to pay
eir tuition, and Pla received credit
wards his tuition. There may not
ave been an ultimatum, but in that
tuation, the threat is implied.
Just creating the game is enough
warrant Bannon's dismissal. No
ne inventing pornographic drills
as any business coaching any sport
any level.
t Rutgers is inexplicably stand-
-yits coach. He told school
fficials that the drill wasn't
andatory and that players and
aches were standing around,
ughing about it.
Does that make it acceptable? At

utgers, apparently so.
Since the lawsuit has no chance
holding up in court, the
niversity said it's sticking by its
Maybe the students won't win the
it, but it doesn't make the game
ght. Rutgers is more concerned
ith its bank statement than its stu-
ents.
What if Brian Ellerbe, a Rutgers
raduate himself, ran a similar drill
Michigan?
There's more wrong with the situ-
ion than the horrifying mental
Sof a playerstanding stark
a at the free throw line, tossing
p another brick.
What about the psyche of these
9- and 20-year-olds? Standing in
ront of a group of men, bare-assed,
fter losing a game which is sup-
osed to showcase his talent, while
is coaches and teammates are
ughing at him, can't be the most
ncouraging event in a young man's
8"ut Bannon apparently likes his
layers bare-assed. According to
>hnson, he didn't just have them
laying this strip-poker-on-crack,
e had them running naked sprints.
Johnson and Sankes both trans-
:rred to other schools. In the suit,

M' swimmers compete for
national glory at U.S. Open

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Several members of the Michigan men's
swimming team will represent more than just
their university as they swim for team USA at
the U.S. Open in San Antonio, Texas. The meet
begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
In the Open's 14th year, the meet will host
most of the top swimmers from both the United
States and Australia - the two countries that
participated in last summer's Pan-Pacific
Championships.
The difference between the two meets is that
the U.S. Open also extends invitations to swim-
mers from other nations, including the
Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Belgium and
Romania.
International competition is nothing new for
the Wolverines. Last summer, Michigan junior
Chris Thompson won the bronze medal in the
1,500-meter freestyle race at the Pan-Pacific
Championships with the fastest time recorded

by an American since 1984.
Thompson, an All-American, who was
named last week's Big Ten swimmer of the
week, will swim in the 200 and 400 free.
Sophomore Tim Siciliano has participated in
the 1998 World Championships, 1997 Pan
Pacific Championships and 1999 Pan
American Games.
Siciliano brought home the gold medal in
the 1,500 free in the Pan American Games.
Siciliano will be swimming in the 400 free and
400-meter individual medley race.
Tom Malchow, a 1999 Michigan graduate
who now swims for Club Wolverine in Ann
Arbor, will also be in San Antonio. He will be
swimming in four separate events this weekend.
Malchow broke the American record in the
latter at the past Pan Pacific Championships,
recording another gold medal for Michigan.
Malchow was also a part of the 800 free
relay team that took second place against the
Australians.

Tim Siciliano and several of his Michigan teammates will
tomorrow in San Antonio.

Red, White and

Women migrating to Texas

Current and former members of the Michigan
swimming team will be competing for team USA in
this weekend's U.S. Open in San Antonio. There
they will face competition from all over the world,>
including the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Bel um
and Romania. A look at the Wolverines that wibe
the busiest this weekend...

r

Swimmer
Tony Kurth
9 Mark Leonard

Events
100 Fly, 100 Free.
200 Fly, 2001M, 400 !M
200 Free, 400 Free,
400 IM, 1500 Free

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
What are you doing over Christmas break?
If it's hanging around Ann Arbor to swim,
you must either be crazy or on the Michigan
women's swimming and diving team. But for
a program that aims to maintain its competi-
tiveness year after year, Michigan cannot
take breaks for the holidays.
The fourth week in January brings meets
against Rice, No. I1 Northwestern, and No.
22 Notre Dame. In an effort to keep its form
between a Nov. 19 dual meet against
Clemson and Ohio State, Michigan will
compete in two meets this weekend - the
Texas Invitational in Austin and the Eastern
Michigan Invitational.
Fourteen swimmers will compete in
Austin, while seven stay in Michigan. The
14 making the trip south include senior
Shannon Shakespeare, sophomore Lindsay
Carlberg, and juniors Jennifer Crisman and
Melissa Sugar.
Each will attempt to post times that are
good enough to qualify them for the nation-

al meet, to be held in Indianapolis in mid-
March.
"This is a good opportunity for those girls
to earn qualifying times," said Michigan
assistant coach Stephanie Kerska. "We're
not concerned about our national rankings
right now. Our focus now is on getting per-
sonal season-best times - for the girls at
Texas and also for the girls staying here."
Kerska also expects particularly inspired
performances from freshmen Traci Valasco
and Erin Abbey.
Each can earn a consideration for a
national bid as they battle some of the top
teams in the country in Austin. No 2
Arizona, No. 9 Southern Methodist and No.
12 Texas will be among the competition for
the ninth-ranked Wolverines.
"We feel that to do the best job, we may
sacrifice ranking," Kreska said. "We don't
worry about (rankings) until it gets closer to
nationals. Last year we were beat in dual-
meets by teams that shouldn't have beaten
us.
"But it's a matter of being disciplined dur-

Tom Malchow* 100 Fly, 200 Fly,
200 Free, 400 Free
* Maichow graduated from Michigan last year, and will be at
the U.S. Open swimming for Club Wolverine.

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ing practices, and staying determined as.we
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