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Wednesday Septerber 15, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 19
Co ers double QB system wasn't as dany as eers

n John Cooperland, the city of proud.
Columbus -- more specifically, Ohio State, especially under
John Cooper's office - is the Cooper, chokes in the big game (see:
er of the world. No, not the foot- Cooper's 2-9-1 record against
orld, not the college football Michigan). Time and again, the
orld, not even the Big Ten world. Buckeyes enter November undefeat-
/e're talking about the entire world ed, only to lose to Michigan or
re. Michigan State, destroying their
So, with the national title hopes (a problem they
vo-quarterback Josh won't have to worry about this year).
istem all the Kleinbaum In a big game, you need a proven
ge throughout leader at quarterback, someone with
allege football, the poise and experience not to fold
ooper wasted no in a pressure situation, who has the
ine taking credit. complete confidence of his team-
" oaches have mates. Those characteristics develop
"dency to over the course of a season, as a quar-
>py what other terback takes every snap under center.
ams are suc- There are two situations in which a
,ssful doing," AocALYPE team might use a two-quarterback
ooper said. "We NOWsystem, neither one of them having
ere quite suc- anything to do with John Cooper.
:ssful using two The first, and by far more com-
uarterbacks, and I think that a lot of mon, is a school that doesn't have a
)aches around the country figure, good quarterback. A coach has to
iey, if Ohio State can do it, why choose between two undesirables.
Sldn't we do it?"' Barry Alvarez plays both Brooks
is isn't Cooperland. Columbus Bollinger and Scott Kavanagh, hop-
n't the center of the world. John ing against odds that one of the two
ooper is not Michael Jordan; no one has a good day.
ants to be like him. Penn State, Northwestern and
And why would they? As Cooper is Cooper's beloved Buckeyes all could
sick to point out ("We won 22 foot- be thrown in that category. While
ill games over a two-year period there are some quarterbacks at these
>erating under a two-quarterback schools that have shown flashes, such
'stem"), the Buckeyes have been as Ohio State's Steve Bellisari (11-16,
ry successful during the past two 159 yards, two TDs against UCLA),
ars. But that success has fallen they lack the consistency - and in
of the highest level, the national most cases, the ability - to become
iampionship level. Why? In part, stars.
e blame lies in his two-quarterback Michigan coach Lloyd Carr finds
stem, the one of which he's so himself in the second, much rarer sit-

uation. He has two qualified starters.
Both Tom Brady and Drew Henson
can be stars. Both have the ability to
lead Michigan far this season, possi-
bly as far as Rose Bowl or even New
Orleans. Alvarez, Cooper, Joe Paterno
and Randy Walker all must envy
But he still has to pick one.
Carr's mantra the past few weeks
has been 'I like 'em both.' But he's a
single-QB guy. He knows, from per-
sonal experience, that Cooper's sys-
tem doesn't work.
Carr will likely make his pick next
week, before the Wisconsin game
(although he probably won't tell any-
one outside of Schembechler Hall,
since the Badgers play three games
before they play the Wolverines, vio-
lating a gentleman's agreement that
nobody knew about). That's what he
did last season, when he picked
Brady over a younger, less-polished
Henson before the Big Ten opener.
If Cooper is smart, he'll follow
suit. He said Bellisari will start this
Saturday against Ohio, but made no
guarantees how long he'll last.
"He may play the whole game, or
he may play one series, or he may
play one quarter," Cooper said.
"We're not going into the ballgame
with any preconceived ideas of how
long a quarterback is going to play"
And, thanks to a loss to Miami on
Aug. 29 in which both quarterbacks
struggled, Cooper won't have any
preconceived ideas of a national title,
-Josh Kleinbaum can be reached via
e-mail atjkbaumt@tumich.edu.

AP P i
The two-quarterback system has been an Ohio State 0tadition in years past, and ths Saturday will bno except on. Coach
John Cooper will start Steve Bellisari (pack), but is not making any gsarantees on hew long he will play.

Two more UCLA Bruins charged
in handicapped parking scand

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Two defen-
ants in UCLA's handicapped parking
andal pleaded no contest to a misde-
eanor charge Tuesday, and another
o were expected to do the same
fore the day ended.
Meanwhile, five current or former
la ers - including Cade MNown -
were charged Monday and sched-
led for arraignment Tuesday were
ranted continuances until Sept. 30.
McNown's attorney, Ronald Safer,
fused to say how his client would
ead, but said the Chicago Bears rook-
quarterback was "deeply troubled"
the charge, and was legitimately
titled to the handicapped placard
hen he used it briefly nearly three
y ago.
u'll have to come Sept. 30 to see
w he pleads," Safer said outside Los
ngeles Municipal Court.
Mark Reynosa and Duval Hicks,
o played for the Bruins last year,
tered no-contest pleas before
unicipal Judge Sam Ohta to the mis-
meanor charge of illegally possessing
disabled parking placard.
As was the case with nine other
fendants who entered the same plea
h 8, they were ordered to pay to pay
5 in fines and perform 200 hours
community service.
The athletes also must spend a day
eeting with the disabled and their
Deputy city attorney Brian Williams
id he expected James Ghezzi and
urell Price to enter similar pleas later
the day.
The case of Craig Walendy, another
whose UCLA career finished
ear, was continued until Sept. 30,
t Williams said that was because his
omey was unavailable, and added he
pected Walendy to also plead no con-
The city attorney's office has brought
sarges against a total of 19 current or
rmer Bruins alleged to be part of the
sabled parking scam.
Ten, including Price and Ghezzi, are
embers of the current team and were
ded for the season's first two
es. The 10 will return Saturday
ght against Fresno State, with six in
e starting lineup.
Charged Monday along with
cNown, were running back Skip
icks of the Washington Redskins,
fey Larry Atkins of the Kansas City
iefs, former linebacker Brendon
anbadejo, and defensive back Eric
hitfield, a member of the current
ivho served the two-game suspen-
All were said to have illegally
tained the handicapped parking plac-
ds in 1996 and 1997.
Safer said he didn't believe there was
.y evidence McNown ever parked in a
rndicapped spot.
"He completed the application on
a. 4, he was injured," Safer said. "He
ceived the placard sometime later. He
wes not recall using a handicapped
Asked if McNown used a doctor's
me on the form, Safer said, "He did
t complete that part of the form. That
rtion of the form was completed, but
)by him'
Safer wouldn't elaborate.
"He was 19 years old when he did it,"
fer said. "He used the placard only a
ndful of times. When he recovered
this injury, he put the placard away

"This is somebody who has not been
near any kind of trouble in his life. He
has lived an exemplary life."
Now 22, McNown was a first-round
draft choice of the Bears last April.
who split playing time with Drew
Bennett in UCLA's first two games this
season, will be the Bruins' starting
UCLA coach Bob Toledo said last
month he would alternate the two for at
least two games before naming a per-
manent starter.
He was true to his word.
"We feel at this time that it's best for
us to go with Cory Paus," Toledo said
Monday. "Cory will be the starting
quarterback for now. He's throwing the
ball the best, that's the crux of the thing.

Paus, a redshirt freshman who has
completed 20 of 38 passes for 225
yards and one touchdown with three
interceptions, will make his first start
Saturday night against Fresno State at
the Rose Bowl in the No. 21 Bruins'
final non-conference game.
STARTERS BACK: The four returnees
who will start on defense are lineback-
ers Tony White, Robert Thomas and
Ryan Nece, and strong safety Ryan
Roques. Returning as first-stringers on
offense are fullback Durell Price and
guard Oscar Cabrera.
Also returning are linebacker Ali
Abdul Azziz, safety Eric Whitfield,
offensive guard James Ghezzi and tail-
back Keith Brown.
Cornerback Marques Anderson, also
suspended for the first two games, was
suspended from school for the fall quar-

ter as well for other university-related
"There's a big sense of relief,"
Roques said concerning his return. "I
think there will be a bigger sense of
relief when we actually play in a game"
The senior said he believes he's
learned his lesson.
"Of course, I feel some regret for
ever doing it, for ever using the plac-
ards," he said. "I don't think I'll ever try
to take a short cut in anything again."

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Former UCLA quarterback Cade McNown was the latest Bruin to be charged in the
handicapped parking scandal that has rocked the team this season.
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