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The departure of Mike Van Ryn and
two other defensemen has left
Michigan short on the blue line.
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By Stephanie Offen
gaily Sports Writer
Usually Michigan hockey coach
Red Berenson doesn't hold his
breath when it comes time for walk-
on tryouts.
But this year may be different.
After top defenseman Mike Van
Ryn announced last week that he
will not return for the 1999-2000
season, Berenson said he has his eye
on a replacement.
The Wolverines usually carry nine
defenseman on the squad, and cur-
rently they only have six. Even
though the team might be thin on the
blue line, Berenson is not willing to
compromise the team's strength just
to fill vacancies.
"We usually don't take any walk-
ons," Berenson said. "We will just
have to wait and see. This year we
are probably looking at defense-
Michigan is currently looking at
Brad Fraser, a defensman, as a pos-
sible replacement for Van Ryn.
Fraser and the other perspective
walk-ons take the ice next Thursday
during the Wolverines' first practice.
That will be the first time they will
be evaluated and critiqued by the
The Michigan club hockey team
will be heavily represented at next
week's tryouts. Last year, five club
team members tried out for the var-
sity team, and this year it is
unknown how many will try to make
that next step.
But the real challenge for the club
members is to see how they stand
against the scholarship players.
"I'm just going out there to see
how well I match up against those
guys," Justin Yanalunas, a perspec-
See WALK-ONS, Page 15

Del Verne
squeeze playk
By Andy Latack
R)aily Sports ELditor
Before he had even attempted a collegiate field
goal, Jeff Del Verne still knew a thing or t\wo about
kicking under pressure. While he had yet to line up '
for a kick in front of thousands of screaming fns, the
crowd that Del Verne battled was almost as tough.
At the end of practice, coach Lloyd (arr would
gather the team together to watch Del Verne attempt a
field goal. If he made the kick, practice was over. If
he missed, the team would have to run laps.
So they made sure Del Verne knew what was riding
on the field goal
"They kind of bark at you out there," Del Verne
said. "And it's a little more personal-"
But Del Verne never let his teammates get to him.
One time, after watching his kick sail through the
uprights, he turned around and did a little dance for
"He's one of the funnier guys on the team,' quar-
terback Tom Brady said, remembering the incident.
But on Saturdays this season, Del Verne has been
all business. He was crucial in Michigan's season-
opening win over Notre Dame, converting four of five
attempts. He was also three-for-three against Rice, ,
and is perfect on point-after attempts so far.
But both of those games were played in front of the
Michigan faithful. Tomorrow, as No. 6 Michigan (2-0
) travels to Syracuse (2-0), Del Verne faces a new
Barring an absolute disaster. Del Verne will attempt
his first career kick on the road either a field goal
or an extra point - against the Orangemen. And he
wivill do so in the Carrier Dome, which figzures to be a
little louder than some tired teammates screaming in
his ear.
But Del Verne, who assumed Field goal duties
because of Hayden Epstein's offseason knee injury,
isnt worried about the crowd.
"All I see is Tommy (Brady) and the snapper, so it
won't make that much of a difference to me," Del
Verne said.
If a hostile crowd wasn't enough of a change for the
junior, he will also be kicking off artificial turf in a
game for the first time. But Del Verne is equally
unworried about that.
"Every kicker I've talked to says they kick better on
turf, just from the standpoint of seeing the ball better
and always getting a good spot" Del Verne said. " It
should be fun kicking on the turf."
Hopefully. Del Verne won't have to do any tackling
on the turf. But Syracuse's team speed - particularly
kick returner and receiver Quinton Spotwood - has
Carr concerned. Spotwood had 135 yards receiving
and two touchdowns in last week's 47-7 win over
Central Michigan.
"Spotwood is a great threat both as a kick returner
and a receiver," Carr said. "This Syracuse team prob-
ably has better overall team speed than any team
we've played since we played them a year ago.
And a year ago, the outcome was not something
Michigan wants to repeat. The Orangemen handed the
See SYRACUSE, Page 14





Although he has four touchdowns in two games, tailback Anthony Thomas is the only Michigan running back to have produced for Michigan's
offense. If a second back doesn't show up, the Wolverines' season could begin to fall apart.
Cuse has dome-team advantage

By'T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
One down, two to go.
Michigan has already conquered Notre
Dame - barely -- and gets its chance at
redemption tomorrow night against Syracuse.
Both teams are going into this game unde-
feated. Both teams have things to prove in the
Carrier Dome.
Michigan wants to prove that it is a legiti-
mate contender for the national title while
Syracuse wants to prove that life doesn't end
with the departure of Donovan McNabb.
With a national television audience watch-
ing on CBS, this game will do a lot in answer-
ing those questions.
But there is one question that the
Wolverines or Orangemen won't be able to

answer after the game -- 'What is that orange
blob which is the Syracuse mascot supposed
to be?'
Without further adieu, on to the matchups:
Lloyd Carr isn't happy. Yes, Anthony
Thomas has rushed for 225 yards and four
touchdowns in the first two games. ,
But Thomas has been the only Wolverine to
gain quality yards on the ground. Neither full-
back Aaron Shea nor running backs Walter
Cross, B.J. Askew. or Charles Drake has
emerged as a solid second rusher.
Syracuse also returns Butkus-nominee
Keith Bulluck to the linebacking corps this
weekend. Bulluck sat out last weekend's 47-7

win over Central Michigan while serving a
one-game suspension for a DUI offense.
The Orangemen have a talented front
seven, led by Bulluck, defensive end Donald
Dinkins and linebacker Morlon Greenwood.
And the Michigan running attack is only aver-
aging 3.3 yards per game. But the Wolverines
pride themselves on rushing the ball, so this
should be a good duel within the trenches.
Advantage: EVEN.
See MATCHUPS, Page 14



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violations in Michigan State
University's women's track and field
program and the men's wrestling
program, the NCAA said Thursday it
was extending the school's probation
for two more years.
Michigan State. which this year
was to have come off of probation
issued in 1996 for violations in its
football program, will remain on
probation until 2001 and suffer addi-
tional penalties for "major viola-
tions" in the two sports programs,
the NCAA said.
In a decision Michigan State has

accepted, the NCAA said it found
violations of bylaws governing extra
benefits, recruiting, coaching limita-
tions, eligibility and ethical conduct.
The NCAA said many of the viola-
tions were secondary.
The NCAA didn't name the coach-
es involved, but Michigan State con-
firmed they were a women's track
and field coach no longer with the
school, and wrestling coach Tom
The NCAA praised Michigan
State for discovering the violations
on its own and the fact the school
"put appropriate corrective measures

in place and imposed its own mean-
ingful penalties."
For that matter, Michigan State
President Peter McPherson andl the
school "did a fine job," said Jack
Friedenthal, chairman of the NCAA's
infractions committee.
The NCAA said it did not impose
repeat-violator penalties because
there was "no finding of a lack of
institutional control and the involved
sports differed from that of the previ-
ous case."
Michigan State officials voiced,
satisfaction with the NCAA's find-
"We were very thorough in our
investigations afte-r charges were
made several years ago regarding
both the track and wrestling pro-
grams," McPherson said.
"We will continue our policy of
having a culture of compliance in our
athletic department, supported by a

strong compliance program."
Minkel said he was responsible for
compliance and his staff. adding that
compliance will be "at the core of
our wrestling piogam here at
Michigan State."
The NCAA committee imposed
"show-cause" requirements on the
former head women's track coach
and a former assistant coach, both
until June 30, 2000, which require
any NCAA institution seeking to
employ them to appear before the
According to the NCAA, the com-
mittee found that:
* Two ineligible women's track
and field athletes were allowed Ao
practice in the 1995-96 academic
Another track athlete was
improperly recruited in 1996.
The former head women's track
See SPARTANS, Page 15

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